On the Radar | Hayden Dunser | Husqvarna Canada

By Billy Rainford

Hayden Dunser from Saskatchewan is ‘On the Radar.’ | 13 Media photo

Name: Hayden Dunser

Age: 10

Hometown: Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

School and Grade: St Peters Elementary – Grade 5

Number: 17

Bike: Husqvarna TC 65

Race Club or Series: Saskatoon Track and Trail and Saskatchewan Motocross Association

Classes: 65 (7-11), 85 (7-11)

Hayden knew motocross was what he wanted to do, right away. | Family photo

How did you get started riding and racing?    

I went to the motocross track with my grandma and grandpa when I was 4 years old to watch my Unlce Chad VanKoughnett race at our local track. I became hooked and I came home and told my dad this is what I want to do. 

What was your first race number and how did you choose it?

My first race number was 7. No real reason why. 

What’s your favourite subject in school?

My favourite subject in school is Math and Gym, and then leaving at the end of the day. 

What is your favourite track and why?

My favourite track is in Weyburn Saskatchewan. I like how it has a mixture of sand (like my home track) and dirt. I like the elevation of the track and the large sweeping corners. 

Who is your favourite rider and why?

My favourite rider is Copper Webb. I like style of riding and he’s small like me. 

Hayden finished 1st and 3rd at this year’s Seven MX Mini Major in California. | Family photo

What Canadian Pro do you look up to and why?

Broc Shury and Brent Shury. They have always been very helpful with my riding, giving me pointers and suggestions. They are always there to help fix my bike and set up for whatever track conditions we have. 

Who is your hero?

Ronnie Mac. Enough said. 

How did your 2019 season go? Did you meet your expectations?

My 2019 season went very well. I met my expectations with it being my first full year on a 65cc. I exceeded my expectations in my 85cc class. I wasn’t expecting to do that well on my 65cc in an 85cc class. 

What are your goals for next season, and what is it going to take to reach them?

My goal is to win a Canadian National race. To get there I will have to train a lot. Lots of seat time. 

What are your biggest accomplishments? 

My biggest accomplishment was getting the 50cc championship two years in a row in the 2017 and 2018 season.  

You just raced the Seven MX Mini Major in California. How did that go for you?

It went good. I didn’t expect to get first in one of my classes and then third in the other one. I was expecting a top 10 and that would have been a win. 

Watch for Hayden in 2020 as he hopes to win a Canadian National race. | 13 Media photo

What is your favourite part about going to the races?

Seeing all my friends and riding my bike.

What do you like to do when you aren’t racing?

Playing video games and riding my scooter. 

Who would you like to thank?

I would like to thank Proline Motorsports and Marine, Recreation Supply, MX Only, Montana Homes, Done Right Drywall, Parts Canada, Broc shot MX Schools, Hanz Racing, Mom and Dad, Uncle Chad for being my inspiration to start racing, and my Grandparents’ support.