Kawasaki Ninja 250R Base Race Series
The exciting European Junior Cup initiative, aimed at younger riders wishing to break into international roadracing, got underway last weekend at Assen alongside the World Superbike classes.
In the new series, riders aged between 14 and 17-years of age compete on identical race-prepped Kawasaki Ninja 250R machines over a scheduled six rounds.
The first of these rounds promised much after the riders had completed their pre-season preparations, including a winter training camp, and the racing proved enthralling and educational for all involved.
German rider Tom Busch, only 15-years old, took an eventually impressive victory in the first round but it took some time for him to get to the front after pole position rider Matt Davies led early on.
The Aussie headed a heated battle between Busch, Spanish rider Ruben Fenoll, and Kiwi competitor Daniel Mettam. Only retirement for South African rider Themba Khumalo prevented him having a say in the final results also.
Other heated battles behind the leading group allowed the top few to break away from the pack at half race distance and the top three disputed every meter of track at times.
Two crashes, first from Fenoll and then from the leader Davies held up Mettam and allowed Busch to make the most of his opportunity to lead and he duly won the inaugural race. Second was Mettam and third Brandon Kyee, from the USA.
The next round takes place at Monza, Italy, May 6-8.
European Junior Cup Rounds One Results: Assen
- Tom Busch, Germany
- Daniel Mettam, New Zealand
- Brandon Kyee, USA
- Ross Patterson, Northern Ireland
- Jean Francois Demoulin, France
- Loris Hunt, GB
- Qays Hashmi, Pakistan
- Matt Davies, Australia
- Ruben Fenoll, Spain
- Miguel Aranda, Spain
- Amelie Demoulin, France
- Themba Khumalo, South Africa