Photo Report | Round 6 MX Bon Conseil | Rockstar Energy MX Nationals | OTSFF
By Billy Rainford
Round 6 of the Rockstar Energy MX Nationals took place at the replacement for Ulverton, MX du Bon Conseil, on the Benoit property just outside Drummondville, Quebec. The track was sand-based and chopped up nicely, giving the riders a challenging course. It may have been a little one-lined, but it looked great and the Quebec fans did what they always do and had a great time. Here’s a look at some of the racing action from a tough day east of Montreal.
#25 Taylor Arsenault tried to ride practice but determined his blown MCL was too much to ride through. He’s fallen out of the top 10 in points and will need to get his knee back to 100% before racing again.
#73 Samuel Lavoie took a hard crash and got a ride to the nearest hospital. He doesn’t remember much but is on the road to recovery, and that’s good news.
#727 Bryan Cormier is from down the highway in Quebec City. He’s racing the east as an Intermediate and has scored points at both rounds. 33-29 gave him 32nd.
#211 Jack Wright got caught up in the moto 2 first turn pile-up. He went from last to 27th. 24th in moto1 gave him 30th.
Almost every deep rut had tree roots in them that would catch riders off guard. #807 Drew Roberts found one here and finished 21-16 for 22nd.
#34 Vincent Lauzon is a Quebec rider who had two consistent motos, 17-19. He was just outside the top 20 in 21st.
I feel like I should know more about #52 Joey Paul than I do. He’s from Quebec and was way up in 13th in moto 1. His 2nd moto 23rd put him 17th.
#384 Jeremy Pronovost was feeling ‘swaggy’ to start the day. He was lucky to be fine after he had a motor let go in the fastest section of the track. 8-33 (DNF) put him 15th. He actually had a broken fork spring in moto 1.
#184 Tanner Ward is easily the fastest Intermediate rider racing the MX2 Pro/Am. He passed his way up to 7th in moto 1 until a transmission issue forced him to wait by the finish line for the end of the moto. They did a moto swap and he went out and claimed the 7th he missed in moto 1. 35-7 gave him 14th.
This title isn’t going to be easy for #1 Cole Thompson. After coming together with #100 Jacob Hayes on lap 2 of moto 1, the crash pushed his throttle thumb out of place. He said he felt sick when he looked at it and went back to the pits. After they put it back in place, they taped it up, squeezed it into a glove, and headed out for moto 2.
It came out again on lap 2 and Cole gutted out an impressive 7th. Depending on how this week goes, he’s in very tough to hang on and repeat as champion. He’s now got a slim 2-point lead.
#19 Hayden Halstead worked his way up to 7th in moto 1 and then crashed and broke his sub-frame. He raced the wobbly Yamaha to 14th at the flag. 7-14 gave him 10th.
After the contact with Thompson while running 2nd in moto1, #100 Jacob Hayes was left with a badly bent shift lever. He was in the pits at least once and managed a 16th. He was up in 2nd again in moto 2, but a couple slip ups left him in 5th at the flag. 16-5 for 9th.
#223 Jonah Brittons grabbed the moto 1 holeshot and held it for a couple turns. He finished 10-10 and took 8th.
Jonah was pumped to make an appearance on stage.
#21 Davey Fraser was his regular consistent self and finished 9-9 for 7th. He actually got that first moto 9th with a flat rear tire on lap 1!
#33 Casey Keast was impressive again, finishing 6th. He finished 4th* in moto 1 and was the next fastest rider after the usual riders up front. He had trouble early in moto 2 and worked his way up to 11th.
#637 Bobby Piazza came up from North Carolina and had a solid day. He finished 5-6 for 5th. He rode alone for many of the laps.
I thought it was game over early for #338 Ryan Surratt when he crashed hard in the triple-triple section.
He was fine and had a good day with 3-4 motos for 4th overall.
The record books will show #787 had a 6-1 day, but it was a 1-1 performance for the Indiana rider. I didn’t see the infraction, but he was docked 5 positions for jumping on a red cross flag in moto 1. It seemed to fire him up when he spoke on the podium. He was 3rd overall.
Watch out for #14 Dylan Wright. He seems to be getting hot and should be a factor all the way to round 10. His 2-3 put him 2nd overall.
#12 Shawn Maffenbeier led the first moto for a few laps until he stalled and let Osby by. The two of them put on a great show in both motos with Shawn going 1*-2 for the overall win. He was on Josh’s rear wheel late in the second but lappers held up what looked like it was going to be a very close final lap.
MX2 Podium: Shawn Maffenbeier (1-2), Dylan Wright (2-3), Josh Osby (6-1).
#75 Dylan Kirchner is all the way from San Antonio, Texas. He finished 32-26 for 31st overall.
#781 Zack Zager toyed with racing both classes again in Bon Conseil. He raced the MX1 motos and finished 27-23 for 27th.
#44 Jay Burke was 21st in moto 1 and was running as high as 12th in moto 2. He had a problem on lap 7 and took a DNF for 25th overall.
#727 Dave Blanchet made an appearance in Bon Conseil but had a mechanical in practice and had to race his practice bike. He finished 16th in moto 1 and then had troubles in moto 2. He was 21st overall.
#8 Keylan Meston got into 12th in moto 1 and stayed there. He was fighting in moto 2 but then crashed hard in the added section on lap 14 and decided to call it a day. He took 19th.
#32 Eric Jeffery stayed consistent and finished 19-18 for 18th.
#56 Brock Leitner made a bunch of passes in moto 1 and took 20th. He did the same in moto 2 and made it up to 14th for 16th. He was also one of the riders who looked to be really enjoying throwing the bike around over the huge 110′ jump. I’ll look for photos…
#29 JC Bujold looks to have finished about where he started in both motos. 15-16 put the Quebec rider 15th overall.
It looks like MXBC was #195 Scott Champion’s curtain call for 2017. He said he’s headed home to race and get ready for SX. He added that he’d like to come back for all 10 rounds in 2018. He finished 18-12 for 14th. We actually could see him back for the final 2 rounds this summer.
#776 is Ryan Dowd. He and his dad, John, came up and Ryan finished 14-13 for 13th. Watch for both of them to be on the line at Deschambault.
#3 Kaven Benoit’s return to racing looked to be going well, after getting 2nd in moto 1. He was up near the front again in moto 2 until he lost the front end in a fast right-hand sweeper and was ejected. He took a trip to the hospital to get checked out where it was found he’d lacerated his liver. He’s on the mend but out for a while. 2-DNF for 12th.
#77 Nathan Bles really wants a top 10 number and has been right there each week. His 13-10 motos put him just outside in 11th but he’s holding 10th in the series.
#262 Jesse Wentland was back and holding court for the yellow squad. He’s got the rest of the field covered but needs a little more to catch the fast guys ahead of him. 11-9 put him 10th.
These guys need to get #108 sorted out because the podium misses his casual, from-the-heart speeches. 6-11 put him back in a spot he doesn’t belong, 9th.
#38 Tim Tremblay is quietly getting the job done. His 8-8 motos put him 8th and he sits 9th in the series, about where he’s supposed to be.
#7 Cade Clason had an amazing ride in moto 2, finishing 5th. He took 9th in moto 1 after falling past the mechanics’ area and wasn’t thrilled, but it gave him another 7th on the day.
#111 Kyle Chisholm finished where he started in moto 1, 7th. He made a couple passes in moto 2 and took 6th for 6th overall.
#6 Tyler Medaglia couldn’t get things going in moto 1 and finished 10th after falling in the sweeper after the mechanics’ area.. He came back in moto 2 and passed his way from outside the top 10 to 4th for 5th.
#5 Mike Alessi was in some great battles in moto 1 and finished 5th. He took an excursion into the woods early in moto 2 and had to charge from the back of the pack. He made it all the way up to 7th to salvage 4th overall.
#2 Matt Goerke ended up on his own in 3rd in moto 1. He made a bunch of passes on lap 1 of moto 2 and chased Pourcel to the flag for 2nd. He was 3rd on the day and holds the red plate by 8 points.
In moto 1, #377 Christophe Pourcel went over the drop off before the 110 footer basically on his side. I have no idea how he saved it, but he popped back into view over the jump like nothing happened. It was close! He was 4th in moto 1 and then came back to win moto 2 after passing Benoit for the lead. 4-1 for 2nd.
#10 Colton Facciotti took his first overall of the season. He killed it in moto 1 out front from wire to wire. He was having a great battle with Kaven in moto 2 and got tangled in Benoit’s bike when #3 went down. Colton raced alone after that to 3rd and the overall.
MX1 Podium: Colton Facciotti (1-3), Christophe Pourcel (4-1), Matt Goerke (3-2).
Round 7 takes place at Pleasant Valley in Truro, Nova Scotia, this week. The always happy and helpful Lisa Snider says, “See you at the races…”