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Team USA Victorious in Czech Republic

Youthstream Press Release

JINÍN (Czech Republic), – The tenth edition of the Monster Energy FIM Junior Motocross World Championship took place this weekend in the Czech track of Jinín and once again it was a big success. The best forty riders in each class were racing to become the 65cc, 85cc and 125cc World Champions at the same time that they were representing the colours of their Nation. After sixth exciting races – 2 per class – Aiden Tijero from USA was the best 65cc rider, Conrad Mewse from Great Britain was the best in 85cc and Pauls Jonass from Latvia finished on the top of the 125cc podium.

Team USA was on the top of the podium after obtaining the best overall result taking into account the best rider in each class, and the Czech Republic and Spain were second and third respectively. Sweden finished fourth and Italy completed the top five.

65cc
Aiden Tijero from the USA was crowned the 2013 Monster Energy FIM 65cc Junior Motocross World Champion after two impressive performances finishing first and second in the main races. In the first heat Tijero did not have a really good start, but he was able to find the good lines to catch the front group and fight for the lead. With two laps to go the young American rider overtook Petr Polak, who was riding second, and he gave his best to close the big gap he had with Anton Nagy who had been leading most of the race. Tijero managed to catch the Swedish rider and they exchanged the lead several times. In the very last lap the Nagy crashed and Tijero managed to keep the lead until the chequered flag. In the second race the American started with the front group and he succeeded to ride a consistent heat in second, which gave him the overall victory.

The second overall position in the 65cc was for Anton Nagy from Sweden after finishing third in both races. In the first race Nagy was around the seventh position after the start, but the Swedish rider moved up to the lead very quickly and opened a big gap with the rest of the group. However, with two laps to go Nagy could feel the pressure of Tijero, who was riding really close to him, and with the 1-Lap board up, the Swedish rider made a mistake and crashed in the finish jump. Nagy was able to go back to his KTM very quickly and he crossed the finish line third behind Tijero and Polak. In the second race Nagy started around the fifth position but this time he was only able to finish third.

Home rider Petr Polak had two really good starts and he made the crowd go crazy in both races while he was fighting for the top three positions. In the first race the Czech rider managed to move up to the second position, but he could not stop Tijero to overtake him with two laps to go, but in the very last lap Polak took advantage of Nagy’s mistake and he finished second. In the second race Polak’s start was really good and he rode third most of the race, but in the end Nagy overtook him and the Czech rider had to settle down with the fourth place, which gave him the third overall result in the 65cc class.

Raivo Dankers was a little bit disappointed with his fourth overall position because he knew he could have been fighting for the Title. The Dutch rider was the fastest at yesterday’s 65cc qualifying practice, but a bad start and a crash at the early stages of the first race made things very difficult for him to catch the front group. In the end he was able to cross the finish line in the seventh position. In the second race the young Dutch rider was determined to show his talent to the world and after a very good start he dominated the race from the beginning until the end, crossing the finish line six seconds ahead of Tijero.

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Tijero, Mewse and Jonass topped the podium in Jinín.

Japanese Jo Shimoda was not very satisfied with his fifth overall position but he showed the world his impressive talent during the whole weekend and he gives high hopes to his country, as he has proven to be one of the best riders in the world in the 65cc class. In the first race Shimoda finished sixth and in the second one he crossed the finish line fifth after obtaining the fastest lap of the race.

René Hofer from Austria had a really good start in the first race, but he could not keep the lead until the end and he ended fifth. In the second one his start was not that good and he was only able to finish twelfth, which gave him the sixth overall position. Hardy Muñoz from Chile was seventh overall, followed by Russians Maxim Kraev and Timur Petrashin. Home rider Daniel Stehlik completed the top ten.

65cc Race 1 top ten: 1. Aiden Tijero (USA, KTM), 18:34.819; 2. Petr Polak (CZE, KTM), +0:08.726; 3. Anton Nagy (SWE, KTM), +0:23.218; 4. Hardy Munoz (CHL, KTM), +0:39.174; 5. Rene Hofer (AUT, KTM), +0:45.475; 6. Jo Shimoda (JPN, KTM), +0:52.838; 7. Raivo Dankers (NED, KTM), +0:53.579; 8. Bailey Malkiewicz (AUS, KTM), +1:01.165; 9. Timur Petrashin (RUS, KTM), +1:04.116; 10. Ben Hess (GER, KTM), +1:09.247;

65cc Race 2 top ten: 1. Raivo Dankers (NED, KTM), 18:02.462; 2. Aiden Tijero (USA, KTM), +0:06.877; 3. Anton Nagy (SWE, KTM), +0:09.394; 4. Petr Polak (CZE, KTM), +0:12.027; 5. Jo Shimoda (JPN, KTM), +0:12.485; 6. Max Miller (USA, KTM), +0:19.050; 7. Maxim Kraev (RUS, KTM), +0:58.614; 8. Daniel Stehlik (CZE, KTM), +0:59.767; 9. Oriol Oliver (ESP, KTM), +1:01.411; 10. Rhys Budd (AUS, KTM), +1:02.694.

65cc Overall/Championship top ten: 1. Aiden Tijero (USA, KTM), 47 points; 2. Anton Nagy (SWE, KTM), 40 p.; 3. Petr Polak (CZE, KTM), 40 p.; 4. Raivo Dankers (NED, KTM), 39 p.; 5. Jo Shimoda (JPN, KTM), 31 p.; 6. Rene Hofer (AUT, KTM), 25 p.; 7. Hardy Munoz (CHL, KTM), 25 p.; 8. Maxim Kraev (RUS, KTM), 20 p.; 9. Timur Petrashin (RUS, KTM), 20 p.; 10. Daniel Stehlik (CZE, KTM), 16 p.;

Complete results are available here
All the photos of the event available here

85cc
Conrad Mewse was one of the favourites to fight for the 85cc Junior World Title and he actually proved his talent and was on the top of the podium today after finishing second in both races. The British rider did not have a good start in the first race, but by the end of the first lap he was already fourth and ready to catch the first two riders. However, by the time Mewse overtook home rider Jakub Teresak, American Sean Cantrell had already opened a big gap at the front. Mewse was satisfied with his second position, but he knew it was going to be a difficult second race. The British rider had a good start and this time he took the lead at the early stages of the race, but in the very last lap Hunter Lawrence from Australia overtook him and Mewse ended second. Such result was good enough to be proclaimed the 85cc Junior World Champion because Cantrell had a mechanical problem in the first race and he was forced to retire.

Second overall was Hunter Lawrence from Australia thanks to his 4-1 result. Lawrence did not have a good start in any of the races, but his speed was really good and he moved up with the front group at the early stages of the heats. Whereas in the first one he was only to finish fourth, in the second one he made an incredible recovery and in the very last lap he overtook Mewse and finished first.


Highlights.

Another Czech rider made it to the podium in the 85cc class and this time all the cheering went for Jakub Teresak. The home rider had a really good start in the first race and he battled for the second position with Brazilian Enzo Lopes in the beginning of the heat. Teresak managed to overtake the Brazilian, but he could not stop Mewse to overtake him by the middle of the race and the Czech rider crossed the finish line third. In the second heat Teresak did not make a good start but he gave it all to finish fourth, which gave him the overall third position in the 85cc class.

Chase Sexton from the USA did not have a good start in the first race and he was only able to finish eighth, but he was determined to give it all in the second one and after a good start he moved up to second behind Mewse. However, Lawrence was coming really fast from behind and Sexton could not hold the second position and he crossed the finish line third and ended fourth overall.

Danish Glen Meier did two consistent races and he finished fifth overall after obtaining a 7-6 result. In the first race Meier had a good start and he was riding together with Mewse and Lopes fighting for the third position, but he could not keep the rhythm and he ended seventh. In the second race he could not start with the front group, but he did a good recovery to finish sixth.

Spanish Jorge Prado, who is still recovering from a broken collarbone, managed to finish sixth overall. In the first heat the Spanish young rider struggled a lot to find a good rhythm and he was only able to finish tenth. However, in the second race he was determined to give it all and he actually took the holeshot and led the first lap. Prado was not able to keep the lead but his fifth place tasted like a victory for him because he is just back from an injury that forced him to be one month off his bike.

Gianluca Facchetti from Italy ended seventh overall, ahead of Sean Cantrell. The American proved to be one of the strongest 85cc riders after dominating the first race with great authority, but the chain of his Kawasaki broke in the end of the first lap of race two and his fight for the Title was over.

Tomás Kohut from Slovakia finished ninth overall and Filippo Grigoletto from Italy completed the top ten. Brazilian Enzo Lopes finished fifth in the first race, but his 17th position in the second one made him finish eleventh overall.

Michael Mosiman, the fastest 85cc rider in yesterday’s qualifying practice, was not able to finish among the best riders today and he finished 15th overall. In the first race the American rider had a bad start and while he was catching the second and third rider, he made a mistake and dropped several positions. Mosiman ended sixth and a mechanical problem in the second heat forced him to enter the pitlane and he finished 36th.

85cc Race 1 top ten: 1. Sean Cantrell (USA, Kawasaki), 24:33.170; 2. Conrad Mewse (GBR, KTM), +0:03.340; 3. Jakub Teresak (CZE, KTM), +0:12.270; 4. Hunter Lawrence (AUS, KTM), +0:15.250; 5. Enzo Lopes (BRA, KTM), +0:17.520; 6. Michael Mosiman (USA, Suzuki), +0:20.500; 7. Glen Meier (DEN, KTM), +0:27.950; 8. Chase Sexton (USA, Yamaha), +0:39.840; 9. Gianluca Facchetti (ITA, Suzuki), +0:53.070; 10. Jorge Prado Garcia (ESP, KTM), +0:55.970.

85cc Race 2 top ten: 1. Hunter Lawrence (AUS, KTM), 24:40.591; 2. Conrad Mewse (GBR, KTM), +0:04.874; 3. Chase Sexton (USA, Yamaha), +0:33.486; 4. Jakub Teresak (CZE, KTM), +0:45.715; 5. Jorge Prado Garcia (ESP, KTM), +0:50.273; 6. Glen Meier (DEN, KTM), +0:50.736; 7. Gianluca Facchetti (ITA, Suzuki), +1:00.072; 8. Gabriel Chetnicki (POL, KTM), +1:02.551; 9. Tomás Kohut (SVK, KTM), +1:03.082; 10. Filippo Grigoletto (ITA, KTM), +1:09.966.

85cc Overall/Championship top ten: 1. Conrad Mewse (GBR, KTM), 44 points; 2. Hunter Lawrence (AUS, KTM), 43 p.; 3. Jakub Teresak (CZE, KTM), 38 p.; 4. Chase Sexton (USA, Yamaha), 33 p.; 5. Glen Meier (DEN, KTM), 29 p.; 6. Jorge Prado Garcia (ESP, KTM), 27 p.; 7. Gianluca Facchetti (ITA, Suzuki), 26 p.; 8. Sean Cantrell (USA, Kawasaki), 25 p.; 9. Tomás Kohut (SVK, KTM), 21 p.; 10. Filippo Grigoletto (ITA, KTM), 21 p.

Complete results are available here
All the photos of the event available
here

125cc
Pauls Jonass from Latvia became the 2013 Monster Energy FIM 125cc Junior Motocross World Champion after finishing first and second in the main races. Jonass admitted that he was extremely happy because he had not been able to do well yesterday and he was not really confident for today. The Latvian did not start at the front in any of the races but he found the good rhythm and the perfect lines to move up to the lead in the first race and opened a comfortable gap with the rest of the group. However, Nicolas Dercourt caught him by the end of the race but Jonass managed to cross the finish line first. In the second race Jonass rode a consistent race in second and such result was enough for him to win his second Junior World Title – the first one was in the 85cc class in 2011.

Calvin Vlaanderen, representing the Netherlands, was very satisfied with his second overall position in the 125cc class. In the first race Vlaanderen was only able to finish ninth, but in the second one he managed to take the holeshot and he kept the lead until the chequered flag crossing the finish line nine seconds ahead of Jonass.

Nicolas Dercourt was very happy to finish third overall and he proved the world to be one of the best riders in the 125cc class. The French rider battled with Jonass in both races and in the first one he crossed the finish line right behind the Latvian rider. However, in the second one Dercourt was riding really close to Jonass during the whole race, but he damaged the ligaments of his left knee with two laps to go and he was forced to slow down and he did his best to finish the race. Dercourt crossed the finish line ninth and finished on the third step of the podium.

Jorge Zaragoza was not able to start with the front group in any of the races, but he was one of the fastest riders in the 125cc class and he proved it by moving up with the front group in both races. However, whereas in the first race the Spanish rider crashed when he was riding third and really close to catch Dercourt and Jonass, in the second one he crashed when he was in the 6th position. Zaragoza crossed the finish line fourth and seventh and he obtained the best fourth overall result in the 125cc class.

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Team USA finished first in the Nations Classification.

Italian Davide Bonini struggled a little today finding a good rhythm but his tenth and sixth position gave him the overall fifth result. Jarek Balkovic from the USA obtained two consistent eighth positions and ended sixth overall, ahead of Lorenzo Locurcio from Venezuela and Kade Tinkler from Canada.

Davy Pootjes from the Netherlands was only able to finish nineteenth in the first race, but he did an incredible good start in the second moto and obtained a strong third place, which gave him the ninth overall position in the 125cc class.

Brian Hsu representing Germany had a really good first race by finishing fifth, but he was only able to finish 16th in the second one because he had a problem with the rear brake. In the end Hsu ended tenth overall.

125cc Race 1 top ten: 1. Pauls Jonass (LAT, KTM), 29:28.278; 2. Nicolas Dercourt (FRA, Yamaha), +0:00.239; 3. Anton Lundgren (SWE, KTM), +0:12.855; 4. Jorge Zaragoza (ESP, Suzuki), +0:22.884; 5. Brian Hsu (GER, Suzuki), +0:26.595; 6. Matthew Malan (RSA, Yamaha), +0:29.204; 7. Kade Tinkler (CAN, Suzuki), +0:36.245; 8. Jarek Balkovic (USA, Yamaha), +0:38.451; 9. Calvin Vlaanderen (NED, KTM), +0:40.795; 10. Davide Bonini (ITA, KTM), +0:53.066.

125cc Race 2 top ten: 1. Calvin Vlaanderen (NED, KTM), 29:36.055; 2. Pauls Jonass (LAT, KTM), +0:09.574; 3. Davy Pootjes (NED, KTM), +0:26.597; 4. Martin Krc (CZE, KTM), +0:29.315; 5. Lorenco Locurcio (VEN, Yamaha), +0:32.197; 6. Davide Bonini (ITA, KTM), +0:35.971; 7. Jorge Zaragoza (ESP, Suzuki), +0:42.620; 8. Jarek Balkovic (USA, Yamaha), +0:46.260; 9. Nicolas Dercourt (FRA, Yamaha), +1:01.705; 10. Dan Houzet (FRA, KTM), +1:02.685;

125cc Overall/Championship top ten: 1. Pauls Jonass (LAT, KTM), 47 points; 2. Calvin Vlaanderen (NED, KTM), 37 p.; 3. Nicolas Dercourt (FRA, Yamaha), 34 p.; 4. Jorge Zaragoza (ESP, Suzuki), 32 p.; 5. Davide Bonini (ITA, KTM), 26 p.; 6. Jarek Balkovic (USA, Yamaha), 26 p.; 7. Lorenco Locurcio (VEN, Yamaha), 25 p.; 8. Kade Tinkler (CAN, Suzuki), 23 p.; 9. Davy Pootjes (NED, KTM), 22 p.; 10. Brian Hsu (GER, Suzuki), 21 p.

Complete results are available here
All the photos of the event available here

Nations Overall: 1. USA, 11 points; 2. Czech Republic, 17p.; 3. Spain, 25p.; 4. Sweden, 27 p.; 5. Italy, 28p.; 6. Australia, 30p.; 7. France, 42p.; 8. Germany, 46p.; 9. The Netherlands, 6p.; 10. Russia, 24p.

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