Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup KTMs Assen
Yurchenko, the 17-year-old Russian who has taken a big step forward this season. Looking good Manuel González is looking strong in his first Rookies season, he lies sixth in the title chase and could challenge the more established names. The 13-year-old was the Golden Bib winner for last year’s Selection Event and is repaying the confidence of his supporters. Applications for this year are now open – http://www.redbullrookiescup.com/join-us – so prospective Rookies, prospective World Champions, should sign up now. Raúl Fernández is in his second season and one of the favourites coming into this year. The 15-year-old Spaniard might have won two races in Jerez but while he took third in Race 1 he slipped off challenging for victory at the last corner in Race 2. Standing seventh in the points table he could make up all the lost ground this coming weekend, he was 9th and 7th last season. The Italians and the unlucky Eighth and ninth in the points are Italians Kevin Zannoni and Omar Bonoli. 15-year-old Zannoni took a pair of 8ths in his first Rookies Cup races, followed home both times by Bonoli, 14, who is in his second year. They are ahead of Marc Garcia, the 16-year-old Spaniard who was knocked off before Race 1 started in Jerez and took fifth in Race 2. He really should be at the front, a strong rider in his third season.
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