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SWISS POCKETBIKE CHAMPIONSHIP ASPB / FMS
The japanese did it first with low-tech pocketbikes but hi-tech pocketbike racing come from Italy where it all started in the late 80's. The Swiss Pocket Bike Championship was created in 1996. This is when the Gruyère Pocket Bike Club (driven by Dominique Berthe) decided to compete against all available swiss pocketbike riders. This Championship has grown up to be one of the biggest in the world regarding the nation's size. It counts over 120 competitors a few of them coming even from nearby countries like France, Austria and Liechtenstein. 8 to 11 races on 8 to 11 different tracks are counting for this championship. Several categories depending on the age and sex of the pilots and on the type of pocketbike (junior, stock or racing prepared) are producing the Swiss Pocketbike Champions each and every year. Juniors are using restricted 40cc / 4,5hp engines but this goes up to the Seniors with 50cc / 16+ hp engines.
WHAT IS A POCKETBIKE ?
looking like toys (~55x95 cm) Pocketbike motorcycles are true miniature
GP racing motorcycles. Mainly Italian crafted these "mini-monsters"
are very accurate in respect to their relationship to full scale MotoGP
motorcycles. With floating disc brakes front and rear, tubeless racing
compound tires, full fairings, hi-tech polished aluminum/magnesium alloy
cast perimeter or tubular-frame and swingarm. All models are available
air or water cooled 40cc or 50cc. These motorcycles are works of art in
GRC RR Midi, 24kg, Bi-Zeta engine 50cc /15hp/~14'000rpm/~75 mph... (copyright©2004 GRC-moto)
are available in two sizes: mini with a 27" wheelbase and midi with
a 30" wheelbase (10% taller for adult use). Engine horsepower choices
are available from 4.5 hp/40cc models up to a race screaming 16+ hp/50cc
that can hit over 75 mph! One of the top feature in this sport is tuning.
Availability of low cost racing-performance and easy-to-get replacement
and tuning parts make it easy. All of the pocketbike models can be upgraded
and tuned in many different ways depending on your requirement and budget
(see all the pocketbike models and makes in the "dealers"
page of this website).