Three British riders will get the chance to race in the new YZ125 Cup which will see one lucky winner rewarded with an official Yamaha ride in the EMX125 championship in 2017. To make it through to the Cup, the best-scoring riders from 13 national championship will race in a Superfinal at the Veltins Arena in Germany on October 8. Three riders will go through from the British Youth Nationals which is the official qualifying series in the UK, making a total of 42 riders in all.
The six top riders of the Superfinal at the Veltins Arena event, joined by two wildcards, will win a masterclass with former world champion David Philippaerts. One of the lucky eight will be selected for the official Yamaha ride in the EMX125 series in 2017. It's a unique prize.
Yamaha's Karl Radley said: “We are really pleased to have this new platform for the development of youth racers, as it's really important to provide opportunities to emerging UK talent and give them the chance to prove themselves against Europe's best riders. It also shows that Yamaha is still committed to two-stroke technology and the benefits they can have on the development of a riders skills in competition.”
Gareth Hockey, promoter of the Thor British Youth Nationals, said: "This is brilliant news to see one of the iconic Japanese manufacturers back supporting youth two-stroke racing. We are passionate about youth racing and the importance of two-strokes within our championship.”
If you're born between 2000 and 2004 and you are competing in the British Youth Nationals 125cc championship on a Yamaha YZ125, you must register for the Cup by January 31 at www.yamaha-motor.eu/uk/yz125cup.