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WA Podiums in AJMX Interstate Challenge

Australia dominates KTM AJMX Oceania Challenge

  • 9 October 2017
  • Posted By: Linda
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WA Podiums in AJMX Interstate Challenge

Australia has taken a convincing victory in the FIM Oceania Challenge that was hosted at the 2017 KTM Australian Junior Motocross Championship (AJMX) in Horsham, Victoria, as New South Wales successfully claimed the title in the Interstate Challenge with Queensland a close second and Western Australia third.

In the Interstate Challenge, where a number of riders were selected in each division, it was another tight battle for the top spot as New South Wales wound up on 198 points, edging out defending champions Queensland, who closed out the week with 197 points to narrowly miss out on the number one spot. 

Western Australia took a comfortable third on 171 points to round out the top three, followed by Victoria on 148, Tasmania with 145, South Australia on 128 and the Northern Territory with 30 points.

The FIM Oceania Challenge saw an equal number of riders from Australia and New Zealand selected to represent their country in the appropriate classes, with the highest tally of points at the conclusion of the week being awarded the newly-introduced accolade. 

Australia wrapped up the week with 540 points to its credit, defeating New Zealand’s tally of 246  - the advantage being in the Aussies’ favour with a larger pool of riders to choose from. 

The Aussie squad consisted of 24 riders (4 from WA) from across the country, which included Blake Fox, Noah Ferguson, Regan Duffy (WA), Lochie Smith, Levi Rogers, Ricky Chalmers, Ryder Kingsforn, Jet Alsop, Jett Burgess Stevens, Alex Larwood, Tyran Tomich, Brad West, Tahlia O'Hare (WA), Tanesha Harnett, Jasper Moon, Bailey Malkiewicz, Tyler Darby, John Bova, Matt Fabry (WA), Liam Andrews, Kayden Minear (WA), Mason Semmens, Rhys Budd and Jack Kukas.



This what some of the WA contingency that made the trek to the Australian Junior Motocross Championships had to say of the experience and the 2017 MX Season.

Team Manager Luke Davis-The track was difficult for all WA kids as there is nothing like the east coast obstacles here. The doubles and triples turned out to be a great spectacle and fun for the kids and for the team members to come through with a podium in the interstate cup challenge was awesome on their behalf. Similar conditions forecast for Penguin Tasmania next year and I am confident we can be onto the podium there as well with a good training facility for the kids to progress on.


Kayden's Minear- "Horsham AJMX twenty17 was the hardest Australian Titles I have done. The track was muddy in the morning but changed to dry & slippery in the afternoon. The WA team worked hard and I was proud to be a part of it" Kayden would like to thank his sponsors that made this year possible Aussie Moto Engineering, MandurahCityKTM, Ets race fuel, FlyRacing, M2R, VHM, Motorex, RideTribe and Choice suspension 

Seth Shackleton-I'm over the moon to come home with 2x Australian titles. After not getting the results I wanted in Renmark last year I set a goal and went to work with the help of my family focusing on Horsham 2017. The racing was tough all week, and the track didn't rut up as expected instead going really slippery and blue groove. It took a lot of us WA kids by surprise as we've never seen anything like it. Overall I had a really consistent week, I hurt my back in free practice on Monday and felt really stiff all week but I pushed through. I also learnt a harsh lesson in the last final on the 65cc I received a 25sec penalty for powering too soon after a first aid flag, after winning the race I was relegated to 4th position for the final Moto.

It's been an awesome year winning 2x WA state titles and now 2x Australian titles, I couldn't have done it without the support from my family and friends as well a Massive thanks to my sponsors for their ongoing support and belief in me, Mandurah City KTM, Choice Suspension, BO motor oil and JCF haulage

Regan Duffy-My highlight for this year is definitely the Nationals because it was a very bad lead up I broke my wrist 5 weeks earlier at Coolum Queensland, I rode twice in a flat paddock for about half an hour each time. As if that wasn’t bad enough I fell very ill the morning we flew out, as we got to Horsham I stayed in bed, sick, for two days and then did practice/ qualifying. The next day when my heats were on I woke up sicker than I have ever been in my life and told dad it wasn’t possible for me to ride so I had another day in bed, lucky for me finals weren’t until the next day and I had gathered enough points to make it through even though I missed a day’s racing. I went out in my first final on my 125 in the mud and managed to secure a win, in Moto 2 I caught up to the leader in the last lap and almost made the move for the win but had a massive crash and settled for 7th. I went out in the 3rd and final moto with an open mind set not expecting to win the title because I lost a lot of points in the previous moto. I got about 5th off the start and rode as hard as I could, I got to the lead and just kept I head down until the finish. I came in happy that I had won the moto and then one of my mates said that I had won the title by a point! I was so happy!!I 

I would really like to thank my sponsors and supporters-KTM Australia, Motorex Oils, Dunlop Tyres, Kustom MX, Ride Tribe, Wearlusty , Troy Lee Designs Australia, Tam Paul and my dad, Darren Duffy.

Tahlia O'Hare -Tj O'Hare-I came into the AJMX week a little nervous as I was defending my title from last year and trying to prove to Luke that I use more then 1/4 throttle. My goal was to win every race so I put my head down and got the job done, this was my last chance at a junior title before I move into the senior ranks next season so I wanted to make it one to remember.

I was stoked to be chosen for the WA team and to ride amongst so many other talented WA riders. Once the week got started I knew we had a chance to get a top three, the whole team was riding great and getting great results so it was cool that we were able to get third against the other states.

At the moment I don't have any plans for next season as I have only been focused about finishing this season off strong, I am stepping into seniors next season so that'll be a new challenge.

This year I have been lucky enough to have the support from 14 MX development which has been great, Luke and Penny have taught me so much and helped me improve in every aspect of our sport and I couldn't thank them enough.


Mat Fabry-I had an absolute blast at the 2017 Jnr Nationals!  I'm so glad I made the last minute decision a day out from entries closing to head over, it was my last year in Juniors and just wanted to be a part of it all, was pretty surprised at myself getting 4th in the 125cc and 250cc class just 1 point from 3rd in both classes especially after not been on the bike most of this year and last year but really wished I could of made the podium. I'm stoked to be on the winning Oceania Challenge team also and I'm really ooking forward to Seniors next year! Thanks to all the sponsors of Wellard/GYTR/Yamaha and Strickland Development Racing

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