Pinto enjoys Moto Gymkhana test

10:30 30 May 2014

David Pinto in Moto Gymkhana action (pic: Lesley Wallis Tenant)

David Pinto in Moto Gymkhana action (pic: Lesley Wallis Tenant)


Elm Park rider progressing well in UK series

Elm Park’s David Pinto has been making his mark in the world of Moto Gymkhana recently.

The event was founded in Japan around 30 years ago and brought to the UK by Andrew Freeman and Duncan Mackillop in 2011 after a trip to the Far East.

It is based on agility, handling and memory, rather than outright speed, and the series is open to anyone who holds a motorcycle licence from 50cc to 2500cc, as long as machines are road legal with full MOT.

Pinto said: “It was invented based on a style of Japanese puzzle looking at different routes. You get 45 minutes before your heat starts in order to memorise the course by walking round it.

“You then compete in two heats and the fastest time over the two heats wins. You can collect time penalties for taking the wrong course and other penalties for making riding errors. There is no point being fast if you can’t remember the course.”

Events take place all over the UK, at Donington Park, Darlington, Bexhill-on-Sea and Kempton Park, and Pinto recently recorded seventh and 11th-placed finishes, out of 35.

He added: “I’ve competed in many different types of motorcycle sports and have found this the most compelling and challenging.

“It has now taken off around the world and I have been invited to go to Holland and later in the year Japan to compete against some of the fastest riders in this sport.

“I also plan to go to the USA, Czech Republic, Poland and Vietnam. It has been a great sport to participate in, even for novices, because it gives you great control over your motorcycle. This is what got me hooked.

“I’ve been riding motorcycles for 15 years now and I’m still just as hooked as I was when I was 16 doing my CBT over at the cardrome in Hornchurch!”

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