Riders hoping to hit pay dirt
FIVE west coast riders are revving up for this weekend’s World Junior Motocross Championships, with three flying the flag for the northern suburbs.
THREE northern suburbs riders are gearing up to jump on the world stage this month.
Regan Duffy (16), of Woodvale, Deacon Paice (12), of Carramar, and Kayden Minear (11), of Eglinton, have been chosen to represent Australia at the World Junior Motocross Championships.
To be held on August 26 at Horsham Motorcycle Club in Victoria, it will be the first time the international event has been held on home soil.
Duffy, who is a threetime Australian champion (2014, 2015, 2017), will be competing in the 125cc class.
He started riding when he was four.
“My dad used to race so I just naturally drifted into it,” he said.
“It’s just a great atmosphere and I love hanging out with my mates.”
He said he was “pretty excited to show what I can do” at the world event.
“My training has definitely stepped up; I either go to the gym or ride my bike everyday now.”
Paice said he was “happy and excited” and “also a bit nervous” to be representing Australia.
“I'm excited to ride and to also watch some of the world’s best compete against each other,” he said.
He will be racing in the 65cc class after winning the state junior championship last year.
The Year 7 St Stephen’s School student said he got his first bike when he was three and joined Wanneroo Junior Motocross Club (WJMC) at the age of five.
“Dad had fun on bikes when he was younger and he wanted me to experience that too,” he said. “When I became confident on the bike, dad joined me up to WJMC so I could ride with others and this is where my love for motocross began.”
For Minear, it will be his second crack at the 65cc after he placed third at last year’s event in Estonia. He said he was “really pumped to be part of a strong team again this year”.
“I can’t wait for the racing to begin,” he said.
“My favourite memories from last year was getting to fly to Europe to train and race motocross, and then making the podium against the fastest kids in the world was a highlight; it’s an experience I’ll never forget.”
Also competing from WA are Seth Shackleton (10), of Brigadoon, in the 65cc and Mat Fabry (16), of Harvey, in the 125cc.
Returning as team manager for the fifth time, Mark Willingham said being the host nation, Australia was able to select more riders for its squad.
WA's competitors for the World Junior Motocross Championships Mat Fabry, Regan Duffy, Deacon Paice, Kayden Minear and Seth Shackleton.
WA’s competitors for the World Junior Motocross Championships, Regan Duffy (top), Deacon Paice (above left) and Kayden Minear (above right).