After a perfect start to the 125cc Gold Cup in the 2018 MX Nationals, Justin Carafa suffered a cruel and season-ending crash. The Sherco rider dominated round one with perfect 1-1 results but a dislocated shoulder forced him to the sidelines for the remainder of the series.
“I had so much fun at round one last year,” Carafa said. “Derek Grundy had my bike ready to rip and I showed just how good an enduro bike can be at motocross. We got the win that day and we certainly upset a few of the MX loyalists by winning on an enduro bike. So you can imagine how upset I was at myself for crashing at round two and not racing for the rest of the series.”
Whilst only racing for fun in his spare time away from his concreting business, Carafa is primed to race the 2019 125cc Gold Cup at this weekend’s round of the MX Nationals in Wonthaggi, Victoria.
“I just love racing and Sherco has been so loyal to me,” Carafa continued. “Derek Grundy and Stephen Tuff from the Sherco race Team always do what they can to support me. Derek has a new Sherco 125 SE-R ready for me and although I don’t ride much these days, I’m really excited and ready to race. That little enduro bike is a lot of fun to ride and I’m confident I can win on it.”
Although the Sherco 125 SE-R is an enduro bike, Sherco Race Team manager Derek Grundy is confident the Sherco and Carafa will be at the pointy end of the competition.
“This year’s 125 SE-R is improved over the previous model,” Grundy explained. “It produces a touch more power and we’ve had time to set it up with a Fresco pipe and silencer from Powerhouse Motorcycles. Justin is a quality competitor. He shows up ready every single time and gives it everything. He leaves nothing on the track and we always enjoy working with him so I’m looking forward to this weekend. I have no doubt Justin and the Sherco 125 SE-R will do well.”
The MX Nationals will be held at Wonthaggi, this coming Sunday, March 31, 2019 with the 125cc Gold Cup practice at 9.40am. Gold Cup race one is scheduled for 1.20pm and the final moto at 3.40pm.