ROUND 4 – CMRC WESTERN CANADIAN WOMEN’S NATIONALS RECAP – REGINA, SK
By Sierra Roth
Photos by James Lissimore
That’s a wrap, hey? We have finally reached the finish line after months and months of planning and organizing. Will we do it again? Will we be bigger and better next year? Those answers are yet to come. As we all know, though, we never seem to disappoint, and as our announcer Brian Koster says, it grows each and every year. Let’s take a look at how the final round of the CMRC Western Canadian Women’s Nationals went! After worries about rain in the forecast, the sun seemed to hold up for us Friday night. We all awoke for Saturday race day, the track looked in prime condition, the weather held up and everyone was ready to hit the track for the final time. We had 28 ladies head out for their 12 minute practice once the amateurs set some solid lines out on the track. At 11am sharp, our moto one board guy, Noah Duerksen, a young local fellow, walked across the line as Dylan Delaplace held the 30 second board. Our RTR Performance Holeshot winner went out to Lexi Pechout (#151), who crossed the chalk line first.
Just after 2pm, moto two brought Cody Matechuk and Daniel Mills out for the moto two and thirty second board across the line. The RTR Performance Holeshot winner in the second moto went to Kennedy Lutz, who had a wicked jump and just swept passed Sara King to make it stick. Kennedy Lutz (#44) was able to pass quickly into the lead and then from there rode her own race and enjoyed the track. We didn’t see her at the first few rounds due to competing in Loretta Lynn qualifiers, which she will be heading to next. Shelby Turner (#50) knew she needed to stay up and consistent to win her title, which is exactly what she did, going 2-2 for 2nd overall on the day and 1st overall in the series. Lexi Pechout (#151) would go 3-4 for 3rd overall on the day and the series. Due to her not jumping much, she wasn’t able to give Turner as much pressure as she hoped to at the final round. Brittany Danyluk (#3) felt much better at the last round, going 4-5 for 4th overall on the day and 5th overall in the series. She was able to battle with Lexi and Sara, which she was really glad to be doing after a rough weekend in Calgary. Dominique Daffe (#5) wasn’t happy with her performance at the final round and felt she gave it a lot more in the first three rounds. Regardless with how she felt, she still went 5-6 for 6th overall during the day and 4th in the series, which is a huge improvement from last year. Sara King (#1W), a champion contender going into the last round, had a nasty spill over the step up after the ski jump, which would take her some time to get back up from. She managed to still salvage points for a 10th in the first moto. She licked her wounds and put her head on straight for the second moto to obtain a 3rd, which would give her 5th overall for the day and 2nd overall in the series. Madi Watt (#7), Kate Lees (#9), Charity Bachman (#470) and Danika White (#10) would battle throughout the entire day, going 7th, 8th, 9th, and 10th perspectively for overalls of the day.
They all would earn national numbers except Charity Bachman, who was a wild card who definitely would have been a top 10 contender had she done the entire series. Kristin Tse (#138) lost her front end up a hill in the first moto that would dislocate some fingers on her one hand, leaving her sister having to pop them back into place. She pushed through the second moto to go 12-12 for 12th overall on the day, but an awesome 9th overall in the series, something she hoped for going into the series.
Courtney Stelter was our Gibson Tyre Hard Charger Award winner who had bad starts all weekend and had to make her way through the pack each moto, only reaching 11-11 for 11th overall on the day, but 8th overall in the series. She thoroughly impressed us this year with top 10 finishes each weekend until the final round when luck just wasn’t in her favour.
Our $200 Cycle North Most Improved Rider Award winner went out to Dominique Daffe for her constant improvement throughout the series this year. She never was able to get on the podium last year, but this year we were able to see her up there every weekend in 4th until the final round. From her constant efforts with school, working, supporting the CDNWMX Series by instructing our riding schools, and putting in hours to ride and train, we felt she was the best fit to win the award again after winning it in 2013. Congratulations again Dominique, you earned it!
Our M7 Style Award that was peer voted by any ladies who raced the entire series, was awarded to Sara King who has showed serious style these last few years. Her peers felt she possessed the most style throughout the entire series and we couldn’t agree more! Congratulations on the free decal kit Sara!
The $200 Sportsmanship peer voted award was a special addition to the series, that our CDNWMX Riding Schools funded and Zoey Shamley supplied the wicked trophy. The ladies who raced the entire series felt Tamala Whiteside exemplified the qualities of consistent and sincere sportsmanship during the entire series on and off the track. Congratulations Tamala!
Our $200 Athlete of the Year Award was a tough decision, as our top 5 girls all showcased what it means to be a true athlete. After reading the criteria over and over again that stated: this award not only recognizes extraordinary athletic performance, but someone who has worked hard all year and is an athletic role model on and off the track. Kristi and I believed Lexi Pechout was the best fit for this. Her outstanding performance on and off the track, in many disciplines, hasn’t gone unnoticed. Her bravery to attend the nationals this year without knowing a whole lot on the skills of jumping was impressive after earning third overall in the series. Congratulations Lexi on your overall and your 1st overall at Red Bull Rocks and Logs. We couldn’t be more pumped for you!
On behalf of the CDNWMX, we would also like to give Shelby Turner a huge congratulations on her title win, something she accomplished previously at 14-years-old in 2011. She has made history yet again and we couldn’t be more proud of her!
On another note, a shout out goes to Jamie Burmey who had a nasty spill in practice that left her with two broken femurs and a broken pelvis. She is in good spirits and on good meds she says. They are going to try and have her released from hospital in the next few days. We wish you all the best Jamie and hope the card showed you how much we missed you at the final round! You’ll be back in no time.
The 2016 CMRC Western Canadian Women’s Nationals presented by M7 Designs Co. would like to thank the following Regina sponsors, presented by our round sponsor Schrader’s, for all their support in making this series possible:
M7 Designs Co. , our round sponsors Valley Speed/Valley Moto Sports, Mile Zero/John Meaney Photography, Cycle Works and Schrader’s for putting in $1000 to the top 10 round purse at each round, Laminacorr Racing who provided an additional $200 to the top 3 each round, CMRC for running the event as smoothly as possible, Gibson Tyre Technology for providing the Hard Charger Awards, RTR Performance Holeshot money, Scona Cycle for the bike stands, Dirtbike News for getting the Regina Trophies finalized, our draw table prize sponsors: Scona Cycle, John Meaney Photography, Diamonds and Dirt, Troy Lee Designs, Hardcore Candy, FXR, Evans Cooling, Platinum Recreation, Moose Leisure and Redneck Barbie for the sign in bags. Also a thank you to our series purse sponsors that supported the top 10 overall from our series: Lucas Bachman Memorial Fund, RIMK Industries, Cycle North, Hardcore Candy Inc., Lloydminster MX Club, and Oriana Fraser #49. A big shout out to Conx2share for live broadcasting our event, as well as all the media guys for helping promote our series. You guys all rock!
Congratulations to Kennedy Lutz (1st), Shelby Turner (2nd), and Lexi Pechout (3rd) who also received purse money from the Ride Like a Girl contingency program. We would like to extend a special thank you to the following supporters of the #RideLikeaGirlProgram: Laminacorr Racing, Backwoods Promotions, MX & Off-Road Magazine, Importations Thibault, Scott Sports, Yamaha Canada, Yamalube and Evo Motorsports.
Top 10 overall of series:
1st – Shelby Turner (#50)
2nd – Sara King (#1)
3rd – Lexi Pechout (#151)
4th – Dominique Daffe (#5)
5th – Brittany Danyluk (#3)
6th – Madi Watt (#7)
7th – Kate Lees (#7)
8th – Courtney Stelter (#30)
9th – Kristin Tse (#138)
10th – Danika White (#10)
For more results visit: http://cmrc.tracksideresults.com/seriespoints.asp?s=14&c=29&r=pos
Until next time!
Kristi Moore and Sierra Roth