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On your marks, get set, go! Supercross Montréal presented by Honda in collaboration with Vidéotron revs up for action
Montreal, Wednesday, September 12, 2018 – The stage is set for Supercross Montréal presented by Honda in collaboration with Vidéotron and all the riders are raring to go to make this a event for motorsport fans to remember. All day this Saturday, September 15, elite motocross athletes from Canada, the United States, Europe and some of the top riders on the amateur provincial circuit are going to be revving their engines and putting on a show for the thousands of spectators expected to turn out for the grand return of motocross racing to Montreal's Olympic Stadium, special edition in the Rockstar Energy Triple Crown series.
"It’s been months in the works, and now this spectacular show is ready to roll," said Chantal Lachance, Vice-President of Marketing and Production for event producer Gestev. "With the caliber of athletes we have lined up and raring to go, the level of racing here at the Olympic Stadium will be completely unprecedented and spectators can look forward to plenty of thrills and spills!"
High-octane high jinks From 12 noon through to 4:45 p.m, the riders will be taking the course by storm for the free practice sessions and qualifiers. Then from 6 to 7 p.m. in the West Hall, motocross fans will have the chance to meet 10 star riders at an autograph signing session. After the opening ceremonies at 7:30 p.m., it'll be time for spectators to feast their eyes on cream of the crop of international 450 SX athletes in action, including Malcolm Stewart (USA), Alex Martin (USA), RJ Hampshire (USA) and Cédric Soubeyras (France). And once the racing begins, the crowd will be cheering for all the Canadian riders in the lineup too, with Ontario's Cole Thompson and British Columbia's Colton Facciotti just for starters, not to mention the locals' favourite, Kaven Benoît, who's sure to bring his own fan club along with him!
In the 250 SX class, Dave Blanchet, Samuel Lavoie, Nicolas Lavallée and a handful of other Quebec hotshots will get the chance to see how they measure up to some of Canada's top riders including Jess Pettis (Ontario) and Shawn Maffenbeier (Saskatchewan) as well as big American names the likes of Logan Karnow and Chad Saultz.
A stellar amateur lineup of men and women All summer long, amateur riders have been battling it out for their chance to qualify for the prestigious Supercross Montréal event. In the men's MX2 racing, twenty riders mostly from Quebec have earned their place at the start line. In the women's lineup, ten athletes from Quebec and Ontario will be tackling this challenging course. What a fantastic opportunity for all these amateur athletes!
In addition to the evening's racing, spectators will be on the edge of their seats watching some of the hottest freestyle talent in action—including world champion Mat Rebeaud who will be riding an Alta electric bike and Canadian Kyle Demelo—as world-famous freestyle motocross icon Ben Milot brings his signature Milot Land Show to town.
Honda, proud partner of Supercross Montréal Honda is proud to be the presenting partner of Supercross Montréal for the inaugural edition at the Olympic Stadium. "Racing is in our DNA so we're thrilled to share this passion with so many enthusiasts by supporting the Montreal Supercross event" said, Jean Marc Leclerc, Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Honda Canada Inc. "The caliber of talent that the Honda GDR Fox race team have supported including five-time champion, Colton Facciotti, the up and coming Dylan Wright in his 2nd year aboard the CRF250R, seems to be the perfect formula for what's sure to be an exciting race day." The event is also presented in collaboration with Vidéotron.
Tickets Motocross fans and adrenaline junkies can still snag tickets for Supercross Montréal presented by Honda in collaboration with Vidéotron online at supercrossmtl.com. Tickets for the main event this Saturday, September 15, at 7:30 p.m. start at $42 (including fees), and $20 tickets are also available for the afternoon practice rounds starting at 1 p.m.
About Gestev Founded in 1992, Gestev is a dynamic event management company specializing in happenings that make their mark locally as well as on the world stage. Over the years, Gestev has raised event management and production standards by adding a party twist to high-calibre sporting events, including music shows and live entertainment, while making competitions accessible to all. Jamboree, Red Bull Crashed Ice, Vélirium, Ski Tour Canada and Transat Québec Saint-Malo are just a few of the major events organized by Gestev, which also manages the Baie de Beauport recreational site.
About the 2018 Rockstar Energy Triple Crown Series Jetwerx is proud to host the 2018 Rockstar Energy Triple Crown Series. This innovative new series sees four avenues of racing taking place over a ten-month period and the Montréal Supercross as a special edition event. The series will be composed of 6 rounds of Arenacross, 9 rounds of Motocross and 4 rounds of Supercross—crowning the champion with a $100,000 payout in the 450cc class and $10,000 in the 250cc class.
Friday, September 14 10:30 p.m. – Pit, Olympic Stadium
* Welcome area at the main entrance 4545, avenue Pierre-De Coubertin
Course trials by riders Kaven Benoît and Colton Facciotti
Spokespersons: Patrice Drouin & Chantal Lachance (Gestev), Jetwerx International, Honda Canada, Eric Peronnard, Jean-Sébastien Roy (KTM), in attendance
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Saturday, September 15 10 a.m. – Baseball Gallery, Olympic Stadium Press room open and pit access granted 10 a.m. – Track Course ride-through 12 p.m. – Track Practice begins 5–7 p.m. – Pit Pit party 5–5:45 p.m. – Pit Interviews with international-caliber riders 6–7 p.m. – West Hall Public autograph signing 7:30 p.m. – Track Show begins 10:30 p.m. (End of show) – Baseball Gallery Interviews with event winner, top Canadian and local star Kaven Benoît.