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West Australian Riders Mat Fabry and Deacon Paice Thrilled with WJMX Wildcard Entries

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Mat Fabry. Credit: Jack Foley
Iest Australian's Mat Fabry and Deacon Paice are thrilled to awarded wildcard entries to represent Australia in the FIM World Junior Motocross Championships at Horsham, Vic, later this month.

Fabry and Paice will join fellow WA team mates Regan Duffy, Kayden Minear and Seth Shackleton in the event that takes place on the place the 25th and 26th of August.

"I was super excited to get the call up from team manager Mark Willingham on Saturday. Having missed out on the first round of selections it comes as a complete surprise to get a wildcard ride," Fabry said.

"I haven‰Ûªt ridden a 125cc in nearly a year but I‰Ûªm sure I will dial in quickly and give it everything I have to represent Australia as best i can. It‰Ûªs been a dream of mine to compete in the Worlds Titles and something I will remember for the rest of my life."

"Big thanks to Peter Strickland for all his endless help and keeping my dream alive and the entire Bee-Firm NRG Yamaha team and Five Star Yamaha," Fabry added. "Also Grant from Aussie Moto for setting a 125 up for me and Cody Chittick for loaning me his bike to race on at Horsham and Matty Popelier is going to lend me his 125cc bike to have a practice on before I go over to Horsham".

Mat's parents, Marie and Mike Fabry, were thrilled with the surprise news, "We are so proud of Mat and all the WA kids for making it onto the team.

"Mat puts in 110% into everything he does and juggles being a full time TAFE student, helping out on the farm and a lot of travelling this year but has taken it all in his stride. Just an experience that comes around once in a lifetime. Thank you so much to everyone who is part of making this event happen and for the experiences it will give to those competing and spectating".
Deacon Paice. Credit: Jack Foley
Deacon Paice will feature in the 65cc and is as equally happy to have made it into the Australian team.

"I‰Ûªm really excited and proud about getting the chance to ride at the WJMX Championships for Australia," Paice said. "It‰Ûªs going to be an honour to ride alongside the other boys from WA and the other states in such a big Championship.

"I‰Ûªm also looking forward to watching some of the world‰Ûªs greatest race. I‰Ûªm not really sure what to expect but I‰Ûªm looking forward to the experience and promise to give it my best shot I‰Ûªd really like to thank all fellow riders, friends and family and my amazing sponsors for all of their support over the years".

"A special thanks to my Dad for the late night bike preps and for always being right next to me on the line. As always I‰Ûªm super grateful to Mandurah City KTM, Surge Fitness, Marshall‰Ûªs Power, FTs Moto-Works, Sixty 7 Mx, JMS, NR Metal Recycling, Paiceway Stoneworx, Bergman‰Ûªs Autos and Smartline for your continued sponsorship".

Parents Michael and Nicole Paice are fairly new to the sport and are excited about the news.

"We are very proud of Deacon and his efforts and achievements (both on and off the track) that have got him onto the Australian team. We could not have imagined that his first gate drop at WJMC would lead him here"

"People often ask us how we can watch him ride the way he does but we know how much he loves the freedom of being on a bike and know how much fun he has when he‰Ûªs riding with others. He is still young and learning and he is very lucky to have amazing influences in his motocross life and they have all helped him get to these World Championships. We don‰Ûªt know where MX will lead him in the future but we do know that he is having the greatest time of his life right now and he is honoured to represent his country".

Entry lists for the 2018 FIM Junior Motocross World Championship have been released! See who is making the trip to Horsham, Australia HERE.

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