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Rider info

Name:
Makar Yurchenko
Date of Birth:
29 Jul 1998
Height:
1m 75 cm
Weight:
58kg
Resides in:
St.Petersburg, Russia
Born in:
St.Petersburg, Russia
Bike:
KTM RC 250 R

Rider bio

"My brother is fan of scooter racing, he was two time winner of the Cup of Russia (2006 and 2007). Having been so proud of him, I was always looking for following his example. When I was 7 years old I received an ATV on my birthday. When I turned 9 the motocross school opened in the town, near St. Petersburg, in Pushkin, where I live, I started to ride there."

"I made my first steps of racing career with my brother and people who surrounded me at that time, as well as my dad, my biggest supporter ever, who followed me at all races. Month by month, year by year I gained more experience and soon started to compete."

"2010 I spent with my father around the motocross tracks of Russia and Estonia. Then in 2012 we travelled to motocross tracks all over Europe. But we knew that training in Russia is never enough for us. All the 2013 season we spent in Spain, trying to develop and match the European way of riding. This year was an important one in my career because I took a chance to try myself in Red Bull Rookies Cup selection. Since that time I decided to concentrate riding on an asphalt and I gave myself the aim to develop my skills."

"I was amazed by the MotoGP paddock, with the top-riders, their skills and their speed during the races. The atmosphere at MotoGP is fantastic! So at the end of 2014 I moved to Spain for training there because I knew what I wanted and I had a strong desire to achieve that!"

2014 - last weekend of the season at Motorland Aragon

"2014 was just second my season in road racing, I was already at the World Championship events in the Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup. This was a fantastic feeling for me to be in the paddock of the MotoGP World Championship with its atmosphere." It was a difficult 2014 in the Rookies Cup when he missed three events after being injurred in a non Cup event and could not get into the Rookies Cup points.

Makar's favourite subject at school is physics and when not racing he enjoys cycling. Of course winters can be long in Russia. "I have been skiing in the mountains since I was from 3 years old until today. It's my favourite hobby. I really like it, also riding an ATV, this is one of my favourite things to do in winter. Now I have Yamaha YFZ 450. Also cycling, skiing, jumping on trampolines."

Makar already has ambitions, ultimately to follow his hero Marc Marquez. "Now I am looking to win, it is victories I am after! Firstly try to reach the top in the Red Bull Rookies Cup. After that, participating in Moto3, then Moto2, MotoGP, and of course try to become the World Champion."

The venture into road racing has already supplied him with great memory on track. "I have lots of my favourite races, but one of the best challenge for me was the Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup Selection event at the end of 2013, even if it was not a race..."

"Another good one was the 2nd round of Cup of Spain in Jerez PreMoto3 2013 on the Moriwaki 250. I had some problems with the bike all weekend, with both suspension and engine. I qualified 18th, not good at all, but there was a good start and then I overtook other riders during the race. On the last lap I took 5th place, but I lost it on the braking before the last corner. I finished 6th, it was an amazing result for me with not the best bike."

2015 - A great ride in the wet at Silverstone

"The best so far though was in the Rookies Cup, Silverstone 2015, 2nd race. It was a wet race, the track was full of water and it was still raining! I started from 21st on the grid and I finished 6th. I was able to stay on the bike, to keep my rhythm, to pass many riders one by one, despite terrible vision conditions and the result was my best finish in my Rookies Cup career to that point."

Silverstone is not his favourite track though. "Honestly, I don't have my favourites. But for sure I like tracks with big level changes, such as Sachsenring and Brno! Also I enjoy a lot circuits like Assen, as it is very interesting and has many different types of corners."

2015 - The heart of the action in Motorland Aragon

"I leave outside my short biography lots of moments that influenced me as a person and as a rider, because these last years were full of experience, ups and downs, they made my character and build my personality and one page will never be enough to express the things. And there is one thing I know for sure! I know that nothing comes easy, nothing comes fast. But if you dream, it will always come to you if you go for it, you struggle for it and you desire it!"

"I like riding on the limit, feeling the sliding, aggressive braking. I have learnt a lot from riding Supermoto and Minimotard," explains the Russian Champion in both the Supermoto and Minimotard classes.

2015 - Russian Supermoto Championship

"The 2015 Russian Supermoto and MiniMotard Championships consisted of 7 events on 6 different tracks. I managed to take podiums in all of them and became Champion overall in both categories. It was not an easy experience for me because I had to travel a lot combining both Championships with Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup. Although it was a good training and I am happy with the result in Russia! In 2016 I will put all my force for European Championships."

2015 - Russian MiniMotard Championship

"I enjoy working with a team, setting a bike, seeing and feeling the improvements, but of course the most satisfaction gives a victory! As it is racing and there is nothing better than to win!"

"The Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup team has become a family for me, a professional school with great teachers and coaches. I am thrilled to be a part of it!"

Career Highlights

2015

• 15th Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup, best result 6th in Silverstone 2. Still with very little road racing experience after missing too many races in 2014 yet he scored points in all but three races and there was unlucky. Still not sure why his speed is inconsistant he will benifit greatly from another full Rookies season.
• Russian Sportsman of the year - given every year to a few sportsmen for their achievements.
• 1st Russian Supermoto Championship
7 weekends, 14 races. Awards given for the overall of 2 races. So 7 overall podiums and 6 overall wins (In 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th and 7th rounds). 6th round, 2nd overall and Champion with one round to go.
• 1st Russian Minimotard Championship
7 weekends, 14 races. Rules as Supermoto so 7 overall podiums.
• 1st place in Supersport EVO 600, 2nd round of the Russian Superbike Championship, wild card at the Nring

2014

• 24th Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup, Best Result 18th R1 Jerez and R2 Brno. The season was interrupted by a nasty start line crash at Le Mans in a non Cup event and he missed the races in Mugello, Assen and Sachsenring. He also still lacked road racing experience. A second season in 2015 should see a great improvement.
• Russian Supermoto Championship, 1st place 5th round in Kursk.
• MotoZK TT Series, Spain - contested first two of the 4 races. Finished 5th and 2nd.

2013

• 1st St.Petersburg Cup Stock 600, Suzuki GSX-R 600 (first year of road racing)
• 2nd Open Championship of St.Petersburg PitBikes, YCF 150SM
• 2nd Open Championship of St.Petersburg Scooters, Piaggio ZIP 70cc
• 1st place in 3rd Round of Russian Supercross Championship, Suzuki RM85
• 2nd place in 4th Round of Russian Supercross Championship,Suzuki RM85
• 3rd place in 3rd Round of Russian Motocross Championship, KTM 85SX
• 6th place in 2nd Round Cup of Spain Jerez PreMoto3 250, Moriwaki 250
• 10th place in 4th Round Cup of Spain Aragon PreMoto3 250, Moriwaki 250
In total, 11 victories and 4 podiums in Russian competitions: Scooters, Road Racing, Motocross.

2012

• 2nd Russian Motocross Championship 85, Suzuki RM85
• Contested the European Motocross Championship, 85cc class World Junior Motocross Championship, 85cc class.

2011

• 2nd in 3rd round of Russian Supercross Championship
• 1st in 2nd (Final) round St.Petersburg Motocross Championship, Suzuki RM85

2010

• Top-3 finish Motocross Championship, 85 cc class, North-West Russia Region.
• Top-3 finish Motocross Championship, 85cc class, St. Petersburg.

2009

• 2nd Championship of St.Petersburg winter motocross, KTM 65SX
• 1st Championship of St.Petersburg Motocross, KTM 65SX
• 1st Championship of St.Petersburg Quadcross (ATV), Yamaha YZF250

2008

• 3rd Championship of St.Petersburg Motocross, KTM 65SX
• 1st year of riding, motocross

Results

Race Pos Pts
02 May 14 Jerez, Spain QP 22
03 May 14 Jerez, Spain RAC 18 0
04 May 14 Jerez, Spain RAC2 20 0
15 Aug 14 Automotodrom Brno, Czech Republic QP 22
16 Aug 14 Automotodrom Brno, Czech Republic RAC 22 0
17 Aug 14 Automotodrom Brno, Czech Republic RAC2 18 0
12 Sep 14 Misano World Circuit, Italy QP 15
13 Sep 14 Misano World Circuit, Italy RAC 20 0
26 Sep 14 Motorland Aragon, Spain QP 20
27 Sep 14 Motorland Aragon, Spain RAC 22 0
28 Sep 14 Motorland Aragon, Spain RAC2 NC 0
Race Pos Pts
01 May 15 Circuito de Jerez, Spain QP 9
02 May 15 Circuito de Jerez, Spain RAC 14 2
03 May 15 Circuito de Jerez, Spain RAC2 14 2
25 Jun 15 TT Circuit Assen, Netherlands QP 9
26 Jun 15 TT Circuit Assen, Netherlands RAC 11 5
27 Jun 15 TT Circuit Assen, Netherlands RAC2 9 7
10 Jul 15 Sachsenring, Germany QP 4
11 Jul 15 Sachsenring, Germany RAC 10 6
12 Jul 15 Sachsenring, Germany RAC2 15 1
14 Aug 15 Automotodrom Brno, Czech Republic QP 11
15 Aug 15 Automotodrom Brno, Czech Republic RAC NC 0
17 Aug 15 Automotodrom Brno, Czech Republic RAC2 NC 0
28 Aug 15 Silverstone, United Kingdom QP 20
29 Aug 15 Silverstone, United Kingdom RAC 8 8
30 Aug 15 Silverstone, United Kingdom RAC2 6 10
11 Sep 15 Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli, Italy QP 14
12 Sep 15 Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli, Italy RAC 14 2
25 Sep 15 Motorland Aragon, Spain QP 15
26 Sep 15 Motorland Aragon, Spain RAC 17 0
28 Sep 15 Motorland Aragon, Spain RAC2 12 4
Race Pos Pts
22 Apr 16 Circuito de Jerez, Spain QP 8
23 Apr 16 Circuito de Jerez, Spain RAC1 5 11
24 Apr 16 Circuito de Jerez, Spain RAC2 7 9
24 Jun 16 TT Circuit Assen, Netherlands QP 4
25 Jun 16 TT Circuit Assen, Netherlands RAC1 NC 0
26 Jun 16 TT Circuit Assen, Netherlands RAC2 NC 0
15 Jul 16 Sachsenring, Germany QP 5
16 Jul 16 Sachsenring, Germany RAC1 5 11
17 Jul 16 Sachsenring, Germany RAC2 6 10
12 Aug 16 Red Bull Ring – Spielberg, Austria QP 10
13 Aug 16 Red Bull Ring – Spielberg, Austria RAC1 6 10
14 Aug 16 Red Bull Ring – Spielberg, Austria RAC2 13 3
19 Aug 16 Automotodrom Brno, Czech Republic QP 11
20 Aug 16 Automotodrom Brno, Czech Republic RAC1 5 11
21 Aug 16 Automotodrom Brno, Czech Republic RAC2 14 2
23 Sep 16 Motorland Aragon, Spain QP 11
24 Sep 16 Motorland Aragon, Spain RAC1 9 7
25 Sep 16 Motorland Aragon, Spain RAC2 11 5