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The second season of the ADAC Northern Europe Cup (NEC) promises a strong field of 28 competitors from an impressive spread of nine different countries. As in the ADAC NEC's debut year, there will be a Standard and a GP class - each with their own standings - in all eleven races scheduled for 2017. The season kicks off on the weekend of 28th - 30th April at the MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship Round in Assen, the Netherlands.
The number of entrants in the ADAC NEC has increased this season, with many teams and riders signing up during the winter - including last year's champion and ADAC Sports Foundation protégé Dirk Geiger, who will again contest the Standard class. The reigning champion from the ADAC Junior Cup powered by KTM, Mate Laczko, will be one of the riders going up against the German in the Standard class.
Riders in both classes, Standard and GP, will be offered an amazing opportunity at the end of the season. With the support of Dorna Sports, Kiefer Racing and KTM, the ADAC eV will give the two best ADAC NEC riders the chance to contest the final two rounds of the 2017 FIM Moto3™ Junior World Championship.
After eleven exciting and hard-fought ADAC Northern Europe Cup races, the season will continue for the two most promising riders. The last two race weekends of the FIM Moto3™ Junior World Championship will be staged at Motorland Aragon, 6th - 8th October, and at the Circuit Ricardo Tormo in Valencia, from the 17th - 19th November. Before that, however, the 28 ADAC NEC riders will have to tackle a practice session and then battle it out in eleven action-packed races at top-class meetings in Northern and Central Europe.
In the field, a total of eight juniors from Germany - Toni Erhard, Marie Mende, Paul Fröde, Leon Orgis, Marvin Siebdrath, Philipp Freitag and Patrick Eckert - will line up in the Standard class, while Tim Georgi, Jan-Ole Jähnig and Kevin Orgis will fly the flag for Germany in the GP category.
The Netherlands has a total of six riders in the line-up. Jeffrey Buis, Rick Dunnik and Dion Otten will contest the Grand Prix category, while Ruben Bijman, Ernst Dubbink and Walid Khan Soppe will compete in the Standard class. Denmark is also strongly represented in the ADAC NEC Standard class in 2017 with riders Lotte Uhre, Simon Jespersen, Tino Hole and Lukas Falck.
Shane Faber will be the only British entrant to contest all eleven races in the Standard class, while Oliver König, Petr Svoboda and Filip Rehacek will represent the Czech Republic in that class. Luca De Vleeschauwer and Sasha de Vits from Belgium will ride in the Standard class and GP class respectively. Austrian junior Maximilian Kofler will be a guest entrant at certain ADAC NEC meetings during 2017, and a newcomer from Angola, Nelson Teixeira, will compete in the ADAC Northern Europe Cup this year.
The schedule of the 2017 ADAC Northern Europe Cup:
08/04/17 - 11/04/17 Misano, ITA Practice
28/04/17 - 30/04/17 Assen, NL WorldSBK
19/05/17 - 21/05/17 Oschersleben Endurance World Championship (2 races)
26/05/17 - 28/05/17 Donington Park World Superbike (2 races)
30/06/17 - 02/07/17 Sachsenring MotoGP™
04/08/17 - 06/08/17 Brünn, CZE MotoGP™
08/09/17 - 10/09/17 Silverstone British Superbike Championship (2 races)
29/09/17 - 01/10/17 Assen, NL British Superbike Championship (2 races)
List of competitors - 2017 ADAC Northern Europe Cup
1 Dirk Geiger GER
3 Toni Erhard GER
6 Jeffrey Buis NED
11 Lotte Uhre DEN
14 Mate Laczko HUN
22 Marie Mende GER
24 Shane Faber GBR
33 Rick Dunnik NED
37 Paul Fröde GER
43 Simon Jespersen DEN
45 Leon Orgis GER
46 Tino Hole DEN
48 Marvin Siebdrath GER
49 Philipp Freitag GER
52 Oliver König CZE
53 Petr Svoboda CZE
54 Lukas Falck DEN
65 Filip Rehacek CZE
66 Dion Otten NED
91 Patrick Eckert GER
95 Luca De Vleeschauwer BEL
7 Tim Georgi GER
13 Maximilian Kofler AUT
17 Ruben Bijman NED
19 Sasha de Vits BEL
23 Nelson Teixeira AGO
41 Jan-Ole Jähnig GER
44 Kevin Orgis GER
61 Ernst Dubbink NED
93 Walid Khan Soppe NED