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The 2010 Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup

The 2010 Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup

The Cup enters its fourth season in 2010 with 15 nations represented in the provisional entry list of 25 riders.

The number of races for the 2010 Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup has been increased to 10, and there are more double race weekends so that the Rookies will perform both on the same day as the MotoGP races in Jerez, Assen, Sachsenring and Brno and on the preceding day of MotoGP qualifying in Jerez, Mugello, Assen, Sachsenring, Brno and Misano.

With an ever increasing fan base and TV coverage the series goes from strength to strength. The 2009 Cup winner Jakub Kornfeil received his FIM award from the Federation President Mr. Vito Ippolito at the final MotoGP round in Valencia where he was racing in the 125cc World Championship class, and the 16 year-old Czech is due to start next season as a full time Grand Prix rider.

Kornfeil is not the only one to be launched into a professional career from this year's Rookie Cup; runner-up 17 year-old Norwegian Sturla Fagerhaug is also hoping to compete in the 125cc class. Third-placed Florian Marino, the 16 year-old Frenchman, steps across to the European 600 Superstock Series as a full time member of the prestigious Ten Kate Team.

With those men added to the list of the Rookies Alumni already in GP racing like 2007 Cup winner Johann Zarco, and the runners-up from 2007 and 2008 Lorenzo Savadori and Luis Salom, it is easy to see how well the Cup has proved itself as the development ground for teenagers with great ambitions.

Next season’s Rookies Cup will be broadcast live on, as well as on an increasing number of TV stations around the world, with 16 year-old Californian Jake Gagne - fourth in 2009 - aiming to complete his incredible transformation from motocross rider to winning international road racer in just three seasons by taking the 2010 Rookies Cup. He will be joined by another 14 riders who remain in the Cup from this season and the 10 new Rookies brought in through this year's selection process.

2010 Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup Provisional Entry List:

3 Deni Cudic AUT
5 Philipp Oettl GER
7 Alejandro Pardo ITA
16 Joshua Hook AUS
17 Antonio Chiari BRA
18 James Flitcroft GBR
20 Mathew Scholtz RSA
22 Daniel Ruiz ESP
23 Niccolo Antonelli ITA
24 Harry Stafford GBR
27 Alessio Cappella ITA/NGR
32 Jacob Gagne USA
34 Xavier Pinsach ESP
41 Brad Binder RSA
46 Daijiro Hiura JPN
47 Tomas Vavrous CZE
52 Danny Kent GBR
57 Brody Nowlan AUS
61 Arthur Sissis AUS
66 Florian Alt GER
72 Alexander Kristiansson SWE
74 Kevin Calia ITA
77 Taylor Mackenzie GBR
95 Xavier Figueras ESP
98 Alan Techer FRA

Provisional Calendar:

Pre-season test - April 12th, 13th & 15th - Valencia, Spain
Races 1 & 2 - May 1st & 2nd - Jerez, Spain
Race 3 - June 5th - Mugello, Italy
Races 4 & 5 - June 25th & 26th - Assen, Netherlands
Races 6 & 7 - July 17th & 18th - Sachsenring, Germany
Races 8 & 9 - August 14th & 15th - Brno, Czech Republic
Race 10 - September 4th - Misano, Republic of San Marino

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