|Josh Harland in action at Magny-Cours last season.
Photo: Josh Harland Racing
PaddockChatter.com are proud to announce that we will be working in close association with young York-based rider Josh Harland ahead of his assault on the European Junior Cup for 2013.
After campaigning a completely stock Yamaha R6 in the 2011 National STK600 Championship and impressively qualifying for almost every race, Josh was invited by Simon Crafar and Gerry Bryce to wild-card at the final round of the EJC at Magny-Cours, at the time running 250 Kawasakis, which he promptly went out and won on his first ever visit to the circuit.
Harland returned to the series for 2012, this time aboard KTMs but the campaign was one of mixed fortunes and got off to a strong start over the first two rounds an accident, not of Josh’s making, at Donington Park during a private test left the former Aprilia Superteen runner hospitalised with a broken neck. Josh received full clearance to race again before the final round again at Magny-Cours World Superbike round where the talented youngster qualified second on the grid before finishing a creditable fifth in the first race, narrowly missing the podium after almost colliding with another rider fighting for the podium but an out of balance wheel put paid to his race two chances.
The European Junior Cup has been conceived to allow talented young riders between the ages of 14 and 19 the chance to develop their skills on some of the best circuits in Europe as an official support series to the World Superbike Championship. For 2013 the teenage racers compete on completely identical Honda CBR500R machines ensuring equal competition and allowing the most promising riders to shine as they begin their international racing careers. The ultimate goal for the championship is to provide a clear career path of European Junior Cup, then graduating into the Superstock championships, and for the most talented young riders, ultimately a career in the World Supersport or World Superbike championships which is Josh’s primary aim.
To keep costs down the organisers arrange the transporting of the motorcycles and paddock equipment to each circuit and provide workstations, hospitality facilities, a technical support area plus all spares and consumables within a dedicated EJC paddock village. All the rider needs to do is arrive at the circuit with a mechanic and race! The series also features a coaching programme including on-track observation and debriefs alongside classroom lessons on riding techniques, briefings on race and qualifying strategies plus practical advice on machine set-up not to mention guest lectures from top World Superbike and Supersport racers who offer advice on establishing a career in international level racing.
PaddockChatter.com will provide coverage of Josh’s exploits in his chase for the coveted European Superstock 600 ride that greets the winner of this closely fought series, as well as reading about the talented youngsters season unfolding here, this year MotorsTV will be showing the races during the week following the European rounds of World Superbike. PaddockChatter hopes that you will join us in wishing Josh all the best for 2013.