MotoAmerica and KTM Motorsports made the announcement of the changes coming to the KTM RC Cup Series. In 2017, the MotoAmerica AMA/FIM North American Road Race Series is set to include the youth-based spec class.
In line with the initiative undertaken by KTM to strengthen youth road racing in the country, MotoAmerica 2017 will see KTM RC Cup enter a third consecutive season. It featured 40 participants back in 2016 and is thus a good platform for young talent to move up the ranks of the National series premiered by MotoAmerica. It also provides unique opportunities for the racers to gain exposure and participate in a global competition.
Three-time 500cc World Champion,Wayne Rainey is quite pleased with the return of the KTM RC Cup. The champion said that,”The class is working just the way we envisioned it and we’ve already seen some of the kids making the jump to the next level and having success. I love watching the progress of the kids both on and off the track.”
The RC Cup powered by KTM is a platform to showcase racers between 14 and 22 years of. All participants must ride on a 2015 or 2016 KTM RC 390 Cup bikes. The racing bikes (not street-legal), have been built by KTM and feature more than 40 PowerParts and other performance enhancements.
For equity among the racers, the engines are sealed and are only serviced by HMC Racing, the trackside partner of KTM. KTM RC 390’s which are street-legal and have undergone modification will only be allowed to participate in regional racing, missing out on the RC Cup Series.
According to Christy LaCurelle, Marketing Manager of KTM Motorsports, the RC Cup Series has been providing youth riders with a great platform to get into the world of racing, with some moving on to bigger displacement classes after a season or two of competitive racing in the KTM spec class. “We are pleased with the growth of the series over the last two seasons and look forward to welcoming new and returning racers to the series in 2017”, said Christy LaCurelle.