U.S. Riders Chosen For FIM Junior World Motocross Championships

Cycle News Staff | June 3, 2013
  Sean Cantrell will be one of the riders representing the U.S. at the FIM Junior World MX Championships in the Czech Republic. Photography by Kit Palmer


Sean Cantrell will be one of the riders representing the U.S. at the 2013 FIM Junior World MX World Championships in the Czech Republic.

Box with The AMA has selected the team that will compete in the 2013 FIM Junior Motocross World Championships in the Czech Republic, August 10-11, with multiple riders selected for each class – 65cc, 85cc and 125cc – in an attempt to regain the FIM world title that the U.S. team relinquished last year in Bulgaria. The team won the competition in France in 2010 and Italy in 2011 before finishing third last year.

This year’s 10- to 12-year-old 65cc class racers are Max Miller from Springfield, Oregone; Aiden Tijero from Danville, California; and Ty Masterpool out of Paradise, Texas. All three riders will compete aboard KTMs.

Monster Energy Team Green Kawasaki rider Sean Cantrell from Newbury Park, California; Bonamigo Suzuki-mounted Michael Mosiman from Seabastopol, California; Rock River Racing star Chase Sexton from La Moille, Illinois; and KTM rider Mitchel Falk from Carlsbad, California, will represent the United States in the 11- to 14-year-old 85cc ranks. Mosiman is racing for the team for the second time, hoping to improve on his top-10 finish in Italy in 2011.

In the 13- to 17-year-old 125cc class is Jarek Balkovic from Camp Hill, Pennsylvania, on his Cernics Racing Yamaha. Alongside Balkovic, and also on Yamahas, are Rock River Racing riders Cole Barbieri from Ukiah, California, and Tristan Charboneau from Tenino, Washington. Alexander Frye from Huntington, Maryland, will compete on a KTM. Returning for his second time is Josh Mosiman from Seabastopol, California, aboard his Bonamigo Suzuki. Mosiman’s outstanding performance in 2010 propelled the team to a World Championship in France.

KTM North America’s Amateur Motocross Support Coordinator Mike Sleeter will serve as co-team manager and organize the team’s efforts. Sleeter, a racer himself who also won a title at the 2012 AMA Amateur National Motocross Championships, brings years of amateur and professional racing experience and will be instrumental in the success of the team.

The team will also have on board the services of Jeff Cernic as co-manager. Cernic is owner of Cernic’s Racing and longtime amateur motocross supporter. He has an abundance of success on his resume, including supporting Travis Pastrana in his amateur motocross racing days.