Two years after the Green River Riding Club finally secured tenure for its track outside of Pemberton, the club at last realized one of its goals and held their first sanctioned motocross event on Sunday, Oct. 3. It was the second event on the Canadian Motorcycle Associations Golden Harvest Series calendar, and attracted some of the biggest names in the province and Canada, including 16-year-old Surrey rider Kyle Beaton.
By all measures it was a success, attracting more than 150 riders, including some of the top Canadians in the sport. The event also attracted more than 500 spectators, with cars spilling out onto both shoulders of the highway.
The races were also successful, with riders from all over the province praising the layout and the amount of work that had been done to get the track into shape. Some even said it was one of the best tracks in the province at 1.7 kilometres long with a good mix of jumps, tight corners and strong technical sections like the "whoops" to keep riders on their toes.
"Thats just the best compliment you could ever get," said Chad Breitenstein, who founded the club and helped with much of its construction. "To hear somebody tell you that this track is one of the best theyve ridden, and to know they know what theyre talking about, it makes it all worth it for us. The people who didnt show up are going to hear about it from their friends, and I think were going to see more events in Pemberton in the future. This event couldnt have gone better."
Lincoln Ferguson, the owner and operator of Vision Motorsports in Pemberton, believes the event will put the track on the map, while bringing more local riders into the scene.
"I dont think half the spectators knew that the track existed, but they do now," he said. "Weve been putting money into the track to get it going, so its great to see it all come to fruition. The guy who should get a round of applause is Chad and all the people who put it together and stuck behind it for three years in a row. Its a great thing for all the riders out there, and I think were going to see more people getting into the sport."
Kyle Beaton was undeniably the biggest attraction of the day, winning both races while lapping the entire field at least once over 20 minutes of competition. He hit the hole shot in every race and was so aggressive over the jumps and in the corners that he had usually caught up to the back of the field by the third or fourth lap.
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