By Megan Voo
13-year-old Kadina local Alex Larwood is set to represent Australia in the 2017 Junior Motocross World Championship in July this year.
Qualifying in the Junior 85cc and set to compete at Lange Motokeskus in Estonia, Alex is setting the bar high for South Australian sporting talent. Under his winning belt are 91 races from 108 starts since beginning competitive riding in 2011 when he was just eight years old. The young talent is ecstatic to be joining world-class athletes in the races.
“To represent Australia at the World Championships has been my dream,” Alex says. “I just love riding my motorbike. I am super excited about participating at the worlds as I will be competing against the best of the best.”
Alex’s mother, Rachel Larwood, says Alex is very excited to represent Australia in the upcoming championships and that it has been one of his goals to make the team. “He has won every age group so far, representing Motorcycling South Australia six times at the Australian Junior Motocross Championships.”
“We live on a farm in Kadina, where we have plenty of space to ride motorbikes around. We watched Alex progress from a 4 wheeler to a 2 wheeler then to proper race bikes.” Rachel says.
Alex has been preparing for the competition by keeping up his fitness at the local gym under the guidance of a fitness instructor, concentrating on strength and core muscle work. He also practices on the home track, where he can train under the guidance of his coach, Shane Meltcafe. “Alex and his older brother Thomas are on Shane Metcalfe’s Yamaha Junior Racing Team. Shane takes them on coaching and training days throughout the year and helps them with their riding during racing.” Alex has such dedication to the sport that he also races at his local Kadina Motocross Club every fortnight.
The Australian Team Manager, Mark Willingham, who has managed three world championships, has also been in preparation mode to support the national team in the worlds later this year. “From a riding perspective, all the riders have been selected based on their ability already, which has been developed from their own individual programs.” Mark says. “We don’t really come in looking to make changes to that, it’s clearly working for them so we mostly aim to make sure they look to practice in conditions that would be similar to what will be seen in Estonia.”
The highly anticipated MX Junior 2017 World Championship will take place in Lange Motokeskus, Estonia on 30 July.
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