Get on the best bike, in the world's best young rider championship.
With the unveiling of KTM's Moto3 machine for the the 2013 Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup a new chapter in the greatest series for teenage racers has been opened.
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.
The online application system is open for the 2013 Cup:
Reading the rules and filling in the form are simple first steps to join the Road to Rookies Cup and the trail to World Championship success. All those 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 have 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. The Rookies have to walk in, carrying with them their helmet, skill, determination and a capacity for hard work.
Red Bull Rookie 2013
Gender: Male or Female
Age: Born between January 1st, 1996 and March 31st, 2000
Height: Likely to be less than 1m 72cm
Weight: Likely to be less than 62kg
Blood type: High octane
Genes: Both inherited genius and alien mystery DNA are accepted
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 litres
GP125 - geometry, ergonomics, aerodynamic, components
MotoGP Motor - Layout cylinder head and throttle body
RC8 R SBK - electronics, frame knowhow, material/machining
MX - lubrication system, gearbox, clutch, kinematics valve train
WP Frame building
Kiska - Industrial Design
Pankl - Racing Systems
Wethje - Plastic Technology