#62 Aidan Liebenberg

Aidan Liebenberg

Rider bio


"Our family always loved racing and my father and grandfather loved motorbikes. From a young age we spend a lot of time at tracks and I developed a love for the sport and could stand there for hours watching racing. I got my first motorbike in 2012 at the age of 11. It was a Kawasaki KX 110cc."

My dad and I on track - 2013

"My grandfather was my biggest supporter and he really got me into racing. When my dad went to go ride at the track we always took my little bike with and I rode it at the back of the pits in the field, trying to go faster every time. My dad saw my interest in racing and got me a race bike."
My grandfather on track - 2013

"My first race bike was a Honda CBR 150cc. I started riding on the track in 2012 and then started racing in 2013. I participated in the Honda NSF 100 Championship and the 150 Cup Regional Championship. I really started to enjoy the racing and I developed a passion for the sport."

One of my first races riding a Honda NSF 100 - 2013

"I started getting competitive in 2014 and ended up third in the NSF 100 Championship and third in the 150 cup Championship. I did not just want to do it for fun anymore but I got serious about the racing and I loved it."

"2015 was another good learning year for me. I was fast, but too many mistakes and inexperience resulted in me ending up second in the 150 Cup Championship. I also started riding in the 250 Cup on a Kawasaki ZX250R in 2015."

"In 2016 I won my first Championship while competing in the South African KTM 390 Super Junior National Championship. 2016 was a great year for me and I had a lot of good races. I had constant podium finishes and I won the most races of the season."

"My best race was the first, we borrowed a motorcycle from a friend as we were not sure if we were going to enter the championship for the year. I qualified 1st for both races on the Friday, but was penalised because the bike had an aftermarket exhaust system on that was not allowed."

"I started at the back of the grid and I had to fight my way to the front. It took me 2 laps to reach the front riders and I ended up winning the race."

"I had a few races where I had a big gap over the rest of the field and I also had races where it came down to the last lap and with me ending up on top. This really boosted my confidence and I became a better rider in 2016 with better race craft. One of my best races was at Killarney racetrack in Cape Town where there was a group of 6 riders fighting for the win. I came out on top and won the race by only .009 of a second."

Riding on my championship winning motorcycle, the KTM RC 390 - 2016

"I also started riding 600cc motorcycles and competed in a few club championships. It was quite difficult at first getting used to the power of the bike but I quickly got the feel for it and started doing well."


Winning the KTM 390 Super Junior National Championship - 2016

"My racing heroes are Valentino Rossi, Marc Marquez & Brad Binder."

At the MSA National Championship Awards Gala with Moto 2 riders Brad Binder and Steven Odendaal - 2016

"2017 was a special year for me. I participated in the South African Super 600 National Championship and although I came fourth, I enjoyed this Championship the most so far and without the experience I gained from this championship, I would not have made it to the Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup."


"It was a really special moment for me when I won my first 600cc race at the last event of the season and I think that it was my best race ever. I qualified 1st for the first time in the year for race 1 and 2nd for race 2.

Race 1 – I had a good start and maintained second place, 10 sec in front of third when my bike developed fuel pump problems. With 5 laps to go and losing 2 sec a lap to the third place rider I managed to pass the finish line in second with a few meters to spare.

Race 2 – I had a bad start and went fourth into turn 1 from the second on the grid. After turn 3 I was in 2nd. I managed to pass the leader down the back straight and then started building up a lead. I ended up winning the race with a 14 sec lead over 2nd place rider. This was my 1st win in the Super 600 National Championship and it was my best achievement for the year."

My first 600cc win - 2017

"In 2017 I learned to keep calm when everything does not go according to plan and to stay positive when things go wrong. That is something that I battled with in the past. This has definitely helped me to improve my results."

"The selection event in Almeria was special for me and it tested my character and determination.
It was the first time I competed overseas and one of the biggest experiences of my life."

Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup Selection Event Almeria Day One - 2017

"I had some misfortune on day 2 and fell in the first session, breaking my left thumb. I decided to continue with a broken thumb and was fortunate enough to have still made it for the Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup for 2018.
This was one of the best moments of my life being chosen!"
Getting the most out of the Metrakit - 2017

"I think the thing about racing that gives me the most satisfaction is when you achieve good results after hard work and a hard racing weekend trying to find the right bike setup and experiencing all the highs and lows of the weekend. When everybody is happy after a race weekend and we had a good result, I re-play every moment in my head and that gives me satisfaction."
Sharing the good news with my new fellow Rookies at the Selection Event - 2017

"I love racing and love to win and I will push myself to the limit to achieve the best possible result. For me it is also important to have good people around you while racing, because you just perform better when you have positive people around you that create a good atmosphere and vibe in the pits."

"I am really lucky to have the mom and dad that I have because they support me all the way. My dad has been by my side since I started racing and we make a good team. Without him all of these opportunities wouldn't have been possible. I am very grateful for all the sacrifices that my family makes for me to make my dream come true."

"When not racing I love to cycle, hang out with friends and spending time with my family and my dogs. When we have an off weekend we love to go to our family farm and spend quality time together."


"We are a real close knit family and although there's a 10 years difference between me and my little sister she is my biggest fan!"

My first year in the Rookies Cup was huge challenge for me, racing on an international level for the first time, but it was an amazing experience.

Trying the bike for size - Jerez test 2018

Although I did not manage to score any points, I had some good races. The start in Jerez was difficult, but I made improvements every race, which was a positive thing for me last season.

Early laps - Jerez test 2018

Assen was by far my best race weekend. It was the race where I was closest to the leaders and I battled for the top 10 in race 2, but unfortunately crashed on the final lap. I was disappointed to miss out on an opportunity like this, but the only thing I can do is to learn from my mistakes.

Advice from rider coach Dani Ribalta - Assem 2018

I had some misfortune in Austria, where I sustained a back injury after a horrible crash in FP1. I unfortunately missed the last 3 races of the year, but injuries is part of any sport and I am thankful that I am fully recovered and fit again.

My next bike

My first year in the Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup definitely a big learning curve for me, but the most important lesson that I learnt is that you should not give up when things are difficult and are not going your way, that you should stay positive and keep working hard.

I did not race in South Africa in 2018, but I am happy to be racing back home again in 2019

My goal for the Rookies Cup in 2019 is to finish in the points every race and to aim for the top 10.