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Royal Distributing Canadian Cross Country Championship - Round #2 – Motopark


Motopark hosted the final round of the Royal Distributing Canadian Cross Country Championship this past Sunday.  Pro and amateur riders from BC, Alberta, Ontario, and Quebec were on hand to decide the champions from the Mini Classes all the way to Pro.  KTM, Husaberg, Husqvarna, Yamaha and Honda all had Pro riders in attendance.  KTM brought out their Factory rig to support riders and thrill a few kids who got the chance to check out how the Pro riders travel.

There was a large crowd on hand and they lined the fences and stands when the Pro’s took to the line for the live engine, MX gate start.  Ontario’s Kevin Cockayne is always the man to beat on holeshots in the Ontario races and he proved he had what it took to hold off a very strong field by taking the Wiesner Insurance Pro holeshot against the country’s best.  Early into the lap KTM’s Bobby Prochnau got into the lead with Yamaha’s Brian Wojnarowski hot on his heels.  Those two stayed close for the first half of the race until Bobby hit a tree and broke his handguard and messed up his kill switch causing him to stop for repairs.  By the time he got going again he had a long way to catch Brian and best he could do was 5th.  Honda’s Jason Schrage and CGRT Husaberg rider Ben Rego were pushing Brian and ended up 2nd and 3rd respectively.

The strongest battle of the day was 4th thru 7th with the Husqvarna riders trying to out do each other.  Guy Giroux, Phillipe Chaine, Samual Rosseau and Ryan Graffunder were swapping positions all the way thru the race with young Phillipe finally out doing the boss Guy Giroux.

There was lots of strong competion in the amateur classes as well.  KTM’s Felicia Robichard from Quebec won round one in Ormstown, PQ against KTM’s Chantelle Bykerk from BC and Chantelle was determined to win the championship.  The challenging terrain at Motopark played into Chantelle’s favor and she took the win giving her the Women’s class Championship

In the Mini Sr class FMSQ regular and winner of round 1, Tommy Caron, made the trip to win his first Canadian Championship and succeeded.  He wasnt able to keep up with Ontario’s Kyle Bichard but the second place finish was enough to take the Mini Sr crown.

Royal Distributing Canadian Cross Country Champions
Pro – Brian Wojnarowski (ON)
Intermediate – Kenneth Beach (ON)
Junior – Jerry Patton (ON)
Vet Master – Lee Fryberger (AB)
Beginner – Adam Wynia (ON)
Super Senior – Brian Hill (ON)
Vet Senior – Keith Bichard (ON)
Vet Junior – Tim Carney (ON)
Women – Chantelle Bykerk (BC)
Mini Senior – Tommy Caron (PQ)
Mini Junior – Emerson Lines (ON)

After the days event was over the WEC timing crew went to work and combined the results from the Royal Distributing Canadian Enduro Championship with the Royal Distributing Canadian Cross Country Championship to determine the Pro riders who would be crowned as the fastest in the country with the overall Royal Distributing National Off Road Championship.  The overall top 3 were recognized as well as the overall Evet, E3, E2 and E1 riders.  When the results were combined KTM’s Bobby Prochnau stood at the top of the podium as the fastest overall Off Road racer in the country.

Royal Distributing National Off Road Champions
Overall top 3
1. Bobby Prochnau (BC)
2. Jason Schrage (AB)
3. Ben Rego (BC)

Evet – Mark Cahill (BC)
E3 – Ben Rego (BC)
E2 – Bobby Prochnau (BC)
E1 – Phillipe Chaine (PQ)

Wiesner Insurance Ontario Cross Country Championship
Round 7 – Motopark

Motopark was the location of round seven of the Provincial Cross Country Championship and the series Grande Finale. In addition, this event doubled as the Ontario round of the Canadian Cross Country Championship and the final event of that series as well.

Being both a Provincial Championship round as well as a National round, the ridership was stacked heavily with the fastest riders in not only Ontario but from across Canada. Riders that competed in the Morning race program were able to watch riders like Guy Giroux, Bobby Prochnau, Jason Schrage, and Ben Rego hard on the gas against Ontario’s own Pros like Brian Wojnarowski and Kevin Cockayne. Those riders that were competing in the afternoon program experienced racing bar to bar with the best in Canada.

The morning Pee Wee race had a great entry with seven young riders ripping up the specialized Pee Wee course. Just like in every other class, we had some racers new to the series show up for this National event and it shook up the results. Taking top spot on the podium was Bennett Lines on his super fast 50cc Cobra. It was great to see Devyn Marshall out at this event and it was obvious he has been practicing since we last saw him. Devyn took second place over series regular Connor Taplay. Connor did however take the Ontario Cross Country Championship with an impressive six wins in this seven round series. Rumour has it Connor will defend his championship next year on a very fast bike. We are all anxious to see that happen.

The Mini race was particularly entertaining at this round as the course the Mini Junior and Mini Senior riders had to ride was almost identical to the adult course. Only two nasty rock sections were removed but the rest of the high speed trails and full motocross track were used.

Eight Mini Junior riders lined up on the backwards falling motocross start gate. We saw KTM mounted Emerson Lines handily take the win over the Husqvarna of Christian Wiesner. Not far behind in third place was the Kawasaki of Curtis Marshall.

Mini Senior saw Kyle Bichard once again taking the win on the big wheel Honda CRF 150R. Its obvious Kyle is destined for the Beginner class next year and he knows it. He rides with a style that is very relaxed. It’s very impressive to watch him calmly fly through the air or negotiate the toughest obstacles with such control. Second went to top Quebec Mini rider Tommy Caron. After winning the Ormstown round he made the trip to Ontario to see how he could fair against our best Mini riders. The result was very well as he took the CXCC Mini Senior Championship over Wolfgang Wiesner. Third place in the day’s event was Mike MacLennan who ended up taking the Ontario Cross Country Championship in Mini Senior with very consistent finishes at all seven rounds. Mike is also due to move up next year as he has the maturity and speed. We wish him all the best in 2013 taking on adults in the Beginner class.

The rain from the day before provided perfect conditions when the gate dropped for the morning program. In the Beginner class it took only two laps before Adam Wynia took the lead and checked out. Adam not only won the class for the day but took the Ontario Championship in the process. Cody Crossgrove and Charles Harder took second and third in the class a lap down from Adam.

Vet Junior provided quite a bit of drama in the morning with series regulars Tyler Scott and Mark Hosie missing the podium as competition was fierce. Top spot was taken by Husaberg rider Tim Carney. Steve Oomen and Charlie Lake filled out the podium both clocking in with the same 10 laps as the class winner. Tyler Scott was able to claim the Ontario Championship over runner up Mark Hosie. Its been a great season for our Vet Junior riders.

In Vet Senior action Keith Bichard is the class front runner and favourite to win on any day, in any conditions. He was challenged this time around with a get off early on resulting from some bar to bar action with another rider. He spent most of the race charging from behind determined to pass the rider who took him down. By lap eight he was able to do that and then set his sights on the win. By time the checkers were out, Keith once again took the top position followed by the well known Norm Girndt and Mark Zimny in third. Keith Bichard handily won the Championship even though he missed one round of the series.

Our series regular Super Senior racers were challenged by a new contender in the class, Mike Disimino. Jeffrey Golden, one of the most determined yet courteous racers out there managed to take another win. In the process he added yet another championship to his extensive portfolio of racing accomplishments. Jeff has been racing longer than almost anyone else on the circuit today. It certainly was nice to see the Championship go to such a deserving racer. Mike Disimino held on for second with Tom Shleihauf in third. Bryan Hill was hard on the gas (Gas) early on but encountered a problem at lap five dropping him down in the standings. His efforts were not in vein as the Wiesner Insurance Fastest Lap Award was in the Super Senior class this time around and Bryan’s fourth lap was fast enough to claim $100.

The afternoon race program was changed slightly at this last round due to the National status it held. The Women’s class typically runs in the morning at all WEC Ontario Cross Country Championship races, but with the fastest Women in the country present, they all agreed they wanted to ride the complete Pro course. The Pro course had a very tough hill climb added that proved very treacherous. Although enough to halt the progress of a large number of riders on the first few laps, the course was designed wide enough in that area to prevent bottlenecks and no emergency re routing of the course was needed after the race started.

British Columbia’s Chantelle Bykerk edged out Quebec’s Felicia Robichard for the win putting in nine laps of the Pro course in the process. Third spot on the podium was taken by Ontario’s own Rose Lantaigne.

Newcomer to the series in the Junior class was Suzuki mounted motocrosser Jerry Patten. Although very comfortable on the motocross track he lost a lot of his lead each lap when the course cut to the forest trails. He kept ahead of perennial favourite Jordan Thiessen who held on for second over another podium regular Tyler Thiessen. At series end it was Tyler Thiessen who narrowly edged out Jordan for the Championship. A mere four championship points separated these two at the end of the year. Going into the last round it was really anyone’s guess which one would end up on top. Regardless, the series is fortunate to have the entire Thiessen family competing.

The Intermediate race was dominated by series newcomer Matt McGuire. By lap two Matt and his Husaberg was already ahead of consistent front runner David Taplay he held that spot until the end leaving David in second and Brad Brown in third. David was able to grab the Ontario Championship finishing ahead of Corey Brooks who had a tough ride in Quebec and Ontario finishing off his regular podium level.

Albertan Lee Fryberger led the Vet Master race from start to finish. Lee is a man tough as nails and faster than an Alberta Clipper. Finishing behind Lee was an impressive list of acknowledged seriously fast Vet riders. Close behind was Chris Donald and Dave Nelson. After a short gap we saw the likes of Paul Andratis, Keith Billings and Tyler Wicks. But even the near super human Fryberger said he was glad to only have raced two hours instead of the 2 1/2 of the Pros. Tyler Wicks rode with injury as he did not want to lose his lead in points in the series. It was a wise decision as he was able to claim the Ontario Championship in Vet Master.

The race of the day and the one everyone was watching closely was definitely the star studded Pro race. The fourteen Pro riders that lined up at the start gate truly read as a “who’s who” of the top of the Canadian Pro off-road ranks. The race started in typical style with Kevin Cockayne once again nailing the holeshot and taking $100 from Wiesner Insurance in the process. Most Ontario riders know Kevin is tough to beat in a cross country and even harder to beat to the first turn. It was remarkable to see him convincingly take the holeshot from such a talent laden field. Ontario’s own Brian Wojnarowski took an early lead on the first lap only to be passed by the number one Canadian off-road racer Bobby Prochnau and fellow Ontario hot shot Kevin Cockayne on lap two. By lap four Wojo passed Kevin and was welded to Bobby’s rear fender for a number of laps just waiting for Bobby to make a mistake. Corner Grass Racing Team’s Ben Rego settled into third and Factory Honda Canada rider Jason Schrage began his recovery from a poor start. Somewhere on lap eight, Bobby hit a tree hard and his hand guard shifted and shorted out his kill switch. Wojo was there to take over the lead and he held it to the end. The Pro podium finished in the order of Wojo, Jason, and Rego. Bobby recovered and settled for fifth.

The Ontario championship went to Steve Bond who rode cautiously to preserve his slim points lead going into the last round knocking Kevin Cockayne off a three year run as the number one rider in Ontario.

After the last rider was in, results were posted within minutes as usual thanks to Stephen Abel’s timekeeping magic. Riders had enough time to absorb the results as the huge quantity of prizes were unloaded and set to be given away at the awards ceremony. Thanks to Royal Distributing, Parts Canada, Golden Tyre, Mongoose Racing / Rekluse, and Wiesner Insurance for the big prize giveaway. The highlight of the ceremony was when Bobby Prochnau was asked to pull from the WEC hat, the name of the lucky Pee Wee racer who would go home with the brand new Marin mountain bike courtesy of Royal Distributing. Nathan Taplay was the winner of the bike and was all smiles pushing away from the podium.

With the 2012 Wiesner Insurance Ontario Cross Country Championship in the books, World Enduro Canada wishes to thank every rider for being part of this series. We saw some fantastic racing from future of our sport in the Pee Wee class all the way up to our top Pros. We rode some very well prepared courses at some great facilities and made some great friends along the way. We hope to see all back next year for a 2013 season that will be even bigger and better.

Thanks for a great 2012 season.


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