A selected number of lucky aspiring KTM Junior Riders got to experience the thrill of racing in front of a packed-out crowd at the 2022 World Supercross in Melbourne’s Marvel Stadium.
This rare opportunity offered up-and-coming riders a once-in-a-lifetime chance to immerse themselves in a Factory racing environment like no other.
Each racer can was able to bring along a mechanic along to share in this thrilling occasion. Most mini racers chose their dad to share this experience with.
Riders started the day gearing up in the all-new 2022 KTM Replica Jersey and Pants in the World Supercross Pit area. They prepared their pit area alongside pro-Supercross riders before heading off for their many press activities including photoshoots and rider signings. All in a day’s work for a Factory rider.
Track walk saw the Juniors and their mechanics get a better view of the tracks surface. Here the riders got to see the massive and complex obstacles that challenge even the best riders in the world.
The all-important practice heats saw the Junior riders climb onto the new 2023 KTM 50 SX bikes for the first time. Specially prepped by KTM mechanics, these bikes were ready for action, professionally stickered with the rider’s name and number. This practice is where the riders grasped their race starts and gained confidence in the whoops before their big feature.
The race itself was electric! Perfect starts from all riders saw traffic into the first couple of turns before the leads began to break away. It was a tight race from there between racers #11 James Marrs from Western Australia and #18 Cooper Nilsson from Queensland, who were head-to-head for P1. This really had the crowd on the edge of their seats. And a perfect run over the whoops in the last lap for #11 Marrs saw him take the number one plate.
The factory riders’ day is not complete at the checkered flag, however, as the official KTM Junior Supercross podium ceremony rounded off what was the experience of a lifetime. The Junior riders celebrated their achievements and gave a huge thank you to their mechanics and family, for what was, a KTM Factory Experience to remember.
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