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Kayden Minear Races his heart out to Podium at FIM World JMX Championships

Congratulations to Team Australia- 4th overall at the 2017 FIM Junior Motocross Championships in Estonia.

  • 31 July 2017
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Kayden Minear Races his heart out to Podium at FIM World JMX Championships

Young West Australian, Kayden Minear raced his little heart out this weekend and achieved one of his dreams in the process-to podium at the FIM World Junior Motocross Championships.

Kayden competed against the best in the world and came third overall  in the 65cc Junior Motocross World Cup.

To View Kayden Minear on the Podium click HERE

Watch the Opening Ceremony Highlights from the FIM Junior Motocross World Championship HERE 


Congratulations also goes to to Team Australia who achieved an amazing Fourth overall at the 2017 FIM Junior Motocross Championships in Estonia. An amazing feat by our young up and coming stars. 


Team Australia Results

65cc - Kayden Minear - 3rd and Jet Alsop - 6th

85cc - Alex Larwood - 11th
125cc - Bailey Malkiewicz - 11th and Mason Semmens 22nd

Team Australia Qualifying:
65cc - Jet and Kayden both qualified 6th in their respective groups.

85cc - Alex qualified 11th in his group. Cody missed out, competition was very tight unfortunately in both the qualifying session and LCQ. Jett Lawrence had to withdraw, he had a crash on Thursday practice and wasn't able to continue after giving it an attempt in practice.

125cc - Bailey 7th and Mason 9th in qualifying group, very good effort from both.


Mark Willingham took some time out this morning to write to Motorcycling Western Australia about the efforts made by our local WA riders and their Australian team mates.

"A fantastic effort by our riders in what can only be described as challenging conditions unlike those we are accustomed to at home. All riders gave it their all and we finished up 4th overall as a nation. As defending champions we were really hoping for a win again so we could bring it back and defend on home soil next year however it wasn't our day for that".

"Our WA representatives were amazing. Obviously Kayden Minear was a stand out with his 3rd position finish, however the way he and his father, and his mechanic Grant Martin from Aussie Moto Engineering played their part in the overall team effort was exceptional. Grant for example offered his help to all riders on the team, even doing a complete ending breakdown and rebuild for one of our riders in his hotel room on the Thursday night... true legend status!"

"Cody Chittick had a tough weekend, battling with his starts which then made it very difficult as you really can't ride through the pack like at home due to how many fast riders there are here. Credit to Cody though, he composed himself really well and supported his teammates for the main races on Sunday".



Although Cody Chittick felt the event didn't go to plan for him, he tried his absolute best and showed true sportsmanship towards his teamates and took time out to message us back with updated reports and said this at the conclusion of the event- "Being selected to represent Australia at the World Junior Motocross Championships was unreal. The atmosphere and the event itself was really well organised".

"I am a bit disappointed on my results because I did not qualify to get into the main events. I was just riding tight on the bike and feeling stressed which didn't help me at all".


"Overall I didn't have the best weekend but I learnt a lot so I can go away now and practice as I know where I am".


"The rest of the Australian Team did really well. Congratulations to Kayden getting 3rd place on the 65cc".


Mike and Mandy Chittick commented on Cody’s efforts on being selected and commitment to the team,  “Obviously we are both very proud of Cody for all that he has achieved and hope with this experience it will take him to the next level in the sport”. 

“Thanks to Mark Willingham and Dirk from KTM DIGA racing team for helping the team get the great results they achieved, without these guys this opportunity would not have been possible”.



Kayden Minear, who is understandably excited with his results and went into detail for us how the event panned out for him- "The weekend started good with a 20 min practice on the Saturday were I got a little bit of arm pump at about the 17 minute mark I was holding on to tight so when I went back out in the qualifying I tried to relax a bit more and put down a good time, I thought that after qualifying I may have a had a little more left in the tank, there was heaps of yellow flags and I struggled for a clean lap"

"On Sunday in the free practice I felt the best I had running in the top 2 for most of the practice until the end were I slipped back to 8th".

"When the gate dropped in the first moto I didn't get the best start and the start straight is small and goes into a sharp right hand turn I was in about 15th spot and fought back to about 9th in the first lap and continued to pick them off until I got to 4th before the chequered flag".

"Moto 2 I knew I had to get a good start it was so important and I did I was second around the first turn and I jumped on the back of first place and as well as third place we started to make a good gap on 4th place and I was lucky enough to finish 3 Rd which gave me 3rd overall". 

"I'm so happy to get on the podium, it’s very cool".

Kayden''s dad Dylan Minear reflected on the event and efforts made by everyone that helped support Kayden-"As a parent I was so proud of the way Kayden rode he blew us away with his maturity on track pick smart lines and working extremely hard on a fast track with some massive jumps, I was so nervous the pit board was shaking in me hands as I held it out for the last lap knowing he was going to finish 3rd in the world titles".

"None of this could have been possible without my wife Skye support from home and the rest of our family and friends". 

"Grant Martin from Aussie Moto Engineering was the so instrumental in this week’s preparation as well as race day I can't thank him enough you a legend mate thanks again". 

"Last but not least all the people who made this possible, sponsors friends you all know who you are thanks for the support it means a lot to our family and Kayden".

To View All The Highlights Click HERE


The perfect temperatures yesterday in Estonia encouraged 80 eager youngsters to race for the win in the 2017 FIM Junior Motocross World Championship as another 40 fought for the 65cc FIM Junior Motocross World Cup. 

65cc Junior Motocross World Cup
The youngest riders were the little 65cc warriors fighting for the FIM Junior Motocross World Cup. In race 1 the #47 of Alessandro Gaspari took the FOX Holeshot. Team Netherland’s Ivano Van Erp positioned himself well behind Italian Ferruccio Zanchi. Zanchi who had the fastest qualifying time of his group Saturday lead the first laps before fall left him 29th.

After Zanchi went down Van Erp took over the lead and never looked back winning the race 8 seconds ahead of the newly crowned EMX65 champion Mads Fredsoe Sorensen. Poland’s Maksymilian Chwalik had a comfortable race of his own for third ahead of team Australia’s Kayden Minear and Finland’s Saku Mansikkanäki. Race 2 was almost identical up front with Van Erp in the lead ahead of Mads Fredsoe all the way to the finish.

Kayden Minear however moved up a position this time edging out Chwalik. With the two tying in points the final podium spot went to Minear with the better result in race 2 and Mansikkamaki took fifth overall. Van Erp in the press conference said: “This is something very special, my weekend was really good.”

65cc Junior World Cup Race 1 Top Ten: 1. Ivano Van Erp (NED, KTM), 17:54.130; 2. Mads Fredsoe Sorensen (DEN, KTM), +0:08.529; 3. Maksymilian Chwalik (POL, KTM), +0:27.403; 4. Kayden Minear (AUS, KTM), +0:33.410; 5. Saku Mansikkamaki (FIN, Honda), +0:34.503; 6. Alessandro Gaspari (ITA, KTM), +0:38.906; 7. Elisey Oreshkin (RUS, KTM), +0:44.075; 8. Alejandro Perez Martin (ESP, Husqvarna), +0:56.859; 9. Jet Alsop (AUS, Suzuki), +1:00.628; 10. Wal Beaney (GBR, KTM), +1:03.401.

65cc Junior World Cup Race 2 Top Ten: 1. Ivano Van Erp (NED, KTM), 17:59.389; 2. Mads Fredsoe Sorensen (DEN, KTM), +0:07.042; 3. Kayden Minear (AUS, KTM), +0:25.373; 4. Maksymilian Chwalik (POL, KTM), +0:27.866; 5. Saku Mansikkamaki (FIN, Honda), +0:40.550; 6. Jet Alsop (AUS, Suzuki), +0:46.478; 7. Kirils Maslovs (LAT, Husqvarna), +0:50.347; 8. Wal Beaney (GBR, KTM), +0:50.749; 9. Kasimir Hindersson (FIN, KTM), +0:53.133; 10. Ollie Colmer (GBR, Honda), +0:54.010.

65cc Junior World Cup Overall Top Ten: 1. Ivano Van Erp (NED, KTM), 50 points; 2. Mads Fredsoe Sorensen (DEN, KTM), 44 p.; 3. Kayden Minear (AUS, KTM), 38 p.; 4. Maksymilian Chwalik (POL, KTM), 38 p.; 5. Saku Mansikkamaki (FIN, HON), 32 p.; 6. Jet Alsop (AUS, SUZ), 27 p.; 7. Wal Beaney (GBR, KTM), 24 p.; 8. Kirils Maslovs (LAT, HUS), 23 p.; 9. Aleh Makhnou (BLR, KTM), 20 p.; 10. Kasimir Hindersson (FIN, KTM), 19 p.

85cc Junior Motocross World Championship

The 125cc class wasn’t the only one that saw dominance as the 85cc Champion Eddie Jay Wade also took commanding double victories. Race 1 was perfect for the Brit when he took the Fox Holeshot by a relatively large margin and then led every lap to the finish. In second was Noel Nilsson who early in the race was right on the lead pace.

Nilsson looked as if he would catch Wade but never came close enough to make the pass. Team Sweden not only had Nilsson up front but also Max Palsson in a lonely third. 4th and 5th were Netherland’s Kay Karssemakers and Germany’s Constantin Piller.

In Race 2 Wade was beat on the start by Magnus Smith but #17 kept the winning form from Race 1 taking the double victory and the overall. Nilsson had a similar story with a bad start and after passing several riders again found second.

The race for the 3rd was a 4 way battle between Kay Karssemakers, Florian Miot, Magnus Smith, and Kay de Wolf. The 4 racers shifted positions back and forth with the Holeshot winner Smith fighting to stay up front. Karssemakers took 3rd while Smith held on for 5th behind Miot but ahead of De Wolf.

With the 1-1 Wade was crowned World Champion with Nilsson 2nd and Karssemakers 3rd. Eddie Wade in the press conference said: “It feels really special to win for Great Britain, I can’t express how much it means to me.”

85cc Junior World Championship Race 1 Top 10: 1. Eddie Wade (GBR, Husqvarna), 25:17.680; 2. Noel Nilsson (SWE, Husqvarna), +0:04.292; 3. Max Palsson (SWE, KTM), +0:11.805; 4. Kay Karssemakers (NED, Husqvarna), +0:17.558; 5. Constantin Piller (GER, KTM), +0:20.257; 6. Kay de Wolf (NED, KTM), +0:27.848; 7. Magnus Smith (DEN, KTM), +0:29.258; 8. Florian Miot (FRA, Yamaha), +0:34.083; 9. Adam Zsolt Kovacs (HUN, Yamaha), +0:39.273; 10. Bobby Wayne Bruce (GBR, Husqvarna), +0:47.339.

85cc Junior World Championship Race 2 Top Ten: 1. Eddie Wade (GBR, Husqvarna), 25:31.753; 2. Noel Nilsson (SWE, Husqvarna), +0:15.071; 3. Kay Karssemakers (NED, Husqvarna), +0:20.320; 4. Florian Miot (FRA, Yamaha), +0:20.982; 5. Magnus Smith (DEN, KTM), +0:24.998; 6. Kay de Wolf (NED, KTM), +0:31.621; 7. Alex Larwood (AUS, Yamaha), +0:33.307; 8. Constantin Piller (GER, KTM), +0:34.727; 9. Adam Zsolt Kovacs (HUN, Yamaha), +0:39.150; 10. Max Palsson (SWE, KTM), +0:48.709

85cc Junior World Championship Overall Top Ten: 1. Eddie Wade (GBR, HUS), 50 points; 2. Noel Nilsson (SWE, HUS), 44 p.; 3. Kay Karssemakers (NED, HUS), 38 p.; 4. Florian Miot (FRA, YAM), 31 p.; 5. Max Palsson (SWE, KTM), 31 p.; 6. Magnus Smith (DEN, KTM), 30 p.; 7. Kay de Wolf (NED, KTM), 30 p.; 8. Constantin Piller (GER, KTM), 29 p.; 9. Adam Zsolt Kovacs (HUN, YAM), 24 p.; 10. Andrea Roncoli (ITA, HON), 20 p.

125cc Junior Motocross World Championship
The youthful racers of the 125cc World Championship launched off the dirt start of the Lange Motokeskus circuit and the #22 of Gianluca Facchetti led the field across the Fox Holeshot line. Facchetti was closely followed by Brian Moreau and further back was Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Mikkel Haarup running third.

While Facchetti started to pull a gap on Moreau the Frenchman settled into second. With Facchetti out of sight Haarup locked in on Moreau and patiently closed onto the back wheel of the #225 machine. It wasn’t until the later stages of race that Haarup made a pass to secure second, eventually finishing only 4 seconds back of Facchetti.

Kevin Horgmo was charging the entirety of Race 1 putting in a late charge to post his fastest time on the 15th lap of 16 total. Horgmo finished the race in 4th and Matteo Pucinelli rounded out the top five. For Race 2 Facchetti had another good jump off of the gate but was beat around the outside of the first turn by Jeremy Sydow. Fachetti didn’t wait to take the lead however and at one point had a 16 second gap.

Early in the race Haarup ran second but a mistake on the back side of the track handed the position to Horgmo. Haarup remounted his Husqvarna quickly, losing only the single position that he was unable to take back. Race 1’s third place finisher, Moreau, didn’t have the start he wanted in race 2 but rode to a strong 4th while Rick Elzinga took 5th.

In the overall Facchetti’s 1-1 was the clear winner and Haarup’s 2-3 beat out Horgmo’s 4-2. Facchetti in the press conference said, “I’m so happy about this race, it is amazing that I am World Champion. I’ve dreamed so much about becoming a World Champion this year and thank you to everyone who has helped me.”

Mikkel Haarup in the press conference said: “I rode good I would say but Gianluca was just faster than me which I have to accept. I wanted to win but obviously that wasn’t possible this weekend, I know I did everything I could and that’s why I am happy with my second.”

125cc Junior World Championship Race 1 Top 10: 1. Gianluca Facchetti (ITA, Husqvarna), 29:10.430; 2. Mikkel Haarup (DEN, Husqvarna), +0:04.490; 3. Brian Strubhart Moreau (FRA, KTM), +0:08.914; 4. Kevin Horgmo (NOR, KTM), +0:29.540; 5. Matteo Puccinelli (ITA, KTM), +0:36.626; 6. Rene Hofer (AUT, KTM), +0:39.061; 7. Meico Vettik (EST, KTM), +0:42.738; 8. Emilio Scuteri (ITA, KTM), +0:43.413; 9. Emil Weckman (FIN, KTM), +0:44.279; 10. Andrea Zanotti (SMR, KTM), +0:45.084

125cc Junior World Championship Race 2 Top 10: 1. Gianluca Facchetti (ITA, Husqvarna), 29:34.734; 2. Kevin Horgmo (NOR, KTM), +0:08.589; 3. Mikkel Haarup (DEN, Husqvarna), +0:19.172; 4. Brian Strubhart Moreau (FRA, KTM), +0:29.344; 5. Rick Elzinga (NED, Yamaha), +0:33.819; 6. Andreas Hiiemagi (EST, Husqvarna), +0:34.956; 7. Tim Edberg (SWE, Yamaha), +0:36.900; 8. Rene Hofer (AUT, KTM), +0:37.940; 9. Raivo Dankers (NED, KTM), +0:42.208; 10. Emilio Scuteri (ITA, KTM), +0:44.897

125cc Junior World Championship Overall Top 10: 1. Gianluca Facchetti (ITA, HUS), 50 points; 2. Mikkel Haarup (DEN, HUS), 42 p.; 3. Kevin Horgmo (NOR, KTM), 40 p.; 4. Brian Strubhart Moreau (FRA, KTM), 38 p.; 5. Rene Hofer (AUT, KTM), 28 p.; 6. Matteo Puccinelli (ITA, KTM), 25 p.; 7. Tim Edberg (SWE, YAM), 24 p.; 8. Emilio Scuteri (ITA, KTM), 24 p.; 9. Rick Elzinga (NED, YAM), 19 p.; 10. Raivo Dankers (NED, KTM), 19 p.

Junior Winning Nations

The best overall team went to Denmark with 10 points, barely besting team Netherland’s 13 point score, while Italy was the team taking the 3rd best spot. The last competition to be decided was the Ride Green Cup which was based on environmental friendliness of the team in combination with the promotion of the cause through social media and Team Japan took the title.


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