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MOTOREX Magazine 2021 120 EN

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POWERSPORTS THE BIKE KTM

POWERSPORTS THE BIKE KTM RC4R 250 PROMOTING YOUNG MOTOGP TALENT NORTHERN TALENT CUP The Northern Talent Cup (NTC), established last year by Dorna, the ADAC and KTM, drew an enthusiastic response despite the difficult circumstances in which it was held. This year marks the second round of promoting hopeful racing talent between the ages of 12 and 17. MOTOREX has been there from the start – because wherever young people aim for top performance, dependable partners and race-tested lubricant technology are in high demand. Since all NTC competitors use the same equipment and supplies, the focus is on riding talent and racing strategy. Racers compete on bikes from MOTOREX collaborator KTM. THE PROGRAM MOTOGP The program for the year consists of a test weekend and seven races (double rounds) during the run-up to the FIM MotoGP race on thrilling GP circuits such as Oschersleben, Lausitzring, and Sachsenring in Germany, Le Mans in France, Kymiring in Finland, Assen in the Netherlands, and the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg, Austria. The NTC partners provide the racecourse, boxes, hospitality, and much more. See the race calendar northerntalentcup.com/calendar Identical equipment ensures equal chances: NTC competitors all ride “standard” KTM motorcycles. The KTM weighs only 92 kg; its 250 cc one-cylinder four-stroke engine puts out a hefty 34 hp. A five-speed transmission with a multi-plate clutch carries that power to the ground. The motorcycles are purchased by the teams and include a bundle of spare parts. THE LUBRICANT TECHNOLOGY MOTOREX KTM fills both its production motorcycles and its NTC racing bikes with lubricants and service fluids from MOTOREX. As a result the company not only obtains complex data under the toughest racing conditions, but also demonstrates the importance of lubricants for success on the track to the team members while they’re still young. MOTOREX provides each team with a package of products and welcome materials. THE CONCEPT PROMOTING YOUNG TALENT The goal of the NTC is to give up-and-coming racing talent between the ages of 12 and 17 from northern, central, and eastern European countries the opportunity to become professional MotoGP riders through talent and hard training. This year 24 young riders in teams from ten nations will compete in races during the run-up to the FIM MotoGP World Championship, the IDM, and the Speedweek Oschersleben. Two additional wild cards are awarded for each race. The NTC provides high-quality training and racing even for teams with small budgets. THE GOAL A PRO CAREER Dorna is responsible for holding and marketing the MotoGP and Superbike World Championships worldwide. Various development programs have been established to secure the future of the street motorcycle racing scene by supporting young talent. Under the “Road to GP” concept, successful NTC riders are fast-tracked for the FIM CEV Repsol and/or the Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup. Throughout a full season, under the guidance of experienced riding coaches, participants learn, train, and breathe the racing air under authentic conditions. • All pictures © NTC Current information on the NTC northerntalentcup.com 22 MOTOREX MAGAZINE 120 I MAY 2021 23

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