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Scott Mann well prepared for World Junior Motocross Championship campaign

20-08-10

GMR Motorex KTM racer Scott Mann, recently selected to represent Australia at the World Junior Motocross Championships in the 85cc class, is well prepared and ready to race at the Dardon-Geugnon circuit in France on 22 August. Scott arrived with his family and Race Team Manager Glenn Macdonald a little over a week ago to begin preparations for the event.

Fellow GMR Motorex KTM racers Jay Wilson (current world champion) and Dylan Long both were both on the podium in last year’s event at New Zealand and the team is well aware of the preparations required. Scott also competed at last year’s event, placing 9th overall after struggling in moto one, and placing 6th in the second. While he is seeking to better his result in France, the team is under no illusions that the European competition and conditions will be tough.

KTM Australia and KTM in Austria worked together to supply Scott with a 2011 model KTM 85SX, which has now been set up with tyres supplied from Michelin, Ringmaster graphics, TAG bars as well as personalised engine and brake modifications. The circuit at Dardon-Geugnon is extremely hilly, so every modification is crucial to give Scott every opportunity to qualify for the finals.

“We have had a great time here so far’ says Macdonald ‘we have seen some of the sights of Paris, we got the bike organised and set up nice and early which has meant that Scott has had some time on the bike to keep fresh. We have also been push bike riding and jogging to keep on top of his fitness to give him the best chance of pushing through the long motos. We also checked out the racing at the European Championships where many of his competitors were racing, so we have a good gauge of speed.

“Our aim is to qualify and simply ride hard. We have a great package here so hopefully with Scott’s fitness, the quality of the bike he is racing and his current speed, we will see some good results. We are however under no illusions as the European style of track and racing will be tough.”

Scott is representing Australia in the 85cc class along with Joel Dinsdale, while Matt Phillips and Errol Willis will battle it out in the 125cc category. Dylan Long was the selected reserve rider for the 125cc class. Wilson Tood and Mitchell Evans will contest the 65cc class. We wish all of the Australian competitors luck this weekend.

Results will be posted at www.gmr-motorexktm.com.au