On Saturday the 5th of October the Motocross Riders Association Club proudly hosted a spectacular presentation night of the 2019 KTM Australian Junior Motocross Championships at the Port Adelaide Football Club.
The club are once again to be commended on the professionalism in which the night was executed and along with the Port Adelaide Football Club went all out to impress the KTM AJMX competitors including placing a congratulations banner on the club’s scoreboard.
During the proceedings the prestigious “Holden On Tight Sportsman Spirit Award” winner was announced and presented in front of a packed house of over 300 guests by Holden On Tight Organisations founder, Rosco Holden.
In 2017 the Holden On Tight Organisation created the “Holden On Tight Spirit Award” as part of the KTM Australian Junior Motocross Championships.
The “Spirit Award” is exactly that, it can be a selfless act to help a fellow competitor, one of true grit or continuing to compete through adversity of injury or so much more that can make someone a contender.
Rosco, who attended the week-long event, opened his speech congratulating the South Australian Motocross Riders Association President Anthony Slade and his tireless hardworking team of officials, medical staff, corner stewards and volunteers.
Mr Holden said “I’m proud to say my Holden On Tight Organisation is in its 4th year unofficially, and 3rd year officially, for contributing prize money sponsorship for every class for the KTM AJMX championships. The thing that impresses me each year is the commitment that all have shown in preparing all year and attend this event”
“The top three place getters will get their rewards, but the winners are all of you that have taken on this annual September School Holiday Dirt Challenge. But it’s not all about winning far from it, hence why in 2017 I created the Holden On Tight Spirit Award.”
“Fletcher Kirkpatrick was the 2017 winner and last year the award was split and this cool trophy, an embroidered Ogio gear Bag and $200 cash, was equally given to Levi Rossi and Jaxon Downing”.
“So again, here we are in 2019 and I’m proud to say all week there has been several amazing examples that all equally could apply to the Spirit award”
“This year’s remarkable standouts were #6 Patrick Butler in the 65cc 10-12 class who stopped and helped get #213 Cohen Guatt get his leg out from his wheel and the start line dummy grid dynamic duo of Josh and Billy who did an awesome, yet thankless job all week.”
“There was also the fearless young Jack Ellingham who rides for Josh Coppins in New Zealand, Jack who rode in the 65cc 7-9 yr. class, got 3rd degree tyre burns to the side of his wrist and bravely continued on and still racing all week”.
There were many contenders including Tasmania’s #77 Jordan Hingston who also helped Northern Territory rider #174 Clayton Bogucki get out from under his bike during a race.
During the very first practice session for the 2019 KTM AJMX, newly crowned champion, Brad West was badly trapped under his bike at the first corner with no-one around to help.
Taj Gow-Smith was about to leave the start line for his practice when he saw Brad. Taj instantly raced down to turn one and threw his bike down on the ground and helped him.
Brad fortunately wasn’t hurt and by Taj lifting his bike off him he was able to get back on his way and finish his all-important practice session.
Congratulations to a well deserving Taj Gow-Smith on being awarded the 2019 Holden On Tight Sportsman Spirit Award. Taj humbly said in his acceptance speech “Being a good human is more important than winning a trophy” showing the sportsmanship that this award is truly about.
After presenting the award to Taj, Mr Holden concluded with “It’s an awesome sign our sport is in good shape, when we can see kids coming through with respect and a great credit to all their parents and are clearly being raised well with great values “
In December 2016, Rosco Holden made a commitment to the sport and support the Australian Junior Motocross Championship for 5 Years, with prize money to support each of the 12 Classes, 1st $100,2nd $50, 3rd $25.
If any further information is required contact Rosco Holden email@example.com
For the full article on the finals and award winners click HERE
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Motorcycling Australia would like to once again congratulate all the 2019 junior champions along with each rider who participated in this year’s championship.
With the 2019 KTM Australian Junior Championships now over, riders and families will look ahead to the 2020 edition of Australia’s biggest junior event, which heads to Rockhampton in Queensland from the 6th to the 11th of July.
Photos courtesy of Craig Wasley at www.facebook/classicshots