EGLINTON youngster Kayden Minear impressed at the weekend’s World Junior Motocross Championship in Estonia.
In his first international event, the 10-year-old placed the highest of all Australian competitors.
Riding a KTM 65cc, Minear was fourth in race one and third in race two to come third overall, while fellow Aussie Jet Aslop was ninth and sixth to come sixth overall.
Minear said he was “so happy to get on the podium”.
“It’s very cool,” he said.
In the 125cc, Bailey Malkiewicz came 12th and 13th to give him 11th overall, while Mason Semmens came 24th and 18th to give him 22nd overall.
In the 85cc, Alex Larwood was 18th and seventh, coming 11th overall.
The group’s success took the Australian team to fourth overall, with Denmark taking the win.
Team manager Mark Willingham said it was “a very solid effort and performance from the riders”.
“As defending champions, we were really hoping for a win again so we could bring it back and defend on home soil next year,” he said.
“However, it wasn’t our day for that.
“I’m very proud of all the riders and they have represented their country phenomenally well.”
Unfortunately, Gidgegannup’s Cody Chittick just missed out on qualification and Jett Lawrence had to withdraw because of a crash during practice.
Chittick said he was “a bit disappointed” with his results.
“But I learnt a lot so I can go away now and practise as I know where I am,” he said.