Nanaimo’s Sebastian Sulyok finished first in the Portland Invitational Raceway RedBull Supercross event’s 12-16 85cc division this past summer, took second overall in the Future West B.C. motocross series and wrapped up third in Future West’s fall series. Photo submitted

Nanaimo motocross rider roars back from serious crash

Sebastian Sulyok finishes second and third on provincial circuits

A Nanaimo motocross racer is back up to speed after his sport challenged him in new ways.

Sebastian (Seby) Sulyok, 12, made it back onto the podium this summer after a serious crash last winter sidelined him several months.

Sulyok was competing at an arenacross event in Chilliwack last December when another rider crossed into his line on one of the track’s biggest doubles. Sulyok was forced to bail and while he landed OK, his bike landed on top of him and he broke his arm in multiple places, dislocated his knee and also sustained hip and wrist injuries.

The injury never dampened Sulyok’s enthusiasm, and instead brought the family new perspective.

“We didn’t want to put any pressure. Actually, no pressure,” said Steve Sulyok, Seby’s father. “It was just, let’s go out and have fun.”

By April, the former Canadian arenacross champion was back on the smaller motocross circuits, and revved up from there.

“He roared back,” Steve said. “It didn’t come instantaneously … Spiritually, psychologically, physically, it took a while.”

It helps that Seby’s style has always been to ride smart, calculated races, not to be reckless.

“You kind of have to shelve that fear component a little bit, but as we’ve all told Sebastian, trust your abilities, trust your bike, trust your equipment, trust your coaches, believe in yourself,” Steve said. “That’s the foundation of our game plan.”

It was an emotional moment, Steve said, when Seby scored his biggest win of the season, first place in the Portland Invitational Raceway Red Bull Supercross event’s 12-16 85cc division in July.

He ended the summer second overall in the Future West B.C. motocross series and recently wrapped up third in Future West’s fall series. As part of the KTM-Canada Spunky’s factory race travel team, the Cedar Secondary School student will train in southern California at the end of this month before arenacross starts back up in mid to late November.

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

Man to be sentenced for sexual abuse of young girl in Nanaimo

Stephen Mark Castleden also sentenced for child pornography-related charges

RCMP investigating suspicious fire at Nanaimo apartment building

Early morning fire ignited under balcony at building on Glen Eagle Crescent

House fire displaces family of five in Nanaimo

Dog and cat still unaccounted for following house fire on East Wellington Road on Monday

POLL: How often do you see motorists throw cigarette butts out the window?

How often do you see motorists throw lit cigarette butts out the… Continue reading

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Bike and hike elsewhere

Letter writer disappointed in Nanaimo council for even considering discussing military range access

Man suffers burns, dog dies in fire in Nanaimo

Structure burns down on Clifford Road property in Cedar

MPs hear retired B.C. nurse’s petition to change compensation for fatal medical errors

Teri McGrath wants provinces to implement no-fault system for medical errors

Horgan says he’ll still defend B.C. coast after second Trans Mountain approval

Meanwhile, one B.C. First Nation has announced plans for a legal challenge

VIDEO: Firefighters stop blaze from spreading after BMW crashes at Saratoga Speedway

Victoria-based businessmen were ‘corner training’ on Father’s Day when incident took place

Demonstrators on either side of Trans Mountain debate clash in Vancouver

Crowd heard from member of Indigenous-led coalition that hopes to buy 51% of expansion project

Grieving B.C. mom hopes Facebook message leads to new investigation into son’s Surrey homicide

Criminal Justice Branch didn’t lay charges, concluding no substantial likelihood of murder or manslaughter conviction

Ginger Goodwin’s Cumberland cemetery grave desecrated

Just days before the Miners Memorial weekend, Ginger Goodwin’s grave has been… Continue reading

B.C.’s measles vaccination program gains traction in May

More than 15,000 doses of the MMR vaccine has been administered across the province

B.C. farmers concerned Agricultural Land Reserve changes choking their livelihood

Dozens voice concerns at special meeting hosted on Vancouver Island

Most Read