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Tari JeffersManjimup-Bridgetown Times
Manjimup's Taj Barnsby (128), 15, rides during round 3 of the WAMX State Junior Championships in Collie last month.
Camera IconManjimup's Taj Barnsby (128), 15, rides during round 3 of the WAMX State Junior Championships in Collie last month. Credit: True Spirit Photos

Manjimup junior motocross riders performed well in round 3 of the WAMX State Junior Championships in Collie last month, putting them in good stead for the next round.

The June 25 event saw Manjimup riders Kai McGinty and Tate Paganini, both 10, and Taj Barnsby, 15, compete against other strong riders from throughout the State.

Despite not taking a podium position in the 128-150/200-250cc 4 stroke 13-U16 on the day, Taj remains third overall in his division heading into round 4 at Chidlow on July 23.

Taj has 211 points overall, behind Corben Weinert, on 286, and Joe Di Giulio, on 227.

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In the 65cc 7-U10 years, Kai McGinty did not place on the podium but his strength throughout the season has him placed third in his division.

Deep sand ruts created challenges for the 65cc 10-U12 riders, however Tate Paganini put in a strong performance to come in second for the day and third overall in the division heading into round 4.

Manjimup Motorcycle Club president Paul Love said the club was proud of the three riders’ performances throughout the season.

“They’re going really well and representing the club and the community really well,” he said.

“We’re looking forward to podium finishes for them at the end of the year.

“It’s good from a club perspective that we have such a strong contingent representing at a State level.”

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