Over the weekend, the 2019 Junior World Championships took place at Pietramurata in Italy. The grand prix track played host to some of the world’s best riders in the 125, 85 and 65 categories. It was a great day for the home nation as, along with the overall best county ranking, they also came away with two world champions.
In the 125 class EMX125 leader Mattia Guadagnini took a double victory in front of his home fans, with Tom Guyon being his nearest challenger on both occasions, much like in the European Championship this season. Swiss Mike Gwerder proved himself to be best of the rest in third as he continues to improve, with Simon Langenfelder and Joel Rizzi rounding out the top-5.
There was not one, but two Italians on the podium in the 85 world championship, with Valerio Lata taking the crowd and Matteo Russi coming home third overall. Latvia’s Edvards Bidzans took the silver medal after going 4-2 and Quentin Prugnieres and Karlis Reisulis both had individual race third places.
In the smallest capacity class it was EMX65 North West Zone champion Vitezslav Marek from Czech Republic who took the crown going 2-1. First race victory went to the impressive Ky Woods all the way from Australia, who grabbed second overall after coming home third in race two. Lotte van Drunen became the first female podium finisher with the bronze medal from a 3-4 score. Another Australian, Kayden Minear also impressed with fourth overall after and eighth in race one was combined with a second in race two.