There’s a new chance for an American road racing motorcycle competitor racing at the world level. This new opportunity comes courtesy of American road racing organization MotoAmerica. They will feature a new competition series in 2020 called the MotoAmerica Mini Cup.
Mini Cup Embraces Young Racers
The MotoAmerica Mini Cup is will provide an entry point for young motorcycle racers. Hopefully, the series can help fill the gap of American motorcycle road racers competing at the world level. Young people will now have the means to compete at a high level during three MotoAmerica events. The Mini Cup series will compete during three MotoAmerica major events. Mini Cup will run alongside other MotoAmerica events at Road America (May 29-31), Ridge Motorsports Park (June 26-28) and the Pittsburgh International Race Complex (August 7-8).
The new Mini Cup series will feature four classes of racing for racers aged six to 14. Racers 14 and younger will race in the 110cc, 160cc, and 190cc classes. There is also a separate “adult” class for racers 15 and older on the 190cc machines.
Mini Cup to use Ohvale Motorcycles
The move to get younger riders into racing is one of the Mini Cup’s key concepts. According to MotoAmerica President and former World Champion Wayne Rainey:
The bike [the Ohvale GP-0] is basically a miniature GP racer and serves as an ideal platform to get kids and their families on track and racing. We saw the need to provide an avenue for kids who are too young to race in our Liqui Moly Junior Cup to get started and work on their skills before moving up to bigger bikes. We’re excited about this and can’t wait for it to get rolling at Road America at the end of May.”
It’s clear that MotoAmerica wants American riders to be able to compete at the world level. Lance Bryson, MotoAmerica’s Senior Sponsorship Manager said:
“This is an exciting time for road racing in the U.S. There have been few paths to lead American youth riders to start training for a full-time U.S. or international road racing career. MotoAmerica will now promote a youth feeder system to ensure that more young racers can follow in the footsteps of the Kenny Roberts, the Wayne Raineys and the Cameron Beaubiers of the world.”
It’s an exciting time for young racers and MotoAmerica is helping to pave the way to help families in developing high-level motorcycle road racers. Interesting times, these.
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