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Thirteen-year-old Scott McPhee is the latest member of his family to hit the biking big time after being selected for the British Talent Cup (BTC) which runs in conjunction with the British Superbike (BSB) circuit.
Cousin of Moto 3 rider John McPhee, Scott joined this year’s championship at the beginning of April when he competed at the season opener on the short track at Silverstone. At each race, only 32 of the 36 selected BTC riders can qualify and after 75 laps Scott, one of the youngest racers there, qualified in 26th place.
Scott said: ‘I was quite nervous but it was a fantastic experience.’
The youngster has since joined his cousin John on the injury list after another bike ran in to him during his final practice lap at Oulton Park on April 30. Scott suffered a complicated broken metacarpal which will require an operation but is hoping to get back on track later in the season.
The BTC series is restricted to riders between 12 and 17 years of age and technical regulations mirror the successful Dorna-promoted European Talent Cup which specifies the exclusive use of an essentially standard specification Honda NSF 250 R motorcycle.
Part of Dorna’s Road to MotoG programme, the British Talent Cup is the sole British Moto Championship class. Riders compete in two races at each event, nine supporting the British Superbike Championship (BSB) and a season highlight racing at the British Grand Prix. The 2022 BTC calendar started at Silverstone in March before moving onto Oulton Park, April 30-May 2; Donington Park National, May 20-25; Knockhill, June 17-19; Brands Hatch, July 22-24; Moto GP Support at Silverstone, August 5-7; Thruxton August 5-7; Snetterton, September 9-11; and Donington Park GP, September 30 – October 2.
Scott travels to each event with the support of dad Mark, mum Wilma, older sisters Emma and Jennifer with locals Stephen Carson and Billy Robertson also playing a pivotal role in the SMP race team.
Cousin John has been providing technical help and advice since Scott started on the trail riding circuit, aged four.
The BTC benefits from live national television broadcast coverage offered at BSB and the international profile provided by Dorna’s global media platform. Dorna is hands-on at all the events with rider coaching support to assess the stars of tomorrow.
Photograph: British Talent Cup rider Scott McPhee. Photograph: Bonnie Lane.NO_T19_Scott-McPhee-011