OUT OF THE GATE – 8 May 2012

There’s no place like home: Dylan Wright impresses on his home track!

MX101 racer Dylan Wright was feeling right at home at the local Sand-Del-Lee motocross track on the weekend (5-6 May 2012) as he participated in the first two of four Canadian amateur national qualifiers in the Eastern Ontario region.

Registered in the Schoolboy, MX2 Intermediate and MX3 Intermediate classes, Dylan lined up at the gate for six motos per day. Special thanks to Gourlay Performance Products for providing track side assistance throughout the weekend.

Battling all the bigger 2-stroke and 4-stroke bikes on his Yamaha YZ 125, Wright’s skill and determination were obvious to the many spectators cheering from the stands. While the rain before the weekend made track conditions even more challenging on his 125 on Saturday morning, the sand, sun and MX101 staff  had track conditions improving from fair to mint by day’s end.

Dylan’s stamina was equally impressive (thanks to REV Sports Performance), as MX3 Intermediate riders shared the track with their Canadian motocross heroes Jeremy Medaglia, Kyle Keast, Sean Robinson and other pros. While it was a staggered start giving the pros a healthy lead to conduct their own race, MX3 riders were subjected to the same longer, more grueling motos which were 20 to 25 minutes long. Wright charged the leaders without fading, making aggressive passes that left fans holding their breath in fear and awe.

This 14-year old racer should be proud of his top three finish in all three classes, on both Saturday and Sunday. He topped the podium with first place finishes in the Schoolboy class on both days. He earned two second overall finishes in the MX2 Intermediate class behind Picton, Ontario’s Brandon Spencer on his Kawasaki 250 2-stroke. Trailing behind Spencer in the MX3 Intermediate class on Sunday, he also finished behind both Spencer and his MX101 teammate Tyler Duffy on Saturday.

Stay tuned for the outcome of the Eastern Ontario qualifiers at Sand-Del-Lee on 26 and 27 May 2012 when Dylan tries to maximize his home track advantage once again to earn his spot on the line in all three classes at the Canadian amateur nationals to be held in Walton, Ontario, in August.