MCE British Superbike bosses have revealed a new class for the 2018 season which will give youngsters the opportunity to prepare to race on the world stage.
In line with WorldSBK’s structure and run along the same lines as WorldSSP300, the British Junior Supersport Championship has evolved from the KTM RC Cup series for riders aged 14-22, but will now be open up to all manufacturers adopting the World Championship technical regulations and is expected to see Yamaha, Kawasaki and Honda machinery joining KTM in the battle for honours.
The reaction to the newest British Championship has been extremely positive from the manufacturers.
Ross Burridge, Senior Racing Co-ordinator, Kawasaki Motors UK, said: “We believe that the introduction of the new Junior Supersport class is a positive direction for the British Superbike Championship. We are constantly striving to engage new riders into the racing world, and along with the introduction of our all new Ninja 400, this class is just the way to do that. Kawasaki UK will be in full support during 2018 and beyond.”
Havier Beltran, Team Manager, Honda Racing said: “We welcome this new category to the BSB platform. The Honda CBR500R has already shown its pedigree with two wins and a podium in the 2017 Supersport 300 World Championship and we are looking forward to this new opportunity to nurture our home grown talent.”
Lee Neesham, Country Manager, Yamaha UK, said: We welcome the announcement of the British Junior Supersport Championship, following in the footsteps of the successful FIM Supersport 300 World Championship which has provided exceptional racing this year and a hard fought Championship crown for the Yamaha YZF-R3.
“This championship will provide a great opportunity for new teams and riders to race in the successful BSB Championship environment and develop their skills. We as Yamaha are fully behind the direction being taken by the organisers.”
BSB Series Director Stuart Higgs concluded: “Britain has often been criticised for not having a coherent development class structure for the upcoming young riders, however this has now been corrected and completely revitalised with three diverse championships.
“The association with Dorna for the British Talent Cup represents the best ever opportunity for young British talent to be scouted, developed and integrated into the World Championship career path. Having seen first-hand the presentation of the Asia Talent Cup, this will be something that will take British racing to new standards of recognition.
“The British Motostar Championship, whilst reduced in the number of championship events, does allow for some budget relief, is still our reference series with prime race event billing, live television coverage and exceptional grids. I’m very proud that both 2017 champions are moving to the next phase of International Talent Series promoted by Dorna.
“We are very excited about the new British Junior Supersport Championship; which will be another budget-friendly class and with new models coming from several manufacturers, will add diversity to this exciting form of racing that is developing across the world.
“Preceding all of this we will maintain our association with the Cool FAB Racing series which nurtures riders at an even earlier age. This series will also receive greater recognition in the future with a new very significant development which will further enhance its position and reputation.”