Maclean Mini Grand Prix Road Racer Luke Mitchell has been selected as part of a four-rider squad to represent Australia in the Mini Grand Prix Championship races to be held at the 2010 British Moto Grand Prix in Silverstone UK next month.
Luke, 13, and only one other Australian youth will be competing on the world stage in the 80cc class, whilst the other riders are representing Australia in the Pre Grand Prix 125cc class and the Mini Grand Prix 70cc Class.
This is the first time the juniors have been allowed to actually race as part of a Moto Grand Prix event anywhere in the world and it is an honour for Luke to be invited by the organisers of the event.
Previously Luke has participated in controlled demonstration events at the Australian Moto Grand Prix. However, he now has the chance to race the Silverstone Circuit at the same event as his heroes, Casey Stoner and Valentino Rossi.
Luke will be training hard and concentrating on strengthening his endurance as the three 20-lap races (just on 32km each race) over the two days will be a test of his skills and fitness.
This year’s championship will be a lot harder for Luke than the 2009 Mini Grand Prix in Barcelona as he has now stepped up into the 80cc class where he will be one of the younger competitors, just as he has done here In Australia.
The class is dominated by riders up to three years older than Luke who have a lot more experience on the 80cc machines.
As part of training, Luke and his older brother Jake travelled to Phillip Island Grand Prix circuit last weekend to compete in the second round of the Victorian State titles and the Victorian Metrakit titles where Luke qualified on poll and set a junior lap record, completing 4.5km circuit in just 2.04.473 minutes.
Both boys rode extremely well on the weekend with the battles at the front of the field of 17 juniors causing the race leadership to be swapped and changed several times a lap.
The leading pack of three riders gapped the rest of the field by the end of the first lap, having a race of their own in each of the five events across the weekend.
In the end, Luke took 2nd place overall and 1st place in the Metrakit series and Jake in 5th overall and 2nd place in the Metrakit Title.
As a bonus for the weekend, Jake and Luke were chosen to be the Preston Motorcycle Club flag bearers for the prestigious Harvey Wiltshire Memorial race presentation and ceremony which was conducted by racing legend Andrew ‘AJ’ Johnson.
To be standing alongside AJ was a very proud moment and honour for the boys.