The European 150 Motocross Championship is now in its fourth year and continues to help develop youth motocross talent inside the MXGP paddock, with this year’s competition including for the first time a Kiwi rider, Oparau’s James Scott (pictured above, centre of start, No.72).
Scott finished seventh and fifth at the opening round in Germany, good enough to be positioned fifth overall as the riders now head to round two at Matterley Basin, near Winchester, in the United Kingdom this weekend.
For riders aged 11-14, the series provides the perfect opportunity to kick-start their motocross careers by receiving tuition and training from Honda’s MXGP stars, enhancing their skills on a four-stroke CRF150R, and compete in the only youth championship on the MXGP calendar.
Plus, the series winner will climb the ladder in 2017 with a ride for a Honda-supported team aboard the CRF250R in the European 250 Championship.
This year the series sees the young talent compete over five rounds, with two training camps also in their racing calendar. The first training camp held in Albaida, Spain at the end of April saw current MXGP red plate holder Tim Gajser in attendance to offer invaluable advice to the kids, and their parents; while the 2015 training camp saw Team HRC’s Gautier Paulin and Jean-Michel Bayle on hand to offer their expertise.
Interaction with members of the Honda Racing Family is one of the key components of the Honda 150 European Championship experience, giving the young hopefuls a unique opportunity to rub shoulders and learn from the stars. Throughout the season, the CRF150R riders will be treated to sessions with the pros including track walks, tips and tuition, to teach them everything that’s required, on and off the bike, to be an MXGP star.
For just €2300 (the full season entry fee) the riders receive use of the latest model Honda CRF150R, transportation of the motorcycle to the races, technical and coaching support, fuel, tyres, tools, hospitality area and workstations. In addition to this AXO provide each rider with three sets of custom riding gear (pants/jersey/gloves) and one set of boots, while 24MX provide an easy-up tent and some casual clothing.
© Photo courtesy MXGP
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