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World Junior team selection shake-up

Britain’s best youth riders who wish to represent their country in the World Junior Championship need only have an ACU licence and compete in one ACU meeting before the closing date, rather than having to contest a full series.

That’s part of the changes brought in by new team manager and former British two-stroke champ Dave Willet who recently took on the role. It’s a move to allow riders who focus on foreign championships, the new Arenacross series or are unable to contest a full UK championship to still have a chance of making the team for the event in Romania in July.

Riders who have contested the UK Arenacross series are now eligible for the Junior World Team

“There is a new and exciting selection process,” said Willet.  “In previous years I feel we’ve had some confusion around the process. But this year we want to be clear so everyone understands the selection criteria and is able to make an informed decision because the choice of licence and events that riders contest is an important decision.

“We have identified six key criteria which will be used to shortlist potential riders. These include: rider ability, attitude, commitment, physical fitness, endurance and mental agility. We want to ensure that we select the best riders for the British team in such a high-profile event, and give young riders equal opportunities for selection.

“Furthermore, we are investing in additional training and development programs which will give riders an even better chance of being selected for the team. This will also allow us to improve riders’ performances and ensure that selection decisions are always fair and unbiased.”

Although final details have yet to be revealed, potential candidates will be invited attend ride days where they will be evaluated and coached.

“We have venues secured for our group practice days and more information is to follow soon,” said Willet. “I’m confident  these measures will increase the chances of the most promising and talented young riders being selected for the ACU team and encourage more people to be involved. Ultimately, by providing more support to young riders, our aim is to improve the quality of the sport and create a more positive environment in which to compete. We look forward to hearing from any riders who are interested in getting involved and good luck to everyone taking part in the selection process.

“And of course we are also grateful for the offers of sponsorship and support which has come forward. I’d like to thank these backers for their continued enthusiasm and commitment towards the Junior Worlds Team. We are confident that this process will help us put together a fantastic team for the upcoming Junior Worlds.”