British Championship Classes Unchanged

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The British Championship classes will remain the same with Superbike, Supersport and 125 Grand Prix all running and the Cup Championships taking place within those races, according to published reports.

The National Championship Cup class will disappear, replace with the reintroduction of the Superstock 600 with the age limit of 16 to 25 but will see the Superstock Championship remain. The R6 Cup will be replaced by a "one make" series running 1000cc 4-cylinder machinery and a "naked streetfighter" class.

Series Director Stuart Higgs told Crash.net, "We have to provide a platform that serves many different and often conflicting demands, trackside and television entertainment, rider/team progression and the industry at large. We believe that in the refined 2008 structure there is something for everyone and there is now a greater clarity between the various titles. One notable change is the return of a 'Junior' Superstock category. The industry at large, teams and riders recognize that this class is a valuable stepping stone and a great shop window for the 600cc sector. It is genuinely achievable to have a seasons racing at National Championship level for a net cost of £20,000."

"The Virgin Media Cup for the Yamaha R6 model will cease at the end of 2007 and we are satisfied that it has met all its objectives in its five-year term," Higgs says. "Virgin Media, Yamaha and Rob McElnea had fantastic vision with this project and clearly it is ultimately responsible for fast-tracking some of the best young riders for a generation onto the next level."