News 22 Aug 2023

Laps led a first for Minear to cap-off rookie MX2 season

KTM rider relocating to Queensland for supercross preparation.

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It was a solid outing for KTM Racing Team MX2 rookie Kayden Minear at the final round of the 2023 Penrite ProMX Championship in Coolum, the 16-year-old impressing early in moto one to lead for a number of laps for the first time in the category to cap-off his rookie season.

In what was a promising outing for the former MX3 champion, he ultimately completed the first bout at Coolum in P4.

Later that afternoon to conclude the season, Minear finished P8 in the final moto, landing fifth overall for the round and P6 in the MX2 championship standings for 2023.

“Not a bad weekend, I even led a couple of laps which is a first for this year,” Minear told MotoOnline. “I’m stoked with that, it was just a little lack of bike fitness that let me down. I was fading a bit at the end of the motos.

“In the second moto, I got a bit of an average start, but I managed to make my way through the pack and come away with eighth in that race. So, I was happy with that.”

“The track was a lot different to my sand tracks back home. Our tracks at home get deep and rolly, but this one seemed to get a lot of pockets that would catch you out if you weren’t careful. It was gnarly, there’s no doubt about it. The more you flowed around it, the faster you went.”

The highlight of Minear’s rookie season in the category came at round three at Wodonga where he finished second overall in the tricky conditions.

With ProMX now complete, Minear now shifts his focus to the 2023 Australian Supercross Championship (AUSX), confirming he’ll relocate from training with Beatons Pro Formula in Victoria, to the Gold Coast to train alongside 00 Elite Rider Training with the likes of Aaron Tanti (CDR Yamaha Monster Energy) and teammate Nathan Crawford.

“I’m going to take a week off, then me and my Mum are going to pack the van up and we’re going to move all our stuff up to Queensland, we’re relocating,” Minear explained. “We’re going to be based around the Gold Coast with 00 elite, which I’m really looking forward to, getting some supercross training in. I can’t wait for the supercross season.”