2016 series confirmed and 2015 riders selected for Red Bull Rookies
Only days after the chequered flag was waved on the inaugural Santander Consumer Finance KTM British Junior championship, the throttle is still open as three of the 2015 series riders have been selected to participate in the upcoming Red Bull MotoGP™ Rookies try-outs and the UK series has been confirmed again for 2016.
The novice-friendly KTM RC Cup provides a fully supported platform for riders, aged 13-18, to develop their talent within the MSVR-run MCE British Superbike Championship on a cost-effective, level playing field. As well as the possibility to become a British champion, another incentive for participants is the chance for two riders* to earn a guaranteed place at the Rookies selection event.
The final round of the Junior series, powered by identical ‘Cup’ specification variants of the popular KTM RC 390 machine, took place at Silverstone on October 2-4 with 16-year old Cameron Fraser from Nottingham crowned as champion. He, along with former championship leaders and race winners, Thomas Strudwick, 13, and Chris Taylor, 16, will head to Aragon, Spain, in mid-October to compete for a prestigious slot on the Red Bull Rookies Cup grid next year – a KTM-powered support class to the MotoGP™ championship and the natural progression for riders looking to go Moto3.
KTM UK and MSVR have also confirmed that the popular British Junior Cup will continue again in 2016 with the same specification machines used in this season, allowing current riders to continue their rate of progression and allow new competitors the chance to make preparations, ready for the new year.
KTM Marketing Manager, Simon Belton, said: “I’m delighted to announce that the KTM RC 390-powered British Junior Cup will return in 2016. We worked hard with MSVR to create an incredibly affordable and competitive series to provide young and novice riders with a chance to develop their skills with a great support structure. “We’ve had 26 points scoring riders this past season with incredibly close racing at every event. The visible career progression for riders in this class is underlined with three of those heading to the Red Bull MotoGP™ Rookies Cup selection process. Good luck to them and bring on next season – we’re READY TO RACE!”
Series sponsors and final pricing for entry fees and machinery for the 2016 season will be announced by KTM UK very soon. Visit www.KTMRCCup.com *subject to meeting age criteria
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