HODDLES Creek’s champion Mason Semmens impressively claimed two national titles at last week’s 2016 KTM Australian Junior Motocross Championships in Renmark, South Australia from September 24-October 1.
During a week of intense and exciting competition, Mason not only claimed one but two national championships in the 100-125cc 13-u15 year’s class and the 128-150cc/200-250cc 13-u15 year’s class.
The 15-year-old won the hotly-contested 125cc 13-u15 year class by 5 points over Rhys Budd from New South Wales and Regan Duffy from Western Australia.
The results were mirrored in the 250cc 13-u15 year class, with Mason winning by 5 points again over Budd in second-place and Duffy in third-place.
Mason was overjoyed by his two victories: “I’m very happy winning both titles. I was just happy winning one title, but winning two titles just tops it off,” Mason said.
“In the 250cc 13-u15 class, I won the first three finals and in the fourth final I had a bit of a crash, which knocked me around a bit, but I got back to fourth-place in that one. My Motorex KTM Factory Junior Racing teammate Rhys Budd were just two points apart. I was in the lead going into the last race.
“I knew I had to win so I went out, tried my best and I won the championship in that class,” Mason added.
“In the 125cc 13-u15 class, we had over 40 riders, and I qualified third in the two heats. In the first final, I just tried to ride my best and I got third in that one.
I knew I had to win the last two to win the championship so I just went out and tried to do my best and I did and got the championship,” he added.
The Riverland Motorcycle Club hosted hundreds of riders and their families during seven days of competition and had to content with tumultuous weather conditions which halted the competition when a massive storm hit South Australia on Wednesday night, September 28.
“On Wednesday night we got a lot of rain so the track got too wet and we had Thursday off. On Friday, we got to ride again, and the more riding we did the better the track got. The track was awesome all week really as was the competition. Both Budd and Duffy were flying,” Mason said.
Mason would like to thank his Mum and Dad, KTM Australia, Dunlop Tyres, Moto Oils, Alltech Suspension, and all of his other sponsors who made attending the 2016 KTM AJMXC possible.
Mason plans to compete in next year’s Victorian Junior Motocross Championships, the Rising Star Rookies in the MX Nationals, and the Australian Junior Motocross Championships that will take place in Horsham in 2017.
You can follow Mason throughout his season via his official Facebook Page here: https://www.facebook.com/mason.semmens.