In the 85cc class here at the 2018 FIM World Junior Motocross Championship (WJMX) it was Brad West who led the way for the Australian riders, grabbing two top ten finishes on the weekend to grab eight overall. West’s efforts over the weekend saw him finish moto one in ninth and then he bettered that in moto two with an eighth-place finish.
The first race of the day saw the riders battling a wet and slick track, but it was West who handled the condition the best for the Australian riders to come away in ninth. It was completely smooth from West who’s helmet visor was just hanging on by a thread by the end of moto one.
Zac Watson found his way into the top ten with a smooth ride aboard his Yamaha, finishing just behind West in tenth position.
Jackson Camilleri was the next best of the Australian riders as he collected 13th position on his KTM. Not far behind Camilleri was Ty Kean who finished 15th.
The Australian team featured six riders in the top 20, with Ryan Alexanderson (17th), Jesse Holding (18th) and Cambell Williams (20th) also making their way into the top 20.
Ryder Kingsford just missed a top 20 finish as he finished 22nd, but a hard luck story was Connor Towill who got stuck behind the gate at the start, but he made his way back through the field to finish 23rd.
Also finishing in the mid 20’s was Jett Kipps after the Husqvarna rider ended race one in 26th position, just behind Kipps was Connor Adams (28th), Jasper Moon (29th), Mason Hills (30th), Deegan Mancinelli (32nd) and Jett Burgess-Stevens (33rd).
The second race of the day for the 85cc class saw West not get a great jump but a daring move around the outside saw the Kawasaki rider move into the top three on lap one. West was mixing it with the top five for a number of laps but just didn’t have the speed of the front few, settling for a well earned eighth position.
Similar to race one, Watson on his Yamaha rounded out the top ten. Just outside the top ten came Kingsford in 11th and behind him was Kean in 12th position.
The next best for the Australian contingent was Mancinelli who crossed the finish line in 16th position, his teammate Holding was just behind Mancinelli finishing 17th.
There was a pair of aussies who rounded out the top 20 with Alexanderson finishing in 19th whilst Jack Mather just couldn’t chase him down and finished in 20th. A good result for Mather who was a non-starter in the first moto.
Just out of the top 20 was Towill, who had good speed through qualifying and practice but just couldn’t find his best today, settling for 22nd. Williams finished just behind Towill in 23rd position.
Moon in 24th and Adams in 28th rounded out the top 30 for the Australian riders at Horsham. Just outside the top 30 was Kipps (31st), Hills (33rd), Camilleri (35th) and Burgess-Steven (38th).
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