took the lead early in the race two with race one winner Vitezslav Marek in tow and Australian's Jet Alsop
and Braden Plath
in hot pursuit. By lap two the USA's Logan Best
had moved up from his 5th place start to assume the lead. Race one winner and runner-up Marek and Van Drunen ran fifth and sixth respectively.
With three laps to go Best and Rispoli drew clear of Jet Alsop by over fourteen seconds, with Rispoli taking the lead from Best with two laps to go. Alsop and Plath went toe to toe for the final spot in the top three while race one winner Marek dropped to 8th, one place behind Lotte Van Drunen.
As the flag dropped Best had found his way past Rospli for the race win and Australian Braden Plath had also worked his way into second with Rospli crossing the line in third.
Race one winner Vitezslav Marek finished down in 21st and Lotte Van Drunen in 8th.
In the end, though it was Australia's fourth World Championship with Braden Plath
tying on 38 points with American Enzo Temmerman
but getting the win as a result of his better second moto finish. Brando Rispoli rounded out the podium, three points adrift of first and second.
Lotte Van Drunen finished on equal points with Rispoli but was fourth on count-back.
Plath's World Championship is the third in the 65cc class with Jett Lawrence
and Caleb Grothues
having won the same class.
65cc Junior World Cup Race 1 Top Ten:
1. Vitezslav Marek (CZE, KTM), 19:12.256
2. Lotte Van Drunen (NED, Husqvarna), +0:19.492
3. Enzo Temmerman (USA, KTM), +0:28.835
4. Kayden Minear (AUS, KTM), +0:30.579
5. Braden Plath (AUS, Husqvarna), +0:32.990
6. Brando Rispoli (ITA, KTM), +0:41.884
7. Jet Alsop (AUS, KTM), +0:44.226
8. Seth Burchell (AUS, Yamaha), +0:46.082
9. Seth Shackleton (AUS, KTM), +0:51.156
10. Koby Hantis (AUS, Cobra), +0:53.92
65cc Junior World Cup Race 2 Top Ten:
1. Logan Best (USA, KTM), 17:50.665
2. Braden Plath (AUS, Husqvarna), +0:01.537
3. Brando Rispoli (ITA, KTM), +0:04.006
4. Enzo Temmerman (USA, KTM), +0:12.985
5. Jet Alsop (AUS, KTM), +0:19.625
6. Seth Burchell (AUS, Yamaha), +0:26.068
7. Jake Cannon (AUS, Yamaha), +0:26.863
8. Lotte Van Drunen (NED, Husqvarna), +0:27.174
9. Kayden Minear (AUS, KTM), +0:31.092
10. Koby Hantis (AUS, Cobra), +0:32.970
65cc Junior World Cup Overall Top Ten:
1. Braden Plath (AUS, HUS), 38 points
2. Enzo Temmerman (USA, KTM), 38 points
3. Brando Rispoli (ITA, KTM), 35 points
4. Lotte Van Drunen (NED, HUS), 35 points
5. Logan Best (USA, KTM), 34 points
6. Jet Alsop (AUS, KTM), 30 points
7. Kayden Minear (AUS, KTM), 30 points
8. Seth Burchell (AUS, YAM), 28 points
9. Vitezslav Marek (CZE, KTM), 25 points
10. Koby Hantis (AUS, COB), 22 points
In the team's event, the host nation Australia took the win ahead of the Netherlands and Italy.
Asked about the day's success for Australia Team Manager Mark Willingham
said, "To be honest I was quietly confident going into the weekend. I was at least expecting a podium considering the hard work we have all put in and the potential the riders showed leading up to the event. All the riders put in a good effort and professionally represented their country. I would also like to thank the parents and supporters for their help, assistance and belief in the team. It's a proud day for Australian motocross," Willingham concluded.
Though Italy didn‰Ûªt win the overall title as the best team they did claim the 2018 FIM Ride Green Cup as recognition for their promotion of a sustainable and environmentally friendly approach to racing.
Full results can be found at: https://speedhive.mylaps.com/Events/1581031