Motocross

KTM sends 14 top Aussie riders to World Mini GP

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Record entries of over 430 riders from around Australia gathered at Champions Motocross Track at Yatala (QLD) on the weekend for the annual KTM Cup, an event designed to recognise talented motocross riders in both the junior and senior ranks.
Tye Simmonds. Photo: Greg Smith iKapture Images<
Running in its third consecutive year the KTM Cup provides a prize pool of over 40,000 dollars, plus an opportunity for 14 of our countries best riders from various racing classes to compete in the World Mini GP held in Las Vegas, USA come April 2006. A stand out rider at this year's KTM Cup was five-time Australian Junior Motocross Champion, Brenden Harrison who clean swept the 15 years class to win every race he entered. Harrison hung up his boots from junior racing last year, but that was no deterrent for the former champ to return to the race track. Riding the KTM 250SXF, Harrison rejoined KTM Racing for the event and in no time was back in dominating form for which he is renowned. Harrison entered three motos winning his first two motos from start to finish, securing the hole shot and never looking back. In his third moto, another rider collided with him causing a tangle on the track, yet there was no stopping Harrison's determination and speed to take the top podium position. Harrison's winning results are rewarded with entry into his first international race on US soil at the World Mini GP in Las Vegas.
Jacob Blomfield and KTM General Manager Jeff Leisk.
Thrilled to be back on the bike Harrison said, "Going to Vegas for the World Mini GP will be awesome. I haven't ridden at an international event of this standard so it will be great to see how I go with KTM against the rest of the world's best riders. "I'm enjoying riding back with KTM but for now it will be for Queensland events only. I have no plans to join any Australian championship events around the country for next year, as I'm enjoying riding in Queensland events only for now and KTM fully support my decision. "The KTM Cup was my last ride in the junior ranks, as I turn 16 next week so all my future races will be up against senior riders, which is something I want to warm up to instead of trying to take on the countries best all at once." Joining Harrison in Vegas will be 14 other riders from around Australia, who all won their respective classes at the KTM Cup on the weekend including Motorex KTM Junior Racing Team members Jacob Blomfield and Tye Simmonds. Riding the KTM85SX, both Blomfield and Simmonds took their victories straight off the back of a win in the same class at the Australian Junior Motocross Championship, held only a week earlier at Coolum. Blomfield has entered every KTM Cup event held since its beginnings and is the only rider in the country to have won every race he has ever entered in the history of the annual event. Simmonds entered both the 85cc and 125cc ranks at the KTM Cup, winning both classes outright. This is the third consecutive year both Blomfield and Simmonds have taken a win at the KTM Cup allowing them both to race yet again in America. Commenting on KTM's commitment to supporting junior motocross racing, KTM Australia's General Manager, Jeff Leisk said, "Keeping the sport alive is all about ensuring juniors enjoy what they do and continue to have a go, whilst being rewarded for their efforts. "KTM Australia fully support the development of junior motocross riding in Australia and we're committed to encouraging kids to have a go with our annual KTM Cup. "KTM is very thankful to the support provided by Queensland Stadium Motocross Club and event promoter Laurie Comber for the effort they put into making the KTM Cup another successful event. "No venue or township has been confirmed for the 2006 KTM Cup, yet it is likely we will continue to back up the Australian Junior Motocross Championship to ensure most of Australia's up and coming riders have the chance to enter and not have to travel extra distances. "This year KTM introduced a travel support program, donating funds to riders from various motorcycle clubs from around Australia, who would enter events that qualified for funding allowance. This was quite successful so we will look to do it again in 2006. "We hope to see the KTM Cup continue to grow each year and our link with entry into the World Mini GP in Vegas is certainly a rewarding drawcard for kids of Australia wanting to test their skills on the world motocross circuit." The top three podium holders in each class at the KTM Cup are listed below. The winner of each class will ride in the World Mini GP in Vegas. Main Photo: Brendan Harrison
Credit: Greg Smith iKapture Images

Juniors under 15 years
CLASS AGE GROUP 1 ST 2 ND 3 RD
50cc 6-U9 years Jake Puiti Elias Dukes Billy Host
65cc 7-U10 years Jesse Dobson Nicklas Scott Joel Dinsdale
65cc 10-U13 years Wade Hunter Scott Fermor Leroy Tilley
85cc 9-U12 years Jacob Blomfield Thomas Rushton Scott Fermor
85cc 12-U14 years Tye Simmonds Henry Madams Dylan Peterson
85cc 14-U16 years Taylor Potter Todd Waters Adam Parrington
Jun Lites 13-U15 years Tye Simmonds * Harley Quinlan Dean Ferris
Jun Lites 15 years Brenden Harrison Glen Chapman Adam Parrigton

Seniors over 16 years
CLASS 1 st 2 nd 3 rd
Clubman Lites Luke Kilborn Tyrone Ballantyne Joey Ringwood
Clubman Unlimited Tim Frew Luke Kilborn Ashley Yates
Intermediate Lites James Luchetta Daniel McInnes Ashley Martin
Intermediate Unlim Alan Carter Justin Bosboom Dan Story
Pro Lites Brock Winston Daniel Yarnold Matt Kadel
Pro Unlimited Peter Horwood Chris Kiss Peter Ferguson

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