Smithers motocross race a hit with riders

Last week’s first ever sanctioned race at the Smithers Motocross Association’s (SMXA) track on Donaldson Road was a great success, according to board member and track builder Dean Elmore.

Kyle Odiorne

Kyle Odiorne

Last week’s first ever sanctioned race at the Smithers Motocross Association’s (SMXA) track on Donaldson Road was a great success, according to board member and track builder Dean Elmore.

“There was not a single bad comment from spectators or riders, they were all just totally impressed,” he said. “Some of the top riders said it’s now one of their favourite tracks in the province.”

The weather kept the track from getting too dry, so the dust was minimal. It also meant slightly slower speeds and softer ground, leading to no serious injuries, a rare occasion at a race according to Elmore.

Sponsors and dozens of dedicated volunteers helped keep both days running smoothly and on schedule, he said. Roughly 85 riders took part in two days of sanctioned CMRC (Canadian Motosport Racing Corporation) action at the track, built on a former landfill site after a whirlwind year of planning and organizing by the SMXA.

Elmore said everything went so well, the organizers are hoping to run both a spring and fall series race next year. He’s also hoping the families that came into town for the race helped dispel some of the preconceptions many people have about motocross racing.

“Everyone gets the idea that it’s tattoos and nose rings and that kind of stuff, but it’s a big family event,” said Elmore. “In reality we’re pulling kids off the back roads and putting them in a safe, controlled environment.”

Saturday, Aug. 20

Race winners:

50cc – 4 to 6:

Christopher MacGregor

65cc PeeWee:

Daniel Elmore

85cc 12 to 16:

Warren Constantine

85cc 7 to 11:

Gabriel Elmore

Beginner MX-1:

Grant MacGregor

Beginner MX-2:

Wade Proctor

Beginner MX-3:

Ryan Murphy

Intermediate MX-1:

Rob Hawrys

Intermediate MX-2:

Kyle Odiorne

Junior MX-1:

Craig Kendell

Junior MX-2:

Charlie Mott

Junior MX-3:

Charlie Mott

Ladies:

Sara King

Plus 25:

Nathan Mack

Plus 40:

Nino Roldo

Schoolboy:

Branden Small

Super Mini:

Landon M. Nelson

Vet Junior:

Nino Roldo

Youth:

Andrew Kennedy

Sunday, Aug. 21

Race winners:

50cc – 4 to 6:

Christopher MacGregor

65cc PeeWee:

Daniel Elmore

85cc 12 to 16:

Warren Constantine

85cc 7 to 11:

Gabriel Elmore

Beginner MX-1:

Grant MacGregor

Beginner MX-2:

Tyson Stumborg

Beginner MX-3:

Tyson Stumborg

Intermediate MX-1:

Rob Hawrys

Intermediate MX-2:

Kyle Odiorne

Junior MX-1:

Kevin Whitecotton

Junior MX-2:

Sheldon Smaha

Junior MX-3:

Charlie Mott

Ladies:

Sara King

Plus 25:

Peter Douglas

Plus 40:

Earl Houlden

Schoolboy:

Branden Small

Super Mini:

Warren Constantine

Vet Junior:

Kevin Whitecotton

Vet Master:

Francis Guerin

Youth:

Andrew Kennedy