BOSSES at Thundersport GB have moved to bolster their ranks with a new youth championship as they announce the Junior class for 2020.
The category, which will pit Junior Supersport-spec machines against one another much like the British championship, is set to combine 500s, 400s and 300s all on the same grid.
Club chiefs introduced the GP2 Cup at the end of 2018 to give the Ninja 400s, the most successful bike on BSB’s JSS programme, their own field to run in while the 300, along with Yamaha’s R3, KTM’s RC390 and the Aprilia RS125, among others, remained eligible for the Superteens class.
The 400s, as well as Honda CBR500R bikes, ran alongside the GP2 Stocktwins and Supertwins while Superteens primarily had their own standalone slot on the programme.
Now, however, Superteens and GP2 Cup riders will run on the same grid and compete for Junior class honours – with a separate podium presentation – while still scoring their own respective championship points.
“The basis for this was our strong desire to see all of our youth riders on the same grid without any mixing with adults regardless of machinery,” admitted Thundersport boss Dave Stewart.
“I have been conducting some research into our youth racing formula for the past month or so, and we now have a full seasons actual data to work with in order to find the best solution.
“We believe [the Junior class] is the best way of retaining the purity of youth racing at our level, without resorting to filling available grid spaces with adults as we believe they are more than adequately catered for in our extensive range of other classes.”
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