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Aussie Jett Lawrence Claims World 65cc Motocross Championship

Caleb Grouthues Finishes A Narrow Second In 85cc Class.

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Pinned against each other, as well as the unappealing elements of wind and rain, 289 of the world‰Ûªs fastest junior motocross riders were put to the test overnight in Lierneux as they each vied for the best spot they could achieve in the most prestigious youth motocross event of the year, the 2014 FIM Junior Motocross World Championship.

On a circuit that demanded the utmost amount of respect with its marbled clay surface, which was only made trickier with multiple down pours of rain, three riders managed to rise above.

Jetting away with his first ever world title, KTM 65cc mounted Australia‰Ûªs Jett Lawrence rode phenomenal in the first race passing the likes of American‰Ûªs Jeremy Ryan and fellow ‰Û÷Jett‰Ûª Jett Reynolds for the win.

In race two, the little Australian got off to a fifth place start but was quick to let rip and move forward into second which was enough to crown him 2014 FIM Junior Motocross 65cc World Champion.

Hi-fives for Japan‰Ûªs young star on the rise Jo Shimoda who absolutely ran away in race two for a very convincing moto win which in combination with his fourth in race one landed him on the second step of the podium.

Meanwhile, flying the flag high for the stars and stripes of America, Jeremy Ryan, Jett Reynolds and Biese Carter all have one thing in common, they can‰Ûªt keep their bikes on two wheels. Despite running a very hot pace, all three were forced to be happy with something a little less than they had expected yet still very respectable results with third, fourth and fifth.

Although the individuals weren‰Ûªt where they wanted them to be, all the Americans were ecstatic at the end of the day as Team USA‰Ûªs were crowned as the winning Junior Nation. Team Germany was second and Team France was third.

Australia's second rider in the 65cc class Liam Andrews qualified into the final 40 and posted a 36th place finish in the opening race before improving to 32 in race two.
After throwing away the European EMX85 title due to two random crashes, Red Bull KTM Factory Racing‰Ûªs young Fin Kim Savaste has officially learnt from his mistakes as he fully embraced the ‰Û÷consistency wins championships‰Ûª motto to come away from this weekend crowned FIM Junior Motocross 85cc World Champion with his 3 ‰ÛÒ 2 score.

Meanwhile, race one dominator and 2012 FIM Junior Motocross 65cc World Champion, Australian Caleb Grothues was obviously disappointed after trying to put an aggressive pass on a rider in front of him in race two to have it backfire. The youngster hit the deck and got trapped under his bike which in turn cost him the title.

Nevertheless, the young Australian will fly home proud of his silver medal.

Despite the rough start to the day, Danish Mikkel Haarup couldn‰Ûªt have asked for more in race two than what he achieved, dominating the race from start to finish to win by more than seventeen seconds on the newly crowned champion Savaste. With such a big effort in race two, the Dane amazingly landed on the third step of the podium despite his thirteenth place in race one.

Similar to Haarup, Italian Paolo Lugana also sorted his mind out in race two bouncing back from his tenth in race one with a third. A score of 10 ‰ÛÒ 3 was enough to award the KTM rider with fourth overall just ahead of the European EMX85 Champion, Sahkar KTM Racing‰Ûªs Jago Geerts, who could just write this weekend off as a rough one.

Australia's second rider in the 85cc class Riley Dukes unfortunately crashed while testing at the Genk circuit injuring his wrist just days before the World Championships and was ruled out of the event.
Credit: MXGP
Rockstar Energy Suzuki Europe‰Ûªs Brian Hsu just put the cherry on top of his 2014 motocross campaign cake, which was iced last weekend when he claimed the European EMX125 title in Lommel, with his flawless performance here in Lierneux.

The young German was in a league of his own today, clearly gelling with the gnarly square edged circuit as he blitzed away from the field in both motos to convincingly be crowned 2014 FIM Junior Motocross 125cc World Champion.

While those in Europe have labeled him ‰Û÷the underdog‰Ûª, upon a bit of research it has been learnt that Venezuelan Lorenzo Locurcio is a pretty familiar name in the United States after moving there back in 2008. Turns out the L30 Yamaha Team rider has been making waves across the Atlantic and did a pretty solid job at turning heads today with his 3 ‰ÛÒ 2 performance to be dubbed 2014 FIM Junior Motocross 125cc vice World Champion.

The old saying goes ‰Û÷sometimes you have to go slow to go fast‰Ûª which is a sentence that springs to mind after watching Mafi Yamaha MX Team‰Ûªs Alvin ÌÐstlund make a silly error in the second race to throw away what otherwise would have been a comfortable second overall.

After bringing home a solid second in race one, it was evident the Swede was the second fastest in the class when he pulled the same gap in race two, but unfortunately the youngster, who is currently the European EMX125 vice champion, let the silver slide right through his fingers when he made a mistake out the back of the track and could only redeem himself for third.

Wrapping up fourth, the flamboyant Frenchman flying the flag for Team MJC Evolution Yamaha David Herbreteau posted a fourth and a fifth for fourth overall, while promising young Russian Ivan Baranov rounded out the top five.

It was a tough final event for Austalian's Mitchell Evans and Hunter Lawrence with both riders suffering crashes in the opening race in the 125cc class, with Evans able to continue on to a 23rd postion finish while Lawrence was sidelined after his lap 7 crash.

Lawrence was a non starter in the second race due to injuires suffered in race one, while Evans raced to a valient 27th place finish.
Credit: MXGP
65cc Overall Championship Standings
1. Jett Lawrence - 47 Pts
2. Jo Shimoda - 43 Pts
3. Jeremy Ryan - 40 Pts
4. Jett Reynolds - 40 Pts
5. Carter Biese - 26 Pts
6. Congost Gerard - 25 Pts
7. David Braceas - 24 Pts
8. Paul Bloy - 22 Pts
9. Kristians Fremanis - 22 Pts
10. Nikita Kusherov - 20 Pts
11. Allar Pent - 18 Pts
12. Noel Nilsson - 16 Pts
13. J̦rgen-Matthias Talviku - 15 Pts
14. Rasmus Pedersen - 13 Pts
15. Maxim Kraev - 13 Pts
16. Toa Kishi - 12 Pts
17. Ben Hess - 12 Pts
18. Luca Diserns - 8 Pts
19. Florian Miot - 8 Pts
20. Marnique Appelt - 7 Pts
34. Liam Andrews - 0 Pts
Credit: MXGP
85cc Overall Championship Standings
1. Kim Savaste - 42 Pts
2. Caleb Grothues - 40 Pts
3. Mikkel Haarup - 33 Pts
4. Paolo Lugana - 31 Pts
5. Jago Geerts - 27 Pts
6. Calvin Fontvieille - 26 Pts
7. Conner Mullennix - 25 Pts
8. Taylor Hammal - 25 Pts
9. Gianluca Facchetti - 23 Pts
10. Brian Moreau Strubhart - 22 Pts
11. Roan Van De Moosdijk - 19 Pts
12. Petr Polak - 18 Pts
13. Dylan Woodcock - 17 Pts
14. Jeremy Sydow - 16 Pts
15. Andrea Zanotti - 13 Pts
16. Garrett Marchbanks - 12 Pts
17. Larssen - 9 Pts
18. Filip Olsson - 8 Pts
19. Raivo Dankers - 7 Pts
20. Jascha Berg - 6 Pts
Credit: MXGP
125cc Overall Championship Standings
1. Brian Hsu - 50 Pts
2. Gilberto Locurcio - 42 Pts
3. Alvin ÌÐstlund - 42 Pts
4. David Herbreteau - 34 Pts
5. Ivan Baranov - 30 Pts
6. Tomas Sileika - 30 Pts
7. Josiah Natzke - 25 Pts
8. Riccardo Righi - 20 Pts
9. Anthony Bourdon - 16 Pts
10. Miro Sihvonen - 16 Pts
11. Alex Frye - 16 Pts
12. William Andersson - 15 Pts
13. Max Engelen - 13 Pts
14. Dan Houzet - 11 Pts
15. Tomas Kohut - 10 Pts
16. Jon Ames - 10 Pts
17. Adrien Malaval - 9 Pts
18. Filippo Zonta - 9 Pts
19. Challen Tennant - 8 Pts
20. Rene De Jong - 8 Pts
32. Mitchell Evans - 0 Pts
39. Hunter Lawrence - 0 Pts

Top Image: Australian Jett Lawrence on his way to the 2014 World 65cc Championship Win

Credit: MXGP

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