Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup: - The drivers

Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup: - The drivers

23.03.2007: Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup: - The drivers

# 3 – Daniel Kartheininger (GER)

Daniel was born just before Christmas 1992 and soon wanted a toy bike – from Santa Clause, obviously.

His father introduced him to motorsports, who else? He brought along a pocket bike from a trip to Italy – and from this point onwards, Daniel K. had just one thing on his mind.

His idol is Max Biaggi, but also Nicky Hayden, after all he just recently became world champion.

The race that D.K. is most desperate to win is the German GP on the Sachsenring. It does not have to be this year or 2008. He is taking his time.

Friendship is important to Daniel, and he has one big desire: better marks at school. 



# 5 – Johann Zarco (FRA)

Johann was born 16 years ago in one of the most beautiful places in Europe, where usually international film stars cultivate their connections.

Johann Zarco was born in Cannes, on July 16th – two days after Bastille Day, the French national holiday, but J.Z. probably did not care back then.

His first experience of a two-wheeler was a mini-moto right away – and he was immediately successful in his very first race on such a machine.

His big idol is Valentino Rossi, and Johann wants to win all his races just like him. A modest young Frenchman.

His father remains to be his biggest patron – and just like his son Johann, he would go and invent motorsports if it did not already exist.

Zarco senior and Zarco junior really live and breathe motorsports.

It was no big surprise then that Zarco junior was always among the fastest during testing. 



# 6 – Péter Sebestyén (HUN)

Someone just has to be the youngest.

And in this case, Péter Sebestyén is the youngest rider of the Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup.

The young man from Budapest is a huge asset for the Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup because of his light-hearted appearance – he absorbs everything around him and always wants explanations for all sorts of questions: setup, race line, tactics.

His father introduced him to motorsports, and the junior would love to win a GP race at Brno. In years to come, of course.

If he could he would build a MotoGP track in Hungary – but he is still very young after all.



# 7 – Deane Brown (GB)

As a Brit in the 2007 Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup, Deane Brown has plenty of folk to talk to. Not just his father John, who will travel with Deane from country to country.

Deane will have four colleagues from the United Kingdom around, after all the Brits have this year’s largest national contingent, a total of five riders.

Deane will celebrate his 14th birthday one week after the first Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup race in Jerez – very likely on some race track.

He might have become a footballer, had he not been bitten by the notorious motorsports bug thanks to his uncle – but that is hardly surprising in GB.

Then David Beckham might have been his hero, instead of Valentino Rossi.



# 9 – Lukáš Šembera (CZE)

Lukáš Šembera is the only Czech rider to make it into the 2007 Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup.

A young man addicted to motorsports like Lukáš just had to be born in Brno – not far from the famous Masarykring race track, constructed in 1987.

Five years later Šembera was born into the Brno motorsports euphoria, so to speak.

His father brought Lukáš along to the circuit and thus introduced him to motorsports – and just a little while later, wee Lukáš had found his great hero: Valentino Rossi, who else?

The young Czech is a very balanced person on and off the race track.

He has already raced at the California Superbike School in the States and he thinks that the Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup is the best thing that has ever happened to him.

He just loves to play video games – and he has already won every race on the PlayStation. So why not in real life as well?



# 11 – Jamie Mossey (GB)

He may well become one of the favourites for the 2007 Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup. At least when checking the lap charts from the last test in Jerez.

The yet 14-year-old Brit Jamie Mossey finished second and third respectively in this representative daily classification.

His father, a successful motorcycle rider himself, introduced Jamie to motorsports – and he of course wants to continue the British tradition in bike racing by all means. At a later point in time.

The young man from Great Chishill best relaxes by clearing his mind completely and thinking about certain race tracks. And then he goes through the lap in his mind over and over again.

His great hero is Valentino Rossi, "because you can learn from him in every race, on each lap. And I like to study the best!" 



# 12 – Javier Cholbi-Pascual (ESP)

The Spanish fraction in the international Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup is comprised of four very fast riders, who may all be good for top results.

Such as the youngest of the Iberians, Javier Cholbi-Pascual.

It is rather easy to get bitten by the motorsports bug in Spain. His father brought Javier along to the race track, and it is also his father who is widely accepted as the major patron of this promising career.

He also would have liked to become a tennis player, but fortunately he opted for motorcycle racing. Rafael Nadal, the Spanish number 2 in the ATP rankings, thinks alike. Because, who knows?

Javier is desperate to win a Grand Prix at Valencia, on the very same track he was able to qualify for the Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup.

He loves to relax while listening to music – and his great hero does not hail from motorsports, but from the world of film stars: Vin Diesel.



# 16 – Cameron Beaubier (USA)

He will arrive in Jerez with a heavy burden – for the first race of the 2007 Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup. But a very positive burden at that.

That is to say Cameron Beaubier was the fastest rider at the final test in Jerez – on the very track that will host the first Rookies Cup race.

C.B. is the youngest of a total of three Americans in the Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup and probably one of the best of those.

His parents introduced him to motorsports – and that was a good thing, because otherwise "I would have probably become a football player" – soccer, you know.

Cameron names the brothers Eric & Ben Bostrom and obviously Nicky Hayden as his personal favourites – which is pretty much self-explanatory.

Even if Beaubier would love to win a GP race, he remains humble: Winning a US race would do! 


# 21 – Kevin Sánchez Montilla (ESP)

A Spaniard called Kevin?

Kevin Schwantz might have played a role when the name was chosen – a minor one, at least.

Kevin Sánchez Montilla is one of the total of four Spaniards in this cup.

His father introduced him to the world of motorcycle racing, but that is anything but uncommon in Spain.

Hard to believe, but neither Pedrosa, Checa nor Elias – the Spanish MotoGP stars – are his big idols.

No, Kevin is standing by Nicky. Hayden, that is.

Nevertheless his big goal is very closely linked with Spain, since the 14-year-old wants to win the Valencia GP in Spain at least once in his career.

Time will tell, Kevin. 


# 22 – Cyril Carrillo (FRA)

Just like his French Cup colleague Johann Zarco, Cyril Carrillo ranks among the more seasoned riders in the field.

And just like Zarco, Carrillo was born and bred by the seaside: in Marseille.

His first and ultimately also decisive contact with motorcycle racing: a few laps around a kart track on a pocket bike at the age of six.

C.C. finished second in the French 125cc championship last year. Carrillo emphasises his physical fitness and should start the season well-prepared in terms of condition.

The young Frenchman’s role models are Valentino Rossi as well as reigning 125cc world champion Alvaro Bautista from Spain. 


# 23 – Matthew Hoyle (GB)

Matthew Hoyle will celebrate his 16th birthday between the Jerez and Mugello race weekends, thus making him the oldest Brit in the field.

Father Stephen had been a successful motorcycle rider on the British Isles himself and also introduced Hoyle the younger to racing.

His great desire in the sport is to advance to the MotoGP class, starting, maybe even winning the Donington GP.

During the tests, Hoyle has been among the top ten consistently, and he is rated as one of the young riders most eager for knowledge in the field of rookies.

His great hero in bike racing is on the one hand Valentino Rossi – but Matthew also very much admires Gustl Auinger: "It’s incredible what we’ve already learned from Gustl and the KTM team in a short period of time. I could listen to him for hours on end." 


# 28 – Markus Reiterberger (GER)

Markus Reiterberger is the youngest German in the field, celebrating his 13th birthday on March the 9th – just in time for the season opener in Jerez.

The young Bavarian from Trostberg was introduced to motorsports by a well-known and very successful German motorcycle racer – Ralf Waldmann, twenty times a GP winner, created interest in wee Markus.

He already has several successes to show – Reiterberger won three titles in the German Minibike Cup.

His big goal is a spot in the German Grand Prix on the Sachsenring, where he would like to take the win as well.

Markus Reiterberger names two personal idols at once: Valentino Rossi and Ralf Waldmann. 


# 32 – Lorenzo Savadori (ITA)

A name like a world champion.

Lorenzo Savadori.

And he also comes from the country of the great Valentino Rossi.

But the role model of Lorenzo, the only Italian in the 2007 Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup, is not "The Doctor".

Savadori is a huge fan of Troy Bayliss.

On April 4th he turns 14 – and his favourite track will follow as a late birthday present. Because at Mugello he of course wants to win. In the Rookies Cup in early June and some other June in MotoGP as well.

If his father had not brought him into motorsports, Lorenzo would have probably become a snowboarder.

Which would have been a real shame since Savadori was able to prove his huge talent at the Jerez test with top three times – impressively.

His greatest moment so far: Winning the European "Minimoto" Championship.



# 33 – Sturla Borch Fagerhaug (NOR)

The Norwegians are distinguished in winter sports.

Ski jumpers, alpine skiers and so on…

Now along comes Sturla Borch Fagerhaug. And he wants to be a racer.

16 years old, from Oslo. Once again the father is to blame.

He turned Sturla onto motorcycles and supported the junior.

The young Viking soon had Spaniard Dani Pedrosa as a role model and Assen as his favourite track.

His big goal for the moment: A Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup win in Assen – and he will get his chance on June 30th, in the fourth race of the season.

Fagerhaug is quick, easily staying inside the top ten at all times during the recent Jerez test.

He would love to live in Spain and spend every minute on his KTM. His greatest moment: "When I received the mail from Red Bull, saying that I had qualified for the Rookies Cup! Just incredible!" 


# 35 – Christoph Schönberger (GER)

Christoph Schönberger is one of a total of four German riders in the 2007 Rookies Cup.

He comes from Deggendorf in Bavaria and is a huge fan of Loris Capirossi.

He has been successful since the start of his motorsports activities –finishing second in the German Minibike championship.

When he is not actually sitting on his KTM, C.S. is most comfortable at home in Bavaria.

His concern: His school grades should improve a bit – but this might be a tough task in the weeks ahead – with two races at Jerez and Mugello in marked contrast to his schooling.

Well, let’s wait and see. 


# 36 – Stuart Mitchell (GB)

Stuart is one of five Brits in the 2007 Rookies Cup.

Born and bred in Reading, his father introduced him to motorsports.

The self-professed football fan is particularly proud of FC Reading’s performance in this year’s English Premier League – Reading is currently in seventh, having a shot at a UEFA Cup spot.

So much for football.

Mitchell has one distinct idol: Valentino Rossi – and just like his big hero, he wants to win each and every race.

Stuart Mitchell also is a particular fan of Gustl Auinger. "He’s always calm and collected, and he helps us with every question and problem no matter how small!" 


# 38 – Kris Turner (USA)

Kris Turner is one of the young and wild Americans.

Born in Chattanooga, Tennessee, Kris was introduced to motorsports by his father.

Two years ago, he celebrated his first successes – winning the so-called SEMRA GP 85cc Championship 2005 in the States, but he wanted more.

As soon as Turner heard of the Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup, his application was already in the mail.

He easily cleared the next hurdle at Valencia – Kris Turner is ready to race.

His big idol is Nicky Hayden – makes sense.

In the cup he is out to finish on the podium as soon as possible – and judging from the tests, this may become reality in the near future.


# 39 – Luis Jaime Salom (ESP)

Luis Jaime Salom is the "man from the island" in the Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup.

Born and bred in Mallorca, he spent most of his adolescence on the beach, by the sea.

His family brought him into motorsports – and a plane brought him to Valencia, to the Selection Event of the Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup.

Mattia Pasini, the Italian GP rider from Rimini, is his role model.

However his big, if only fictional idol, remains to be Rocky Balboa – alias Sylvester Stallone.

But he would not have grown up to be a boxer on any account, even if there were no motorsports.

No, Luis Jaime would probably have become a professional cyclist in Mallorca.



# 52 – Adam Blacklock (GB)

Adam Blacklock is the highlander of the Rookies Cup and the only bespectacled rider in the field.

The young Scotsman just turned 14 a few days ago and is thus one of the Cup’s youngest riders.

Befitting for a genuine highlander, rugby is his favourite sports – if it were not for motorsports.

His father is to blame for the motorsports bug biting him, and Alex Barros soon became the young Scotsman’s big role model.

All he wants to do now is sit on his KTM and race every weekend. But Adam will have to wait for it a little.

In the meantime he relaxes with good music and exciting TV shows.

And he may well do so – at the age of 14.


# 66 – Robert Gull (SWE)

Robert Gull is the only Swede in the Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup 2007.

The 16 year old Swede ranks among the best of the best up-and-coming talents in Swedish motorcycle racing.

He secured four minibike championship titles in Sweden and has also won Metrakit races in Spain.

His father Anders introduced Robert to motorsports and will very likely accompany him to all the races this year.

His home track at Anderstorp might not be on the Rookies Cup calendar, but luckily Assen is not that far away.

He is the only rookie without a role model or idol – this speaks volumes about the young Swede’s self-confidence.

Robert wants to win races himself, plenty of them.

And in between he relaxes by taking a nap.

Wake up – Robert. 


# 69 – Lucy Glöckner (GER)

Ladies first.

Or at least – lady first.

This might be the order of the day in the Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup.

Because Lucy Glöckner is the only girl in the field and so much more than just the result of an equal opportunities policy.

The young lady from Krumhermersdorf in Bavaria was consistently quick – both in Valencia and at the final test in Jerez de la Frontera.

P7 at the Jerez test – some young gents’ faces fell that day.

Lucy became a fan of motorsports through her father as well, and Lucy also thinks that Max Biaggi is simply outstanding.

The 16-year-old would love to win a race on the Sachsenring, if not in the Rookies Cup then maybe at a later date.

Lucy would also like to have better grades at school, but the teachers will just have to turn a blind eye every now and then...



# 73 – JD Beach (USA)

He has a name like a film star.

Or maybe a rock star.

JD Beach.

What does JD stand for? This will probably remain the 15 year old US boy’s secret for the time being.

The young man from Seattle will very likely remain sleepless most of the time in the next couple of weeks.

His father, a lightning quick dirt tracker in the States, introduced him to the world of motorsports – and that’s where JD chose to stay.

JD has won some notable dirt track races himself – which probably explains his skillful bike control.

JD names Americans Eric and Ben Bostrom, as well as Nicky Hayden as his great heroes.

Friendship – that’s the most important thing in JD’s life aside from bikes. 


# 92 – Cristian Trabalon (ESP)

He has opted for start number 92.

Spaniard Cristian Trabalon – born in 92.

That’s the highest number in the entire field. But the young man from Arboleas (Almeria) would not want to be at the back of the field for sure.

His father – what a surprise – introduced wee Cristian to motorsports. He bought him a cross minibike.

Trabalon junior then spent each minute of his spare time at the Circuito Almeria race track, observing the teams and the riders.

Of course he would like to win the Spanish GP, actually all the other races on the MotoGP calendar as well.

His role model is Lance Armstrong, because little Cristiano too had to overcome a serious illness in his childhood. He successfully defeated it – just like his hero Lance Armstrong.


- Thomas Blazek- also photo


23.03.2007 / MaP

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Report: Großer Preis von Valencia, 17. Lauf zur MotoGP-WeltmeisterschaftMichelin Pilot Nicky Hayden erstmals MotoGP-Weltmeister Statistisches WM-Endstand Das „Kentucky Kid" entthront den „Doctor": In einem sensationellen S more >>
Loris Capirossi: "Completely concentrate on riding"
Bridgestone’s 2006 e-reporter winner and Martin Westerhoff caught up with Ducati’s Loris Capirossi on the MotoGP season finale at Valencia/Spain.   more >>
Rossi in pole position for title bid at Valencia
QUALIFYING 1 REPORT 28/10/2006 Camel Yamaha Team rider Valentino Rossi will launch his bid for the MotoGP World Championship title in the best possible circumstances tomorrow after sealing pole position for the final race of the season in today's qualifying session at Valencia. The Italian repeatedly smashed the pole record here to make sure of the top spot, event more >>


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