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McCanney captures motocross world title

Jamie McCanney riding towards World Championship glory.

Jamie McCanney riding towards World Championship glory.

A YOUNG speedster with strong family connections in Drumquin has followed in his brother’s  wheeltracks by being crowned a junior world champion.

Jamie McCanney, 21, clinched the FIM Maxxis Enduro Junior World Championship at the beginning of the month, a title his brother Danny claimed in 2013.

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Jamie and Danny are the sons of Hugh and Dotsie McCanney, who lived at Drumnaforbe, Drumquin before moving to work and live in the Isle of Man.

In recent years the McCanny brothers have been taking the Motocross world by storm.

The weekend before last it was Jamie’s turn to hog the headlines as he stormed to a fourth place finish in the final round at Requista in France.

That provided the climax to a wonderful season for Jamie who was the model of consistency throughout the championship.

On winning the title the Husqvarna rider tweeted, “2015 EJ Junior World Champion, words can’t describe how I feel right now.”

Later the Drumquin native went on to say, “It’s a great feeling to have won the Enduro Junior title.

“I knew I didn’t have to win either day in France but I wanted to end the season with the best results I could. I basically did what I needed to do.”

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McCanney set his stall out in the opening rounds of the championship by roaring to first and third place finishes in Chile back in April.

The Manx flyer then followed that up with two wins in Spain and two runner-up places in Portugal in June.

July brought further success with a second and first in Greece and first and second in Italy before similar achievements in Belguim left him standing on the brink of a glorious triumph.

Jamie’s fourth in France and a final points tally of 233 secured the prestigious title.

Runner-up was Italy’s Giacomo Redondi on 213 while Great Britain’s Steven Holcombe was third on 206 points.

Motorsport is very much in the McCanney blood. Jamie and Danny are cousins of local rally drivers Ryan and Paul Barrett.

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