Sixteen year-old Sachin Chaudhary clinched the title as the winner, and will now represent the country at the qualifiers for Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup in Spain next month
The MMRT race track in Chennai witnessed an exciting finish to the first edition of the Red Bull Road to Rookies Cup in the country. Seven talented, young Indian riders went head to head in the final round in a bid to win the first ever Red Bull Road to Rookies Cup held in India.
After six races spread across two rounds, Sachin Chaudhary from Ahmedabad was crowned the winner, in a true test of talent. He will go on to represent India in Spain at the qualifiers of the Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup next month.
The Red Bull Road to Rookies Cup was held alongside the Suzuki Gixxer Cup 2016. Suzuki played an instrumental part in selecting and training the young rookies. The first-of-its-kind championship for this age category in India, Red Bull Road to Rookies Cup provides a platform for young racers to race and gain international exposure, pushing Indian talent to the next level. The riders were judged on several different parameters apart from just being the fastest riders on the track.
“It has still not sunk in that I have actually won the Red Bull Road to Rookies Cup and will be going to Spain. I do not have words to fully express how happy I am. I learnt from the mistakes I made in the last round and gave it my best this time. I have put in a lot of effort to make it here and this win is truly rewarding,” said an ecstatic Sachin, talking about his win. The young rider, who has been training since December 2015, has only been professionally racing since June 2016, but has come a long way since. Convincing his parents took some effort, he says, but they ultimately supported his decision to begin training professionally. Currently a student, in class 10, Sachin is confident he will balance his studies and passion for racing to ensure he completes his education while doing what he loves.
Speaking about the racing talent and Sachin’s win, Suresh Babu, Head Marketing & Product Planning for Suzuki India said, “We have had a very successful first season of the Red Bull Road to Rookies Cup. Young riders like Sachin prove just how much talent we have in India. Sachin has worked really hard and even though he hasn’t had a lot of track time, his learning curve has been the steepest. The progress he has made is remarkable which is why he truly deserves to go to Spain. We look forward to honing more such talent in India, and to a bigger and better season of the Red Bull Road to Rookies Cup next year.”
Since its inception in 2007, Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup has grown into one of the most electrifying two-wheel spectacles in the world and is one of the biggest global platforms for young riders to hone their talent and passion for racing professionally.
About Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup: Since its inception in 2007, the Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup has grown into one of the most thrilling two-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 10th running of the Cup.