125cc Junior Motocross

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

Gianluca Facchetti

2017 FIM 125cc Junior Motocross World Champion

Born on 29 March 2000 in Italy

FIERY FACCHETTI SMOKES THE FIELD

Gianluca Facchetti (Husqvarna) formally announced himself as the next Italian star of motocross by winning both motos of the FIM 125cc Junior Motocross World Championship in Tartu, Estonia, in stylish fashion as he dominated a forty-rider field around the Lange Motokeskus circuit.

In race one the 17-year-old led the field across the Holeshot line, closely followed by French youngster Brian Moreau (KTM), heading every subsequent lap to claim a clear victory, four seconds ahead of Denmark's Mikkel Haarup (Husqvarna), who reeled in and passed Moreau late in the race. In race 2 Facchetti had another good jump off of the gate and was even more dominant, at one point holding a sixteen-second gap as he comfortably took the flag again – this time by eight and a half seconds from Norway's Kevin Horgmo (KTM). Third place for Haarup secured second overall, with Horgmo's fourth in race 1 enough to outscore Moreau, who dropped out of the podium positions with a 3-4. 

As a national junior champion Facchetti has been touted as his country's next big thing for some time now but two years ago he sustained multiple injuries including a shattered pelvis in a traffic accident that threatened to end his burgeoning career. However, in a year that saw his legendary compatriot Antonio Cairoli return to the pinnacle of the sport as FIM MXGP World Champion, Facchetti proved he is also firmly back on track to follow in his friend's footsteps.

PALMARES
World title – 2017

Jago Geerts

2016 FIM 125cc Junior Motocross World Champion

Born on 21 April 2000 in Geel, Belgium

JAGO GOES FOR GOLD

It did not take long for Motocross super-power Belgium to find the next bright star in the stream of talent for off-road motorcycle racing that has consistently filtered out of the country for the better part of five decades. Hoping to tread where the likes of De Coster, Geboers, Everts, Smets, Malherbe, Jobe, Ramon (just to name a few of Belgian’s MX heroes) have gone before is the 2016 FIM 125cc Junior Motocross World Champion Jago Geerts (KTM). The 16-year-old from Geel impressed this season with victory in both World and European 125cc Championships to make his mark as the upcoming star of motocross on this side of the Atlantic.

Geerts rode his Sakhar KTM to another level in 2016. In the pressure cooker of the one-day FIM World Championship format (the two races taking place at Orlyonok in Russia) he shared race wins with Dutch youngster Roan Van de Moosdijk (Yamaha) but crucially owned the second sprint to earn his first world title. From the sixteen races of the eight-round EMX125 European Championship Geerts triumphed in ten to confidently nail his ambitions on the step up to the 250s and further progress up the professional racing ladder. It cannot be long before the Grand Prix beckons.    

PALMARES

World title - 2016