Rich Hetrick, owner of Hetrick Racing, Oil City, Penn., said he plans to build a race-ready 50cc ATV through a collaboration with three other main sponsors.
Hetrick said he hopes to offer the youth ATV before the opening 2006 GNC National in California, but said EPA approval for the quad could be a roadblock to having the race bike available by February. He said the current homologation deadline is set for March 15.
The Hetrick Racing 50cc quad - that actually displaces 62cc - is the result of an effort between Hetrick, JB Racing, Robb's Racing and Rath Racing.
“The whole concept of this quad is that a youth rider can grow with the quad,” Hetrick said. “Essentially, it starts out a 50cc, but when the rider is ready, they could send out for a 70cc modification and run the 70 Production class. And, in two to three years, that same rider on the same quad could put a 90cc stroker crank in it and ride in 90 Production.”
Hetrick Racing hopes to have 50 quads available by early next year. The estimated cost of the quad will be between $8,000 and $8,500. “That's definitely a reasonable price, considering the kids will be able to race the quad through all the youth classes,” he said.
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