Preview to Thunderfest

It’s a big weekend coming up for Flat Track Canada this weekend will be Rounds 4 & 5 of National Series. The competition has been tight across all classes. For an example most of the classes have the top three competitors within ten points of each other. Any championship still can be decided and it doesn’t look like any particular rider is a runaway in any class.

Unfortunately for some, injuries have plagued their chance at the title. The most notorious one of the year is the current high point leader in the Open Expert class which is the Yamaha Canada/ Motovan rider Don Taylor who crashed at an AMA Grand National in Lima, Ohio recently and managed to break his tibia. That puts Don out of action for at least a couple more weeks which takes him out of two rounds of the National Series.

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That leaves doors open for the current Canadian National Champion Parts Canada rider Doug Lawrence sitting on 55 points and hard charger Steve Beattie on 53 points in competition for the title. Beattie didn’t exactly see himself chasing down a championship after being semi-retired from flat track the last five years. Steve Beattie a veteran of the sport admits he’s best physical and mental condition than ever in his past years of racing.

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That leaves young guns Honda Canada/ KBR rider Brodie Buchan 36 points and Kawasaki Canada/ JPR rider Dave Pouliot 35 points still in the mix. It certainly is interesting to see 17 year olds battling for the championship!

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Unfortunately for Chris Evans who is always a front runner had a nasty crash earlier this year on practice day at Welland which leaves him out for most of the season. Nick Wenzler another rider plagued by injuries broke four toes and a foot at a practice day at Wheatley. Wenzler says he’ll be ready to race at his hometown for Thunderfest. He’s currently ninth place in the championship standings but with a good showing over the weekend could put him back in contention.

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In the Intermediate side, KBR/ Honda Canada rider Jodi Christie has certainly proved he has what it takes to win the championship. He’s caught on quick and has been winning a number of provincial rounds. Currently he sits 3rd in Open and 2nd in DTX championship points. The only rider’s he has to look out for it seems is the Brown brothers and the US prodigy Dallas Daniels from Illinois. Dallas is currently leading both Intermediate classes and if he continues to have a good weekend he can start to build a bit of a gap. He’ll be the first American to win a championship in Flat Track Canada history (many were won in past CMA/CMRC championships).

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We plan to see everyone this weekend and keep up to date through @flattrackcanada on instagram. We will also have @flattracklive be joining us this weekend which has over 350, 000 followers on Facebook.

 

 

 

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