Austria, Steiermark, Murtal and the Red Bull Ring welcome the best riders in the world this weekend to the premier class of motorcycle racing, the destination for the talented youngsters of the newly created series KTM Junior Cup powered by ADAC, which was presented as part of the CryptoDATA Motorrad Grand Prix von Österreich 2023 at Spielberg. The new racing series is part of the DORNA “Road to MotoGP” programme and will start in earnest in 2024.
“We are very pleased that the Road to MotoGP is growing in an area that is important to us, namely Northern and Central Europe,” said Carlos Ezpeleta, Dorna Sports Chief Sporting Officer during a press conference at the Red Bull Ring. “The new KTM Junior Cup powered by ADAC is the missing link between the basic MiniGP and the NTC. We believe talent and passion rather than social or economic factors should be key for young riders, and a big part of that is creating opportunities for them to race where they are without having to cross the continent or having to travel the world.”
If you hope to one day become the next Valentino Rossi or Jack Miller, then the “Try Out” on 9th September at the Red Bull Ring is your chance to make that dream come true. On the Ohvale GP-0 160 minibikes of the MiniGP™ Austria Series, you can take your first steps on the “Road to MotoGP” guided by our experienced instructors. Previous experience is not necessary – we assume only that you are interested in and enjoy motorcycle racing.
“The media are always asking when the next Austrian star will come along in MotoGP,” says Gustl Auinger, patron of the MiniGP™ Austria Series. “My answer is that, if you don’t sow, you can’t reap. The sport only has a future if there is provision for outstanding youngsters.” He is very much looking forward to the Try Out at the Red Bull Ring, an experience that is open to boys and girls between the ages of 10 and 14. “At the Red Bull Ring, the kids have the opportunity to discover at an early age whether they enjoy the sport.”
Leo Rammerstorfer from Upper Austria showed how it’s done. As a former Austrian Junior Cup rider, he made the step up into the Red Bull Rookies Cup in 2023 and is competing this weekend in the context of the MotoGP at the Red Bull Ring. Moreover, the 2022 MiniGP™ Austria Series provided the FIM MiniGP™ World Series Championship runner-up in the shape of Fynn Kratochwill in the first year that it was run. So, seize this opportunity and come along to our “Try Out”.