KTM RIDERS TAKE 65 CC AND 85 CC WORLD TITLES AT FIM JUNIOR WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
Young motocross riders from Spain, Latvia, Italy, Brazil and France were on the podium in Cingoli Italy this weekend after clean sweeping the 65 cm category and taking 1-3 in the 85 cc class of the FIM Junior Motocross World Championships.
The action kicked off with the 65 cc class for boys 10-12 year-old and it was a clear decision for 10-year-old Jorge Prado Garcia of Spain who won both motos for the maximum of 50 points and is a worthy world champion. Jorge also laid down the fastest lap time on Saturday and went into the races as one of the favorites. Enzo Lopes of Brazil was second with a 4-2 result while Italian rider Riccardo Lauretti was on the podium in third who finished with a 3-4 result. All three were riding KTM bikes.
Jorge Prado Garcia (10 years): “I am happy to be the world champion. The track was hard for me but in the end it was pretty nice. I tried to be one of the best and for the future I would like to move up to 85 cc.” The young 65 cc World champion also plans to compete in the European championships in Bulgaria.
World Championship honors in the 85 cc class for boys 11-14 years went to Latvian rider Pauls Jonass, 14, who had a 1-2 moto result for his title on his KTM. French KTM rider Thomas Do, who scored a 2-3 moto result, joined him on the podium in third place.
Pauls Jonass (14 years): “The race was fun. I was able to win the first moto and in the second I had a good speed and I finished second. The track here was good but it was difficult, but I liked the jump – it was like a SX track. I thought I might be able to win the world championship before the race and so did my family and we made it! Now I plan to ride in the 125 European Championship.” Pauls also currently leads the ADAC MX Junior Cup competition by a margin of 49-points after four of six race weekends.
Around 200 ambitious young riders from 39 different countries, among them many riding KTM machines, made the journey to the Italian circuit for their world championship in the small bike categories. The competition presents a preview of future talent that may graduate to senior international competition and among the list of former World Junior Champions are KTM’s teenage factory riders Ken Roczen of Germany and Dutchman Jeffrey Herlings.
65 cc Results (10 – 12 years old)
1, Jorge Prado Garcia, Spain, KTM (World Champion)
2, Enzo Lopes, Brazil, KTM
3, Riccardo Lauretti, Italy, KTM
4, Tamur Talviku, Estonia, KTM
5, Lawrence Hunter Australia, KTM
6, Jakub Teresak, Czech Republic, KTM
7, Alexander Brown, UK, KTM
8, Oliver Mahr, Austria, KTM
9, Andrea Zanotti, SMR, KTM
10, Gabriel Jairala, USA, KTM
65 Manufacturers’ Standings
1, KTM 50
2, Kawasaki 0
85 cc Results (11 – 14 years old)
1, Pauls Jonass, Latvia, KTM (World Champion)
2, Chase Bell, USA, Kawasaki
3, Thomas Do, France, KTM
4, Ben Watson, UK, KTM
5, Corentin Perolari, France KTM
6, Kade Walker-Tinkler, Canada, KTM
7, Volodymyr Tarasov, Ukraine, KTM
85 Manufacturers’ Standings
1, KTM 47
2, Kawasaki 45
3, Suzuki 25
125 cc Results (13 – 17 years old)
1, Joseph Savatgy, USA, Suzuki
2, Jeremy Seewer, Switzerland, Suzuki
3, Chris Aldredge, USA, Yamaha
4, James Dunn, UK, KTM
5, Damon Graulus, Belgium, KTM
6, Tim Gajser, Slovenia, KTM
8, Luca Moroni, Italy, KTM
10, Calvin Vlaanderen, Republic of South Africa, KTM
11, Alessio Della Mora, Italy, KTM
125 Manufacturers’ Standings
1, Suzuki 47
2, KTM 43
3, Yamaha 35