In at number eight is a ‘returning rookie’ Makar Yurchenko.
Like many a rider, the Russian born Kazakhstani youngster spent a year in the Red Bull Rookies Cup as well as two years of his career in the FIM CEV Moto3 Junior World Championship.
During his early years, Yurchenko competed in a variety of junior series in his native Russia but it wasn’t until 2014 when he joined the Red Bull Rookies Cup when he got his break. 2014 was far from ideal when a crash in Le Mans during a non cup event caused him to sit out of the majority of the year and only manage 24thin the Championship. His second season in the Red Bull Rookies Cup came in 2015 where he claimed 15thin the standings with sixth in Silverstone race 2 being his best result. His inconsistent speed confused many but despite his lack of road racing experience, he managed to score points in all but three races during the season.
Yurchenko moved into the Moto3 Junior Championship in 2016 with Procercasa – 42 Motorsport for the first of his two seasons with them. In 2016, he took 14th with four top 10 finishes in the series ahead of the likes of Nakarin Atiratphuvapat and Marco Bezzecchi who both went on to move into the ‘senior’ Moto3 class. For 2017, his second season in CEV, Yurchenko joined Reale Avintia Academy where he finished the year in 10thin the standings with two podium positions under his belt, a second place in Albacete and a third in Jerez race two. Unfortunately, Yurchenko didn’t participate in the last round in Valencia, causing him to miss two opportunities to score anymore points.
Many may argue that Yurchenko isn’t a rookie because this isn’t his first Moto3 rodeo after a fleeting appearance with CIP Green Power in 2018 but after failing to complete a full season, we thought we would keep him on the list. Yurchenko originally partnered John McPhee in 2018 where he competed in eight races where he was steadily improving and looked to be within touching distance of a top 10 finish. Unfortunately, due to sponsorship issues, the youngster was replaced by Stefano Nepa at the CIP team for the remainder of the season. He was, however, handed a wildcard appearance in Sepang with Marinelli Snipers where he finished in 17thposition.
BOE Skull Rider Mugen Race welcome Yurchenko alongside Kazuki Masaki for 2019 where the pair will hopefully thrive.