Courtesy of Yamaha Racing
Interest in the all new Yamaha R3 bLU cRU FIM European Cup, which will run alongside the FIM Superbike World Championship in 2020, has proved high, with young riders from Europe and beyond quick to sign up to showcase their talents on the world stage. Registration for this unique series will remain open only until 28th February 2020.
The announcement of the Yamaha R3 bLU cRU FIM European Cup, a collaboration between Yamaha Motor Europe, FIM Europe and Dorna WSBK Organization (DWO) supported by JiR (Japan Italy Racing), generated a huge response, with riders from as far afield as Brazil signing up within days to contest what promises to be an exciting addition to the race schedule at eight of the European WorldSBK rounds in 2020.
Such was the demand that the age limit has now been raised to allow riders aged between 12 and 16 years to contest the inaugural season of the Yamaha R3 bLU cRU FIM European Cup and, while the 36-rider grid is filling up fast, there are still places remaining.
The Yamaha R3 bLU cRU FIM European Cup has been designed as the ideal first step for young riders with world championship aspirations. The series will be contested exclusively aboard Yamaha’s YZF-R3 machine, a race winner in the ultra-competitive FIM Supersport 300 World Championship, with a grid of 36 riders from around the world expected to line up for the opening round in 2020.
The Yamaha R3 bLU cRU FIM European Cup will be a fully supported series, with riders provided with a race-ready Yamaha YZF-R3, a full riding package including Pirelli tyres, coaching and technical assistance for an inclusive cost of Euro (€) 35,000 per season, allowing them to simply turn up and race.
This cost includes a dedicated pre-season test at the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli on 23rd March 2020, where riders will receive their 2020 race kit of helmet, leather suit, boots and Paddock Blue apparel before familiarising themselves with Yamaha’s YZF-R3 ahead of the first race of the season, which will take place at the Assen WorldSBK round over the weekend of 18th and 19th April.
The series will be televised, with races also streamed online and shown live on the big screens at each circuit. A highlights package with rider interviews and background information will also be available for free after every round.
Prize money will be awarded, with Eur (€) 10,000 for the winner of the championship, Eur (€) 7,500 for the rider placed second in the series standings at season end and Eur (€) 5,000 for the rider who finishes third overall. Each race winner will receive Eur (€) 500. In addition, the top three riders in the series at the end of the season will secure automatic entry to Yamaha Motor Europe’s bLU cRU Masterclass event, where they will compete for a supported ride for the following season.
Riders can register their interest in contesting the inaugural Yamaha R3 bLU cRU FIM European Cup by clicking here. Registration closes on 28th February 2020. More information on the Yamaha R3 bLU cRU FIM European Cup can be found by clicking here. Alberto Barozzi – Yamaha Motor Europe bLU cRU Racing Manager
We have been overwhelmed by the response to the
announcement about the all-new Yamaha R3 bLU cRU FIM European Cup for
2020. We expected a lot of interest from European riders looking to take their
first steps on the world stage, but we’ve been pleasantly surprised by just how
many riders from overseas, especially from countries in South America, see the
series as the ideal stepping stone to racing in Europe. This was always our
goal; to make the series accessible to all riders, regardless of their
nationality and I think the level of interest shows we’ve achieved this. We
still have places on the grid available, but young riders looking to showcase
their talents to a truly international audience will need to be quick, as
registration for the inaugural Yamaha R3 bLU cRU FIM European Cup will
close on 28th February 2020.
2020 Yamaha R3 bLU cRU FIM European Cup Calendar
23 March: Preseason Test – Misano World Circuit, Italy
17-19 April: Round 1 – Assen, The Netherlands
08-10 May: Round 2 – Imola, Italy
22-24 May: Round 3 – Aragon, Spain
12-14 June: Round 4 – Misano, Italy
03-05 July: Round 5 – Donington Park, United Kingdom
31 July – 02 August: Round 6 – Oschersleben, Germany
04-06 September: Round 7 – Portimão, Portugal
25-27 September: Round 8 – Magny-Cours, France