KTM RIDERS DOMINATE AT NEW ZEALAND JUNIOR MOTOCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP
KTM riders were a dominating force at the New Zealand Junior Motocross Championship last weekend. They won 32 of 36 races over the three days of competition and took 12 of the 18 podium positions in the six categories!
Top rider at the event was Micah McGoldrick, taking his KTM 250 SX-F to a stunning five wins from five starts in the 14-16 years’ 250cc class. He started as favorite after having already dominated the small bike category in last month’s senior nationals, where young riders are allowed to compete if riding a 125 cc bike. The 16-year-old rider was therefore able to win the 125cc and under-21 years’ titles at the senior nationals before taking the under-17 250 cc title at the juniors.
“The bike ran sweetly all weekend and nobody was really a threat,” said McGoldrick, who won all of his races by margins of 20 seconds or more. KTM riders also won the 15-16 years’ 125 cc class, with Hadleigh Knight finishing ahead of fellow KTM rider Chase Smith. Billy Frank raced his KTM 125 SX to victory in the 12-14 years’ 125 cc class, finishing ahead of fellow KTM rider Cohen Chase, while Dylan Walsh raced his KTM 85 SX to victory in the 13-16 years’ 85 cc/150 cc class.
It was a KTM 1-2-3 in both the 11-12 years’ 85 cc and 8-10 years’ 85 cc classes, with New Zealander Claude Griffith at second and two Australian riders - Hunter Lawrence and Blake Cobbin finishing first and third respectively. Jesse Te Kani won the 8-10 years’ section, ahead of fellow KTM riders Australian Tyler Darby and Grayson Veitch.
“I’m so very proud of the boys,” said CMR Red Bull KTM team manager Cannon Smith. “I don’t believe a clean sweep by one brand has ever been done before in a national championship competition anywhere in the world,” he said.
Text based on report by Andy McGechan, who also supplied the photo.