Junior Motocross World Championship
The Junior Motocross of Nations is the recognized world championship event for amateur youth motocross racers. It features national teams competing for a combined score to determine the overall championship-winning country. Racers also compete for individual championships in each class.
Governed by the Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme, the Junior Motocross World Championship features multiple-rider teams competing on 125cc, 85cc and 65cc two-stroke motocross bikes. A team's top rider in each class earns points toward the world championship title.
The U.S. team is selected by the AMA, under advisement of a committee that includes longtime members of the motocross community.
U.S. Team History
2013: Jinin, Czech Republic. The U.S. team won the overall title. The Czech Republic team finished second, and Spain was third in the team-based competition. In addition to the team title, U.S. rider Aiden Tijero, from Danville, Calif., earned the individual world championship in the 65cc class at the event, which broke participation records with 231 entries and 41 countries taking part. Chase Sexton, from La Moille, Ill., was the top-finishing U.S. rider in the 85cc class, finishing fourth overall, while Jarek Balkovic from Camp Hill, Pa., led the U.S. team among 125cc riders, finishing sixth overall.
Other U.S. riders in 2013 included Max Miller from Springfield, Ore.; Michael Mosiman from Sebastopol, Calif.; Sean Cantrell from Newbury Park, Calif.; Mitchell Falk from Costa Mesa, Calif.; Josh Mosiman from Sebastopol, Calif.; Alexander Frye from Huntington, My.; Tristen Charboneau from Tenino, Wash.; and Cole Barbieri from Ukiah, Calif. The U.S. team manager was KTM’s Michael Sleeter from Murrieta, Calif.
2013 World championship team
2012: Sivlievo, Bulgaria. The U. S. team finished third overall with the Netherlands team taking the team championship and the home team of Bulgaria taking second. The U.S. team included Parker Mashburn from Stephenville, Texas, and Conner Mullennix from Santee, Calif. on 65s. Jake Pinhancos from Rochester, Mass., and Austin Forkner from Richards, Mo., raced 85s. Jarek Balkovic from Camp Hill, Pa., and Jordon Smith from Belmont, N.C., represented the United States on 125s.
Mullennix's fifth, Forkner's second and Balkovic's 11th place finish were best in their respective classes and were used to put the team on the podium. The team manager for this event was Josh Mosiman.
2011: Cingoli, Italy. The U.S. team won, with Great Britain second and Italy third. In addition to the team title, U.S. rider Joey Savatgy from Thomasville, Ga., earned the individual world championship in the 125cc class. Other U.S. riders in the 125cc class included Chris Alldredge from Powell Butte, Ore.; Josh Mosiman from Sebastopol, Calif.; and Matt Bisceglia from Weatherford, Texas. U.S. riders in the 85cc class were Mark Worth from Queen Creek, Ariz.; Chase Bell from Cairo, Ga.; Michael Mosiman from Sebastopol, Calif.; and Tyler Rosa from Perris, Calif. Gabriel Jairala from San Antonio, Texas, and Derek Drake from San Luis Obispo, Calif., competed in the 65cc class. The 2011 U.S. team manager was Kawasaki's Ryan Holliday from Irvine, Calif.
2011 World championship team
2010: Dardon Gueugnon, France. American rider Jake Pinhancos from Rochester, Mass., took the victory in the 65cc class, Josh Mosiman from Sebastopol, Calif., was the top 85cc rider, finishing 11th overall, and Joey Savatgy from Thomasville, Ga., placed second overall in the highly competitive 125cc class. The U.S. team dominated the field with a total score of 14. Italy had the next lowest score at 23, and Team Australia rounded out the podium with a score of 25.
Other riders on the team included Joey Crown from Metamora, Mich., and Broc Papi from Mc Murry, Pa., on 65s. Matt Burkeen from Cary, N.C., raced an 85cc bike. Matt Bisceglia from Weatherford, Texas, competed on a 125. The team manager for this event was Suzuki’s Brian Noah from Cotati, Calif.
2010 World championship team
2009: New Zealand. No U.S. team competition. U.S. rider Eli Tomac won the 125cc individual title.
2008: The Netherlands. No U.S. team competition. U.S. riders Max Anstie, Steven Clark and Sean Lipanovich competed at the event.
2007: Bulgaria. No U.S. team competition. U.S. rider Blake Wharton won the 125cc individual title.
2006: Finland. No U.S. team competition. Americans Eli Tomac and Blake Wharton competed at this event.
2004: Latvia. No U.S. team competition. U.S. rider Zach Osborne won the 85cc individual title.
2001: Spain. No U.S. team competition. U.S. riders included Davi Millsaps, Broc Hepler, Jimmy Nelson, Shane Bess.