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Added bonus for amateur motocross titles at Dooen

Jesse Holding, Jasper Moon, Seth Burchell and Connor Towill congratulate each other after a race at KTM Australian Junior Motocross Championship at Dooen.

Jesse Holding, Jasper Moon, Seth Burchell and Connor Towill congratulate each other after a race at KTM Australian Junior Motocross Championship at Dooen last year.

The Wimmera’s reputation as Victoria’s regional dirt-bike capital will gain momentum this weekend with some riders set to experience a unique opportunity.
Open amateur motocross championships at Dooen will offer leading junior riders from across Australia a chance to experience an international racing format.
Three world junior classes are part of the amateurs schedule, which means an already bumper field, including open as well as junior competitors, will swell considerably.
Horsham Motorcycling Club expects more than 2000 people trackside for the weekend.
Club spokesman Kenny Watts said a Motorcycling Australia decision to exempt certain rules to allow the running of classes under FIM regulations in the weekend schedule was a major plus for young riders as well as the event.
“What it means is that our Horsham event is offering young riders from across Australia a chance to gain experience in three world junior classes,” he said.
“It represents the only time any kid in Australia will get to ride in this format short of riding for Australia.
“It is an ideal opportunity for a junior to gain first-hand experience of what it might be like to ride in world junior titles. It is also great to have it on your resume.
“Because we’ve managed to have this as part of the MX Amateurs, we might have a situation where many members of the Australian junior team get to ride in Horsham in preparation for the world juniors in August. And some of these kids are among the best in the world.”
The fiercely competitive MX Amateurs was already a huge sporting event before the inclusion of the special juniors races.
The blue-ribbon open championship event on Saturday is the Bronte Holland Memorial 125cc Cup.
Horsham Motorcycle Club launched the cup race last year.
Bronte Holland, who won national and state titles, was a member of the Horsham club. He won a reputation as one of Australia’s fastest racers in the sport and turned professional at 16. He died in 2009 aged 21.
KTM Australia’s Callum Norton won the inaugural Bronte Holland Cup from Portland’s Lachie Davis and Horsham rider Corey Watts.
The MX Amateurs, set to feature the youngest of juniors to seasoned competitors, are part of a major build-up for the world junior titles.

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