A race series for young riders on
Honda’s four-stroke CBR125R will run at some of the
Parts Canada Superbike Championship events in 2008.
The CBR125R Challenge will be open to
riders from 14 to 22 years old as of Jan. 1, and bikes will be kept stock except
for some aftermarket products sold through Honda Canada, such as Elka
rear shocks and revalved forks, Mimic bodywork, Z-1 frame sliders, and Parts Canada race stands. As with the higher racing classes, engines will be checked for cheating – er, modifications – on the series dynamometer, and Pirelli spec
tires will be used by all riders.
The 125 Challenge is strictly for
amateurs, but some of the kids who ride should be expected to lose
that status as time goes by. Honda says the series is intended as a
starting point for road racers who want to do the Jeffersons’ thing:
movin’ on up.
It’s not clear yet which Superbike series races will include the 125 Challenge, but a series schedule of sorts has been released:
May 22 – 25, location TBA
June 26 – 29, Race City Motorsport Park, Calgary, Alb.
June 17 – 20 (Double-header), Mosport International Raceway, bowmanville, Ont.
August 7 – 10, Atlantic Motorsport Park, Shubenacadie, N.S.
August 21 – 24, location TBA
August 28 – 31, Shannonville Motorsport Park, Shannonville, Ont.
With two TBAs out of six weekends, not to mention three races in August, series competitors are less than thrilled.