The FIM Europe Junior e-Motocross Championship has been revealed. The new five-round FIM-sanctioned series takes in partners from KTM AG, the FIM and the people behind MXGP, Infront Moto Racing.
Later this year owners of KTM SX-E 5, Husqvarna EE 5 and GASGAS MC-E 5 will be able to compete for an inaugural European title that starts with a bang at the Motocross of Nations in Mantova, Italy on September 26.
Designed to develop the next generation of racers aboard electrically powered junior motocross machines, the exciting new European racing series will take place alongside the prestigious FIM Motocross World Championship.
The ground-breaking championship for riders aged 6-8 years old, begins at the MXoN in Italy, before trips to Germany, France, Spain and Portugal. It offers the chance for youth riders to develop their skills on Grand Prix circuits on the same weekend as the best motocross athletes in the world.
FIM Europe President Martin de Graaff: “This is a new development for young riders in the Motocross Championship. FIM Europe appreciates this step from KTM AG and Infront Moto Racing.
“It will be amazing for Junior riders to start their career in this way. This new championship fits in with the philosophy of KTM AG and its brands very well and the future of motorsports, in general, is depending on developments in a technical way of all kinds of energy sources. We are looking forward to the first races in this new Junior e-Motocross Championship.”
In a press release, KTM said: “KTM is proud to be at the forefront of innovation in the e-mobility sector – as global market leaders in off-road motorcycles along with a long-standing commitment to developing young talent, the new championship provides KTM with an ideal partnership opportunity thanks to its perfect synergy with the Austrian manufacturer’s READY TO RACE philosophy and futuristic vision.”
Vice President KTM Global Marketing Florian Burguet: “Thanks to a complete motocross product line-up, young racers can begin their career on our junior bikes and continue their pathway on both two-Stroke and four-Stroke technology into the top tier of Grand Prix Motocross or Supercross.
“However, as the global offroad market leader, we feel it is KTM AG’s responsibility to support, promote and accelerate the implementation of electric motocross vehicles amongst young racers and offer alternative forms of racing. This is the start of a new chapter and we are happy to embrace the possibilities with our partnership with Infront Moto Racing for the FIM Europe Junior e-Motocross Championship, as it offers a new stepping-stone in the development of the motocross stars of tomorrow.”
Infront Moto Racing CEO David Luongo says he’s very proud about this announcement. “This new challenge leads us into the future of our sport and will be the first step onto a new path,” he said.
“Always related to the development of young talent, we are very excited to use the MXGP Grand Prix weekend to develop new technologies and we have no doubt that this new category will grow in the upcoming years.”
Just like in the pro classes, each round will be played out over two points-paying races with the championship winner walking away with a seriously cool prize – the chance to spend time, hang out, train and ride with a factory racing team.
Junior e-Motocross Entry Form
Entries are now open for the inaugural e-powered motocross series. Head to www.junioremotocross.com for more info, entry form and to start your sign-up process.
2021 FIM Europe Junior e-Motocross Championship Calendar
Round 1: 26 Sep Motocross of Nations – Mantova, Italy
Round 2: 3 Oct MXGP of Germany – Teutschenthal
Round 3: 10 Oct MXGP of France – Lacapelle Marival
Round 4: 17 Oct MXGP of Spain – intu Xanadu – Arroyomolinos
Round 5: 24 Oct MXGP of Portugal – Agueda
Note: It is mandatory to commit to compete in at least three rounds of the series