I didn’t mean to take the weekend off completely away from the sport but the weather made it so that it was the only option around here. We were on a break from the MX Nationals series before we head to the ECAN at Motocross Deschambault this week but there were a couple events I’d planned on checking out.
Gopher Dunes was hosting the Off-Road Ontario series for their Sandbox XC races on Saturday. It was to be my first look at people riding the new GP Track at the facility.
If you’re like me, you don’t want to be changing tires every time you go to a different track, so it’s always a bit of a hindrance when it comes to deciding whether or not to head over to the sand track in Courtland, ON.
Well, they’ve gone ahead and made a clay-based track in front of where the Supercross track sits, and I think it’s going to be a huge profit generator for them, as riders like me flock to the new track to give it a try.
Anyway, the reason I mention this track is they were going to be running on part of it during the cross-country lap on Saturday.
Unfortunately, after getting all my stuff together it started raining as hard as you can ever imagine rain coming down. I decided I just wasn’t going to make the drive and try to cover the race in that sort of monsoon.
#991 Ryder Heacock, who has been racing the Canadian Triple Crown Series MX Nationals took the Pro win. His dad, Dusty Heacock, told me he watched most of the event from the driver’s seat of his vehicle and sent this photo over:
Of course, in hindsight, I’m regretting not going over and checking out all the muddy action.
The other event I’d planned on attending was the AMO Ontario Provincial Championships (OPC) at Motopark in Chatsworth, ON. Motopark is a 2-hour drive from home and after all the rain we received on Saturday, I didn’t make the drive. Again, I live to regret that decision.
If you’re like me, you probably enjoy going over results sheets. You can do that HERE.
I see that the Seitz family is here from Rocky View, Alberta, getting ready for the TransCan at Walton Raceway. #250 JC Seitz took the Vet 40+A win and #15 Dexter Seitz was the rider behind #613 Cole Pranger in Supermini. Welcome back to Ontario, gang!
Lucas Oil Pro Motocross | Washougal
Washougal was the first national I went to after my short hiatus from the sport back in the 1990’s. We’d make the drive south from Vancouver, BC and have a blast at a local bar called The Double Deuce (or something like that).
The night would end up the road from the track so that we’d miss the line-up of cars coming in from the normal end of the road.
One year, we had the police come up to see what we were up to and the first thing they said when they got to the vehicle with their flashlights was, “Oh, they’re alive!” We didn’t think we were doing anything dangerous but they seemed to think otherwise.
Anyway, it was an annual road trip that would usually end over at Westport, Washington, for a couple days of surfing. Good times.
The series takes two weekends off for the Summer Olympics before resuming at Unadilla on August 14th. We’ll see you there, if Tyler Medaglia is lining up!
MXGP of the Czech Republic
Solid Day 2 results for Canadian Kade Tinkler-Walker in 5th.
Now it’s time to get ready to make the drive east to Quebec City for the ECAN and Rounds 6 and 7 of the MX Nationals. It’s a bit of an unusual schedule this weekend as we will be racing 2 motos on Sunday and then a single moto on Monday.
It’s been a trying year getting Greg Poisson set up with a bike for his sort of sequel to the REVIVAL video from last year, but he’s now got a bike from Barrie Honda Powerhouse to ride at this year’s TransCan.
With #26 Ryan Derry getting the call up to the SSR TLD GasGas team, this 450 was waiting for an opportunity to be ridden and raced. Thank you to everyone involved in making it happen. Now it’s time to have some fun and get Greg back behind the gate in a couple weeks! Watch for more video clips and photos from the journey.
Have a great week, everyone, and we’ll see you in Quebec City!