An expanded schedule, reduced age requirement and a new champion’s top prize are among the changes unveiled for the second year of the Honda CBR125R Challenge.
Last year’s inaugural champion was 14-year-old Raphael Archambault of St-Colomban, Quebec, who swept all five races.
The 2009 calendar will consist of seven events, opening at Calabogie Motorsports Park May 22-24 and concluding at Shannonville Motorsport Park Sept. 4-6, including a double-header at Calgary, one on the big track and one on the adjacent mini-moto facility. The Mosport race will use the big track as well, instead of the smaller Rider Development Track used in 2008. If the little bikes can pull their way up the hill on the back straight, that is … could be a long five laps.
The minimum age has been dropped to 13, and the year-end awards pot has been sweetened by a trip to the Kevin Schwantz School at Barber Motorsport Park in Birmingham, Alabama.
The Shannonville-based RACE organization will also run the class at selected RACE events, and will offer a dedicated school for Honda CBR125R Challenge competitors May 15 at a cost of $250.
For more series information, visit www.cdnsuperbike.com.