Moto3 Junior World Championship is a motorcycle championship which forms part of the FIM CEV Repsol series. The riders race GP class Moto3 machines, some just a year older than those racing in the full Moto3 World Championship. The majority of riders are up and coming youngsters with the eyes fixed on making it into MotoGP.
The future riders of MotoGP
A large percentage of riders that move into MotoGP have come through the Moto3 Junior World Championship. Dorna Sports, who own the rights to MotoGP and World Superbikes, see the series as part of their Road to MotoGP programme.
According to the official CEV Repsol website more than 90% of the permanent riders in the Moto3 World Championship have come through the FIM CEV Repsol.
Watch live on TV or the internet
You can watch this huge pool of young talent via various television channels around the world and where there is no official TV agreement you will be able to enjoy the racing free of charge via a live YouTube feed.
The Moto3 Junior World Championship riders compete over eight rounds throughout the year and a total of 12 races. Whilst it is called the Moto3 Junior World Championship the series is based predominantly in Spain, with one round in Portugal and another in France. However, the best young riders from around the world will be looking to take part.
Riders from all over the World
After the first race in Estoril we have seen fifteen Spanish riders, six Italian, four Japanese, two Malaysian, two Australians, two Czechs, an Indonesian, a Dane, a Brazilian, an Austrian, an American, a Turk, a Belgian, a Dutch and a British rider.
For 2019 there around 40 permanent riders and 20 teams represented. No doubt, over the season, a number of wildcard entries will add to the rider and team totals. By the end of the 2018 season, 64 different riders had taken part at some stage of the season.
The belief in this pool of talent is clear by the number of big teams involved in bringing these youngsters through. Names like Estrella Galicia, Leopold Impala, Sic 58, Angel Nieto are all investing heavily at this level.
Some of the riders that form part of this series will have come from the Asia Talent Cup or the European Talent Cup and some will also be riding in the Red Bull Rookies.
A need for results and to stay injury free
The racing is always exciting. There are only eight rounds for the riders to impress. It is important to get results but also to stay injury free, especially at rounds with two races. A bad start to the season can make it very difficult to recover. The competition is fierce but the rewards could be a dream ride at World Championship level.