The Junior Motocross of Nations is the recognized world championship event for amateur youth motocross racers. It features national teams competing for a combined score to determine the overall championship-winning country. Racers also compete for individual championships in each class.
Governed by the Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme, the Junior Motocross World Championship features multiple-rider teams competing on 125cc and 85cc two-stroke motocross bikes. A team's top rider in each class earns points toward the world championship title.
The U.S. team is selected by the AMA, under advisement of a committee that includes longtime members of the motocross community.
U.S. Team History
2018: Horsham, Australia. The U.S. team finished the event in fourth place overall despite 125cc Class rider and 2013 65cc Class Champion Aiden Tijero of Ripon, Calif., being unable to participate in the event. The event was held Aug. 24-26. Host nation Australia took the overall victory, with The Netherlands finishing in second and Italy in third.
U.S. rider and Shalimar, Fla., resident Caden Braswell won the 85cc Class Championship, and U.S. riders Enzo Temmerman of Visalia, Calif., and Logan Best of North point, Fla., finished second and fifth in the 65cc Class. U.S. rider Ryder DiFrancesco of Bakersfield, Calif., finished in sixth place in the 85cc Class. The team's only 125cc Class rider to compete in the event, Max Miller of Springfield, Ore., finished 20th in class.
2017: Tartu, Estonia. No U.S. team competition.
2016: Orlyonok, Russia. No U.S. team competition.
2015: Madrid, Spain. No U.S. team competition.
2014: Lierneux, Belgium. Nine U.S. riders finished with the best team score to bring home the world championship. The event, held Aug. 9-10, included racers from 33 countries competing at the technical and rocky Pleine Longs Sarts track. The U.S. team had a combined score of 21 points based on the best finishes of their riders in the 65cc, 85cc and 125cc classes. Germany was second with 23 points and France was third with 29 points.
The best-finishing U.S. riders in each class were Orange Brigade/FMF/KTM rider Alex Frye, from Huntingtown, Md., with a finish of 11th place in the 13-17 year old 125cc Class; San Diego, Calif., KTM Orange Brigade rider Conner Mullennix, from San Diego, Calif., with a seventh-place finish in the 11-14 year old 85cc Class; and KTM Orange Brigade rider Jeremy Ryan, from Santa Nella, Calif., with third in the 10-12 year old 65cc Class.
Other riders on the team included Hubert's Lemonade Kawasaki Team Green rider Jett Reynolds from Bakersfield, Calif.; KTM Orange Brigade rider Carter Biese from Appleton, Wis.; Monster Energy Kawasaki Team Green rider Garrett Marchbanks from Coalville, Utah; Brock Papi from McMurray, Pa.; Yamaha bLU cRU, supported by the Yamaha of Europe/Kemea Team, rider Jon Ames from Riverside, Calif.; and KTM Orange Brigade rider Challen Tennant from Willis, Texas.
2013: Jinin, Czech Republic. The U.S. team won the overall title. The Czech Republic team finished second, and Spain was third in the team-based competition. In addition to the team title, U.S. rider Aiden Tijero, from Danville, Calif., earned the individual world championship in the 65cc Class at the event, which broke participation records with 231 entries and 41 countries taking part. Chase Sexton, from La Moille, Ill., was the top-finishing U.S. rider in the 85cc Class, finishing fourth overall, while Jarek Balkovic from Camp Hill, Pa., led the U.S. team among 125cc riders, finishing sixth overall.
Other U.S. riders in 2013 included Max Miller from Springfield, Ore.; Michael Mosiman from Sebastopol, Calif.; Sean Cantrell from Newbury Park, Calif.; Mitchell Falk from Costa Mesa, Calif.; Josh Mosiman from Sebastopol, Calif.; Alexander Frye from Huntington, My.; Tristen Charboneau from Tenino, Wash.; and Cole Barbieri from Ukiah, Calif. The U.S. team manager was KTM’s Michael Sleeter from Murrieta, Calif.
2012: Sivlievo, Bulgaria. The U.S. team finished third overall with the Netherlands team taking the team championship and the home team of Bulgaria taking second. The U.S. team included Parker Mashburn from Stephenville, Texas, and Conner Mullennix from Santee, Calif. on 65s. Jake Pinhancos from Rochester, Mass., and Austin Forkner from Richards, Mo., raced 85cc machines. Jarek Balkovic from Camp Hill, Pa., and Jordon Smith from Belmont, N.C., represented the United States in the 125cc Class.
Mullennix's fifth, Forkner's second and Balkovic's 11th place finish were best in their respective classes and were used to put the team on the podium. The team manager for this event was Josh Mosiman.
2011: Cingoli, Italy. The U.S. team won, with Great Britain second and Italy third. In addition to the team title, U.S. rider Joey Savatgy from Thomasville, Ga., earned the individual world championship in the 125cc Class. Other U.S. riders in the 125cc Class included Chris Alldredge from Powell Butte, Ore.; Josh Mosiman from Sebastopol, Calif.; and Matt Bisceglia from Weatherford, Texas. U.S. riders in the 85cc Class were Mark Worth from Queen Creek, Ariz.; Chase Bell from Cairo, Ga.; Michael Mosiman from Sebastopol, Calif.; and Tyler Rosa from Perris, Calif. Gabriel Jairala from San Antonio, Texas, and Derek Drake from San Luis Obispo, Calif., competed in the 65cc Class. The 2011 U.S. team manager was Kawasaki's Ryan Holliday from Irvine, Calif.
2010: Dardon Gueugnon, France. American rider Jake Pinhancos from Rochester, Mass., took the victory in the 65cc Class, Josh Mosiman from Sebastopol, Calif., was the top 85cc Class rider, finishing 11th overall, and Joey Savatgy from Thomasville, Ga., placed second overall in the highly competitive 125cc Class. The U.S. team dominated the field with a total score of 14. Italy had the next lowest score at 23, and Team Australia rounded out the podium with a score of 25.
Other riders on the team included Joey Crown from Metamora, Mich., and Broc Papi from Mc Murry, Pa., on 65cc motorcycles. Matt Burkeen from Cary, N.C., raced an 85cc bike. Matt Bisceglia from Weatherford, Texas, competed on a 125. The team manager for this event was Suzuki’s Brian Noah from Cotati, Calif.
2009: New Zealand. No U.S. team competition. U.S. rider Eli Tomac won the 125cc individual title.
2008: The Netherlands. No U.S. team competition. U.S. riders Max Anstie, Steven Clark and Sean Lipanovich competed at the event.
2007: Bulgaria. No U.S. team competition. U.S. rider Blake Wharton won the 125cc individual title.
2006: Finland. No U.S. team competition. Americans Eli Tomac and Blake Wharton competed at this event.
2004: Latvia. No U.S. team competition. U.S. rider Zach Osborne won the 85cc individual title.
2001: Spain. No U.S. team competition. U.S. riders included Davi Millsaps, Broc Hepler, Jimmy Nelson, Shane Bess.
*From 2010-2014, there were three classes of competition: 125cc, 85cc and 65cc