Team GB land Bronze Medal and FIM Ride Green Cup at World Junior Motocross Champs – Highlights, Report and Results
The 2019 FIM Junior Motocross World Champions were crowned at the Italian track of Il Ciclamino where more than 3.000 people enjoyed frantic racing. Italians Maddii Racing’s Mattia Guadagnini and Marchetti Racing Team’s Valerio Lata were the 125cc and 85cc World Champions respectively, while Vitezslav Marek from Czech Republic was the best in the 65cc class. Team Italy dominated the Nations classification, followed by France and UK.
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The Dutch girl Lotte Van Drunen took the first FOX Holeshot of the day while the Australian Ky Woods dominated the first laps ahead of the Dutch rider Lotte Van Drunen, the Czech Vitezslav Marek, the other Dutch Gyan Doensen, the Spaniard Salvador Perez and home rider Edoardo Martinelli. The young Australian rider dominated the 8 laps of race one and crossed the finish line 5 seconds ahead of Marek and Van Drunen. Martinelli was fourth and Boughen completed the top five.
It was the British rider Ashton Boughen who was first at the start of race two, closely followed by Perez and Van Drunen. The winner of race one Ky Woods did not have a good start, but was already third by the end of the first lap. The Czech rider Marek had an unfortunate start but gave his best to move from seventh to the lead after five laps, and he kept the first position until the end followed by Minear and Woods.
The huge effort of Vitezslav Marek in race 2 paid off as the Czech rider won the 65cc World Title with Australian Ky Woods on the second step of the podium and Lotte Van Druden from the Netherlands completing the top three.
Vitezslav Marek, the 2019 FIM 65cc Junior Motocross World Champion said: “It has been a great weekend and even if it was not easy, I’m very happy to be the Junior champion!”
65cc Junior World Cup Race 1 Top Ten: 1. Ky Woods (AUS, KTM), 16:23.946; 2. Vitezslav Marek (CZE, KTM), +0:05.903; 3. Lotte Van Drunen (NED, KTM), +0:11.483; 4. Edoardo Martinelli (ITA, Husqvarna), +0:33.256; 5. Ashton Boughen (GBR, Husqvarna), +0:35.963; 6. Gyan Doensen (NED, KTM), +0:37.288; 7. Anton Isaksson (SWE, Husqvarna), +0:37.354; 8. Kayden Minear (AUS, KTM), +0:41.232; 9. Salvador Perez (ESP, Yamaha), +0:50.443; 10. Niccolo Mannini (ITA, Yamaha), +0:51.848;
65cc Junior World Cup Race 2 Top Ten: 1. Vitezslav Marek (CZE, KTM), 16:46.702; 2. Kayden Minear (AUS, KTM), +0:04.828; 3. Ky Woods (AUS, KTM), +0:11.208; 4. Lotte Van Drunen (NED, KTM), +0:12.908; 5. Edoardo Martinelli (ITA, Husqvarna), +0:31.851; 6. Salvador Perez (ESP, Yamaha), +0:33.054; 7. Gyan Doensen (NED, KTM), +0:34.156; 8. Paolo Martorano (ITA, KTM), +0:37.963; 9. Marius Adomaitis (LTU, KTM), +0:39.146; 10. Semen Rybakov (RUS, KTM), +0:45.337;
65cc Junior World Cup Overall Top Ten: 1. 479 MAREK Vitezslav CZE KTM 47; 2. WOODS Ky AUS KTM 45; 3. 101 VAN DRUNEN Lotte NED KTM 38; 4. 66 MINEAR Kayden AUS KTM 35; 5. 258 MARTINELLI Edoardo ITA Husqvarna 34; 6. 574 DOENSEN Gyan NED KTM 29; 7. 300 PEREZ Salvador SPA Yamaha 27; 8. 402 BOUGHEN Ashton GBR Husqvarna 26; 9. 74 RYBAKOV Semen RUS Ktm 20; 10. 31 MARTORANO Paolo ITA KTM 18.
Latvian rider Karlis Alberts Reisulis took the FOX holeshot of the first 85cc race, ahead of home riders Matteo Luigi Russi and Valerio Lata, the Danish Lucas Bruhn, Austrian Maximilian Ernecker, the other Latvian rider Edvards Bidzans and the American Nicholas Romano. After a few turns there was a change of leader and Marchetti Racing’s Valerio Lata commanded the 13 laps to win the first 85cc race, followed by his compatriot Matteo Luigi Russi and Karlis Alberts Reisulis.
A very motivated Lata started at the front in race 2, followed by his compatriot Russi, who crashed in the second turn; the French rider Grau was then second and the Danish Bruhn was third. Once again home rider Lata kept the lead with an amazing determination until the end of the race and claimed the 85cc World Title with superb authority. Bidzans was second and Prugnieres third.
Marchetti Racing’s Valerio Lata was on the top of the 85cc podium to collect the gold medal, while Edvards Bidzans from Latvia and Matteo Luigi Russi from Italy received the silver and bronze medals respectively.
The newly crowned 85cc FIM Junior Motocross World Champion Valerio Lata said: “I’ve always liked this track and I knew I could do well. I had very good starts and I focused in not making mistakes and having fun on the bike. I’m very happy with the final result and I will celebrate it with my parents at home. I had a lot of fun this weekend and now I must remain focused as my next goal is to become 85cc European champion in Loket in a couple of weeks time.”
85cc Junior World Championship Race 1 Top 10: 1. Valerio Lata (ITA, KTM), 24:31.050; 2. Matteo Luigi Russi (ITA, KTM), +0:09.821; 3. Karlis Alberts Reisulis (LAT, KTM), +0:12.066; 4. Edvards Bidzans (LAT, Husqvarna), +0:22.100; 5. Nicholas Romano (USA, KTM), +0:33.036; 6. Quentin Marc Prugnieres (FRA, KTM), +0:33.295; 7. Maxime Grau (FRA, KTM), +0:35.343; 8. Ferruccio Zanchi (ITA, Husqvarna), +0:43.870; 9. Edgar Canet (ESP, KTM), +0:45.565; 10. Cas Valk (NED, Husqvarna), +0:47.797.
85cc Junior World Championship Race 2 Top Ten: 1. Valerio Lata (ITA, KTM), 24:51.128; 2. Edvards Bidzans (LAT, Husqvarna), +0:04.747; 3. Quentin Marc Prugnieres (FRA, KTM), +0:08.302; 4. Maxime Grau (FRA, KTM), +0:12.016; 5. Matteo Luigi Russi (ITA, KTM), +0:22.021; 6. Edgar Canet (ESP, KTM), +0:40.574; 7. Nicholas Romano (USA, KTM), +0:43.885; 8. Karlis Alberts Reisulis (LAT, KTM), +0:45.163; 9. Charlie Heyman (GBR, Husqvarna), +0:45.278; 10. Laszlo Tecsi (HUN, KTM), +0:49.173.
85cc Junior World Championship Overall Top Ten: 1. 3 LATA Valerio ITA KTM 50; 2. 765 BIDZANS Edvards LAT Husqvarna 40; 3. 88 RUSSI Matteo Luigi ITA KTM 38; 4. 319 PRUGNIERES Quentin FRA KTM 35; 5. 772 REISULIS Karlis Alberts LAT KTM 33; 6. 359 GRAU Maxime FRA KTM 32; 7. 11 ROMANO Nicholas USA KTM 30; 8. 373 CANET Edgar SPA KTM 27; 9. 22 HEYMAN Charlie GBR Husqvarna 20; 10. 9 GUILLEMOT SCHEID David FRA KTM 19.
Race 1 of the 125cc saw Joel Rizzi from Great Britain taking the holeshot followed by German Simon Langenfelder, the Estonian Meico Vettik, Swedish Max Palssson, Italian Mattia Guadagnini and Spaniard Samuel Nilsson. However, after just one lap the current leader of the EMX125 Championship Maddii Racing Husqvarna Mattia Guadagnini took the lead and kept it until the end. Team VRT’s Tom Guyon from France did not have a good start but managed to finish second and Swiss rider Mike Gwerder ended third.
Guadagnini was determined to win the second and final race of the 125cc class and he managed to have a perfect start claiming the FOX holeshot and taking the lead, but Frenchman Guyon was right after the Italian wheel. Behind them there were the swiss rider Gwerder, Norwegean Osterhagen, British Rizzi and German Langenfelder. Half way through the race Guyon succeeded in overtaking Guadagnini, but after a few metres the Italian bounced back taking advantage of an error of the Frenchman and took the lead which he kept until the chequered flag.
Maddii Racing Husqvarna’s Mattia Guadagnini became the 125cc Junior World Champion with a 1-1 result, and Tom Guyon and Mike Gwerder completed the podium.
2019 FIM Junior 125cc World Champion Mattia Guadagnini said: “I’m really happy for this weekend; it’s unbelievable to be the best 125cc rider in the world. My next EMX race is in Lommel, Belgium, and I hope to claim that title, too.”
125cc Junior World Championship Race 1 Top 10: 1. Mattia Guadagnini (ITA, Husqvarna), 29:12.391; 2. Tom Guyon (FRA, KTM), +0:16.330; 3. Mike Gwerder (SUI, KTM), +0:25.309; 4. Meico Vettik (EST, KTM), +0:27.479; 5. Joel Rizzi (GBR, KTM), +0:30.786; 6. Simon Laengenfelder (GER, KTM), +0:31.772; 7. Eddie Jay Wade (GBR, KTM), +0:33.561; 8. Samuel Nilsson (ESP, KTM), +0:34.246; 9. Camden Mc Lellan (RSA, KTM), +0:35.050; 10. Max Palsson (SWE, KTM), +0:36.991;
125cc Junior World Championship Race 2 Top 10: 1. Mattia Guadagnini (ITA, Husqvarna), 29:12.852; 2. Tom Guyon (FRA, KTM), +0:02.342; 3. Mike Gwerder (SUI, KTM), +0:34.559; 4. Simon Laengenfelder (GER, KTM), +0:37.386; 5. Camden Mc Lellan (RSA, KTM), +0:59.649; 6. Andrea Bonacorsi (ITA, KTM), +1:02.622; 7. Eddie Jay Wade (GBR, KTM), +1:06.530; 8. Joel Rizzi (GBR, KTM), +1:08.149; 9. Florian Miot (FRA, Yamaha), +1:09.538; 10. Samuel Nilsson (ESP, KTM), +1:09.930;
125cc Junior World Championship Overall Top 10: 1. 101 GUADAGNINI Mattia ITA Husqvarna 50 punti; 2. 27 GUYON Tom FRA FFM KTM 44; 3. GWERDER Mike SUI FMS KTM 40; 4. LANGENFELDER Simon GER DMSB KTM 33; 5. RIZZI Joel GBR ACU KTM 29; 6. MC LELLAN Camden RSA KTM 28; 7. WADE Eddie Jay GBR KTM 28; 8. NILSSON Samuel SPA KTM 24; 9. PALSSON Max SWE KTM 21; 10. MIOT Florian FRA Yamaha 20.
The amazing 2019 edition of the FIM Junior Motocross World Championship had 32 nations participating in the event, but it was the host country of Italy who dominated the nations classification. France was second and Great Britain completed the top three. The Brits also claim the 2019 FIM Ride Green Cup as recognition for their promotion of a sustainable and environmentally friendly approach of racing.
Nations Top 10: 1. Italy 7 points; 2. France 20 p.; 3. Great Britain 22 p.; 4. Spain 23 p.; 5. The Netherlands 31 p.; 6. Sweden 44 p.; 7. Czech Republic 46 p.; 8. Belgium 58 p.; 9. Australia 15 p.; 10. South Africa 24 p.