The grassy rolling hills of the Lange Motokeskus circuit in Estonia hosted the qualifying sessions today for tomorrow‰Ûªs FIM Junior Motocross World Championship and 65cc FIM Junior Motocross World Cup.
The world‰Ûªs best young racers put their skills to the test, all trying to get the fastest single lap on the mixed red soil of the Estonian track. With over 180 riders between the 3 classes, only 120 would make the cut.
From an Australian perspective team coach Mark Willingham has reported that Jet Alsop and Kayden Minear both qualified 6th in their respective 65cc groups.
Alex Larwood qualified 11th in his 85cc group.
Cody Chittick missed out, competition was very tight unfortunately in both the qualifying session and LCQ. Jett Alsop had to withdraw following a crash on Thursday practice and wasn't able to continue after giving it an attempt in practice.
125cc - Bailey Malkiewicz 7th and Mason Mason Semmens 9th in qualifying group.
These results are for their groups, so the two groups in each class still need to be combined. This wasn't finalised at the track tonight and will be in the morning. Essentially Alex in 11th will end up on a combined qualifying result of around the 22nd mark, depending which group gets the priority in the order.
125cc Junior Motocross World Championship
The morning started with the 125cc 2t and it was the Free Practice Group A who made the first lines on the track carving through the well prepped circuit.
Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing‰Ûªs Mikkel Haarup came out flying and put in the fastest lap of the day with a 1:31.612 time. While Haarup was fastest in Group A, Team France‰Ûªs Brian Moreau topped the Group B Free Practice times just ahead of Kevin Horgmo.
While Free Practice gave riders a chance to get a feel for the track, the Qualifying Practice was the focus and in Group A, the Italian Gianluca Facchetti was all business topping Mikkel Haarup for pole position on Sunday. Haarup said, ‰ÛÏMy qualifying went quite fine, I had some good laps, not quite like I wanted to but I took second in my group and I have third gate pick tomorrow.‰Û