NORTH AMERICAN TALENT CUP FINAL ROUND COMES WITH MOTOAMERICA
The final round of the 2022 North American Talent Cup, the official Road to MotoGP™ project, will be held with MotoAmerica™ at Barber Motorsports Park.
BIRMINGHAM, AL – The first season of the North American Talent Cup has been a wild ride! The young competitors have matured into seasoned riders who aren’t afraid to rub elbows or make an aggressive pass as they put it all on the line race after race.
NATC will race at Barber Motorsports Park during the final leg of the season as the MotoAmerica Series wraps up. Just as the two heavyweights battle it out for top honors in the MotoAmerica Superbike Series, the NATC’s top two competitors will decide who will take home the inaugural North America Talent Cup title.
Alessandro Di Mario, who currently leads the points, will need to finish well to secure a chance for the title. Fifteen points behind, Jesse James Shedden will not be counted. Shedden will have to rely on the talent that has seen him on the podium in nearly every race this season. Di Mario’s and Schedin’s results are almost identical, with each taking the podium nine times and winning each of the four. A DQ for Shedden in the first race of the sixth round gave him something to prove and his back was against the wall in the final two races. Di Mario will not take his advantage for granted.
Alexander Enriquez is third in the championship. After being accepted into the 2023 Red Bull Rookies Cup as the only American, Enriquez will be looking to leave his mark on the series that helped improve his craft. He may not be able to win the top spot, but he is a fierce competitor who could be a challenge for Di Mario and Shedden.
As the final stage after a challenging season, all NATC riders will be looking to finish on a high note and apply everything they have learned. Teams and racers have traveled to all corners of the continental US testing, tweaking, tweaking, training and twisting in their quest to move up the road racing ladder. Several competitors have become America’s top prospects, others have taken a step in their development, while still others have shown they have what it takes to return to racing again. Everyone who participated in the NATC is a winner in their own right.
“All of us at MotoAmerica have worked hard since 2015 to give young riders the opportunity to showcase their talents and one day compete at the international level,” said MotoAmerica President Wayne Rainey. “Both Motul’s Mini Cup Series and the North America Talent Cup now offer young drivers the opportunity to compete against each other on equal machines. I am delighted that MotoAmerica is supporting the North America Talent Cup as part of the official MotoGP pathway. The opportunity to race at the final MotoAmerica event of the season at the fantastic Barber Motorsports Park is a great chance for these young riders to compete for a championship.”
About the North American Talent Cup
The NATC is a one-make spec series for teams and riders that uses the successful Northern Talent Cup as its blueprint. In 2022, the number of participants is limited to 20 riders between the ages of 13 and 16. The specification of the bike will be Aprilia RS250 SP2; a machine developed by Aprilia in partnership with Ohvale and proven to be a competitive platform for talent development. NATC is designed to create close competition in a cost-effective manner. In its first year, the NATC raced throughout the continental United States with seven designated events held alongside MotoGP™, MotoAmerica™, WERA and MRA.
The new North America Talent Cup aims to give riders across the continent a vital link on the road to MotoGP™, creating a stepping stone between the FIM MiniGP North America series, MotoAmerica, and the Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup or FIM Moto3™. World Junior Championship.
MotoAmerica is a North American road racing series established in 2014 that is home to the AMA Superbike Championship. MotoAmerica is an affiliate of KRAVE Group LLC, a partnership that includes three-time 500cc World Champion, two-time AMA Superbike Champion and AMA Hall of Famer Wayne Rainey, former racer and former Roberts team principal Chuck Oxland, motorsports marketing executive Terry Karges and businessman Richard Varner. For more information on MotoAmerica, visit www.MotoAmerica.com. Also follow MotoAmerica on Twitter , Facebook and Instagram .
About FIM North America
FIM North America is one of six Continental Unions (CONU) recognized as geographical divisions and accountable to the International Federation of Motorcycling (FIM). It was founded in 1998. The National Federations that are members of FIM North America are the American Motorcyclist Association and the Canadian Motorcyclist Association by virtue of their geographic region and FIM membership. FIM North America compiles an annual calendar of continental championships and other events and announces champions in specific disciplines and classes. Its member federations issue CONU licenses to riders competing in FIM NA events, as well as those competing in Continental Championship events organized in other CONUs. For more information, visit fim-northamerica.com.