The all-new Northern Talent Cup begins in 2020, with the goal of giving riders from northern and central European countries a new opportunity to further their careers and follow their dream of being a motorcycle racer. It’s designed to provide the perfect stepping stone between lower level national championships and the FIM CEV Repsol and/or Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup.
The Northern Talent Cup is one-make series of teams and riders, using the incredibly successful European Talent Cup as a blueprint. The limit on entries for the first year is 24 riders aged between 12 and 17, all riding the new KTM 250 Standard. Riders of all nationalities can apply, but the Cup is designed for riders from northern and central Europe – with the calendar also intended to cut down on travel costs for those who would otherwise have to travel across the continent to compete at a similar level. The NTC visits tracks across Germany, Austria, the Netherlands and Czech Republic.
At least one of the top riders in the NTC will compete in the Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup the following year and at least two of them will take part in the Rookies Cup selection event on the Road to MotoGP™.
The NTC is run by Dorna, the organisers of the MotoGP™ World Championship, MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship and the Idemitsu Asia Talent Cup, as well as co-organiser of the Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup. The competition is intended to give riders from northern and central European countries a new path on the Road to MotoGP™.
The NTC is a Cup for teams but Dorna provides space and covers onsite logistics, with an NTC tent providing space for teams to use. Dorna staff are present at all rounds with the one rider Coach (Daniel Ribalta), a member of Race Direction, as well as an events coordinator.
ADAC support the new initiative and provide three key aspects for the NTC: technical scrutineering, the other of the two rider coaches and a member of Race Direction.