Canadian Nationals: JSR is Back ¿ Michael Willard puts KTM in MX2 Winners Circle

Moncton, NB ¿ (7/31/05) ¿Racing action unfolded under sunny skies and perfect track conditions at Riverglade MX Park in Moncton, NB on Sunday. It was the first time since the CMRC Canadian Motocross Championships kicked off in Mission, BC, this past June, that there wasn¿t some issue with the weather or the track. Smiles were detected on everyone¿s face from riders to officials to event organizer and motocross fans.

After dealing with knee problems last weekend in Joliette, QC ¿ which saw him without his first MX1 podium finish of the season ¿ Jean Sebastien Roy returned full force at Riverglade to card his fifth clean sweep of 2005. JSR¿s Honda Canada Blackfoot Fox Racing teammate Damon Huffman claimed 3rd spot on the podium, while Richmond Racing Kawasaki¿s Evan Laughridge snared 2nd overall for the day. Laughridge chalked up 2-3 results to claim a well deserved runner-up; Huffman hammered down 5-2 motos to secure 3rd.

Huffman, riding with a bruised tailbone that made his life far from easy in the saddle of his Honda CRF, blasted out of the gate to snare the holeshot of both motos. Although he fell off the pace somewhat in the first moto, in the second Huffy did what he had to do to climb the podium and score points that keeps solidifying his hold on 2nd place in the title hunt.

JSR, meanwhile, put on the same clinic we¿ve grown accustomed to: no fuss, no muss, and no-nonsense wins. Once in the lead ¿ which was within the first half of the first moto and within one lap of Moto 2 ¿ Roy tolerated no challenges for the lead. Although he crossed the finish line with less of a margin than his previous victories, he nonetheless enjoyed a cushion over 2nd place somewhere in the 10 second range when the checkered was waved.

The big revelations of the weekend were Evan Laughridge and his teammate Colton Facciotti. Both riders, who¿ve had an up and down season so far, came out with a vengeance in Atlantic Canada. Laughridge, who like Facciotti has had his fair share of DNFs, proved once again that on a good day he¿s podium material. Facciotti, with 4-4 moto results, which gave him with 4th overall for the day, put on a demonstration that leaves no doubt he belongs to a new generation of Canadian motocross greats.   

In the MX2 East points chase, Michael Willard piloted his KTM Canada ride to the overall with 1-2 motos. Blackfoot¿s Mitch Cooke pulled a repeat from last weekend by claiming 2nd overall. Richmond Racing¿s Kyle Chisholm continues to cling onto top dog in the rankings, after carding 2-3 motos that saw him grab 3rd overall.

The big news, however, was Cooke¿s awesome second moto win in front of a fired up Atlantic Canada home crowd. It was the triumphant Nova Scotia native¿s first ever MX2 victory. He now trails Chisholm by a mere seven points going into the final round of the title hunt in two weeks. A fast charging Cooke showed his grit in the first moto, turning a mid-pack start into a 4th place at the finish line. In Moto 2, he was 4th out of the gate and in command of the lead a few laps later. After that it was his race, much to the delight of the fans

¿I finally got a good start and that¿s all I needed. It all worked out perfectly for me. The crowds cheered me on in the first moto to make my way into fourth and onto a win in the second moto,¿ said Cooke. ¿But I couldn¿t have done this without the team¿s support. I can¿t say enough about the guys in the paddock.¿

Cooke¿s fellow Nova Scotian, Ryan Lockhart, continues to deal with the black cloud that has been following him since Round 1 of the championship. What should have been a great day on home ground turned into another write off for the Richmond Racing rider. A crash in the first moto saw him finish his day on the sidelines with an injured kneee.

 Unofficial top-5 results: Round 7, Moncton, NB


  1. Jean Sebastien Roy (Hon) 1-1
  2. Evan Laughridge (Kaw) 2-3
  3. Damon Huffman (Hon) 5-2
  4. Colton Facciotti (Kaw) 4-4
  5. Keith Johnson (Suz) 3-6


  1. Michael Willard (KTM) 1-2
  2. Mitch Cooke (Hon) 4-1
  3. Kyle Chisholm (Kaw) 2-3
  4. Pierce Chamberlain (KTM) 7-5
  5. Aaron Dieter (Yam) 10-4