KTM RC CUP Championship – World Finals

Press Release | October 17, 2017

Top Five MotoAmerica KTM RC CUP Racers Showcase Their Talents on the Global Stage This Weekend in Jerez

KTM RC CUP Championship

This is a press release from KTM…

Murrieta, CA (October 17, 2017) – The top five finishers from the 2017 MotoAmerica KTM RC Cup Championship are set to do battle this weekend, Oct. 20-22, in Jerez, Spain alongside the prestigious World Superbike Championship for the third running of the KTM RC CUP World Final.

The World Final is open to the best five KTM RC Cup racers from participating KTM subsidiaries in North America, Asia, Finland, France, Germany, The Netherlands, Mexico and the United Kingdom – each battling for the top honor of being the best-of-the-best in RC Cup racing worldwide. This year’s 2017 KTM RC Cup Champion, Benjamin Smith (USA), will lead the North American squad in Jerez, joined by 2nd place finisher Cory Ventura (USA), 3rd place finisher Alex Dumas (CAN), 4th place Jackson Blackmon (USA) and 5th place finisher Draik Beauchamp (USA).

Each national series plays host to a stacked grid of talented up-and-coming road racers, each aboard identical versions of the KTM RC Cup Racebike, which provides a level playing field with a competitive and adjustable bike. With top-level coaching from KTM ambassadors such as former professional AMA Superbike racer Chris Fillmore, the KTM RC Cup program runs in conjunction with existing high profile national championships in order to nurture future stars of the sport and help bring their racing careers to the next level.

KTM RC Cup Ambassador, Chris Fillmore: “When KTM introduced the RC Cup program in 2015, the goal was to grow youth road racing in America and I really believe that with the platform that MotoAmerica has provided, this program has done amazing things for these kids as they begin their careers in professional road racing. Not only do they get to experience competitive racing at the highest national level, but KTM has taken it a step further to showcase their talents on a global platform and that’s really exciting for the sport. We wish the best of luck to the five riders who earned a spot to compete this weekend in Jerez!”

Since its inception, the KTM RC 390 has not only proven itself on the road as a versatile and capable machine, its Supersport track potential has also been exploited by utilizing KTM’s wide range of performance PowerParts and fully-adjustable WP Suspension to create an affordable ‘Cup’ specification for racing.

Qualifying practice will get underway this Friday, Oct. 20, followed by two races on Saturday, Oct. 21 and Sunday, Oct. 22. For more information about KTM RC Cup series around the world and how to take part, visit www.ktmrccup.com.

Relive last year’s action and watch the entire version of Race 1 here and Race 2 here.

2017 KTM RC CUP WORLD FINAL ENTRY LIST

RIDER NAMECOUNTRYRACE #
Glenn van StraalenNL26
Guus BoesNL24
Milan MerckelbaghNL25
Bibi DamenNL31
Roy VoermansNL30
Adolfo DelgadoMEX27
Daniel CanoMEX11
Gabriel Da SilvaMEX33
Clément BarbierFRA32
Illiès BlanchardFRA28
Justin HänseGER9
Brian David HartGER29
David KubáňGER34
Aaron SchäferGER12
Max SchmidtGER4
Muhammad Izam Ikmal Bin IzamliMYS7
Ahmad Idham KhairuddinMYS3
Muhammad Ibrahim Bin Mohd NorrodinMYS8
Benjamin SmithUSA1
Cory VenturaUSA9
Alex DumasCAN23
Jackson BlackmonUSA13
Draik BeauchampUSA5
Fenton SeabrightUK15
Jack NixonUK14
Matthew BowerUK16
Connor ThomsonUK2
Leevi JohanssonFIN22
Niko TanskanenFIN19
Lee DotiITA20

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