Schrader’s Women’s West Nationals Round 2 Race Report
By Summer Knowles
Would be women’s competitor, Summer Knowles, takes the reins this week to give her take on round 2 of the Schrader’s Women’s West Nationals from the Wastelands in Nanaimo, BC.
Schrader’s Women’s West Nationals – Round 2 The Wastelands, Nanaimo, BC
By Summer Knowles
Direct Motocross is a huge supporter of Canadian women’s motocross and I am very appreciative for this opportunity to talk about how awesome Canadian women’s motocross actually is. This last weekend we had round 2 of the Schrader’s Women’s West Nationals in Nanaimo, BC. Billy (Rainford) has been nice enough to let me talk about the day (after I complained profoundly for ten minutes).
First off, I just want to say how awesome the series is. The amount of sponsors recognizing and supporting the women is unreal. (The trophies were freaking snowboards (Alternative Groove) this weekend!). The top ten girls go home with money and everyone goes home with a prize from the prize table at the end of the day. The women behind the series work their butts off to make it what it is: Denaye Arnett – retired champion who is now married, works a full-time job and still manages to do all this. Camille Bunko – who has a very cool career as a nurse and just had a baby, puts on the series and still finds time to race the series with impressive results. Sierra Roth – Honor-roll student who just graduated high school, manages to somehow train national number 3 Sara King and help with the series. And, well, I don’t know much about Kristi Moore, but I’m sure she’s busy too. Overall, what I’m trying to say is these women go above and beyond to make the sport the best it can be and it doesn’t go unnoticed.
Second, let’s talk about some of the badass things that happened this weekend: Kennedy Lutz literally had her ribs used as traction in the first turn of moto 1 and came back with a 2nd place finish. Sara King won her first national moto. Kennedy Lutz and Sara King had lap times that were as fast as some of the Intermediates who qualified for Sunday’s Pro national! Rachel Springman finally learned how to spray her champagne bottle properly. Brittany Danyluk kept with Rachel Springman for most of moto 1 to keep us on our toes. Dominique Daffé rode amazing in moto 1 where she and Jamie Munro battled till the checkered flag for 5th where Jamie ended up taking the 5th position. Kate Lees came all the way from Saskatchewan and broke the top ten for her first year doing the full national series. Cycle North Team Manager, Kourtney Lloyd, didn’t try to steal the champagne from the riders at the podium this weekend. The list goes on and on…
By 9:00am, I was dripping in sweat while wearing shorts and a t-shirt. I couldn’t even imagine being in motocross gear. Thinking about it almost gives me heat stroke. When I finally sauntered my way out from the air conditioning (thanks to Springman family, without you I would be dead) to look at the track, I wasn’t surprised to see the Wastelands was living up to its reputation. The technical track was going to be interesting for the ladies and I was excited to watch the motos. As the first gate dropped, I could see the Cycle North rider #3 Sara King come into the corner first and she was not letting off. The Langley Holeshot rider #631 Rachel Springman was right behind her. I was looking around for the Schrader’s rider, Kennedy Lutz, at the front but unfortunately she was nowhere near the front. Instead, I saw girls like Dominique Daffé up front. About ten seconds after the pack left the first corner, I saw Kennedy Lutz come ripping out of a cloud of dust like a mad women. Meanwhile, at the front of the pack, Sara King started pulling way from Rachel Springman and Brittany Danyluk who were battling for 2nd. Jamie Munro and Dominique Daffé were battling for 4th position. Most of the moto this is what the top 5 looked like.
Camille Bunko was running in 6th and Danika White and Kate Lees were not far behind. All of a sudden, Kennedy Lutz came from the back of the pack up to 2nd place. Madi Watt came back from a horrible start (literally last, maybe a little better off then Kennedy Lutz whose ribs got ran over) to get 7th. It was an awesome moto to watch, battles all over the track.
Sara King with another holeshot in moto 2. Rachel Springman not far behind. Kennedy right up there. Camille Bunko had an awesome 4th place start. Kennedy made the pass on Sara King on the first lap. Unlike last weekend where Kennedy was on a new level, Sara King was not far behind her running very similar lap times. The technical track really closed the gap between Kennedy and Sara.
Rachel Springman rode in 3rd the entire moto with no pressure from 4th place of Brittany. Jamie Munro ran 5th and Dominique Daffé 6th. Madi Watt had another horrible start (literally last place) and worked her way up to 7th again, which is pretty damn cool if you ask me. Imagine if she got a good start, the girl would be on fire. Camille Bunko rode a solid 8th. Kate Lees grabbed 9th and Charity Bachman with a solid 10th place finish to round up the top 10.
My personal favourite part of the day is when you listen to the girls talk about their day at the prize table.
Daniell Pettis 19-16 for 19th overall – “ I don’t know what happened out there but I think I went into retirement mode.”
Charity Bachman 12-10 for 10th overall – “First moto I ran over Kennedy’s ribs. Second moto I got a 7th place start, was doing good, then I launched over a “hump” and landed in the grass.”
Rachel Springman 3-3 for 3rd overall – “I’m just happy I made it out alive.”
Camille Bunko 8-8 for 8th overall – “I had two good laps then I got tired as ****.”
Brittany Danyluk 4 -4 for 4th overall – “Day was good.”
Kristen Tse who crashed hard in moto one went DNF-DNS – “I need to stop crashing.”
Kate lees 10-9 for 9th overall – “I had a terrible start but came back to tenth.”
Sara King 1-2 for 2nd overall – “I’m getting ice cream.”
Jamie Munro 5-5 for 5th overall – “I fell in the hot lap but better than in the moto.”
Kennedy Lutz 2-1 for 1st overall -“ I feel like I got ran over by a bus.”
Overall Series points:
- Kennedy Lutz 97pts
- Sara King 91pts
- Rachel Springman 81pts
- Brittany Danyluk 72pts
- Jamie Munro 63pts
- Dominique Daffe 59pts
- Camille Bunko 52pts
- Madi Watt 47pts
- Kate Lees 38pts
- Annie Bisson 36pts
I’m looking forward to Calgary to watch these girls battle it out. Thanks again to Direct Motocross for letting me sum it up.