The Quesnel Motocross Association track was filled with the roar of engines on Sept. 18 and 19. Nearly 350 riders from across B.C. and Alberta came into Quesnel to compete in the fifth round of the Future West BC Motocross Championships.
Quesnel’s Adam Smith took first place in both rounds of racing in the 250 Junior Class, and is sitting in second place in the season standings, behind Williams Lake’s Noah Porter, who finished second in Quesnel.
Jase Arishenkoff from Chilliwack won first on both days in the 50cc 4-6 class, to extend his overall season lead. Arishenkoff has won or placed second at each event.
For 50cc 7-8 year olds, Carson Horner from Abbotsford took first on Sept. 11, and third on Sept. 12 to take hope 45 points. Season leader Baelen Macklem finished second.
Macklem came back in the 50cc open, winning his second consecutive event, and is also sitting in the lead in the open class.
For 10-11 year olds racing at 65cc, Abbotsford’s Travis Mosser has won every event he’s entered, including Quesnel, and holds a commanding lead.
Also with four first place finishes, including in Quesnel, Braxton Zeitner from Yarrow has a lead in the 65cc for 7-9 year olds.
Zeitner and Mosser have battled it out in the 65cc open, with Zeitner coming out on top in Quesnel and all other races throughout the season.
Linden Tomilin from Grand Forks, B.C. won the 12-16 85cc, thanks to a first place finish on day 2. Tomilin has won both events he’s entered, but still sits in fifth place in the season standings thanks to only racing in the first event of the season and in Quesnel. The season leader, Chilliwack’s Graeme Laybourn, came in third in Quesnel.
Asher Brown, from Port Alberni, is in a similar position in the 7-11 85cc class. He’s won each of the three events he’s entered in the class, including in Quesnel, but missed the second week of the season. Zeitner, who has finished second in each event to Brown in 85cc, won that week, and has taken a solid lead in the season standings.
In Girls 7-14, Prince George’s Ava Zenzen won her third event of the season. She also leads the season by 12 points over second place finisher in Quesnel, Langley’s Aisha Picotte.
The Ladies event was split between the two season leaders, Rosedale’s Annalyse Lopushinsky and Savona’s Kaylie Kayer. Lopushinsky took the event, and a commanding season lead, based on a second place finish during the Saturday race, while Kayer could only manage fourth on Sunday.
In the New Kid Beginner, Salmon Arm’s Tristan Tomlinson won the event, but thanks to Hudson Garniss’ attendance at each event so far this season, he holds the season lead, despite not winning an event this season.
In the open beginner, it’s the complete opposite. Caimon Weiser from McLure has won each event so far this season, and his streak continued in Quesnel. He holds a strong season lead over Peachland’s James Costa.
Williams Lake’s Noah Porter won his second event of the year in Quesnel, and has nearly caught up with Langly’s Ryan Kernested in the season standings, despite missing the first event of the year. Porter trails by seven points in the overall standings.
In the Plus 30 – Vet Junior, the season has been all about one-time racers taking home the prize. With the three previous winners only competing in a single events. Prince George’s Jesse Hancock broke the trend, by winning after finishing fourth in round three. The entire class is chasing Kaylen Flundra, who has competed in all four events so far this season.
Brock Hoyer from Williams Lake missed the first event of the season, but has now won three consecutive events to take top spot in the season from Quesnel’s Brad Dunn, in the Quesnel race.
Hoyer also leads in the Pro-Am class despite missing the first event of the season, thanks to another win in Quesnel.
Dunn can’t be too sad, as he took both the Plus 40 and Plus 50 class wins in Quesnel, and holds season leads in both classes.
Mission’s Blake Davies leads the Schoolboy class thanks to a win in Quesnel, with Williams Lake’s Noah Porter only five points back in the season standings. Porter leads the Schoolboy 2 class, but Davies won the Quesnel race in that class.
Linden Tomlin won his second class of the weekend in Superminis, but sits sixth and trails Graeme Laybourn in the overall season standings.
Kelowna’s Everett Krisa Budgen won his first event of the year in the Tyke 50cc class, good for second in the season, trailing Chilliwack’s Walker post.
First-time riders took home the Under 30, 250 Intermediate and Open Intermediate races as well, with Ethan Oullette from Campbell River winning Under 30, Brock Henry from Kelowna taking home both intermediate classes. Alex Gatt leads the Under 30 class for the season, with Lake Country’s Layne Nuyens leading in 250 Intermediate and Open Intermediate. Nuyens did not compete in Quesnel.
The final round of races for Future West goes Sept. 25 and 26 in Kamloops.
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