Team Great Britain were proud to stand on the podium at the weekend (July 13 & 14) in Trentino, Italy as the 15-strong rider line-up battled competitors from 32 other countries to bring home third overall for their country. Team GB also won the Ride Green Cup for its environmental efforts over the weekend.
Saturday’s practice and qualifying saw the entire team put their hearts and determination into every session at the hardpack Italian track to qualify for their country. In the 65cc class Charlie Richmond, Reece Jones and Ashton Boughen qualified for the Sunday’s motos, although teammates Archie Jay Girdham and Brandon Buckley just missed out on a place in the main races.
In opening moto for the 65cc class Boughen, who qualified sixth in his group, clinched a strong fifth position with Richmond 31st
, and Jones in 32nd
. In the second moto Boughen took 11th
position with Jones in 14th
, and Richmond in 30th
place. The riders, who enjoyed the experience of racing against international competition, concluded the weekend with Boughen eighth overall in the world, as teammates Jones and Richmond finished 20th
. Boughen also clinched a Fox Holeshot prize.
In the 85cc class Bailey Johnston, Charlie Heyman and Ollie Colmer qualified for the Sunday’s main races. In the opening moto Heyman, who qualified fifth in his group, was 13th
, Johnston was 24th
and Colmer took 29th
position. In moto two Heyman was pleased to get into the top 10 with ninth place, as Johnston took 14th
with Colmer one place behind in 15th
. For the overall Heyman was ninth, Johnston was 16th
and Colmer was 17th
In the 125cc class Eddie Jay Wade and Joel Rizzi made it through to the main races on Sunday. In the opening moto Rizzi, who qualified fourth in his group, clinched the Fox Holeshot and ended the race in a fantastic fifth, with Jay Wade two places back inseventh. For the second race both riders battled hard with Jay Wade taking another seventh place, whilst Rizzi was eighth. Overall infifth was Rizzi whilst Jay-Wade took seventh for the weekend.
With the consistent results across all classes Team GB was announced as third overall from 32 countries and were proud to step on the podium for their country. The team were also presented with the Ride Green Cup, by the FIM awarding the team for its environmentally friendly efforts during the weekend. RHL has officially assisted Team GB for three years in a bid to ensure that British youngsters have the support and benefits of racing against international competition, whilst representing their country. RHL would like to thank the ACU and all supporters of the team that made the weekend a success.
Team GB in 2019 was represented by riders Archie Jay Girdham, Charlie Richmond, Reece Jones, Ashton Boughen, Brandon Buckley, Charlie Heyman, Ollie Colmer, Bailey Johnston, Kiean Boughen, Finley Evans, Eddie Jay Wade, Joel Rizzi, Preston Williams, Buster Hart and Louie Kessell who made the 1,000 mile plus journey to the Trentino circuit in Italy to represent their country.
“We couldn’t be more proud and this weekend is a result of a lot of hard work from the families, friends, teams, sponsors and supporters of the riders and Team GB in general. Our riders have been fantastic. For us the main objective of coming to the Junior World Championship is to give Britain’s up-and-coming talent experience both in terms of riding tracks in different countries, and racing against international competition. It’s also a special opportunity for our youngsters to represent our country. To finish on the podium is something is a great achievement, an added bonus. We were also very happy to receive the FIM Ride Green Cup – which also represents a lot of the direction we as a team, country and as RHL believe in. I am sure our juniors have benefitted a lot from this experience, and I would like to congratulate everyone involved,” Gareth Hockey – Team GB Manager.
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