The British Talent Cup provides some of the most exciting racing you can see between the best young talent around. All the competitors compete on the same type of motorcycle giving the spectator some fantastically close racing. The series is a chance for the best upcoming young talent to show their ability on a Moto3 bike.
Dorna Sports set up the championship as part of their programme to develop young motorcycle talent from the UK, in 2018. Dorna, the rights holder to MotoGP, had organised similar championships elsewhere, most notably the Asia Talent Cup.
New Format from 2020
After running the series for two years, where riders only had to cover their travel expenses, the format will change in 2020. The series will be expanded from a six round to a nine-round (18 race) championship. Unfortunately, Dorna will no longer fund the series. It will be run by MSVR who organise the British Superbike Championship but it will retain the name of The British Talent Cup. The technical regulations will become the same as used in the European Talent Cup in Spain. That series attracts upwards of fifty or sixty riders at its rounds throughout the season and has provided some superb racing. In this new format, the riders will have to pay for their rides from next season in the British Talent Cup. Although it retains the title it will now be open to riders and teams of any nationality.
From 2020 the Moto3 GP class of British Motostar will disappear. The standard class of British Motostar will no longer exist effectively becoming the British Talent Cup. Whilst it is disappointing that the rider funding has disappeared from the championship, being a standard class should keep the costs down for family and sponsors alike. All the riders will compete on the same NSF250R machines which must meet the regulations of the series. Dorna is not completely abandoning the series. They have agreed to remains hands-on with rider coaching at events throughout the season.
Prizes on offer
In addition, there is a prize of a funded ride in the FIM CEV Repsol Moto3 Junior World Championship. Whilst the series is open to all nationalities from 2020 this prize will only go to a rider from the British Isles. This will not necessarily be the winning rider or the top placed rider from the British Isles. The ultimate say as to who gets the ride is a decision for Dorna. It is likely to be made based on ability, potential and attitude amongst other criteria.
That is not the only reward on offer. Two riders will get automatic entry to the Red Bull Rookies selection event. Again those riders must come from the British Isles.
In the first year of the championship 2018, the title went to Scotland’s Rory Skinner. He was in a season-long battle with Thomas Strudwick, who finished second and Max Cook, third. All three riders moved on at the end of the 2018 season. Max Cook joined the British Talent Tem in the FIM CEV Repsol Moto3 Junior World Championship. Thomas Strudwick went on to ride in the British GP2 series whilst Rory Skinner joined the British Supersport class in 2019.