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1st Round of Red Bull Road to Rookies Cup kicks off

Parichay Malvankar
Written by Parichay Malvankar

Thirteen young biking enthusiasts, between 12 and 16 years of age, are selected for the Red Bull Road to Rookies Cup 2017 after competing in the Riders Selection Programme of four rounds – Meco Kartopia in Bangalore (June 4), Airstrip in Aizawal (June 10), Rayo Racing’s track in Pune (June 18) and World of Wonders in Greater Noida (June 25). Red Bull Road to Rookies Cup not only defines a new category in the sport in India but also gives the best motorcycle racer in the country a chance to be a part of the internationally acclaimed Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup 2017!

The 13 young racers who have qualified for the second edition of Red Bull Road to Rookies Cup:

S. No. Name City / State Date of Birth
1 Prajwal Vishwanath Bangalore 20-08-2004
2 Naveen Rajesh Chennai 06-05-2004
3 Lalnunsanga Aizawl / Mizoram 18-12-2002
4 Lalhruaizela Aizawl / Mizoram 01-04-2002
5 Vanlalthlamuana Aizawl / Mizoram 07-07-2001
6 PC Andy Lalhmangaihsanga Aizawl / Mizoram 18-11-2002
7 V Lalhlimpuia Aizawl / Mizoram 01-06-2001
8 Augustine Laltlankima Aizawl / Mizoram 05-09-2002
9 Neneiha Lalneithluanga Aizawl / Mizoram 13-10-2001
10 Zothanmawia Aizawl / Mizoram 21-01-2002
11 Varoon S Chennai 13-05-2003
12 Eshaan Shankar Delhi 13-01-2003
13 Jaden Gunawardena Sri Lanka 09-04-2004

The selected riders compete against each other in the three rounds for Red Bull Road to Rookies Cup, held alongside the Suzuki Gixxer Cup held at Kari Motor Speedway (Coimbatore), during the JK Tyre National Racing Championship.

Both the Suzuki Gixxer Cup and the Red Bull Road to Rookies Cup are being run as a part of the prestigious 20thJK Tyre FMSCI National Racing Championship 2017. While the Road to Rookies Cup caters to riders between the ages of 12 and 16 years, the Suzuki Gixxer Cup is for riders of 17 years and older.

The schedule for the three rounds for Red Bull Road to Rookies Cup is below:

ROUND DATE VENUE CITY
1 7th – 9th July Kari Motor Speedway Coimbatore
2 4th – 6th August Kari Motor Speedway Coimbatore
3 1st – 3rd September Kari Motor Speedway Coimbatore

The detailed race results of Red Bull Road to Rookies Cup in Coimbatore are as follows:

  1. Red Bull Road to Rookies Cup Race 1
    Laps: 8
    1st: Jaden Gunawardena 12:27:473
    2nd: Lalhruaizela 12:36:345
    3rd: Lalnunsanga 12:46:451
    Best Lap: Jaden Gunawarden 1:26:012
  2. Red Bull Road to Rookies Cup Race 2
    Laps: 8
    1st: Jaden Gunawardena 11:47:188
    2nd: Varoon S 11:50:423
    3rd: Lalhruaizela 11:50:530
    Best Lap: Jaden Gunawardena 1:25:775

Below please find Championship points of the top contenders of the Red Bull Road to Rookies Cup 2017

Red Bull Road to Rookies 2017 Championship Points
Rookies Round 1 Round 2 Round 3  
Position Name Race 1 Race 2 Race 1 Race 2 Race 1 Race 2 Championship
1 LALHRUAIZELA 10 8         18
2 LALNUNSANGA 8 6         14
3 VAROON S 2 10         12
4 VANLALTHLAMUANA 5 4         9
5 P C ANDY L 6 3         9
6 NENEIHA 4 2         6
7 ZOTHANMAWIA 0 5         5

The second edition of Red Bull Road to Rookies Cup would culminate in the 3rd round at Kari, as the most talented rider (of Indian Nationality) will head to Spain and get a chance to represent India in the Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup Qualifiers in September.

Red Bull Road to Rookies Cup returns to Kari Motor Speedway in Coimbatore for Round 2 on the weekend of 4th– 6th August.

JK Tyre presents Suzuki Gixxer Cup is organised under affiliation from the Federation of Motor Sports Clubs of India.

Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup, since its inception in 2007 has grown into one of the most thrilling 2 wheel spectacles in the world. The Rookies Cup has released new stars into the world of Grand Prix racing; both Moto2 and Moto3 World Champions in 2015 were ex Rookies. Every year the level of competition has climbed and this year’s intake are set to raise the bar yet again for the 11th running of the Cup.

About the author

Parichay Malvankar

Parichay Malvankar

Founder, owner and editor-in-chief of www.Shifting-Gears.com; a born gearhead, nothing apart from a set of wheels gets his pulse racing.