Motorcycling Australia (MA) have announced the 2017 Australian FIM World Junior Motocross Championship Team, that will be competing at Lange Motokeskus in Estonia, on the 30th July 2017 with Mark Willingham as Team Manager.
MA received a considerably large number of rider applications for the 2017 Australian Team competing in the World Junior Motocross Championship (WJMX). Willingham stated the interest was due to Australia‰Ûªs previous success's overseas..
‰ÛÏWe have seen a solid amount of riders that have represented Australia at these events over the years who have received excellent opportunities both at home and abroad, partly, if not mostly, due to their achievements at the World Junior Motocross Championships." He shared.
Representing the 125cc class for Australia, is Mason Semmens and 2016 WJMX title winner, 16-year-old Caleb Grothues (2012 WJMX 65cc winner). Semmens has raced overseas in New Zealand placing 3rd overall in the Junior 250cc class at the Woodville GP and an impressive 2nd place at Woodville in the 125cc Under 21's class.
Grothues is also a name that will continue to impress crowds at large race meetings, as the young gun has successfully raced at the Yamaha Rising Star Rookies MX Nationals, snaring an overall 3rd place.
The hotly contested 85cc class representative is South Australian, Alex Larwood. Larwood has won an incredible 91 races from 108 starts in the 13 year olds' short career. Jett Lawrence (2014 WJMX 65cc winner) will join Larwood, with his overseas experience in the Redsands International Race in Spain no doubt coming to the fore. Cody Chittick from Western Australia, also part of the winning 2016 WJMX team, will round out the 85cc contingent as he is already based over in Europe.