Pleasant Valley Motocross, in Truro, Nova Scotia, will play host to Round 7 of the Rockstar Energy Drink Motocross Nationals presented by Motovan this weekend in the first of two stops in the Maritimes. The last time Pleasant Valley hosted a National Event was back in 2002 when Canadian Motocross Legend Jean Sebastien Roy took the win. The race track in Pleasant Valley is fast and technical with loamy soil that will get very rough as the day progresses.
Since earning the red plate at the opening Round, KTM Canada Thor Racing's Davi Millsaps has had it on his bike every weekend except for one. Millsaps had a season high 35 point lead in the standings at one time, but has seen his lead diminish as the 'Boys in Blue' have owned the podium since the series moved east. Davi has been nursing his injured ribs since Round 5 and has been unable to practice during the week. Even with the injured ribs, and a severely blistered hand, he posted the fastest lap in qualifying last weekend, almost won the first moto, and has a 25 point lead going into Round 7.
Rockstar Energy OTSFF Yamaha's Matt Goerke is coming off back to back wins and the reigning MX1 Champion is starting to make a move in his quest for a second title. Goerke has done what race fans thought he could do in winning at some very difficult race tracks in the east, and the momentum he is carrying into this weekend will be hard to stop. If Matt can keep the ball rolling in the Maritimes, by the time the series makes its second stop in Quebec we may have a new point's leader.
Since Round 1, Rockstar Energy OTSFF Yamaha's Brett Metcalfe has finished on the podium four times but hasn't topped the box yet this season. After not looking completely at home with his new bike early in the season, Metcalfe is starting to look very comfortable and his results are proof. Brett's second moto win last weekend at Ulverton was one of the most dominant performances this season in the MX1 Class, and the likeable Australian sits third in the series standings, and is only 29 points back of the leader.
Monster Energy Alpinestars Kawasaki's Mike Alessi has been unable to finish in the top 5 since the series moved east, and has fallen back to fourth place in the standings. Alessi sits 38 points off the lead and is capable of reeling off the moto wins that it will take to close the gap during the last four rounds of the series. Look for Mike to rebound this weekend and finish on the podium if he is able live up to his reputation as the best starter in the sport.
After finishing on the podium in the first two rounds, including a win in Nanaimo, Honda Canada Racing Fox GDR's Colton Facciotti had the Red Plate on his machine going into Round 3 in Calgary. Since then Colton has lost ground in the standings and now sits in fifth position, 41 points behind series leader Davi Millsaps. Last weekend "Colt 45" looked good in the second moto where he placed fourth, and the four-time Champion knows that it is time to start winning races in his quest for a fifth title.
Both KTM Canada Thor Racing's Kaven Benoit and Parts Canada Husqvarna's Tyler Medaglia will be looking to finish on the podium this weekend after Benoit grabbed his best finish ever in the MX1 class with a third place last weekend at Round 6 in front of his fellow Quebecers. Medaglia will be riding on his home track this weekend and will use the energy of his hometown fans to help him land on the box for the first time this season.
After winning for the fifth time this season, KTM Canada Thor Racing's Cole Thompson now has a very commanding 74 point lead in the series standings as the talented Canadian racer chases his first National Title. Thompson put in another textbook performance, qualifying first, and then went 1-1 while posting the fastest lap in each moto. Cole always looks super smooth and in control carving his way through the pack while making surgically precise passes as he moves into first place. On the podium "Tommy Gun" said, "I had a little setback last weekend but I didn't let it bother me. I am more motivated than ever, and the track was really slick today."
KTM/Factory Connection/Fox's Dakota Alix grabbed the early lead in Moto 1 after passing Shawn Maffenbeier, but the lead didn't last long as he went down on a slippery track during the first lap. Alix was able to get up fast and finish the moto in third after putting an aggressive pass on Jess Pettis during lap 6. In the second moto after getting a good start, Dakota made another aggressive pass, this one for the lead, sawing off the front wheel of Shawn Maffenbeier. He was eventually passed by Thompson and Wright before finishing in third place. His 3-3 moto finishes put him second overall for the day. After the race, he commented that his speed was there and he found the track really slippery as well.
The first moto Royal Distributing Holeshot went to Redemption Racing Big Steel Box KTM's Shawn Maffenbeier, and after losing the lead on the opening lap he rode a strong race and finished second only 5 seconds back of Cole Thompson. In Moto 2, Maffenbeier got into the early lead but went down on lap 5 while being passed by Dakota Alix. Shawn remounted in fourth and stayed there for the rest of the moto. Maff's 2-4 finishes earned him the last spot on the podium, which kept him second in the standings.
MX101 FXR Yamaha's Dylan Wright inherited the lead on the first lap of Moto 1 when Dakota Alix went down, and then proceeded to slide out himself on lap 2. After getting up, Wright could only move up to fifth by the end of the moto. In the second moto, Dylan seemed to have a better rhythm and was able to reel in Alix and pass him for second. His 5-2 moto finishes put him fourth overall but kept him off the podium for the first time since the series moved east.
In the first moto, MX101 FXR Yamaha's Jess Pettis got a good start and put in a solid ride finishing fourth, ahead of his teammate Dylan Wright. Pettis started outside the top 10 in the second moto and fought his way back to sixth. His 4-6 moto finishes put him in fifth for the day, his best overall result of the season, and moved him into the top 5 in the series standings.
Nova Scotia native, Husqvarna's Davey Fraser had a solid day in front of the hometown crowd finishing 6-7 for seventh overall, equaling his best result this season.