Addyson McQuaig of McQuaig Racing, the recipient of the 2023 FIM MiniGP Canada Scholarship Award will contest the full series of the FIM MiniGP Canada series in the inaugural year of its launching.
“I am really happy and excited to win the scholarship, I have always wanted to ride a MiniGp bike!” Addyson said. She will join 14 other competitors from Canada and the USA in the Ohvale GP-O 160 specified FIM MiniGP Canada series presented by Motul, set to go with an exhibition race on May 13-14 at Lombardy Raceway in Ontario.
Point races will follow beginning at the Greg Moore Raceway in Chilliwack, BC hosted by the Pacific Coast Road Racing Club (PCMRC) June 24-25, then on to Strathmore Motorsport Park in Strathmore, AB hosted by Alberta Mini Roadracing Association July 1-2. The series will then return to Ontario for two back-to-back weekends at Lombardy Raceway hosted by MiniSBK Championship series. The final race is in collaboration with the Bridgestone CSBK final race on September 15-16 at Shannonville Motorsport Park, ON.
Submissions for the scholarship award were received from five competitors across Canada, all ranging in age between 10-14 years old, each hopeful to join the series in its launch year.
“The integrity of all the applicants made the selection process very difficult.” Says Colin Fraser of Professional Motorsports Productions. “Our decision to create a scholarship program was the easy part as we see the FIM MiniGP Canada series as an important step in the ladder of the sport for Canada and happy to support it any way we can.”
The series organiser Toni Sharpless of the Super Sonic Road Race School and MiniSBK Championship says, “We are proud to be presenting the FIM MiniGP World series in Canada.” The series is the first of its kind in Canada built from ground zero in one short year.
Sharpless continued, “The series proved to be a huge task and undertaking made possible by the help of the motorcycle community. I am so grateful of people like Colin and the team of friends and supporters who have come forward to help. Together we are creating a special opportunity for youngsters, one we wish was available when were young!”
Families like Addyson’s who have taken the jump to join the series come from all different backgrounds of racing. Addyson comes to the series with a successful BMX career and MX experience whereas other riders of the series represent experience from motocross, flat track, ice racing, mini-moto road racing, karting and trail riding. “If you want to participate as a racer and can ride a motorcycle, we can help prepare you at the Super Sonic Road Race School.” Sharpless explained.
Addyson will prepare at the Super Sonic Road Race School along with other riders trying the sport for the first time. Sharpless says, “We are excited to see the development of Addyson and the other competitors in the first year of the series where everyone will be learning as we go, including the riders, teams, officials, and organiser. Year 2023 will be the year of firsts for everyone!”
From a press release