SEVLIEVO (Bulgaria), 26 August 2012 - – The Gorna Rositza track hosted the ninth edition of the Monster Energy FIM Junior Motocross World Champion and Brian Hsu from Germany became the 2012 FIM 85cc Junior World Champion.
The young Taiwanese-German riding for Rockstar Energy Suzuki Europe sweated his way through two tough and sweltering motos at the Grand Prix venue to lift the crown for the German team in his first term with the squad.
Sevlievo basked in temperatures that topped 40 degrees and Hsu recovered from a start that saw him running eighth in the first moto to claim a top-three slot by the chequered flag. The teenager conserved energy for the second race where he aced the holeshot at the first corner and never looked back.
"I'm so happy we managed to win the Championship today," he said. "Both races were very difficult because of the heat and I was a bit sick during the week after a stressful time in the UK for the European races last weekend. I was a bit careful in the first moto when I got to third because I knew it would be all about the second race. The bike worked really well and I have to give big thanks to my family, the team; and everyone who has helped us so far."
Team Manager Thomas Ramsbacher said: "We're over the moon for Brian and for Suzuki. It is the kind of result we had set our highest hopes for at the start of the season and we knew we were up against a tough competitor in the category. Brian has learned a lot this year and to constantly develop is the only thing we can ask because we know his potential and we believe in what he can do."
Like last year the winner of each class of the FIM Junior Motocross World Championship (65cc, 85cc, 125cc) was rewarded with a top line SCOTT bicycle to be used for their training while they are off their motorcycle. In addition SCOTT Sports also gave the second and third classified of each category a special price which will help them for their future career.
85cc Overall World Championship Results:
- Brian Hsu (GER, Suzuki), 45 points
- Austin Forkner (USA, Kawasaki), 45 p.
- Davy Pootjes (NED, KTM), 38 p.
- Ivan Petrov (BUL, KTM), 34 p.
- Tomas Ragadini (ITA, KTM), 33 p.
- Jake Pinhancos (USA, Suzuki), 32 p.
- Bradley Cox (RSA, KTM), 24 p.
- Filippo Zonta (ITA, KTM), 23 p.
- Mitchell Evans (AUS, KTM), 18 p.
- Conrad Mewse (GBR, KTM), 18 p.