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Helping cultivate road racing’s future talent, KTM has teamed up with ADAS to bring you the “ADAC Junior Cup powered by KTM” series. Along the same vein as the Red Bull Rookies Cup for MotoGP, and the European Junior Cup for World Superbike, the ADAC Junior Cup is a spec-bike series aimed at developing young riders — good stuff, but not exactly a new concept.

What is exciting though is the “powered by KTM” part because zie Austrians have basically just unwrapped their new small-displacment street bike that is based off the KTM 390 Duke, you know it as the KTM RC390, and for the ADAC series, we know it as the 2014 KTM RC390 Cup Racer. Missing only a headlight, signals, and a license plate, the cup race bike is essentially what KTM will debut at EICMA in a few months’ time. We like.

Making a modest 37.5 hp from its 373.2cc single-cylinder four-stroke engine, the KTM RC390 isn’t exactly blowing the doors off the competition in the horsepower department (the Kawasaki Ninja 300 makes nigh 40hp in stock form), though it is positively anorexic with its 286 lbs claimed curb weight figure (sans gas).

“We developed a pure GP racing machine for the Moto3 World Championship. In contrast, the RC 390 Cup is based on a series model project,” says KTM CEO Stefan Pierer. “Both of these two projects were given the highest priority because the development of lower displacement, high quality street bikes are among our core activities. The new KTM RC 390, which will be available for sale in 2014 will meet a big demand for affordable, quality sport bikes for the lower displacement class.”

“Since 1993, ADAC has achieved a great deal with excellent work with up-and-coming riders in the Junior Cup,” added Pierer. “The promotion and support of young talent is also a very important aspect for KTM. We are happy to put a lot of energy into this because we actively engage in the promotion of young riders both in off-road sports and on asphalt. We are honestly thrilled that we will be able to support the ADAC Junior Cup as the KTM 390 Cup with all KTM bikes. Also because with ADAC we have a committed, reliable and strong partner in which everyone involved is a professional.”

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2014 KTM RC390 Cup Race Bike Technical Specifications:

Engine type single-cylinder, four-stroke
Displacement 373.2 cc
Power 38 PS (37.48 hp)
Fuel System Bosch EFI (throttle valve 46 mm)
Control 4 V / DOHC
Engine Lubrication Wet sump system
Cooling system Liquid
Clutch Mechanical multi-disc clutch in oil bath
Engine management Bosch EMS
Frame Steel tube frame, powder coated
Front suspension WP-USD Ø 43 mm
Rear suspension WP-Monoshock
Brake system front Four-piston brake caliper, radially symmetric sealed-off rim brake, brake disc Ø 300 mm
Rear brake Single-piston brake caliper, floating caliper brake, brake disc Ø 230 mm
Wheels front / rear Cast aluminum wheels 3.00 x 17 “, 4.00 x 17″
Front / rear tires 110/70 ZR 17, 150/60 ZR 17
Silencers Akrapovic titanium silencer with regulated catalytic converter
Steering head angle 66.5 °
Wheelbase 1340 + / -15 mm
Seat Height 850 mm (33.5 inches)
Fuel tank capacity 9.5 liters (2.51 gallons)
Weight 130 kg (286.6 lbs.)

Source: KTM & ADAC; Photos: KTM