Mud flies as riders

Mud flies as riders

Racers brave slick track for MCQMX series

Heavy rainfall caused difficult track conditions during the weekend at the MCQMX Racing Series.

Heavy rainfall caused difficult track conditions during the weekend when the Williams Lake Dirt Riders Association hosted the MCQMX Racing Series.

Motocross racers of all ages from around the province converged at the Williams Lake track for the weekend, where a practice day was held Saturday, before racing kicked off the following day.

“We had more than 250 entries,” said WLDRA president Mike Deausy. “That’s the most we’ve ever had. Last May we had 237 and at that point that had been our highest, so it’s really good for the club. We had riders from the Kootenays, Vancouver Island, up north and the Lower Mainland.”

At last year’s event in May similar conditions forced the cancellation of half of Sunday’s racing. Deausy said it almost happened again this year.

“It was looking a little dicey on Saturday,” he said. “We got a ton of rain and hailstorms.”

He credited the work of the track crew for keeping the conditions manageable.

“They worked like crazy to keep the track in good shape,” he said.

Many parents of the younger riders could be seen getting a workout as they followed their children around the track, helping them up when the mud proved to be too much of a challenge.

“The kids are definitely troopers,” he said. “It [the mud] doesn’t seem to phase them and there’s lots of heart out there. It adds a lot of challenge and slows things down a bit, too, so your lap times are slower.”

Several local competitors, meanwhile, posted top results during the weekend contributing to their overall points standings.

“Our local kids did great,” Deausy said. “It was challenging in the mud but they did a good job.”

Motocross racing will return to Williams Lake Sept. 10-11 for the MCQMX Racing Series’ championship rounds, which starts in Campbell River Aug. 27-28 and ends in Kamloops Sept. 24-25.

“We’re hoping to have another really good turnout,” Deausy said. “It should be a good mix of riders from all over the province.”

The following are the results of Cariboo riders from the weekend:

50cc 4-6

6.) Mason Szatmari (Lac La Hache)

8.) Travis Real (150 Mile House)

12.) Mason Colgate (Williams Lake)

50cc 7-8

1.) Noah Porter (Williams Lake)

50cc Open

1.) Noah Porter (Williams Lake)

5.) Travis Real (150 Mile House)

6.) Mason Szatmari (Lac La Hache)

14.) Mason Colgate (Williams Lake)

65cc 7-9

2.) Devin MacGregor (150 Mile House)

4.) Noah Porter (Williams Lake)

8.) Connor Szatmari (Lac La Hache)

85cc 12-16

4.) Cody Bailey (Williams Lake)

85cc 7-11

1.) Thomas Kaiser (Williams Lake)

12.) Christopher Macgregor (150 Mile House)

15.) Devin Macgregor (150 Mile House)

19.) Noah Porter (Williams Lake)

Intermediate MX2

6.) Clayton Wride (70 Mile)

Intermediate MX3

7.) Clayton Wride (70 Mile)

Junior MX2

6.) Marcus Deausy (150 Mile House)

11.) Carson King (150 Mile House)

Junior MX3

4.) Marcus Deausy (150 Mile House)

New Kid Beginner

3.) Grace Porter (Williams Lake)

6.) Reese Colgate (Williams Lake)

Open Beginner

11.) Wendell Owen (Williams Lake)

Open Pro Am

1.) Brock Hoyer (Williams Lake)

Supermini

1.) Marcus Deausy (Williams Lake)

4.) Thomas Kaiser (Williams Lake)

9.) Christopher Macgregor (150 Mile House)

18.) Cody Bailey (Williams Lake)

Under 30

9.) Mike Pilgrim (Williams Lake)

Vet Master

4.) Glen Oosting (Williams Lake)