The conditions in practice were unreal! All of the lines in the corners were worked in and making for some great bar dragging lines. The big spectator jump proved to be a crowed favorite especially with MX2 Intermediate rider Shane Gallant showing off for the crowd by turning is YZ250F backwards over the 90’ table top.
When the gate dropped in the first MX2 Junior moto, Wide Open Racing rider Logan Gallant, who has dominated the MX2 Class, had some competition this weekend with the presence of #200 Isaac Nice who, after a long battle, ended up taking the win in Moto 1. In Moto #2 Logan Gallant showed maturity as a racer hanging in 2nd place applying pressure to Isaac, taking the lead and the overall for the day on the last lap, (check out the go pro video here).
Logan also showed great in his school boy motos challenging Intermediate rider #197 Ryan Mackay who took the win in both mud motos. Yeah I said mud motos! In typical east coast weather fashion, just as we thought the weather was getting nice the skies opened up and let us have it.
The Pro GP class was battles through the whole pack. Davey Fraser and Kyle Chatham rubbed plastics almost every moto and from what I hear it was quite the battle, little further back in the pack myself, TJ Martin, and David Strang battled for most of the 2nd and 3rd motos for the final spot on the podium. I almost had 3rd in moto #2 before my spark plug cap popped up and caused me to fall back one position. Anyone that rides knows how sketchy it is coming up to jumps not knowing if your bike is going to lose power or not! *laughs*
One rider that really stood out was in the 50cc 4-6 age group was the #11 of Hugh Henderson showed you don’t have to be on a big bike to go fast in the mud carrying him to 1-1 on the day and extending his series points lead to 26 points.
In the later part of the day the rain stopped and the track turned around pretty good for the last few motos. All in all it was an excellent day of racing and I want to give a huge shout out to Lee Steeves and the entire Riverglade crew for all the hard work and track prep to make the rainy day full of hard battling motos.
The following Thursday, after washing my bike about three times to get all the mud off it, I went up to Miller Medow MX Park to put in some motos. The track was looking sick being freshly tilled and watered after the rain we got. Kyle had built a new 90 foot double jump that turned out to be impossible to get over on the 250F in the deep soil. Tyler Medaglia and Mitch Cooke showed up and were just able to get over the new jump. After watching two of the top pro riders in Canada struggle to clear the jump all night Kyle decided he was going to make it a bit smaller so we didn’t have to be flat out to just make it…hahaha!
That Saturday the boys & I got to one if the nicest facilities in Nova Scotia to ride known as Birchhill MX. The owner Steve Daling has turned an old farming field located directly in his back yard into a fast wide open MX track that has every kind of corner and jump you could dream of. Besides the 35 degree weather we could not have asked for a better day of motos and hanging out with the moto family.
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