#88 Artem Maraev

Artem Maraev

Rider bio

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"I became interested in motorcycle racing when my father took part in the Russian Superbike Championship and was the champion for the first time."
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"Then I decided that I wanted to be engaged professionally."

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"My father is now a landscape designer, I have a sister, she is 16 years old."

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"My best race was the first in my life. At that time I ride mini-moto and took second place from the very first race. And I was the only kid against adults. I will never forget it."

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Cuna de Campeones Valencia 2014

"In 2018, I learned to use my potential in various situations in which I need it."

"My best race of 2018 was at the Motorsport Arena Oschersleben in the ADAC Junior Cup, on this day I had some problems with my motorcycle and I had to start the race from the pitlane, in the end I took second place and only because of that, that in this race I was able to show all the power."

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"For 2019 I want to take a place in the top five leaders in the Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup. It will not be easy, but that's my goal and after now I think I can do it. My racing hero is Marc Marquez and I also want to be MotoGP World Champion."

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"I like racing when I can get the most out of myself and the bike. Sometimes when everything goes on, I feel confidence with my bike and my passion I feel like im unstoppable and nothing can hold me. I enjoy this moments and work hard to feel it as much as possible."

"I really like the big fast tracks with long and lingering turns."

"My favourite subject at school is Computer Science. In my free time I study programming and playing video games."

"For the last 4 years I was training with my team in Russia, my partner is the only guy my age in Russia doing motorcycle racing. We just train and race against adults and in 2018 we joined ADAC Junior Cup and I became a champion in a rookie year with no racing in Europe previously."

"Motocross and ice racing in also a necessary part of our training program. We have good MX track in Moscow with a good lightning and I can make laps after school when its already dark.

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Selection Event 2018
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"Passing the Rookies Cup Selection Event was a very big next step in my life. Unfortunately the Rookie season did not go as I hoped. I faced a lot different problems which I didn't expect and was not ready to fix fast. Guys, it was tough. I mean not the results, but the way you have to understand that you are not enough ready and prepared to fight top guys."

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Mugello 2019

"The main question was to accept this and find the way to change it. In the mid season we started to understand what's wrong and made some changes in training program. It worked good, but its not a fast process. In the final race I finally caught the first group, finished 1.7 seconds from the leader with a best lap time of the race. It showed me that I'm on a good way."

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It started to come together at the end of the 2019 season, at MotorLand Aragón


"After this we made a program with trainings in Russia and making camps in Spain for about 1 week each month during my holidays. I took my old Moriwaki and started learning how to ride a bike like this from the beginning. I mean everything."

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"I learned again how to sit on the bike, how to hold my hands, how to do all simple things, but different. I did about 500 laps on Karting tracks on the Moriwaki during 3 months after season finished and then we went to Jerez to see how it works on big tracks. The result was great and I felt like an absolutely different rider compared to previous season. While I was in Russia I continued to train on my miniGP 3-4 times a week with 2-3 times working in gym."

"We were happy with the results I had but we understood that it was not enough. We tried to find some options to compete in CEV Moto3 or ETC, but it didn't work. So we decided to spend all what we have to buy a KTM RC250R for training. Just to transform all new skills I learned to a KTM machine. With the help of Rookies Cup staff we found a bike for sale and made a deal."

I" did a 1 day test in Jerez in 1 day in Valencia with a new bike and it felt amazing. I never felt so comfortable on this kind of bike and lap times shows Im close to the point where I want to be."

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"The offseason before 2020 was unbelievable, we worked so hard and I made very big improvements in my riding. Can't wait for my next race."

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"And yes, I have never enjoyed my life and my racing like this year with Red Bull Rookies Cup. It's all about passion."