BEMSEE once again prove their ability to graduate young talent, with the Team Green Junior Cup’s 2015 champion Alex Murley and 2016 runner-up Luke Hopkins both making the jump to the Supersport 300 World Championship in 2017.
Previous title holder Murley finished 14th overall in this year’s European Junior Cup, with a season-high 8th place qualification at Donington Park and 10th place finish at the Magny Cours round in what was his debut season outside Great Britain.
The Solihull youth joins World Superbike stalwart Team Toth Yamaha for the upcoming inaugural Supersport 300cc season aboard the all new YZF-R3.
“I’m really happy to join Team Toth for 2017,” said Murley, “They’re a great team, are very professional and have been in World Championship competition for many years both in the GP and Superbike paddocks.”
“I’m really excited for new challenge and I’m confident that the Yamaha R3 together with the support of the team will give me a great chance to have a strong season.”
“I know it will be a quick and competitive field but I think we can do a great job together… big thanks to my family and for Imre and everyone at Team Toth for giving me this chance I can’t wait to get started!”
Team Principal Imre Toth added, “Team Toth is very happy to confirm our participation in the new category WorldSSP300 with Alex Murley – we are sure of his talent following his impressive year in the EJC and because he won the UK Junior Championship in 2015 with a 300cc bike, so I’m sure with our combined experience we will make an interesting season.”
“We will race with the Yamaha R3 which we believe is the best bike to run at the front and which we believe will allow us to achieve the best position.”
“We happily welcome Alex together with his parents and sponsors to our team, and will shortly present our second rider who will also compete in WorldSSP300 next year alongside Alex.”
Also making the step up to support the Superbike World Championship is ‘Sittingbourne speedster’ Luke Hopkins, who finished 2016 just six points shy of the Kawasaki Team Green Junior Cup title.
Hopkins, who only started racing in 2015, turned more than a few heads with his performances this year, winning Bemsee’s Most Improved Rider trophy, which covers their gamut of motorcycle racing classes.
Only just beating the 15-year-old minimum age for the new series, he has chosen to maintain his seat aboard the Kawasaki Ninja 300 with which he has become very familiar.
With some experience already on a number of European tracks from Moriwaki Cup racing this year, Hopkins plans a similar assault on 2017, using several wildcard appearances in the British Motostar Moto3 class as well as the Team Green Junior Cup to enable as much track time as possible.
“This is a great opportunity for me to grow as a rider,” said the Kentish kid, “I should be racing against some of the best up and coming young talent in motorcycle racing in this championship, which can only help me improve.”
“The wildcard appearances in Moto3 and the Team Green Junior Cup will not only enable me to catch up with good friends but also provide me with valuable track time too… I’m already excited about going testing in Cartagena early next year!”
The brand new championship’s aim is to provide a relatively inexpensive production motorcycle racing platform on which young riders can develop skills at high levels of competition for low(er) running costs.
Currently, the Yamaha YZF-R3, KTM RC390, Honda CBR500R, and Kawasaki Ninja 300 are eligible to enter the series – find current technical regulations here.
For more information on the Team Green Junior Cup and Bemsee’s other racing classes, visit their website.
*Main image supplied by Team Green Junior Cup
*Side images supplied by Bemsee