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Teenage Motorcycle Racers  (Part 1/8)

Teenage Motorcycle Racers (Part 1/8)


KEVIN SCHWANTZ: Red Bull Rookies
Cup is the toughest playing field that
you can play in. Last year I had kids from 14
different countries competing in eight different races. You really got to have
the right attitude. You’ve got to have a big heart
and a ton of motivation. DANNY WALKER: You’ve got to
compete against the best kids in front of 200,000 fans. If that’s not pressure,
I don’t know what is. ADRIANA SOLIS: They say,
aren’t you scared? Yes, I am, I’m scared. KEVIN SCHWANTZ: At any level,
MotoGP is what you strive to be if you want to be the best
that there is in the world. [BASS MUSIC PLAYING] JAKE GAGNE: Yeah, coming over
here to race in Europe, it’s definitely a shock. It’s hard to get around
sometimes, not knowing the language and whatnot. But overall, it’s fun. It’s adventure, and you get to
see a lot of new things. HAYDEN GILLIM: I think it’s a
positive thing that I’m doing this, and that it’s a blessing
because God gave me this talent and I want to use
it as best I can. BENNY SOLIS: I was watching
every race on the Internet and all that. And I was like, talking to my
dad, wouldn’t that be cool if I was there. And once I got accepted,
I was so happy. -Scholtz has got an absolute
fire there, his head down, looking behind him. It’s fanned out behind him. Stuck with 20 forwards in the–
oh, and he got caught up with somebody else. Fagerhaug is crashed, my
goodness, what an absolute disaster for Sterla. It’s all gone wrong for
him this weekend. Now who’s going to make it? Who’s bravest? It’s Mayer that’s bravest on the
brakes, but Scholtz got a better drive on the
inside coming out. It’s side by side, they’re
rubbing elbows now. Scholtz and Mayer, rubbing
elbows into the left hander. Oh, and that’s Harry
Stafford!. He’s gone down, and he’s clipped
by another rider. Harry Stafford goes down,
let’s hope he’s OK. Holding up the inside
comes Fagerhaug. Fagerhaug with the red helmet,
way up the inside, he does the Valentino last lap
maneuver there. He’s done it brilliantly. absolutely sensational job. Sterla Fagerhaug turned his
weekend around completely, and it’s Sterla Fagerhaug who
wins from Matthew Scholtz and Danny Kent. [BAND PLAYS] KEVIN SCHWANTZ: Red Bull Rookies
Cup’s main initiative is to try and create a program
for 13 to 17-year-old kids to be able to then step directly
into grand prix racing. It’s a program that, last
year, had kids from 14 different countries competing
in eight different races. When I started racing in the mid
’80s, it was a set of my uncle’s borrowed dirt track
leathers, and probably a helmet that didn’t fit exactly
right, and whatever boots I could find at the time, and
going and racing on a bike that I had prepared. The Red Bull Rookies Cup gives
these kids a first class operation, first class
equipment, the best tires, the best suspension, engineers
set behind everything. MotoGP is what, if you’ve ever
become a road racer of any kind at any level, what you
strive to be if you want to be the best that there
is in the world. So from a rider’s standpoint,
it’s the toughest playing field that you can play in. It’s a sport that, at
the top, pays some really, really big paychecks. Any place in Europe, anybody who
races grand prix bikes is obviously just as big
a name as any sports star here in America. PETER CLIFFORD: We start here
in Harris, where Sunday sees like 200,000 people packing
the place, and that just really buoys the level
of intensity about the whole race meeting. And the kids sort of rise
to the occasion. HAYDEN GILLIM: It’s just a
little different than what a normal teenager’s
life is like. BENNY SOLIS: Last season went
really good for me actually. I won four races out of,
I think it was nine. And ended up winning
a championship. So that’s why I’m here,
racing this. PETER CLIFFORD: There’s no doubt
that coming into 2009, we have some favorites
for the cup. That’s still Fagerhaug in
his third year now. It was tremendous
force last year. STERLA FAGERHAUG: Considering
I’ve been one of the fastest guys from the beginning, it’s
hard to improve on your riding when you’re at the top
already in this cup. Still, it’s not like I’m
freaking out, like it’s too much pressure on me. It’s not like that. PETER CLIFFORD: We know that the
three Americans that are here are strong. Benny Solis won the
AMA Cup, and he didn’t do that by accident. So I would expect that as he
gets into his stride, Benny and Jake Gagne and Hayden
Gillim, they’ll be fighting at the front as well. Really, there are two ways that
riders can get into the Rookies Cup. Riders can send in their CVs
and convince us that they really should be considered
for selection. Than there are championships
around the world, which we take a look at and really invite
the best riders into the selection process. KEVIN SCHWANTZ: We look for kids
that have good attitudes. We look for kids that don’t,
after the first practice session and they’re not the
fastest kids out there, they come out with a list
of excuses. We look for a kid that
asks questions. Hey, how can I better myself? How can I work better? How can I work with
the team better? There’s lots of kids out there
that, given the right opportunity, I think
could do this. But you really got to have the
right attitude, you got to have a big heart and a
ton of motivation. PETER CLIFFORD: There’s
a very intense level of competition here. I’ve heard some of the young
Americans say that things are a bit rough here. There’s a lot of elbowing that
goes on, and that’s something that they’ve got
to get used to. But it is a bit of a shock
for them at first. [ROCK MUSIC PLAYS] -From the third row, but it
looks like Scholz has got another good start. Scholz [INAUDIBLE] pulls across
to the left hand side to get a run into the
first corner. And Hayden Gillim seems
to have problems. He’s not going anywhere
in a hurry, I think. Now Fagerhaug pulls out of the
slipstream, Scholtz comes across the track. Now Emery is there, number
21 as well there. Hard on the brakes. Fagerhaug goes up the inside
and into the lead. Trying to chase this man, Alex Christian, down goes Christian. These guys have not learned
from yesterday. It shows their lack
of experience. -Marino with Fagerhaug
in the red helmet has a lock on the inside. Very nicely through. Fagerhaug and three of
them in side by side. Well that’s desperate stuff
as they go past on either side of Fagerhaug. Absolutely sensational
stuff there. Fagerhaug passes now by Danny
Kent, and it’s his favorite passing move, but Kent has done
that to Fagerhaug now three times. Danny runs wide, Fagerhaug
gets [INAUDIBLE]. Kent is in front of him. Really, Kent should have it. It’s Danny Kent that’s going
to win his first Rookie Cup Race on Sterla Fagerhaug. [MUSIC — “GOD SAVE
THE QUEEN”] HAYDEN GILLIM: In Europe,
everybody’s more aggressive– brake a lot earlier, but run
the corners a lot faster. It’s just a little bit harder. JAKE GAGNE: This is where
you want to be. If you want to be at the top and
race against the fastest guys, then Europe is where
you want to be. DANNY WALKER: You’re 12, 13, 14,
15 years old, you’ve got to travel clear across the world
to be here, and then you’ve got to compete against
the best kids in front of 200,000 fans. If that’s not pressure,
I don’t what is. BENNY SOLIS: The race didn’t
go like I wanted it to. Second to last lap the bike
started sputtering, so I didn’t finish the race. Yeah, we’re going straight
home now. And then, hopefully, when we get
to Italy it’ll be a better weekend for me. [BASS MUSIC PLAYING] BENNY SOLIS: This was actually
the Red Bull suit from the first year of the Rookies Cup. I’m just afraid to wear it. I don’t want to crash in it
’cause I’m kind of keeping it as a memory, ’cause that year
went really good for me. Most I’m I’m just nervous,
but I’m trying to calm myself down. But before a race, if
I’m real calm, I normally don’t do good. So I know it’s a good sign
when I’m nervous. I can do sometimes 50 to 100
laps ’cause it’s pretty small. But it’s a good work out. I like it. I play the video game a lot. I just like to know where the
track goes around, the configuration and what
turn comes up next. But the game doesn’t help
much with anything, like bumps or anything. It’s just the shape of the
track and all that. ADRIANA SOLIS: When they ask
me, like, what kind of motorcycles? And I usually say the one
that drags the knee. And they’re like really? Then I’m like, yeah. It’s like, aren’t you scared? Aren’t you? Yes, I am. BEN SOLIS: I get scared, but
I’ve been there, and I know what Benny’s feeling. And when you race, it’s like
OK, crashes are normal. So when I see my boy crash,
and as long as he gets up right away or he’s moving and
he’s OK then I feel OK. ADRIANA SOLIS: I guess I
changed from fear to excitement. It’s really exciting
to see him race. BEN SOLIS: Sometimes we stretch
it to the limit, like OK we can’t pay this bill
because we’ve got to go buy tires for the 125. So my wife kind of gets mad, and
she tells me, well you’re not going to pay the
bill, you’re going to buy him the tires? And I said well, we
got to go race. BENNY SOLIS: My mom and my dad
also support me because they work really hard to
help me do it. ADRIANA SOLIS: It’s
what he wants. I have to support
him either way. Because if I was in his
position, he’d be doing the same for me, right? Right? [LAUGHTER] ADRIANA SOLIS: This is a gift
that God gave my son and he’s putting all his energy
and effort to it. Now we need to be with him. BENNY SOLIS: We’re
leaving tomorrow around 11, around there. And then we arrive Italy, in,
I think, the next day. ADRIANA SOLIS: I’m the one who
takes them to the airport. So I stay home nervous, waiting
for them to come back. BEN SOLIS: I got to think
about it like, is this really happening? So it’s amazing.

100 comments on “Teenage Motorcycle Racers (Part 1/8)

  1. people have to stop giving god so much credit… they work hard to be the best, that talent and luck is the reason why they're at the top

  2. yeah and how many people can pay for a dozen plane tickets and hotels to places all around the world every year?

  3. I hate to hear these kids and parents say that "God gave me/him this talent.". Reality is that if they start years earlier than your average kid, of course they're going to be better. It always annoyed me that most professional sports are dominated by people that started as soon as they could walk, the least they could do is mention that they had(and have) a huge advantage of 10 years experience.

  4. i completely agree. i said that because people were talking about danger and parental responsibility. in a world where many people learn to ride on a 160MPH sportbike, this is downright responsible.

  5. sry but this is wrong, actually i know someone, who live near by me, he is called Florian Alt and he know rides the moto3 and they get the money from there sponsors

  6. So, you know one dude in one part of the world in one racing class. Your point? The VAST majority of motorcycle racers aren't getting paid any significant amount of money to do it. The riders in the MotoGP classes make up a very small percentage of racers worldwide.

    For someone looking to get into racing, it's more than likely they're going to need to pay quite a sum to get into it. At the very least, they'll need money to pay for practice to even get to the competitive level.

  7. no money and from a country thats got no scope at all in motorcycle. and the most bad thing is being is a motorcycle lover

  8. @Andy Peterson
    motorcycle racing is actualy very safe, especially with these slower bikes,  a death is almost unheard of,  you have a greater chance of dying in your car driving than you do racing a motorcycle,  out of the 300 or 400 motorcycle racers in motogp moto2 and moto3 theres usualy only 1 death per decade..

  9. Damn if I join they will say I'm too old for this because in 14, what are other classes that I can join, anyone get me started

  10. I always wondered, how do they get the bikes around the world like that? do they have to pay for the transportation or what? because taking the bike and equipment would be a hell of a lot of money

  11. Red Bull ran this series here in the US in 2008, only last one year. Most of the American riders in this video are now racing in the MotoAmerica Series here in the US. There's a new one this year here in the US run by KTM and we need it bad. The US is getting killed when it comes to professional road racers. The British lead the way, along with the Italians, Spanish and Australia. The US might be dead last and we have maybe one rider who's good enough for MotoGP.

  12. I can only imagine how much they pay annually to continue this sport and be part of the club.

  13. Do right off the bat, I love that Kevin Schwantz is in this deal. The man is a legend from the insane days of the 500cc 2-stroke death machines.

  14. i am 14 and almost 15 and i am saving money for a 400cc to 600cc sportsbike for the track but never really drove a motorcycle do

  15. And now Danny Kent is set to win moto3…! I wish my parents had gotten me into this when I were younger, I'm now seventeen so saving for a slightly bigger track bike to try and enter a thundersport category, hopefully not too late!

  16. anyone out there!! i wan to be a moto gp rider!!! please if anyone would like to take me im 16 yrs old in 2016. im from singapore.

  17. Hello i'm daniel….i've got a question to ask to VICE…..there is an opportunity to have this doc in a full version without cuts??? thank you so much….

  18. 14 and believes that god made him good a motorbike riding… Fucking rip humanity, we had a chance but if this generation is going to think that some fictional character from a book gave him magical bike riding powers then we are all fucked… Oh and hahaha, USA no where near the top haha, where's the patriotism now lads?

  19. God gave him that talent? What a complete and utter disconnect with reality!! 25,000 children die every day on this earth without having reached the age of 5. That's one every 4 seconds. Most of those kids will die having lived every single one of their wretched days in complete and utter misery. This God stands by and watches all of this happen with folded arms, apparently not giving a shit because he's more interested in giving some American kid the talent to race motorcycles!! I'm sorry, but I find that idea extraordinarily offensive.

  20. Just so coincidentally the giant points board only goes out to the 3rd letter. Hopefully those first letters aren't F, A, G XD XD…

  21. It's interesting watching this now, having seen where these riders careers have gone, who's still racing professionally and in what leagues and teams. If anything this really demonstrates how talented the premier class (and Moto 2 & 3) racers are and how rare the opportunity is. You really have to be the very best of the very best

  22. these kids don't know how lucky they are, most parents wouldn't even let us ride a scooter when we were teenagers like mine!! I could have been one of the best racers in the World

  23. there saying you gotta have this blabla, god gave me this opportunity blabla. you gotta have a rich fucking father thats it.

  24. What they don't tell you is you need to be a super brat and parents that are close to millionaires to even get there

  25. …share those opinions except, this american talking of " its god given "… mostly its parenting, spending all their money and energy in developing his kids. If those kids are willing to get better better, well then you did well investing all your money in your kids maybe one day. But if its just a missed dream of parents, better stop that…

  26. I’m 18 and live in Ireland, can anybody please tell me, realistically, how I could ever go pro? I’ve heard money is needed, being in Spain is a must too. I’ve never even riden in my life so I’m guessing I should ride first to see if I even like it but I don’t think it’s possible to not like it. I can probably get the money, I’ll work all summer long and earn around 3k€ to buy a beginner bike, and is Isle of Man TT or motoGP better for money? I’m not looking to earn a lot, just enough to sustain a living

  27. You gotta have a big heart, a ton of motivation and a ton of money. Btw no hate towards these kids but that’s just the reality

  28. That’s because their are not to many grown men who are in their weight class. I am 40 at 185. But I am 6-4. These kids are perfect size for these bikes to go the fastest they can.

  29. A few of those kids are complete A-holes, in training…."its hard to improve when you're the best"….are you kidding me? Spoiled lol prick

  30. There is a teen aged girl in the USA who is faster than most adults.. I need to search her name and videos again and see how she is doing ..

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