Harry Hemingway got his 12th birthday present ten days early on January 24. A sparkling brand new 80cc Beta. A special in some ways but with over the counter kit fitted in readiness for the FIM European Youth Championship which starts in Spain.
Team Hemingway have a schedule which takes in the Santigosa Three Day Trial with his father Dan and uncle Ben. Harry won the juvenile category last year. The Santigosa event kicks in at the end of March and is followed by the opening trial in the European Championship series in Spain. The plan is to compete in all three trials in the Euro series.
Harry will return to the ACU British Youth Championship after a year out with a separated shoulder. He won his class in the 2015 and 2016 championships. Beta UK prepared the 80 cc Beta which will be up against full 125cc machines.
Harry will be sponsored by Apico with helmet, boots and riding gear and also Hebo clothing helmets and boots. Putoline will lubricate the wheels while Michelin will provide the grip.
Renthal bars and grips will control direction and Talon sprockets will drive the back wheel, while USWE Bags and Hydration and Goastal Hinterglemm complete the package.
As far as George is concerned, his programme will be the ACU Youth Championships. Last year while still a Class D contender he elected to ride Class C Medium Wheels and won the class. That followed on from 2016 when he won Class D.
This year he will ride Class C Medium Wheels. It’s easy to spot George as he is the one who waves his legs high in the air for balance
The new 80cc beta was in action at Cockhill Mines on Sunday where Harry won his class and just missed winning the Clubman A category from Scott Trial winner Philip Alderson.