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30 APRIL 2018: Four talented young motocross riders will represent New Zealand at the FIM Junior Motocross World Championship in Horsham, Australia, on 26 August 2018. 

Congratulations to James Scott, Tommy Watts, Brody Connolly and Hayden Smith, who were selected from a squad of 15 riders participating in the Junior Motocross Pathway to Podium high performance programme, led by former world champion and MX legend Ben Townley.

Instigated to develop future champions of the motocross world, the programme delivered training and coaching, both on and off the bike, through a series of camps held over the summer. With the first phase of the programme now complete, Townley will now focus exclusively on preparing these four riders to be competitive in the 125cc class at the Junior Worlds, the highest calibre MX event a child can compete in.

“I am proud to be working with these four riders, each of them show true potential to compete on the world stage this year in Australia. We have just under four months to finish off the prep work that started last Spring and I’m really looking forward to helping these boys put NZ on the map!” says Townley.

Motorcycling New Zealand has been allocated five places in each of the three classes making up the Junior World Championship (65cc, 85cc, 125cc). The kiwi team of Scott, Watts, Connolly and Smith will all ride in the 125cc class. The original Pathway to Podium squad will be invited to fill the remaining places as self-funded wild card entries.


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