British Talent Team and Cup launched
The promoters of the British MotoGP™ were delighted to lend their wholehearted support at the launch of a fantastic new UK motorcycle racing initiative – the British Talent Team and the British Talent Cup.
Dorna Sports, the promoters of the MotoGP™ series, could have launched the Talent Cup in any country, but, as its CEO Carmelo Ezpeleta said at the launch in London, the passion, history and understanding of Grand Prix motorcycle racing in the UK makes it the perfect country to launch such an exciting new project.
The new British Talent 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.
Talent-spotting the new home-ground two-wheel racing talent will be two racing legends – Jeremy McWilliams, who is to act as British Talent Scout for the project, and Cup Talent Promotion Director Alberto Puig.
The first ever selection program for the Cup will preface the 2017 British MotoGP™at Silverstone, in the week leading up to the event. There, prospective riders will be put through their paces and the best offered the chance to race in the Cup’s inaugural 2018 season. Then riders are on the Road to MotoGP™ – with the ladder to the top waiting to be climbed.
The application process runs from the 5th May to 18th June, and riders who will be invited to the selection process will be informed before the 21st July.
In addition to the British Talent Cup, the British Talent Team will be racing in the FIM Moto3™ World Championship. John McPhee will be the works rider.
John McPhee, British Talent Team rider: “I’m really happy to have this opportunity in the team and I’m looking forward to the season to see what we can do. Representing the UK and British Isles on the world stage, as well as the Team and Cup, is a big responsibility but I’ll work hard to get the kind of results we’re aiming for – and get this new project off to the best start. Thanks to everyone for the opportunity – and now I’m just looking forward to getting out and racing!”
Jeremy McWilliams, British Talent Scout: “It’s fantastic to be part of this project and to play a role in the future of motorcycling in the British Isles. It’s an important project to be involved in and I’m looking forward to getting started and showing what kind of talent we have. The British Isles has a long history of motorcycle racing and motorsport that I’m proud to have been part of and it’s an honour for me to now again play a role in it – just with the difference that this time, I’m not on the bike.”
2017 British MotoGP™ tickets are on sale at: silverstone.co.uk