What a great opening day at the 2019 Deschambault ECAN. After a little rain dampened yesterday’s open practice, today was hot and muggy but it remained dry all day long. The Deschambault track, as it every year was in perfect condition for today’s opening motos and the level of racing was high. As I mentioned, the weather was very warm and it’s supposed to stay that way all week. With almost 20 minute races today for certain classes, the riders definitely got tested on Day 1.
Some the winners today included Jeremy McKie, who won the first Intermediate moto of the week. Ben Kongmany won the first 65cc 10-11 moto. Sebastien Racine was a double moto today as he took home both the Schoolboy 1 moto as well as the first Supermini moto. Every rider we spoke to today thought the track was the best it’s ever been and everyone is looking forward to Day 2. It all kicks off early Thursday morning with Vet practice and then the first MX3 moto of the week. Tomorrow evening is also the much anticipated Straight Rhythm Event and by the sounds of it there might be a few celebrities entered. That all gets underway at 7:30pm.
Off the track today we saw Kaven Benoit walking around coaching his group of Quebec riders. As you all know Benoit retired at the end of last season from professional racing and since then he’s been teaching motocross schools, as well as coaching a small group of up and coming fast riders. Benoit told me today that he doesn’t miss racing yet and he hasn’t really been paying attention to what has been going on in the 2019 Rockstar Energy MXTour Series. However, he’s very much looking forward to watching his former competition compete on Saturday. Benoit was not only a great racer, but he was also a great rider who really paid attention to why he was able to go so fast. I’ve had many a good talks with him over the years and he’s always been very good at explaining what had just happened on the race track. Benoit is a class act and I’m happy to see him giving back to the sport that has supported him for so many years.