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World class performance for Scott Mann at FIM World Junior Motocross Championships

29-08-10

GMR Motorex KTM racer Scott Mann proved that he has the pace of the best in the world, having recently competed at the FIM World Junior Motocross Championships at Dardon-Gueugnon, France on 21 & 22 August 2010.

In 2009, Scott competed in the 2009 FIM World 85cc Championship in New Zealand and placed 9th overall. Scott was again selected to represent Australia at the 2010 event in France  and headed over to Europe with GMR Motorex KTM race team manager Glenn Macdonald a week early to organize bike set up and testing and watch a round of the European Junior Championship in preparation.

The circuit at Dardon-Gueugnon in France was extremely steep with massive jumps and was a track worthy of holding such a prestigious event.

“In race one I placed 3rd behind Henry Jacobi and Stephan Ekerold who are both from Germany’ said Mann ‘ I got a decent start and was in about 10th out of turn one. I moved up to 4th pretty quickly, dropped back to 5th but my endurance was really good and I worked my way back up to 3rd place. I was so stoked with the way I rode in this race, I felt really strong.

“The first race was a real confidence booster and I knew I had the speed to run at the pointy end but the second moto didn’t work out so well for me. I had a bad jump off the gate and was way down the pack in the early stages. I worked my way up and was riding strong, but I had a fall and from then it was just really tough to get back through to a higher position. I managed 19th for that race which was so disappointing, but I gave it all I had.

“I finished 9th overall for the event and I am happy for a top ten finish against such a tough field. I am just disappointed I couldn’t bring home another solid result in moto two.

“The Australian team also placed 3rd overall behind the USA and Italy, and I am really proud to have been a part of the team again this year.

I can’t thank my family and GMR Motorex KTM team sponsors enough for all the support. I also would like to say thank you to Motorcycling Australia for the opportunity.”

Commenting on the trip, Macdonald said “Scott’s preparation coming into the event was right on the money. His fitness was looking great for the 20 + 2 lap motos.

“Race one was an incredible result with a 3rd place and is proof that he is a world class racer in the 85cc class. Scott rode hard and smart and it was a truly deserving result.

“Unfortunately a poor jump from the start in moto two made it tough for Scott to place where I believe he deserved to be. This sport can deal tough blows and the second moto was a prime example of this. Having said that, 9th overall in the World Championship in a field of 108 riders is a result that he should be very proud of.

“Scott will return home shortly and will turn his focus to the Australian Junior Motocross Championships to be held at Lakes in NSW in just for weeks time.

Many thanks to all of our team sponsors who made this result possible as well as Motorcycling Australia for once again supporting our young talent.” 

KTM Australia and KTM Austria worked together to supply Scott with a 2011 model KTM 85SX for the event and also provided logistic support to ensure that the bike was able to be prepared in advance of the event. Many thanks to the KTM team for the support. Michelin Australia also provided invaluable support arranging tyres for the event.

CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS
 
FIM 85cc World Junior Championship
1.  Henry Jacobi GER
2. Tim Gajser SLO
3. Stephan Ekerold GER
4. Pauls Jonass LAT
5. Vaclav Kovar CZE
6. Michele Cervellin ITA
7. Micha Boy De Waal NED
8. Brian Bogers NED
9. Scott Mann AUS
10. Thomas Kjer Olsen DEN
 

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