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KTM to run European Junior Cup

KTM's return to international racing takes another step forward with the announcement it will provide the machinery for the WSBK-supporting European Junior Cup.
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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Paul - Unregistered

January 21, 2012 11:42 AM

Mick - to use the expression "embarassing" is a bit unfair! To introduce an unprecedented race series for juniors at World level in the middle of a recession never looked like a smart idea, but they did it. Credit to them because they made a good job of it last year (ask the organisers and the competitors). Coming back this year with an improved grid and hotter machinery is testament to that. It's easy to knock anyone trying stuff, less easy to create from scratch. Bloody well done to the team that put it together (yes, I do know them, and well enough to say "boys that was rubbish" if it had been!) I can't wait to see one of these races, these kids are hungry, quick, talented and being given a chance to showcase their talents to an appreciative audience. What exactly is not to like about that?

Sick Cylinder - Unregistered

January 21, 2012 11:35 AM

It would make more sense if the engine was in a race style bike - MCN this week featured a bike by Mototech with the 690 KTM engine which is designed for trackdays and weighs about 15kg less. A shame Kawasakis oinvolvement was so short lived - hopefully KTM will have a longer term commitment. It could be worse - they could be putting 14 year olds on the Harley XR1200 used as a support series to BSB in 2011.



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