Ismael Fortier, left, looks over his shoulder as Harrison Bradley catches up during an intermediate MX-2 race on the first local stop of the Island Race Series on Sunday at Nanaimo’s Wastelands Motocross Park. (GREG SAKAKI/The News Bulletin)

Motocross series gets off to fast start at Wastelands

Nanaimo hosted the first stop on this year’s series on Sunday at the Wastelands Motocross Park

The Vancouver Island Motocross series is off and roaring.

Nanaimo hosted the first stop on this year’s series on Sunday at the Wastelands Motocross Park.

“Everyone said the track was fantastic. The racing conditions were perfect,” said Racheal Talboys, Nanaimo Motocross Association secretary.

Nineteen divisions of racing were contested, from pro MX-1 all the way down to superminis.

“We had a bunch of new riders that went up on the track. I saw a lot of smiles on everybody’s faces, so overall, it was really good,” Talboys said.

The championship series, formerly a spring and fall series, has been combined into one season-long entity from April to October. The Nanaimo Motocross Association hosts three stops in total; the other Wastelands race days will be May 28 and Sept. 10.

For information about the Nanaimo association, please visit www.nanaimomx.com.

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