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MLav Racing expands British Talent Team in JuniorGP World Championship

British Talent Team
British Talent Team to compete in European Talent Cup and JuniorGP World Championship

Michael Laverty’s project aimed at increasing opportunities for young British talent to break into the upper echelons of Motorcycle Grand Prix World Championship racing will add another facet to its structure with a dedicated two-rider entry into the FIM JuniorGP World Championship in 2024.

An extension of the team’s involvement in the British Talent Cup, European Talent Cup and the Moto3 World Championship under the VisionTrack Racing banner, the new standalone British Talent Team is aimed at offering up-and-coming riders another avenue on the ‘Road to MotoGP’.

On the riding front, the British Talent Team will comprise of Eddie O’Shea, who stays on board having just completed his JuniorGP season under the team’s former ‘Junior Talent Team’ structure, and 2023 British Talent Cup Champion Evan Belford.


The British Talent Team will also be represented in the European Talent Cup next season with 2023 BTC front runner Amanuel Brinton and 2022 BTC Champion Johnny Garness signed to race. The deal with Garness has been made subject to his physical condition following injuries sustained in a crash at Estoril earlier this year.

“It is a proud moment for us to become ’The British Talent Team’, the title encompasses our ethos," said project founder and former BSB/MotoGP racer Michael Laverty.

"The ultimate ambition for our team is to promote talent from the UK and Ireland into the premier MotoGP class, we have now created a clear pathway, having four British Talent cup graduates with us on the next steps of the ladder in both the European Talent Cup and JuniorGP for 2024. 

“The plan is to develop our riders to graduate into our Moto3 Grand Prix team in the future; competing against the best young riders in the world is the best preparation; I feel we are laying the correct foundations for the future of British racing at the very top level of the sport. 

“I want to thank Dorna for their support in this collaboration, and I welcome Eddie O’Shea, Evan Belford and Amanuel Brinton into our team, alongside the returning Johnny Garness following his injuries.”

The FIM JuniorGP World Championship - formerly known as the CEV Moto3 Junior World Championship - is regarded as the most seamless stepping stone towards the Moto3 World Championship with alumni that includes current VisionTrack Racing rider Scott Ogden.

Champions from previous years that have gone on to compete at Grand Prix World Championship level include Jose Antonio Rueda (Red Bull KTM Ajo), Daniel Holgado (Red Bull KTM Tech 3) and Izan Guevara (GasGas Aspar Team). 

Next year’s Moto3 World Championship will also see the likes of 2023 champion Angel Piqueras, Luca Lunetta, Joel Esteban and jacob Roulstone graduate from JuniorGP.

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