World Superbike Championship organiser's Infront Motor Sports have announced the formation of a new 'European Junior Cup', providing young riders with a first stepping stone towards SBK stardom.
Open to 14 to 17 year old racers from around the world, the European Junior Cup will take place at six circuits during 2011. Riders will compete on identical race-prepared Kawasaki Ninja 250R motorcycles.
Entries will be considered from all riders who have held a competition license for at least one year in either road racing, motocross, enduro, supermoto, trials or minimoto.
An active coaching programme will take place throughout the season, beginning with a training camp for all participants in Guadix, Spain, before the first round of the series is held at Assen on April 15-17.
The European Junior Cup package, which is similar to the Red Bull Rookies Cup in MotoGP, includes:
* Race prepared Kawasaki Ninja 250 R and pit equipment.
* Transport of motorcycle to all rounds.
* Entry fees, tyres and fuel.
* Riding equipment and team wear.
* Hospitality at the Junior Cup paddock village.
* Technical support.
* Race coaching from star riders.
* Pre-season training camp in Spain.
The listed price for entry is 18,950 Euros (plus VAT where applicable).
2011 European Junior Cup calendar
Assen (15-17 April)
Monza (6-8 May)
Aragon (17-19 June)
Silverstone (29-31 July)
Nurburgring (2-4 September)
Magny-Cours (30 September – 2 October)
For further information or to enroll in the championship visit www.europeanjuniorcup.com