Yamaha Motor Canada Presents Behind The Lens From Gopher Dunes

It’s hard to believe that this past weekend the gate finally dropped on the 2020 Rockstar Energy Triple Crown MXTour Series. After-all, a few months it looked as though this exciting might not happen due to the Covid-19 Pandemic. But with the restrictions now slowly relaxing in Ontario and Quebec, the MXTour was given the green light to begin. With five rounds and a unique three moto format at each round, the stage was set for the series to kick-off at Gopher Dunes. Even with the extended off-season, the riders came into Round 1 ready to battle in the deep sand of Gopher Dunes. In the end, after three long motos in extreme heat and humidity, Dylan Wright and Jess Pettis dominated the 450MX and 250MX classes. As he’s been for several years, James Lissimore was there and sent us these incredible photos for this week’s Yamaha Motor Canada Behind the Lens.

At least the track started off smooth Round 1.
Marco Cannella had a great weekend at the opening round and ended up third overall in the 250MX class.
For the 2020 opening round the Gopher Dunes track crew cut some cool berms in some of the corners.
Eve Brodeur rode both the 250MX class as well as the WMX class at Gopher Dunes.
Even Phil was exhausted at the end of the day.
Tanner Ward had a solid weekend and definitely emptied the tank in the final moto. This kid is as tough as nails.
Dylan Wright definitely earned this dip in the Gopher Dunes pond.
Matt Goerke had a solid day and looked strong in all three motos.
Team Green teammates Matt Goerke and Tyler Medaglia sure raced each other close all weekend long.
The big jumps at Gopher Dunes are fun to watch, but not fun to jump for 30 minutes.
Liam O’Farrell once again had a great day at Gopher Dunes and we bet he was tired at work on Monday.
Shawn Maffenbeier definitely has some speed this year and he looked good in the deep sand.
Yes, Murph and Kinger are back again for 2020.
This was the most used pit sign at the opening round.
One of the hardest chargers of the weekend was Phil Nicoletti.
Jess Pettis was returning to the race track after a ten month layoff. We’d say that he’s back up to speed. Pettis rode great and dominated all three 250MX motos.
Pettis had the Gopher Dunes track all figured out and at times he made it look somewhat routine.
When Jacob Piccolo matures and gets some endurance, look out! This BC kid has a ton of speed and style and if all goes well he should be a future champion.
Your 450MX podium from Round 1 at Gopher Dunes.
A great look at the 450 drag race to Turn 1.
This was as good as Cole Thompson’s weekend got as he came into the opening round not feeling well, and unfortunately he left with a shoulder injury.
Sadly the Gopher Dunes didn’t stay like this for very long.
Tanner Ward looked great all weekend long on his new GDR Honda.
Dylan Wright gives his dad a big hug after winning his very first 450MX National.