Road To Rook­ies Cup

The se­ries will run par­al­lel to the Gixxer Cup in the MMSC 2W NRC

Evo India - - MOTOR SPORT - Words by: Je­han Adil Darukhanawala

RRED BULL IS WORLDrenowned when it comes to find­ing and nur­tur­ing sport­ing tal­ents from across the world. Se­bas­tian Vet­tel, Mar­quez, Ney­mar, Chris Pfi­ef­fer and our very own C S San­tosh are amongst the few who have been helped in their en­deav­ours by the Aus­trian en­ergy drink com­pany and most of them have gone to be­come world cham­pi­ons.

Red Bull has their own ju­nior rookie se­ries which they run in par­al­lel to the Mo­toGP championship known as the Red Bull Rook­ies Cup. Young teenagers bat­tle it out on Mo­to3spec KTMs as it pro­vides the per­fect step­ping stone into Grand Prix rac­ing. The se­ries, which be­gan in 2007, has pro­vided us with some of their alumni go­ing on to be­com­ing cham­pi­ons in Moto3 and Moto2 cham­pi­ons. Red Bull have part­nered with Suzuki to host a ju­nior se­ries in the coun­try wherein bud­ding rac­ers will bat­tle it out for a chance at qual­i­fi­ca­tion for the in­ter­na­tional rookie cup. The se­ries, chris­tened as “Red Bull Road To Rook­ies Cup”, will run in con­junc­tion with Suzuki’s Gixxer Cup.

The rac­ers need to be be­tween 13-17 years of age and the in­au­gu­ral season will be on an in­vi­ta­tional ba­sis. With work­shops and train­ing schools planned, the grid will con­tain ten as­pi­rants. There will be three rounds of the se­ries and the top two of the championship will travel to Spain for qual­i­fy­ing for the rook­ies cup.

They will be us­ing the same Gixxer 150 SF Cup bikes which the se­niors use, which are the race-prepped ver­sions of the Gixxer SF. The se­ries will now be a part of the MMSC 2W NRC which be­gins on June 24. ⌧

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