The FIM MiniGP India series will start in July

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Open to riders aged 10-14, the top two will be taken to Valencia for the World Finals, which will run alongside the MotoGP season finale.

Local motorcycle racing in India is set to get a huge boost in 2022, with the inaugural launch of the FIM MiniGP India series. The first two will have the chance to participate in the World Final in Valencia, during the MotoGP final week.

MiniGP series comes to India

The MiniGP series are FIM-sanctioned racing leagues held in a number of countries around the world, open to riders between the ages of 10 and 14. The top two riders from each national series are taken to Valencia for the MiniGP World Final, where they compete against each other for international glory. With the World Final taking place the day before the final weekend of the MotoGP season kicks off, the young riders will have some really important and influential eyes on them.

This year, India joins the list of countries holding a MiniGP series, alongside other new entrants such as Australia, Austria, Indonesia, Japan and Qatar. Last year MiniGP championships were held in 10 countries, all of which will continue to host the series in 2022.

The series in India will consist of five races, taking place between Meco Kartopia in Bangalore and the Chicane karting circuit in Hyderabad. The action will begin with a selection round, scheduled for July 9 in Bangalore. The top 15 riders from the selection event will be selected to compete in the championship, along with two reserve riders who will step in if one of the 15 is unable to compete.

Selected riders will receive bicycles, riding gear and accommodation for all five rounds. The final round of the Indian series will take place in September, after which the top two will first be flown to Italy (with a parent) for training in October, before being taken to Valencia for the final in November . The level of support provided means that this opportunity is open to virtually anyone who falls within the age group and can make it to the selection round.

MiniGP racing bikes

Ohvale GP-0 160 racing bikes used in MiniGP series around the world

Young hopefuls all over the world ride the same motorcycle: an Ohvale GP-0 160 race bike, which is small in size, but has a level of specification equal to most full-size race bikes. Highlights include fully adjustable suspension at both ends, a four-piston monobloc brake caliper and Pirelli racing slicks. Ohvales also happens to be the training tool of choice for Valentino Rossi and Fabio Quartararo, so don’t think of these little bikes as toys. Power output is in the range of 15bhp, which is plenty considering the bikes only weigh around 65kg.

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