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Jürgen Mohr's Junior Racing Team is Talented, Fast and Fair

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Christian Mohr won the last race of the season and finished third overall in the mini division.
Christian Mohr won the last race of the season and finished third overall in the mini division.
Last week we posted a story about K&N sponsored Jürgen Mohr, the two-time European and four-time German quad racing champion. Mohr's powerful competitive fire continues to smolder within, as his sights are clearly focused on winning his fifth German quad title in 2011. Mohr is also systemically preparing himself for a serious run at the podium in the 2013 Dakar Rally. After a closer examination of this exemplary champion and his demeanor, it's becomes clearer what drives him, and how he continues to feed the flames of his racing passion.
Eight-year-old Christopher Gnan, the youngest member of the Mohr Junior Racing Team, won the mini division in a hotly contested last race of the season.
Eight-year-old Christopher Gnan, the youngest member of the Mohr Junior Racing Team, won the mini division in a hotly contested last race of the season.


"I'm the coach and mentor of my own Mohr Junior Racing Team," says Mohr. "Eleven kids ranging in age from seven to fourteen years-old are on the team, and they all have the same two basic characteristics - they are all very talented, but more importantly - they are also nice little people."

Mohr hasn't only created a European quad racing farm league for the next generation of fast and furious competitors, he has positioned himself as a sort of Yoda for racing and life etiquette. Mohr teaches by means of positive enforcement, not by creating undue pressure in the lives of young kids.
Team member Max Haefker clearly enjoys the mud over video games.
Team member Max Haefker clearly enjoys the mud over video games.


"Having fun and doing your best is what comes first, I don't believe in putting so much pressure on the kids," says Mohr. "I really enjoy passing on my experience to the next generation."

His approach to teaching speak for themselves, in 2010 the Mohr Junior Racing Team won four of nine German championships. "I'm very proud," he adds.
Mohr says he gets back as much out of teaching his young racers, as they get from being taught.
Mohr says he gets back as much out of teaching his young racers, as they get from being taught.


"I started to build a junior racing team three years ago, that's when I got to know some really fast kids running in the German youth races. I had the opportunity at that point to bring the fastest German youngsters together and to pass along some of my experience, and to work with them on improving their own performance. But, it is not so easy to become a member of my team. The kids need to display strong talent, but equally as important, they must be very fair on the track."

Mohr says the kids on his team would rather play outside in the dirt and muck, as kids were designed to do, rather than stay inside trancing-out on video games. For Mohr the real measure of performance is steady and constant progress. He doesn't want kids riding on the "edge of risk."
Max is 13-years-old one of strongest riders on the team.
Max is 13-years-old one of strongest riders on the team.
This is how he approaches racing, by working hard to systemically push back the edge of risk, and to continually raise the bar on his own skill level.

Christian, Mohr's ten-year-old son, made the cut for the team, "Of course he came into the sport because of my activities," says Mohr. "He won the last race in the 2010 series, and placed third overall in the kid's championship. Our team member Raffael won that class, winning two of three races."
At 14 Moritz is the oldest rider on the team, and along with Max they will race in the Hessen Motocross Cup 2011, in the adult class.
At 14 Moritz is the oldest rider on the team, and along with Max they will race in the Hessen Motocross Cup 2011, in the adult class.


In the kids mini division rider Christopher Gnan, the youngest team member at eight-years old, clinched the title after a particularly hotly contested last race. Before the last race Gnan was in fourth place for the championship. "He fought hard, like a seasoned adult racer and he won the race and the mini class championship," says Mohr.

Max and Moritz are 13 and 14 respectively, and they are the team's strongest and oldest riders according to Mohr, and in 2011 they will both compete in the Hessen Motocross Cup, in the adult class. "As our ultra strong young racers they are ready to beat the sports class riders, and they should be ready to enter the professional class in about two years," adds the quad racing Yoda. For Mohr and his team it's always fast and steady, one step at a time.

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