Sports Shorts July 14
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By Darryl G. Smart

Liam O’Farrell has shown a ton of consistency during the Canadian Triple Crown Series MX Nationals.

The motocross rider from South Africa, who now calls Brantford home, placed eighth in both rounds of this weekend’s series stop at Gopher Dunes. His pair of eighth place finishes in the 450cc Pro division bettered the two ninths he earned on the first two legs of the tour in Walton the weekend before. 

He now sits in ninth place overall in the standings, 83 points back of the leader, Dylan Wright. 

Wright, from Ottawa, but a member of the Gopher Dunes Racing team, solidified his spot at the top of the overall standings with a brilliant performance in Sunday’s round, finishing ahead of Jess Pettis and Marshal Weltin.

“I tried to minimize mistakes. The track is gnarly out there,” Wright said. “I know I went off the track a couple of times. Hats off to the track crew. They did a great job even if the track beat the crap out of us around a bit. It wasn’t the best day in my books, but I’ll take it.

It was a nailbiter for the fans.”

In the first round Saturday, Weltin took the checkered flag, while Wright and Pettis rounded out the podium.


In the 250cc Pro division, Waterford’s Hayden Halstead competed for the first time this season, finishing seventh Saturday and 13th Sunday.

In Saturday’s race, 15-year-old Ryder McNabb won his first race of the season, beating Jake Piccolo and GDR teammate Tanner Ward, of Woodstock.

On Sunday, it was Piccolo’s turn to take a checkered flag, beating Marco Cannella and Darian Sanayei.

With the win, Piccolo now leads the 250 points standings.

“I’m so stoked. To come from fifth to win this one is awesome,” Piccolo said. “I’m way more fit this year. This one I was solid and really happy with it.”


In the THOR Women’s MX division raced on Sunday, Laval’s Eve Brodeur won her second race in as many weeks to stay at the top of the overall standings. Brodeur outlasted Sarah-Kim Villeneuve and Ani Ferguson, who are also second and third overall respectively.

FXR Premix

Also on Sunday, the FXR Premix division was raced, with Westen Wrozyna taking his second-straight checkered flag in as many weeks. He outlasted Dylan Kaelin and Hayden Jameson.

Wrozyna holds on to the overall lead, while Travis Roberts, who finished fourth Sunday is in second, while Kyle Springman, who finished sixth is third.