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KTMís Wayde Carter claims premier 15 years 250F AJMX Championship

05-10-13

It’s a wrap for the KTM Australian Junior Motocross Championships which were held at the awesome Horsham complex in western Victoria!

It was the culmination of a very long and hectic week for the Motorex KTM Racing Team juniors of Callum Norton, Hunter Lawrence and Wayde Carter, with all the highs and lows the sport can bring ranging from injury to premier class winning glory.

After a gruelling week of heats racing, the Motorex KTM racers qualified well and showed good speed in varying track conditions.

Qualifying results:
• 12/u14 years 85cc-150F Hunter Lawrence 1st
• 13/u15 years 125cc Hunter Lawrence 3rd & Callum Norton 5th
• 13/u15 years 250F Callum Norton 11th
• 15 years 250F Wayde Carter 1st

The finals for most classes were run on Thursday and Friday of the event while in the 15 years 125cc class, Wayde Carter automatically qualified for five finals which were run across four days.

In the 13/u15 years 125cc class finals, Hunter Lawrence and Callum Norton kicked off their campaign in strong form scoring 3rd and 8th respectively.  

Up next it was the 12/u14 years 85cc-150F class, where Hunter Lawrence was the rider to beat heading into the finals unchallenged during heat racing. He was also in prime fitness, having recently returned from the FIM World Junior Motocross Championships where he placed 2nd in the 85cc class, just shy of the world title by just one point.

After a less than perfect start, Lawrence was deep in the top 10-15 riders and crashed heavily, then to be hit while down on the ground by a fellow competitor. Lawrence sustained a broken collarbone in the incident but still re-mounted and rode his bike back to the pits where the damage was confirmed. Lawrence withdrew from the remainder of the event.

Norton continued to fly the flag for the team in the 13/u15 years 125cc class in the next two finals scoring 11th and a very impressive 4th place to score 5th overall for the Championship. Norton, who turned 13 years old in August only just became eligible to race the larger 125cc and 250F machines and proved at the event he has great speed and potential in these classes.

In the 13/u15 years 250F Norton scored 23rd place after a crash, but later returned to stronger form in the next two finals for 7th and 12th. In the final moto, Norton held top five positions for much of the race until he crashed late in the race. Overall, Norton scored 13th position.

In the 15 years 125cc class, Wayde Carter contested five finals and was impressive from the outset. Carter scored 3-2-2-3-7 results to secure 3rd overall for the Championship. Carter spoke freely and said “I am happy with getting a podium on the 125, it’s a fun class to race but I do prefer racing the 250F, just because I have spent so much more time on the four-stroke. The 125 class for me this week isn’t my priority – I want to win the 250 title.”

The final moto on the 125cc was Carter’s only dent in his consistent performance, after his throttle grip came off the bike, he had to take off his glove mid-race and bring home as many points as possible to try to score a podium for the overall. The end result, a cut and bloodied throttle hand – an injury which was close to ruining his title hopes on the 250F.

Carter went into the premier 15 years 250 F class a real contender for the title having scored three heat race wins during qualifying. Carter kicked off his campaign with a bang taking the first final win then cemented his intentions with a race two win. Heading into the final race with an eight point buffer, a cut and bloodied hand strapped as best as possible, Carter dug deep and contested a pivotal race in his junior career.

Carter had a less than perfect start but made his way into 3rd position in the early stages of the race and very aware of his track position, simply brought his KTM250SX-F home for the chequers and the Championship title for 2013.

Carter said “It’s awesome to win the Championship. I wanted to win all three finals and I know I could have, but it would only take one mistake to lose the number one plate. The bike was just perfect all week and can’t thank my family, supporters and sponsors enough.”

Team Manager Glenn Macdonald was extremely proud of his chargers this week and in a bitter-sweet moment of his career said “This was a really tough week for so many reasons and to see Hunter hurt like he was, it was devastating. It’s a part of racing, and I am sure with some time reflect it will make Hunter an even stronger and more determined competitor – more of a force to be reckoned with!’

Macdonald went on to add “Callum did an amazing job. Only a bit over a month ago he became eligible to run the larger 125cc and 250F classes – he was simply just too big for the 85cc – and he has adapted really well. He can ride those bigger bikes extremely well, but to race at this level for a whole week against older and more experienced riders was one heck of a challenge. Callum did an exceptional job all things considered placing 5th on the 125cc. A crash in the 250F certainly impeded his overall results, but certainly showed some great potential in this class also.’

‘Wayde Carter has proved he is an amazing talent. The 250F title was always the goal for him and to score a podium on the 125cc was secondary. He showed real grit and determination in the final moto of the 125, taking off his glove and continuing to race it home for 3rd overall. The damage to his hand could have easily deterred him but gosh he really dug deep and put himself in a position to bring home the title – 3rd in the final 250F moto was all he had to do and he did it. I couldn’t be any more proud than I am right now.’

Motorex KTM Racing Team racer Mitchell Evans was unable to contest the Championship in 2013 due to an injury sustained during training and we wish Mitch all the very best in his recovery and thank him so very much for his contribution to the team, not only in results but morale support for his team mates and sponsor representation. Thank you to Mitch and his whole family.

The bitter-sweet moment referred to earlier, is that the 2013 Australian Junior Motocross Championships has seen the end of Glenn Macdonald’s involvement with KTM’s junior racing program. It has been an incredible seven years which has seen an astounding 54 number one plates at an International, National and State level in motocross, Supercross and desert racing and includes an FIM World Junior Championship and a further two podiums at that level. We wish KTM Australia all the best in their new direction and we are certain KTM will continue to cultivate some of the strongest junior racers this country has seen.

Glenn and Kristy Macdonald would like to thank all sponsors involved in the KTM racing program throughout the years and look forward to future opportunities and supporting our incredible Women’s Racer Kristy Gillespie at her upcoming Australian Women’s National at Lakes in late October. Stay tuned to what Glenn Macdonald racing (GMR) and the Motocross Advanced Coaching Acdemy (MACA Coaching) may bring in the near future.

Stay tuned to our GMR website (www.gmr-motorexktm.com.au) and MACA Coaching at (www.macacoaching.com) for updates on the new happenings for us!

A gallery of images of the team from the event can be found here>>