Etienne Bax & Kaspars Stupelis

2019 FIM Sidecar Motocross World Champion

Etienne Bax (Driver)
Born on 9 August 1988 in Netherlands

Kaspars Stupelis (Passenger) 
Born on 7 July 1992 in Latvia

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The Netherlands

2019 FIM Motocross of Nations

Riders: Glenn Coldenhoff, Jeffrey Herlings, Calvin Vlaanderen

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Courtney Duncan

2019 FIM Women's Motocross World Champion

Born on 26 January 1996 in Otago, New Zealand 

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KIWI COURTNEY’S TURKISH DELIGHT 

New Zealand’s Courtney Duncan (Kawasaki) finally claimed the FIM Women’s Motocross World Championship in 2019, after three years of near misses since bursting onto the scene as a race-winning rookie in 2016. Duncan stunned the motocross world when she won both motos on her professional debut in Qatar, but after two further wins, a freak accident ruled her out of two rounds of that season and meant she finished third, despite winning more races than any other rider. 

Courtney then missed the title by just two points in 2017, before injuring herself again in 2018 whilst holding a twenty-one point lead with two rounds to go. However, a change of manufacturer heralded a change of fortune in 2019. After taking victory in the opening moto of the season at Valkenswaard, The Netherlands, Duncan slipped to fourth in the second moto and allowed Dutch rider Nancy van der Ven (Yamaha) to claim top spot, but that would prove to be the only moment she would let her guard slip all season. 

Consecutive doubles in Portugal, Czech Republic and Italy set up a title shot at the final round in Turkey, where she wasted no time in wrapping things up with a dominant twelve-second victory in the first moto. Duncan signed-off her 2019 assault with a second race win, making it nine from ten for the season, as she followed in the footsteps of fellow Kiwi Katherine Oberlin-Brown (nee Prumm), who won the Women’s World Cup in 2006 and 2007, before the class was elevated to FIM World Motocross Championship status in 2008. 

PALMARES 

World title – 2019 

Mattia Guadagnini

2019 FIM 125cc Junior Motocross World Champion

Born 11 Avril 2002 in Bassano del Grappa (Vicenza), Italy 

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MATTIA STEPS UP 

After taking the silver medal in 2018, Italy’s Mattia Guadagnini (Husqvarna) upgraded to gold in 2019 as he became the FIM 125cc Junior Motocross World Champion with a classy and determined performance in front of his home crowd in Pietramurata. 

A bumper crowd of passionate Italian fans at the Il Ciclamino track saw Guadagnini pick off four riders on the opening lap, after Joel Rizzi (KTM) from Great Britain grabbed the holeshot from Germany’s Simon Langenfelder (KTM), the Estonian Meico Vettik (KTM) and Max Palsson (KTM) of Sweden. Once Guadagnini got to the front he stayed there, opening a winning margin of sixteen seconds over eventual second-place finisher Tom Guyon (KTM) of France, who recovered from a bad start to edge out a surge from Swiss rider Mike Gwerder (KTM) into third. 

Guyon then gave chase to Guadagnini from the very start of the second race, the Italian snatching the holeshot this time, but the Frenchman sticking right to his rear wheel. The pair broke free at the front and opened up a huge gap over Gwerder, who was leading the second group in third from Langenfelder.  

At the halfway point of the race Guyon launched an attack for the lead but it only lasted a few metres as a mistake immediately handed the advantage back to Guadagnini, who reacted by opening up a two-second gap to the chequered flag and secured the title with a spectacular 1-1 showing. Gwerder held on to third place again to repeat the podium from the first race and confirm the same order for the medal positions. 

PALMARES

1 World title – 2019

Valerio Lata

2019 FIM 85cc Junior Motocross World Champion

Born 6 July 2005 in Roma, Italy 

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VALERIO VICTORIOUS ON HOME GROUND 

Valerio Lata (KTM) was crowned as the FIM 85cc Junior Motocross World Champion in 2019, coming out on top of a dense seventy-eight rider field after winning both motos in convincing fashion in front of three thousand delighted fans at his home track of Il Ciclamino in Pietramurata, Italy. 

Latvian rider Karlis Alberts Reisulis (KTM) took the holeshot in the first race, ahead of Lata and his fellow Italian Matteo Luigi Russi (KTM), followed by Denmark’s Lucas Bruhn (KTM), the Austrian Maximilian Ernecker (Husqvarna), the other Latvian rider Edvards Bidzans (Husqvarna) and Nicholas Romano (KTM) of the USA. Lata moved to the front after just a few corners and dominated all thirteen laps to win by almost ten seconds from Russi and Reisulis.    

Lata again set the pace from the front in race two, followed by his compatriot Russi, who crashed in the second turn, leaving the French rider Maxime Grau (KTM) in second place ahead of Bruhn. Once again home rider Lata kept the lead with an amazing determination until the end of the race and claimed the gold medal in style, with Bidzans coming through for second place and the silver medal ahead of Russi, for whom fifth place was enough for bronze. 

PALMARES 

World title – 2019 

Cooper Webb

2019 AMA Supercross FIM World Champion

Born on 10 November 1995 in Newport, USA 

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WEBB IS NEW SUPERSTAR OF SUPERCROSS 

Cooper Webb (KTM) confirmed his status as off-road racing’s new superstar, lifting the AMA Supercross FIM World Championship after a sensational 2019 season. Webb, who won his first amateur national championship at the age of six and was the AMA Youth Motocross Rider of the Year in 2010 before turning professional three years later, stepped up to the 450SX class in 2017, earning his first podium during an injury-hit rookie season.  

With only one podium to show for his 2018 efforts and following an inauspicious start to 2019, which wielded a fifth and a tenth at Anaheim I and Glendale, few could have predicted the sheer dominance that was to follow. A first ever win at Anaheim II capped off an almost perfect triple crown weekend - which features three main events rather than a single main - as Webb won the first two mains and swept the podium with a third-place finish in the final. 

Six more victories would follow as the twenty-three-year-old missed out on the podium on just four further occasions- Even though Eli Tomac (Kawasaki) started to threaten the North Carolinian in the closing rounds, Webb was able to manage his comfortable points lead. He eventually reached the final round in Las Vegas needing just a twentieth place finish to clinch the title, which he wrapped up with an eleventh podium finish from seventeen events. 

Webb, whose father was a professional surfer and owns a surf shop in North Carolina, is the twenty-second winner in the history of AMA Supercross. 

PALMARES

World title – 2019

Jorge Prado

2019 FIM MX2 Motocross World Champion

Born on 5 January 2001 in Lugo, Spain

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PRADO’S PERFECT SEASON 

Jorge Prado García (KTM) further enhanced his reputation as the brightest young talent in World motocross as he claimed the FIM MX2 Motocross World Championship for the second successive season at the age of just eighteen.  

Prado began riding trials at the age of three, switching to motocross when he was seven and starting his large collection of prestigious international titles just a couple of years later, including the FIM 65cc Junior Motocross World Championship in 2011 - the youngest rider ever to do so. He made his MX2 debut in 2016 and claimed his first podium, taking a first win in 2017 and the title in 2018. The youngster will now move up to the MXGP class in 2020 on the back of a truly sensational 2019 that saw him wrap up the title with two rounds to spare, having won twenty-seven of the thirty-two motos up to that point. 

Out of those thirty-two races, Prado missed two of them when he was ruled out of the British Grand Prix with a shoulder injury sustained in training, whilst he finished second in two of the others. Meanwhile, his fourth place in the second moto in Sweden came after a victory in the first that already secured the title, and made him the youngest two-time World Champion in the history of the sport.  

Jorge also pursues a successful swimming career and has been crowned Galician swimming champion, as well as having competed with team Portamiñá. 

PALMARES

Junior Motocross 65cc World title - 2011
World title – MX2 2018 and 2019

2018 FIM MX2 Motocross World Champion

PRODIGIOUS PRADO MAKES A SPLASH

Jorge Prado García (KTM) followed in the illustrious footsteps of Ken Roczen and Jeffrey Herlings in 2018 as he became an FIM MX2 World Champion at the tender age of seventeen. After a season-long battle with his teammate and defending champion Pauls Jonass (KTM), Prado was actually crowned ahead of the final round at Imola when the Latvian was forced to withdraw from the event in order to undergo surgery on his right knee.

With a healthy advantage over Thomas Kjer Olsen (Husqvarna) in third place, Jonass’ absence meant that Prado was champion before a wheel was turned in Italy but there could be no denying that the youngster from Lugo, Galicia, had earned it. Signing off with a fourth double, the Spaniard finished the season with seventeen individual race wins, twelve overall victories and seventeen podiums. Prado’s total of 873 points from 20 rounds of racing represents an impressive average of 43.6 points per round - out of a maximum 50 - at the end of a season that also wielded ten pole positions and a total of 331 laps spent in the lead.

Prado, who also pursues a successful swimming career and is a Galician regional champion, is the eighth different rider to have earned MX2 success with KTM in fifteen years and he now lies behind only Herlings and Antonio Cairoli in the all-time MX2 winners’ list. Denmark’s Olsen finished third in the championship for the second successive season after claiming sixteen podium finishes, including a single victory in Latvia.

PALMARES

World title – MX2 2018
Junior Motocross 65cc World title - 2011

Bailey Malkiewicz

2018 FIM 125cc Junior Motocross World Champion

Born on 9 October 2001 in Australia

BAILEY BREAKS THROUGH

Bailey Malkiewicz (Yamaha) won the FIM 125cc Junior Motocross World Championship on home soil in Australia after an epic battle with Italy’s Mattia Guadagnini (Husqvarna) over two motos. A superb day of racing in Horsham started with chilly temperatures and overcast skies but the clouds subsided just in time for the start gates to drop and the crowd were treated to some warm winter sun and some red-hot racing.

Guadagnini took the holeshot in the first race and after rounding the first turn in third, Malkiewicz quickly moved up to second and gave chase. On the second lap the Australian drew alongside the Italian as they entered a tight left-hand turn and the pair collided, with Malkiewicz falling from his bike. He quickly remounted and hung on to second place, but couldn’t bridge the gap to the clear race winner.  

The second moto provided another thrilling head-to-head between the pair that thankfully lasted much longer than just two laps, Malkiewicz taking the early lead this time until a mistake on lap five let Guadagnini through. Malkiewicz stayed close and kept the pressure on and on lap 13 of 15 Guadagnini finally cracked, crashing and handing the win and the title to his rival.

Guadagnini remounted to finish third but had to settle for the runner-up spot in the championship, with Petr Polak (KTM) from the Czech Republic completing the podium in third place overall after consistent third and second-place finishes in the two races.

Malkiewicz, already a multiple Australian Junior Champion, is already competing in the senior championships in his home country and is certain to be one to watch on the world stage in the coming years.

PALMARES

1 World title – 2018