Around 30 juniors are expected to front the Phillip Island grid, including the two riders who stamped their authority on the 2013 MRRDA titles: Jacob Whitehouse from Melbourne (12 -16yrs 85cc two-stroke), and Nick Liminton from Adelaide (12 - 16yrs 160cc four-stroke). Whitehouse particularly enjoyed a breakout year, and also rode to third place in the MRRDA 125 GP class for riders 14 years and above.
Other strong competitors to strut their stuff on the world championship stage will be Lachlan Epis from Sydney; and making it a family affair, Tayla and Jacob Street from Melbourne in the 80cc class.
Adelaide‰Ûªs Olly Simpson, who will compete in the European Red Bull Rookies Cup again in 2014, supporting MotoGP rounds, will almost certainly be tempted to compete in front of his friends and family in a local cameo appearance hopefully joined by his younger brothers, Mitch and Jordy on the grid.
In all, there will be three world championship and ten national races at the Phillip Island world superbike round from Friday to Sunday, with the action starting no later than 8:30am on all three days. The world championship events will be held on Sunday afternoon: midday and 2:40pm for the 22-lap world superbike races, and 1:10pm for the 21-lap world supersport race.
Entries are open for the MRRDA Juniors and close mid January - with entry forms and supplementary regulations at www.worldsbk.com.au and Motorcycling Australia‰Ûªs website www.ma.org.au
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Main Photo: Jacob Whitehouse on the grid