THE Young Riders Fund (YRF) today announces a brand new initiative to help kick-start the careers of even more up and coming racing stars.

The YRF Juniors is a new scheme designed to nurture young talent and introduce them to the big and sometimes daunting world of motorcycle racing.

It is open to youngsters aged up to 13-years-old who are competing in one of the UK’s national Minimoto or Metrakit championships.

The Fund will work with three YRF Junior riders throughout 2012 who will be given an introduction to life in the fast-paced world of racing through various incentives across the year. Unlike the main Young Riders Fund, YRF Juniors do not receive any financial help from the organisation.

They will get the chance to attend rounds of the MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship where they will meet with key racing personnel and teams as well as spend time with the Young Riders Fund’s current supported riders, Josh Elliott and Niall Campbell.

They will also receive help and guidance on how to work with the media, approach potential sponsors and will benefit from the exposure being part of the Young Riders Fund can bring, with their own section of the website and the opportunity to post race reports and news.

The youngsters will then run under the YRF banner for the 2012 season, displaying the Fund’s logo on their machines and will receive branded merchandise.

Lee Vasey of the Young Riders Fund explained: “Launching the YRF Juniors is an exciting new phase for the Young Riders Fund.  Many of today’s top racers honed their skills racing Minimoto and Metrakit bikes, including our current YRF riders Niall and Josh.

“Every race series can be intense to the rider regardless of age, and we don’t just want to help these young riders with on-track pointers. We want to offer them an all-round package to help them as they try to make the transition to professional motorcycle racers while keeping a strong element of fun.”

For more information about the Young Riders Fund and YRF Juniors visit the website: http://youngridersfund.org/