FIM MiniGP Australia hits Newcastle this weekend

2023 FIM MiniGP Australia

Cameron Park, Newcastle – Spherical Two Preview

This weekend the go-kart monitor at Cameron Park adjoining to the freeway on the outskirts of Newcastle will play host to little bikes raced by younger youngsters with large desires.

The second spherical of the FIM MiniGP Championship going down for aspiring world champions options a few lads from the Central Coast and the Hunter Valley participating.

Isaac Ayad – MiniGP Ohvale 160 cc – Picture RbMotoLens

The FIM MiniGP is a worldwide initiative instigated by the FIM (the governing physique of the game) and Dorna, the business rights holders of MotoGP World Championships.  18 international locations participate within the international competitors with the main riders in every home competitors invited to attend the top of season shoot-out on the ultimate spherical of this yr’s MotoGP World Championship at Valencia, Spain in November.

There are two courses, the primary class for the youthful riders is open to these aged 10-14 years-old who compete on the common bike of competitors within the class, the Italian Ohvale 160 cc four-stroke motorbike, racing on technical and difficult go-kart tracks.

MiniGP Ohvale 160 cc on the beginning line – Picture RbMotoLens

The second class for the FIM MiniGP is for older riders aged 12-16 years previous and so they compete on the bigger capability 190 cc machine with 12-inch wheels.

At yr’s finish, the highest two place-getters within the 160 cc class and the highest three from the 190 cc class will head to Spain to face off with the opposite prime place getters in every respective sequence.

Jake Paige leads the MiniGP Ohvale 160 cc standings after Spherical One – Picture RbMotoLens

The winners of that world-wide choice are assured a journey within the Junior World Championships as a part of the ‘Highway To MotoGP’ initiative.

The racing is actually dynamic with intense competitors, and the tight nature of the go-kart monitor including to the joy and drama. A go-kart monitor is an ideal software to study nook velocity and method towards simply out-and-out prime velocity racing on the extra conventional, bigger racetracks.

Levi Russo – MiniGP Ohvale 190 cc – Picture RbMotoLens

After its extraordinarily profitable inaugural yr, the second yr of the worldwide FIM MiniGP Championship is one other step ahead within the quest to find future Australian MotoGP world champions. The standard of racing that was demonstrated on the first spherical again in March, demonstrated that the extent of competitors and depth has lifted a notch or two.

Learn the complete run down of Spherical One right here:
Thrills and spills as FIM MiniGP Australia Sequence kicked off in VIC

Two native boys competing this weekend are 13-year-old Hudson Thompson from the Central Coast and 15-year-old Cameron Dunker from Kurri Kurri within the Hunter Valley. They are going to be racing towards riders from New Zealand, South Australia, NSW, Victoria and Queensland.

Hudson Thompson – MiniGP Ohvale 190 cc – Picture RbMotoLens

Dunker is a revelation within the sport and after a stellar profession on grime monitor racing, final yr successful two courses of the Australian Superbike Championships, and presently leads the Australian Supersport championship in his first yr within the class up towards many extra skilled and older riders.

Within the second spherical of the Aussie titles at Sydney Motorsport Park in February he claimed historical past by being the youngest winner of a race within the class in its 30-year historical past.

Cameron Dunker racing Supersport in ASBK at SMP – Picture RbMotoLens

Hudson additionally has a stellar future as he has expertise in worldwide competitors and is one other younger teenager with large desires combined with a wealth of expertise, certain to offer Dunker and his opponents an actual run.

This yr options 5 rounds unfold over Victoria, NSW, Queensland and South Australia with the ultimate spherical to be held in September, in Melbourne’s south-eastern suburbs, at Oakleigh.

Cameron Dunker on the MiniGP Ohvale 190 cc – He holds the category lead after Spherical One – Picture RbMotoLens

In addition to the premier courses already talked about, there are a variety of help courses together with a Veterans class for “youngsters” over 35-years-of-age in addition to a category for the hybrid Supermoto machines which might be motocross bikes with highway rubber, racing on the bitumen of the go-kart monitor.

Three-times Australian Superbike Champion, Wayne Maxwell is likely one of the chief organisers of the Australian sequence and is extraordinarily excited because the FIM MiniGP involves Newcastle for the primary time

Wayne Maxwell

“We have been excited final yr in regards to the prospects of what this class could do to Australian junior highway racing and after the success we achieved final yr, it has given us extra impetus to enhance and broaden on what we lay because the foundations final yr. Coming to Newcastle and the Hunter Valley appeared a pure choice as the world has produced various champions over the yr, together with Casey Stoner and Chad Reed. Possibly there’s one other one within the FIM MiniGP subject like Cam Dunker or Hudson Thompson.

Wayne Maxwell – Picture RbMotoLens

“The extent of competitors was fairly shocking for these younger youngsters however with a yr beneath their belts in addition to our Moto-Tuesday coaching nights and the Summer time sequence, the extent has gone to a different degree. It is rather spectacular to see these youngsters studying their craft within the managed surroundings of go-kart tracks that has confirmed to be the right studying venue to hone the abilities which might be required to succeed.

“Witnessing what the Europeans do, we now know what we now have to work on to attain that degree. Now, we now have a greater understanding of what’s required to compete towards the Europeans as at this stage which might be at one other degree. We all know we’re on the proper path because the progress and degree of enchancment of their using expertise has elevated dramatically and plenty of present MotoGP stars use the Ohvales as a coaching software. If it’s ok for them to make use of as a follow bike, it simply displays how good the bikes are as a studying software for the children.”

Harrison Watts – MiniGP Ohvale 190 cc – Picture RbMotoLens

There shall be follow on Friday, follow, qualifying and a spherical of races on Saturday with Sunday a full card of racing for every class. Spectator entry is free.

FIM MINIGP 160 cc Standings

Pos Identify Whole
1 Jake PAIGE 50
2 Rikki HENRY 36
3 Isaac AYAD 36
4 Hunter CORNEY 26
5 Jed FYFFE 22
6 Jackson MACDONALD 20
7 Cooper HORNE 15
8 Ethan JOHNSON 14
9 Xavier CURMI 14
10 Connor LEWIS 13
11 Joshua WHITE 8
12 Ethan AYAD 8
13 Oscar LEWIS 6

FIM MINIGP 190cc Standings

Pos Identify Whole
1 Cameron DUNKER 45
2 Harrison WATTS 45
3 Hudson THOMPSON 32
4 Joshua NEWMAN 26
5 Bodie PAIGE 21
6 Toby JAMES 18
7 Levi RUSSO 17
8 James LONGMUIR 16
9 Marcus HAMOD 11

2023 FIM MiniGP Australia Calendar

Spherical Date Location
Spherical 1 eleventh & twelfth March 2023 Port Melbourne VIC
Spherical 2 twentieth & twenty first Might 2023 Newcastle (Cameron Park) NSW
Spherical 3 twenty second & twenty third July 2023 Ipswich QLD
Spherical 4 twenty sixth & twenty seventh August 2023 Monarto SA
Spherical 5 twenty third & twenty fourth September 2023 Oakleigh VIC