Red Bull Rookies Cup Media Announcement

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. Bease 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 Grand Prix:

May 2nd/3rd - Jerez, Spain (doubleheader)May 30th - Mugello, ItalyJune 27th - Assen, NetherlandsJuly 18th - Sachsenring, GermanyJuly 25th - Donington, EnglandAugust 15th/16th - Brno, Czech Republic (doubleheader)

Two pre-season tests, each lasting two days, are planned:March 26th-27th - Estoril, PortugalMarch 30th-31st - Jerez, Spain