The British Motorcycle Racing Club has announced a new Kawasaki powered National Junior Cup for the 2012 season.
Using the Kawasaki Ninja 250R twin four-stroke machine, the new series will feature a full race package obtainable through nominated UK dealers in the Kawasaki network.
The 249cc, twin cylinder, water-cooled Ninja will be fully prepared and ready to race at cost price to riders and teams. More details on pricing and spec will be made available shortly, but the package price is expected to be in the range of £5000-5500. Tyres will be via Pirelli and technical rules will be announced in due course.
With ACU approval, the package is to be made available to riders aged from 13* on Novice licences in 2012. (*This means the rider must be 13 or older on 1st March 2012)
The series will run over eight rounds, predominantly with the BMCRC together with
exposure at the MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship.
Creating a highly competitive package in their early years of racing, the Championship targets riders aged 13 to 18. Featuring rounds at BMCRC who have run the MRO Superteen series for this age group for many years and BSB, Cup riders can rub shoulders with those on the National stage.
Mike Dommett, CEO at BMCRC said: “The time is right to create a new-look series for this age group on a race-proven bike. This series will give young riders the exposure that we hope will prove attractive to them, the great package price means that will also work for their parents and sponsors. They should enjoy lower running costs and easier maintenance compared to the two-strokes that have been the bikes of choice for this group for many years”
Michael Johnstone, Kawasaki Motors UK, Sales & Marketing Manager enthused "We fully support this exciting new Championship which reflects our commitment to racing at every level. 'Team Green' is all about working with young riders to achieve their racing ambitions and the recent success of Ninja 250R championships across Europe reinforces what an ideal bike the little Ninja is for young racers".
Stuart Higgs, Series Director at BSB says "We are delighted that BMCRC have launched this series to offer a high value opportunity to youngsters entering our sport on a new stage for this age group. The inclusion of exposure at BSB cements the link between the entry level to the sport and the premier national championship class to provide the aspiration for career development".
Interested riders, parents and teams are invited to express their initial interest in obtaining more information on the series by email to firstname.lastname@example.org at Kawasaki or email@example.com at the British Motorcycle Racing Club.