The Pata European Junior Cup, powered by Honda, will use Honda’s impressive CBR650F for the 2015 season and continue its successful partnership with title sponsor, Pata, it has been announced.
The eight-round, one-make championship for 14-19-year-olds has proven to be a great success in providing a fantastic racing experience and honing the skills of young riders from around the world as the entry level class to the eni FIM Superbike World Championship.
For 2015, the European Junior Cup (EJC) will introduce the new Honda CBR650F that was launched in Europe this season. This A2 license-compatible machine offers a great package of impressive but manageable performance, lightweight handling and affordable running costs.
The Honda CBR650F will provide the young EJC racers with a perfect preparation for the more powerful and demanding middleweight supersport machines, such as Honda’s CBR600RR, that are used in the FIM’s European Superstock 600 and World Supersport classes.
Graduates from the 2013 European Junior Cup have already confirmed their talent this season with podium and top-ten finishes in the ultra-competitive FIM European Superstock 600 championship, which was won in 2012 by Honda’s recently-crowned World Supersport champion Michael van der Mark.
Being a feature on the programme at eight European rounds of the eni FIM Superbike World Championship, the EJC races are keenly followed not only by thousands of fans around the world but by the riders, teams and managers in the World Superbike paddock.
All the European Junior Cup CBR650F machines will be identical and fully race-prepared with adjustable suspension, lightweight handlebars and footrests, racing exhaust and Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa tyres. The entry package includes ownership of the motorcycle, transportation to and from the races, tyres, fuel and tools – the rider needs only to turn up with a mechanic or helper and go racing.