Hoyer cranks throttle for nationals

In four years competing at the Monster Energy Motocross Nationals there’s one thing Williams Lake’s Brock Hoyer has learned — don’t beat yourself up early.

Brock Hoyer gets in a ride at the Whispering Pines Race Track in Kamloops in preparation for this year’s Monster Energy MX Nationals.

Brock Hoyer gets in a ride at the Whispering Pines Race Track in Kamloops in preparation for this year’s Monster Energy MX Nationals.

In four years competing at the Monster Energy Motocross Nationals there’s one thing Williams Lake’s Brock Hoyer has learned — don’t beat yourself up early.

The series, which begins June 5 at Kamloops’ Whispering Pines Race Track, spans across Canada through a nine-race series wrapping up Aug. 21 in Walton, Ont. featuring some of the best motocross riders in the world.

“The first round is always crucial,” Hoyer said. “You just have to survive and get as many points as you can in the first round, and you don’t want to crash out in the first round. It kind of affects your mental state [if you crash] and you end up playing catch up for the rest of the year.”

This will be Hoyer’s fifth year competing in the series. His best result came two years ago in Quebec where he finished second. That same year he finished seventh overall in the MX2 championship series.

Last year, Hoyer finished 15th overall; however, the 24-year-old rider missed the last five Eastern Canadian races of the series.

Heading into this year’s MX1 event, Hoyer hopes to achieve his best result yet.

“I want to be top five in the 450cc MX1 class,” he said. “Then, if I continue to do well, I’ll go do all the eastern rounds too.”

In preparation for the first national race in Kamloops, Hoyer said he’s been travelling to the River City on a weekly basis putting time in on the track at Whispering Pines.

“I’ve just been training and riding — riding as much as I can,” he said, but added the dreary weather has put a bit of a damper on his preparation.

“I’ve been down there [to Kamloops] every weekend except one for the last month doing bike preps, suspension testing and a couple of races. I’ve definitely got some time logged on that track and feel comfortable on it.

“I’ve got something to show and I want to do well and prove myself on that track.”

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