One of the American teenagers taking part in the Red Bull Rookies Cup, a breeding ground for young talent, has documented his experiences so far. It's an interesting look at the event from a rider's perspective, and from a teenager's perspective. The selection event is being run at the Ricardo Tormo circuit in Valencia, the same track the Valencia Grand Prix will be run at on October 29th. The riders who make it through the selection process will be invited to take part in the full Red Bull Rookies Cup series, which will see 20 riders face off in 7 races across Europe in 2007. The riders showing talent in the Red Bull Rookies Cup will be invited to take part in the MotoGP Academy, an initiative run by Dorna to promote young racing talent in MotoGP. This academy produced the young British rider Bradley Smith, currently racing his rookie year in the 125 class, and doing pretty well in what is perhaps the most competitive class in GP racing. So, if you want to find out about what it takes to get started in MotoGP, or want to know about the stars of the future, check it out.
The selection process is not without it's critics, however, as RoadRacing World has had a series of opinion pieces about the series. They believe the selection races are biased against the American (and all non-Spanish) riders, as the races are held at Valencia, a regular stop for the ultra-competitive Spanish 125 championship.