Sunday marked the first round of the Peace Motocross Association (PMA) circuit with their annual Taylor race, a circuit that will travel to Dawson Creek and Fort St. John later this summer.For Taylor Motocross president Joan Lewis, the turnout of 230 riders shows the huge growth of the sport.“It’s grown huge,” Lewis said. “I saw Jack Philpott who used to be involved in it 30 years ago and he said back then we might have had 30 bikes. So it’s grown immensely.”Lewis explained that in her mind it’s just something that boys want to go out and do and that’s why the track continues to see as much support as it does.“I just think it’s a boy thing when you want some speed and you can get out there and you are all one big happy family on the track here. On the track you will see the boys dicing back and forth, but after their race they are high-fiving and they care about everybody. It’s just a good family sport. I’m still here and my son is 32,” Lewis said with a laugh.That family tradition was especially evident on Mother’s Day according to professional motocross racer Matthew Davenport of Fort St. John who raced in three different categories on Sunday.
Amateur Motocross Ontario launched its first race of the 2015 motocross season Sunday at Gopher Dunes, south of Courtland.
A cold and windy day at the Dunes, some riders raced with an extra jacket for warmth. Afternoon showers were expected, but it didn’t rain.
“This is our third weekend of the season,” said Gopher Dunes owner Frank Schuster. “When we opened the track (on Easter weekend) we still had quite a bit of frost in the ground. Weekend two, it started drying out quickly. The frost came out and last week it was pretty well mint conditions. And now, weekend three, we were watering to get moisture on the track. We had to do some heavy duty watering.
“It’s kind of odd how it just dried up so quick. We didn’t get as much moisture as other years, over the whole course of the winter. It got cold, it snowed, it stayed – we never had a thaw. So it’s drier than I thought it was going to be.”
Schuster said they kept the same track layout from 2014, mainly because they didn’t have time over the last few weeks.
“We’ve been working on three events at once. The practice season opener, this race, and the mud bog next weekend. Everything is pretty much ready to go (for MudFest), now we just have to see how much water we need to add. And all the little tweaking.”
Gopher Dunes’ Spring 4×4 MudFest, for trucks and jeeps, is Sunday, April 26. See gopherdunes.com/mud-fest/ for details.
The Kelowna Dirt Bike Club opened it’s doors to riders on April 19 for the second round of the 2015 Kawasaki Future West Moto BC Motocross South Series event. Unlike the previous weekend, where fans were chilled by cool temperature and riders were challenged by gusting winds, the weather at Bear Creek reached 22 degrees celcius, with only intermittent, gentle breezes cooling things down. The track crew had kept the track surface well watered all week long, so dust was not a major issue during race day. The track itself featured some route revisions to keep things interesting, while improving rider safety. Over the course of the day, the track managed to get very rough and choppy, but riders were not complaining. The major change to the track venue was that the announcing tower was moved to one of the highest sections of the track, allowing the announcer, Brent Worrall, to keep an even better eye on developments in the race action. This change was better for fan entertainment and rider safety, and represents forward thinking by the race promoters. I am sure it was not easy moving a two story race tower from one side of the track to the other, so well done Kelowna Dirt Bike Club, my hat goes off to you! Like the track promoters, I also wanted to bring you improvements through this eMag, and showcase the race with a slightly different look unlike any previous magazines. However, time restrictions, other simultaneous competing commitments over the same weekend, and being awake for 36 hours already, meant my day at the track would be cut very short. So the photos that came out of the day only portray a small segment of the efforts and action from the day. Regardless, I hope you enjoy them, and that this eMag promotes good memories, bench racing and banter among friends for a long time to come. Lots of people to thank, but first and foremost, thanks to the Lord Jesus for this very good day! KEVINLEFEBVRE T
PIETRAMURATA (Trentino), 19 April 2015 – A press conference was held here at round four of the FIM Motocross World Championship in Pietramurata, Italy in regards to the 2015 FIM Junior Motocross World Championship. Youthstream CEO Mr. Daniele Rizzi, FIM/CMS Director Mr. Tony Skillington, FIM Europe President Dr. Wolfgang Srb and FIM Europe Motocross Commission President Mr. Eddie Herd, confirmed that the FIM Junior Motocross World Championship 125cc and 85cc will definitely take place at the spectacular circuit in El Molar, Spain on the weekend of July 19.In order to cater to the 65cc riders, the FIM Europe have added the European Open 65cc Championship to race at the same event with the same structure and facilities of the FIM Junior Motocross World Championship. The class is open to riders from all over the world and is the perfect experience for any young rider willing to develop into one of the world’s best racers.
Last Friday, Fox Sports conducted the latest of its tests — partnering with Austin, TX-based HeliVideo Productions and Feld Motor Sports — using multiple live-coverage drone cameras while shooting Monster Energy AMA Supercross riders during a practice run at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.“The shots we saw were downright amazing,” says Brad Cheney, director of technical operations for Fox Sports. “These riders are doing upwards of 40 mph on this course. They are going from 10 to 40 mph in nothing. We were worried the drones might not be able to keep up, but they were able to go down one chute, around the corner, follow them back up again, and hand them off to the next drone. It worked much better than I ever could have expected.”
Even though there’s snow on the ground and no biking to be had, SAITSA president and motocross pro Jared Stock doesn’t let winter stop him from training.Last October, Stock placed tenth in the world in the 250 FCC race at the International Six Days of Enduro (ISDE) event in Argentina.It was also his second year racing for Team Canada, and his overall score helped the team achieve an eighth-place finish in the world rankings.Stock hasn’t been on his bike since his return to Calgary – the snowy weather and short hours of daylight forces all motocross riders inside during the long winter months.But that doesn’t mean he’s not still training. Even without a bike to ride, Stock still devotes most of his spare time to staying in shape.“Staying competitive is a lifelong commitment,” he said.
1993 – Carl Samson announcing during the hey day for Chris Morgan’s Morgan Racing powerhouse of Mike Jones , Rich Taylor and Ray Sommo. An illustrious list of competitors includes Ross Pederson, Kevin Crine and Tim Ferry,