By the time the Royal Distributing Canadian Enduro Championship rolled to it's final stop at Parry Sound, Ontario, Sept 19/20, the first time enduro racing series had become the story of the year. No one should have been surprised. World Enduro Canada organizers combined the coolest parts of every style of dirt bike racing, threw in some extra-gnarly challenges and gathered enough industry support to convince over 30 Pros to travel across the country.
While there was never any doubt that Off-Road Pros like Bobby Prochnau (#7), Jason Schrage (#8) and Geoff Nelson (#84) can haul ass, the media response to the new CEC series elevated their moto-status from obscurity to heroes. The big picture isn't just about the Pro riders, though. It's the amateurs that came out to each of the eight rounds to prove themselves in the toughest racing series in Canada. Building a new generation of great Canadian riders, ones capable of competing at any kind of dirt bike race in the world, is what the Royal Distributing Canadian Enduro Championship is really all about...plus it's fun to watch!
On a day of racing few present will soon forget, locals and die hard Canadian motocross fans braved the muddiest races of the 2009 nationals. Ultimately the second motos had to be cancelled, but both of the motos the were completed were full of surprises, with first-time winners at the top of the podium in each class.
In the Canadian national series' finale the points leaders rode strong and carried through for the championships. The closest thing to a surprises was South African Kerim Fitz-Gerald, who continued his impressive season with another overall win.
It was a great weekend of racing at Sand Del Lee, near Ottawa, Ontario. The second last race in the CMRC national series saw lots of excitement, particularly in the MX2 class where both motos were hotly contested right up to the end. Meanwhile, Heidi Cooke and Colton Facciotti put on clinics in their respective classes, each going 1-1 with commanding leads.
The Medaglia brothers definitely benefitted from a stop at their home track, with each one grabbing a second spot on the overall podium: Tyler in MX1 and Jeremy in MX2.