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    Hi,
    Does anyone have knowledge or experience of the best route to track racing for kids?
    My 13 year old has done the RH training on a CBR300 and mad keen to get more riding experience.
    Ideally I see him as doing a year of trackday/testing before even thinking of doing anything competitive (I've been there) but it looks like trackday companies require you to be either over 18 and/or have a road license?
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    Default Re: Getting under 16's started in racing

    Most track days companies will accept an ACU licence rather than a road licence... I imagine that them getting insurance for events that allow under 18yo's is the biggest issue.

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    Default Re: Getting under 16's started in racing

    IMHO, I'd get him into Motocross to learn how to handle a loose bike. All the top stars learned that way and all still ride MX to keep fit and keep sharp.

    Then sell your house and a kidney to pay for his racing career

    I wish I'd had a dad who gave a shit about me.

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    I know from 5 years of it how bloody expensive racing is! Can't say he needs any encouragement though.

    I'll run the MotoX by him thanks. He's never had any interest in the off road stuff though, seems to just want to be on a track.

    You do get some quick kids on 125s,CB500s etc so I wonder how they get track time without haemorrhaging cash.

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    Default Re: Getting under 16's started in racing

    MX is massively cheaper than Road Racing, get him on an MX try out day.

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    Default Re: Getting under 16's started in racing

    When i did the ACU training (with No Limits), there was a kid there and pretty sure he was under 16 (I seem to remember 12, but that could be my brain going mad!). He was pretty quick too! LOL Give some of the TDO's a call and see if they accept under 16's with ACU licences?

    But - one thing I REALLY wish I'd learnt was off road skills. For all kinds of riding I think that would help me. So if he can be persuaded, I'd go with what Yorick says and get him to have a go and see he if agrees that he can learn different skills. So many times I've been told that off road skills would help me on track!!!

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    Default Re: Getting under 16's started in racing

    Ask Trog, he took his son (Trog minor) from mini moto racing through to Aprilia 450s or whatever.

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    Default Re: Getting under 16's started in racing

    I know Phil Bevan trackdays were talking about running a day for 13-16s, they would need an ACU licence though. Most TDO accept ACU licences as well as driving licence.
    So getting one of them is first step from what I can see

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    Default Re: Getting under 16's started in racing

    Interesting note, when I renewed my ACU licence after a 5 year lay off I had to do the CTC.. I was told on the course that a large percentage of people taking the course do it to get an ACU licence just for track days after they've been banned and lost their road licence.

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    Default Re: Getting under 16's started in racing

    Thanks for the responses. I have a few avenues to try!

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