Minimoto has cheap, fast thrills

By GREGOR MACTAGGARTmactaggartg@gladstoneobserver.com.au

IMAGINE your knees and backside being less than a metre off the ground as you travel upwards of 90kmh.

Well, a small committed band of Gladstone residents wouldn't have it any other way.

They are busy getting some practice in as they gear up for this weekend's two-day Bundaberg Minimoto Championships.

Minimoto is a modified version of motorcycle racing which uses a bike which weighs about 20 kilograms.

The sport is popular in Europe and current 500cc world champion Valentino Rossi got his start on a Minimoto.

Club spokesman Jake Martin has been one of the key players in establishing the local club and believes the popularity will only increase throughout the Gladstone region.

'Minimoto is very popular over in Europe and is starting to grow in Australia,' Martin said.

'Locally the sport is getting some great interest because it is plenty of fun.'

One of Minimoto racing's attractions is its cost, with the sport rated as the cheapest motorsport going around.

An average bike costs between $500 and $900 and the associated costs with maintenance and petrol are 'low' according to Martin.

'We are the cheapest form of motorsport going around ? the petrol we use is regular unleaded and all the maintenance costs are pretty cheap,' she said.

'But if you want to take the sport seriously, the best high performance bikes can cost anywhere from $900 to $5000,' he said.

And you can be any age with children as young as six and adults up to 65 participants in the sport.

'It doesn't matter what age you are, we have a guy at the club who is 52 and our youngest is 10, so if your keen, you can have a go,' he said.

If you would like any more information about the club or wouldn't mind competing in Bundaberg this weekend phone Jake on 0415 630 449.



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