Brad Binder and Jack Miller on the Moto3 podium
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Five young hotshots to watch out for in MotoGP

RedBull.com picks out five seriously talented and exciting prospects to keep a close eye on in 2015.
Written by Joseph Caron Dawe
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The focus may usually fix on the elite of the MotoGP World Championship, but the path to the top is always full of exhilarating young talents who are aiming to become the next Marc Márquez or ValentinoRossi.
MotoGP fans are in for a treat in 2015, when an array of talent will again take to the track to entertain.
In preparation for next season, RedBull.com has picked out five young riders across Moto3 and MotoGP whose talent promises to mark them out for future success.
Fabio Quartararo has been stirring up excitement
Fabio Quartararo has been stirring up excitement

Fabio Quartararo

Moto3 Age: 15
This young French starlet has got the motorcycling world very excited indeed. Quartararo has for the last two years been the Spanish Moto3 champion, the feeder competition for the Moto3 World Championship.
He'll still only be 15 when he debuts in Qatar next March, below the minimum mandatory age of 16. His talent is such that MotoGP organisers Dorna created an exception to allow him to ride.
Tipped for big things, don't be surprised if Quartararo makes a huge impact in his first year!
Enea Bastianini: The new Rossi?
Enea Bastianini: The new Rossi?

Enea Bastianini

Moto3 Age: 17
Rookie of the year in Moto3 in 2014 at just 16 years of age, Bastianini is the latest great Italian hope to succeed and possibly emulate legend Valentino Rossi.
A graduate of the Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup, Bastianini lit up Moto3 in his first season, scoring three podium finishes and showing off the kind of talent and racing style that makes people in the know sit up and take note.
His Gresini team are switching from KTM to Honda for 2015, but the change in machinery that can often take riders time to adjust to didn't bother Bastianini in the slightest. He was the fastest rider at the post-season test in Valencia, the sign of a natural born rider.
Brad Binder and Jack Miller on the Moto3 podium
Brad Binder and Jack Miller on the Moto3 podium

Brad Binder

Moto3 Age: 19
Following in similar footsteps to Jack Miller, Binder has been riding in the Moto3 World Championship for a few seasons now, but is finally getting his chance to shine with the Red Bull KTM Ajo team.
The South African's progress has been notable over the past three seasons, as he's improved and developed his talent on different bikes. In 2014 he was on a Mahindra and took his first podiums, catching the attention of Aki Ajo who has a track record in identifying potential World Champions.
In 2015 Binder's expectations will be high, as he targets the top prize in Moto3.

Jack Miller

MotoGP Age: 20
Plenty of headlines have been written about Jack Miller's step up to MotoGP in 2015, but the only real thing worth remembering is that the man who wanted Marc Márquez at Honda is the same guy who made a move for Miller.
Honda Vice President Shuhei Nakamoto saw enough in Miller in Moto3 in 2014 to want him on one of his machines for next season, and Miller's combination of talent and personality is sure to be a hit at the top level.
The young Australian, who's never short of a funny quip, missed out on the Moto3 title by just two points in 2014, and will arrive in MotoGP as a rookie ready to take on the biggest challenge a rider can. His new team boss at LCR Honda Lucio Cecchinello has complete faith and confidence in Miller:
I think he will surprise everybody... at the Qatar race. We will have a good bike and he will learn very quickly!
Maverick Viñales won't be scared of MotoGP
Maverick Viñales won't be scared of MotoGP

Maverick Viñales

MotoGP Age: 20
Maverick Viñales's rise through the World Championship has been meteoric. After winning the Spanish 125cc title in 2010, he debuted in the World Championship the following year and was winning races immediately.
Moto3 World Champion in 2013, Viñales stepped up to Moto2 in 2014 and won four races as he astounded with his rapid adaptation to a bigger machine. It moved Suzuki to snap him up for 2015, and his fearless approach, incredible talent and burning desire to win make him a massively exciting rider to watch.
If the bike and me are on a level, we'll make some very good battles. I think we are ready to fight with the best riders.
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Part of this story

Brad Binder

Crowned the Moto3™ world champion in 2016, South …

South AfricaSouth Africa

Jack Miller

A race-winning MotoGP™ rider, Australia's Jack …

AustraliaAustralia