Four talented motocross riders will represent Manjimup Motocross Club at the 2023 KTM Australian Junior Motocross Championship next month. Among the four riders is last year’s AJMX runner-up, 16-year-old Patrick Butler, who will be competing in the 100-125cc 15-years class and 250cc 15-years class. Patrick is currently the ‘red-plate holder’, holding the most points in the 125cc class in the State Championship going into the finals. After the 2022 event, Patrick told the Manjimup-Bridgetown Times he was already “eagerly waiting for the announcement of where the 2023 KTM AJMX will be held”. “It will be my last junior nationals event so I am hoping it is in WA but wherever it is, we will be there,” he said. The event will be at the Alice Springs Motorcycle Club from July 11 to 16, where Charlie and his family will be heading in two weeks. Patrick’s 12-year-old brother Charlie will also be attending, alongside junior riders 12-year-old Joel Leech and 13-year-old Brody Bachos. Charlie — who is currently the red-plate holder in the 65cc 10 to 12-years class in the State Championship — will be competing in the 65cc 10 to 12-years and the 85cc 9 to 12 years, while Joel will be competing in the 85cc 12 to under-14, and Brody in the 85cc 12 to under-14 and the 100-125cc class. Manjimup Motor Cycle Club secretary and treasurer Courtney Blakers said the club wished the competitors the best of luck. “We are extremely proud of these boys and families heading over to represent not only our State but our amazing club,” she said. “Next year Western Australia will have the privilege of hosting the Australian Junior Motocross Championship, the location and date are yet to be set.” Motorcycling Australia chief executive Peter Doyle said Alice Springs would deliver an “incredible” 2023 AJMX and wished all involved the very best. Event information, including results can be found on the 2023 KTM AJMX Championship Facebook page or via the Alice Springs Motorcycle Club Facebook page.