The news from MotoAmerica, the new face of U.S. motorcycle roadracing, continues to get more encouraging with the announcement yesterday of a KTM RC Cup spec-class series for rising racers ages 14 to 22.
"One of our main goals in creating MotoAmerica was to find new talent and this is the start of that," three-time 500cc World Champion Wayne Rainey said of the KTM RC Cup. "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. The KTM RC Cup is also going to give the teams a chance to see new talent in a competitive environment. Our goal is to give these riders the opportunity to move up through our championship classes in MotoAmerica with a goal of making it to the World Championships."
The RC Cup will be a true spec series, with racers competing on identical machinery. HMC Racing, the team that competes in AMA Superbike with Chris Fillmore on a KTM RC8, will provide the technical support, will maintain the racebikes and ensure they are equal, and will even provide a hospitality area at the races.
Personally, I think this is a great thing. There's a reason that eight of the top 10 finishers in MotoGP this year are from either Spain or Italy, and it's not because those two countries are the only ones with talented young riders or have such booming economies that every fast kid can afford to buy a ride. It's because those fast kids have a ladder system that lets the top talent rise through the ranks and make it to the world championship stage. That's something that has been lacking in the United States in recent years, with the weak AMA Superbike series.
The proof, of course, will come when MotoAmerica actually puts on some successful races, but for now, all the signs have been pointing toward a potential renaissance of professional U.S. roadracing since MotoAmerica replaced the listless Daytona Motorsports Group.
Let's hope we see not just some good racing in 2015 in the RC Cup, but also some future world championship contenders.