Young motocross racer clinches championship

Sebastian Sulyok finished first in his division on the Canadian Arenacross Championship series.

Nanaimo’s Sebastian Sulyok is the winner of the 2014 Canadian Arenacross Championship series in his 50cc open division.

Nanaimo’s Sebastian Sulyok is the winner of the 2014 Canadian Arenacross Championship series in his 50cc open division.

An eight-year-old motocross rider from Cedar isn’t just an up-and-comer anymore.

Sebastian Sulyok finished first in his division on the Canadian Arenacross Championship series, which wrapped up this past weekend with racing in Chilliwack.

Sulyok had accumulated enough points in the eight-stop series that he just needed to place third in Chilliwack to win the title, and that’s what he did.

He had been doing well with hole shots on the series, but in the series finale in front of a large crowd, he got hung up on the starting gate and was in 15th place at the start of the race.

“Like the pirate he is, he set his sails and off to war he went,” said Steve Sulyok, Sebastian’s father.

Sebastian got himself back up to third place and held the position.

“The feeling is absolute euphoria,” Steve said.

He said the family is proud to bring the title to Vancouver Island.

“Island team, Team B.C. motocross is just a great family, a great network of people,” Steve said.

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