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Now Accepting Applications: 2013 Red Bull Rookies Cup
Reading the rules and filling out the form are simple first steps in applying for the 2013 Red Bull Rookies Cup. If chosen, Rookies enter the world of Grand Prix racing, carrying with them their helmet, skill, determination and a capacity for hard work.
Aspiring racers born between January 1st, 1996 and March 31st, 2000 with high performance motorcycle experience are eligible. The best of the Applicants will be invited to a Selection Event later this year and from there a small number will be invited to join the Rookies Cup for 2013.
The Rookies are required to bring a mechanic helper to all the events and they have to cover the travel and hotel costs themselves but inside the circuit the launch pad to a Grand Prix career is there to be taken.
Gender: Male or Female
Age: Born between January 1st, 1996 and March 31st, 2000
Height: Likely to be less than 5′ 6″
Weight: Likely to be less than 137 lbs.
Go here to enter he online application system: www.redbullrookiescup.com/join
The partnership between Red Bull, Dorna, KTM, Ipone and Alpinestars that has developed the Rookies Cup since 2007 now takes another step forward with the move to 4-stroke Moto3 machinery for the 2013 season. Created as a twin to KTM’s 2013 factory Moto3 machine the Rookies KTM 250 RBR will prepare riders perfectly for the step into Grand Prix racing.
Graduating Rookies have firmly established themselves on the Grand Prix leaderboard with the likes of Danny Kent, Luis Salom, Jakub Kornfeil and Arthur Sissis fighting for glory every weekend. Ex Rookies Cup Champion Johann Zarco recorded 4 pole positions and 11 podiums including a win in the 125 GP category before stepping up to Moto2 for 2012. The competition to follow in their footsteps has never been hotter with Florian Alt, Scott Deroue and Phillip Oettl leading this year’s charge with 5 races remaining.
KTM 250 RBR
Engine: 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
Front Suspension: WP / DM 45 mm, RCMA3548
Rear Suspension: WP / adjust. length, hydraulic preload
Brakes front/rear: Brembo radial caliper, 290 / 190 mm single 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
Silencer: Akrapovic Full Titanium System
Frame: Tubular steel with adjustable headstock and swing arm pivot
Dry weight: approximately 83 kg
Tank capacity: approximately 11 liters