A young off-road rider from Mission has earned a spot in Canada’s biggest amateur motocross race.
Nine-year-old Deagan Gibney will travel to Ontario to compete in the Trans-Can Grand Canadian National Motocross Championship, having qualified for one of 42 positions in his class and age group.
Hundreds of motocross racers across the country have spent the past three months racing to qualify for the esteemed event at the “Motocross Town” track in Walton, Ontario.
Jumps, tight turns and other obstacles are all features of the track, designed to test riders’ abilities – at times they can fly up to 30ft in the air and over 100ft long.
Gibney has earned numerous first-place finishes over the past two years and spends most of his weekends racing at Future West Moto Races across British Columbia.
The top riders from the regional qualifying races earn a place in the Grand National Championship race.
It has sponsorships from SPY, Dirt Bike Kids, Twin Air, Tradesmen Door and Gate and Van Ingen Construction.
“The 2022 Grand National Championship at Walton Raceway is the event that all motocross racers in Canada aim to attend,” said event director Brett Lee.
“A win at the TransCan Amateur Grand National Championship gives a rider instant national notoriety and can serve as the stepping stone to a lucrative professional motocross career.”
The majority of the country’s top professional motocross racers, such as 2021 Canadian Motocross Champions Dylan Wright and Jess Pettis, won amateur national races at Walton Raceway before turning professional.
Gibney can be followed on his Instagram account @deagang19; the races will be streamed live on FloSports.com from August 10-14.