The Kawasaki KX Junior Squad was re-established in 2015 as an effort to continue supporting budding champions in Australian Junior off-road racing. Grace Rowe, Mitch Brierley, Joshua Livsey & Brad West have been dominating motos on board their Kawasaki KX85’s while Lyndon Snodgrass and Josh Brierley, have been flying the Kawasaki flag aboard a KX250F.
Leading into the race season, Mitch had broken the base of his right tibia in a training accident. Having only received the all clear to compete on the Monday before his first race, Mitch pulled off 3rd place in both the sprint and enduro J3 races of the first NSW off Road Championships round in Bulahdelah NSW. “I just wanted to ride and have a good weekend”, said Mitch who raced gallantly on his KX85II.
The Australian Off Road Championship opened in Kilkivan, Queensland where conditions were incredibly dry and dusty producing challenging tracks and exciting sprints in both rounds. “The deep powder ruts and rocky terrain had me working hard”, said Mitch who was guided by his Kawasaki through the loops and rode consistently to take 1st on Saturday and 2nd on the Sunday in the J2 class.
Mitch is currently leading the J2 class of the Australian Off Road Championships after showing great speed and confidence on his KX85II in the sandy conditions to take out both the sprint and two hour enduro moto in the last rounds (3 & 4), in Hedley Victoria.
Joshua Livsey has returned in 2015 more determined than ever after missing out on an attempt at the Australian Junior Motocross titles last year due to a crash in the qualifying round.
The 1st round of the Sunshine State MX series was held in Roma QLD. Approximately 70 competitors were split into 2 heats on the technical track. Storming through knee deep ruts on his KX85, Josh managed to place 5th overall for the day. Josh sustained his tenacious start to the season in round 1 of the QLD state titles where he is currently running in 2nd place overall after the first muddy qualifier held in Rockampton.
On the back of representing Australia at the World Junior Motocross Titles in 2014, Brad West entered this year’s off road season with a similar mission in mind. Unfortunately Brad injured his shoulder in a training accident during the lead up to the first round of the QLD Junior Motocross Championships. Brad was given the all clear to race a week before the round where he showed his determination and valour to secure 4th place in the 65cc (9yr-11yr) class. Brad’s father, Sean West said, “the bike preparation is on point. Brad is almost 100% after his accident and we can’t keep him off his Kawasaki. He is training almost every day”!
Brad is also racing Kawasaki’s internationally this year with the goal of a podium in the USA Loretta Lynn’s Amateur National Championship. During recent qualifying rounds, Brad has won races in the 65cc (9yrs – 11yrs) class, 85cc ( 9yrs – 11yrs) class and placed 3rd against 15 year olds in an 85cc class.
Max Whale has laudably represented Kawasaki in the recent Track and Dirt Track Queensland Titles.
On-board his KX125 and KX250F, Max competed in the 150 2 stroke (13 - U16), 250 4 stroke (13 - U16) and a combined class (13 - U16) held over the Easter weekend earlier this year. Max put himself to the task with 6 titles up for grabs and he came away with the ultimate result of winning all 6, giving him the opportunity to run the number 1 plate next year. "This was the best meeting of my life and it made my job a lot easier on such good equipment", said Max who was elated with his results this early in the year. Max will be competing next on the 4th/5th of July at the Australian Track Championships in Kempsey NSW.
In his first year competing as a senior, Lyndon Snodgrass has establish himself as a capable under 19’s rider. Lyndon Is currently leading the Victorian Off Road Championships E1 class after spear heading both races in the first round and maintaining his exceptional racing into the subsequent rounds.
Rounds 3 & 4 of the Australian Off Road Championship class were held in conjunction with rounds 2 & 3 of the Victorian Off Road Championships. The track was plagued by dust and the sandy ruts resulted in rough racing conditions. The cross-country rounds were held on the first day (Saturday). Lyndon placed 2nd in the AORC (Under 19’s) and 1st in the E1 VORC class. Day 2 comprised of the sprints where Lyndon again secured 2nd in AORC (Under 19’s) and 1st in VORC. “I was pretty happy with how I rode, just made a few small mistakes that cost me a bit of time. I am getting used to my bike (KX250F), in the deep sandy condition and its showing with my results.”, said Lyndon.
Josh Brierley had a solid start to his race season at the first round of the NSW Junior Off Road Championships held in Bulahdelah NSW. Josh’s KX250F served him well in both the 8 minute sprint and 2hr cross country J3 races where he took 2nd place in both motos held on the same track with some tough, single trails.
Josh was in his element during the dusty opening round of the Australian Off Road Championship held in Kilkivan, Queensland. Facing some stiff competition, Josh took his racing to a new level and ended up with 2nd place on both days.
Josh is leading the J3 class of the Australian Off Road Championship on his KX250F after rounds 3 & 4 last weekend. The Sandy track in Hedley Vic consisted of bush sections and open grass tracks. Josh took out the two hour enduro moto and placed 2nd after the 5 lap sprint moto.
For more information on our Kawasaki Supported Junior riders, visit their individual rider profiles on our website.