The all-new British Talent Cup begins 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™. 22 riders are ready to line up in the first season, preparing to fight for the title of first ever British Talent Cup Champion.
The riders, aged between 12 and 17, have all been handpicked from aspiring hopefuls at the first ever British Talent Cup selection event ahead of the 2017 British Grand Prix at Silverstone. Racing on Honda NSF250R Moto3™ machinery, the calendar begins racing alongside the British Superbike Championship (BSB) at Donington Park, and returns to the venue with WorldSBK. Then BSB heads for Snetterton, before the British Grand Prix at Silverstone puts the 23 young BTC riders on stage with MotoGP™. The final two dates on the calendar are then both overseas, as the British Talent Cup races with BSB at the TT Circuit Assen in the Netherlands and then rounds out the year at the grand finale of the MotoGP™ season in Valencia. A perfect mix of tracks and events make for an exciting and challenging first season.
Who will take the first ever British Talent Cup crown? Six events, 12 races and 23 riders are ready for the challenge in 2018.
The British Talent Cup is run by Dorna, the organisers of the MotoGP™ World Championship and the MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship, as well as co-organiser of the Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup. The competition is intended to discover the most talented young riders in the British Isles, providing the first step on their Road to MotoGP™.
The organisation provides all-encompassing support to riders with a full, professional infrastructure meeting international racing standards, as well as also managing all the logistics involved in running the Cup. Beyond nurturing their talent, the support provided to the riders also includes some of the travel costs incurred so they can focus on the job at hand: developing their potential as motorcycle racers.
Sister series the Asia Talent Cup has already proven to be a resounding success when you look at the entry list for the 2018 Moto3™ World Championship, and the British Talent Cup is the next exciting addition to the Road to MotoGP™ program. In 2018, 23 young riders from across the British Isles will be fighting to be crowned the first ever Champion in the series, racing at home tracks and further afield alongside some incredible events.