2019 Minibike World Champs and Minibike of Nations – Preview & Event info
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The event starts tomorrow morning ( 19th April, Good Friday) with practice and qualifying throughout the day for the World Champs, with the racing taking place over Saturday and Sunday. All eyes on the Friday afternoon will be on the first ever Minibike of Nations, and with it all on one race expect the action to be intense, to say the least. The French are the favourites for the title but don’t rule out England on home soil and Wales who have a strong minibike contingent. Also during the Friday evening there will be a lap in memory of Mickey Bennett #7, who sadly passed away this week at just 12 years old after a brave battle with cancer.
Five races over the Saturday and Sunday will be what determines the World Champions with classes from Kids 50cc up to the 160cc Pro’s.
A new name will be on the Trophy in the Kids 50cc but expect the 3rd and 4th place finishers Mason Flynn and Ethan Georgiou from the first round of the British Minibike Champs to be among the contenders.
New for this year is the Youth 65cc class, and they turned out in force at the first round of the British. Ben Casey was in spectacular form when the class made its debut at Champs Parc and will take some stopping, but there will be plenty of young talent looking to gain the coveted world crown.
In the Youth 125 Junior class there will be another new title holder with last years winner Jake Speller moving up. Harry Lee who was runner up last year though will be like a dog chasing a bone, and will be ultra keen to lift the trophy.
The Youth 125 Senior class will be awesome to watch with some of the best young talent going at it for the win. Picking a winner out of this lot is impossible, but you can count reigning champ Daniel Agea Moreno from Spain in, as well as Harry Streeter, Freddie Hills, Jake Speller, Leo Vowles and Senna Ace Summers just for starters.
Chris Rose will be looking to replicate his speed from last year to take the Vets win while Lee Mitchell and Marcio Ferreira will be the ones to watch in the Masters.
Where to begin in the 160 class is the challenge. Reigning Champ Mike Valade from France is absence due to family issues, which means it’s up to a new rider to step up to the plate and become World Champion. That rider could be Dom Foreman who was 4th last year and has already shown speed in 2019 as has Swindon rider Blaine Blackwell. Jody Burton and Dave Lamb were quick as you like at Champs Parc in the Opening round of the British, and watchout for young hotshot Ewan Goddard who has been causing waves having only just moved up into the Adult ranks. A French rider to keep an eye out for will be Raphael Besacier who finished sixth last year.
Here’s all of the info you need to watch this excellent event…
Adults (16’s and over) – £10 per day (Friday is free for spectators)
Kids (under 16’s with an accompanying adult) – £0
Parking cost – £0 (free of charge!)
Camping cost – £15 per pitch (3 nights camping)
There will be allocated areas for spectator parking and camping.
Gates will be open for spectators from 8:00am on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
CATERING & ON-SITE FACILITIES
Kieradan Park offers on sight facilities and a food village for all your refreshment needs. An on site shower block is available to use for a fee.
MWC AFTER PARTY
Event presentation and the ‘MWC After Party’ will take place on Sunday evening following all of the weekends racing antics.
There will be live commentary throughout the weekend keeping you up to speed with all the on track Minibike action.
Kieradan Park, Scunthorpe, England, DN17 3PS
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