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Top ten performance for Mitchell Evans on world stage

29-08-12

GMR Motorex KTM racers Mitchell Evans and Egan Mastin took on the world’s best junior motocross racers at the FIM World Junior Motocross Championships held at Selievo, Bulgaria on 25 & 26 August 2012, coming home with a top ten performance and an abundance of experience.

Mitchell Evans, current QLD 85cc Champion, has twice previously represented Motorcycling Australia. In 2010 Evans placed 6th overall in the 65cc class. After a challenging contest in 2011, Evans returned in the 11-14 years 85cc class for 2012 aiming for a top ten results ultimately scoring 15-9 moto finishes for 9th overall.

“I was a bit disappointed in my first race’ reflected Evans ‘I crashed and had to come back through the pack, finishing 15th. In the second race I dug deep and finished 9th. Cracking the top ten was awesome. It was hard work in the heat, it was around 45 degrees and we were running 20 minute motos, plus two laps so it was pretty intense. I finished 9th overall which I am happy with, I of course would have like to have got further up the points but I think 9th is still pretty good!”

Evans went on to add “I can’t thank my family, friends and sponsors enough for helping me as well as Motorcycling Australia and Australian Team Manager Mark Willingham for selecting me again. I am really proud to be able to represent Australia for the third year and hope I can compete again in 2013.”

The Championship was a debut for Egan Mastin on the international stage, contesting the 13-17 years 125cc class. The current NSW 125-150cc and 250F Champion was reportedly one of the youngest on the grid in the 125cc class at just 14 years of age.

Qualification proved challenging after bike troubles, sending Mastin to the last chance qualifiers race. Mastin dominated the race taking a convincing win and securing his place on the grid for the finals. Mastin scored 27-29 race finishes for 31st overall.

 Mastin said “This experience was the most full-on thing I have been a part of. I can’t thank everyone enough for supporting me and giving me a chance to represent Australia. I tried really hard, the heat was killer and our races were 25 minutes plus two laps – so it was full on. I had some bike troubles during qualifying which put me through to a LCQ on Saturday. I won that race pretty easily which got me on the gate for the finals on Sunday. It did mean my gate pick wasn’t the best and headed into Sunday having already done an extra moto.”

Mastin continued “I got ok starts in the finals and was running mid pack in race one, but the heat really took its toll with 4 laps to go. I got 29th in the first race. In the second one I felt more prepared for the intensity and was going pretty good until I landed on a crashed rider. I was lucky to walk away unhurt and got back up to finish 27th, giving me 31st overall. It was such an eye-opener, it was awesome. I am super focused on getting back to the event in 2013!”

GMR Motorex KTM Team Manager Glenn Macdonald said of his chargers “I am so proud of both Mitch and Egan. Mitch’s performance was really solid despite his crash in race one and a top ten finish was a fantastic result. In my experience at the event, the 85 class is so intense, the depth and quality of riders is phenomenal. “

Egan was one of the youngest competitors in the 125cc class at just 14 years of age in his first international event and did a great job to get through to the final 40 riders. This was a real learning curve for the young-gun and he has taken it in his stride, he is already talking about his training regime for the 2013 Championship!”

“Congratulations to both Mitch and Egan, you have done your families, supporters and GMR Motorex KTM very proud.”

GMR Motorex KTM would also like to congratulate Team Australia on their incredible results, 4th overall as well as another World Junior Motocross Championship, this time for Caleb Grothues in the 65cc class with Riley Dukes runner-up. Each and every rider who represented Australia should be proud of their achievements. We also send a big thank you to KTM Australia and KTM Austria for their incredible assistance.”

Team updates and race results for GMR Motorex KTM Racing Team can be found at www.gmr-motorexktm.com.au and www.ktm.com.au as well as on FACEBOOK at www.facebook.com/gmrmotorexktm

GMR Motorex KTM would like to thank their sponsors: KTM Australia, Motorex, Michelin, Fox, Ringmaster Images, Alpinestars, Easton, Oakley Motocross Advanced Coaching Academy, Funnel Web Filters, Membrey’s Transport & Crane Hire

OVERALL STANDINGS

 10-12 years 65cc
1. Caleb Grothues (AUS)
2. Riley Dukes (AUS)
3. Tompa, Robert-Crisztian (ROU)

11-14 years 85cc
1. Brian Hsu (GER)
2. Austin Forkner (USA)
3. Davy Pootjes (NED)
9. Mitchell Evans (AUS)
13. Hunter Lawrence (AUS)

13-17 years 125cc
1. Tim Gajser (SLO)
2. Simone Furlotti (ITA)
3. Pauls Jonass (LAT)
17. Joel Milesevic (AUS)
31. Egan Mastin (AUS)