Photos by James Lissimore

The much anticipated first round of the Rockstar Energy Drink Canadian Motocross Nationals finally rolled into town just outside of Kamloops, BC this weekend. With sweltering temperatures all weekend long, many riders and bikes were taxed to the limit. The return to Whispering Pines MX Park also saw a new format; much like Gopher Dunes last summer, they chose to reverse the direction of the track. For the fans who weren’t able to be present for the race a new live stream option was offered through Conx2Share. Unfortunately the connection was spotty and dropped out a lot. Here’s hoping they are able to work out the bugs for round two. Let’s take a look at some images from Round One.

With a massive jump off the gate in the first MX2 moto, Dylan Wright proved to everyone that he will be a big contender for the title this year.

BC native, Brock Hoyer #54.

Hoyer in staging.

#54 Brock Hoyer

Hoyer trying to keep cool at the gate.

East coast Freedom Cycle rider Davey Fraser #36.

#36 Davey Fraser

Dylan Kaelin #324 back in the saddle had an impressive 7th overall.

Daniel Mathe #571 from Stony Plain, Alberta.

MX101/FXR/Yamaha rider, Dylan Wright taking in some last minute advice.

#17 Dylan Wright

#17 Dylan Wright

2016 CMRC Canadian Motocross Series Whispering Pines Raceway Kamloops, British Columbia June 5, 2016

Ottawa native, young Dylan Wright #17

#17 Dylan Wright

Wright takes the win in the MX2 first moto.

Wright set to hand out some FXR swag on the podium.

2016 CMRC Canadian Motocross Series Whispering Pines Raceway Kamloops, British Columbia June 5, 2016

Waterford, ON native, Hayden Halstead #36.

2016 CMRC Canadian Motocross Series Whispering Pines Raceway Kamloops, British Columbia June 5, 2016

A collision with another bike caused Halstead’s to seize following a foot peg through his water pump in moto one. Moto two, Hayden swapped out parts for his practice bike and came through with an 8th.

Local favourite, Jess Pettis also showed his confidence level early on.

#20 Jess Pettis.

#20 Jess Pettis running the new 2017 gear.

Pettis puts on his race face.

Pettis pushed things to the limit and bike problems forced him out of the running in moto two.

Jess Pettis heading to the podium.

Jess had a lot of friends and family present for the race.

2016 CMRC Canadian Motocross Series Whispering Pines Raceway Kamloops, British Columbia June 5, 2016

Keylan Meston #28 from Calgary, Albert pulled off a 12-10 for a 9th overall.

2016 CMRC Canadian Motocross Series Whispering Pines Raceway Kamloops, British Columbia June 5, 2016

#28 Keylan Meston

2016 CMRC Canadian Motocross Series Whispering Pines Raceway Kamloops, British Columbia June 5, 2016

#87 Kyle Springman hails from Abbotsford, BC. He went 23rd overall.

#21 Kyle Swanson from San Antonio, Texas went 15th overall.

 

Kevin Tyler weighs in on Jess Pettis before a moto.

MX1

MX2

Here is the link to the DMX Canadian MX Weekly Wrap up from Kamloops.