On the Radar | Christopher DaSilva

By Billy Rainford

Age: 15
Hometown: St-Jean-Sur-Richelieu, Quebec
School and Grade: Grade 11 (Sec 5) — St John’s high school
Race Number: 118
Bike: Yamaha YZ250F
Race Club: FMSQ, CMRC, AMO
Classes: MX2 Intermediate, MX3 Intermediate, Schoolboy 2

This week, Quebec Intermediate rider, #118 Christopher DaSilva, is ‘On the Radar.’ | Bigwave photo

How did you get started in racing?
Well, when I was a 1 year old we were going to the races for my brother every weekend, which then I was basically brought up around motocross, and that’s how I got into racing.
What is your favourite track and why?
Deschambault is my favourite track because of all the terrain changes as well because of the sand, and how rough it can get on race day!

“I guess my hero would have to be my dad. Without him I wouldn’t be racing. He’s the best dad anybody could ever ask for.” | Bigwave photo

Who is your favourite rider and why?
My favourite rider would have to be my brother (Michael DaSilva) because he has just influenced me so much and pushed me harder and faster and making me strive to always try and be faster than him. That’s why he’s my favourite rider!
What Canadian Pro do you look up to and why?
A Canadian pro that I look up to is probably Kaven Benoit because he is a Quebec rider that is trying to get the Canadian MX1 title from the top 5/top 10 American riders.
Who is your hero?
I guess my hero would have to be my dad. Without him I wouldn’t be racing. He’s the best dad anybody could ever ask for. He always fixes the bikes when they are broken and manages to work all week long to just give us the opportunity to bring us to the races!

Christopher got his chance to speak to the crowd at the CMRC Motovan Amateur Nationals this year | Bigwave photo

What are your goals for next season?
For the upcoming season, I am aiming at winning the Intermediate classes, and qualifying and doing well at some of the Pro Canadian East Coast Rounds.
What are your biggest accomplishments?
My biggest accomplishments are probably winning the Walton TransCan 3 times, and other Canadian provincial titles, and trying my best every time I suit up and get on a track.
What is your favourite part about going to the races?
My favourite part of going to the races is getting to see my friends interact, and also have the adrenaline going through your body when you hit that start gate.
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Christopher’s favourite rider is his older brother, Michael, for all of his help and positive influence over the years | Bigwave photo

What do you like to do when you aren’t racing?
Well, what I really enjoy doing when I am not racing is having fun with my friends playing video games. Also, I enjoy playing basketball and flag football for my school.
Who would you like to thank?
Vr Medic, Motovan Corporation, Motorsport St Cesar’s, TCX Boots USA, Zox Helmets, Leatt Protectives, Oakley, LIQUI MOLY, MSR, EVO Motosport, Michelin, ODI Grips, A7-All-Star 7, Skullcandy, VR Steve Drive, SMX Motocross, Kutvek Amerika, Allard excavation, Latelier du Quad White Motorsports, Massyf Hydraulique.