85cc Junior Motocross

Caden Braswell

2018 FIM 85cc Junior Motocross World Champion

Born 15 May 2004 in Shalimar (FL), USA

CADEN KEEPS HIS COOL

Caden Braswell (KTM) is the 2018 FIM 85cc Junior Motocross World Champion after two cool rides to third and first at an eventful single-round event at Horsham, Australia.

The fourteen-year-old from Shalimar, Florida, progressed through the ranks since he began racing at the age of six, following in the footsteps of his father, who also raced. Caden went on to the compete in the Mini Os, and then at the famed Loretta Lynn´s – the proving ground for many young American motocross racers – winning an AMA South Carolina State Championship and earning selection for the first Team USA line-up to compete in the FIM Junior Motocross World Championship since 2014.

The annual event is held in a similar format to an MXGP round, with the outcome determined by two races. Braswell grabbed the holeshot in the first race and was in front until he suffered an issue with his knee brace locking up. The American dropped back down the field but managed to fix the issue and charged back up to third, as Belgium’s Liam Everts (KTM) - son and grandson of legendary FIM World Champions Stefan and Harry – took a clear win.

After Everts unfortunately crashed out of the second moto, Braswell took full advantage, recovering from a terrible start that saw him outside the top twenty in the first turn. Again, he showed his talent as he scythed through the field to take the victory at the chequered flag.

Kay de Wolf (KTM) claimed the runner-up spot with a second place and a sixth, whilst Dutch compatriot Kay Karssemakers (KTM) also made the overall podium for the second time in as many years after finishing fourth in both races.

PALMARES

World title – 2018

Eddie Jay-Wade

2017 FIM 85cc Junior Motocross World Champion

Born 17 August 2003 in Great Britain

WADE-A-GO EDDIE!

Eddie Jay Wade (Husqvarna) proved to be the class act in a field of forty youngsters competing in Tartu, Estonia, at the FIM 85cc Junior Motocross World Championship, which he won with convincing victories in both motos. Like Gianluca Facchetti in the 125cc class, Wade left his rivals trailing in both races around the Lange Motokeskus circuit to become the youngest FIM champion of 2017 at the age of just thirteen.

The Spanish-born Brit, who began racing at the age of six in Murcian regional championships, took the holeshot in race 1 and led every lap to the finish, surviving a couple of near misses under pressure from Noel Nilsson (Husqvarna). Whilst Nilsson never quite looked close enough to make a pass for the lead, the Swede was comfortable in second and his compatriot Max Palsson (KTM) also gapped the rest of the field to secure a lonely third. 

In Race 2 Wade was beaten on the start by Denmark's Magnus Smith (KTM) but he soon recovered to establish a lead that he controlled to the finish, sealing the title in style. Nilsson also made a bad start but proved he was the best of the rest with another second, whilst Dutchman Kay Karssemakers (Husqvarna) came out of a group battle with Smith, compatriot Kay de Wolf (KTM) and France's Florian Miot (Yamaha) to claim third in the race and in the championship.

Proudly representing the UK, Wade has emerged from Spanish regional motocross under the watchful eye of multiple national champion Paco Rico and is now surely set to blossom on the international stage.

PALMARES
World title – 2017

Rene Hofer

2016 FIM 85cc Junior Motocross World Champion

Born on 4 January 2002 in Steinbach, Austria

HOFER THE YOUNG RENE-GADE

Rene Hofer (KTM) could not have done any more in 2016 to flag his name as ‘one to watch’ in the fiercely competitive first stages of the professional motocross ‘pyramid’. The Austrian – riding a KTM, naturally – was dominant in three competitions this year and was the fastest talent in Europe on an 85cc motorcycle. FIM Junior 85cc Motocross World Championship honours were earned with aplomb at the Orlyonok circuit in Russia back in August. Despite promise from rivals as far afield as Japan, Latvia, Estonia and Russia, Hofer was on a different level and claimed the first race chequered flag by over thirty seconds. The second race was a little tighter but the 14-year-old got the job done.

A month earlier Hofer had gathered another double win at the Loket circuit in the Czech Republic and had the gold plate of the EMX85 European Championship already on the mantelpiece by the time the challenge of Orlyonok came around. Hofer now has to move to the next level and the speed and weight of the 125s are calling; he certainly graduates with top grades and a wealth of potential.

PALMARES
World title - 2016