You may love to ride, but would you allow your 13 to 16 year-old to race? What some parents view as the ultimate opportunity is another parent's nightmare.
Red Bull's MotoGP Rookies Cup makes it amazingly easy for teens who qualify for the series: racers only need to show up at competitions with a guardian, and the world of racing falls at their fingertips. A 125cc KTM race bike, Alpinestars gear, Dunlop tires, and a cadre of mechanics, spare parts, and support systems are made available, grooming the riders for a shot at the big time. I caught up with Rookie racers Cameron Beaubier and J.D. Beach at the Mugello Grand Prix three years ago, and they're already making a name for themselves in the AMA Daytona SportBike series.
But youth racing isn't without its horror stories; 14 year-old Red Bull Rookie racer Toriano Wilson was killed at Virginia International Raceway in 2008, and 13 year-old Peter Lenz was fatally struck by another rider at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in a United States Grand Prix Racers Union event last year, once again proving that competition always carries grave risks.
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