Smithers Motocross Association members pose for photo on the track during a break at the SMXA’s fun race last weekend in preparation for the CMRC race in July.

Smithers Motocross Association members pose for photo on the track during a break at the SMXA’s fun race last weekend in preparation for the CMRC race in July.

SMXA hits it big with first race of the season

The dirt was flying last weekend, as the Smithers Motocross Association held their first race of the season, attracting more than 50 riders.

The dirt was flying last weekend, as the Smithers Motocross Association held their first race of the season, attracting more than 50 riders from across the northwest.

The SMXA hosted the race to prepare riders for the upcoming BC Motocross CMRC sanctioned race in July, where competitors will go up against some of the best in the province.

Smithers is one of the largest growing clubs on the circuit. With over 100 members registered, it’s clear the sport is not just for the hardcore, but for all ages and skill levels.

“It brings families together and not only are the kids riding but so are the parents,” SMXA president, Aaron Miles said.

“It’s something the whole family can do. There’s just so much talent in town now. From last year to this year I see all these young kids getting so good. And they’re starting to win races all over the circuit.”

Although there’s  been some controversy over the past few months about the SMXA’s operation off Donaldson Rd., Miles said they’re doing everything they can to accommodate nearby residents and ensure everyone on the track is safe and having a good time.

“SMXA is a registered society, we have our insurance papers, everyone here has signed a waiver,” Miles said.

“This track is in the best location, there is a transfer station right across from us. We’re surrounded by a gravel pit with heavy equipment running all day long, we hear them all the time. We close our track by 8p.m. every night in consideration of the nearby residences.”

The SMXA hosts the CMRC sanctioned race July 28-29. All racers are encouraged to participate. For more information visit www2.smxa.ca.