2022 FIM MiniGP Australia Series
By Mark Bracks – Image by RBMotoLens
The final two rounds of the inaugural FIM Mini GP Australia will take place at the refurbished Oakleigh go-kart track at Clayton South in Melbourne’s southeast this weekend, September 30 – October 2. If the previous three rounds are an indication, the double header offers a stunning spectacle of young players’ talent.
FIM Mini GP Australia is for young people from 10-14 years old riding a dynamic Ohvale GP0-160cc motorcycle from Italy. The race is done on a go-kart track.
Made under the auspices of the global motor sport governing body, the International Motor Federation, and Dorna – the commercial rights holder of the MotoGP World Championship.
After successfully launching the concept in 2021, the FIM MiniGP World Series is a global initiative with 16 countries participating this year.
Much of the field is mostly teenagers, but regardless of the age or size of these little fighters, it’s their dream to follow in the footsteps of Casey Stoner, Jack Miller, and Remy Gardner. real. Images of world championship glory filled their everyday thoughts.
For some young people, those dreams will be one step closer to reality. The top two teams at the completion of each national cup will be invited to the final round of the MotoGP World Championship in Valencia (Spain) on November 2-3. At that event, the exporting nations The best out of 16 countries will go head-to-head to determine the winner of the FIM MiniGP World Series Finals. And it will all take place in front of the best racers in the world.
The overall international winner of the World Cup can climb to the next step in Dorna’s Road To MotoGP program with a guaranteed ride in next year’s FIM Junior World Championship.
For those who finish the most in the World Cup will have the opportunity to participate in championships such as the Red Bull Rookies Cup.
After three very exciting rounds of the FIM MiniGP Australia 2022 series, this weekend’s double title final will feature four races over two days.
At 13, Harrison Watts (Qld) arrived in Oakleigh with 20 points ahead of 11-year-old Teerin Fleming from Berwick.
In third place, 18 points ahead is Levi Russo (13) from Sydney.
With 100 points won in four races this weekend, the top three are far from guaranteed.
Oakleigh Racecourse is also home to Ohvale MotoTuesdays, so most of the FIM MiniGP field has a lot of riding experience there. That should ensure the pitch is a lot closer than normal – and that’s saying something, as there’s been some sensational racing intensity that makes the competitors age higher.
Of the six races compared to the previous three, Watts is gaining momentum to claim the top spot, having won the last two laps with three wins in the last four. His two race victories at his home Ipswich are an understatement, but he will certainly have a harder time going south.
Watts’ worst place is fourth at the opening race of the year at the Port Melbourne karts track with two more second places to his total..
After going through two races in the opening lap, Fleming’s charge malfunctioned in the steamy second lap as he finished in seventh.
There are several other serious young talents competing and one of them is a young 13 year old girl named Ella McCausland.
Ella is another person with big dreams but unlike many young people her age, this is “Stella Ella’s” First year of motorcycle racing. In a short amount of time, she has made many people sit up and notice her natural talent.
Other drivers include 10-year-old Josh White and Jackson Macdonald, both from the Melbourne area, along with 11-year-old Ethan Johnson from Drouin. Jackson is also a national champion in Taekwondo.
Two nimble kids from South Australia will also be joining soon. 10-year-old Judd “Rocket Ronnie” Plaisted placed fourth in the series and was on the podium in the opening round. Teammate Rikki Henry missed the opening lap but showed some very dexterous skill in the wet at the Eastern Creek Go-Kart track to advance to fifth overall.
Others who will be taking part in a real shoot will come from the states including Queenslander Jake Paige, whose consistent results show he is currently sixth overall, despite missing out on the first round.
Another 10-year-old, Jed Fyffe, from Albury has been abroad in recent months and has successfully won the AMA Dirt Track titles, so he will be tuned and strengthened to improve his position. his seventh position.
There are a number of two-day support races for Veterans, Supermoto 250/450, and two other Ohvale classes for older kids and juveniles, to ensure plenty of action in the right direction. Each class has four races per day.
Good and clear weather conditions are expected. Admission is free, with tracking starting at 9 a.m. each day.