Team #fasttimes hit the tracks in the Western Canadian Nationals over the weekend, competing alongside the pros in Kamloops, representing the DC Motocross Club.
23-year old Dawson Creek Motocross rider Tanner Merrick said the experience was a good one, aiming to be in the top 20 riders for the MX2 Pro Class, placing 15th in the qualifiers.
“I went out and crushed it, and I ended up going 15th for my first ever time qualifying and racing the nationals, which I’m pretty stoked on,” he said.
Merrick added that the best part about the experience was the atmosphere of the event, and was thrilled to be part of the league.
“We’ve been racing amateurs since I was six years old probably, and to finally line up with the pros was just a different feeling, it’s cool. It’s a different atmosphere – definitely faster paced, I like how they run it a lot more,” he said.
Fort St. John’s Sophia Huillery, just 14 years old, competed in the Young Ladies Class, despite an injured shoulder. She had dislocated it during practice, but popped back it in and carried on.
“I got injured on the practice on Thursday, but I’m hoping to continue here,” she said, with plans to ride next week.
Huillery says the social aspect is the best part of any riding competition and was excited to be there.
“I get really happy when I get to race, because I really like competing. And I like to see my friends too,” she said. “They cheer me on.”
She started riding not long after her dad Troy purchased a small motorbike, and begin practicing in her family’s backyard.
“I had never touched a dirt-bike, but I started riding that in the backyard. After that, I got my dad to get me a motorbike,” said Huillery.
Merrick is in Calgary this week for the next round of the competition, which will be followed up by races in the badlands of Drumheller, while Huillery races next in Pemberton, BC.
Tom Summer, Alaska Highway News, Local Journalism Initiative.
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Tom Summer, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Alaska Highway News