Saturday and Sunday were exciting days for locals and for dirt bike riders from across Northern B.C. as Quesnel is the first track to open north of Kamloops for all motocross enthusiasts. Families loaded up truck loads of bikes as word got out that the track would be ready for riding.
Fathers and sons, brothers and sisters of all ages, from Fort St. James to Williams Lake came to play in the sun.
Mother Nature played a big part in allowing the track to open in March this year as well as a little help from some volunteers who donated equipment to drain some water puddles from melting snow and machines to groom the track just in time for Saturdays opening.
The road in was still a little icy and sloppy but that didn’t hinder anyone from getting into track for some prime riding time.
We had just enough warm weather to melt away the last bit of snow from the track just days before.
The large turn out made it great for rider’s of all skill levels to spend time safely on the track, alternating little bikes and big bikes throughout the days.
Weeks prior, a lot of northern families were heading south to Kamloops, Kelowna and Chilliwack to start their passion for riding and preparing for the BCMA race season to begin, but now that Quesnel is open, we expect to see a lot of out of town riders to join the locals begin their motocross season.
The first BCMA race, Rounds 1 and 2 will be hosted here in Quesnel on May 16 – 17.
This year the province has gotten together to put on a B.C. Championship Cup with Quesnel hosting the first round representing BCMA on July 18 – 19 during Billy Barker Days.
The following B.C. Cups will be hosted by Vancouver Island and Kelowna MX clubs.
QMXA invites anyone who would like to ride at the track on Oval Road to purchase a membership prior to riding.
Memberships can be purchased from local businesses, Full Throttle Motor Sports, Outback B.C., Eldorado Recreation – Yamaha, Make Traxx Recreation – Polaris or from a executive.
Memberships are amongst the cheapest in the province for motocross with a minor (0 – 18-years old): $35, adult: $75 and family (same house): $100.
Day passes are also available for $30
The track is open from dawn to dusk daily.
–Submitted by Gerri Shepherd