News 21 Mar 2019

Oceania Junior Cup set for 2019 launch at Wakefield Park

Maiden round of junior road racing academy to take place alongside the ASBK.

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The inaugural 2019 bLU cRU Oceania Junior Cup will launch into action this weekend in conjunction with round two of the Motul Pirelli Australian Superbike Championship (ASBK) at Wakefield Park in New South Wales.

The junior road racing academy features a field of ambitious young riders looking to become the first to claim an Oceania Junior Cup round victory and make an initial claim for one of the five positions in the 2019 Asia Talent Cup Selection Event, and a potential place in the 2019 Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup Selection Event.

With one second separating the top 10 times in official ASBK testing at Phillip Island last month, and two seconds covering the top 16, a fierce fight to the finish is anticipated.

Motorcycling Australia’s (MA) operations director Martin Port emphasised the governing body’s commitment to supporting junior road racers for the future and adding to Australia’s proud history of world champions like Mick Doohan, Troy Bayliss and Casey Stoner to name a few.

“Motorcycling Australia is committed to encouraging the junior talent of today to become the leading talent of tomorrow,” said Port. “The bLU cRU Oceania Junior Cup is a huge step in the right direction for Australian road racing, and we couldn’t be more pleased with all the nationwide and international interest the program has already received.

“With a full grid that features junior motorcycle talent from multiple disciplines including speedway, motocross, enduro and dirt track, this junior road race academy will lead our juniors on the path to success both here in Australia and hopefully overseas. And it all kicks off this weekend at Wakefield. With every bike identical, the racing will come down to the race craft of each individual kid.”

The bLU cRU Oceania Junior Cup has caught the attention of the FIM and FIM Oceania since its inception, with the international governing bodies’ direct support the catalyst for making the program a reality.