The first season of the KTM RC Cup racing tournament kicked off in India earlier this month. The race series is part of KTM Pro-XP’s effort to give KTM owners the opportunity to experience professional racing. The first round of selection was held in Mumbai and Vadodara before that recently with the next round scheduled to be held in Delhi at the end of January.
KTM India says registrations for the racing championship are overcrowded with more than 1,000 riders expected to take part. Selection rounds are being held in seven cities across the country and shortlisted entrants will then travel to Madras Motor Speedway (MMRT) in Chennai for qualifying and the final night, which will be held organization under the auspices of FMSCI.
Speaking about the start of selection for the KTM RC Cup, Sumeet Narang, President (Probiking) at Bajaj Auto Ltd., said: “The KTM RC Cup reaffirms KTM’s motorsport reputation in the country. Racing is at the core of KTM’s DNA. In the past 70 years of racing, KTM has won more than 334 world championship titles across all racing modes such as Dakar, MotoGP, Motocross (MX), Supercross (SX), Enduro. Keeping our promise to turn amateur riders into professional cyclists, we created this platform for KTM Owners. The KTM RC Cup is a nationwide tournament that hunts down the best riders, provides them with tailored training, and rewards the best. After finishing the Mumbai leg with enthusiastic participation, we wish all KTM Indian fans ready to join the race!”
The Mumbai selection round had 130 participants competing on the KTM RC 390 GP racing car. Riders including Kayan Zubin Patel, Rajesh Swami, Mihri Sakpal, Roshan Gawad, Rushabh Gala, Jatin Porabia, Neeraj Ballurgi, Devilal Punjaram Lunja, Divy Parmar and Dhiraj Baikar qualified from Mumbai.
The top three winners of the KTM RC Cup will win a visit to KTM headquarters in Austria as well as training with the race director. They also had the opportunity to interact with KTM Factory Racing athletes, watch a MotoGP race live at the Red Bull racecourse and tour the prestigious KTM Motohall.
The KTM RC Cup is being directed by former MotoGP rider Jeremy McWilliams, who finished on the podium in the 500 cc class and won the 250 cc class. The race is being supported by Emmanuel Jebaraj, seven-time national INMRC champion and founder of Gusto Racing in India.
First published date: January 24, 2023, 5:22 PM IST