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GP Week : Issue 40
Puig empire grows as rookies are absorbed by Dorna THE power and influence of former GP winner Alberto Puig, better known as Dani Pedrosa’s rather sinister manager and mentor, has grown yet again, as the Red Bull Rookies Cup and the Dorna Academy have been further integrated for 2009. The restructuring was announced last week, bringing the previously independently managed Rookies series closer to Academy founder and chief Puig’s control. He had previously been an adviser to the series, which is managed by Red Bull itself. The Rookies Cup, which runs eight rounds at selected GPs, is open to pre-teen and slightly older riders. Housed, fed and watered, paying only travel expenses, the rookies are provided with identical KTM 125 GP machines. The Spain-based Dorna Academy, whose graduates include a range of riders from Pedrosa, Stoner and Elias to 125 stars Bradley Smith and Pol Espargaro, shares the same sponsor as the Rookies series. Successful rookies from the past two years, including American Cameron Beaubier, have been moved on to the Academy, and this year into the 125 GP class. There will be more of the ADVERTISE in GPWEEK to access a huGE global audience 20 same in 2009, with the best emerging talent from the Rookies Cup selected for performance clinics in Spain, where fitness training is supplemented by motocross and supermoto sessions. Graduates speak of almost Dickensian conditions of austerity imposed on pupils by Puig, but the quality of the racing tutelage is clearly second to none.