BRITISH Junior Supersport front-runner Brody Crockford is set for a move to the world stage as he reveals plans to compete in the inaugural Yamaha R3 bLU cRU European Cup.
The 15-year-old, who finished third in the BSB support series last year, will make the step up with the Crescent squad for 2021 as he joins what is being touted as the ‘road to WorldSBK’.
With a maximum field of 36 riders aged between 12-20 years old, the winner of the inaugural R3 Cup will earn a fully-funded ride with the WorldSSP300 bLU cRU team in 2022.
Alongside the six-round, 12-race R3 Cup, Crockford is aiming for selected wildcard entries in the FIM Supersport 300 World Championship and in the British Junior Supersport Championship.
With a haul of two race wins and three additional podium finishes last season, Crockford says he’s raring to take a stab at the international level as he gears up for the series’ official test at Misano in mid-March.
“I’m excited to continue to be part of the Yamaha family in 2021 and take the next step in my racing career,” Crockford said.
“No other manufacturer offers the same route or support for young riders looking to progress as the R3 Cup. I am really looking forward to learning the top European circuits and racing against riders from across Europe, starting with the first official test at Misano in March.
“The focus is to be competitive and really demonstrate what I can do – the exposure to factory teams all the way through to WorldSBK level by being part of this series is incredible, as well as the opportunity to learn from the official Yamaha WorldSBK riders and bLU cRU coaches.”