South Australians ready to battle for National glory in their own backyard
A talented group of South Australian junior motocross racers are set to do battle in the 2016 KTM Australian Junior Motocross Championship, starting this Sunday 25th September in their own backyard at the Riverland Junior Motorcycle Club in Renmark. Of the South Australians, 12 will be competing as part of the official ‘State Team’, selected based upon their exceptional results from the State Championships throughout the year.
The event will commence with practice on Sunday 25th September with racing from Monday through to Thursday, while the finals are set to take place on Friday 30th September. Riders from across Australia in addition to competitors from New Zealand and one from Estonia will converge on the Riverland town to do battle to become 2016 Australian Junior Motocross Champions in their respective categories.
Kadina’s Alex Larwood who finished the corresponding 2015 event in second is aiming to go one better and secure a victory at this year’s Australian Championship, with the extra incentives to do so in his home state and being part of the official state team for the Renmark event.
“This year I feel more prepared as I have been looking after myself with nutrition choices and physical exercise right from the start of the year. My goal is to end up on the podium again. Having in the last two years secured two podiums with a third and second place finish, I will be aiming for the top spot this year. I feel honoured to be selected again on the SA State Team and it gives an extra boost of confidence to strive for the number one plate,” Larwood said.
Rick Ireland will make the journey for the event from Port Broughton, contesting both the 125cc and 250cc classes and will be hoping to secure a strong result following a successful season in the State Championships. The event will mark the first time that Ireland will compete in an Australian Junior Motocross Championship and he enters the event with an open mind ahead of the week of racing.
“I’m coming into this event with an open mind and with the aim to treat it like any other race weekend. This is my first Junior Nationals, so I have no huge expectations and I’m looking to see how it pans out. I’ve stepped up my training since the SA MX Championships finished up and this along with competing at the final round of the SA Off-Road Championships has given me plenty of time on the bike ahead of a huge week of racing,” Ireland said.
The KTM Australian Junior Motocross Championship takes place at the Riverland Junior Motorcycle Club, Renmark, South Australia from Sunday 25th September to Friday 30th September.
To follow the progress of the SA riders and stay up to date with all the action, check out the SA Motocross Facebook page during the event – www.facebook.com/samotocross
Full event information, including an entry list can be found by visiting – www.ajmx.com.au
Motorcycling SA and the SA Motocross Panel would like to thank the following businesses for their kind donations of products for the team packs for the South Australian riders competing; Australasian Dirt Bike Magazine, SK Designs Australia, Clipsal 500 Adelaide, Peter Stevens Motorcycles, Australian Motor Cycle News, Anytime Fitness and UniSA.