Van Eerde Scores 2018 Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup Ride
Fresh from his big win in the ‘Over’ 300’s Australian Championship on a KTM RC390, 15 year old Billy Van Eerde has made it through the 3-day intensive selection process, held on the Almeria circuit in Spain, to be one of ten riders joining the Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup in 2018. Billy will ride a KTM RC 250 R bike when the 12th Red Bull Rookies season starts next year at the Spanish MotoGP in Jerez.
From around the world, 109 riders from 31 nations were invited to three days of try-outs. From 109 riders invited for the opening two days, 49 made it to the final day from which ten were chosen to join the Rookies Cup for 2018 to race the KTM RC 250 R’s alongside those remaining from last season.
This year alone, more than half the Moto3 World Championship grid has been made up of ex Rookies and at times they have packed the podium places. With the Series being held inconjunction with the MotoGP rounds, this is the fast-track to a factory ride.
Billy is a young star of the Dirt Track scene in Australia, hailing from Singleton (NSW) but moved north to Townsville with his family in 2015. Van Eerde then started his gradual transition to the tarmac, culminating in this year’s 300cc Supersport Australian Championship win.
Van Eerde: “It was a great event here in Almeria, Spain, for the Redbull rookies selection event. There were 109 riders from many different countries. The first day was a dry session, followed by a wet session and I managed to do enough to make it though to the third day of the event.”
Riders invited to join the 2018 Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup
Billy Van Eerde (Australia) – Number Two
Pasquale Alfano (Italy)
Barry Baltus (Belgium)
Max Cook (Great Britain)
Jason Philippe Dupasquier (Switzerland)
Nicolas Hernandez (Colombia)
Adrian Huertas Del Olmo (Spain)
Aidan Liebenberg (South Africa)
Matteo Patacca (Italy)
Carlos Tatay (Spain)