Flat Track Canada riders returned to action on Saturday for round two in the 2022 National series. After a two year absence, the racing series made a return to Quebec and the beautiful half mile in Trois-Rivieres. With virtually perfect weather for racing, the 2000 excited fans were treated to some incredible racing throughout the whole event.
Much of the buzz before the event centred around AFT regular Brandon Robinson and his bike. Robinson was making his first appearance in Canada, and it was also the first time an Indian FTR 750 would be raced on Canadian soil as well. Early in the day Robinson proved he was worth the hype as he set the fastest time in practice on his Roof Systems by Dallas FTR. Looking for more, Robinson made a gearing change before his heat race and this resulted in a convincing victory over Dustin Brown who was over six seconds behind at the line. With the top three in each Expert Open heat headed into a Dash for Cash funded by Steve Pouliot, Robinson and Brown would be joined in the dash by hometown favourite Dominic Beaulac as well as Brandon Newman and brothers Brandon and Tyler Seguin. Robinson was once again on rails in the dash taking the victory ahead of Brown and Beaulac while being the only rider to turn lap times quicker than 26 seconds.
While many in attendance expected more of the same in the Open Expert main event, Quebec speedster Dave Pouliot had other ideas despite having to start in row two in the final after finishing 8 seconds behind Robinson in his heat race. When the lights flashed green after a restart, Robinson found himself in familiar territory early in the race at the front of the pack. While Brown made a couple of daring moves in turns three and four to pass Robinson, it didn’t take long for Robinson to regain the lead as he quickly muscled by Brown. Man on the move at this point was Pouliot and after getting past Brown it wasn’t long before he stuck his front wheel past Robinson for the first time. For the next few laps the two riders engaged in a battle for the lead but Robinson was struggling to get his bigger bike to work on the dry track. Pouliot rode a masterful race, and after getting out front for good stretched his lead out to almost two seconds at the finish line. Brown held out for third behind Robinson with Tyler Seguin coming in fourth. Beaulac turned the fourth fastest lap of the race but was hindered by a fourth row start after being penalized and wound up fifth.
Expert DTX action belonged to Brown as he put in a great ride to take the checkers. Pouliot was a close second while actually having the fastest lap of the race while Fred Duchesneau took third after charging from the back of the pack.
Speaking of charging, Dylan Biekx put in one of the most impressive rides of the night in the Open Intermediate final. Starting in row three after getting caught jumping the start, Biekx was on the move as soon as the lights turned green. She passed rider after rider on her way to the front but when she got into second place her momentum seemed to stall behind leader Kevin Pouliot who hadn’t put a wheel wrong all race. Then with about two and a half laps left Biekx found something extra, making up about ten bike lengths before passing Pouliot for the win in front of the boisterous crowd. In DTX action Biekx would have to settle for second as Felix Dandurand ran a flawless race at the front of the pack while never giving Biekx an opportunity to pass. Adrian St. Amand would round out the podium in both Intermediate races and the rookie actually turned the fastest lap of the race in the DTX final.
Alexis Beaulac had a great night in Novice action as he took the victory in the DTX class and finished second to Liam Caskie in the Open race. Seth Little took third in the Open race, while Little and Connor Bekker-Thompson rounded out the podium in the DTX final.
Open ATV action saw some tremendous speed by the four wheeled machines and Peter Grison thrilled the crowd on his Yamaha R1 powered machine on his way to a popular victory. Hot on his heels was Sylvain Arsenault in second while Geremy Pichette came out ahead in the battle for third with David Sylvestre. Speedway bikes were back in action once again and while he was never really challenged at the front of the pack, Nicolas Fafard thrilled those in attendance by riding the length of each straightaway on the back wheel. While never challenging for the lead, Jonathon Cote and Shawn Ford had great rides in finishing second and third.
Next action in the Flat Track Canada series takes place on July 23 at Flamboro Downs. For ticket information as well as full results from Trois-Rivieres and current point standings, please visit flattrackcanada.com.
If you missed any of the action you check out the replay on Fanschoice HERE.