Rid­ers hop­ing to hit pay dirt

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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.

Pic­ture: Jack Fo­ley

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).

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