Carter Thompson a Red Bull rookie
14-year-old Carter Thompson has secured a place in the next level of Dorna’s Road to MotoGP programme.
Carter successfully went through a hotly contested process at the Autodromo di Modena in Italy to be selected to join the Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup for 2023.
Three days of intense on-track action at the Selection Event, featuring 115 young riders from 29 nations, resulted in eight riders being invited to join the Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup for 2023.
It was the first time the Red Bull Rookies Cup selection event was held in Modena and the first time in three years that there was a selection event as it could not be held in 2020 and 2021 due to Covid.
Carter was the only Australian to succeed after fellow Australians Angus Grenfell, Jayden Martin, Archie McDonald, Samuel Pezzetta and Marianos Nikolis were phased out of the selection process as the battle for a place in the Red Bull Rookies Cup was waged.
After winning the 2019 bLU Oceania Junior Cup championship and then becoming the 2020 R3 Cup champion here in Australia, Carter made his Asia Talent Cup debut at the age of 11, but the scourge of COVID has seen some major hiatuses and all season. cancellations.
Nevertheless, despite his young years, Carter managed to gain extensive experience in competition and training abroad.
Carter competed in the Asia Talent Cup this year but had some bad luck at times, but he finished sixth in his last ATC contest at Indonesia’s Mandalika Circuit.
Thompson will take part in the next race at Motegi later this month, where the Asia Talent Cup will play a supporting role for MotoGP. ATC then travels to Thailand, Malaysia before returning to Indonesia for the final round alongside World Superbike at Mandalika.
2023 will be the 17th year of the cup. Over 50% of rookies have made a GP start, and 26 of them have won 152 GPs.
Red Bull Rookies Cup 2023 selections
- Alberto Ferrandez Beneite (Spain)
- Alvaro Carpe (Spain)
- Danish Hakim (Malaysia)
- Guido Pini (Italy)
- Carter Thompson (Australia)
- Leo Rammerstorfer (Austria)
- Alexander Enriquez (USA)
- Marco Morelli Chincolla (Argentina)