PICKERINGTON, Ohio – The American Motorcyclist Ass’n has selected some of the fastest youth motocross racers in the country to compete at the 2013 FIM Junior Motocross World Championships Aug. 10-11 in Jinin, Czech Republic.
Multiple riders have been selected for each class – 65cc, 85cc and 125cc – to attempt to regain the Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme world title that the U.S. team relinquished last year in Bulgaria, where it finished third after winning the title in 2010 in France and 2011 in Italy.
This year’s 10- to 12-year-old 65cc class racers are Max Miller from Springfield, Ore.; Aiden Tijero from Danville, Calif.; and Ty Masterpool out of Paradise, Texas. All three riders will compete aboard KTM Orange Brigade machines.
Monster Energy Team Green Kawasaki rider Sean Cantrell from Newbury Park, Calif.; Bonamigo Suzuki-mounted Michael Mosiman from Seabastopol, Calif.; Rock River Racing star Chase Sexton from La Moille, Ill.; and KTM Orange Brigade rider Mitchel Falk from Carlsbad, Calif., will represent the United States in the 11- to 14-year-old 85cc ranks. Mosiman is racing for the team for the second time, hoping to improve on his top-10 finish in Italy in 2011.
In the 13- to 17-year-old 125cc class is Jarek Balkovic from Camp Hill, Pa., on his Cernics Racing Yamaha. Alongside Balkovic, and also on Yamahas, are Rock River Racing riders Cole Barbieri from Ukiah, Calif., and Tristan Charboneau from Tenino, Wash. Alexander Frye from Huntington, Md., will compete on an Orange Brigade KTM machine. Returning for his second time is Josh Mosiman from Seabastopol, Calif., aboard his Bonamigo Suzuki. Mosiman’s outstanding performance in 2010 propelled the team to a World Championship in France.
Two-time AMA Amateur National Motocross Champion Frye says he is ready for the challenge.
“I am very honored to be a part of Team USA this year,” Frye said. “I cannot thank the AMA and [AMA Motocross Manager] Kip Bigelow enough for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. This is a brand-new experience for me, so I am excited to see how well we will work together as a team. To be selected out of hundreds of kids to represent the United States is like a dream come true. I’m very thankful and blessed to be awarded this opportunity.”
Chase Sexton, 2011 85cc 9-11 AMA Amateur National Motocross champion, will lead the 85cc class in hopes of recapturing the World Team title.