KTM riders won all three Junior World Championship titles on Sunday at the tenth edition of the FIM Junior Motocross World Championships held in Jinin, Czech Republic. Young American Aiden Tijero picked up the 65 cc title Championship, the British rider Conrad Mewse won the middle class 85 cc titles and the Latvian Pauls Jonass was the winner in the 125 cc class.
Riders of the Austrian-made sports bikes picked up eight of the possible nine podium places at the championships while KTM added another six world championship titles (three rider and three constructor) to the company’s impressive list of 236 world titles. KTM has added another 13 titles to its total so far this year
With only one exception, every young rider in the smallest category was on the start on a KTM 65 SX machine. Young American Aiden Tijero, the winner in the 65 cc class at the famous Loretta Lynn meet for amateur riders in the USA took the title with the fourth fastest qualification time and with a 1-2 result in the two motos.
Aiden Tijero: “I feel honored to represent my country here. The first race was pretty chaotic. I crashed and I only managed to take the win in the last corner. I tried to stay cool in the second race and to ride consistently. It’s a great feeling to win the gold medal and a big thanks to my family, my mechanic and the whole Team USA.”
The 85 cc class was the one most hotly contested. Conrad Mewse was the third fastest qualifier on his KTM 85 SX and won the title by a single point after delivering a consistent second place in both races.
Conrad Mewse: “For sure it wasn’t as easy as it looked. The track had lots of different lines and was much more difficult than I first through. I gave everything in the first race but it wasn’t possible to do any better than second. Now I’ve won the title and I have more self-confidence everything will possible at the European Championships at my home race in Matterley Basin in two weeks time. Apart from that, I also want to win the Dutch Championship.”
In the 125 two-strokes it was the 2011 85 cc World Champion Pauls Jonass from Latvia who took his second Junior World title on the KTM 125 SX after finishing fourth in the qualification and with a 1-2 result in the two motos.
Pauls Jonass: “It was a really hard weekend and the qualification was more difficult than I hoped. I managed to get the holeshot in the first moto but then I crashed a couple of corners later and had to fight back from seventh place to win the race. I was third at the beginning of the second race when Nicolas (Dercourt) made a mistake after a hard two-way battle and then it was all over. Now I want to win the EMX125, where I’m leading the championship points and hopefully I can start in the MX2 in the final World Championship races. The support from my fans this weekend was incredible and I’m really looking forward to the Motocross of Nations next year in my home country.”
261 riders from 39 countries and five continents came to Jinin for the championships. Of these 120 of the best qualified to contest the three different classes. Forty riders were in the start gates for the two motos that made up each class.
FIM Junior MX World Championship 2013 – Jinin (CZ)
1. Aiden Tijero (USA), KTM (1-2) – World Champion 2013
2. Anton Nagy (S), KTM (3-3)
3. Petr Polak (CZ), KTM (2-4)
4. Raivo Dankers (NL), KTM (7-1)
5. Jo Shimoda (J), KTM (6-5)
6. Rene Hofer (A), KTM (6-12)
1. Conrad Mewse (UK), KTM (2-2) – World Champion 2013
2. Hunter Lawrence (AUS), KTM (4-1)
3. Jakub Teresak (CZ), KTM (3-4)
4. Chase Sexston (USA), Yamaha (8-3)
5. Glen Meier (DK), KTM (7-6)
1. Pauls Jonass (LAT), KTM (1-2) – World Champion 2013
2. Calvin Vlaanderen (NL), KTM (9-1)
3. Nicolas Dercourt (F), Yamaha (2-9)
4. Jorge Zaragoza (E), Suzuki (4-7)
5. Davide Bonini (I), KTM (10-6)
1. USA, 11 points
2. Czech Republic, 17
3. Spain, 25
Photos by J. Acevedo