Jr. Motocross World Championship Teams Set
“To be selected for the Junior Motocross World Championship is a huge honor,” Sexton said. “To get to go race with kids in my class from different countries is awesome. I have been training hard and I feel ready for the heat and track conditions, and ready to bring home gold for the United States.”
KTM North America’s Amateur Motocross Support Coordinator Mike Sleeter will serve as co-team manager and organize the team’s efforts. Sleeter, a racer himself who also won a title at the 2012 AMA Amateur National Motocross Championships, brings years of amateur and professional racing experience and will be instrumental in the success of the team.
“It’s an honor to be able to work with top American amateur riders and families to accomplish their goals of becoming the next MX/SX star,” Sleeter said. “I believe with the track record of riders who have attended the FIM Junior Motocross World Championships, it speaks volumes on the caliber of riders that attend this event. Being selected for this event leads me to believe that these select riders are well on their way to being the next superstars of the sport. We have a very strong team this year, and I look forward to the challenge and task of bringing back the title to the United States.”
The team will also have on board the services of Jeff Cernic as co-manager. Cernic is owner of Cernic’s Racing and longtime amateur motocross supporter. He has an abundance of success on his resume, including supporting Travis Pastrana in his amateur motocross racing days.
The AMA’s Bigelow, who also serves as the FIM Team Jury Delegate, said that the team is looking forward to re-creating the success it experienced in 2010 and 2011 and would like to look past last year’s podium finish.
“This is the fourth year the AMA has put in the effort to bring a team overseas for this event, and with the depth of our team I expect a strong showing,” Bigelow said. “While in the past American riders have won individual titles – such as Ryan Villopoto in Italy in 2003, Blake Wharton in Bulgaria in 2007, Eli Tomac in New Zealand in 2009 and most recently 2013 Supercross Rookie of the Year Joey Savatgy in Italy in 2012 – our primary goal is to bring home the Team World Championship for the United States. Without question, our amateur motocross program in America produces some of the best young racers in the world. I’m extremely proud to be a part of this program that provides the riders and the families with this exceptional experience.”