Riders dominate at local motocross event

It was a busy weekend at the Williams Lake Dirt Riders Association track.

Ninety-five motocross riders from around the province stormed into Williams Lake Saturday and Sunday to compete in rounds 13 and 14 of the BC Motocross Association North Series.

The event, which contributes to riders’ overall season points totals, saw racers from 150 Mile House, 70 Mile House, Baldonnel, Fort St. James, Horsefly, Houston, Kelowna, Kitimat, Lac La Hache, Prince George, Quesnel, Revelstoke, Smithers, Telkwa, Terrace, Turin, Vanderhoof, Winfield and Williams Lake compete at the local track off Highway 20.

Classes ranged from 50cc all the way up to pro, with local riders posting some solid results.

Saturday in the 50cc class Cayden Kunka-Vedan finished second, while 65cc racer Marcus Deausy, 8, of 150 Mile House took third.

Deausy, in just his second year racing, said he had a blast over the weekend.

“I’m feeling pretty good and I’m pretty pumped,” he said. “I love it a lot and I’m learning tons [from some of the older riders].”

In the 85cc class in the 12- to 16-year-old division, Kenneth Urquhart took second.

The Intermediate MX-1 had two local riders finish in the top three — Cole Bernier took first and Kory Ilnicki took third. Meanwhile, in the Intermediate MX-2 event, 150 Mile House’s Levi Nelson crossed the finish line in first, while Bernier took second.

Nelson, coming off a wrist injury, said it’s good to be back on the track.

“I was pretty happy with my performance considering I just got back on the bike about a month and a half ago,” the 18-year-old said. “It’s been awesome. The track is the best I’ve ever seen it.”

In the Junior B division Wyatt Branch took first, while Jonathan Fluttert finished third. In the Schoolboy division Urquhart placed second, with Ezra Oosting coming in closely behind in third.

In the Youth class, for riders under 24 years old, local pro Brock Hoyer took first, while Bernier finished second.

The Plus 40 division saw Glen Oosting take the checkered flag both Saturday and Sunday, while Jenna Mennie finished second in the Ladies’ division.

Sunday, local riders posted several more top-three finishes.

In the 50cc class, Thomas Kaiser placed second, while Kunka-Vedan finished third. Troy Bell, in the 65cc class, claimed third. Urquhart had another strong day finishing second in the 85cc 12- to 16-year-old class.

Jevin Weinert, in the Beginner MX-2, took second, while Bernier placed second in the Intermediate MX-1 category. In Intermediate MX-2 it was Nelson taking first with Bernier in third (due to injury).

Fluttert, in the Junior B class, took second, while Ezra, in the Supermini division, placed third.

For the Youth class it was Hoyer once again nabbing the checkered flag, while Nelson claimed third.

Mennie went on to take second place in the Ladies’ division Sunday, followed by Samantha Wilde in third.

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