Courtland, ON (6/18/05) ¿ Under intermittent rainy, cloudy, and sunny skies Jean Sebastien Roy and American newcomer Chad Charbonneau ruled the day at the kick-off of the eastern leg of the CMRC Canadian Motocross Championships at Gopher Dunes in Courtland, Ontario on Sunday, July 17th.
Roy continued where he left off three weeks earlier in Regina, SK with a clean sweep of the MX1 motos. Charbonneau, who was an unknown entity north of the border until his arrival for the qualifiers on Saturday, impressed by snaring the opening round of MX2 East Championship overall on the strength of 2-2 motos.
Although the holeshot of the first MX1 moto went to JSR’s Team Honda Canada Blackfoot Fox Racing teammate Damon Huffman, and to Team Suzuki OTSFF Motorsports’ Keith Johnson in Moto 2, the Quebec native took control of both motos within two laps of the start and never looked back. He twice finished with well over 25 seconds in reserve.
Yamaha Motor Canada’s Simon Homans followed Johnson, who kept control of 2nd place unchallenged, to the checkered in 3rd place. Huffman and Blackfoot’s third MX1 rider, Dusty Klatt, rounded off the top five carding 4th and 5th respectively.
Johnson’s Team Suzuki OTSFF teammates Gavin Gracyk and Mike Treadwell were involved in a second turn crash that saw Treadwell regroup to finish 8th and Gracyk 10th, after both remounted dead last. Gracyk, who had problems restarting his bike, losing precious time, was lapped by JSR but he managed to unlap himself towards the end of the moto.
Moto 2 saw Huffman, Gracyk, Morgan Racing Yamaha’s Blair Morgan, and Klatt get by holeshot master Johnson to finish in that order behind Roy. New England¿s Johnson encountered a problem with a shift lever around the midway mark, causing him to start dropping back.
¿My RMZ 450 ran great all day but I feel like I kind of let everybody down in the second moto. I caught my shifter on a hay bale and bent it, so it was stuck in second gear for a little while,¿ said Johnson. ¿But no excuses, it is what it is, that¿s racing. I¿m happy that I still managed to get third overall for the team. Everybody did an great job.¿
Team Honda Blackfoot carded another stellar finish with Roy on the podium in 1st overall and California native Huffman in 2nd, thanks to Huffy’s 4-2 moto results. Johnson’s 2-6 motos, meanwhile, put him on the podium in 3rd overall.
“This was without a doubt the toughest race of the season so far,” said Roy. “The track was a real challenge and the weather conditions didn’t help much. I think everybody was glad when the second moto was over.”
In the opening round of the MX2 East Championship, surprises abounded in the form of privateer Charbonneau and Richmond Racing Kawasaki Canada’ last minute American import Kyle Chisholm. Both riders, making their debut on Canadian soil, stole the show in Moto 1, with Chisholm scooping up the win and Charbonneau taking his American Honda across the finish line in 2nd. An on fire Simon Homans took his Yamaha Canada ride to a 3rd place finish in the first moto while his teammate Doug DeHaan carded 4th.
The second MX2 moto saw veteran DeHaan pull the holeshot but his lead was limited to three laps: that’s when KTM Canada’s Michael Willard took over. Once in control, Willard wasn’t even remotely challenged for the lead, taking it all the way to the flag. DeHaan next fell victim to Charbonneau, who finished 2nd behind his countryman Willard. Charbonneau’s 2-2 motos sufficed to give him the overall for the day, after first moto winner Chisholm retired to the paddock shortly into the race with motor failure.
¿I¿ve been thinking about doing the Canadian series for a while to get a bit of exposure for myself and today it worked out great,¿ said Charbonneau. ¿The track was really rough out there, the competition was tough, so it was a good workout for me and it was pretty satisfying to get the overall.¿
DeHaan, who finished third in the MX2 East series last season, podiumed in 2nd overall on the strength of his 3-3 motos. Willard, meanwhile, snared a 3rd place podium, thanks to 10-1 motos. Homans, who carded a tepid 10th place finish in Moto 2, went home with 4th overall.
Although Blackfoot had plenty of reasons to celebrate with their MX1 results, disappointment was the order of the day in the MX2 title hunt. Defending champion Donny McGourty, who suffered a wrist injury during practice on Saturday, and teammate Mitch Cooke, both suffered wicked starts in the first moto that saw them finish 5th and 8th respectively. The second moto had them register equally disastrous starts. While Cooke managed to make his way into 7th place, carding 7th overall for the day, McGourty pulled off the track shortly after the start of the moto, unable to continue because of his injured wrist.
Results: Round 5 ¿ Gopher Dunes, ON ¿ July 17, 2005
- Jean Sebastien Roy 1-1
- Damon Huffman 4-2
- Keith Johnson 2-6
- Blair Morgan 6-4
- Dusty Klatt 5-5
- Gavin Gracyk 10-3
- Simon Homans 3-10
- Craig Decker 9-7
- Mike Treadwell 8-8
- Josh Demuth 12-9
- Erick Vallejo 14-12
- Shane Bess 7-21
- Andy Mathieu 17-13
- Ashlee Woskob 16-15
- Peter Raymer 15-16
- Chad Charbonneau 2-2
- Doug DeHaan 4-3
- Michael Willard 10-1
- Simon Homans 3-10
- Kyle Keast 7-5
- Pierce Chamberlain 11-4
- Mitch Cooke 8-7
- Kyle Chisholm 1-DNF
- Jay Burke 12-8
- Spencer Daly 9-15
- Donnie McGourty 5-DNF
- Matt Barnes 27-6
- Chuck Mesley 6-DNF
- Ryan Poulter 21-9
- Tim Tremblay 18-12