February 21 2012.

The 2012 Michelin Power Cup race series dates have been announced as the series enters its third year in the UK. The series offers motorcycle racers unprecedented amounts of track time and prizes, including tyres and sponsors' products and an end of season winners' event for the top three riders in each class.

There will be eight rounds throughout the season with three races for 600cc and 1000cc classes at each round. The season will run from March to October with provisional venues being Brands Hatch Indy (10/11 March), Snetterton 300 (21/22 April), Anglesey International (2/3 June), Cadwell Park (14/15 July and 15/16 September), Brands Hatch GP (28/29 July), Donington Park (25/26August) and Snetterton 200 (20/21 October).

Sponsors for the 2012 series are Alpinestars, Arai, B&C Express, Flexnet, Putoline Oil and Race Products so the prizes for each meeting and for the series winners will be, as before, 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 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 of track action.

Commenting on the 2012 series, Chris Mason, Michelin's UK Motorcycle Race Manager said: 'Yet again, we are extremely pleased with how this year's entry list looks as it is attracting riders from all levels.

'The fact that almost 60 have already signed-up means that we should continue to see some close and exciting racing and the TV coverage with Motors TV means the riders can watch their performance on TV afterwards and provides valuable coverage for our sponsors,' he concludes.

The dedicated website www.michelinpowercup.co.uk includes race reports, a photo gallery and an area featuring rider profiles.