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Speaking ahead of the spectacular race at the Circuit of the Americas, British MotoGP™ rider, Cal Crutchlow, told of the importance of the British Talent Cup. The LCR Honda rider, who topped the podium in Argentina, said that he is a “great supporter” of the programme.
"The British Talent Cup is a superb series, we needed something like this" - @calcrutchlow #MotoGP star talks about the brand new series during the #AmericasGP press conference— British Talent Cup (@BritTalentCup) 24 de abril de 2018
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Crutchlow talked about the leap from the British domestic series to the MotoGP, saying it was very difficult. He said he felt that “we needed something that was closer to GP spec bikes or a feeder programme.” The Number 35 praised the British Talent Cup, which he went to Donington to see, saying he “always looks forward to watching it.”
Speaking of the young potentials, Crutchlow said “you can’t really call them kids; there are a lot of good young riders there. We got to meet some of them at Silverstone, it was very positive.” The LCR Honda rider went on to praise his team, “They have Alberto [Puig] working, from the Honda side of it, with the riders.”
Yet, aside from Crutchlow and fellow Brits Bradley Smith and Scott Redding in the premier class and Sam Lowes, alongside 2015’s Moto3™ World Champion, Danny Kent who race in Moto2, and Scottish John McPhee in Moto3, there is something of a shortage of British talent in the two-wheeled motorsport world.
In 2018, 23 young, British motorcycle racing potentials, aged between 12 and 17, compete in the British Talent Cup at Donington, Snetterton, Assen and Valencia on their Honda NSF250R machines.
Cal Crutchlow has high expectations for the programme, “I support it one hundred percent. I hope one of them will soon be sitting where I am sitting.”
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