The Wil Sport European Junior Cup, powered by Honda, will act out the final chapter of its history this weekend, as the series enters its last round at ‘Circuito de Jerez’ in southern Spain. Two races, one on Saturday and the other on Sunday, will decide the winner of the 2016 and last edition of the championship, with four riders still mathematically in contention for the ultimate prize.

Leading the way after six rounds is Mika Perez (Granshagen Racing Team), who currently holds a 25-point margin over his main challenger Paolo Grassia (Chiodo Moto Racing) – with 50 points still up for grabs. Last time out in Magny-Cours, Grassia was able to narrow the gap to the top by 12 points by winning the first EJC race of his career. On paper, Perez can win the title after race one should he finish ahead of his rival.

Despite being still within title range, Dorian Laville (Team Laville Mi&Do) and Alfonso Coppola (Chiodo Moto Racing) have slimmer chances to lift the winner’s trophy. Race one will get underway on Saturday at 15:10 local time (GMT +2), with the final encounter of the season scheduled at 15:15 the following day. Both races can be watched online on www.hondaproracing.com

Gerry Bryce

Gerry Bryce

Series Director

It is with mixed emotions that the 33 riders of the WIL Sport European Junior Cup, powered by Honda, head into the final double-header race weekend at Jerez. It was a disappointment to all participants to learn that the EJC will not be part of the WorldSBK programme in 2017, but everyone involved is determined to bring a great Championship to a fitting conclusion, and we expect the same fantastic racing that we have enjoyed all season. With 50 points still up for grabs there are 4 riders still capable of winning the Championship. Mika Perez enjoys a fairly comfortable lead of 25 points over nearest rival Paolo Grassia, however Mika will be under immense pressure and one mistake could cost dearly. We shouldn't discount Dorian Laville and Alfonso Coppola either, as they are both extremely talented riders and will be ready to capitalise on any mistakes by the leaders. It's going to be an exciting final weekend!

WIL Sport European Junior Cup, powered by Honda
Round 7 – Spain

Circuito de Jerez, Spain

EJC 2016, Round 7

Rider Standings
Sunday, 2 Oct 2016 - Open world standings grid
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr.
1 Mika PEREZ 8 SPA 94 Granshagen Racing Team Honda
2 Paolo GRASSIA 84 ITA 80 Chiodo Moto Racing Honda
3 Hannes SOOMER 38 EST 71 Auto24Ring Honda
4 Dorian LAVILLE 59 FRA 66 Team LAVILLE Mi&Do Honda
5 Alfonso COPPOLA 15 ITA 62 Chiodo Moto Racing Honda
6 Richard BODIS 94 HUN 44 H-Moto Team Honda
7 Harun CABUK 54 TUR 36 KNN54 – TMF Honda
8 Gabriel NODERER 17 GER 30 Noderer Racing Honda
9 Troy BEZUIDENHOUT 52 RSA 27 Into The Blue Diving – Costa del Sol Honda
10 Daniel DRAYTON 34 GBR 26 Team Bike Insurer/Drayton Racing Honda
11 Romain LECARPENTIER 4 FRA 24 RPA Academy Honda
12 Avalon BIDDLE 21 NZL 20 Avalon Biddle Racing Honda
13 Michael CARBONERA 48 ITA 18 SK-Racing Team Honda
14 Alex MURLEY 18 GBR 18 Alex Murley Racing Honda
15 Dorren LOUREIRO 20 RSA 17 Family Fitness Racing Honda
16 Giuseppe DE GRUTTOLA 95 ITA 15 SK-Racing Team Honda
17 Byron BESTER 12 RSA 15 HI-TECH Racing Honda
18 Dimitris KARAKOSTAS 45 GRE 11 Karakostas Honda Saracakis Honda
19 Theo CLERC 14 SWI 5 Clerc Metal Honda
20 Djim ULRICH 24 NDL 4 KNMV Honda
21 Antoine CHAPEAU 58 FRA 4 TEAM HOLIDAYS Honda
22 Asrin PAK 64 TUR 4 KNN54 – TMF Honda
23 Alessandro ZETTI 80 ITA 3 Fullgas Rider Park Honda
24 Connor LONDON 9 NZL 3 WIL Sport Honda
25 Korie MCGREEVY 78 IRE 2 IMR Automation Honda
26 Riccardo PICCIUTO 11 ITA 1 SK-Racing Team Honda