Rider Colton Shepherd at the Kamloops motocross races.

Motocross racers earned and burned

Quesnel motocross racers left the Cariboo and headed down to Kamloops for round 3 of BCMA racing this past weekend.

Quesnel motocross racers left the Cariboo and headed down to Kamloops for round 3 of BCMA racing this past weekend.

Despite the Quesnel track only being opened for one week for practice prior to this event, they fuelled up and headed south.

Saturday, April 26 was a paid practice day for the rider’s and Sunday, April 27 was race day.

The track was prepped, the weather was cold, but that didn’t stop the Cariboo boys from hitting the track.

Hitting the track  was an under statement for # 82 Colton Shepherd, moving up in class this year from junior to intermediate, who went out for practice on Saturday and was determined to master the Kamloops track set up by pros the weekend before with triple and double jumps, only to not quite execute one of the jumps and hitting the ground on top of his bike and then having his bike landing on him.

After being checked over at the Kamloops hospital, he limped away with a sprained knee and bruised ribs.

Scott Davis riding in the vet junior class also took a bad landing and re-injured a previous injury to his knee taking him out during practice and also unable to race on Sunday.

Jordy Davis who competed as well last season (Scott’s son) wasn’t able to attend due to recovering from a severe ankle break at Kamloops fall series last year.

Several other competitive riders from neighbouring communities also suffered severe injuries this past weekend that put an end to their weekend of racing.

As a result from all the injuries from Saturday, a practice day, they eliminated some of the extreme jumps and modified the track to accommodate the BCMA racer’s for the following race day.

Jackson Nickolet  #671, also moving up from junior to intermediate was on a role last race in Ashcroft,  taking the podium and taking the hardware back to Quesnel had a very good start to the race on Sunday, taking the lead in his class but then an unfortunate landing on his first lap, pummelled him head over heals,  resulted in serious injuries putting him out of the race with a concussion and a broken wrist.

But by the end of race day, every one was on the side of Jordon Brears, racing for his second season with the Quesnel Motocross Association, who went out and persevered, taking home a First Class Trophy in his class, making the week end a great success to a new and up coming racer.

This coming weekend, May 3 – 4,  Quesnel will be hosting rounds four and five of BCMA racing.

Submitted by Gerry Shepherd

 

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