North America Talent Cup: Di Mario Earns Pole Position At Ridge (Updated)

North America Talent Cup: Di Mario Earns Pole Position At Ridge (Updated)

© 2022, Roadracing World Publishing, Inc. By David Swarts.





More, from a press release issued by North America Talent Cup:


For the third round of the 2022 North America Talent Cup the young up-and-coming road racers will be a part of the MotoAmerica™ race weekend at The Ridge.

SHELTON, WA, June 24, 2022 – After completing two action packed weekends, the third round of the 2022 season of the North America Talent Cup will join MotoAmerica™ and America’s top professional road racers for the Dynapac Superbikes round at The Ridge Motorsports Park, June 24-26.

The NATC is a one-make spec-series of teams and riders, using the successful Northern Talent Cup as a blueprint. The limit on entries is 20 riders aged between 13 and 16 in 2022. The spec-motorcycle will be the Aprilia RS250 SP2; a machine developed by Aprilia in partnership with Ohvale and proven to offer a competitive platform for developing talent. The NATC is designed to create close competition in a cost-effective manner. In its first year, the NATC will race throughout the continental U.S., with seven designated rounds taking place alongside MotoGP™, MotoAmerica™, WERA, and MRA.

The new North America Talent Cup aims to provide riders across the continent with a vital link to professional road racing. The NATC is considered a stepping-stone between the FIM MiniGP North America Series and professional series such as MotoAmerica’s™ Junior Cup or international feeder series like the Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup or FIM Moto3™ Junior World Championship.

The current points leader is Jesse James Shedden with 95 points. With 77 points, Alessandro Di Mario needs to take the fight to Shedden straight away and prevent him from getting out front early on. A consistent and calculating Jayden Fernandez rounds out the top three with 56 points.

We’ve seen incredible action in all four races over the first two race weekends. The technical layout of The Ridge will offer new challenges for the young talents. There is no telling who will rise to the top step on their RS250 SP2. With the added pressure of racing in front of America’s best, it can be anyone’s race to win.

The North America Talent Cup is proud to partner with America’s premier road racing series, MotoAmerica™, to support the future of American road racing talent.

“We’re excited to watch the North America Talent Cup competitors race this weekend at Ridge Motorsports Park,” said Chuck Aksland, MotoAmerica COO. “This series is important to give young riders additional exposure and track time as they work toward the professional ranks. Hopefully, the championship comes down to the final round when they join us again at our season finale at Barber Motorsports Park in September.”

About the FIM North America 

FIM North America is one of six Continental Unions (CONUs) recognized as geographical subdivisions and accountable to the Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme (FIM). It was founded in 1998. The national federations who are members of FIM North America are, by virtue of their geographical area and their membership in the FIM, the American Motorcyclist Association and the Canadian Motorcycle Association. FIM North America establishes an annual calendar of Continental Championship events and other activities and declares champions in designated disciplines and classes. Its member federations issue CONU licenses to riders participating in FIM NA events as well as those who are participating in Continental Championship events organized in other CONUs. For more information, visit

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