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Honda Juniors To Kick Off At MRRDA Series This Week

MRRDAThe 2008 MRRDA (Motorcycling Road Race Development Association) kicks off this weekend, and the competition is shaping up to be outstanding with more juniors and 125GP/ Moriwaki 250 riders than originally expected signed up and ready to go.

The Honda CBR150 Junior class will see competitors front up to fight for three major prizes including a trip to France and the Red Bull Rookies Cup Trials, a trip to Japan to compete in the ASEAN Cup courtesy of Honda, and a spot on a Honda backed Moriwaki 250 for 2009.

According to MRRDA Chairman, Paul Edwards, this year is going to be particularly important for a number of reasons.

“The 250GP’s are likely to be back to national championship status, and with the resumption of the Formula 400 state of origin, there is going to be some stiff competition for the major prizes,” he said.

“With the Moriwaki 250’s running with the 125GP’s, spectators this year will witness the dawn of a new era and the awesome sound of these 250 4-stroke singles.”

“There will be some tracks where the 125GP’s will be simply too fast in a straight line, but the corner exit speed of the 250’s and steady development will undoubtedly see them be more than a match on the shorter circuits.”
One of those riders hopeful of blasting past the GP bikies will be fifteen-year-old Brodie Waters who has already demonstrated his might on the MD250H at round one of the Australian Superbike Championships at Eastern Creek.

Waters will once again be supported by Honda, Motologic’s Paul Free and a number of other key sponsors this weekend.

“We are also delighted to announce that the 125GP and Moriwaki 250 classes will be supported by a fantastic prize package from the Reece Bancell Memorial Association,” Edwards said.

Another exciting development this year is the MRRDA’s involvement in a new concept show for television, “Born to Race”.

The show takes its cue from a similar British series but goes a step further by squarely aiming to showcase junior riders and the amount of effort required to get a racing career off the ground in Australia.

“It is a bit of an identity building show as well,” Edwards commented. “We want the general public to meet some of our future champions at the start of their careers.”

Juniors and their families, plus other racers involved in the series will be filmed at each round as well as in their own homes.

Honda’s Brand Manager Glyn Griffiths said the manufacturer is very pleased with the momentum of the MRRDA series, as well as the opportunities it provides to uncover new talent.

“The MRRDA was exciting last year and is shaping up to be bigger in 2008. We can’t wait to see the racing and to see some new talent in action,” he said.

The MRRDA are also offering all motorcycle club and association members entry to the rounds for as little as $10 for adults.

Simply come out to Oran Park on Sunday 13th April and present your club membership card at the gate.

The season kicks off at Oran Park on April 12-13. For more information, please visit www.mrrda.com