KTM RC Cup racing has been stronger than ever in 2017, delivering exhilarating racing across eight different countries. With most series crowning their champions, we are now ready to head to the ultimate race - the KTM RC Cup World Final in Jerez, October 20-22.
With 30 riders representing ten different nations, the two races held within the World Superbike championship round in Spain is set to thrill and excite. So, let’s take a look at some of the guys and girls who are Ready To Race and show us what they are made of. Starting with our American and Canadian riders.
MotoAmerica gave us a season to remember, with nine rounds visiting some of the world’s most iconic circuits, such as Laguna Seca, and the series riders battling hard to produce some thrilling racing. There could only be one champion, but many were deserved.
#1 Benjamin Smith - USA - Championship points 265
Ben Smith took his crown as 2017 MotoAmerica KTM RC Cup champion at Barber Motorsports Park during the final round. Opening the season with pole positions and a win, he has taken five victories across the season. However, he says the final round was the most special.
#9 Cory Ventura - USA - Championship points 249
Cory took his first victory of the season during Round 4 at Utah, and the fight for the championship started to hot up. Heading on to Round 5, he had a sizzling win at Laguna Seca and then took a third victory at Sonoma during Round 6. He heads to the World Final with a score to settle. Can Cory take the final fight and stamp his name in RC Cup history?
#23 Alex Dumas - Canada - Championship points 233
The only Canadian rider in our World Final, Dumas had a sensational end to the 2017 season. ‘Doing the double’ with two wins at Round7 in Pittsburgh, Alex managed to increase his winning streak to four-in-a-row at Round 8, New Jersey Motorsport Park. The double double victory for Dumas matched Benjamin Smith’s record, an incredible achievement
#13 Jackson Blackmon - USA - Championship points 192
Taking his career first win during the second round of the MotoAmerica KTM RC Cup at Virginia International Raceway, the young American thanked his team and was focussed on the rest of the season. He carried the momentum into Round 3 at Road America, placing him 3rd in the championship. However, with Dumas claiming four in a row, it was hard for Blackmon to reclaim the points needed.
#5 Draik Beauchamp - USA - Championship points 189
Joining Blackmon to claim his first season win at Virginia International Raceway, it was Draik’s consistency through the season which led to his final position in the championship. Battling hard through the following rounds he racked up enough points to seal his position in the KTM RC Cup World Finals.