The `Crown Jewel¿ of Canadian MX ¿ This Weekend in Walton

Stouffville, ON (8/16/05) ¿ For hardcore and casual motocross fans alike, the Walton TransCan Grand National is the most anticipated event on the CMRC Canadian Motocross Championships calendar.   Walton is to Canadian motocross what Monaco is to Formula I. Simply put the TransCan is the `crown jewel¿ of Canadian Motocross and an event not to be missed.

Walton promoter Chris Lee, never one to rest on his laurels, ensures that each new edition of the TransCan is better than the one that preceded it. Now in its 14th year, the 2005 TransCan features new innovations that include a redesigned start and approach, the Two Wheel Kawasaki Mountain, the Machine Racing tower, and the Hully Gully street bike park and hospitality area. And, as usual, a strong presence by the motorcycle industry and aftermarket vendors will be on site in addition to numerous other attractions.

Located in the picturesque farmlands of South Western Ontario, the usually sedate village of Walton bursts into life the third week of each August as a throng of more than 900 competitors and some 25,000 spectators descend on the five-day long TransCan to experience what has been aptly termed a `celebration of Canadian Motocross¿. Victory at the TransCan is every rider¿s dream. For the pros it¿s the equivalent of winning the Toronto Molson Indy. For amateurs, who make up the lion¿s share of the entries, it¿s tantamount to winning the Loretta Lynn National in the U.S.

Although racing action to determine Canada¿s National Amateur Champions in all classes from 50cc (4-6 years) to Intermediate to Vintage and Veteran Masters takes place during the week of the TransCan, the piece de resistance is the final round of the MX1 Championship on Sunday.

While the MX1 National title has already been clinched by Quebec¿s Jean Sebastien Roy, all other rankings are up for grabs. A narrow neck-in-neck points spread, between second and tenth place, sets the stage for what will be fast and furious racing in the final two motos of the season. Also on the Sunday programme this year is the 125cc race to end all 125cc races ¿ the MX2 East/West Shootout! The individual champion and top ranked riders from the ¿05 MX2 East and MX2 West Championships will clash against each other in two gruelling motos to determine national supremacy.  

Pro racing gets underway with qualifying heats on Saturday, August 20th at 1 P.M. The first heat of the MX2 East/West Shootout starts at 11:00 A.M., Sunday, August 21.