July 12, 2006 – Team Ontario and members of the 2006 Development Squad were in Crabtree, QC for the 2006 UCI International race and the 2006 National Bronze race over the past weekend.
Arriving at the Crabtree facility on Thursday afternoon, Team Ontario held a 3 hour track practice to adjust to the new pro section and the wind tunnel effect.
The wind was so strong at points over the weekend that the Freestyle MotoCross was delayed and the dirt jump competition was cancelled — but we had no rain!
All Team Ontario riders performed extremely well in windy and hot conditions:
Rider Sat Sun
UCI Nat. Bronze
Elite Male Tim Dasilva 7 7
Junior Male Tyler Simpson 4 4
Junior Male Paul Goebel 5 5
Expert Andrew Harper 4 4
Expert Kyle Pearson 4 3
Expert Glen Cressman 1 1
Expert Austin Harper 4 4
Cruiser Jamie Brierley 2 2
Expert Chance Herrington inj inj
Expert Jamie Sevier inj inj
Expert Chris DaSilva inj inj
The beefed up pro-section on Crabtree’s windy second straight certainly made for exciting racing in the elite class — Senior Tim DaSilva was up against North American UCI points leader Robert DeWilde (NED); AA Pro John Purse (USA) and Canadian National Team members. While Tim was pulling 3rds in his motos, a slightly malfunctioning gate cost him in the main event.
Junior Males Tyler Simpson and Paul Goebel both performed well against National team members and BC Team members. With the Ontario riders just starting to get heated up due to our season starting in late May, it was great to see that we are giving the Western riders a run for their money.
Experts Kyle Pearson and Andrew Harper were up against some of the toughest competition in Eastern Canada with a few Albertans thrown in for good measure. They both raced very consistently with strong gate starts and rhythm section skills.
This was the first big race back for Jamie Brierley who recently came back from a serious off season injury and he showed that he still has the form and legs to perform well.
Expert Austin Harper had some awesome qualifying rounds, with a couple of first place finishes in his motos, and 4th overall in his mains. Chance Herrington withdrew due to a shoulder injury after giving it a good try on the Saturday.
Glen Cressman was the only rider with 1st both days in the 14-29 Cruiser class, managing to outlast riders in the last two straights.