Downsizing America! So I think America has gotten off on the wrong foot with the term "Downsizing". Its always a negative term that brings about fear of loss of revenue, traction in life, uncertainty, etc... I'm here to dispel each and every one of those terms and show America that "downsizing" might just be what each of us needs and we don't even know it. Introducing MiniGP.
Downsizing your motorcycle works in quite a few ways, so let's just address the issues mentioned above. Loss of revenue is no longer as much of a concern since the motorcycles are cheap, tires last almost a whole season, brakes are almost never changed and fees are less than half of any other paved track type activity. When speaking of traction, slower and lighter motorcycles have less of an issue staying put when hurling towards a corner at 20mph than a 500lb race bike with well over 100hp at 120mph does. Uncertainty usually flies out the perverbial window as well when you're giggling in your helmet riding elbows out with your friends worrying about nothing but who's going to be able to brag the most later. So, in summary, "downsizing" seems like a pretty darn good idea if you ask us.
MiniGP is an organization, club, family, whatever focused on bringing motorcycle riding and racing into the average American home. We do so by easing you onto small displacement motorcycles on smaller sized race tracks up and down the east coast and eventually in the rest of the U.S. Bike size is controlled, track time is controlled, your budget is controlled, really everything besides the amount of fun you can have is controlled.
Although we have and will continue to cultivate America's fastest road racers year after year, our main goal is to get Average Joe riding more often and more successfully. Well not just Average Joe, but his dad, sister, brother, mom, grandma... you get the picture. Like all sports, motorcycle racing should be made up of athletes of all levels enjoying themselves by just participating. Not everyone needs to crush it, kill it, air it, blah blah blah. Not every pick-up basketball game is in need of Lebron James caliber talent and 90% of people playing basketball in their driveways would never even care to play against that type of talent. What I'm saying is that there's a place for every level of talent. MiniGP gives everyday America the opportunity to participate in a sport that is normally reserved for the ultra wealthy and (let's be honest) mostly crazy athletes.
We have Practice Days with on and off track instruction for the beginner riders to gain confidence and the accomplished rider to fine tune their skills.
We have Sprint Racing Days for riders to compete as aggressively as they like to in a multitude of race classes from the MiniGP Spec-50 class to the ultra fast Supermoto class.
Also, this year we are offering 3-Day Camps for riders of all skill levels. Attendees will have the opportunity for one on one instruction with pro riders from each discipline (Road Race, Flat Track, Motocross & Supermoto). They will be able to test ride all sorts of bikes during the three days to determine which best suits their style and receive instruction like they've never experienced for a price point that's unheard of in this industry.
Lastly, we have an ultra popular Endurance Series. Most of the Endurance races are 4hr multi-rider team events, but this year some one had the lame brained idea to increase the insanity to a 12HR race. Here is where our story begins, at least for this articles purposes.
This is for crazy people, or at least that what I thought. So let's start with they type of motorcycles that were allowed to race. There were 4 classes that a team of at least 4 riders could enter.
The first (and by far the best) is the Stock-100 class. Teams were allowed two bikes and each had to be a box stock Honda XR100 or CRF100, Yamaha TTR125 or Suzuki DRZ125.
The second class was the Stock-150 class. Also a good class with only the box stock Honda CRF150F allowed.
Next was the ridiculously competitive F2 class. This class allowed motorcycles up to 72cc 2 stroke and 150cc air cooled 4 stroke. Superbike rules here so only displacement is monitored. Wild machines own this class.
The last of the four is the Outlaw class. This class is aptly named and is quickly heading the way of the dinosaur. This class is for the "no replacement for displacement" guys. Big bores up to 195cc air cooled 4 stroke are allowed.
The most heavily attended class was the Stock-100 class and the racing was ridiculously tight. After almost 6 hours of racing I believe 4 teams were still on the lead lap. They battled back and forth, planning pit stops based on rider fatigue, fuel consumption or just strategy. Each pit stop seemed to cost 2 laps so the longer a team could go the better off they were. The bikes all seemed to last forever as not a single team had to retire early due to mechanical failure after 12 hrs. The standout team in this class was Team 65 piloted by Cory Texter, Brandon Paasch, and Ashton Yates. Needless to say that class was locked up before we even dropped the flag as they clinched 1st in class and 2nd overall. Second place was what everyone else was riding for. Three teams fought for that spot feverishly. Team Darkside (by far the best looking team in the paddock) OMRL Dream Team (who ever said nothing good comes from Ohio was wrong) and Team Medazza (half the time no one even knows what those guys are saying but they can ride). OMRL Dream Team seemed to slowly increase their lead as they flawlessly raced to second place. Well maybe not flawlessly, I distinctly remember one of their team members picking on a girl out there on track but I digress. Team Darkside managed to squeak out a solid third with Medazza over 25 laps back.
Stock 150F was stolen by Moore MiniMotard Racing as they consistently increased their lead to an eventual 42 lap win. Team Monkey Nuts Racing was new to the MiniGP endurance series and will no doubt provide a much closer race next time. Third was clinched by The Devils Rejects aboard the cleanest machine on the track. Unfortunately clean doesn't get you the win when racing against Moore MiniMotard and Monkey Nuts.
Now lets just say that while all of us normal folk were attempting what we thought was riding around this track, we were witness to some of the most incredible magic anyone has seen on two wheels. For 12 hours straight, Eric Stump, Scott Stump, Gage Mcallister and Anthony Mazziotto III put on a clinic as to how these two wheeled thingies are supposed to be handled. Granted, tires were being sacrificed as a possible 6 rear tires were exchanged to keep rubber on the rims, but amazing nonetheless. The craziest thing was, the longer those 4 dopes rode the faster they got. They completely decimated the rest of the grid taking home a well deserved 1st in class and 1st overall. They fought each other for the entire race for fastest lap and at the end of the night, they were within two tenths of each other. Hamma Racing took second trailing by over 75 laps and The Misfits were third by a large margin.
That night, when everyone would have been expected to fall asleep in their pitstalls after racing since 9:30am, the partying began and kept going until after 1am in the morning. I suppose time flies when you're having fun and fun was in no short supply. Unfortunately for everyone, when DesignStar3 designed our incredible MiniGP 12HR swag, they printed the word "ANNUAL" on all of it. So guess what happening again next year. Hope to see everyone out there.
For more information on MiniGP, go to www.njminigp.com or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Sincerely downsized and loving it, Ryan Fleming