Dunlop has been selected as the official tyre partner for the new Yamaha R3 bLU cRU European Cup. This exciting new championship, managed by the experienced JiR organisation, aims to find motorcycle racing’s future stars to follow in the tyre tracks of MotoGP heroes. The Cup complements Yamaha’s successful bLU cRU programme which was created to support the next generation of young riding talent. The Cup builds on that success with a one-make series where every rider competes on identical Yamaha YZF-R3 machinery.

Dunlop D213 GP Pro has been chosen as the official tyre of the Cup. This tyre sits at the pinnacle of Dunlop’s road-legal hypersport range and has been proven in circuit racing and road racing as Motorsport Manager, Wim Van Achter, explains: “Dunlop D213 GP Pro was launched in 2017 and quickly became a race winner in events as diverse as the Isle of Man TT Superstock, CIV National 600 and IDM Supersport categories, where the highest level performance from a road-legal tyre is essential. These events have demonstrated its excellent high speed and braking stability performance and riders have told us they enjoy the faster warm-up times created by our innovative tread compound and cutting-edge fin pattern.”

The YZF-R3s will all be equipped with 110/70R17 front and 140/70R17 rear Dunlop D213 GP Pro sizes. The Cup will have a special category open to riders aged 13 to 19, and a second category for riders over the age of 19, competing at seven international circuits including the World Superbike venues of Portimao and Jerez. The top 25 riders in the overall standings will keep their Dunlop equipped YZF-R3 as a prize.

Luca Davide Andreoni, Dunlop Motorcycle Marketing Manager Europe, explained why supporting young talent is so important for Dunlop: “We are proud to to support the Cup as it fits with our strategy of developing future stars. We are partners to the British, Asian and European Talent Cups, the Red Bull Rookie MotoGP Cup and now the Yamaha R3 bLU cRU European Cup. These programmes perfectly match with our racing mindset which is focused on empowering talent.”


21st April, Czech Rep.- Most
19th May, Portugal – Portimao
16th June, Sweden – Ring Knutstorp TBC
7th July, Italy – Varano de’ Melegari
21st July, Spain – Jerez de la Frontera
3rd August, France – Alès
18th August, Hungary – Pannonia Ring