2011 World Championship Report (Team Australia came 12th Position)

It was very hot and sunny in Cingoli, Italy, as the 2011 FIM Junior World MX titles were awarded. There are three new Junior Motocross World Champions. Joseph Prada Garcia (65cc, ESP, KTM), Pauls Jonass (85cc, LAT, KTM) and Joseph Savatgy (125cc, USA, Suzuki). These three new champions received beautiful gold medals from Dr. Wolfgang Srb, FIM CMS President.

The event opened with colorful ceremonies that introduced all riders the world taking part in the event.

65cc - Round one of 65cc started with the holeshot of Gabriele Oteri (ITA, KTM). His lead lasted for just over two laps. But then he made a mistake on one of the jumps and fell. That opened the door to Spanish rider Jorge Prado Garcia (KTM), who went on to a comfortable lead. Tamur Talviku from Estonia (KTM) took second position, but the fight for the last podium spot was still open. Finally Italian Riccardo Lauretti (KTM) was the happiest of five riders who were changing positions in almost every turn and battling for the final podium.

The second round confirmed the domination of Jorge Prado Garcia. He took the holeshot and then just kept a sufficient gap behind the rest of the World. Second position was Enzo Lopes (BRA, KTM) and third was Hunter Lawrence (AUS, KTM).

85cc - The start first round was shortly after the noon, so the riders got to fight not only with the track and opponents but also with the heat - temperatures over 30C. Although it might have looked like a simple victory for Pauls Jonass (LAT, KTM), he had to resist numerous attacks from Thomas Do (FRA, KTM). American Chase Bell (Kawasaki) showed really good speed as he climbed up to third place, from 12th after the start.

What is great about entire junior motocross here is that the pilots never resign, as long as they could, they fight for any position - even for the last ones.

Second heat started with a holeshot by Bas Vaessen (NED, KTM), but he could not resist the speed of Chase Bell. Chase on his Kawasaki did not let anyone even endanger his position, and he was the only one in 85cc category to jump the step-ups.

Chase's position in first was pretty stable, the real fights were happening behind him. It was the winner of the first round, Latvian Pauls Jonass (LAT, KTM), who is the happiest boy, as he finished second in the second round - and he won the title of 85cc Monster Energy FIM Junior Motocross World Champion 2011. The third position was taken by Thomas Do (FRA, KTM).

Final classification is 1st Pauls Jonass (LAT, KTM), 2nd Chase Bell (USA, Kawasaki) and 3rd Thomas Do (FRA, KTM).

125cc - The fastest category of the day offered another group of great battles in the first round. Tim Gajser (SLO, KTM) took the holeshot, but was soon overtaken by James Dunn (GBR, KTM) and Luca Moroni (ITA, KTM). Moroni could not hold the pace, made a mistake and fell down.

The same happened to James Dunn, whose front wheel had slipped in one of the turns, and he let Tim Gajser get back to the lead. Joseph Savatgy (USA, Suzuki) have shown amazing performance as he progressed from ninth place after the start to second at the finish, making many great overtakes. The final standing of the first round was Tim Gajser, Joseph Savatgy and James Dunn.

The second round showed another bunch of great battles. Damon Graulus (BEL, KTM) took the holeshot and lead for about lap, until he was overtaken by Joseph Sawatgy (USA, Suzuki). At that moment everything looked like a piece of cake for Joseph to win the race and the Title, but there was still more to come.

On lap five Jeremy Seewer (SUI, Suzuki) took the lead, looking very confident. Enthusiastic Italian spectators could see many great laps and overtakes from another American on the top - Chris Alldredge (Yamaha). On the finish straight he finally made third position. The winner of first round, Slovenian Tim Gajser, had some bad luck in this race, as he had fallen from second position, and had to fight back from last place. He made it to 14th, so he was 5th overall.

The second round decided the 125cc Monster Energy FIM Junior Motocross World Champion 2011: Joseph Sawatgy from USA, riding on Suzuki. Vice-champion is Jeremy Seewer from Switzerland, also on Suzuki and third Chris Alldredge from USA on Yamaha.