Racing comes in all shapes and sizes, and in the case of MiniMoto, it comes in the form of a 40 cc miniature motorcycle, also known as a pocket bike.
MiniMoto USA is a 10 round, west coast-based pocket bike racing series for people of all ages. With entry level bikes reaching top speeds of 30 MPH, it’s a perfect introduction to racing for children, and a viable route to a professional career in motorcycle racing. Starting on a pocket bike allows riders to focus on their technique and maximize their abilities with a smaller, closer to the ground and safer machine.
This small scale racing series is a very family oriented organization, and there are plenty of adults who join in on the racing action too. It’s definitely entertaining to watch a grown man attempt to tuck in behind the world’s smallest windshield. Track costs for a race weekend run about $200 and most venues offer free camp sites, so it’s a relatively low cost way to get the entire family involved in the sport as both participants and spectators.
There are a handful of MiniMoto manufacturers like BZM, Blata and GRC moto who make pocket bikes of various sizes and power, usually ranging from 4 to 14 HP. The carbureted two stroke monocylinder engines can be air or liquid cooled, and come standard with electronic ignition. With a seat height of just over 15 inches for the smaller models, getting a knee down happens almost naturally during cornering.
MiniMoto USA offers competition in a variety of classes from beginners on MiniMoto bikes all the way to professionals on 450 cc production motorcycles. Age requirements vary based on competition class, with the more advanced classes needing a minimum age of 7 years old. And for those who got a late start with the sport, there’s also a MiniMoto Vet class for beginning riders age 20 or older.
It’s nice to see that there’s a fun and low cost way for today’s youth to get involved with motorcycle road racing. Where Formula 1 has karting, Moto GP has MiniMoto. And while you might giggle with delight as a 5 year old races by on a pocket sized motorcycle, remember that they just may be on their way to a professional motorcycle racing career.
To learn more about MiniMoto USA, visit their official website at www.MiniMotoUSA.com
MiniMoto USA Trailer:
On-board with MiniMoto racer Rocco Landers: