The Honda CBR125R Challenge, a spec road racing class with limited allowable modifications that’ll be running with the Parts Canada Superbike/PMP series through 2008, has changed its rider mandate. Originally for racers from the ages of 14 to 22, the series will now remove the age cap for women.
The series is of course designed as a beginner class. Tina Capell, who’s joined PMP this year after several seasons of working with Pirelli at the track, says, "Motorcycling and motorcycle road racing are gaining popularity with women across Canada. The Honda CBR125R Challenge is the perfect starter road racing series."
The bikes run in stock form complete with catalytic converters, and will have horsepower checked on the official Parts Canada Dynojet dyno at each race. The allowed race conversion kit, available through "participating Honda dealers," includes an Elka shock, Mimic bodywork, Arrow bolt-on exhaust canister, Z-1 frame sliders, Parts Canada work stand, and a certificate for spec Pirelli Supercorsa race rubber.
First chance to see the bikes in action will be at Shannonville Motorsport Park on Monday, April 28, when the RACE organization offers a school for 125R riders. Owners of completely stock, street legal CBR125R models, even if there are no race plans, are also welcome to enroll in the all-Honda single-cylinder classroom-and-track event at SMP.
And while we’re on the subject, Sturgess Cycle in Hamilton, Ont., will sponsor young racer Lee Kuhn Jr., for the 2008 CBR125R national series. Kuhn is a nine-time winner of the Canadian Mini Moto Championship and is the 2007 OMMRA 40 cc Open Class Mini Moto champion.