by Brent Worrall
photos by James Lissimore
The Future West Moto Canadian Arenacross series makes a welcome return to the 300,000 square footprint facility of Heritage Park this Friday and Saturday night for Rounds 5 & 6. Chilliwack will have a fresh new look as off the track, high above the action, the newly renovated upscale looking Heritage Park Bar and Grill will welcome race fans that choose to indulge themselves. They, along with every other race fan, will be treated to some of the fastest paced, highest flying Arenacross action this country has ever seen. The soil will not be an issue as it is permanent in this venue, and has been strategically shaped and moulded into many technical obstacles, which includes the Big Steel Box, Ironsides Designs Over/Under. Very cool as it has been a while since we have seen this kind of creativity and effort put into to a Canadian Arenacross event. Nice work by all of Future West’s foot soldiers.
One of the first riders to put the new layout and soil to their own acid test in the form of spinning some laps was none other than the man I coined ‘The People’s Favourite’, the newly engaged Canadian moto icon, Maple Ridge Motorsports’ Ryan Lockhart. I spoke with Ryan moments after he twisted the throttle for the better part of an hour Wednesday evening, and as hard as I tried, I could not muster a complaint out of him. Ryan is a seasoned veteran who will look to stamp his best finish of the series in the Open class on his 450 as well as work his way back into a battle for the overall Valley Moto Sport Kawasaki Dash for Cash title. That chase is currently led by Leading Edge Kawasaki’s Teddy Maier with two wins, Ryan has one.
The title chases are incredibly close and I have to admit are tighter than I thought they would be at this point, but consistency has been very elusive to not just a couple but many of the title contenders in the 250 and 450 class. In the 250 class, 2 points separates four riders, and in the Big Bike effort, 3 points separates the top three. With two weekends of racing left, this series still has a handful of fast riders who have yet to hit their best stride. Lady Luck has eluded many and the variables of indoor moto have equalized, and as a result, I believe these chases will go right down to the wire.
The numbers are up on the race track and the venues have been full. As this series has rolled along, it continues to grow and build momentum. If you are a race fan and are anywhere in the Western world, I assure you that you will not be disappointed if you head out to Heritage Park this weekend. Gates open at 6:00pm, racing starts at 7:00pm PST. I will be broadcasting ‘Live’ each race night throughout the balance of this great series from the Canadian Moto Show platform. If you cannot make it out, join us at www.canadianmotoshow.com.