Young motocrosser to attend supercross event this weekend in Toronto

Published on March 18, 2014
Malcolm Farris, 7, will attend the KTM Junior Supercross Challenge in Toronto this weekend. Malcolm was among 15 young riders chosen to attend the event at Rogers Centre.

TRURO - Malcolm Farris is getting an opportunity this weekend that most young motocross riders can only dream of.

Malcolm, a seven-year-old from North Salem, near Shubenacadie, has been one of 15 young riders chosen for the KTM Junior Supercross Challenge in Toronto.

The event will allow Malcolm to experience life as a professional racer for a day on Saturday when the AMA Monster Energy Supercross series makes its only Canadian stop at Rogers Centre.

Malcolm, whose father Ryan grew up in Truro, will be treated like a factory rider on Saturday. He will receive a KTM riding outfit, four complimentary passes, which will be used by his father, his mother Katie and sister Bella, and will meet the top pro riders in the world.

"I'm excited because I'm gonna meet all the riders," said Malcolm, whose favourite pro racer is KTM factory rider Ryan Dungey.

The cherry on top for Malcolm will be the opportunity to race on a KTM 50 against other junior supercross participants during the intermission of Saturday night's main event in front of 50,000 fans.

"I'm excited for that too," Malcolm said.

Malcolm, a Grade 2 student at Newbridge Academy in Lower Sackville, was chosen for this weekend's event among thousands of entries. The registration process included submitting a race resume, a school report card and a doctor's note.

"It was a long shot, at best, to get picked ... but he lucked out," said Ryan.

Malcolm, the lone rider east of Ontario selected to participate in the challenge, has been riding motocross with his father since he was 2 ½ years old. Both Malcolm and Ryan ride at Pleasant Valley Motocross, near Brookfield, and both compete on the CMRC Atlantic region series - Malcolm on a KTM 50 in the 7-8 class and Ryan on a KTM 350 in the plus 25 and vet master classes.

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