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Honda’s CBR650F primed for 2015 European Junior Cup

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The 2015 European Junior Cup kicks off this weekend with the opening round at Motorland Aragon in Spain featuring Honda‰Ûªs CBR650F as the new weapon of choice for the racing stars of tomorrow.

For the past two seasons, the Pata-sponsored European Junior Cup has featured Honda‰Ûªs CBR500R machine but the increasingly popular series that supports European rounds of the World Superbike championship has opted for the larger and more powerful CBR650F for the 2015 season.

Many of the championship‰Ûªs competitors took part in a two-day training camp at Calafat in Spain earlier this week and received expert guidance and tuition from Pata Honda World Supersport rider, Kyle Smith, and female racer and former Isle of Man TT competitor Maria Costello.

With 30 permanent entries for this season‰Ûªs championship, including at least four female competitors vying for glory in the inaugural FIM Europe Women‰Ûªs European Championship, the eight rounds are sure to maintain the European Junior Cup‰Ûªs reputation for thrilling racing and ultra-tight finishes.

"We‰Ûªve just had two fantastic days on our pre-season training camp at Calafat with this season‰Ûªs young EJC riders getting accustomed to the new Honda CBR650F." Gerry Bryce said. "We‰Ûªve had really positive feedback from everyone and the bike is pretty much as we expected it to be.

"It‰Ûªs the perfect entry-level race bike ‰ÛÒ fast enough to be exciting for the fast riders not to feel restricted in any way and good enough for them to demonstrate their talent. At the same time, it‰Ûªs very forgiving with superb handling and brakes. We‰Ûªre looking forward to some really strong racing this season with a full grid of riders from 16 nations.

"We‰Ûªve also had a great response to the inaugural FIM European Women‰Ûªs European Championship. Unfortunately, some entries could not be fulfilled because of studying and work commitments but we‰Ûªve got some fast and capable women who will surprise some of the guys here for sure!"

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