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FIM MiniGP UK Series begins new era

24 August 2023

The Series will race two classes under a new umbrella, and the calendar can already be revealed

The British Minibike Championship is becoming part of the Road to MotoGP™ from 2024 and it will also become a juniors-only competition. The FIM MiniGP UK Series will race as part of BMB, and it will run two categories from 2024: 160cc and 190cc. 

This new era will provide even more opportunities for young riders in the UK to begin their careers in motorcycle racing, from the grassroots of the BMB and the FIM MiniGP UK Series to the R&G British Talent Cup and further opportunities on the Road to MotoGP™. 

The 2024 calendar for the FIM MiniGP UK Series can now also be announced, comprising six rounds ahead of next year’s FIM MiniGP World Final. They are:

ROUND 1: Teesside Autodrome – March 30th – 31st
ROUND 2: Rowrah – May 11th – 12th 
ROUND 3: Pembrey – June 29th – 30th
ROUND 4: Three Sisters – August 9th – 10th
ROUNDS 5 & 6: Whilton Mill – August 30th – September 1st

Alan Lord, BMB Series Organiser: “After many years of hard work the BMB team and I are happy to make a Championship dedicated to the stars of tomorrow. It is fantastic to see a structure that will now offer the end to end commitment and competition for true youth development. Partnering with Dorna, the FIM MiniGP World Series, the ACU and Ohvale to bring this dream to a reality in 2024 and beyond. The BMB is now truly ‘The Road to MotoGP’ and the start of something amazing in the UK.”

Paul King, Chairman ACU Road Race Committee: “The ACU is very happy to partner with BMB and Ohvale to bring together fully ACU sanctioned events in 2024, in conjunction with the FIM MiniGP World series. This will provide a great starting point for younger riders to start racing in the UK with seamless integration into senior competition when they are ready and, of course, old enough. This is a great opportunity to kickstart circuit racing for younger riders in a safe and controlled manner, with the goal of successful UK riders in the International racing of the future.”

Carlos Ezpeleta, Chief Sporting Officer, Dorna Sports: “Grassroots competition is vital to the whole target of the Road to MotoGP – increasing access and opening the doors to motorcycle racing. Equally, the UK is vital as a market for the sport. So it’s a natural progression for us to welcome another Road to MotoGP in the UK and create this ladder for youngsters who want to start racing. The BMB, and the FIM MiniGP UK Series within it, lead to the R&G British Talent Cup and more opportunities further up the Road to MotoGP, and we’re super happy to announce this collaboration.”

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