News 15 Aug 2011

Australian team 12th in World Juniors as Hunter Lawrence stars

Australia has finished 12th overall in the Junior Motocross World Championships at Cingoli, Italy, over the weekend.

Top performing Australian rising star was Hunter Lawrence, riding his KTM to fifth position overall in the 65cc Motocross World Championship after taking 8-3 results.

Lawrence, 12, was forced to battle in the opening moto from the rear of the pack after a crash on the opening lap, putting forward a phenomenal performance for fifth overall.

Moss Institute student Lawrence last year won the 9-11 years 65cc Australian Junior Motocross Championship and already this year has wrapped up the Queensland titles in the 65cc and 85cc categories for his age group.

Fellow KTM rider Reece Rayner finished a solid fifth in moto one of the 65cc division, but was forced out of the points in moto two when he crashed out and ended up 28th.

Rayner took 11th overall in the 65cc category, which was won by Spaniard Jorge Prado Garcia.

In the 85cc ranks, Wilson Todd and Mitchell Evans suffered from a crash-marred weekend, credited 30th and 38th overall respectively in the event won by Latvian Pauls Jonass.

The 125cc class was won by American Joey Savatgy, with Australians Joel Milesevic 31st and Scott Mann 37th for the round after being drafted in at the 11th hour.