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Facchetti, Wade and Van Erp crowned World Champions in Estonia

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Facchetti, Wade and Van Erp crowned World Champions in Estonia
Perfect temperatures greeted the morning at Lange Motokeskus circuit in Estonia with 80 eager young motocross stars from around the world eager to race for the win in the 2017 FIM Junior Motocross World Championship as another 40 fought for the 65cc FIM Junior Motocross World Cup.

Coming out on top of the world in their respective classes were Italian Gianluca Facchetti, Brit Eddie Jay Wade, and Ivano Van Erp from the Netherland.
Facchetti, Wade and Van Erp crowned World Champions in Estonia
Kayden Minear was Australia's highest placed rider with a 3rd in the 65cc Junior World Cup Overall . Credit: Youthstream
Team Australia took 4th overall in the country standings, finishing just a few points of the podium. A quick summary of the teams individual results where, Kayden Minear finishing on the podium with 3rd in the 65cc class while Jet Alsop finished 6th.

In the 85cc class South Australian Alex Larwood finished 11th. In the 125cc class, Bailey Malkiewicz finished 11th and Mason Semmens 22nd.

Australia Team Manger Mark Willingham described the weekend; ‰ÛÏIt was a very solid effort and performance from the riders, only small differences would have made large inroads to a higher position. I‰Ûªm very proud of all the riders and they have represented their country phenomenally well.‰Û
Facchetti, Wade and Van Erp crowned World Champions in Estonia
Italian Gianluca Facchetti took bith moto wins in the premier 125cc Junior World Championship
125cc Junior Motocross World Championship


The youthful racers of the 125cc World Championship launched off the dirt start of the Lange Motokeskus circuit and the #22 of Gianluca Facchetti led the field across the Fox Holeshot line. Facchetti was closely followed by Brian Moreau and further back was Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing‰Ûªs Mikkel Haarup running third.

While Facchetti started to pull a gap on Moreau the Frenchman settled into second. With Facchetti out of sight Haarup locked in on Moreau and patiently closed onto the back wheel of the #225 machine.

It wasn‰Ûªt until the later stages of race that Haarup made a pass to secure second, eventually finishing only 4 seconds back of Facchetti.

Kevin Horgmo was charging the entirety of Race 1 putting in a late charge to post his fastest time on the 15th lap of 16 total. Horgmo finished the race in 4th and Matteo Pucinelli rounded out the top five.

For Race 2 Facchetti had another good jump off of the gate but was beat around the outside of the first turn by Jeremy Sydow. Fachetti didn‰Ûªt wait to take the lead however and at one point had a 16 second gap.

Early in the race Haarup ran second but a mistake on the back side of the track handed the position to Horgmo. Haarup remounted his Husqvarna quickly, losing only the single position that he was unable to take back. Race 1‰Ûªs third place finisher, Moreau, didn‰Ûªt have the start he wanted in race 2 but rode to a strong 4th while Rick Elzinga took 5th.

In the overall Facchetti‰Ûªs 1-1 was the clear winner and Haarup‰Ûªs 2-3 beat out Horgmo‰Ûªs 4-2. Facchetti in the press conference said, ‰ÛÏI‰Ûªm so happy about this race, it is amazing that I am World Champion. I‰Ûªve dreamed so much about becoming a World Champion this year and thank you to everyone who has helped me.‰Û
Facchetti, Wade and Van Erp crowned World Champions in Estonia
Brit Eddie Wade also went 1-1 in the 85cc Junior World Championship
85cc Junior Motocross World Championship

The 125cc class wasn‰Ûªt the only one that saw dominance as the 85cc Champion Eddie Jay Wade also took commanding double victories.

Race 1 was perfect for the Brit when he took the Fox Holeshot by a relatively large margin and then led every lap to the finish. In second was Noel Nilsson who early in the race was right on the lead pace.

Nilsson looked as if he would catch Wade but never came close enough to make the pass. Team Sweden not only had Nilsson up front but also Max Palsson in a lonely third. 4th and 5th were Netherland‰Ûªs Kay Karssemakers and Germany‰Ûªs Constantin Piller.

In Race 2 Wade was beat on the start by Magnus Smith but #17 kept the winning form from Race 1 taking the double victory and the overall. Nilsson had a similar story with a bad start and after passing several riders again found second.

The race for the 3rd was a 4 way battle between Kay Karssemakers, Florian Miot, Magnus Smith, and Kay de Wolf. The 4 racers shifted positions back and forth with the Holeshot winner Smith fighting to stay up front. Karssemakers took 3rd while Smith held on for 5th behind Miot but ahead of De Wolf.

With the 1-1 Wade was crowned World Champion with Nilsson 2nd and Karssemakers 3rd. Eddie Wade in the press conference said: ‰ÛÏIt feels really special to win for Great Britain, I can‰Ûªt express how much it means to me.‰Û
Facchetti, Wade and Van Erp crowned World Champions in Estonia
The 85cc Junior World Championship class get underway. Eddie Wade (17) won both motos
85cc Junior World Championship Race 1 Top 10:
1. Eddie Wade (GBR, Husqvarna), 25:17.680
2. Noel Nilsson (SWE, Husqvarna), +0:04.292
3. Max Palsson (SWE, KTM), +0:11.805
4. Kay Karssemakers (NED, Husqvarna), +0:17.558
5. Constantin Piller (GER, KTM), +0:20.257
6. Kay de Wolf (NED, KTM), +0:27.848
7. Magnus Smith (DEN, KTM), +0:29.258
8. Florian Miot (FRA, Yamaha), +0:34.083
9. Adam Zsolt Kovacs (HUN, Yamaha), +0:39.273
10. Bobby Wayne Bruce (GBR, Husqvarna), +0:47.339.

85cc Junior World Championship Race 2 Top Ten:
1. Eddie Wade (GBR, Husqvarna), 25:31.753
2. Noel Nilsson (SWE, Husqvarna), +0:15.071
3. Kay Karssemakers (NED, Husqvarna), +0:20.320
4. Florian Miot (FRA, Yamaha), +0:20.982
5. Magnus Smith (DEN, KTM), +0:24.998
6. Kay de Wolf (NED, KTM), +0:31.621
7. Alex Larwood (AUS, Yamaha), +0:33.307
8. Constantin Piller (GER, KTM), +0:34.727
9. Adam Zsolt Kovacs (HUN, Yamaha), +0:39.150
10. Max Palsson (SWE, KTM), +0:48.709

85cc Junior World Championship Overall Top Ten:
1. Eddie Wade (GBR, HUS), 50 points
2. Noel Nilsson (SWE, HUS), 44 p.
3. Kay Karssemakers (NED, HUS), 38 p.
4. Florian Miot (FRA, YAM), 31 p.
5. Max Palsson (SWE, KTM), 31 p.
6. Magnus Smith (DEN, KTM), 30 p.
7. Kay de Wolf (NED, KTM), 30 p.
8. Constantin Piller (GER, KTM), 29 p.
9. Adam Zsolt Kovacs (HUN, YAM), 24 p.
10. Andrea Roncoli (ITA, HON), 20 p.


Facchetti, Wade and Van Erp crowned World Champions in Estonia
The 65cc Junior World Cup podium with Aussie Kayden Minear in third
65cc Junior Motocross World Cup


The youngest riders were the little 65cc warriors fighting for the FIM Junior Motocross World Cup.

In race 1 the #47 of Alessandro Gaspari took the FOX Holeshot. Team Netherland‰Ûªs Ivano Van Erp positioned himself well behind Italian Ferruccio Zanchi. Zanchi who had the fastest qualifying time of his group Saturday lead the first laps before fall left him 29th.

After Zanchi went down Van Erp took over the lead and never looked back winning the race 8 seconds ahead of the newly crowned EMX65 champion Mads Fredsoe Sorensen.

Poland‰Ûªs Maksymilian Chwalik had a comfortable race of his own for third ahead of team Australia‰Ûªs Kayden Minear and Finland‰Ûªs Saku MansikkanÌ_ki.

Race 2 was almost identical up front with Van Erp in the lead ahead of Mads Fredsoe all the way to the finish.

Kayden Minear however moved up a position this time edging out Chwalik. With the two tying in points the final podium spot went to Minear with the better result in race 2 and Mansikkamaki took fifth overall. Van Erp in the press conference said: ‰ÛÏThis is something very special, my weekend was really good.‰Û
Facchetti, Wade and Van Erp crowned World Champions in Estonia
65cc Junior World Cup Overall winner Ivano Van Erp
65cc Junior World Cup Race 1 Top Ten:
1. Ivano Van Erp (NED, KTM), 17:54.130
2. Mads Fredsoe Sorensen (DEN, KTM), +0:08.529
3. Maksymilian Chwalik (POL, KTM), +0:27.403
4. Kayden Minear (AUS, KTM), +0:33.410
5. Saku Mansikkamaki (FIN, Honda), +0:34.503
6. Alessandro Gaspari (ITA, KTM), +0:38.906
7. Elisey Oreshkin (RUS, KTM), +0:44.075
8. Alejandro Perez Martin (ESP, Husqvarna), +0:56.859
9. Jet Alsop (AUS, Suzuki), +1:00.628
10. Wal Beaney (GBR, KTM), +1:03.401.

65cc Junior World Cup Race 2 Top Ten:
1. Ivano Van Erp (NED, KTM), 17:59.389
2. Mads Fredsoe Sorensen (DEN, KTM), +0:07.042
3. Kayden Minear (AUS, KTM), +0:25.373
4. Maksymilian Chwalik (POL, KTM), +0:27.866
5. Saku Mansikkamaki (FIN, Honda), +0:40.550
6. Jet Alsop (AUS, Suzuki), +0:46.478
7. Kirils Maslovs (LAT, Husqvarna), +0:50.347
8. Wal Beaney (GBR, KTM), +0:50.749
9. Kasimir Hindersson (FIN, KTM), +0:53.133
10. Ollie Colmer (GBR, Honda), +0:54.010.

65cc Junior World Cup Overall Top Ten:
1. Ivano Van Erp (NED, KTM), 50 points
2. Mads Fredsoe Sorensen (DEN, KTM), 44 p.
3. Kayden Minear (AUS, KTM), 38 p.
4. Maksymilian Chwalik (POL, KTM), 38 p.
5. Saku Mansikkamaki (FIN, HON), 32 p.
6. Jet Alsop (AUS, SUZ), 27 p.
7. Wal Beaney (GBR, KTM), 24 p.
8. Kirils Maslovs (LAT, HUS), 23 p.
9. Aleh Makhnou (BLR, KTM), 20 p.
10. Kasimir Hindersson (FIN, KTM), 19 p.


Junior Winning Nations
The best overall team went to Denmark with 10 points, barely besting team Netherland‰Ûªs 13 point score, while Italy was the team taking the 3rd best spot. Australia just missed the podium finishing 4th. The last competition to be decided was the Ride Green Cup which was based on environmental friendliness of the team in combination with the promotion of the cause through social media and Team Japan took the title.

Main Photo: 125cc champion Gianluca Facchetti

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