With only a week off between races, Flat Track Canada headed north to Georgian Downs for round seven of the National series. Despite threatening skies for much of the day, the event went off as planned at the beautiful track just south of Barrie.
DTX Expert was run with only one heat but what a heat it was. Three riders battled at the front for the whole race as the fist fight wasn’t finished until they crossed the line on the final lap. Early leader was Dave Pouliot on his JPR Kawasaki but right on his heels were Brodie Buchan and Dustin Brown. Pouliot and Buchan took turns swapping the lead with Brown right there the whole time waiting for the door to open so he could slide by. At one point there seemed to be slight contact between Buchan and Pouliot but both riders were able to stay upright. When the dust had finally settled after the heat the finishing order was Buchan, Brown and then Pouliot.
After such a thrilling heat race the fans were eagerly waiting for more of the same when the riders lined up for the DTX final. Sadly it was not meant to be however as bike problems took out two of the contenders before the race was even run. As the riders were lined up Pouliot’s Kawasaki went silent and after several failed attempts at starting it, the frustrated Pouliot was regulated to the sidelines. When the race did get underway another contender was bit by demons as Brown barely made it through turn one on the first lap before his bike went silent with electrical issues. With his two top contenders out of contention before the race was a lap old, Buchan charged to the front for a lonely ride to the finish. Behind Buchan, two other riders were involved in a fight of their own as Cody Marentette and Braden Vallee battled for the second position. Marentette and Vallee swapped the position several times a lap as Marentette seemed to make his way around Vallee at the exit of the corner while Vallee would catch back up about halfway down the straight. It looked like using that scenario Vallee would grab second at the end, but Marentette rode the last set of corners perfectly on his Duke’s Harley Davidson 450 and barely held off Vallee at the line on his Ross Dahmer Snap-On Tools Honda.
Open Expert was divided into two heats with a variety of bikes taking part. Heat one saw Chris Evans use the muscle of his XR 750 to take the win ahead of Buchan and Tyler Seguin onboard the Evans racing Honda. Heat two saw Dustin Brown ride his Jim Sehl Rotax to victory ahead of Pouliot and Sehl Racing mounted Brandon Seguin. With the heats setting the table for the Dash for Cash, Buchan took his KBR Honda across the line for top prize followed by Brown and Tyler Seguin.
When the riders lined up at the line for the Open Expert final, Pouliot found himself all alone on row three. After having bike problems with both of his JPR machines, Pouliot borrowed the Kawasaki of Kenny Riedmann to start the final in hopes of staying in the point’s race. When the light turned green Buchan jumped into the lead while the rest of the pack set off in chase. As the riders sorted themselves out, Brown found his way in second slowly closing the gap on Buchan while Tyler Seguin ran a lonely third. With two laps to go Brown seemed to be too far behind Buchan to even mount a challenge for the lead. Brown put on a great ride over the final couple of laps however and when the checkers flew he ended up just a bike length short at the line with Seguin holding on for third. With his victory Buchan clinched the Open Expert title with two races still remaining on the schedule.
In the Intermediate division, the night belonged to Trent Pickle as he rode his Gimoto Leathers Honda to victory in both races. After struggling in the first three races of the season, Pickle has been on fire since Belleville and has been trying hard to claw his way back into the points chase in the very competitive division. Following Pickle across the line in Open Intermediate on Saturday were Luke Rahm on the Jeff Wigfield Trucking Honda and Jimmy McCullough on the KBR Honda. In DTX Pickle was once again alone up front, while McCullough and Rahm swapped positions from the Open race in rounding out the top three.
Hunter Bauer was once again the class of the field in Novice action as he grabbed easy victories in both races on his KBR Honda.
Once again Inside Motorcycles magazine was on hand to give out the Inside Motorcycles Hard Charger Award. Winner of the award on this night was Bruce Martin in the Open Novice class. After running out of gas in his heat race, Martin found himself starting at the back of the pack in the final. When the checkered flag flew, Martin had made his way up to seventh passing six riders on the way. As a result of his charge from the back Martin picked up the $200 bonus courtesy of Inside Motorcycles.
Georgian Downs Top Three
Novice DTX: Hunter Bauer, Kyle Lonnen, Logan Wilson
Novice Open: Hunter Bauer, Kyle Lonnen, Jacob Rainville
VET: John Kehoe, Bentley Thistlethwaite, Don Galloway
250 Youth: Branden Keys, Dylan Biekx, Taia Little
85cc: Boyd Deadman, Adrian St. Amand, Branden Keys
65cc: Adrian St. Amand, Christopher Pittaway, Maguire Scott
50cc: Seth Parsons, Brayden Hutchison, Emily Biekx
Beginner: Taia Little, Olivia Patton, Martine Kehoe
Vintage Dino: Mark Fairfull, Steve Kovacs, Chris Hauk
Vintage Mod: Taia Little, Don Galloway, Mark Fairfull
ATV Production: Sylvan Arsenault, John Rumleskie, Maxwell Johansen
ATV Open: Andy Wayne, Sylvan Arsenault, Peter Grison
Photography by: Shelby Lee Photography