In the last 3,4years, mini-bike(under 150cc) race has become popular in Japan.
This is not only because more youngsters are coming up, but also, the first motorcycle generation is back on track to enjoy the pure racing spirit.
There are many race tracks where you can ride mini-bikes and there are many races held through out Japan. Of all the races, one of the most well organized and well managed is "NOBUATSU-HAI" (HAI means CUP in Japanese).
NOBUATSU Aoki, former MotoGP rider(currently Suzuki MotoGP test rider), started the NOBUATU-HAI 7 years ago, in conjunction with his own motorcycle riding school for kids, AOKI Treck Sports Club.
The race event is held at HARUNA motorsports land, exactly where Mr.Aoki statred his racing career in his childhood.
"I wanted to pay back to the motorcycle industry, especially in race. I grew up and lived in it. Now It's time for me to give back and hand down to the younger generation", says, Mr. Aoki.
18 different categories, beginner's to champions
Categories are divided by lap time, machine size, rider's age and weight.
First timer goes to FOC(Freshman Open C) and ranks up to FOA(Freshman Open A) by passing the required lap time. Then onto Junior Open, Senior Open class.
HRC Trophy, Kids, 74DAIJIRO are the three classes where the youngsters fight for their future.
HRC Trophy is one-make race using HONDA NSF100 with the same restrictions used all over the world.
Kids class is under 50cc motor with 10inch tires,
74DAIJIRO is another one-make race using a Pocket-Bike specially designed for this series.
7yrs to 65yrs, fighting for their glory
The youngest rider is 7yrs, the oldest 65yrs.
Kids learn from adults, adults get beaten by kids.
It is a great feeling to see integration between generations.
I have been involved in NOBUATSU-HAI for almost 5 years now, first as a rider, then as a team owner, and finally as a race conductor. This race series keeps me attracted and attached to track. This is all because NOBUATSU-HAI is made with pure motorcycle passion. It is run by a professional racer who is still in love racing, participated by whom genuinely enjoy racing, and sponsored by comapnies and parents who purely knows the meaning of racing.
They have motorcycles for rent, why don't you join us and enjoy a full day of pure racing fun?