Photos by James Lissimore
The first stop of the eastern nationals went down this weekend at Gopher Dunes in Courtland, Ontario. It was another hot one, but not nearly as hot as the sweltering, humid days we have seen in previous years at Gopher. The track was it’s gnarly self and took plenty of victims along the way. This sand is a game changer for many and really showed us who has the endurance to muscle through an entire moto and which ones lacked the stamina and faded. James Lissimore was there to capture some of the action for us.
Davey Fraser on his Freedom Cycle Husky.
Fraser ended up with some bike troubles in the second moto causing him to DNF.
It’s becoming a common occurrence seeing these two guys lined up together.
Dylan Wright got stuck in the gate in moto 1 but managed to pull off a third.
With a much better start in moto 2, Wright #17 dug in and finished third.
Pettis #20 not far off Wright’s pace.
One cannot appreciate how whooped out this track really got unless the had to ride it…or take a walk through it after the race.
A career best for Dylan Wright this weekend going 3-3 for second overall. Watch for this guy on the box more often.
Guillaume St Cyr #76 went 23-25 for a 27th overall.
Hayden Halstead #35 heading out for qualifiers.
Hayden Halstead #35 from Waterford, Ontario. Gopher Dunes is his home track and he showed off his sand skills this weekend.
Halstead went 8-8 for 8th overall.
Jason Abernethy #98 went 24-33 for 29th overall.
Another local boy, Jason Burke #38 always has good finishes at Gopher.
Burke #38 went 15-14 giving him 14th overall for the day.
#675 Jamie Hajgato finished the day with 29-28 for a 30th overall.
Jess Pettis had an awesome start off the gate in moto one.
Gate prep for Wright and Pettis.
#20 Jess Pettis was an animal out there finishing with a 6th overall.
Full beast mode for Pettis.
Keylan Meston #28 finished a respectable 11th overall for the day.
Meston fought the sand monster and came out on top.
Kyle Swanson #21 with his new graphics kit, kicking the mail box numbers to the curb this weekend.
Swanson finished 17-13 for a 15th overall.
#52 Vincent Lauzon went 12-15 for 12th overall.
Lauzon looking slick in his Mission Teal kit.