By Ryan Gauld
I’m not exactly sure when the very first race at RJ’s was, but this track has been around a long time. I first rode there in 1989 and also saw my very first Pro National race there in 1990; so much history behind this track just outside of Barrie, Ontario. More history was added this past Sunday at the ANQ. There was the biggest turnout in the track’s existence, and because of this amazing turnout it was the longest day of the track’s existence as well. It’s tough to make everyone happy but days like these make it harder for any family to want to be a part of racing. Even though it was a long one, the racing and entertainment could not have been any better. Thanks to the CMRC and RJ’s for another Sunday at the track. Enjoy some of mine and Brett Lee’s horrible photography. HA
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Always good to see past racers come back to the track. Joel Saarits just comes to the races for a good time. The former podium threat in MX2 is all smiles knowing that racing for him is now just a hobby. Great to see you at the track again, Joel!
Kate McKerrol and Kassie Boon get their race face on.
Keith Robinson jumps out of the gate for the holeshot in MX2 Junior. Take a look at this pic. Looks like the #702 of Damon Pouw could be hitting the deck.
This kid was fast all day long. Russell Zarzeczny may turn some heads come Trans Can time in the Intermediate classes.
Local boy #200 Steven Azarkiewicz and Michigan's Austin Dodd #157 smashing berms in a heated battle. Stevie would come out on top.
Taylor Ciampichini #259 and #14 RJ Roy charging through the pack. RJ Roy and Hayden Halstead were the fastest of the yellow plates. Both took three moto wins out of six.
I had to throw this in here. My good buddy Ken Clark had to get help in every moto to start his CRF 450. He calls it "The Pail" but I tell you it had no issues once it got going as "Hammer" was fast every time the gate dropped.
This is a shameless plug for my new Alias gear ad Atlas brace. The new gear so far is so good. I feel just like Barcia and Tomac!! (I'm missing the #1 plate though lol) The Atlas Brace was surprisingly comfy for me. I have never been a fan of neck braces because I'm old school, I guess. The crew at Atlas made a product that even this old dog can enjoy and feel safe in.
You wouldn't think this would be the tire to use at RJ's. If you were to ask Ken Clark or Kyle Keast or just watched them on Sunday, you would know it worked.
Kyle Keast dominated all weekend en route to four moto wins. This is his last race before Nanaimo. He looks pretty good so far this year. Will this flow into Nanaimo? Time will tell.
Zeb Dennis was holding up the Motopark flag all weekend long. He also did a pretty good job on the track in GP Pro. Also check out Zeb on a BMX. Pretty rad
Chuck Mesley had the hardest day he's seen for a long time. He just couldn't seem to get the ball rolling. He's a Vet though and he knows you have to have bad days to get to the good days.
Big crowd and rider turnout at RJ's.
The 50 class ready for the gate to drop.
Little fella with a PB sandwich. Future Champion maybe?
Nathan Bles is starting to impress. LOL So far, this kid has really made a big leap this year. He won't be going out west for the Nationals but if he keeps his speed up and stays confident, watch out for him at Gopher Dunes for the start of the east.
Nicholas Jones had two of the biggest get offs I've seen in a while behind the start gate (all in the same moto, one lap after the other). It didn't stop him from getting right back on the saddle. Very impressive Nick!
James Farrington is the man that keeps you coming back to RJ's. He is always happy, always smiling and willing to do anything for the racers to ensure a fun race day.
The 85cc 12-16 class: #84 Tanner Ward, #411 Duncan MacLeod, #51 Blake Koopmans, #164 Mitch Goheen, and #424 Austin Watling.
Westen Wrozyna was on point in all his classes. He launched the quad behind the gate and won his Super Mini and 85cc 12-16 motos by a large margin. He has definitely got some mojo right now and will be the man to beat come August at the Trans Can.
Another old due coming back to the fray. Ryan Matthews was having a blast on Sunday; it was his first race in 10 years. He said he was done after practice but still managed to race both Vet Master motos. Good on ya buds!! Loving the Sinisalo gear. LOL
The first moto in the Vet Master class was an epic battle between Ken Clark, Chuck Mesley and I. I was 3rd while Hammer and Mez passed each other like 7 times. We were this close right to the finish. Hammer took the win. I had a Go Pro Hero 2 on my head and thought I would have another epic race like the one at Motopark a few weeks back. Apparently, I don't know how to use it properly yet. OOOPS!!
This little dude was just pumped to be helping out at the track all day. Thumbs up to you buds for braving that hot sun all day and supporting the sport.
Joey Zacchigna wide open on his way to 4th in the 65 class.
Seth Hughes roosting his way to victory in the 65 class.
Cameron Wrozyna, younger brother to Westen, styling around the perfectly groomed RJ course.
Kate McKerrol has to be considered one of the favourites for the East Coast Women's Nationals when they start up in July. She dominated at her home track on Sunday.
Jaime Van Bergen "The Dozer" bottoms out as he makes the pass on #124 Austin Garel in the Beginner class.
Thanks for checking out the photo report. All results can be found at cmrcracing.com