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Jake Cannon Claims Fifth in 2023 World Junior Motocross Championships

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Jake Cannon at the 2023 World Junior Motocross Championships
Queenslander Jake Cannon was the best of the Aussies with fifth place overall in the 125cc class.

Jake Cannon has raced to an impressive fifth-place finish at the 2023 World Junior Motocross Championships, held in Romania over the weekend.

On board a Yamaha YZ125 supplied and maintained by the Team Yamaha Europe MJC outfit, Cannon finished with 4- 4 results in a sensational showcase of his talent and only missed the podium by a single point at the completion of racing.

The weekend wasn’t without some challenges for Cannon, but he held his focus and raced with the intensity that we come to expect from the Cannon family. His speed was instantly obvious when he clocked the second-fastest time in his group in the first free practice session on Saturday morning.

He then had an electrical issue during the qualifying session but still managed to qualify 10th in his group and get a reasonable gate selection for the two 25-minute races on Sunday. Sunday didn’t start any better with another issue limiting his track time, but Cannon is a racer and when the gates fell, he and his bike were ready to roll.

He charged off the gate in race one and exited the first turn in third place. He then sliced up the inside on the following turn and moved into second. The next couple of laps saw Cannon and the leader make a small break on the pack and things were looking good until he tipped over in a turn and dropped back to fourth. He remounted, refocused, and maintained fourth place all the way to the finish.

Race two was just as dramatic. He didn’t time the start as well and was around 10th at the end of the first lap. As the race settled in, he started to work his way forward. Picking off one rider at a time, he carved through the field and with just a few minutes left on the clock, he made it to third place.

On the final lap, the Spanish rider in fourth who had shadowed Cannon the whole race, dropped his lap time to a 1.58 and some three seconds faster than what the duo had been doing the whole moto. He was able to get up the inside of Cannon in the final stages, dropping the Australian back to fourth and off the championship

“It’s a bit of mixed emotions at the moment,” Cannon said at the end of the day. “I gave it everything I could and was happy with how I raced, I’m just disappointed that I let that last pass happen and didn’t finish on the podium.

“The MJC Yamaha team did an awesome job, and they were busy all weekend trying to keep on top of things. The Australian team was cool, and it was good to hang out with the guys. Thanks to Ross Beaton and his support over the weekend and organising things for us.

“I also owe a huge thanks to Yamaha Australia and the GYTR Yamaha Junior Racing Team for giving me the opportunity. It was an amazing experience, and it was good to test myself against the best riders in the world. I learned a lot here and hope I get the chance to come back and compete in Europe again,” Cannon Concluded.

125cc Junior World Championship – Race 1 – Top 10 Classification:
1 Mathis Valin (FRA, GASGAS), 29:50.088;
2 Simone Mancini (ITA, Yamaha), +0:15.099;
3 Nicola Salvini (ITA, Yamaha), +0:21.627;
4 Jake Cannon (AUS, Yamaha), +0:28.687;
5 Francisco Garcia (ESP, GASGAS), +0:35.517;
6 Klark Robbins (USA, KTM), +0:38.852;
7 Janis Martins Reisulis (LAT, Yamaha), +0:45.719;
8 Alfio Samuele Pulvirenti (ITA, KTM), +0:47.412;
9 Noel Zanocz (HUN, KTM), +0:48.559;
10 Julius Mikula (CZE, Yamaha), +0:52.468

125cc Junior World Championship – Race 2 – Top 10 Classification:
1 Janis Martins Reisulis (LAT, Yamaha), 30:10.770;
2 Mathis Valin (FRA, GASGAS), +0:16.157;
3 Francisco Garcia (ESP, GASGAS), +0:19.165;
4 Jake Cannon (AUS, Yamaha), +0:19.627;
5 Mads Fredsoe (DEN, KTM), +0:27.045;
6 Simone Mancini (ITA, Yamaha), +0:32.898;
7 Nicola Salvini (ITA, Yamaha), +0:37.582;
8 Julius Mikula (CZE, Yamaha), +0:42.752;
9 Maximilian Werner (GER, Fantic), +0:50.240;
10 Elias Escandell (ESP, Fantic), +0:55.337

125cc Junior World Championship Top 10 Overall Classifications:
1 Mathis Valin (FRA, GAS), 25 points;
2 Janis Martins Reisulis (LAT, YAM), 14 Points
3 Simone Mancini (ITA, YAM), 22 Points
4 Francisco Garcia (ESP, GAS), 16 Points
5 Jake Cannon (AUS, YAM), 18 Points
6 Nicola Salvini (ITA, YAM), 20 Points
7 Julius Mikula (CZE, YAM), 11 Points
8 Mads Fredsoe (DEN, KTM), 6 Points
9 Noel Zanocz (HUN, KTM), 12 Points
10 Elias Escandell (ESP, FAN), 7 Points

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