The all-new MXGP junior support class – the European 150 Championship – is due to begin in Ernée, France next month, giving budding racers the chance to win the ultimate prize of a ride with an official Honda team.
As part of Honda’s global programme to support young racing talent, the series provides 11-14 year old motocross riders from around the world the opportunity to showcase their talent at an international level. The €7,950* fee includes ownership of a brand new Honda CRF150R, transportation of the motorcycle to the races, technical and coaching support, fuel, tyres, tools, hospitality area and workstations – and the championship winner will be awarded an E-MX2 class ride with Gariboldi Honda in 2014**.
Team owner Giacomo Gariboldi has almost 10 years experience in running a squad and his team is recognised as one of the best outfits for developing young talent. It is well-known for taking Christophe Charlier from an unknown quantity to a proven winner and developing riders such as Harri Kullas and Aleksandre Tonkov.
“For me the series is a cheap way for riders to learn and understand racing a Grand Prix track,” said Gariboldi. “In the current economy, this is a great, all-inclusive package that only requires a bit of help on the maintenance side at races for riders, who can just show up and race. They even get to keep the bike at the end of the year.”
He continued: “The winner of the 150 series will receive a free ride with Gariboldi and also gain a year of experience on Grand Prix tracks on a fourstroke bike. We have been developing our CRF250R machines constantly, so they will receive one of the best packages to race on. Not only that, as with Kullas in the past and Charlier whom we’ve brought to the forefront of the European series, they will be receiving our knowledge and help to progress in the ranks.”
All the Honda 150 Championship bikes are identical specification and strictly controlled, meaning fair and equal racing in which the best rider on the day will win, and as an official support series to the FIM Motocross World Championship the safety standards and medical support are of the highest level possible. A number of options will be available on the CRF150R bikes for riders of different sizes, and mentoring will be available throughout the season. Riders’ parents/guardians will need to travel with them and provide basic maintenance support at the events. For more information please visit:www.honda150championship.com