Thursday Update: Walton TransCan

Support those who support the sport: Yamaha Motor Canada is once again offering a ‘Factory Ride’ to the Yamaha racer who earns the most points at this week’s Parts Canada Walton TransCan!

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It all starts here!

By Danny Brault
Photos by James Lissimore

The 2014 Parts Canada Walton TransCan is well underway with some first motos happening yesterday afternoon (Wednesday), and today’s program is nothing but pure racing. Practice is done. From here on out, riders are only given one Hot Lap before the gate drops. You can’t come to the line half asleep at this event – this one is for all the marbles.

All RESULTS for the Parts Canada Walton TransCan can be found right here.

Weather hasn’t been the greatest with rains, high winds and cool temperatures teasing everyone at Walton Raceway since Monday. Fortunately, we have a hard working track crew at Walton and the guys stayed up all night long to make sure things were as dry as possible. In the early morning motos today, of course the track was soupy, but as the day goes on, the track continues to dry out thanks to high winds and no more falling rain.

Let’s flip through some of James Lissimore’s photos to see what’s been going down so far at the 2014 Walton TransCan.

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Things are drying out nicely at the Parts Canada Walton TransCan.

Things are drying out nicely during Day #2 of the Parts Canada Walton TransCan.

Walton Raceway is no doubt one of the most challenging circuits in Canadian motocross. With the sand being added to the track this year, it’s made things a little different. For instance, with sand mixed into the clay the dirt is no longer sticks to riders and bikes like it used to, but it also creates an extremely thick-goo when things get wet. It’s easy to make up time on the Walton track, but it’s even easier to lose time. Smooth, steady and patient wins the race at TransCan.

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RJ Marnoch is riding perfect so far at the TransCan picking up first moto wins in the MX2 Intermediate and MX3 Intermediate classes.

MXSchools.com (aka the Thompson family) trains and supports many amateurs racing at the TransCan. One of those riders is Barrie, Ontario’s RJ Marnoch who has made it look way too easy winning the first MX2 and MX3 Intermediate motos. The kid doesn’t do anything flashy; no scrubbing or legs flying off the pegs. Marnoch just gets the job done. Maybe we’ll see him on the MX2 Pro line this Sunday?

 

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Another rider not making mistakes and will be tough to beat this week is Yamaha’s Casey Keast. The BC native won the opening Super Mini and 85cc 12-16 motos.

Arguably the fastest rising amateur racer in Canada right now, Casey Keast has been traveling all over North America this summer working hard to improve his speed, results and hopefully land him great support when it’s time to hit the big bikes and the Pro class. The Yamaha Motor Canada rider has been perfect at the TransCan so far, winning the Supermini and 85cc 12-16 motos with a good gap over second-place, Tanner Ward.

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Jesse Pettis leads the Youth class in yesterday’s opening moto.

Aside from the Intermediate classes, the Youth (14-24) division features the fastest riders at the TransCan.Quite a few fast Pros can be found in Youth, including Jesse Pettis (139), Drew Roberts (66), Davey Fraser (44), Hayden Halstead (46) and Keylon Meston (55).

Josh Cartwright is the man to beat in the Youth class.

Josh Cartwright is the man to beat in the Youth class.

As quick as the Youth class is, nobody had the speed to beat Tallahassee, Florida’s Josh Cartwrigh yesterday. The first-timer to Walton, Cartwright won the first Youth moto by 15 seconds over Drew Roberts and Keylon Meston.

 

ATLAS BRACE is on hand at the Walton TransCan offering a cool incentive to those in need of a new neck brace. If you’re at Walton, visit Ryan Lockhart in the ATLAS booth in the pro pits and ask him about details to their ‘trade in, trade up’ program.

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