In a time when companies around the world have been affected by the current state of the economy, the racing industry has not been immune. Due to a significant reduction of key partner support, Red Bull has made the tough decision to trim the 2009 Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup calendar to eight races at six Grands Prix and cancel the 2009 Red Bull AMA U.S. Rookies Cup season.
The overall aim of the Rookies Cup remains, however, to give as many talented young riders as possible the chance to progress toward the highest level of Grand Prix motorcycle racing. Based on their success in the 2008 Red Bull AMA U.S. Rookies Cup, two riders, series champion Benny Solis of North Hollywood, Calif., and Hayden Gillim, of Owensboro, Ky., have advanced to compete on the world stage in Europe in the Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup.
The Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup now enters its third season and will be contested at the following Grands Prix:
May 2nd / 3rd Jerez – Spain (doubleheader)
May 30th Mugello – Italy
June 27th Assen – Netherlands
July 18th Sachsenring – Germany
July 25th Donington – England
August 15th /16th Brno – Czech Republic (doubleheader)
Two pre-season tests, each lasting two days, are planned:
March 26th – 27th Estoril – Portugal
March 30th – 31st Jerez – Spain