PICKERINGTON, Ohio -- The American Motorcyclist Association-supported team that represented the United States at the FIM Junior Motocross World Championship in Horsham, Australia, won a class title and finished inside the top five overall, despite the absence of one of its top competitors.
Caden Braswell (center) accepting his 85cc World Championship trophy at 2018 FIM World Junior Motocross Championship
Photo by Marc Jones
U.S. rider Caden Braswell won the 85cc Class Championship aboard his KTM, and Enzo Temmerman narrowly missed out on winning the 65cc FIM Junior Motocross World Cup title. The second American rider in the 85cc Class, Ryder DiFrancesco, finished sixth.
The American team placed fourth in the FIM Junior Motocross World Championship for national teams at the Aug. 24-26 event featuring competitors ages 11 to 17 from 19 countries. It was the first time the United States participated since 2015.
The team's bid to claim the FIM Junior Motocross World Championship took a serious blow when 2013 Individual 65cc Champion and current 125cc Class competitor Aiden Tijero was unable to compete in the event. The second American rider in the 125cc Class, Max Miller, finished in 20th place.
"We are so proud of the effort all of the American riders put in this past weekend," AMA Motocross Manager Ricky Rickords said. "Caden Braswell put in an incredible performance to win the 85cc Class, and Ryder DiFrancesco gave the team two Americans in the class' top 10. Enzo Temmerman nearly brought home another class title for the United States, and Logan Best put in a strong performance, giving the United States two top-five finishers in the 65cc Class.
"It was unfortunate that Aiden Tijero did not get a chance to compete," Rickords said. "But Max Miller did a good job in the 125cc Class. We look forward to returning to the FIM Junior World Motocross Championship in 2019."
Full event results are available at results.mxgp.com/mxgp/standings.aspx.