IRISH riders will be duking it out in the FIM’s brand new MiniGP World Series after organisers today confirmed their spot.
The Motorcycle Union of Ireland was today revealed as one of national governing bodies chosen to be part of the new global championship as Ireland becomes part of the Road to MotoGP programme for the very first time.
The news follows an announcement back in April that the UK is also set to be a participating nation in the inaugural campaign.
Launched in a joint effort between the FIM and MotoGP promoters Dorna to standardise the ladder of progression for young competitors, the MiniGP World Series is set to use identical Ohvale machines running to standardised regulations.
The series will run across 12 different national and regional championships, with the top three from each series being invited to compete in the World Final in Valencia, Spain, which will run alongside the MotoGP season finale.
Running under the title of FIM MiniGP Ireland Series, the new championship will be promoted by Motorcycling Ireland’s Short Circuit Racing Committee between July and October, with seven races at five venues across Ireland.
The series will run twice at Athboy Karting Centre in Meath, visit Louth’s Whiteriver Park and is also set to make two guest appearances alongside the Dunlop Masters Superbike Championship at Mondello Park in County Kildare, before finishing its season off with trips to Kiltorcan Raceway, Kilkenny and Watergrashill in Cork.
Entry to the championship is open to riders aged 10-14 olds who have previous minibike, motocross or grasstrack Racing experience. The standard machinery has been made available to all National MiniGP World Series events at a subsidised prices.
“This is a major step forward for Irish Motorcycle Racing” said MCI Short Circuit Committee Chairman Daire Lowe.
“We’ve been working in the background on this since the project was announced, in order to be ready to go once an Irish Series was confirmed.
“Now for the first time the MCUI will be involved in the Road to MotoGP programme run by Dorna and the FIM and it will allow us to offer the best of our young racers an opportunity to prove themselves on a world stage.”
The FIM MiniGP Ireland Series will kick off in just five weeks time in Athboy. At each of the seven rounds, riders will race in three heats per event. Up to 15 riders are expected to contest the first series, all with eyes on the top prize of a trip to the first ever MiniGP World Final in Valencia in November.
Young Racers interested in taking part can find all of the information on the series dedicated website, www.fimminigpireland.com.