The European Talent Cup is part of the FIM CEV Repsol Championship series where all competing riders use a Honda NSF 250 R (Type MR03) homologated motorcycle. The bikes are 4 stroke single cylinder machines.
To try and keep a level playing field there
One tyre supplier
The riders all use tyres from the official tyre supplier. This is another way which helps try and keep the series balanced and fair. The number of tyres available is restricted during the qualifying practice sessions. The series organisers allow a maximum of two slick rear tyres. There may be random checks during qualifying to make sure tyre allocations are not exceeded.
Further policing of the series occurs with engines. The Technical Director, under the
The European Talent Cup riders also work with a standard ECU central unit. This comes fitted and cannot be tampered with. The software used to control it must also be standard. The Technical Director can request a download from the ECU to analyse the data. They also have the authority to ask a team to change their ECU with a new one from the manufacturer.
Telemetry is not allowed and the swing arm must remain as standard.
Teams can change the handlebars; use alternative brakes discs as long as they are the same material as the originals. Front and rear brake pads can be altered but overall little can be changed on the bike that effects its performance.
It is the riders’ talent on show
The result is that The European Talent Cup is a showcase of young motorcycle talent. The series allows the spectators and teams to see the best riders come through from a field of up to 38 riders on a race weekend.
It should help teams and managers identify those riders that have the potential to move on to full Moto3 machines and beyond, where teams are allowed to throw exorbitant sums of money at the bikes in order to enhance the skills of the rider.