|PICKERINGTON, Ohio — A talented team of the fastest motocross racers in American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) amateur racing is gearing up to take on the world at the FIM Junior Motocross World Championship. The event, Aug. 22-24 in Dardon Gueugnon, France, will take place at the Circuit de Gueugnon.
“From today’s Pee Wee riders to tomorrow’s superstars, AMA Racing creates some of the fastest amateur motocrossers in the world,” said AMA Director of Racing Joe Bromley. “And we are eager to put our riders up against the best of the rest at the FIM Junior Motocross World Championship. The talent at this event will be exceptional and an excellent proving ground for our young racers.”
Brian Noah will manage the U.S. team, and AMA Motocross Manager Kip Bigelow will serve as FIM steward. The 65cc riders will be Joey Crown from Metamora, Mich., and Jake Pinhancos from Rochester, Mass., both riding KTMs. The 85cc riders will be Matt Burkeen from Cary, N.C., on a Yamaha and Josh Mosiman from Sebastopol, Calif., on a Suzuki. The 125cc riders will be Matt Bisceglia from Weatherford, Texas, on a Yamaha and Joey Savatgy from Thomasville, Ga., on a Suzuki.
Noah said that he is proud to be a part of the international effort.
“I know all the kids selected to represent Team USA are among some of the best riders in the U.S., and I am confident they will perform well at the Junior World Championship,” he said. “I will do all that I can to make this journey a successful and fun event for everyone involved. Managing this effort will definitely be a highlight of my career.”
Savatgy is one of the more veteran riders on the team. The 16-year-old competed at the event in Australia in 2009.
“After racing in Australia in 2009, I realized how much competition there is on an international level,” Savatgy said. “I was really kind of surprised at the level of speed there, and it made me see how small my racing world really was over here in the States. Going to France, up against all the best youth riders, from all different countries, is a rare and special opportunity for any rider. I am very proud to represent the United States there.”
Bisceglia, 15, said that he also is looking forward to the international competition.
“I am super stoked to be chosen to represent the United States in France at the Junior World Championship,” Bisceglia said. “This is for sure an honor for me. I have always dreamed of competing in a race like this, and I will do my best to represent the United States in an exceptional way, both on and off the track. I wouldn’t be here without my help from all of my sponsors and will do my best to come back with a win!”
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