A selection of 21 riders to be chosen from 46 shortlisted athletes.
Motorcycling Australia has revealed the shortlist of riders that will be in-line to represent the country at the 2018 FIM Junior Motocross World Championship in Horsham, Victoria, on 26 August.
A selection of 46 youthful athletes from across the country will eventually be cut down to 21, with Australia granted seven entrants per class being the host country – a first for the nation.
Team Australia manager Mark Willingham commented: “This year being a local championship, we are able to select a lot more riders for the squad. It’s going to be interesting to see how the dynamic works with a large group of riders. The host nation is allowed sevn riders per class and there may be opportunities to include wildcards after entries close, should there be enough spaces.
“We will have a training camp, so they have an opportunity to be trained and coached on the Horsham track on 14-15 of July. We will then have to select the Australian Team soon after. This will be my fifth year as team manager and I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to get involved, as it is a local event in Australia.”
Australia has seen three world champions crowned in the past decade, including former national MX2 champion Jay Wilson and European motocross regulars Caleb Grothues and Jett Lawrence.