BSB to launch KTM 390 Cup?

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KTM UK are currently in talks with MCE British Superbike organinsers MSV about the potential of seeing the Austrain’s new RC390, aimed at new riders, headlining a one-make series for 2015 in the BSB paddock.

The 375cc RC390 is a sports bike designed to meet the new A2 licence criteria, and makes 44bhp as standard. A similar race series suing the machines already supports the German IDM championship, with grids of over 30 young riders.

With one of the machines already in the UK, KTM Motostar series racer Joe Irving will be an appearance on it this weekend at the Oulton Park BSB round, with display laps scheduled as well as a public display for the bike. Irving, who has already tested the bike, said afterwards it had surprised him.

“To be honest I wasn’t expecting the RC 390 Cup bike to be as good as it is. I could really ride it hard and the quality of the suspension and brakes is at a really good level. The choice of tyres will be a big factor for this series but I think it will make a great feeder class for series such as Motostar.”

KTM UK Marketing Manager, Simon Belton, added: “KTM is a ‘Ready to Race’ company that is also committed to developing future talent, such as with the Red Bull Rookies MotoGP Cup. A UK version of the RC 390 Cup will allow MSVR to provide a very cost effective and competitive youth series along with offering KTM UK a very exciting platform to introduce the production version of the RC 390.”

“The intention for this UK series is to follow the rules and formula from the ADAC championship, with details such as age restrictions yet to be set, but likely to be open to riders aged 12-17 years old. Our presence at Oulton Park should hopefully give us the opportunity to talk to potential riders and partners for the series in order to make a full announcement very soon.”

If you have an interest in participating in the proposed RC 390 Cup series next year, email, adding RC 390 Cup 2015 to the subject line put and including your name, address, post code, age, riding experience and local KTM dealer. 

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Simon Patterson

By Simon Patterson

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