Up in the great white north, the Rockstar Energy Drink Canadian Nationals kicked off in May at the Wastelands in Nanaimo, British Columbia. This ten round series has attracted a lot of talent from around the world for many years. But in the past five years the series has attracted some extremely talented and successful riders from the States like; Bobby Kiniry, Matt Goerke, Brett Metcalfe, Morgan Burger, Teddy Maier, Tyler Villopoto, Robby Marshall, Austin Politelli, Kyle Swanson and the list goes on. This year the series has brought up Vince Friese, Kyle Chisholm, Josh Hill and Motoconcepts rider and amateur superstar Mike Alessi, along with many of the riders listed above returning to the series for 2014.
After kicking off in BC, out on the island of Nanaimo, the series continues to make its way East with a stop in each province along the way. Round two was held at Whispering Pines Raceway in Kamloops, BC. Followed by Round three at Wild Rose MX Park in Calgary, Alberta and Round four at Moto Valley Raceway in Saskatchewan, Regina.
With four rounds completed, Colton Facciotti is in the driver’s seat of the 450 class, leading the series by nine points over Mike Alessi. Tyler Medaglia sits in third just in front of Teddy Maier and Josh Hill. Facciotti, Madaglia and Dylan Kaelin, sitting in eighth, stand to be the only Canadian riders in the top ten of the series standings.
As the series heads further East to the province of Ontario, the riders will have a two week break to prepare for the gnarliest, most physically demanding, mentally exhausting round of the series. Round five will find itself nestled in the little town of Tilsonburg, Ontario at a track known as Gopher Dunes, where you will clean sand from everything you own for weeks. Many riders at the top of their game have showed up to the Dunes only to find themselves overcome by heat stroke and utter physical exhaustion. The high heat of the middle of July and the way the miles of sand evolve into an eternal whoops section have earned this track a worldwide reputation, where only the most physically fit will prevail. Round five will reboot series on the weekend of July 12th and 13th in the hospitable hands of the Schuster family at Gopher Dunes Raceway.
Round six will find itself just outside the nation’s capital, at a track called Sand Del Lee in Richmond, Ontario. Round seven will be held in the land of the French in a small Old town French community, known as, Deschambault, Quebec. The series will continue East to Riverglade MX Park near Moncton, New Brunswick before heading back to Quebec for round eight at Motocross Ulverton. Finally the series will wrap up at the infamous Walton Raceway in Walton, Ontatio, a small town known as “Motocross Town”.
With two overall wins so far this season it will be interesting to see if Mike Alessi can close the gap on Canadian-boy and fan favorite Colton Facciotti, as the series heads into some entirely different terrain.
The Eastern Canadian Women’s Motocross Nationals will also kick off at Round five at Gopher Dunes Raceway on July 12th. The series is comprised of three rounds for the East and three rounds for the West and an East/West Shootout at round ten at Walton Raceway to determine to national champion. The series has become ever more competitive with the drive of the women involved to keep the series alive by attracting more and more racers to compete. In the past the series has attracted similar likes of top American riders to compete, like former title champions; Taylor Miller and Jacqueline Strong. The Nitro Circus infamous female, Jolene Van Vught also began her career path with a couple of these Canadian National Championship Titles.