European Junior Cup to include Women's European Cup for 2015

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Honda’s CBR650 powered European junior Cup will gain another element in 2015, with the FIM Women's European Cup set to be incorporated into the age restricted one make series. The series will run alongside World Superbikes at eight European rounds.

Women will be able to score points in both the EJC and the Women’s Cup, with a separate prize awarded for the ladies series.

Age restrictions will also be relaxed, with women up to 23 years old allowed to compete, raised from the 21 year old cut off for men in the championship, in line with the European Superstock 1000 and 600 championships.

Gerry Bryce, series director for the Pata European Junior Cup, commented: "We're really happy and excited to announce this new initiative to encourage young women into motorcycle racing. Over the past years we have had several talented female racers competing in the Pata European Junior Cup, so it's great to extend that involvement into a new championship."

"We can now offer the incentive of an affordable and unique women's championship whilst still competing with the young men on equal terms and on equal Honda machinery. The age increase for male riders follows the recent changes to other classes and is a positive move to offer even more young racers the opportunity to compete and develop their skills at an international level. Together with the launch of the new Honda CBR650F EJC control bike, these changes will provide a fantastic racing experience for talented young men and women in 2015 and beyond."

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Simon Patterson

By Simon Patterson

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