Another incredible step on the Road to MotoGP™ becomes a reality
The all-new British Talent Cup is set to become a reality in 2018, beginning a whole new phase of Dorna’s Road to MotoGP™ program. The new Cup is designed as the perfect stepping-stone for riders from the British Isles to get onto the world stage, providing an opportunity like no other for young talent to grow and progress on the Road to MotoGP™. Races will take place at existing Dorna-run events - such as MotoGP™ and MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship weekends – and the riders will race on Honda Moto3™ machinery.
Dorna has been deeply involved in young rider programs since before the turn of the millennium, beginning with the FIM CEV Repsol and the Movistar Junior Cup - then going on to include initiatives such as the Asia Talent Cup and the Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup. The Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup began in 2007, creating and continuing to create riders of incredible caliber like Johann Zarco, twice Moto2™ World Champion, and Brad Binder, reigning Moto3™ World Champion, who have joined FIM CEV Repsol graduates and subsequent World Champions such as Marc Marquez and Maverick Viñales on the list of young rider successes to have come from these initiatives. More recently, the Asia Talent Cup was born in 2014 and is now beginning to see Champions such as Ayumu Sasaki emerge onto the world stage – the 2015 ATC Champion and 2016 Red Bull Rookies Cup Champion debuts in the Moto3™ World Championship in 2017.
The British Talent Cup is the latest addition to this honour roll of young rider support and talent promotion, with selection set to take place in 2017 and the engines ready to fire up next year. Designed to develop British riders who would otherwise struggle to gain an opportunity to showcase their talent, the Cup will race at Dorna-run events including the UK Round of WorldSBK at Donington Park and the British GP at Silverstone. A range of circuits in the UK and Spain form a tentative base for the proposed calendar, and the bike will be a Honda NSF 250R Moto3 machine. Riders coming through the new Cup also have the incentive of seeing the British Talent Team in Moto3™, knowing there is a program designed around their journey to the World Championship with Dorna supporting British talent on every rung of the ladder.
Onboard with the Team and Cup will be the experience of Alberto Puig as Talent Promotion Director, and Jeremy McWilliams as British Talent Scout. A key presence in the Idemitsu Asia Talent Cup, Puig has also guided talents such as Dani Pedrosa and Casey Stoner on their paths to World Championship glory, and teams up with McWilliams as the Brit adds his experience to the project - helping to find and develop these riders of the future.
The first ever selection program for the Cup will preface the 2017 British Grand Prix at Silverstone, where prospective riders will be put through their paces and the best offered the chance to race in the Cup’s inaugural 2018 season. From there, riders are on the Road to MotoGP™ - with the ladder to the top waiting to be climbed.
With a long and distinguished history in motorsport, the British Isles are the perfect place for Dorna to take another step forward in their ongoing investment in the future - the British Talent Cup.