When the AMA announced their new roadracing deal with the FIM and KRAVE Group, there was a lot of curiosity about development series – would the new MotoAmerica championship have a series similar to the European Junior Cup, or CSBK’s CBR250 series? The answer is yes, and KTM is involved.
KTM has announced they’ll provide race-spec RC390s for a new roadracing series that will run at select rounds of the MotoAmerica championship. The new RC Cup Series is intended as a development series for riders age 14-22; the AMA is currently working on licensing requirements.
“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,” said KRAVE Group partner Wayne Rainey. “The KTM RC Cup is also going to give the teams a chance to see new talent in a competitive environment.”
Pro racer Chris Fillmore will attend RC Cup events to give advice to racers, and HMC Racing (KTM’s longtime hospitality partner) will provide technical support and pit hospitality to riders at all RC Cup events.
According to their press release, “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.”