How do I join the Rookies Cup?
Applications for the 2017 Rookies Cup have now closed. Please look again in April 2017 to apply for the 2018 Cup then the process will be as follows:
Take the Road to Rookies Cup. Start by filling in the Application Form with your details and you will start the process. If accepted you will set off on the Road to Rookies Cup. - The Application Form and the Aplication Process are only open once the racing season starts.
What happens next?
After filling out the Application Form we will wish to see race and championship results through the 2017 racing year so that we can see the progress the Applicant is making. We are not only interested in dedicated road racers, those who ride dirt bikes may also be developing the riding skills that translate into success on tarmac.
The very best riders from all over the world will then be invited to a Selection Event as the final test in the Road to Rookies Cup.
From the Selection Event a small number of riders will be invited to take part in the 2018 Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup.
Who can take part in the Selection Process?
Applications for the 2017 Rookies Cup have now closed. Please look again in April 2017 to apply for the 2018 Cup. At that time all motorcycle racing talents born between January 1st, 2001 and March 31st, 2005 will be able to apply.
When is the application deadline?
The application deadline will be August 4th, 2017. The successful applicants are likely to be those who applied early in 2017 so that we have been able to watch their progress through the racing season.
What if I miss the deadline?
Visit our website early next year in order to apply for the 2018 Selection process.
When do I know if I have been invited to the Selection Event?
Shortly after the end of the selection deadline.
Do riders need racing experience?
High performance motorcycle experience will make it much more likely that you will be invited to the Selection Event. This does not have to be road racing. It could be some other high performance motorcycle experience including motocross, dirt track and speedway.
Do riders need to bring their own equipment?
Riders should bring their own leather gear and helmet. These must comply with the safety standard according to general road racing regulations. Metrakit PreGP 125 racing bikes will be provided free of charge at the Selection Event.
At which track will I have to compete?
The Selection Event will be run at a European circuit. The details will only be announced at the time of the Selection Event invitation.
Can girls participate too?
Yes, of course, the Road to Rookies Cup and the Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup are open to anyone who fulfils the basic criteria.
What does participation in the Selection Event cost?
Nothing. The only costs that participants need to incur are the expenses of travelling and lodging for the Selection Event and providing their own racing outfit and helmet.
Who chooses the successful candidates?
The judges in charge of the selection process are:
Gustl Auinger, Austrian motorcycle legend and Grand Prix winner
Harald Bartol, Austrian Grand Prix rider and engineer
Peter Clifford, MotoGP expert and former Red Bull Yamaha team owner
Daniel Ribalta, Rookies Cup Rider Coach
How do riders take part in the Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup?
Riders qualify for the Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup by taking the Road to Rookies Cup and successfully participating in a Selection Event the year before. Consequently, from the Selection Events of 2017, probably 8 to 15 riders will be selected to participate in the Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup 2018.
What's the course of action after the Selection Event?
After the last Rookies Cup race of 2017 it will be decided which riders of the Rookies Cup 2017 are to be invited to remain in the Cup for 2018. Finally, the definite announcement of the 2018 Rookies Cup riders will be made shortly after the Selection Event.
If I am already a Red Bull Rookie can I participate again in the Selection Process?
A rider who has already competed one season in the Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup can not start the Selection Process again. However, it is possible for a rider in the Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup to be invited to participate in the Cup the following year, in order to further develop his talent.
What if I am outside the age group?
We kindly ask you to consider other ways to follow your passion for racing. We respect the efforts of racers all over the world in all race series and wish you the best of luck in your efforts to make it as a Grand Prix racer.
What do I do if I have further questions?
Please use the "Contact" area on this website.