CMRC Canadian Motocross Championships Kick Off This Weekend

Stouffville, ON, (5/3105) — Round 1 of the 2005 CMRC Canadian Motocross Championships gets underway at Mission Raceway in Mission, BC this weekend. Canada’s best Pro motocross racers, including top west coast riders Dusty Klatt, Colton Facciotti and Kyle Beaton, will battle each other and an invasion of American motocross heavyweights for the Canadian MX1 and MX2 West Championship crowns.

Klatt, defending champion in the MX2 West title hunt, is one of the fastest rising stars on the Canadian motocross circuit. In addition to winning the ’04 MX2 West Championship, the 21-year-old is currently ranked seventh in the premier MX1 class. Not surprisingly, Klatt, who rides for the Calgary based superteam Blackfoot Racing/Honda Canada, is considered the odds-on favourite for the win in the MX2 class at Mission Raceway. Although his main focus will be the MX2 this weekend, the Campbell River native will also be behind the starting gate in MX1.

“I’m looking to repeat as champion in MX2 Westthis year and up my ranking to top-five in MX1, said Klatt. “It’s tough riding both classes because it means racing four motos but I’m in shape to do it. I did it last year so I know what I’m up against.

  While Klatt is expected to be among the front runners this weekend, he will not be without strong competition from a contingent of American riders including Jeff Northrop (Richmond Racing/Kawasaki Canada); Erick Vallejo (Morgan Racing/Suzuki Canada); Jimmy Nelson (KTM Canada); Nathan Tierney (Swanson Racing/Yamaha Motor USA); Shane Bess (Pacific Yamaha); Kevin Johnson (Team Faith USA).

“Last year I had some problems in the series and the tracks were all new to me, but this year I’m totally ready to give the title a shot, said Jeff Northrop.

If Northrop or any of the other Americans ride off with the MX2 West crown, he’ll be the fourth American to do so since the series was inaugurated in 2000. Sean Hamblin won the first edition, Brad Hagseth won the championship back-to-back  in’01/’02, and Evan Laughridge took it home in ’03.

In the MX1 title chase, defending champion Jean Sebastien Roy, who recently scored top-10 finishes at the first two rounds of the AMA Motocross Nationals, will unquestioningly be the man to beat in the ’05 Canadian points chase. Other than Klatt, and multi-time champ Blair Morgan, few Canadian riders are expected to offer much of a challenge to Blackfoot Racing Honda’s Roy at the opening round in Mission, or the rest of the season. The Quebec “rocket man has totally dominated the MX1 class since 2001. He won a record seven of eight rounds last year, missing out on a clean sweep because of flat tire problems.

Among the Americans looking to derail Roy’s MX1 supremacy are the Californians Craig Decker, Evan Laughridge and Damon Huffman, runner-up in ’03-’04. Washington State’s Brad Hagseth and Ohio’s Gavin Gracyk are also expected to keep Roy honest.

2005 CMRC Canadian National 125/250 Pro MX Championship Schedule

Track

Race Date

Series

 Mission Raceway, Mission, BC

Saturday, June 042005
Sunday, June 05, 2005

 Canadian Pro National, Round 1

 Nanaimo,BC

Saturday, June 11, 2005
Sunday, June 12, 2005

 Canadian Pro Nationals, Round 2

 Wild Rose MX Park, Calgary, AB

Saturday, June 18, 2005
Sunday, June 19, 2005

 Canadian Pro National, Round 3

 Regina Moto Valley,SK

Saturday, June 25, 2005
Sunday, June 26, 2005

 Canadian Pro Nationals, Round 4

 Gopher Dunes, Courtland,On

Saturday, July 16, 2005
Sunday, July 17, 2005

 Canadian Pro Nationals, Round 5

 Joliette,QC

Saturday, July 23, 2005
Sunday, July 24, 2005

 Canadian Pro Nationals, Round 6

 Moncton,NB

Saturday, July 30, 2005
Sunday, July 31, 2005

 Canadian Pro Nationals, Round 7

 Ste-Julie,Qc

Saturday, August 13, 2005
Sunday, August 14, 2005

 Canadian Pro Nationals, Round 8

 Walton, ON

Tuesday, August 16, 2005
Sunday, August 21, 2005

 Canadian Grand National Championships

 

, July 30, 2005
Sunday, July 31, 2005

 Canadian Pro Nationals, Round 7

 Ste-Julie,Qc

Saturday, August 13, 2005
Sunday, August 14, 2005

 Canadian Pro Nationals, Round 8

 Walton, ON

Tuesday, August 16, 2005
Sunday, August 21, 2005

 Canadian Grand National Championships