JEREZ, Spain – official series release — Gareth Harford photo —
The ninth season of the Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup will kick off in Jerez with the first race on May 2.
Another 13-race year is in store beginning with the first European Grand Prix.
The 24 teenagers from 14 nations will have already been on the bikes at the preseason test held at the same track during three days between March 31 and April 3.
The 2014 season saw a large number of rookies graduate, so Italian 16-year-old Fabio Di Giannantonio and 15-year-old Netherlander Bo Bendsneyder start their second Cup seasons as favorites having finished eighth and ninth in the points table last year.
Olly Simpson, the 16 year-old Australian, is the only Rookie heading into a third year. There are 14 new names. Twelve of those were invited from the October Selection event and two, 15-year-old Kaito Toba and 14-year-old Ayumu Sasaki, both from Japan, are graduates of the Asia Talent Cup.
All the GPs feature two Rookies Cup races except the Misano round, where there is a single race on Saturday. The events all start with two free practice session and a single qualifying session.
Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup Schedule
Date – Venue – Location
May 2-3 – Circuito de Jerez – Jerez, Spain
June 26-27 – TT Circuit Assen – Assen, The Netherlands
July 11-12 – Sachsenring – Hohenstein-Ernstthal, Germany
Aug. 15-16 – Brno Circuit – Brno, Czech Republic
Aug. 29-30 – Donington Park – Donington, England
Sept. 12 – Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli – Misano Adriatico, Italy
Sept. 26-27 – Motorland Aragon – Alcañiz, Spain