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Five Aussies to try out for 2012 Red Bull Rookies Cup

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Riders from 24 nations are making their way to Aragon in Spain for next week's Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup Selection Event, hungry for the chance to take part in the 2012 Cup.

From around the globe, from Japan to Brazil, Indonesia and New Zealand, Mexico and South Africa as well as the length and breadth of Europe the fastest teens all want to take that first step to Grand Prix stardom.

Australia will have five riders trying to make the grade with Matthew Barton, Matthew Davies, Olly Simpson, Corey Turner and Remy Gardner, son of former MotoGP Chapmion Wyane Gardner, all invited to the try outs.

Once again the Selection Event allows those invited from the online applicants to show their skills on track in front of the panel of experts. Over 100 riders will each get 2 sessions during a day of testing on identical machines and around half are then asked to attend a 2nd day when they again show their skills so that the panel can decide on the small group of up to 15 that will be invited to join the Rookies Cup in 2012.

It is a very tough selection process, half the riders get their first chance on Monday October 10th with the 2nd half going on track on Tuesday. Those selected from the 1st 2 days are then asked to remain for the final selection on Wednesday October 12th.

The list of those who are invited to join the 2012 cup will be published shortly after as will the list of those riders retained from this year's Cup. The entry for 2012 is likely to be 24. The online entry has been even larger this year as the Cup continues to gain strength and international coverage as the prime entry point for the World Championship.

A point emphasised by Johann Zarco's victory in the Grand Prix of Japan. Zarco was the first Rookies Cup champion in 2007. More than 50 TV stations around the world carried the 2011 Rookies Cup.

Invited applicants
Matthew Barton, Australia
Matthew Davies, Australia
Remy Gardner, Australia
Olly Simpson, Australia
Corey Turner, Australia
Loris Cresson, Belgium
Livio Loi, Belgium
Michel Velludo, Brazil
Charly Vu, Canada
Karel Hanika, Czech Republic
Emil Sachmann, Denmark
Eemeli Lahti, Finland
Niki Tuuli, Finland
Robin Anne, France
Enzo Boulom, France
Hugo Casadesus, France
Renald Castillon Gioanni, France
Jules Danilo, France
Simon Danilo, France
Thibaut Gourin, France
Julian Loison, France
Corentin Perolari, France
Guillaume Raymond, France
Johan Rousseau, France
Jean-Luca Amato, Germany
Christoph Beinlich, Germany
Jonas Geitner, Germany
Michael Gerstacker, Germany
Klaus Heidel, Germany
Maximilian Kappler, Germany
Alexander Knaf, Germany
Nicolai Kraft, Germany
Max Maurischat, Germany
Aris Michail, Germany
Maurice Ullrich, Germany
Richard Bodis, Hungary
Eko Prasetianto, Indonesia
Imanuel Pratna, Indonesia
Andrea Caravella, Italy
NicolÌ_ Castellini, Italy
Bryan D'Onofrio, Italy
Lorenzo Dalla Porta, Italy
Alessandro Delbianco, Italy
Federico Fuligni, Italy
Simone Gironi, Italy
Christopher Gobbi, Italy
Stefano Manzi, Italy
Alessandro Nocco, Italy
Filippo Scalbi, Italy
Elia Veronesi, Italy
Watanabe Yui, Japan
Richie Escalante, Mexico
Robert Schotman, Netherlands
Bo Bendsneyder, Netherlands
Marcel ter Braake, Netherlands
Jake Lewis, New Zealand
Torgeir Horne, Norway
Stinius Viking Odegard, Norway
David Ferreira, Portugal
Darryn Binder, South Africa
Themba Khumalo, South Africa
Jordan Weaving, South Africa
Michael White, South Africa
Eduardo AlayÌ_n ReverÌ_n, Spain
Albert Arenas, Spain
Bernat CrespÌ_, JimÌ©nez Spain
Illan Fernandez, Spain
HÌ©ctor GarzÌ_ Vicent, Spain
MarÌ_a Herrera Mu̱oz, Spain
Jorge MartÌ_n Almoguera, Spain
Joan Mir Perello, Spain
Miquel Pons Payeras, Spain
Marcos Ramirez Fernandez, Spain
Daniel Saez Gutierrez, Spain
David Sanchis, Spain
Alex Sirerol Mayor, Spain
Diego Perez Zuasti, Spain
Linus Harrysson, Sweden
Jesper Pellijeff, Sweden
SÌ©bastien Fraga, Switzerland
St̩phane Frossard, Switzerland
Adrien Pittet, Switzerland
Max Alexander, United Kingdom
Jake Bayford, United Kingdom
Oliver Brocklesby, United Kingdom
Asher Durham, United Kingdom
Oliver Fitzpatrick, United Kingdom
Charlie Foster, United Kingdom
Joe Francis, United Kingdom
Adam Gidley, United Kingdom
Harry Hartley, United Kingdom
Luke Hedger, United Kingdom
Tarran Mackenzie, United Kingdom
Jake Mason, United Kingdom
Adam McLean, United Kingdom
Bradley Ray, United Kingdom
George Stanley, United Kingdom
Oliver Taylor, United Kingdom
Ryan Watson, United Kingdom
Anthony Alonso, USA
Mario Alvarez II, USA
Alex Caldwell Wisdom, USA
Eziah Davis, USA
Max Flinders, USA
Alexander Guerrierie, USA
Ian Tetrick, USA
Xavier Zayat, USA

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