March 3 2011.

The 2011 Michelin Power Cup race series dates have been announced and this year's competition looks set to be a big success. The entry list has grown to almost 60 riders to-date following its first UK season last year and as before, the series offers motorcycle racers unprecedented amounts of track time and prizes, including tyres and sponsors' products but with the added bonus of TV coverage on Motors TV.

There will be eight rounds throughout the season with three 12-15 lap sprint races for 600cc and 1000cc classes at each round. The season will run from March to October with provisional venues being Brands Hatch (12/13 March), Mallory Park (16/17 April), Anglesey (28/29/May), Snetterton (18/19 June and 29/30 October), Pembrey (16/17 July), Cadwell Park (20/21 August) and Oulton Park (17 September).

Sponsors for the 2011 series include Alpinestars, Arai, B&C Express, Putoline Oil and Race Products so the prizes for each meeting and for the series winners are sure to be of the highest quality. Overall series prizes for the top three in each class will be an Alpinestars leather race suit for first, an Arai Chaser V helmet for second and a pair of Alpinestars race boots for third. In addition, the top three riders in each class will get the opportunity to attend a winners' event - this year's winners flew to Cartagena in Spain for three days on track with race legend Freddie Spencer as their mentor.

Commenting on the 2011 series, Chris Mason, Michelin's UK Motorcycle Race Manager says: 'We are extremely pleased with this year's entry list as it shows that we have the right package to attract UK club racers of all levels.

'The high number already signed-up means that we are likely to see some close and exciting racing and the TV coverage should add a bit of spice for the riders and valuable coverage for our sponsors,' he concludes.

In a change to the rules from last year, riders are now allowed to run slick tyres as well as the treaded Michelin Power One production tyres. As an extra incentive this year the entry fees have been reduced to a series entry fee of just £99 and £199 per round thereafter.

There is a dedicated website www.michelinpowercup.co.uk which will include race reports, a photo gallery and an area where riders will have their profiles online and will be able to follow their progress in the championship.