Wastelands Motocross Park, up Doumont hill on the outskirts of Nanaimo, used to just be a pit where people partied. They never partied like this.
The motocross track hosts the first stop on the Canadian Motosport Racing Corporation’s Motocross Nationals series this Sunday (June 3).
“All the top riders are coming, from the West Coast to the East Coast and all the main manufacturers will have all their sponsored pro factory teams here,” said Mark Swanwick, president of the Nanaimo Motocross Association. “It’s going to be quite a spectacle.”
Colton Facciotti of St. Thomas, Ont. and Dusty Klatt of Campbell River are two of the favourites, but they’ll be challenged by a strong field of MX1 riders.
The racers will also be challenged by the Wastelands track.
“It’s a unique facility, there’s a lot of elevation changes,” Swanwick said. “For the fans, there’s very large jumps and it’s a very high-speed track.”
Sunday’s main events include two MX1 races and two MX2 races starting at noon. Admission at the gate is $25 for adults and $15 for kids.