The newly-formed MotoAmerica AMA/FIM American Motorcycle Road Racing Championship has partnered with KTM for a new support series – the KTM RC Cup.
The spec-class series – similar to ones run in Europe – will use KTM RC 390 super bikes. The ages will be from 14-22, and those riders will vie for contingency money and the opportunity to ride in MotoAmeria. License requirements are currently under development.
“One of our main goals in creating MotoAmerica was to find new talent and this is the start of that,” three-time 500cc World Champion Wayne Rainey said of the KTM RC Cup. “This is going to give a lot of young riders the opportunity to feel the excitement of racing at a professional event on top-level KTM RC 390 motorcycles while competing for a National Championship.
“The KTM RC Cup is also going to give the teams a chance to see new talent in a competitive environment. Our goal is to give these riders the opportunity to move up through our championship classes in MotoAmerica with a goal of making it to the World Championships.”
KTM will partner with HMC Racing (the Wisconsin-based team that runs KTM’s Superbike effort) at each of the events to provide a pit area with customer hospitality as well as technical and parts support for all RC Cup participants. The RC Cup racers will also get advice and tips from professional racers such as KTM factory star Chris Fillmore, MotoAmerica reports.
The engines of the KTM RC 390 Cup bikes will be sealed to maintain equality. Engine teardowns at the races, rebuilds between races, and ECU checks will be performed by HMC technicians. The RC 390 Cup bikes will be sold to dealers and consumers as ready-to-race motorcycles and production RC 390s will not be eligible for the series, MotoAmerica reports.
For additional information, visit MotoAmerica.