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Ben Baker (27) leads Tom Edwards (71), Joel Kelso (obscured) John Lytras (308), Jack Cousens (34), Harry Khouri (04) Max Stauffer (obscured), Luke Power (97) and Reece Oughted (33). The field away. The top four didn’t get much further apart, in every race. Pic: Half Light Photography

The second round of the GP Juniors Cup was held at Winton Raceway last weekend (April 28-30) alongside the Australian Superbike Championship. The youngsters, who are aged from 12 to 15, put on an exceptionally dynamic and exciting exhibition of road racing, with the three races decided by closest margins of all 16 races, including the premier YMI Australian Superbike Championship category.

It is the inaugural year of the GP Juniors Cup and all competitors ride the dynamic Yamaha YZF R15  using Bridgestone as the control tyre to provide a very level playing field for the talent to shine through.

If MotoGP is the university of road racing, GP Juniors Australia is the pre-school where they commence the education to move through to the primary school class of the Supersport 300 and 600cc machines. The next step as they chase their dreams of success, is Superbikes senior school, before hopefully graduating to the world stage.

The boys love the new shirts and of course GP Juniors Australia! Front row (L-R) Luje Power, Reece Oughtred, Garry Khouri Back row: Max Stauffer, John Lytras, Jack Cousens, Ben Baker Pic: GP Juniors Australia.

Over the course of the weekend, the up and comers had three practice sessions on the Friday, two qualifying periods and one race on Saturday with two races on Sunday, and thankfully the weather was kind with good conditions all weekend.

The scene for action was set in qualifying as 12-year-old, Ben Baker, (Baker Racing) from the NSW Central Coast, claimed pole position from 13-year-old, Joel Kelso (JDS Racing/Deborah Motorsports. NT) by just 0.007 of a second with Tom Edwards (Enemies Everywhere/Newcaslte Supermoto/AlpineStars, NSW), the most experienced rider in the field at 15, with two years international racing in Asia under his belt, third.

They’re off! Pic: half Light Photography

Edwards’ experience is a fantastic benchmark for the kids to compare their progress and competitiveness as Tommy also competes in the cut-throat Hi-Tec Batteries Supersport 300 and YMF Yamaha R3 Cup classes. He is a front runner in both so it is good inspiration for his class-mates knowing they can compete with him in the one-make, one-tyre GP Juniors Cup

As the field charged off the line in the first race, the front row trio were joined by another 12-year-old, John Lytras (Caboolture Yamaha, Qld). The quartet soon became embroiled in a titanic duel, the lead changing at every one of the track’s corners, as riders went from first to fourth, and back again, from one corner to another.

A typical scene in any corner over the weekend. Lytras on th inside line from Kelso. Pic: half Light Photography

After the five laps was done, the four crossed the line with Edwards beating Kelso and

Lytras by 0.096 sec!  Baker lost the slipstreaming duel to the finish line by just 0.320 sec.

The other two races was more of the same, just more intense! In the next leg, Melbourne teenager, Jack Cousens JC’s Motorcycle Shop/TM Performance) joined in for a five-bike freight train with some monumentally close racing before the race was red-flagged as the final lap started. It was set for another cracking finish but exiting Spokes Turn Two, Jack and Joel Kelso had a coming together through the second corner, causing Cousins to crash. The race was taken back a lap with Lytras the winner from Kelso and Edwards, the trio 0.219 sec apart with Baker just 0.417 sec away, in fourth.

A teenage freight train Pic Russell Colvin

Jack Cousins getting into it Pic Half Light Photogrpahy

The final leg was another exceptional race, an almost carbon copy of the opening race the day before, with another four-way dog fight. The race was set for an another enthralling battle to the wire but Lytras crashed out, half way through the final lap exiting YMF Turn seven and split the leading quartet with Kelso dropping off the Edwards and Baker. The pair had a great charge tot he line to produce the closest finish of the weekend as Edwards beating his younger rival by an excruciating 0.012 sec!  Kelso finished third, five seconds adrift.

Pic: GP Juniors Australia.

Edwards won the weekend to increase his lead in the seven round series as Kelso and Lytras finished on even points, with Kelso getting the nod for third with his better result in the final leg with Baker fourth.

The total winning margin of the three races between first and second was a massive 0.225sec!  0.079, 0.131, 0.015, respectively. Additionally in two of the races, the total margin covering the top four was 0.956 sec;  0.320 and 0.636, respectively.

The front of the field may have been the centre of attention but the rest of the youngsters had some great duels among themselves. Max Stauffer, (Dyno 27/YRD) the son of  multiple Australian Superbike and Supersport Champion, Jamie Stauffer, was having his second attempt at road racing after his baptism in the atrocious conditions of Wakefield Park. He was involved in some excellent close quarter action with Harry Khouri (Excite Motorsport) their races also decided by tenths of a second.

Guess who? Pic Gp Juniors Australia.

Pic Half Light Photography


The class debutant for the round was Reece Oughtred, (Carl Cox Motorsport/Dynoverks, Vic) the son of another renown racer, Dean Oughtred and he proved to be another fast learner on the bitumen after contesting dirt track for a few years.

Twelve-year-old Luke Power (APT Wealth JDS Moto) was another dramatic improver as he rebuilds his confidence after a couple of recent crashes and continued to lower his lap times and was rewarded with a fifth place in the final race.

The growth in confidence and learning the idiosyncrasies of the craft of racing on bitumen was graphically demonstrated with the lesser experienced riders in the class with the lowering of the lap times by very substantial amounts during the weekend. (See accompanying table). The growth in confidence and learning the idiosyncrasies of the craft of racing on bitumen was graphically demonstrated with the lesser experienced riders in the class with the lowering of the lap times by very substantial amounts during the weekend. (See accompanying table). E veryone of them should feel very proud and satisfied with their individual improvement and proved that the lesser experienced road racers are extremely fast learners considering how many had not seen the track before, either.

Lap Times

# Rider Slowest lap Fastest Lap Improvement


Harry Khouri 2:08.674 1:49.979



Max Stauffer 1:57.041 1:49.905



Reece Oughtred 2:06.688 1:56.190



Jack Cousens 1:56.166 1:48.108



Joel Kelso 1:52.650 1:47.308



Tom Edwards 1:50.815 1:47.752



Ben Baker 1:49.961 1.47:713



Luke Power 2:06.062 1:54.070



John Lytras 1:53.343 1:47.309


This improvement may have something to do with what happened before official proceeding of riders briefing  took place on Saturday morning.

All riders attended a track walk with Jamie Stauffer who explained the most ideal way around the three kilometre layout. While the speed of the Yamaha R15 may be somewhat different to the pace that he is used to lapping the Winton track, his words of wisdom were invaluable.

Pic: GP Juniors Australia

Pic: GP Juniors Australia


Additionally, the coveted off-track prize, the AMCN MAC Award, for the attributes of Marketability, Attitude and Character was awarded to Joel Kelso. Three independent, and unknown, judges take note of the youngsters over the course of the weekend taking note of their marketability, attitude and character. He joins Jack Cousens who won the first round MAC Points award.

These attributes are very important to the philosophy of GP Juniors Australia because there is more to racing than just how a rider performs on track. It is also vitally important that all riders conduct themselves in a mature and intelligent manner off the track, as well as maintaining their personality and integrity.

Points are awarded at each round on a 5-4-3-2-1 basis for each rider, the final tally over the year to find the season’s winner. Australian Motor Cycle News is the sponsor of the award with the point-scores kept secret.

Joel was a very proud winer of the Mac Points for Round Two.

The second round of the GP Juniors cup was immensely successful with exceptional racing put on by a number of very talented youngsters. The crowd was enthralled at their antics so every one involved should feel very proud of the occasion.

The next round is at Morgan Park (Qld) on June 15-17 and it promises to be spectacular.



1 Tommy EDWARDS (NSW) 25 18 25 68

2 Joel KELSO (NT) 20 20 18 58

3 John LYTRAS (QLD) 18 25 15 58

4 Ben BAKER (NSW) 17 17 20 54

5 Harry KHOURI (NSW) 14 15 17 46

6 Luke POWER (VIC) 12 14 16 42

7 Reece OUGHTRED (VIC) 13 13 14 40

8 Max STAUFFER (NSW) 15 16   0 31

9 Jack COUSENS (VIC) 16   0 13 29


1 Tommy EDWARDS (NSW) 70 25 18 25 138

2 Joel KELSO (NT) 63 20 20 18 121

3 John LYTRAS (QLD) 56 18 25 15 114

4 Ben BAKER (NSW) 48 17 17 20 102

5 Luke POWER (VIC) 42 12 14 16   84

6 Max STAUFFER (NSW) 50 15 16   0   81

7 Harry KHOURI (NSW) 31 14 15  17   77

8 Jack COUSENS (VIC) 41 16   0  13   70

9 Reece OUGHTRED (VIC)   0 13  13 14   40

The GP Juniors Cup Is Warming Up For Round Two This Weekend

The Top Three from Round One.
(L-R) Joel Kelso, Tom Edwards, John Lytras Pic Keith Muir

The second round of the inaugural 2017 GP Juniors Cup that will take place alongside the Yamaha Motor Finance Australian Superbike Championship presented by Motul Pirelli (ASBK) at Winton Raceway, Benalla, Victoria on April 28-30 is shaping up as another exciting outing for the 12-16 year old youngsters.

The battles for the lead had a fair share of intensity – Pic Col Roper

The opening round of this historic new racing series was conducted in atrociously wet conditions at Wakefield Park Raceway last month, so hopefully the weather at the northern Victorian circuit shines on these young up-and-coming racers who are chasing their dream to follow in the footsteps of many great riders before them.

Current series leader, Tom “Tom-E-Gun” Edwards from Swansea, south of Newcastle (NSW) will be keen to stretch his lead in the GP Juniors Cup. Edwards has a lot more experience than the rest of the field as in 2016 he competed in the ultra-competitive Asia Talent Cup, contested on standard Honda 250cc Moto 3 machines, a stepping stone into the European Championship and Grand Prix World Championships.

“I am really looking forward to Winton and seeing if we can improve on what we did there,” series leader, Tom Edwards said. “The GP Juniors Cup is a great series to be a part of and there are a lot of good riders in there so I will have to be on my game to win all three races. Hopefully, it will be dry for the entire weekend, but in saying that, riding on the control tyre I have learnt a lot in the conditions in getting the feedback from the tyres.”


The talent and disposition of all the youngsters at the opening round was exceptional given the conditions over the three days of practice and competition, as only three of them crashed while more experienced riders in the other classes had many more crashes.

Edwards won two of the three races, from pocket-sized 13-year-old Joel Kelso. Kelso took out second leg in a titanic battle with the more experienced Edwards as Sunshine Coast local, John Lytras coming third in the three races.

There will be some great duels playing out throughout the field as the Junior riders gain more experience and understanding the complexities of road racing. One stand out in the GP Junior field who has a wealth of experience in his corner, is Max Stauffer. The son of multiple Australian Superbike Champion, Jamie Stauffer. For Max this will be his second ever road race after learning his craft in dirt-track racing, promptly winning an Australian Championship title.

Max Stauffer leads Ben Baker – pic Col Roper

Over the course of the weekend there will be two free practice sessions on Friday, while on Saturday there will be tow qualifying sessions and one race on Saturday with two races Sunday afternoon.

The GP Junior program will run in conjunction with certain rounds as the prestigious ABSK, providing an excellent platform for the future champions to showcase their talent in front of a large crowd as well as live coverage on national television on the SBS network and Live Streaming of the racing on the Sunday of the event on

For more information on the GP Juniors Cup and GP Juniors Australia, check out or call the series promotor, Mark Bracks on 0488257188

1 Tommy EDWARDS (NSW) 70

2 Joel KELSO (NT) 63

3 John LYTRAS (QLD) 56


5 Ben BAKER (NSW) 48

6 Luke POWER (VIC) 42

7 Jack COUSENS (VIC) 41

8 Harry KHOURI (NSW) 31 


Only three days left to enter for Round 2 of GP Juniors Cup

If you haven’t put your entry in as yet for round 2 of the GP Juniors Cup at Winton Raceway (Vic) on April 28-30, time is running out and entries are now subject to a late fee of $100.

There are only three days left with entries closing at 2359hrs on 21 April.

To enter follow this link:

Time Running Out for Entries for Rd 2 GP Juniors Cup

A quick reminder.

If you haven’t already done so,  get your entries in for Round 2 of the GP Juniors Cup at Winton Raceway, Benalla (Vic) 28-30 April . If you miss out on the deadline for entries there will be a late entry fee applied and you will not appear in the program.
A basic entry for the event is only $120. That’s great value for the weekend.
Friday practice is $135.
Lease bikes are available.
You can place your entry by following this link:…/australian-superbike-championshi…

Entries will close at 6:00 PM, Friday 14 April; however please note that due to the public holiday entries received after Wednesday, 12 April will not be listed in the program.

Last chance entries will incur a $100 late fee and will close at 12:00 PM, Friday, 21 April 2017

. – Entries close 5pm 14 April, last chance 21 April at 12:00 PM.



On the eve of the historic opening round of the GP Juniors Cup at Wakefield Park (March 17-19), the management of GP Juniors Australia is pleased to confirm more exciting news for the 2017 season of the GP Juniors Cup and the classes of GP Juniors Australia, with the announcement that the championships will culminate with a two-day grand finale at Mallala Motorsports Park (SA) on November 24-26.
The final round of the GP Juniors Australia classes and the GP Juniors Cup for the Yamaha R15s will be on the Saturday, while Sunday will feature a stand-alone, one-hour endurance race for the kids. The race will be the curtain raiser to the annual Adelaide three-hour endurance race, with a tantalising twist!
The twist will add a heap of fun to the day and create a real family atmosphere, with the youngsters teamed with either, an adult family member, or a guest rider!
The one-hour endurance event will be open to the Yamaha R15s and the GP Juniors Australia 150cc machines. This special event, that will have no bearing on the overall 2017 titles, will be split into four separate races of 15 minutes each. The adults will start the race before pitting to hand over to the younger brigade. They will swap twice more, with combined times of the four legs deciding the overall winner. 
Hosted by the Phoenix Motorcycle Club of SA, the Club is ensuring plenty of track time for the youngsters over the weekend and the event promises to be one of the highlight meetings of the year.
“This is an excellent development for the juniors and I am very grateful to the Phoenix Club for giving GP Juniors Australia the opportunity of being a part of the Adelaide Three Hour program, and catering for all the classes of GP Juniors Australia over the weekend,” says GP Juniors Australia promoter, Mark Bracks. 
“Endurance racing has a proud history in Australia and has unearthed plenty of talent over the years. The aim of GP Juniors Australia’s is to uncover new talent and have fun so it’s a good fit. There’s not too many sports in the world where families can work as a team and battle for victory, so to do it in such an exciting sport as road racing adds another element to the event. There is sure to be plenty of frivolity and banter, especially when the kids may well be faster than their parent.”
Phoenix Motorcycle Club President, Rick Dowsett added,“The Phoenix club is really excited about the GP Juniors coming to SA and greatly appreciate the opportunity to work with Mark and to hopefully make this the best ever junior finale with great value for the teams and to be part of a long term relationship,” says  Rick.
The final round of GP Juniors Cup and the GP Juniors Australia race series, as well as the inaugural GP Juniors Australia One-Hour will be held at Mallala Motorsport Park, South Australia, November 24-26 2017.

Special Announcement – GP Juniors Australia

Bridgestone logo


GP Juniors Australia is extremely pleased to announce the control tyre for the 2017 GP Juniors Cup will be supplied by Bridgestone.

This is terrific news for GP Juniors Australia. The announcement of Bridgestone as the official tyre supplier for the GP Juniors Cup, which will feature the Yamaha R15, is further confirmation Yamaha logoof the intension to have the class as neutral as possible. This ensures every competitor will be on a motorcycle of equal parity and performance.

The GP Juniors Cup is for young riders of 12 – under 16 years of age. It will feature three rounds with the ASBK, the first round at Wakefield Park (NSW) on 17-19 March 2017.

The decision on the tyre was no easy task with an exhaustive day’s tyre testing at Winton Raceway (Vic) recently, with three junior riders taking part to record their feedback on a variety of performance parameters from six different tyre brands to ascertain the best option for the task.
The Bridgestone tyres will be distributed through GP Juniors Australia with a full tyre service at each event, with two choices for the front and one for the rear. Competitors are encouraged to contact GP Juniors Australia to order tyres as quickly as possible.

GP Juniors principal, Mark Bracks says, “This is another great step forward in achieving the level playing field that we have desired for the GP Juniors Cup and I am very happy to see Bridgestone come on board for the year.

“I would really like to thank everyone who submitted a tyre for appraisal, their efforts reflect the desire of many in the sport to support junior road racing and build for the future.

“There is also a great synergy with Bridgestone as the company produced a similar tyre which Josh Brookes and Wayne Maxwell competed on when they commenced their road racing careers as juniors all those years ago.

“We are very excited about the season and looking forward to some great racing as we discover new talent this year.”




Round 1
17-19 March 2017 Wakefield Park, Goulburn, NSW Raceway
GP Juniors Cup with Australian Superbike Championships.

Round 2
28-30 April 2017, Winton Motor Raceway, Benalla, Vic.
GP Juniors Cup with Australian Superbike Championships.

Round 3
17-18 June 2017, Morgan Park, Warwick, Qld with with Southern Downs Championship
Round 3 of GP Juniors Cup and a round of GP Juniors Australia Series with 70cc and 85 cc two-strokes and up to 160cc four-stroke Motorcycle Sportsmen

Round 4
5-6 August 2017, Wakefield Park, Goulburn, NSW with St George MCC Club round
Round 4 of GP Juniors Cup and Round of GP Juniors Australia Series with 70cc and 85 cc two-strokes and up to 160cc four-strokes.

Round 5
25-27 August 2017 Morgan Park, Warwick, Qld
Round 5 of GP Juniors Cup with Australian Superbike Championships.

Round 6
11-12 November, Broadford State Motorcycle Complex, Broadford, Vic Victorian RoadRacing Championships
Round 6 of GP Juniors Cup and round of GP Juniors Australia Series for 70cc and 85 cc two-strokes and up to 160cc four-strokes. Preston MotorCycle Club

Round 7

24-26 November 2017 Mallala Motorsport Park, SA

Sat 25 – Three stand alone races for seventh and final round of GP Juniors Cup and three races for the final round of the 70cc, 85cc and 160cc classes.
Phoenix MotorCycle Club

Sun 26 – To Be Announced


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Get Your Orders In!


The Yamaha R15s are rolling off the assembly line for the GP Juniors Cup.
Race prepped and ready to roll for just $4699.00!
Bikes are also available for lease
Get your order in to be a part of the exciting first year of competition for kids from 12 to under 16 years of age.
For just $4,499.00 you get
Yamaha R15, Race fairing set, Braided steel front brake line, Lower set handlebars, Adjustment plates for rear set footpegs, Engine cover crash knobs fitted, Performance exhaust system fitted, Alternate rear sprockets kit
Rear stand pickups to enable race stand to be used, Graphics kit
For $4699.00 all parts will be fitted and race prepped ready to ride.



2017 GP Juniors Australia Calendar

GP Juniors Australia are excited to release the 2017 calendar. While the dates for the seven round GP Juniors Cup are confirmed, the dates for two more rounds of the GP Juniors Australia Series for 70cc, 85cc and 160cc classes are awaiting confirmation. Details will be released as soon as possible.
Round 1 – ASBK
17-19 March 2017 Wakefield Park, Goulburn, NSW
GP Juniors Cup
Round 2 – ASBK
28-30 April 2017, Winton Motor Raceway, Benalla, VIC
GP Juniors Cup
Round 3 – Southern Downs
17-18 June 2017, Morgan Park, Warwick, Qld
Round of GP Juniors Australia Series 70cc & 85cc two-stokes and up to 160cc four-strokes as per the MoMS
GP Juniors Cup
Run in conjunction with the Motorcycle Sportsmen of QLD
Round 4 – St George
5-6 August 2017, Wakefield Park, Goulburn, NSW
Round of GP Juniors Australia Series 70cc & 85cc two-stokes and up to 160cc four-strokes as per the MoMS
GP Juniors Cup
Run in conjunction with St. George MCC
Round 5 – ASBK
25-27 August 2017 Morgan Park, Warwick, Qld
GP Juniors Cup
Round 6 – VRRC
11-12 November, Broadford State Motorcycle Complex, Broadford, VIC
Round of GP Juniors Australia Series 70cc & 85cc two-stokes and up to 160cc four-strokes as per the MoMS
GP Juniors Cup
Run in conjunction with Preston MCC  
Round 7
24-26 November 2017 Mallala Motorsport Park, SA
Round of GP Juniors Australia Series 70cc & 85cc two-stokes and up to 160cc four-strokes as per the MoMS
GP Juniors Cup
Run in conjunction with Phoenix MCC  
26 November at Adelaide 3-Hour  – Unique stand-alone event. Details to be released soon.

GP Juniors Test Tyres at Winton Raceway

A piece of Australian motorcycling racing history was created on February 13 at Winton Raceway in Northern Victoria when the first ever official tyre testing for junior road racing took place to evaluate options for the control tyre for the 2017 GP Juniors Cup, which will feature the Yamaha R15.

The test was organised by Motorcycling Australia, GP Juniors Australia and Yamaha Motor Australia and featured six different tyre brands for evaluation by three junior riders. 2016 Australian 160cc Champion, Ben Bramich was joined by talented young guns, 14-year-old Jack Cousens, who finished third in the 160cc titles last year and very rapid 12-year-old, Luke Power.

A final decision on the successful tender will be made shortly.

Ben Bramich – 2016 Australian 160cc Champion
It was an awesome day and pretty cool to come in swap tyres and go back out again. I’ve never done that before and I learnt so much today in what different tyres do. It was good to see the strengths and weaknesses of different brands as they all have something. I had a great day and glad that I could help in deciding a tyre.

Jack Cousens – 3rd 2016 Australian 160cc Championship
It was a great day and I’d like to thank everyone involved for inviting me to take part in such a special occasion. We had a handful of tyres to test
I’d love to help the future juniors. Having so many tyres to test was great as it gave us so much track time! Also riding the R15 was a great experience as it is such a good bike and I think with a lot of them on track we are going to see some great racing. They are not slow in a straight line and they handle well. It’s going to be an exciting year for me on these little bikes.

Luke Power –
“It was a fantastic day and I learnt so much about how different some tyres are. A great experience. They all had so different characteristics but they were all good tyres just some were better than others. It will be a hard decision.
I love the R15. I reckon they are a great bike and when we get out there with a few of us it is going to be so much fun. I can’t wait. It is a perfect machine for learning on.
Thanks to everyone for the opportunity. ”


Mark Bracks
The most impressive part of the day for me was how professional Jack, Luke and Ben were in the feedback they were giving. It is hard to believe that they are so young in how they can analyse every tyre after just a few lap on each one and provide the feedback that will be extremely valuable in assisting in the decision.
Also, for all the major tyre brands to be here with technicians turning up to make sure everything was running right was excellent. The day showed how serious everyone is about rekindling junior road racing and this is going to be a great stepping stone from the 70cc and 85cc machines on their way through the classes as they chase their dreams.