New season of FIM MiniGP kicks off this weekend at Port Melbourne

2023 FIM MiniGP Australia Collection

The Australian version of the world-wide FIM MiniGP competitors kicks into gear for the primary spherical of this yr’s chase for glory within the coronary heart of Victoria’s capital on the Port Melbourne Worldwide Karting advanced, this weekend (11-12 March).

After an especially profitable inaugural yr, the brand new season of the FIM MiniGP will likely be one other step ahead within the quest to find future Australian MotoGP world champions as after the primary yr of racing, the extent of competitors and depth has lifted a notch or two.

Marcus Hamod – Picture RbMotoLens

The FIM MiniGP class is a worldwide initiative instigated by the FIM and Dorna with 18 nations collaborating within the world competitors with the main two 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.

The winner of that world-wide choice is assured a trip within the Spanish championship as a part of the “Street To MotoGP”.

FIM MiniGP Results World Final 2022
FIM MiniGP World Last 2022

The category is open to riders aged 10-14 years-old competing on the common bike of competitors within the class, the Ohvale 160cc four-stroke bike from Italy, racing on technical and difficult go-kart tracks.

This yr will characteristic 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.

Harrison Watts - Image RbMotoLens
Harrison Watts gained not solely the Australian FIM Mini GP title in 2022 but in addition the 2022 Oceania Junior Cup, desite being one of many greatest children within the subject – Picture RbMotoLens

The 2 riders who represented Australia in final yr’s finish of season competitors at Valencia had been Harrison Watts and Teerin Fleming. In 2023 the pair vacate the category opening the best way for any variety of riders to fill their using boot and chase their desires with the carrot of a visit to Valencia to strut their expertise in entrance of the world’s greatest.

Teerin Fleming – 2022 FIM MiniGP Australia Runner Up – Picture RbMotoLens

Domestically, there will likely be no less than 15 children competing within the FIM MiniGP class with six children from NSW, 4 from Victoria, two every from Queensland and South Australia whereas Kiwi Nixon Frost returns from throughout the ditch for spherical one.

Apart from the premier class for the 10-14 year-olds, there are a selection of help lessons together with a class for the older youngsters aged 12-16-year-olds on the bigger capability 190cc motorbikes with 12” wheels.  Moreover, there’s a Veterans class for youths over 35 years of age in addition to a category for the hybrid Supermoto machines; motocross bikes with street rubber, racing on the bitumen.

Gabriel Fabio Vuono
Gabriel Fabio Vuono took the 2022 FIM MiniGP World crown after a ultimate nook mistake from German Fynn Kratoc

Three-times Australian Superbike Champion, Wayne Maxwell is without doubt one of the chief organisers of the Australian collection and is extraordinarily excited because the FIM MiniGP enters its second yr within the nation, “We had been excited final yr in regards to the prospects of what this class might do to Australian junior street 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.

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

“Witnessing what the Europeans do, we now know what we’ve to work on to realize that stage. Now, we’ve a greater understanding of what’s required to compete in opposition to the Europeans as at this stage which might be at one other stage.

“We all know we’re on the suitable path because the progress and stage of enchancment of their using abilities has elevated dramatically and lots of present MotoGP stars use the Ohvales as a coaching device. If it’s adequate for them to make use of as a follow bike, it simply displays how good the bikes are as a studying device for the children.

There will likely be follow, qualifying and a spherical of races on Saturday with Sunday a full card of racing for every class.

Spectator entry is free.

2023 FIM MiniGP Australia Collection Calendar

  1. eleventh & twelfth March – ROUND 1 – Port Melbourne (VIC)
  2. twentieth & twenty first Might – ROUND 2 – TBC (NSW)
  3. twenty ninth & thirtieth July – ROUND 3 – Ipswich (QLD)
  4. twenty sixth & twenty seventh August – ROUND 4 – Monarto (SA)
  5. twenty third & twenty fourth September – ROUND 5 – Oakleigh (VIC)