MotoGP: FIM and Dorna introduce the MiniGP World Series
The MiniGP World Series has been announced by the FIM and Dorna as part of the Road to MotoGP project.
This new platform unifies and standardises MiniGP competitions from around the world under the same umbrella, comprising of championships from around the globe that have been organised by National Motorcycle Federations and Continental Unions and sign up to be part of the world series.
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Each competition will adhere to the same set of sporting and technical regulations in order to standardise competition. MiniGP Cups and competitions wishing to take part can be either national in nature or representing a larger geographical area at a regional or continental level.
With regards to the rules and regulations, the following applies:
- A minimum of four events with at least eight races.
- A minimum of 15 permanent riders.
- Each event must take place on FIM/National Federation approved kart tracks.
- Riders must be aged between 10 and 14 and compete on equal Ohvale GP-0 160s.
- Pirelli will be the sole tyre supplier.
- The first event must take place before July 2021.
- The final event must take place no later than October 17.
The champion from every national, regional or continental MiniGP competition will gain a place in a World Final, which will take place during the week leading up to the final round of the 2021 MotoGP season.
The winner will, subject to age and location/nationality, secure a spot in one of the Road to MotoGP programs on the next stage of their career ladder.
The top riders from each national, regional, or continental MiniGP cup will also have – depending on their age and location – either direct access to the Idemitsu Asia Talent Cup selection or the availability of entry into the Honda British Talent Cup, Northern Talent Cup or European Talent Cup.
"The FIM MiniGP World Series is the first step for all the young kids on their path to achieve their dream and reach the FIM MotoGP World Championship,"FIM President, Jorge Viegas said. "This is the starting point that was missing in the ‘Road to MotoGP’ that will allow every talented rider to step on the ‘podium’, with an extremely low budget."
Dorna CEO, Carmelo Ezpeleta added: "The FIM MiniGP World Series will play an important role in standardising competition for young riders around the world, helping their talent to shine on a level playing field and creating more opportunities than ever before.
"We are delighted to collaborate on this new project and see it become reality, and we can’t wait to see the talent that emerges from the series in the future."