A month of back to back weekends of racing for the Quesnel Motocross racers are marking their positions as some of the top racers in Northern B.C.
Racers Colton Shepherd, Jackson Nickolet and Dayne Cutrell left Quesnel and headed to Chetwynd to compete in the Peace River Motocross Assocation (PMA) and BCMA combined dual race weekend to challenge racers from all over B.C and some racers from Alberta.
They came together to challenge each other on the track.
It was the first time for these Quesnel racers to race in Chetwynd and they were impressed with the track conditions.
“We’ve been told it’s one of the nicest tracks in B.C.”
Not knowing what to expect, these boys put it all on the line.
As the gates dropped, Warren Constenine, Jackson Nickolet and Colton Shepherd, all racing for BCMA, pulled out in the top three for the start.
As the race got underway, riders from the PMA realized they had more than they bargained for.
Seeing the challenge that BCMA racers brought to the PMA, they attempted to make some moves to hinder their success in this event.
Nickolet and Shepherd decided after the first day something needed to be done, after they were both targeted to be taken out by PMA top riders.
As the second day started, they decided enough was enough.
If they wanted to race this way it was time to show them up.
As the races got underway the following day, top PMA riders tried to take down Shepherd to get to Nickolet and Constantine.
Predicting what was going to happen, Shepherd slowed down and let him pass, so he could make the move that would count on the next lap.
Using their techniques, it now became a game of cat and mouse, with Shepherd letting them have a taste of their own dirt, after he was forced off the track the day before.
After two days of battling Constantine, Nickolet and Shepherd walked away with the top three trophies in their class, gaining a lot of respect from the PMA racers and an invitation to come back next year.
Last week, August 30 – 31 brought racers all together in Prince George for the Printwerx Championship Cup.
Many racers from Quesnel attended with more hardware being brought back to Quesnel.
Racing for Full Throttle Motor Sports (FTM), owner Brad Dunn took first place in the Plus 40 class and second in the Vet Masters.
Brian Watson, also racing for FTM, took home a first in Vet Masters. Nickolet walked away with three trophies over the weekend and one for Shepherd.
The grand finale came after all serious racing was done.
Fun races with mother/daughter and father/son teams hit the track for a lot of good laughs.
Brian Watson and son Haiden won the big bike father/son race, with Tammy Watson borrowing pro racer Sarah King to be her daughter to win the mother/daughter race on a small bike.
The last sanctioned BCMA race will be hosted right here in Quesnel this weekend, Sept. 6 – 7 at the end of Oval Rd.
Racer’s are welcome from all levels including beginner to skilled.
Spectators are encouraged to attend to support our local racers for just $20 a car load, or $10 per person, children under five years of age and seniors are free.
–Submitted by Gerri Shepherd