MX1 Round 6 / MX 2 Round 4 Canadian National MX Championships
July 17, 2007
"The Wastelands" in Nanaimo BC held the latest round of the CMRC Nationals, and the weather was perfect this week. The track is high speed and hard packed, with lots of elevation changes and a few big jumps with hard landings. Many riders suffered flat tires when the track got dry and dusty, due to the hard landings on the big table to table section.
Practice went well for both Norcal, who qualified 3rd fastest in MX 1, and Brady, who was 8th fastest in MX 2.
This was a great day for Jeff, and in the first MX 1 moto he got off the line well on his Holeshot/Denny's/Fly Pro Circuit Kawasaki KX450F, and by the fourth lap was in a solid third place. Blackfoot Yamahas Facciotti was leading but pulled off with a flat, putting Jeff in second and catching OTSFF Suzuki rider Josh Woods. Norcal made the pass a couple laps later and held it to the checkers for his first ever CMRC national moto win! Jeff Gibson was second on a Cernics Kawasaki, and Yamaha rider Simon Homans was third.
In moto 2 the track was dry, dusty, and terrible. Jeff still got a decent start but the track was so sketchy that he didn't want to take any risky chances and ruin a good overall, so he rode smart and finished third, giving him another podium and 2nd overall for the day. This moves him to 13th in the series standings.
This was the fourth and final round already for the MX 2 West series, and was Brady's best overall finish as he went 8 - 8 for 6th overall. He came from way back yet again in Moto 1 due to a pileup that he had to stop and get around on the first lap, but rode agressively and finished strong. He got a tenth place start in Moto 2, which was good for him, but with all the dust it was hard to charge for a couple laps until the riders got a little spread out. He rode smooth and diced for several laps with KTM's Eric Nye, one of the series leaders, and finished with another 8th, good enough for 6th overall and 10th in the series. If not for the mud race in Morden, Brady would have surely finished a few spots better, but with such a short series every moto counts.
Now there is a three week break, then the series resumes back east again for the MX 1 class, and Brady will travel back to ride the 450 in those final three rounds. Jeff Northrop is undecided at this time if he will make the trip, and is weighing out his options. Next week is the CMA National weekend in Agassiz BC, and Brady will race both classes, 4 motos per day for both days. The following week will be the AMA National in Washougal, Washington on his Pro Circuit KX250F.