In 2023, Honda British Talent Cup enters its sixth year of competition and its third season as the sole British Moto3™ class in partnership with MSVR. A Cup for riders and teams, competitors are between 14 and 17 and race around the UK, alongside the British Superbike Championship and the FIM MotoGP™ World Championship. Each BTC round comprises two races, with the points system mirroring that of MotoGP™.
Each season there is the opportunity for promotion on the Road to MotoGP™. The championship into which the selected rider is promoted is decided by Dorna and MSVR after studying the BTC field throughout the year, in order to provide the opportunity that is the best fit for the chosen rider to keep progressing and learning on the Road to MotoGP™. The options are either the Hawkers European Talent Cup, Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup or Finetwork FIM JuniorGP™ World Championship.
Former BTC riders have already joined the Junior Talent Team and graduated to other teams in the FIM JuniorGP™ paddock. 2019 BTC Champion Scott Ogden took that path and now lines up full-time in the Moto3™ World Championship alongside fellow BTC alumnus Josh Whatley. 2021 BTC Champion Casey O’Gorman was selected to race the Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup, and 2022 frontrunner Rhys Stephenson joins the Rookies for 2023.
For more than two decades, Dorna Sports has invested in opening the doors to motorcycle racing, creating the Road to MotoGP™. Comprising initiatives all over the world providing millions of young riders the opportunity to excel, the Road to MotoGP™ is unrivalled in motorsport – opening doors, increasing access and racing towards global equality.
The Honda British Talent Cup was conceived by Dorna and began in 2018 as a competition for riders only,racing on identical, British Talent Cup-liveried Honda NSF250R machinery alongside BSB, WorldSBK and MotoGP™ events. From 2020, an agreement reached between Dorna and British Championship promoter and organiser MotorSport Vision Racing (MSVR) saw the Cup expand and become the sole British Moto3™ class.
The BTC provides an opportunity for the most talented young riders in the British Isles to race and learn on the Road to MotoGP™. Both riders and teams can now enter the BTC in a traditional manner, and the blueprint for the regulations is the Dorna-promoted European Talent Cup, which specifies the exclusive use of a Honda NSF250R motorcycle. Dorna remain hands-on at all events with rider coaching support in order to assess the stars of tomorrow.
Dorna is the organiser of the MotoGP™ World Championship, the FIM JuniorGP™ World Championship, the MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship, the FIM Enel MotoE™ World Championship, the Idemitsu Asia Talent Cup and the Northern Talent Cup, as well as co-organiser of the Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup.