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Tough day at 2011 Junior Motocross World Champions for Australia

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The Australian team battled tough opposition and extreme heat to walk away from the 2011 Junior Motocross World Champions with some good results and a load of experience in the book.
Hunter Lawrence was the highest placed Aussie with 5th in the 65cc class.
Saturday saw rider hit the track at Cingoli, Italy, for qualifying. The day went well for the Australian's with all making it through to Sunday's racing although a couple where close to the cut off places. It was a successful day though with all riders through and no last Chance Qualifiers to be contested.

With temperatures reaching 42 degrees, Sunday was not only going to be hot for those racing but blistering for all involved.

In the 65cc class Reece Rayner jumped out to a good start in race 1 and was running third in the early laps. Team-mate Hunter Lawrence crashed i turn two, he picked himself up and charged through the pack to finish an impressive eighth, Rayner fell back a few places but finished a solid 5th. Rayner repeated his blistering start in race two and ran 2nd in the early laps, Lawrence was once again swept up with the bad luck broom and was down in 37th. Whilst Rayner was looking good out front it all came to an end when he crashed hard and hurt himself in the process. Despite remounting he was unable to keep the pace and dropped out of the points. Lawrence once again put on a commanding charge through the field to finish an incredible 3rd.

In the end Lawrence was the highest placed Australian with 5th overall in the class, missing 4th by a point and a podium by 5 points. Reece Rayner ultimately placed 11th overall in the 65cc class, one point shy from the top ten.

Spaniard Jorge Prado Garcia took the championship with a pair of wins ahead of Brazilian Enzo Lopes and Italian Riccardo Lauretti.

The 85cc class saw some hard racing with Wilson Todd and Mitchell Evans toughing it out against the worlds best.

Todd had a good start in race one and at one stage was battling around 12th place before a hard crash saw him end up at the back of the pack. Mitchell Evans had a good start also but found the competition tough and finished 24th. Things didn't get better in race two with both riders having a poor start and then both crashing.

Latvia's Pauls Jonass took a win and a second to take out the championship ahead of the USA's Chase Bell. Frenchman Thomas Do rounded out the podium.

Victorian Champion Joel Milesevic and Scott Mann headed the fast 125cc class for Australia and where up against some of the toughest competition going. Milesevic improved throughout the weekend but suffered a poor start in race oe before having a major crash and was unable to finish the race. In a gutsy effort he lined up for race 2 but never got any further than the start straight beforee crashing again. He remounted this time and even with a sore shoulder was running lap times equivalent to the top 20 but was stuck down the field and finished mid pack. Scott Man had a mid-pack start in race one and finished 28th and 35th the second.

American Joey Savatgy took the class win by a point over Switzerland's Jeremy Seewer, Chris Alldredge made it two American's on the podium with third.

Overall Australia finished in 12th position as a Nation out of 32.

Team Manager Mark Willingham said, "Although there were some very good individual efforts the results simply did not come our way. Obviously this is very disappointing but amongst all this there are some positives."

Main Photo: The Australian team
Credit: Nuno Laranjeira.

65cc - Championship standings:
1. Jorge Prado Garcia (ESP, KTM), 50 points;
2. Enzo Lopes (BRA, KTM), 40 p.;
3. Riccardo Lauretti (ITA, KTM), 38 p.;
4. Tamur Talviku (EST, KTM), 34 p.;
5. Lawrence Hunter (AUS, KTM), 33 p.;
6. Jakub Teresak (CZE, KTM), 30 p.;
7. Alexander Brown (GBR, KTM), 22 p.;
8. Oliver Mahr (AUT, KTM), 20 p.;
9. Andrea Zanotti (SMR, KTM), 18 p.;
10. Gabriel Jairala (USA, KTM), 17 p.

85cc - Championship standings:
1. Pauls Jonass (LAT, KTM), 47 points;
2. Chase Bell (USA, Kawasaki), 45 p.;
3. Thomas Do (FRA, KTM), 42 p.;
4. Ben Watson (GBR, KTM), 31 p.;
5. Corentin Perolari (FRA, KTM), 30 p.;
6. Kade Walker-Tinkler (CAN, KTM), 28 p.;
7. Volodymyr Tarasov (UKR, KTM), 26 p.;
8. Michael Mosiman (USA, Suzuki), 24 p.;
9. Nathan Renkens (BEL, MB Tuning), 18 p.;
10. Brian Hsu (TPE, Suzuki), 17 p.

125cc - Championship standings:
1. Joseph Savatgy (USA, Suzuki), 44 points;
2. Jeremy Seewer (SUI, Suzuki), 43 p.;
3. Chris Alldredge (USA, Yamaha), 35 p.;
4. James Dunn (GBR, KTM), 35 p.;
5. Damon Graulus (BEL, KTM), 32 p.;
6. Tim Gajser (SLO, KTM), 32 p.;
7. Benoit Paturel (FRA, Yamaha), 29 p.;
8. Luca Moroni (ITA, KTM), 26 p.;
9. Hector Rodriguez (VEN, Yamaha), 25 p.

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