The Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup is the first step towards a career in the top MotoGP class with the likes of inaugural champion Johann Zarco, Jorge Martín, Brad Binder and new 2020 MotoGP champion Joan Mir all progressing through the ranks to the elite class.
After Spaniard Pedro Acosta celebrated his 2020 title in Valencia last weekend, go behind the scenes as two KTM mechanics methodically build one of the sleek KTM RC 250R bikes from scratch with the 25 steps taking seven hours, 23 minutes and 32 seconds to the final test.
Starting with the frame, two hours into the build and the suspension is placed with the engine fitted in using a Torque force of 35 Nm – the complicated electronics then seamlessly slotted in after three hours.
The brakes are crucial to ultimate performance and it takes a Torque force of 40 Nm to adjust the front brake caliper with the exhausts the next to go on after four hours and the radiator following that after five hours.
After the rear and front wheels are locked in, the gleaming fuel tank is mounted at the six-hour mark leaving the two experts to finish off the classy fairing to prepare for the final test as the engine kicks in to turn the former shell into a fire-breathing race weapon.