The British Talent Team is an all-new project competing in the Moto3™ World Championship, the lightweight class of MotoGP™. Run by Dorna as part of the Road to MotoGP™ program, the British Talent Team is designed as the top rung of a ladder beginning in the all-new British Talent Cup.
The British Talent Cup is the latest addition to Dorna’s longstanding commitment to talent promotion and development, a philosophy that began over 15 years ago and continues to expand. Fostering Champions such as Casey Stoner, Dani Pedrosa and Johann Zarco, programs from the Telefonica Movistar Junior Team in the 125 World Championship to the Red Bull Rookies Cup of today have an incredible record of discovering and nurturing talent to the top. Now, it’s British riders in the spotlight as the covers come off the British Talent Cup - a new initiative designed to lead to the British Talent Team in Moto3™ via the Road to MotoGP™, creating a real opportunity in the World Championship for graduates of the Cup.
John McPhee is the rider to fly the colours of the British Talent Team, beginning in 2017. Born in Oban, Scotland, McPhee took podiums in the British and Spanish 125 Championships before moving up to Moto3™. Taking his first pole positions and podiums at world level in 2015, McPhee then seized his first win in the lightweight class of Grand Prix racing last year at the Czech GP – making him the perfect candidate to represent both the Team and the Cup on the world stage.
With involvement from the highest echelons of racing development and promotion such as Alberto Puig and Jeremy McWilliams, the British Talent Team lines up to race in the Moto3™ World Championship this year - ahead of the debut of the British Talent Cup in 2018.