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FIM Europe ready to start R3 bLU cRU FIM European Cup season with young riders

FIM Europe ready to start R3 bLU cRU FIM European Cup season with young riders

With the off-season over and the final preparations done, early the time will come for the brand-new Yamaha R3 bLU cRU FIM European Cup.

It’s a collaboration between Yamaha, FIM Europe and Dorna WSBK Organization (DWO) supported by JiR (Japan Italy Racing), open to riders aged between 12 and 15 years as the ideal first step for young riders with world championship aspirations.

Yamaha R3 bLU cRU FIM European Cup promoter, Mr Gianluca Montiron, is well-known in the motorsport as team manager in MotoGP and Moto2.

Why a European Championship?
“Each rider has the ambition to reach the World Championship. The Yamaha R3 bLU cRU FIM European Cup wants to be an exclusive opportunity to acquire experience in the Superbike World Championship through the bLU cRU program which is Yamaha’s approach to new racing generation on track and motocross worldwide”.

Which is the target of the riders?
“For those from 12 to 14 years old the target is the debut in the European world and the familiarity with the WSBK tracks, while for the riders from 14 to 16 years it’s the ambition to compete in the World SSP300. Yamaha’s aim is to create a new generation of riders for Superbike”.

Which is the provenience of the riders?
“We’d like to be an international Cup that allows to enhance the work of the sports motorcycle system collaborating with the national federations of each countries. This will request time, but today we have riders who come from various countries: Brazil, Greece, Austria, Slovakia, France, Spain, with requests for single events from America, Colombia, Israel. We’re trying to encourage the entrance of each rider in order to have a Cup with multi markets”.

Which are the costs?
“Eight rounds with an all inclusive formula: motorbike, assistance, helmet, leather suit, with a registration fee of 35.000 Euro that could be share per a monthly fee of 5.000 Euro. The costs are affordable compared to a Moto3 national series”.

Is it really for everyone?
“Those who will not have the opportunity to compete in the entire championship could race single events in order to be select for the future considering a three-years program. We’ll start on March 23rd with a pre-season test at Misano, while the debut in the WSBK will be on April 19th at Assen”.

Will you involve new professionals’ figure in the Cup?
“We’ll support not only young riders, but also technicians, as well as marketing activities for our Partners. We’ll evolve the project step by step”.

The official calendar:

19th April – TT Assen, The Netherlands
10th May – Imola, Italy
24th May – Motorland Aragon, Spain
14th June, Misano, Italy
05th July – Donington, UK
02nd August – Oschersleben, Germany
06th September – Algarve, Portugal
27th September – Magny Cours, France

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