THE PENULTIMATE ROUND OF THE NATC IS UNDERWAY AT ROAD ATLANTA WITH SHEDDEN LEADING THE CHAMPIONSHIP
The march towards the championship continues as the NATC competitors continue the series with WERA.
ATLANTA, GA, September 1, 2022 – Every round the competition gets more intense as the young North American racers get more experienced on their machines. Jesse James Shedden has retaken the lead from Alessandro Di Mario in the championship points by a slim five-point margin. The two talents will certainly be back at each other at Road Atlanta.
Alex Enriquez, after a few rough patches, has shown impressive form the last two rounds. A win at Roebling and a win at Pitt Race has elevated him to third in the points. Logan Cunnison sits only six-points behind. A good result this weekend could easily get him into the top three.
The talented and aggressive, Aiden Sneed, rounds out the top five. His skill on the brakes has given him an advantage at certain tracks. It will be interesting to see how he does at Road Atlanta with a few key corners with hard braking zones.
The North America Talent Cup racers have increased their skill and race craft significantly over the season. The teams supporting them have also been impressive in their ability to adapt and overcome challenges.
Notably, both Shedden and Di Mario have finished every race. The only other riders that have done so are, Sneed, Haydn Meng, Matthew Chapin, and Jack Beaudry. Aside from Shedden and Di Mario, only Meng and Chapin have scored points in every race, with Chapin having an excellent result both races at Pitt Race.
It is a sprint to the finish. Road Atlanta is sure to be as exciting, if not more, than all previous rounds.
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.
To learn more about the North America Talent Cup, visit: www.northamericatalentcup.com
To learn more about the WERA, visit: www.wera.com
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 fim-northamerica.com.