The fifth edition of Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup features 25 riders from around the world competing in an expanded championship.The 2011 edition of the series is expanding to 14 races at eight venues, up from 10 races in 2010. The expansion comes with two additional races at the Portuguese Grand Prix in Estoril and two more at the British Grand Prix at Silverstone.American Jake Gagne won the 2010 RBR MotoGP Cup by six points, 170 to 164, over Brit Danny Kent.The provisional 2011 field of 25 includes riders from 15 countries, with Italy and Germany represented with four each, and one, Joe Roberts, from the USA.Provisional 2011 Rookies Cup calendarEstoril (Portugal), March 11-12-14, Pre-season TestJerez (Spain), April 2-3, Rounds 1+2Estoril (Portugal), April 30-May 1, Rounds 3+4Silverstone (United Kingdom), June 11-12, Rounds 5+6Assen (Netherlands), June 24-25, Rounds 7+8Mugello (Italy), July 2, Round 9Sachsenring (Germany), July 16-17, Rounds 10+11Brno (Czech Republic), August 13-14, Rounds 12+13Misano (Republic of San Marino), September 3, Round 14

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Abrams is the longest-serving contributor at Cycle News. Over the course of his 35-some years of writing and shooting photos, he’s covered events from MotoGP to the Motocross World Championship - and everything in between.

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