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The ninth season of the Red Bull MotoGP™ Rookies Cup starts this weekend in Jerez.
From around the globe 24 of the world's fastest teenagers face each other on MotoGP's proving ground.
14 nations are represented, from Australia to Argentina, from the Ukraine to the USA. After the preseason test at the same venue a month ago, the two Japanese newcomers set the pace. 14-year-old Ayumu Sasaki sensationally headed the time sheets and just behind him was Kaito Toba, 15-year-old winner of last year's Asia Talent Cup.
Quickest of the more experienced hands was 17-year-old Australian Olly Simpson. He was third fastest of the 24 racers, who all ride identical KTM RC250Rs. That is the whole point of Rookies Cup: to give all the riders an equal chance to show what their hard work and skill can achieve.
Ex Rookies Cup riders now lead both the Moto3 and Moto2 World Championships, with Danny Kent and Johann Zarco respectively acting as an example to this year's Rookies. So do Karel Hanika, Brad Binder and Miguel Oliveira - all are ex Rookies and all are members of the Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto3 team campaigning very similar KTM RC250s.
This weekend's Rookies Cup races can be watched live on www.motogp.com, on www.redbull.tv and on TV stations around the world.
Race 1 is at 16:30 CET on Saturday 2nd May and Race 2 is on Sunday 3rd May at 15:30 CET.
Watch the Red Bull MotoGP™ Rookies Cup video preview.
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