About Rookies Cup

Motorland Aragon 2015

Teenagers from around the world know that the best way of getting a start in Grand Prix motorcycle racing is by entering the Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup. Since its inception in 2007 it has grown into one of the most thrilling two-wheel spectacles in the world.

The Rookies Cup has released new stars into the world of Grand Prix racing, both Moto2 and Moto3 World Champions in 2016 were ex Rookies as they were in 2017. Every year the level of competition has increased and this year's intake are set to raise the bar yet again for the 11th running of the Cup.

Bo Bendsneyder charging Rookies Cup victory in 2015

Starting at the Spanish Grand Prix at Jerez on May 6th and 7th the series takes a broad sweep around the classic Grand Prix circuits of Europe including the usual run through the Netherlands, Germany, the Czech Republic, at the Red Bull Ring in Austria then on to San Marino before ending the year back in Spain with the Grand Prix of Aragon on September 23th and 24th.

This is the fifth season with the Moto3 specification KTM RC 250 R 4-stroke as we switched in 2013 from the 2-stroke KTM RC 125 that had powered the Rookies for the first 6 seasons.

Brad Binder on the Rookies Cup KTM RC 125 in 2011

Just as the RC 125 was a close brother to the 125cc GP machines raced by the KTM factory so successfully, the RC 250 R is a reflection of the factory KTM Moto3 machine that won the 2016 Moto3 World Championship in teh hands of ex Rookie Brad Binder. It is the start of another great lineage, the 2012 factory KTM won the 2012 Moto3 World Championship in the hands of Sandro Cortese and in 2013 KTMs filled the top four places. The success continued through 2016 with ex Rookie Brad Binder winning the Moto3 World Championship.

Brad Binder on his way to the Moto3 World Championship on the factory KTM RC 250 R in 2016

For the 24 Rookies the first chance to ride the KTMs in 2017 comes at the preseason test held in Aragon with four days on track, April 4th - 7th. Riders come from across the globe, from Japan to the USA and Columbia and across Europe from Spain to the Czech Republic.

The Grand Prix paddock watches the intense action of the Rookies races picking out future stars and the Rookies themselves study their Grand Prix heroes in action looking for tips and inspiration. They get both from the factory KTM team with 2015 Rookies Cup champion Bo Bendsneyder looking for Moto3 glory in 2017 alongside fellow ex Rookie Niccolo Antonelli.

Bo Bendsneyder talking technical with the factory engineers 2017

ROOKIES CUP KTM RC 250 R ROOKIES | Technical Details:

Single cylinder, liquid cooled / 4-stroke / DOHC


DISPLACEMENT:249,5 ccm /
BORE X STROKE:81 x 48,5 mm
PERFORMANCE:min. 37 kW at 13.000 rpm
ENGINE SPEED:max. 13.500 rpm
REAR SUSPENSION:WP / BAVP 4618, adjustable length, hydraulic preload

FRONT BRAKE:Brembo Radial calliper, 290 mm single Galfer disc
REAR BRAKE:Formula brake system, 190mm Galfer disc
RIMS FRONT/REAR:OZ Forged Aluminium 2,5 x 17 / 3,5 x 17
TIRES FRONT/REAR:Dunlop 95/70-17 / 115/70-17
EXHAUST SYSTEM:Akrapovic Full Titanium GP EVO6 Twin Megaphone System (max. 115 dB)
FRAME:Tubular steel with adjustable headstock and swing arm pivot 

DRY WEIGHT:approx. 80,5 kg
TANK CAPACITY:approx. 11 litres
GENES:GP125 - geometry, ergonomics, aerodynamic, components
MotoGP Motor - Cylinder head and throttle body layout
RC8 R SBK- electronics, frame knowhow, material/machining
MX - lubrication system, gear box, clutch, kinematics valve train
WP Radiator: Water radiator + oil-water heat exchanger
WP Components: Frame manufacturing
KTM TECHNOLOGIES:Kiska - Industrial Design
Pankl - Racing Systems
Wethje - Plastic Technology