As the grand prix circus takes part in its second Indonesian round this weekend (officially known as the MXGP of Asia), there is plenty of other action to keep your eye on around the world.
Junior World Championships:
The 2019 FIM Junior Motocross World Championships take place at the grand prix track of Pietramurata in Northern Italy over the next two days. The best 125, 85 and 65 riders from all around Europe are joined by riders from Australia, South Africa, USA and more to compete for the world crowns.
The gates will be fuller than the ones in Indonesia and the racing will be intense as it is all or nothing in the one round championships.
No AMA Nationals this week, but the Canadian Nationals return for their fourth round at Gopher Dunes. This is the first round back in the East of the country and it is Colton Facciotti holding the advantage in the 450 class. American Phil Nicoletti is just four points behind in second, whilst the battle for third is tight with first round winner Cole Thompson two points better off than Mike Alessi. Last time out it was Matt Goerke who took victory, he lies in fifth, two points behind Alessi.
American former GP rider Marshal Weltin is leading the 250 points standings by two points ahead of Dylan Wright. Tyler Medaglia and Josh Osby are tying for third, fourteen points off of Weltin. Women’s World Championship rider Avrie Berry is leading the WMX championship by seven points in front of Shelby Turner.
The Australian Nationals also return this weekend as the series visits Maitland for round seven of the series. Todd Waters took the lead of the MX1 class at the last round and is now three points ahead of Luke Clout, with Hayden Mellross only two points further back! In MX2 Wilson Todd is 24 points in front of Kyle Webster, who will be looking over his shoulder as Jay Wilson is only a point further behind.
European National Championships:
The final round of the French Elite Championships will take place at Iffendic over both days. In MX1, Maxime Desprey is the man in control as he holds a 26 point lead over Nico Aubin and Greg Aranda who are tied for second. Milko Potisek will be eyeing a final top three position as he is only four points off Aubin and Aranda. The championship chase is over in MX2 as Valentin Teillet cannot be caught as he is 71 points ahead of Tom Guyon. Stephen Rubini only lies four points behind Guyon, so the battle for second will be where the action is. Florian Miot has all but won the Junior 125 category, as he goes into the final round 48 points ahead of Saad Soulimani.
It is the sixth round of the DMSB German Championship from Schweighausen on Sunday. This is a championship that gets often overlooked due to the higher profile ADAC German Masters series which takes place in the country. However, some quality riders compete at the sharp end of the DMSB series, with Jens Getteman 24 points ahead of Stefan Ekerold in the Open class. Gianluca Ecca is the leader of the Junior 250 class, with a 23 point advantage over Pit Rickert.
The Latvian Championship has its fourth round at Dobele on Sunday. Coming straight off the back of round three last weekend in Estonia, Toms Macuks leads the MX1 class after an injury to Matiss Karro. Macuks is over 50 points ahead of nearest rival Karel Kutsar. Estonian Priit Ratsep has an even higher 58 point lead in MX2.
In the Czech Republic, it is round five of the national championship in Petrovice. At this stage, Hungary’s Bence Szvoboda is 22 points ahead of Filip Neugebauer in MX1. Austria’s Lukas Neurauter is just one point further behind. In MX2, Slovakia’s Simon Jost holds a slender three point lead over Jakub Teresak, Martin Krc is nine points further behind. In the Women’s class Kristyna Vitkova is yet to be bettered and holds a perfect 200 point score. Barbora Lankova has been her nearest challenger, 28 points behind.