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By Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup

Double finale on the Rookies Cup radar in Valencia

Who takes the 2020 crown? It’ll all be decided with four races at the Circuit Ricardo Tormo

Back-to-back weekends at the Circuit Ricardo Tormo will decide the 2020 Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup. The only guarantee is four thrilling races.

Though the first half of the season saw Pedro Acosta become the first Rookie to lockout six victories in a row, the 16-year-old Spaniard was pushed off the track in the last race and didn't score.

As Acosta said, "I tried to break away but I think the others have learnt what they need to do to stay with me and I couldn't manage it this weekend."

The others have learnt to take the KTM RC 250 R battle to him but Acosta is still very much the Cup favourite. He has a 46 point advantage over Colombian 14-year-old David Alonso who is himself 10 ahead of Iván Ortolá, the 16-year-old Spaniard, but there are still 100 points to be won.

The challengers

The chasing pair particularly have hit form, both scoring their maiden Rookies Cup victories in Aragon 2. Another four riders also have a mathematical chance of taking the title.

While the Cup chase races to its conclusion, ex Rookies battle for the World Championships in all three Grand Prix classes. Joan Mir (Team Suzuki Ecstar) leads the MotoGP™ points, Enea Bastianini (Italtrans Racing Team) is a close second in Moto2™ and after double victories in Aragon, Jaume Masia (Leopard Racing) has improved his Moto3™ chances hugely but it is still Ai Ogura (Honda Team Asia) who is the closest to the leader, 2nd in the points table.

The newcomers

At the same time, the next generation line up for their chance. Applications are now closed for the 2021 Cup and a fabulous group of the world's fastest teens have put themselves on the Rookies Radar. Riders from India and Italy, Brazil and Barbados, Argentina and Australia. We have already had riders from 35 different nations in the Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup, that could increase going into 2021, the 15th Cup season.

This weekend's Rookies Cup races can be seen live on www.redbull.tv and on TV stations around the world. Race 1 is at 16:30 CET on Saturday (schedule under review, to be finalised on Thursday) and Race 2 is on Sunday at 15:30, the show starts 10 minutes before the race.

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