It was the last qualifying session of the day at the FIM World Junior Motocross Championship (WJMX) but Australian Braden Plath on Husqvarna made it worth the wait, grabbing the second fastest time of qualifying on the last lap in the 65cc class, a 2:00.011.
Plath powered his way around the Horsham circuit and showed he enjoyed the tough and rugged conditions; “It was pretty gnarly out there, it was really tacky the whole day but so much fun,” said Plath.
Rounding out the top five was MWA's Kayden Minear, pushing his KTM to a best lap of 2:02.263. Just behind Minear was Ky Woods who collected the sixth fastest time of 2:02.514, and to make it three aussies in a row Jet Alsop grabbed seventh with a 2:02.897.
The Aussie action in the top ten was rounded out by Jack Deveson who qualified eighth fastest with a 2:03.205.
What an effort from the Australian riders to have five riders in the top ten of qualifying and looking at strong results in tomorrow’s races.
Kayden Minear- I started off today a little slow but soon dialled in the track and was happy to qualify 5th overall.
Dylan and Skye Minear- We are happy with how Kayden rode and just wish him luck and hope he enjoys tomorrow!!
Just outside the top ten in 13th position was Kayd Kingsford on his Yamaha, and just behind Kingsford was Jack Cannon in 14th.
MWA's Deacon Paice put his KTM into 16th position with a fastest lap 2:04.472, he saved his best for last as he clocked his fastest lap on lap 13.
Deacon Paice; Good day at the worlds today can’t wait for tomorrow. I can’t thank Tony from FT's Moto Works enough and my Dad and Mum.is happy with the results too.
Michael and Nicole Paice; Deacon finished the day happy and confident for tomorrow He’s enjoying spending time with the Aussie team and meeting other riders from around the world Mum is nervously watching speedhive It’s hard not being there to watch but I’m grateful that he is surrounded by people that support him Mum and dad are both very proud of him and wish him an awesome day on the track tomorrow.
Hixon Mcinnes was another Australian inside the top 20, qualifying 17th. Just behind Mcinnes was Thomas Wood on his Husqvarna with a time of 2:04.687 and in 20th was MWA's Seth Shackleton on his KTM.
A popular class for the Australian riders, Seth Burchell (21st), Ty Sharp (23rd), Koby Hantis (24th), Liam Owens (26th), Angus Pearce (27th), Jason West (29th), Nate Thompson (31st), Oliver Paterno (32nd), Billy Cameron (34th) and Nicholas Lovett (36th).
Seth Shackleton: Bit of an up and down day, I had clutch problems in the first session finishing P15, second session I ran P8 and felt good. Unfortunately more bike problems in qualifying finishing P20 and unable to finish the session. Thanks heaps to Jay, Grant and Dion for their help today
Bradley and Larelle Shackleton: Proud of our boy today, didn’t all go his way but kept pushing. Hopefully tomorrow is better. Can’t wait to see what Seth and all the other WA boys can do tomorrow
Race one will start at 11:30am and then the riders will be back for their final race of the day at 2:30pm, to keep up to date with how the Australian riders are going head to live timing, MA Website, MA Facebook or the MA Instagram.
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