Mini-bikes racing is heating up in the United States, thanks in part to the hilariously fun (and cheap) Honda Grom offerings, as well as the sophisticate and potent machines like what’s coming from Ohvale.
If the sport is to continue, then there needs to be pathway for young racers, and mini-motos is one of the keys to solidying our two-wheeled future. For bonus points, they provide a super-fun and relatively pain-free way for adults to race and crash on the weekend.
The interesting part though is that even if you are a nine-time world champion like Valentino Rossi, the value of a day on a mini-moto is certainly there, as we can see above The Doctor spinning some laps on the machine with his VR|46 cohorts.
Asked about the video at the start of the Americas GP, and the Italian said that mini-moto was just one of the ways he was keeping his pace competitive, and cross-training with his motorcycle clan.
Mini-moto is typically more of a starting point for young racers, to teach them racecraft and competitive instincts, and a lot of hopes are being placed on the discipline in the United States.
America is looking for ways to get kids involved in the sport of motorcycle racing, and mini-moto is seen as a safer and cheaper option to a full-blown motorcycle.
As we see here with Valentino though, the fun isn’t limited to just children, and their are lessons to learn, even fore the most seasoned of riders.