Motorcycling Australia say they are excited to announce a partnership with Benalla’s Winton Motor Raceway that will see the motorsport venue become the home and training ground for the bLU cRU Oceania Junior Cup which is internationally recognised and supported by the FIM.

“The OJC will utilise Winton Motor Raceway as their home base for the program’s selection event”

The Oceania Junior Cup program is already proving to be the international springboard it was intended to be with four riders selected to represent Australian in international competitions such as the Asia Talent Cup, Red Bull Rookies Cup, and European Talent Cup in 2021.

With 50 kids in three years already transitioning through the program, the OJC is the perfect feeder program into the mi-bike Motorcycle Insurance Australian Superbike Championship, Supersport 300 class and R3 Cup.

Damian Cudlin, who is a former MotoGP rider, helps with the training parts of the program.

The OJC will utilise Winton Motor Raceway as their home base, for the program’s selection event and the annual training camp run through MotoStars.

The training camps provide OJC riders specialist training on bike set-up, starting, cornering, health and fitness, media, marketing and public speaking and is led by former MotoGP rider and OJC Head Coach, Damian Cudlin.

It’s not just all about the racing, the juniors will be taught about keeping fit and healthy.

“The Benalla Auto Club and Winton Raceway are excited and proud to be part of the OJC family… OJC is such a great pathway and a credit to Motorcycling Australia, Yamaha and all the other partners, to provide junior riders a clear and structured program into road racing.” said Benalla Auto Club CEO, Chris Lewis-Williams.

“We are pleased to be able to support the program with Winton Raceway being the home base for OJC.  We welcome all the riders and their families not just to Winton Raceway, but to all that North East Victoria has to offer, as they start and continue their motorsport journey.”

The riders selected to race in the series will have a race ready Yamaha YZF-R15 at each round, ready to go.

Riders competing in the 2021 Championship are provided with a race-prepped Yamaha YZF-R15 bike, equipped with Pirelli tyres, Öhlins suspension, RK chains, Motul oil, Ricondi Motorcycle Apparel leathers and gloves, AGV helmets, TCX boots, round entries, transportation of bikes, pre-event service of bikes, technical support, spare parts budget, and OJC team uniform.

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