Race venue for fans of mini motos

SUE SKINNER A project set up to promote the safe use of mini motorbikes has celebrated a move to a new home in King's Lynn.

SUE SKINNER

A project set up to promote the safe use of mini motorbikes has celebrated a move to a new home in King's Lynn.

Several schools and youth groups have organised teams since Moto KL was launched three years ago but there has been no designated race venue. Now the project will be based at the Norfolk Arena in Saddlebow Road, South Lynn, where speedway co-promoters Keith Chapman and his son, Jonathan, who have been involved in the initiative from the outset, have made a considerable investment in new facilities.

Moto KL's headquarters, launched on Tuesday, include a purpose-built race track, changing rooms and a meeting room and are also fully equipped with bikes and safety equipment, thanks to cash from the Children's Fund local network.

Last month, police in west Norfolk and Breckland launched a crackdown on illegal and anti-social riding of the pint-size bikes, known as mini motos, following hundreds of complaints.

The vehicles, capable of speeds of up to 60-70mph, are being used by many young riders on roads, paths and public places without tax, insurance or being registered with the DVLA.

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Jonathan Chapman said: "Mini motos can be great fun but they can also be a menace . . . Through this project, we are able to teach youngsters all about the safety aspects of riding these bikes, as well as basic maintenance, first aid, respect for others and even event marketing."

The scheme has also been supported by West Norfolk Council and the police.

PC Keith Beckett, chairman of Moto KL, said: "This project shows how by working in partnership we can enable young people to do the activities they enjoy, without causing any bother to anyone else."

Moto KL is open to teams from schools, Scouts, Guides and other youth groups.

As part of the project, teams are required to work through a series of modules, similar to an NVQ.

Clubs and individuals interested in finding out more should contact council comm-unity development officer Sue Payne on 01553 616554.