The 6th Annual MMRS Madoc National took place in the small town northeast of Toronto over the weekend. This is one of the rare events on the calendar that sees the township actually get behind it because they understand how great the sport is and how much business it brings to them.
Entries on Sunday were 654 (I added up the riders on the schedule) and it looked like most people had another great time at this once-a-year event. Some people would like to see the track tilled deeper to allow for more lines and ruts to form, but I have to think the MMRS crew is catering more to the majority of riders who are just having a great time on a track that doesn’t jump up and bite them…as often.
Here’s a look at some of the racing action from this past Sunday in Madoc, Ontario.
#161 Jamieson Macdonald is a young rider to keep your eyes on.
He took the win in the in the 50 (7-8) and 50 GP classes.
Cole Pranger was 2nd (2-2).
And #325 Daniel Robertson was 3rd (3-3).
Robertson’s races didn’t all start smoothly.
#99 Lucas Rheaume calmly unhooks his bike from Daniel’s.
#111 Gavin Frosbrey won (1-1) the youngest class, 50 (4-6), ahead of #67 and #361.
#927 Zachary Kyte took the 60 (10-11) class win with 1-1 motos.
I remember a few years ago, this little guy bought us ice cream.
#18 Leith Ness got out to a great start, but had #61/1 Ben Mistelbacher and #122 Sebastien Racine gunning for him.
Racine took the 60 GP win with 2-1 motos.
Young Mistelbacher is still going visor-less but for how long? Anyone want to make a bet as to when we see its return?
#211 Jack Wright finished 2nd in Open Intermediate A behind #55 Nick Jones. Jack also raced his way up into 4th in the final Pro Open moto of the day.
#184 Tanner Ward took the win in 250 Intermediate A with 1-1 motos over #424 Austin Watling.
This is the only shot I got of #74 Corey Sullivan. He won the Open Intermediate B class. Is that Junior? C?
#92 Joey Zacchingna won 250 Intermediate B (1-2).
#136 Rodayo Iafelice won the Open Junior class (1-1) and had poor John Maguire tongue tied every time he had to say his name at the awards ceremony.
#21 Rory Clarke finished 3rd (4-3) in 250 Junior and #92 Bryan McCreight was 5th (8-4). The winner of the class was #99 Adam Gauthier (1-1).
#53 Taylor Arsenault got out front early in the Under 30 Intermediate Pro mot and tried to get away.
#34 Westen Wrozyna didn’t get the start he wanted and did everything he could to reel Taylor in.
It was a great moto to watch. They were both giving it 100% the whole time…and I think the officials let it run a little long because of it.
It turns out, Westen had yet another hole in his case and his bike was losing power the whole time, but nobody told his throttle hand.
Taylor took the win and the overall after splitting victories with Wrozyna.
Westen was forced to walk to the podium.
He worked as hard for that 2nd place as any win he’s ever had, I bet.
#424 Austin Watling looked like he was in a battle of his own for 3rd spot, but I didn’t look away from the other battle once! 5-3 gave him 4th behind #541 Dawson Tracey (3-4).
#8 Kyle Keast took the Vet +30 A class win (1-1) and shows here why they call him ‘The Dozer!’
Jamey Keast took the win in the 40+ B class (2-1).
#9 Kenny Bland got a great jump in the Vet +50 class and finished 3rd o/a (4-3). He had to leave early so he gave me all his 50/50 tickets and said that if he won to donate his share to the flaggers.
Nice guys finish 3rd!
Nobody had anything for the winner (1-1), Richard Krzemien (I think they pronounce it, “Crazy Man.”)
#19 Ross Thirnbeck took the 80 (12-16) win with 1-1 motos.
#199 Travis Byrom finished behind him in 2nd with 4-2 motos.
The two had a nice battle in the final moto.
#45 Mitchell Zaremba took the younger (7-11) 80 class (1-1).
#122 Sebastien Racine finished 3rd (2-5).
#79 Kassie Boone got into the lead early and was never really challenged in the Ladies Pro class.
American #184 Carrie Davis made things tough on herself by taking this extreme inside line in turn 1.
Kassie ain’t skerred of the big, high speed jumps at Madoc! She finessed her way over everything the track had to offer.
#92 Nikki ‘Don’t Call Me Jason’ Voorhees had trouble in the first moto and really wanted to redeem herself in the second. She did well to take 2nd for 3rd overall (4-2).
Young #728 Gemma Pope put her little bike up in 2nd in the overall (2-3).
It was a nice little payday for Kassie.
#MotoBarbie (it’s a thing!) gets herself ready for her podium interview.
I don’t make this stuff up!
#12 Chelsey Hennig finished 5th in the Ladies Open B class behind Erika Mistelbacher, Shayla Cassidy, Mia Barrett, and Kalie Legare.
#6 Shayla Cassidy won the Girls (9-13) class (1-1). If this isn’t her, I apologize.
#616? Jamie Robertson won the coveted Supermini class with 2-1 motos.
#45 Mitchell Zaremba went 1-3 for 2nd.
#811 Jake Leclair gave the most downbeat speech of the weekend after taking 2nd in the final moto and 4th overall (7-2).
Robertson on the podium. He just looks like he should be a fast motocrosser, no?
#786 Dakota Yaskow took his unorthodox number to the win in Schoolboy 2 (12-16) Open (1-1).
#107 Shayne Mercieca finished 2nd (3-2) and is turning into the Canadian Mike Alessi of starts.
#418 Ethan Stevenson won our ‘Full Circle Award’ this year and will enjoy some time down in South Carolina this winter courtesy of Club MX. He was 5th in the class (6-5).
#710 Esteban Racine won the Schoolboy 1 (12-16 Max 150) class with 1-1 motos.
Without Jeff or me there, these spodes were left to run wild over the Legends class on Saturday. lol
The final moto of the weekend was the Open Pro moto.That space between Watling and Arsenault pushed the other riders wide and caused a nice little pile up.
#424 Austin Watling grabbed the holeshot and led wire to wire. He finished 2nd overall (3-2).
Behind Austin, Kyle Keast chased #184 Tanner Ward around for the entire moto, looking for anywhere to pass. I took him until late in the moto, but Austin was already gone up front.
It was impressive to see Tanner Ward hold off the big #8 for as long as he did. Tanner finished 4th overall (5-3).
#53 Taylor Arsenault kind of got forgotten in this moto, even though he was on their rear wheels in 4th the whole time. 2-4 gave him 2nd overall.
Danny Brault watches his boss chase around the youngsters.
Danny doesn’t get to the races much these days. Someone may need to show him how to aim again…
It’s too bad Westen ran out of bikes because he had the speed to make that an exciting 5-way battle!
#541 Dawson Tracey was called to the stage a lot later, after winning a bunch of holeshot money.
Hey Kyle, tell us what you really think! If you don’t get that, click on the video and watch his podium speech. Kyle finished 1-2 for the Open Pro win.
It’s funny how time seems to bend according to your specific situation. Austin thought that moto had to be close to 45 minutes. That’s always what it feels like when you’re leading. His 3-1 gave him 2nd o/a and close to $2000 for the weekend!
Then it was awards time.
John Maguire did a great job keeping it all moving without forgetting to thank anyone who helped make the event as good as it was.
The Women’s Pro class.
The Open Pro class.
Then there was nothing to do but pack up and make the head home. Thanks for a great day of racing, MMRS, and kudos to Ryan Gauld and Dave Bell for doing such a good job on the microphones all weekend. Oh, we did an episode of ‘Tailgating’ with Austin Watling and Tanner Ward. We’ll get that up on the site later. See you at the races…