Riders put talent on display

Rounds 14 and 15 of the B.C. Motocross Association Championship Series were in Williams Lake Aug. 10-11.

Eight-year-old Marcus Deausy races around the track during the Williams Lake Dirt Riders Association and the B.C. Motocross Association’s Championship Series in Williams Lake Sunday.

Eight-year-old Marcus Deausy races around the track during the Williams Lake Dirt Riders Association and the B.C. Motocross Association’s Championship Series in Williams Lake Sunday.

Rounds 14 and 15 of the B.C. Motocross Association Championship Series were in Williams Lake Aug. 10-11, and Williams Lake riders were at the forefront for much of the weekend.

The two-day event, which continues Sept. 14-15 in Williams Lake with rounds 15 and 16, featured more than 300 entries showcasing riders ages four to 50-plus from around the province.

Williams Lake pro rider Brock Hoyer also hosted a riding clinic for several youth Saturday night at the track.

“We saw loads of great, natural talent,” said Tammy Deausy, treasurer with the event-host Williams Lake Dirt Riders Association. “It was an amazing race weekend.”

The BCMA Championship Series works on a points system based on two races per event each day. Each rider’s points are then tallied after each day to award an overall winner in each class.

In the 50cc, four- to six-year-old class, Devin MacGregor and James Wilker rounded out the top three at second and third, respectively. Moving up a division, Marcus Deausy, 8, cleaned up in the 65cc class, and finished second overall in the 85cc seven- to 11-year-old class. Meanwhile, in the schoolboy division, Brad Perron raced to a third-place overall finish.

Junior B rider Ezra Oosting was successful in his division, picking up second, while rider Justin Sellars finished second in both the junior MX-1 and the plus-25 division.

In the intermediate MX-2 division Brayden Methot took first overall, followed by Levi Nelson in second place.

Hoyer, 26, currently eighth overall after eight of nine rounds of the Canada-wide Monster Energy Motocross Nationals Series, had the opportunity to head home for the weekend to compete.

Hoyer picked up first place in the pro MX-1 class and first place in the youth class, finishing ahead of Nelson (second) and Methot (third).

“I’ve been on the road for a month and I get to sleep in my own bed and have a shower, so I’m pretty stoked about that,” Hoyer said. “It’s always fun to come race in my own home town.”

Nelson, meanwhile, said it’s a great opportunity to race against someone as fast as Hoyer.

“It’s a lot of fun,” he said. “He’s really fast — eighth best in Canada right now — that’s pretty good.”

On Sunday Williams Lake riders continued to dominate the track.

MacGregor and Wilker finished second and third, respectively, in the 50cc four- to six-year-old class, while Cayden Kunka Vedan snatched up first overall in the 50cc seven- to eight-year-old division.

Marcus, again, finished well ahead of the competition in Sunday’s 65cc moto, and managed a first overall finish in the 85cc class. Thomas Kaiser picked up second overall in the 65cc event.

In the schoolboy division Perron, repeating his Saturday performance, picked up third overall. Ethan Desmond, in the junior MX-3 event, finished second. The junior B event saw Oosting finish one spot back of his Saturday performance, in third.

In the junior MX-1 it was Sellars taking first overall.

The intermediate MX-2 result was also the same as on Saturday, with Methot and Nelson occupying the one and two spot.

In the ladies’ events Denyka Carrier took second overall, with Samantha Wilde finishing third.

Hoyer, again, was dominant in his events, winning the Pro MX-1 and Youth race, while Nelson and Methot took second and third in the youth race.

Hoyer said his riding clinic Saturday for kids ages eight to 16 and went really well.

“I had 20 kids from Houston up north down to Kamloops,” he said. “We did a lot of practicing and things like that. Everybody had a lot of fun.”

For more on Hoyer’s Monster Energy Motocross Nationals season see a future Tribune.