KTM has announced it will be the manufacturer partner to the European Junior Cup in 2012, support series to the World Superbike Championship.

The series, which ran in 2011 with machinery from Kawasaki, provides an entry point for youngsters aged between 14 and 19-years-old, as well as the opportunity to compete on some of Europe's foremost circuits.

For 2012, however, KTM will field its 690 Duke machine, with the series name being tweaked to KTM European Junior Cup to reflect the new partnership.

Pirelli has also joined forces with the series, ensuring the 2012 champion will receive a 23,000 Euro prize to go towards a ride in the 2013 European Superstock 600 Championship.

Having already announced it plans to return to grand prix racing in the new Moto3 class, KTM has also hinted that it may make some World Superbike Championship appearances with the RC8 in 2012 before a possible full-time move next season.

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