There are 18 days until the first round of the British Mini Bike Championship rolls into Clay Pigeon Raceway on the south coast on the 21-22nd of March.
Known for being one of the best circuits on the calendar with its amazing facilities and track surface it certainly makes for close racing enjoyed by both riders and spectators.
The classes this year have taken a little bit of a shuffle with the introduction of the Ohvale Cup which will certainly make for some prime viewing as the best young riders in the country from ages 8 to 12 battle it out on the new 110cc machine.
These things are the real deal and a way of rising through the ranks to becoming the next big thing from the UK.
To carry on the Junior theme there are plenty of options right the way from the bambino 90s that last year proved to be a real competitive class catering for ages 7-10 with the normal Supermoto style bikes against the Ohvale and GP style bikes that are fitted with race fairings.
The mini GP 140 and mini GP 190 again will be popular this year with new bikes on the market such as ‘The Predators’ and also the Italian made Buccis, both look to be very capable bikes in their own price brackets, a sport that suits everyone’s wallet and ambition.
To finish off the junior thread we have the sm140, again these bikes are the traditional Supermoto style bikes, big grids, big smiles and a great cheap way of going racing.
On to the adults, grids last year were 35 deep in every class, and 3 of the below classes normally had two grids. (A and a B class which were determined by qualifying).
It’s fair to say that the 140 class is the pack leader in terms of entries, a class that’s dominated by amazing riders at the front of the field all the way down to Sunday warriors…not to be messed with.
The 140cc bikes are regularly seen in the 160 class also, a lot of riders like to double up in two classes. The vets will be polishing their zimmer frames to once again take to the track for a battle followed by plenty of tea and pain killers the same evening.
Hats off to these guys, fast riders, nice blokes and have great BBQs on Saturday nights, what else would you want?
The supermini class is the real cream of the crop, bikes ranging from Honda crf 150s to 105cc 2 strokes in the KTMs and Husqvarnas that rip around the circuit at speeds around the ton! I hear you say 100mph? yes….and on 12in wheels.
This is where the cheap racing approach really does go out of the window, not expensive in comparison to racing a 600 for a year, but slightly more than a ‘race ready 140’ for £1200.