The Young Guns! Who to watch out for in the 2019 MX Nationals!
Dirt Hub’s Jeff Perrett has eyes like a Hawk when it comes to spotting young Motocross talent, and we know he is mega excited for this weekend’s MX Nationals opener at Sherwood.
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We couldn’t bear the thought of him having 5 minutes with nothing to do, so we challenged him to give us his thoughts and predictions on the Young Guns to watch in the 2019 MX Nationals Youth Classes…
Small Wheel 85’s sponsored by Gaerne Boots
In the Small Wheels, you have got to be looking at Shaun Mahoney number 11 on his Yamaha, stepping up from a 65. He is a super fast Welsh kid trained by Mark Jones, who is really aggressive and confident, so I would expect him to be running at the front and be a contender, as will Tyler Hooley who will be stiff competition for Mahoney. Tyler is super smooth and did pretty good in the Small Wheels last year, and a year down the line he is bigger and stronger on his KTM.
I am not sure if he will be riding this weekend as he has broken his leg, but Ben Mustoe was strong last year in the Small Wheels finishing 8th, and he has moved to the Judd Orange Brigade. These I feel will be the main three, but there is also Ryan Waggott 55, on his SJP Moto Husqvarna who could get in on the action.
Big Wheel 85’s sponsored by Wiseco Perfomance Products and Pistons.
You have got to say number 6 Ollie Colmer riding the JGR Revo Husqvarna will be in with a shout. He was last years Small Wheel champion. He is a tall kid, doing it all right, and has been doing a load of winter training in Spain, and looking incredibly quick, so I expect him to be running right at the front in the Big Wheels. Then you have got Charlie Heyman, who was already in the Big Wheels last year after moving himself up early on his SJP Husqvarna. He is going to be blisteringly fast, and he is going to be really hard to beat. So you are definitely looking at him. There are probably four main protagonists in this one. Then you have got 919 Bailey Johnston, who was 4th in last years Small Wheel Championship from the Judd Orange Brigade. It’s going to be great to see Bailey going at it with those other two because him and Colmer raced so hard against each other in the Small Wheels all year, and they will both be looking to get the job done in 2019, but it’s going to be tough against Charlie Heyman. Then you have Team Green’s Raife Broadley coming off the back of winning the Team Green Supermini Cup at the Arenacross. Sam Atkinson who is staying in this class, is blindingly quick as well on his KTM, and he is a real fast starter, so I would say those 5, and maybe Tom Harris too, but basically the Big Wheel class is absolutely stacked.
MXY1 – 125’s sponsored by Talon Engineering
There is going to be some great racing in this class. You have Ryan Mawhinney from Northern Ireland, who smashed it last year on his way to the Big Wheel title, and he has gone over to JGR Revo Husqvarna, and he will be blindingly quick. You also have Ben Kennedy, another rider from Northern Ireland, number 10 on the Yamaha who will be absolutely ripping. Then there’s Bobby Bruce 579 aboard his Yamaha, who you would arguably say is a favourite for the title alongside Mawhinney. Shay Arnold’s got pace, as has Louis Kessell on his KTM, and along with Ollie Beamish these will all be in the mix. Then there’s Ethan Sills riding a KTM, fresh from finishing third in the Team Green Supermini Cup at the Arenacross.
MXY2 sponsored by Talon Engineering
I am going to dive straight in and say Kacy Hird number 28 on his Team Green Kawasaki has got to be down as one of the front runners. Kacy has been training real hard this winter and comes into the season injury free. Kyle McNicol on his Manchester Motorcycles Husqvarna is always really strong and gets trained by Bry Mac. Tom Murphy moving to the 250 from a 125 will be real strong. Ike Carter will be incredibly fast as well on the GL12 Racing Husqvarna. Aaron Patstone on a KTM is not exactly slow either; neither is number 3, Luke Goodwin. I would say Hird, McNicol, Carter and possibly Murphy will be the riders getting down to it at the sharp end.
I have got to say the 2019 MX Nationals is full of immense talent and the racing is going to be awesome.
Keep your eyes on our social media over the weekend as I will be reporting back from the event, and give the MX Nationals a follow too as they are always churning out great content.