Also new for 2018, following in the success of the inaugural Supersport 300 World Championship season, will be the British Junior Supersport Championship. This has evolved from the KTM RC Cup series for riders aged 13-22, 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."
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