The FIM and Dorna Sports announced a new platform on the Road to MotoGP™ in 2021: the FIM MiniGP World Series. Unifying and standardising MiniGP competitions from around the world under the same umbrella, the series aims to create an equal platform for young riders worldwide - and increase their skill and opportunity on the Road to MotoGP™.
Races take place on karting circuits and riders must be between 10 and 14 years old, competing on equal Ohvale GP-0 160 machinery. The official single tyre supplier for all the FIM MiniGP World Series is Pirelli, with a standard tyre allocation given per event. A minimum of four events comprising a minimum of eight races must be included on the calendar, with a minimum number of 15 permanent riders in each competition.
The first season saw 10 Series take part in the FIM MiniGP World Series: Alpe Adria, France, Ireland, Italy, Malaysia, the Netherlands, North America, Portugal, Spain and the UK. For 2022, Series begin in Australia, Austria, India, Indonesia, Japan and Qatar too.
The top two riders in each Series will be invited to the 2022 FIM MiniGP World Series Final in Valencia ahead of the MotoGP™ finale. The winner of the World Final will also, subject to age and location/nationality, secure a spot in one of the Road To MotoGP™ programs on the next rung of their career ladder.
The top riders from each national, regional, or continental MiniGP cup 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 a collaboration between the FIM and Dorna Sports, the organiser of the MotoGP™ World Championship, the Finetwork FIM JuniorGP™ World Championship, the MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship, the FIM Enel MotoE™ World Cup, and the Northern Talent Cup, as well as co-organiser of the Honda British Talent Cup and Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup.
The Series comprises MiniGP competitions organised by one or more FMNs (national federations) or CONUs (continental unions), with each Series adhering to the same set of sporting and technical regulations in order to standardise competition. They can be either national in nature or representing a larger geographical area at a regional or continental level.
The FIM MiniGP World Series is designed to create an entry level competition for riders around the world - creating the very first step on the Road to MotoGP™. The Series aims to open the doors to motorcycle racing for everyone, with riders competing on equal and affordable machinery and support from partners making the sport as accessible as possible.