KTM’s recently confirmed its support for the Northern Talent Cup, introducing its new KTM RC4R race bike.

Dorna tapped up KTM to build a machine to help young racers hone their racing skills in the newly introduced Northern Talent Cup, which aims to find the top young riders from Northern and Central Europe and feed them into the Red Bull Rookies Cup series.

Called the KTM RC4R, it’s a four-stroke 250cc machine which is a step below the KTM RC250 R used in the Red Bull Rookies Cup. Complete technical specifications aren’t available at this time, but KTM has released a graphic which gives a decent idea of what’s going on with the compact race machine.

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Speaking about the collaboration, Pit Beirer, KTM Motorsport Director said: “First of all we are very proud that we have been selected by Dorna Sports and ADAC as a partner for the new Northern Talent Cup on the Road to MotoGP. It’s a great pleasure to work with young, talented riders and KTM is successfully doing this in other racing disciplines. We share the opinion that an easy entry-level bike was missing in the past, and we are happy to provide the appropriate machine for young riders with the ambition to reach the Moto3 category. This is especially true in relation to handling, service and cost efficiency. It was important to offer an optimal price-service ratio. We are looking forward to the launch of the Northern Talent Cup with exciting riders and race action. I am sure this concept will find and produce new northern and central European talent in road racing.”

Ross Mowbray

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