FIM Europe Presented Stock 250 European Road Racing Championship
The Roof Garden of Tiber Hotel in Fiumicino, near Rome, hosted the presentation to the media of the Stock 250 4 Stroke European Championship.
It is a completely new challenge, which aims to increase the participation of young riders in a low cost road race class which will prepare to the next steps in road racing. The new championship consists in six double races and the calendar is the same as the Alpe Adria championship, with six events in Adria Raceway (Italy), Pannoniaring (Hungary), Rijeka (Croatia), Most (Czech Republic), Hungaroring (Hungary) and Slovakiaring (Slovakia).
“We wanted to organize a credible, affordable and strong road race championship for the coming years for federations, teams and riders”, Dr. Wolfgang Srb, FIM Europe President said. “From July we started talking with Dorna and thanks to a close cooperation next year we shall have a European Championship in Moto2 and in Superbike. We missed an easy, cheap, credible European Championship which could represent a stepping stone for young riders. Last summer we started working with Luigi Favarato, President of Alpe Adria Motorcyle Union. We don’t need a challenge open only to one single brand but open to all constructors and manufacturers. Now we can afford it”.
“We challenged federations and organizations to develop affordable classes for the European Championship, especially for young riders”, said Mr Martin De Graaff, President of FIM Europe Sporting Council. “If you start with this class you can make a step to other, upper classes. We are also looking together with federations for other possibilities in other classes, so this is the beginning, not the final result. Of course we need to have many riders in the classes of the championship to pay the expenses of race tracks”.
“It’s a good opportunity for Alpe Adria, it’s a kind of Pre-Moto3”, said Luigi Favarato, Alpe Adria Motorcycle Union President. “This is a championship for young riders who can’t spend too much money. The FIM Europe asked us to write the sporting and technical rules of this class, which we did with great pleasure, also because this championship is a good opportunity not only for Alpe Adria but for many European countries”.
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