#40 Sean Kelly

Sean Kelly

Rider bio

Though Sean's family were never involved in motorsport they are very much behind him now. "I wouldn't be where I am if it weren't for them. Over the years my dad has developed to be just about everything. He is my dad, my mechanic, my mentor, my psychologist, my trainer, the list goes on."

"He is with me every step of the way. My mom has been a big impact, she might have not been to every one of my races but it was because she was working hard to cover us financially. Everyone will always be there in my heart and I will be more than grateful for supporting me to try and reach my dream."

It seems that racing was in his blood even if his parents were not previously involved. "Ever since I was a baby I loved everything that involved wheels. Motorcycles, Cars, Trucks, etc.. I could play with them all day. Finally there came a time when I was 5 years old, that I wanted to try out one of these myself, Go-Karts specifically."

"We went to a local track near where I live I Hollywood, but that day the rentals were closed. Turns out there was a small motorcycle warehouse, my dad spoke with them and led to me riding my first ever motorcycle at 5! I loved the feeling of riding ever since, and the journey began since then!"

Having won a lot of races and championships in the US and Mexico Sean was ready for the next step. "2015 was a big year for us. I had my first ever international race in Europe, and I completed another dream of entering the Red Bull Rookies Cup. The race was in Silverstone, England, and it was the World Finals of the KTM RC390 Cup."

2015 KTM RC390 Cup in Mexico - 1st

"The whole weekend in England taught me a lot. I learned how it is to be with so many fast riders. Every time I was out on track it was an amazing battle with over 8 riders and it was the most fun I had ever had."

"I started the race in 8th but the top 10 riders were all decimals from each other. The whole race was shifting back and forth from 1st to 8th and then back up. It was the most fun I had ever had in a race! I had to play smart and set myself up for the last corners."

"The second to last corner I overtook and went up to 1st place and led it to the finish line. I was amazed and so happy to win my first ever race in Europe."

2015 - Silverstone KTM RC390 Cup World Final Race 1 win

"I learned how you have to be very smart while racing with so many strong riders. Being aggressive but a clean rider was something that it made me think and change as well. All the training and races this year made me change the way I concentrate for my races. This year has been important for me and I'm happy for the advances!"

Silverstone made a huge impression on the American. "It is definitely my favourite track of all time (so far). It's a very quick track but also has some tight chicanes which I really enjoy! Everything about that track is far superior to what I'm used to and it felt amazing to be able to race in a track like that!"

Sean is well aware of the need to keep up his schooling while his racing career develops and is no slouch at studying either. "My favourite subject is mathematics! I am 2 years ahead in math and I really enjoy it. My parents have always told me school is extremely important, so I have always kept my school skills as high as possible."

"When I am not racing I mostly enjoy to ride my bicycle and explore. Spending time with my family is something I will always feel grateful for and enjoy all the time!"

His ambitions are clear, to follow his heroes; "Lorenzo, Marquez, Rossi, Pedrosa, Stoner... They all have their ups and downs! There are many dreams to complete on the way there, but my true life dream is to one day become a MotoGP World Champion! That is what we are working hard for every day!"

"2016, being my first year in the Red Bull Rookies Cup, was a very long season with new information getting stored every day we were in action."

Advice from Rider Coach Dani Ribalta

"Overall I learned what it was to ride a Moto3 bike, made my way through 7 different MotoGP tracks, learned what it was to be surrounded with such professionalism, and most importantly, how to become a more professional rider. Learning on track was one thing, and off track was another thing! I'm very grateful for my first season in the Rookies Cup!"

Brno 2016

"I'd say my best race of 2016 was in Brno, Czech Republic. Race 1 we had some mixed conditions and went on with Rain Tires/SetUp on mostly dry conditions. It was a very interesting first experience! Starting from 18th on the grid and with a broken quick shifter on Lap2, I had to surpass many problems and I was able to catch the group in front to finish in 13th."

Misano 2016

"For this 2017 season the main goal is to progress through the season. Starting off in the Top 10 and making my way to Top 5 will show the progress I'm looking for. I feel I have the potential and work ethic to make it to the podium, so we have to create a strong bond with the KTM to make it happen!"

Advice from Rider Coach Gustl Auinger

"The most satisfaction I get about racing is when I feel comfortable with the bike and I reach the goals that I give myself. I truly enjoy riding when I am comfortable, and get an amazing feeling of satisfaction when I reach the goals that I worked for."

Results

Race Position Points
22 APR 2016 Flag of Spain Jerez, Spain Qualifying 21
23 APR 2016 Flag of Spain Jerez, Spain Race 1 18 0
24 APR 2016 Flag of Spain Jerez, Spain Race 2 16 0
24 JUN 2016 Flag of Netherlands Assen, Netherlands Qualifying 21
25 JUN 2016 Flag of Netherlands Assen, Netherlands Race 1 NC 0
26 JUN 2016 Flag of Netherlands Assen, Netherlands Race 2 15 1
15 JUL 2016 Flag of Germany Sachsenring, Germany Qualifying 21
16 JUL 2016 Flag of Germany Sachsenring, Germany Race 1 18 0
17 JUL 2016 Flag of Germany Sachsenring, Germany Race 2 14 2
12 AUG 2016 Flag of Austria Red Bull Ring, Austria Qualifying 17
13 AUG 2016 Flag of Austria Red Bull Ring, Austria Race 1 20 0
14 AUG 2016 Flag of Austria Red Bull Ring, Austria Race 2 17 0
19 AUG 2016 Flag of Czech Republic Brno, Czech Republic Qualifying 18
20 AUG 2016 Flag of Czech Republic Brno, Czech Republic Race 1 13 3
21 AUG 2016 Flag of Czech Republic Brno, Czech Republic Race 2 19 0
09 SEP 2016 Flag of Italy Misano, Italy Qualifying 16
10 SEP 2016 Flag of Italy Misano, Italy Race 1 17 0
23 SEP 2016 Flag of Spain Aragon, Spain Qualifying 18
24 SEP 2016 Flag of Spain Aragon, Spain Race 1 16 0
25 SEP 2016 Flag of Spain Aragon, Spain Race 2 16 0
Race Position Points
05 MAY 2017 Flag of Spain Jerez, Spain Qualifying 14
06 MAY 2017 Flag of Spain Jerez, Spain Race 1 7 9
07 MAY 2017 Flag of Spain Jerez, Spain Race 2 NC 0
23 JUN 2017 Flag of Netherlands Assen, Netherlands Qualifying 22
24 JUN 2017 Flag of Netherlands Assen, Netherlands Race 1 NC 0
25 JUN 2017 Flag of Netherlands Assen, Netherlands Race 2 17 0
30 JUN 2017 Flag of Germany Sachsenring, Germany Qualifying 21
01 JUL 2017 Flag of Germany Sachsenring, Germany Race 1 21 0
02 JUL 2017 Flag of Germany Sachsenring, Germany Race 2 20 0
04 AUG 2017 Flag of Czech Republic Brno, Czech Republic Qualifying 20
05 AUG 2017 Flag of Czech Republic Brno, Czech Republic Race 1 17 0
06 AUG 2017 Flag of Czech Republic Brno, Czech Republic Race 2 8 8
11 AUG 2017 Flag of Austria Red Bull Ring, Austria Qualifying 11
12 AUG 2017 Flag of Austria Red Bull Ring, Austria Race 1 21 0
13 AUG 2017 Flag of Austria Red Bull Ring, Austria Race 2 13 3
09 SEP 2017 Flag of Italy Misano, Italy Race 1 7 9