Charlotte and Jaxson Jardine were two of many Cowichan Valley residents – of all ages – who competed in the Vancouver Island Motocross Association Fall Series Championship this year.
The Duncan siblings, who attend Bench Elementary School, were very successful in the VIMX series, which included two stops each in Port Alberni and Nanaimo and one in Campbell River between early September and mid-November.
Charlotte, 11, was one of the top runners in the Ladies 7-11 division, a new category this year, winning two first places and two seconds as she competed in four of the five events in the series. Charlotte finished the season third overall, riding her 2018 Yamaha TT-R210 against other girls on 65cc or 85cc two-stroke bikes.
Cloe David of Duncan was second overall in the division, with first place, and Sada Bennefield of Cowichan was fifth overall.
“All of the girls showed great skill and extreme competition with each other,” said Charlotte and Jaxson’s father, Troy Jardine.
Jaxson, 7, won the second place trophy in his last race of the year and finished sixth overall, with great enthusiasm and confidence in his 2020 Honda CRF50.
“Watching all the kids progress and develop their skills just for these five races was amazing,” said Troy.
The two Jardines will switch to bigger bikes when riding resumes in about five months: a KTM 85 SX and a KT 50 SX, respectively.
Troy spoke of the many joys of being a part of the motocross community.
“The group of people is always helpful and supportive; an excellent family environment, ”he said. “More people need to join in and enjoy the excitement. An event means camping, training day and then race day. A very busy and exciting weekend for all ages.
Other results for Cowichan Valley runners on the VIMX Fall Series:
50cc (4-6): 4. Ryden Ludvigson (Ladysmith)
50cc (7-8): 1. Braxton Lundstrom (Duncan), 2. Colton Knight (Cobble Hill), 3. Ryker Nelson (Lake Cowichan), 5. Jase Pacholuk (Duncan), 6. Jaxson Jardine (Duncan)
GP 50cc (Open): 2. Braxton Lundstrom (Duncan), 4. Colton Knight (Cobble Hill), 5. Ryder Tyson (Chemainus), 9. Ryker Nelson (Lake Cowichan), 10. Ryden Ludvigson (Ladysmith)
50cc types: 1. Dominic Mercier (Youbou), 4. Jaxson Jardine (Duncan)
65cc (10-11): 1. Thomas David (Duncan), 2. Hudson Combs (Duncan), 6. Kyson Stevenson (Chemainus)
65cc (7-9): 5. Sheldon Moore (Duncan), 8. Jaxson Kerr (Ladysmith)
GP 65cc (Open): 7. Thomas David (Duncan), 8. Hudson Combs (Duncan), 10. Sheldon Moore (Duncan), 15. Jaxson Kerr (Ladysmith), 16. Kyson Stevenson (Chemainus)
85cc (12-16): 2. Aryanna Todd Rix (Chemainus)
GP-MX3 open intermediate: 2. Zane Mellafont (Duncan), 11. Michael MacDonald (Cobble Hill)
Junior Open GP-MX3: 4. Oriana Fraser (Ladysmith), 5. Owen Spooner (Shawnigan Lake), 8. Logan Parker (Duncan)
Ladies A: 1. Jordan Finn (Cobble Hill), 2. Oriana Fraser (Ladysmith), 4. Aryanna Todd Rix (Chemainus)
Open Pro: 1. Tyler Yates (Duncan), 2. Zane Mellafont (Duncan), 6. Adam Atkinson (Duncan), 10. Joe Nikirk (Shawnigan Lake)
Plus 40: 3. Dan Nikirk (Duncan)
Schoolboy: 3. Owen Spooner (Shawnigan Lake), 4. Logan Parker (Duncan), 6. Jordan Finn (Cobble Hill), 10. Ian Johnston (Ladysmith)
Supermini: 2. Owen Spooner (Shawnigan Lake)
Junior veterinarian: 2. Dan Nikirk (Duncan)
Girls 7-11 B: 2. Cloe David (Duncan), 3. Charlotte Jardine (Duncan), 5. Sada Bennefield (Cowichan Bay)
Open for young people: 1. Zane Mellafont (Duncan), 6. Tyler Yates (Duncan), 12. Joe Nikirk (Shawnigan Lake)