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After a bruising round at Roebling Road Raceway, the NATC competitors get set to rumble at Pitt Race with a lot on the line.

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PITTSBURGH, PA, August 9, 2022 – The North America Talent Cup (NATC) competitors survived a brutal all-out melee at Roebling Road Raceway to come away earning some serious street cred in the road racing community. Looking forward to round five, the young racers must refocus and prepare for another new track. The championship standings are tightening up and it’s going to be a sprint to the finish.

The top two racers to watch coming into round five are points leader Alessandro Di Mario and number two, Jesse James Shedden. Both Di Mario and Shedden have been up front at nearly every race. A little bit of good luck, as well as bad, has prevented either one from running away with the championship.

Aiden Sneed, Chris Clark, and Logan Cunnison are all fierce competitors and not going to let the top two get away without a fight. Sneed is currently third in the points. Clark and Cunnison have had great races this season and should be considered podium challengers at the least, if not race winners.

At 2.78 miles, Pittsburgh International Race Complex is a long track for the Aprilia RS250 SP2. The NATC racers will have to be patient and use the endurance they’ve been developing over the course of the season.

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 North America Talent Cup is proud to partner with WERA to support the future of American road racing talent.

"WERA Motorcycle Roadracing has been a launch pad for many racers who have gone on to win World Championships and compete at MotoGP levels. We have a long list of riders who started a dream with WERA and made their dream into a career. We are excited to host the NATC with their young dreamers at our event this coming weekend (July 16/17) at Roebling Road Raceway in Bloomingdale, GA. Check out our website for information on WERA and to see the weekend schedule for this event as well," said WERA Owner Evelyne Clarke.

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About NATC 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 between 13 and 16 years of age 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.

About WERA WERA, based in Canton, Ga., is one of the oldest and largest national sanctioning bodies conducting motorcycle racing at road courses across the United States. Since 1974 WERA has enabled thousands of racers at all levels the opportunity to compete across the country. WERA offers a Rider’s School with entry-level racing, pro-am racing and vintage racing for anyone with a motorcycle.

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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