Motocross kicks off season with B.C. championship series race

The Westshore Motocross Association is bringing the B.C. championship series back to Vancouver Island on Sunday after a 15 year hiatus.

At least 100 riders from the Mainland will make the leap to the Langford to kick start the West Shore track’s fourth racing season. The last Canadian Motorcycle Association B.C. championship was in Duncan around 1995, before many current riders were born.

“This is the biggest amateur event on the Island,” said track creator and operator Jeff Evernden. “It’s the best riders in B.C. as far as amateurs go. And the first race is usually the biggest of the year.”

In all, several hundred riders from age four to 50-plus are expected to compete for awards and glory on the 1.9 kilometre track behind the Western Speedway oval. Since last season, Evernden has extended the track, installed more safety barriers, improved parking and expanded spectator viewing areas.

“It’s been a process to establish a facility able to handle 250 riders in a day,” he said. “You’ve got to be prepped for that.”

The B.C. championship series race is March 27 at the Westshore Motocross park, 2207 Millstream Rd. Registration is 7 to 8 a.m., practice at 8:30 a.m. and racing starts at  9:30 a.m. Gate fees for spectators are adult $8, kids $5.

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