After making its presence felt in the local market, KTM Philippines wants its presence felt in the racing scene as it plans to send 18-year old Filipino rider, Ralph Kenneth Torres, to the KTM RC Cup Asia.
Torres began his racing career in 2006, earning the 2015 MOTO IR Championship; 2013 Golden Wheel Award Scooter Champion; 2012 IRGP Scooter Champion; 2010 115cc Underbone King Overall Champion; and the 160cc Scooter Class Overall Champion. These achievements caught the attention of KTM, leading him to become the brand's official KTM Philippines-Sponsored Rider.
The KTM RC Cup Asia, formerly exclusive European and American racing series, is coming to the region for the first time, with its debut event to be held at the Sepang International Circuit in Malaysia this March to November 2017.
The KTM RC Cup Asia has three categories – Orange, Silver, and Bronze. The Orange class is open to riders aged 14 to 22 who will race using KTM RC 390 race bikes with no modifications. Silver and Bronze, on the other hand, are for track-adapted standard KTM RC 390 and KTM RC 250/200 bikes and have no age limit. Torres will be participating in the Orange cup.
KTM motorcycles are manufactured in the Philippines by KTM Asia Motorcycle Manufacturing Philippines, Inc. (KAMMI), a joint-venture partnership between Adventure Cycle Philippines of the Ayala Group and KTM AG of Austria.