Ben George getting down and dirty.
Sam Martin has had a strong seaon in Victoria.
Joel Dinsdale on the charge in Queensland.

Yamaha Kids Ready To Rumble at Junior MX Nationals

22 Sep 2010

The national wide Yamaha Junior Development program kicks into top gear this weekend when all the riders assemble at the 2010 Australian Junior Motocross Championships at the Lakes Circuit, just south of Newcastle.

13 riders on the full range of Yamaha motocross bikes and from every state will compete in the week-long event in what is the jewel in the crown event of junior racing in Australia.

In 2009, Yamaha riders won four national championships and proved Yamaha is on the right track when it comes to developing and nurturing motocross talent in Australia.

Among the Yamaha riders expected to do well is Lakes local, Ben George who will compete in the 15 years division on board his YZ250F. Ben, the younger brother of professional star, Luke George, is keen to follow in his brothers footsteps as a professional racer.

“This is my last year as a junior so I am pretty keen to sign off on a high note. I have done a lot of laps around the Lakes track over the years and I hope that experience will carry me through for a good result next week,” George offers.

Another rider to keep an eye is New Zealand’s Courtney Duncan. The pocket rocket 13 year is simply brilliant on her YZ85cc and not only is she the woman to beat in the Girls class, there are plenty of male riders who will go home with the tail between their legs when they see the speed that Duncan generates. She will compete on the female 85cc category and then mix it with the boys in the 12 to Under 14years 85cc class.

Courtney finish the 2009 World Junior Motocross Championships in fourth place and won the Australia Girls 85cc class as well as she introduced herself to the world. Duncan is back for 2010 and again will be hosted by the Yamaha Junior Development Teams of Australia.

“I had such a cool time at Maffra in 2009 that I had to come back again. I love racing and the competition in Australia is really good so I can’t wait to get there and do some laps of the Lakes track,” Duncan said.

Yamaha runs a factory supported junior development team in each state and supports more riders at junior and amateur level than any other manufacturer. Joel Dinsdale and Wilson Todd will represent Yamaha Queensland. Ben George, Jordan Bissaker and Brendan Walther for Yamaha New South Wales. Sam Martin, Joel Milesevic and Matthew Hopkins- Talty for Yamaha Victoria, Damon Hill and Izak Maule for the South Australian team while WA will send Jayden Rykers and Matthew Hart.

In addition to this, Yamaha will also have Y-AIM coaches on site all week, with Shane Metcalfe and Shane Booth handing out tips and advice for the young tear-aways and a technician to assist with any mechanical or set up advice.

The action starts this Sunday and runs through to Saturday October 2. For full details visit: www.lakesmotorcycleclub.com

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