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Canadian motocross in good hands


Published on July 20, 2017

Marc Travers interviews Tyler Medaglia following a race at Pleasant Valley Motocross Park last summer. Travers, who has been involved in national motocross for 18 years, says Medaglia is one of his favourite riders to watch on the Rockstar Energy Drink National Motocross series.

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TRURO, N.S. – During an 18-year career in Canadian motocross, Marc Travers has seen many talented riders from all parts of the world.

Yet, it’s local racer Tyler Medaglia – a Brookfield resident – who stands out as one of his favourites.

“I love the tenacity that he brings; he has an attitude that not too many racers have,” Travers, broadcast host and producer for the Rockstar Energy Drink National Motocross series, said this week. “That’s the interesting thing about Tyler is he doesn’t have a classic style; he’s not a flowing, graceful rider, he’s a bulldog on the bike. When you watch him race, he’s so tenacious and I love the fact that he’s been down and up; he just always seems to rise to the occasion.”

Medaglia, who races in the MX1 class, will be aboard his 450 Honda on Sunday when the national series makes a stop at his home track of Pleasant Valley Motocross Park. It is the first of two Maritime dates on the 10-round series. Riverglade, near Moncton, will host a race next weekend.

Medaglia is among a contingent of Canadian riders near or at the top of the national points’ standings.

No easy feat when you consider that each week they are competing against some of the top riders from the U.S. and Europe, including MX1 studs Matt Georke, Mike Alessi and Christophe Pourcel.

Indeed, Canadian racing is in good hands with the likes of Medaglia, a two-time national MX2 champion, and fellow Canucks Colton Facciotti, who has two wins in his last four MX1 motos, and MX2 stars Cole Thompson, Shawn Maffenbeier and Halifax’s Davey Fraser.

You can also add Kaven Benoit’s name to the list of Canadian heavyweights. Benoit finished third in the MX1 class in 2016 as a rookie, but has been sidelined with an ankle injury most of this season.

“Canada’s in a good place right now,” said Travers.

The Canadian series has long been viewed as a top-flight race circuit. Some join the loop to get a fresh start, while others cut their teeth in the North and springboard to careers in U.S. Supercross and the AMA outdoor series.

“That’s one of the reasons Canada is such a great series, because that’s where you see people floating to,” Travers said.  “And it’s really good for our series because it allows the fast Canadians to be able to race against competition that’s going to make them better.”

Sunday action in Pleasant Valley gets underway in the morning with practice and qualifying. The first MX2 moto begins shortly after noon. Amateur riders will hit the track Saturday. Gates open at 6:30 a.m. on both days.

General admission to Sunday racing is $35; under-12 – $20; preschoolers – free. A weekend pass, which includes amateur day Saturday, is available for $50.

National standings

MX1

1. Matt Goerke (U.S.A.) 316
2. Christophe Pourcel (France) 308
3. Colton Facciotti (Can) 288
4. Mike Alessi (U.S.A.) 269
5. Tyler Medaglia (Can) 267
6. Dillan Epstein (U.S.A.) 249
7. Cade Clason (U.S.A.) 213
8. Kyle Chisholm (U.S.A.) 210
9. Tim Tremblay (Can) 195
10. Nathan Bles (Can) 162

MX2

1. Cole Thompson (Can) 298
2. Shawn Maffenbeier (Can) 296
3. Josh Osby (U.S.A.) 289
4. Ryan Surratt (U.S.A.) 258
5. Dylan Wright (Can) 245
6. Casey Keast (Can) 198
7. Jacob Hayes (U.S.A.) 186
8. Davey Fraser (Can) 181
9. Hayden Halstead (Can) 176
10. Jess Pettis (Can) 148