Ohvale will remain the official, sole manufacturer for the FIM MiniGP World Series until 2027. Thanks to a new agreement with Dorna Sports, the Italian factory will continue to partner the first global initiative in motorsport aimed at creating grassroots equality, offering unrivalled opportunities for young riders all over the world to begin their careers in motorcycle racing.
The FIM MiniGP World Series is the first step on the Road to MotoGP™. In collaboration with the FIM and motorcycle federations and unions around the world, the series began in 2021 with a 160cc class before expanding to include a 190cc class from 2023 – both racing on Ohvale GP-0 machinery.
The support of key partners keeps FIM MiniGP World Series costs low and tightly controlled, ensuring maximum accessibility for all young riders who want to race. That most definitely includes founding partner Ohvale, and this new agreement guarantees that the manufacturer will maintain the current prices of the bikes sold to MiniGP competitors throughout the duration of the new four-year term. Prices will only increase if inflation rises in Italy.
Valero da Lio, CEO of Ohvale: “We are very proud to further strengthen this collaboration and we thank Dorna for believing and betting on Ohvale. This will allow us to expand the project into new countries that need to create the base for motorcycling and therefore need time to grow future talent as well as strengthening the activities that are already involved in the Road to MotoGP.”
Carlos Ezpeleta, Chief Sporting Officer, Dorna Sports: “We’re really happy to extend this agreement with Ohvale. They’re the perfect fit for the FIM MiniGP World Series and provide top quality equipment for the hundreds of young riders racing in the competition around the world. We really appreciate Ohvale’s commitment to the project and the Road to MotoGP, with their support ensuring both can continue to grow and provide this incredible range of opportunities. For us, the accessibility of motorcycle racing is key and we’re proud to work with partners like Ohvale.”
About the FIM MiniGP World Series
The FIM MiniGP World Series began in 2021 and is designed as the first step on the Road to MotoGP™. There are three types of competition in the FIM MiniGP World Series: FIM MiniGP National Cup, organised by or through one FMN (national federation); FIM MiniGP Regional Cup, organised by or through various FMNs; FIM MiniGP Continental Cup, organised by or through a CONU (continental union).
There are two classes Series can run: the 160cc class and the 190cc class. The latter debuted in 2023 for Series that have already run a 160cc competition. Riders are aged between 10 and 14 for the 160cc class and between 12 and 16 for the 190cc class. Each Series but must have a minimum of five events comprising 10 races and the top riders in each Series will then be invited to the World Final.
The FIM MiniGP World Final sees the top riders from each Series compete over two days in Valencia ahead of the MotoGP™ season finale. As part of the Road to MotoGP™, there are opportunities up for grabs for riders to move up and further their careers.
About the Road to MotoGP™
For more than two decades, Dorna Sports has invested in opening the doors to motorcycle racing, creating the Road to MotoGP™. Comprising initiatives all over the world providing millions of young riders the opportunity to excel, the Road to MotoGP™ is unrivalled in motorsport – opening doors, increasing access and racing towards global equality.
The FIM MiniGP World Series is the first step on the Road to MotoGP™, in collaboration with the FIM and motorcycle federations and unions around the world. It’s the first global initiative in motorsport aimed at creating grassroots equality.