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Baldwin and Duncanson show good form leading up to Junior Nationals

14-08-08

GMR Motorex KTM junior racers Joben Baldwin and Sam Duncanson are doing everything they can to ensure they’re ready for the Australian Junior Motocross Championship later this month, entering home state events and dominating in their respective classes. 

Baldwin from Albury-Wodonga has claimed a win in the 13-16 years 125cc class at his home town event, whilst securing second in an all-in junior feature race.  Meanwhile, Duncanson entered a home state event  - the South East Queensland Junior Series, where he won the 13-u16 years 250F class, and placed third in the 13-u16 years 125cc class. 

Both riders take us through their racing, “I’m stoked to win the 13-16 years 125cc class in front of my home town crowd at the Albury Wodonga Open, said Baldwin.  “Leading up to this event I was training at the KTM Motocross Advanced Coaching Academy in WA to prepare for the Australian Junior Motocross Championship, and it goes to show getting one-on-one support like this pays off.


“I scored three holeshots and three straight wins on the KTM 125cc at the Albury Wodonga Open, which gave me the outright win in the 13-16 years class.  Leaving WA, I had to switch from the soft sands to the hard-pack circuit at Albury-Wodonga, and I adapted really well, which I’m really pleased with because you need to be able to ride many different types of terrain in motocross.

“After winning the 125cc class, I also entered an all-in junior feature race, where I challenged other 125cc riders and also 250F riders.  I led for most of the race, but then I made a mistake which cost me the win.  I still worked my way through the pack to cross the line in second.  Walking away from the weekend with a win and second was just awesome, and winning in front of home town fans is always a confidence booster.  This gives me more adrenaline to train hard leading up to the Australian Junior Motocross Championship later this month back in WA.”

Commenting on racing at the South East Queensland Junior Series in Mundubbera, Sam Duncanson said, “In the 13-u16 years 125cc class, I dominated in race one and took the win over Dylan Peterson.  In race two, I jumped too soon from the start grid, and the bike stuck in the starting gate, it took me some time to re-join the race, but despite the hold-up I moved through the field quickly and finished second.  In race three, I had again taken the lead early, but I had a heavy crash after high-siding in a rough section of the track, but I managed to get back to seventh place, which still ensured me a podium.   With a 1-2-7 result, I secured a third place overall for the event in the 13-u16 years 125cc class.

“My strongest ride for the event was in the 13-u16 years 250F class.   I took the win in both race one, and two for the event against some tough competition.  In the third race, I rode a little tighter than usual and the best I could pull in was third, but the 1-1-3 results secured me the overall win for the 13-u16 years 250F class.

“I’m now focusing on the NSW Motocross Championship in a couple of weeks, followed by the Australian Junior Motocross Championship on the last weekend in September, and I’ll be training with GMR Motorex KTM Junior Racing leading up to those events in hope of securing more podium finishes.” 

Stay tuned to GMR Motorex KTM Junior Racing results at www.gmr-motorexktm.com.au and www.ktm.com.au