Win in Vantaa, Finland, becomes fifth title won by Team USA
PICKERINGTON, Ohio — Although they were nearly halfway around the world, Team USA’s seven-rider roster made the United States proud as they finished atop the nations’ standings at the 2022 FIM Junior Motocross World Championship in Vantaa, Finland.
“This year was a great opportunity for our team, and they seized the moment on the world stage,” said AMA Deputy Director of Racing Mike Burkeen. “I am truly proud of every member of this team, and they reaffirmed what we knew when we selected them to this team: they are some of the brightest young stars in motocross.”
The U.S. Team finished the event, which spanned Aug. 26-28, with 17 points — edging out the host country Finnish team, which took second with 25 points. The Netherlands rounded out the podium with 26 points.
This year marked Team USA’s first appearance in the FIM Junior Motocross World Championship since 2019 and its first win since 2014. Team USA now has five FIM Junior Motocross World Championship titles.
Tayce Morgan of Clermont, Fla., and Maddox Temmerman of Visalia, Calif., represented the team in the 65cc FIM Junior Motocross World Cup Class. The 85cc FIM World Championship Class included Carson Wood of Zephyrhills, Fla., Seth Dennis from Port Saint Lucie, Fla., and Landon Gibson of Peachtree City, Ga. Finally, the 125cc FIM Junior Motocross World Championship Class included riders Casey Cochran of Clermont, Fla., and Collin Allen of Clayton, N.C.
Jeff Cernic, longtime amateur motocross supporter who managed the U.S. team in its last appearance in 2019, served as team manager. Roost MX and MXtire sponsored the team.
The FIM Junior Motocross World Championship hosts competitors between 11 and 17 years of age. Countries select their own best and brightest motocross stars to participate in individual classes and team events.