Red Bull Cancels AMA Rookies Cup

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Red Bull has decided to cancel the 2009 Red Bull AMA U.S. Rookies Cup and trim the 2009 Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup to eight races at six Grand Prix following a significant reduction of support by a major partner.

Here’s what Red Bull had to say: “At a time when companies the world over are bracing themselves for the effects of recession Red Bull has shouldered as much of the load as possible to cover both the technical as well as operational efforts of running the MotoGP Cup, but there will simply not be enough spares and technical support available to keep the U.S. series at a high level in 2009.

Mathew Scholtz, #20, and Sturla Fagerhaug, #33, start the 2008 Red Bull AMA U.S. Riders Cup in Indianapolis – Kim F.

Mathew Scholtz, #20, and Sturla Fagerhaug, #33, start the 2008 Red Bull AMA U.S. Riders Cup in Indianapolis – Kim F.

“This is not a happy situation for anyone concerned. The positive is that the Rookies Cup will continue and the aim remains to give as many riders as possible the chance to progress towards the highest level of Grand Prix racing.”

Red Bull wished to thank Alpinestars and Dorna for their support and says it deeply regrets the unavoidable disappointment that the decision brings, particularly to those involved in the U.S. Cup.

The Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup now enters its third season and will be contested at the following Grand Prix:
May 2-3 … Jerez, Spain (double header)
May 30 … Mugello, Italy
June 27 … Assen, Netherlands
July 18 … Sachsenring, Germany
July 25 … Donington, England
August 15-16 … Brno, Czech Republic (double header)

Two pre-season tests, each lasting two days, are planned for March 26-27 in Estoril, Portugal, and March 30-31 in Jerez, Spain.

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