Pata and Honda have a strong relationship. The two are united in both World Superbike and World Supersport with some exceptional riders, including the 2014 World Supersport Champion Michael van der Mark.
Pata is also the main sponsor of the Pata European Junior Cup – powered by Honda. And on Monday, Pata announced that Honda’s new CBR650F will be the motorcycle of choice for the 2015 Junior Cup.
The eight-round entry-level series of World Superbike features riders from 14- to 19-years old. The series allows the youngsters to hone their skills for the upper classes.
The decision to use the CBR650F is simple; it is an A2 license-compatible motorcycle (Europe), lightweight, and allows the teams to keep running costs low.
Robert Watherston, head of motorsports, Honda Motor Europe, says “Over the last two years, Honda has provided CBR500R machines to the EJC as part of an ongoing commitment to develop young racing talent from all over the world within the production-based World Superbike championship environment.
“It has been an overwhelming success, both commercially and in terms of the talent that has been uncovered, with up to 20 nationalities represented. We are delighted to continue our support of the series in 2015 with the exciting Honda CBR650F. This sports machine is not only an ideal balance of performance and power with which to enter European level competition but it’s a great road bike, too.”
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 van der Mark.
Being a feature on the program 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 tires.
The entry package includes ownership of the motorcycle, transportation to and from the races, tires, fuel and tools – the rider needs only to turn up with a mechanic or helper and go racing.
Applications to join the 2015 PATA European Junior Cup, powered by Honda can be made now on the “Contact” page at the series website www.europeanjuniorcup.com.