South Australian State team announced for Australian Junior Motocross Championships in Renmark
With the completion of the 2016 SA Motocross Championships, it brought with it the anticipation of the formal announcement of the South Australian state team for this year’s KTM Australian Junior Motocross Championship. The event, which in 2016 will be held in Renmark in South Australia’s Riverland region, is set to attract the best young riders from across the country to compete for National glory.
The event will commence on Saturday 24th September and run for a full week with elimination stages throughout the early days of the event before getting into the finals with the event concluding on Saturday 1st October. Riders will compete across 13 classes during the event, varied according to bike capacities and the age groups with the best riders in Australia predicted to converge in Renmark to race for the top step on the podium and the national title.
Cooper Bevan had a successful four round SA Motocross Championship, taking second overall in the points, including multiple outright race wins in the 50cc class for riders aged 7-9. A home state National Championship will now provide Bevan the chance to test his skills against Australia’s best riders in the youngest age group to compete at the event.
“I was very happy with my success in the SAMX Championships this season, as I have worked really hard to improve my racing this year. I am really excited and looking forward to racing at my first Australian Junior Motocross Championships.”
“I am so proud to have been selected to represent SA in the SA MX State Team, especially as it is a home state National Championship. I love the track at Renmark, it's one of my favourites, so my aim is to enjoy the experience and do the best I can with the opportunity,” Bevan said.
Taj Gow-Smith took out two State Championships after the last round of the SA MX Championships at Monarto and enters the event as one of the favourites amongst the state team to bring home success for his state. For the Roxby Downs based rider, the chance to compete against the rest of the country, representing SA is something he is very honoured to do.
“It was a dream come true for me to win the two state championships, I missed out on a state title a couple of years ago due to a broken arm so I have been chasing this dream for a couple of years. I have done all the hard work this year on and off the track so was cool to see it pay off.”
“I’m excited to represent my state and show the other states that we mean business. Hopefully as a team we can get some good results across the board. I’m just grateful for this opportunity and will do my best,” Gow-Smith said.
Aldinga’s Travis Edwards had double success in the 2016 season, securing the outright victories in both the 125cc and 250cc class and comes into the National Championship as a key favourite to take home the Australia number one plate. Edwards admits however the competition will increase dramatically and it will put him to the test if he is to secure the much desired podium finish.
“I’m stoked to be representing South Australia in the state team at the Australian Junior Motocross Championships. I’m hoping to bring home a good result for the state team and I’m sure the competition will be strong across every race. My goal will be for a top five result, however a podium would be fantastic. The SA MX Championships have really helped me to get race fit and prepare well for the event,” Edwards said.
Chair of the SA Motocross Panel, Shane Metcalfe has watched the development and successful results of the riders throughout the 2016 season and agrees the state will go into the event with a good chance of coming away with a strong result. Further adding that the entire state team should go into the event with upmost confidence, knowing they are representing their state in a home state National Championship.
"I am very excited to see how the SA junior kids perform at the AJMX this year in our home state. We have some really good young talent which I know can do really well this year. The junior competition in SA is currently very strong which is why we have had a lot of interstate competition travelling to SA this season which is great to see. I wish all the kids representing Team SA all the best of luck for the AJMX," Metcalfe said.
2016 SA State Team – KTM Australian Junior Motocross Championship
Wil Carpenter – 50cc
Cooper Bevan – 50cc
Brock Symons – 65cc
Makayla Collins – 65cc
Landen Panozzo – 65cc
Taj Gow-Smith – 85cc
Jack McLean – 85cc
Alex Larwood – 85cc
Rory Hill – 85cc
Travis Edwards – 125cc
Cooper Sheidow – 125cc
Nathan Walmsley – 250Fcc
Motorcycling SA wishes the SA State Team for the 2016 KTM Australian Junior Motocross Championship the best of luck in their competition in Renmark.
To follow the progress of the SA State Team throughout the event, check out – www.facebook.com/samotocross
More information regarding the event can be found by visiting – www.motorcyclingsa.org.au
The 2016 KTM Australian Junior Motocross Championship will be conducted by the Riverland Junior Motorcycle Club in Renmark from 24th September to 1st October 2016.