Mini Moto GP 2017, October 16-17-18 at Manfeild Circuit.
This year, 2017 will see the introduction of the new Suzuki GIXXER Cup class to New Zealand road racing, & the first demonstration race for the class will be at Manfeild Chris Amon Circuit during the Mini Moto GP race October 16-18 October. This class will be the stepping stone for riders to move into full road racing. Below is some information from India where the class is germinating into full bloom.
The main theme of the Mini Moto GP however is for secondary schools students, male & female, years 11, 12, 13 to engineer, construct and fabricate using their skills that have been taught at their secondary schools to apply using kits of engines, wheels, & body work to design and build their own frame, forks, suspension for the power source chosen from 50cc aircooled 2 stroke, 38cc watercooled 2 stroke, Minibikes and 70cc 4 stroke Motard style Mini bikes, along with 110cc Sidecars.
Then the fruition of their labours is tested at the Mini Moto GP at Manfeild Chris Amon Circuit alongside some 200 plus competitors from secondary schools all over New Zealand. It's a team effort by outstanding individuals.
Mini Bike Constructions in Secondary Schools across the country.
Does it make a noise, does it move, is it fun? The answer is yes and for 10+ years engineering construction and fabrication skills have been applied by students in Y11, 12, 13 by using kits of engines, wheels, & body work to design and build their own frame, forks, suspension for the power source chosen from; 50cc aircooled 2 stroke, 38cc watercooled 2 stroke, Minibikes and 70cc 4 stroke Motard style Mini bikes along with 110cc Sidecars. The draft plans and CAD drawings with specifications have developed and are available on New Zealand National Secondary School Mini Bike Racing Club Inc website for all to use. Have a look on www.minimotnz.co.nz. The construction input by the students is recognised with NCEA and Unit Standards credits both internal and external.
This year there are 215 student competitors from the following schools proving their design work and construction skills at the 11th Anniversary NZ National Secondary Schools MiniMoto GP on the Manfeild race track at the start of Term 4. Students have been beavering away at Awatapu College, Feilding High School, Freyberg High School, Gisborne Boys High School, Lynfield College, Kamo High School, Rosmini College, Spotswood College, Tararua College, Taihape Area School, Taupo Nui aTia College, Wanganui City College, Wanganui High School, Western Heights High School to have them finished. Some schools only enter alternate years or when sufficient students have bikes to make up a team. Past regular competitors have come from the top of the south island ( Nelson College, Golden Bay High School, Murchison Area School ) and (Wairoa College, Lytton High School, Mercury Bay Area school, Rangitikei College, St Peters Palmerston North) from the north island.
Behind the students are dedicated engineering teachers providing material and construction understanding with numerous techniques to willing learners. Industry support from suppliers and sponsors both nationally and locally enable the race meeting to be the final challenge and proving ground. Educational polytechnic and training organisations, see the development and motivated students make progress. Students enjoy being able to go to further training providers and employment interviews being both confident and able to display what they have learnt, built and testing them by racing the outcome in a controlled environment.
MANFEILD WILL BE SEETHING WITH YOUNG TALENT
OCTOBER 12, 2015: It's that time of year again when young engineering students put their workshop learning to the ultimate test.
The New Zealand Secondary Schools Mini Bike Racing Club event is set for Manfeild, on the outskirts of Feilding, this week and more than 220 riders from 22 secondary schools have entered.
Perhaps this event will herald the next great motorcycling inventor.
Kiwis are renowned for their ingenuity, New Zealand famous for producing individuals with the No.8 fencing wire can-do attitude, and the late John Britten typified this when he created his iconic and world-beating Britten V1000 superbike in the 1990s.
This week it is the chance for the new breed of young engineering wizards to reveal themselves and possibly gain themselves NCEA credits in the process.
As part of their engineering studies, the students have built their own 50cc, 70cc or 110cc mini bikes and sidecars, and tomorrow and Wednesday they get to race their own creations under strict supervision at the world class motorcycle facility.
The event not only acts as an engineering test for the young students, but also gives them an introduction to the sport of motorcycle racing and offers them the chance to gain experience participating in a well-run, safe meeting, run under Motorcycling New Zealand rules, as well as giving them the ability to participate in fair racing and build sufficient confidence to continue with MNZ racing.
Manawatu Orion Motorcycle Club president Wade Wilson is the event's clerk of the course, helping to supervise the activities, and he said he was constantly surprised by the high level of talent on show.
"It's pretty amazing actually. This is where the next John Britten is coming from. The event gets kids involved in motorcycling that possibly otherwise would not have considered it. The students pop into their local bike shops to learn about motorcycles and to get ideas.
"Some of the creations they come up with a truly remarkable.
"It can sometimes be quite funny too because I usually find a whole pile of nuts and bolts left behind on the track ... enough that I could probably built another bike from."
Motorcycling New Zealand prides itself on being proactive and this is another example of the organisation reaching out to foster and grow the sport and encourage participation, all the while supporting education and the community.
Credit: Words by Andy McGechan
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October 6 2014 Fitting Tim Gibbes Track Timing transponders to one of 243 mini bikes for the Mini Moto GP 2014 are Graham & Glen Terry & Morley Shirriffs, all volunteers to make the event happen
Manfeild Mini Moto a hit with old hand
Caption: Tim Gibbes with Feilding High School students preparing their bikes for the 2014 Mini Moto Rone of acing days. With Gibbes are, from left, Andrew Hobden, 17, Conrad Williams, 18, Bailey McPhee, 17, and Mitchell Coleman, 17.
THE spirit of inventiveness inherent to the annual New Zealand Secondary Schools Mini Moto Racing days at Manfeild not only provides a workplace springboard to students but also keeps a well-respected 81-year-old motorsport figure involved.
Everything about the inter-schools’ competition returning to the Feilding multi-events facility on October 13-15 enthuses Palmerston North's Tim Gibbes.
This popular ‘been there, done that’ figure of motorcycle racing, who has both competed against and organised competition for some of the world’s best in motocross for six decades, says the concept of asking students to race 38cc to 110cc midget motorcycles they've designed and built to gain NCEA unit standards is simply outstanding.
While the participants experience the joy of racecraft and teamwork, potentially greater benefits are to their future post-educational direction.
“It’s just a great opportunity.”
There’s good reason why a programme that began in 2008 with five schools, 100 students and an afternoon on the track has now grown into a full two-day event – this year with a record 246 competitors and 14 competing schools from around NZ – and earned the enthusiastic backing of Manfeild Park (host venue since inception), Motorcycling New Zealand and Competenz (the engineering, food and manufacturing industry training organisation) through its Tools4Work programme.
“It just works. It enthuses the youths amazingly - obviously on race days, when their competitiveness just increases ten-fold, but also well beyond,” Gibbes says.
The actual races, after all, are the culmination of a huge journey that begins with a basic kit and a load of raw materials.
The build process into motorbikes provides achievement standards in design. Along with researching designs and construction, students learn how to fabricate accurately, learning MIG welding, lathe turning and drill press processes, all good skills to have when looking at going into trades. The project gains students unit standards towards the National Certificate in Mechanical Engineering Technology (Level 2).
“It’s incredible what building a product, which they can race against youths of their own age, can do to them. I know that it not only helps them for life beyond school, but also keeps in class those who might otherwise have chosen to leave school as soon as they were able.”
Gibbes can cite a perfect example of how participation has kicked started a career in engineering – the 18-year-old nephew of well-known track commentator Ray Whitham.
Kieran Whitham has direct linked his bike-building involvement, in 2012 and last year, with being able to go straight from his school, Wanganui City College, into an engineering apprenticeship with a firm in the River City.
“He’s a neat young man who did well on the track and has obviously benefitted from the skills he learned … he literally went from leaving school straight into a great job, which is pretty special these days,” says Gibbes, who doubts this is an isolated incident.
“I think there will be many of these secondary school leavers, who can also say that this has helped them into their careers.”
In a way, the hands-on approach is reminiscent of his own school days, just after World War II. Back then he was among boys being prepared to work on a farm, so their schooling ran from making saddles and harnesses for horses to basic mechanics, stripping down then rebuilding a 1924 Dodge.
What he learned then held him in good stead when he embarked on a motorcycling racing career that took him right around the world, some of the countries still war-torn and hostile in the 1950s and ‘60s and essentially spawned motocross, now a major international sport.
Mechanically-minded Kiwis can go far on their talents, he says, reminding that they are so well-represented in the world’s top motor-racing and motorcycling teams that it’s almost a certainty to find one in any overseas’ pitlane.
Gibbes has been with the schools’ event since its first year. He and his wife Joan were running a highly successful professional transponder lapscoring and timing gear at two-wheel and four-wheel events all over New Zealand, and thought their assistance might be useful to Roger Emmerson, the Feilding High School engineering tutor who created the competition.
It was, and still is. Only now, as well as being official timekeeper, Gibbes is on the planning committee.
A founder of the New Zealand Motocross GP at Woodville, a huge event that has lasted more than half a century with an honour role of leading domestic talent - including Taranaki brothers Shayne and Darryl King, who respectively claimed first and third place in the 1996 World MX championship – and top internationals, Gibbes can see plenty of scope, still, for the mini moto event. One idea is for it to branch into smaller, sub-events leading into a final at Manfeild.
These would not only put even more of a spotlight on the inter-schools’ shootout but also iron out inevitable bugs that sometimes kybosh the bikes prematurely.
“Unfortunately, some of them just don’t get their preparation quite right … so chains fly off and wheels fall out,” he chuckles.
The positive is that few are discouraged and will keep seeking to fix and improve their bikes during the event, he says. “At the other end of the scale are the kids “who make fantastic little bikes and are really competitive.”
As always, Feilding High School is the dominant entrant, with 121 riders. Other schools continuing involvement are: Wanganui City College, Gisborne Boys’ High School, Wanganui Collegiate School, Mercury Bay Area School, Rosmini College, Tararua College, Wanganui High School, St Peters Palmerston North, Taihape Area School and Lytton High School. Joining the event for the first time this year are Spotswood College (New Plymouth), Kamo High School and Lynfield College, Auckland.
The schools gather at Manfeild Park on October 13 for scrutineering then get into an intense racing programme for motorcycles and sidecars over the following two days.
For more information about New Zealand Secondary Schools Mini Moto Racing:, Robert Heath, (06) 3232849, Roger Emmerson, 0272968373
Progressing from Secondary School Design & Technology into the workforce is often a challenge. But not for Wanganui's Kieran Whitham, who was ready for the big step & moved straight into employment of his dreams. We saw Kieran's handiwork at the 2013 Mini Moto races as part of the Wanganui City College Team at Manfeild, where he showed us his Britten "Look a Like" without the fairing, scroll down this page for some photos of his own creation. Here is his story from then, less than a year after leaving school >>.
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Added attraction at Mini Moto GP October 13th to 15th 2014 will be a display & demonstration of OSET Electric Trials Motorcycles, by renowned trials rider, Kevin Pinfold.
Electric powered motorcycles, a key to the future.
Another great event for Secondary Schools Technical Course students to become involved . Build your bike, race your bike
The New Zealand National Secondary Schools Mini Bike Racing Club Inc.
Web site: www.feldinghigh.school.nz then go to academic /technology / minibikes
Survey return by 4th July 2014. The end of this term. Thank you to the schools who have sent in data.
Registration and payment of entry fee by the19th September 2014
The event will be held: 13 / 14 / 15 October 2014
Monday 13th October PM. All safety checks and registration must be done this afternoon (start time approx. 2.30pm). We will not be doing this after the riders track walk (5.15 pm) and riders briefing (5.45pm). This means all bikes and riders are required to attend this day (Monday pm)
We all have enough to do on the actual race days (14th and 15th) without doing routine registration and safety checks, so if formalities not completed on Monday 13th the entry will be withdrawn (no refunds).
Prize giving is on Wednesday 15th October at 2.00 pm. or 2.30pm and will last about one hour.
Any concerns or thought are always welcome, feedback helps us to plan for the students to enjoy the experience of competing on and testing machines they have built.
For more information contact
Bruce Imrie for Planning Committee email@example.com
New Zealand Mini Moto Secondary Schools Technical Project
Centre photo is Kieran Whitham racing his Britten design feature bike
Very good workmanship & welding from a look a like Britten suspension chassis made by Wanganui schoolboy Kieran Whitham for the Secondary Schools Mini Moto in October 2013. All the suspension is adjustable & the under engine unit rear shock absorber lowers the centre of gravity.
Quite a few innovative mini bike appeared at the event, espcially the new 70cc Motard & Road Race class, while sidecars came up with yet more ideas too.
Thank you all for a wonderful event! What a shame about the weather the first day - but it sure didn’t seem to dampen any of the students eagerness to get out there!
Please find below a link to our Competenz FB page where I’ve uploaded some photos.
It would be much appreciated if you could all let your students know about this. They just need to search for Competenz on Facebook and then they can tag themselves in the photos.
Stephanie Brown | Marketing Officer , Competenz
Mini Moto Secondary Schools Visitor Stats to this website. Interesting who is looking & hopefully learning from us!
July 2013 Statistics
Mini Moto Secondary Schools Technical Projects.