Big actions results in big injuries

Motocrossers fight for points as the motocross season draws closer to its finale.

Many Quesnel motocross racers attended BCMA’s race in Williams Lake this past weekend.

With only three races left in the season, racers from all skill levels put their best effort  forward.

Beginners, Juniors, to Vet Master’s turned up the heat in the all ready 30 degree weather making it one of the most fast and furious races of the season.

Along with the fast pace came many accidents, causing the most injuries on a single day of racing.

Williams Lake emergency room was very busy after at least five separate incidents.

Jr A/Mx2 saw the worst pile up five seconds into the race, with seven bikes tangling after the first corner, causing the race to be red flagged.

Once the track was cleared of injured riders and broken bikes, they restarted the race.

Top rider # 671 Jackson Nickolet went back out despite suffering some injuries. He came back to take second overall on Sunday in Jr. A class.

Friends on and off the track, Nickolet and #82 Colton Shepherd put on an exciting race in the Schoolboy class, at times side by side in the air, flying over the 90 ft jump while battling for points to earn top positions as the season is nearing the end.

For Nickolet it was a sweet birthday victory taking first place both Saturday and Sunday in Schoolboy.

Shepherd took a third place trophy overall in Schoolboy and a third place trophy in Jr.A/Mx3.

Supermini racer’s Austin Watson and Dayne Cutrell went fast and furious on their 85 cc’s with # 63 Watson finishing second on Sunday and #55 Cutrell taking a trip to the emergency room.

Coming around a corner at the top of the hill just after the step up, Catrell went down with several other riders resulting in a broken arm.

Catrell will also be sadly missed amongst the Quesnel rider’s along with Jordy Davis also on leave due to an injury.

Scott Davis, Brian Watson, Haiden Watson, Jordan Brears, Jared Lucus and others were amongst the Quesnel racers who rode successful races in Williams Lake, however, for many other racers from out of town, the weekend also ended with trips to the emergency room, resulting in some minor and more serious injuries.

The weekend of Sept. 21 – 22, BCMA racing will be hosted in Prince George for their second to last race of the season with the last race to follow on Sept. 28 and 29 in Ashcroft.

–Submitted by Gerri Shepherd