The all-new North America Talent Cup (NATC) will have its inaugural season in 2022, with the goal of giving riders from North America and its immediate neighbors a new opportunity to further their careers and follow their dream of being a world-class motorcycle racer. The NATC aims to become the perfect stepping stone between lower level regional championships and the FIM CEV Repsol, Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup, and/or the MotoAmerica championship series.
The NATC is a one-make spec-series of teams and riders, using the incredibly successful European Talent Cup as a blueprint. The limit on entries is 20 riders aged between 13 and 16 in 2022, with no wildcards allowed. The spec-motorcycle will be the Aprilia RS250SP2; a machine proven to offer a competitive platform for developing talent. The NATC is designed to create close competition in a cost-effective manner. In its first year, the NATC will race throughout the continental U.S., with seven designated rounds taking place alongside MotoGP, MotoAmerica, WERA, and MRA.
Riders of all nationalities can apply, but the NATC is designed for riders from North America and its immediate neighbors. At least one of the top riders in the NATC will compete in the Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup the following year and at least two will take part in the Rookies Cup selection event on the Road to MotoGP™.
The NATC is run by Rise Moto, as a project manager for Dorna, the organizers of the MotoGP™ World Championship, MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship and the Idemitsu Asia Talent Cup, as well as co-organizer of the Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup and Honda British Talent Cup.
The Cup is intended to give riders from North America a new path on the Road to MotoGP™. Rise Moto staff are present at all rounds with rider coach, a member of Race Direction and an events coordinator.
The NATC is sanctioned by FIM and AMA, and is an official Road to MotoGP™ series.