It was inevitable with the summer that has not really been a summer in Canada that we were going to have a full blow mud race this year.  This weekend in Deschambault QC was it, the rain started Friday night and really didn’t let up until Sunday morning.   Saturdays womens’ nationals and the rest of the amateur program was delayed due to the weather.

The womens’ eastern series resumed after a 2 week break while the boys visited the east coast.   Moto 1 saw the show down of Eve Brodeaur the defending champion going toe to toe with Kennedy Lutz.   Lutz fresh off of the week racing at Loretta Lynn’s ranch in Tennessee where she was positioned 3rd overall after her first two motos but had to sacrifice racing her third and final to return to Canada in time for this race.   The two women battled in the sloppy racing conditions with each falling a couple of times.  In the end it was Eve’s first win of the season ending Kennedys’ 4 win streak.

The rain delay would force the 2nd moto to be run in worse conditions that the first.  Kennedy rocketed out of the start to take her first and maybe most important holeshot of the year.  From that point on she put on a clinic of mud riding skills gaping the field by over a minute and lapping well into the leaders.   The ride secured her a 3rd consecutive overall win in the series and a 14 point lead heading into the final race this weekend.

The track starting the day Sunday was a full blown mudder, a revised shortened schedule would be followed for the day.   Only 1 qualifying session would be held and most riders opted to ride just 2 laps of that to secure their gate position.  It would be Halstead leading the charge sitting 4th with Maffenbeier 7th and Pettis 11th after their quick sessions.

Moto 1 would see all 3 riders inside the top 10 in the early laps.  Pettis would fall victim to a huge sink hole that would have him literally parked for 2 laps trying to get himself unstuck.   He would not quit and once free would continue to race finishing in 30th.  Maffenbeier was riding calculated and smooth and capitalized on a few other riders mistakes to come home on the podium in 3rd.   Halstead showing that his mud skills are with the best of them would finish in 7th.

Moto 2 would start much the same way with all 3 riders inside the top 10.   On lap 2 disaster struck as a downed rider caused Maffenbeier while trying to navigate around him off the track into a spectacular crash into the slop pushed off by the bulldozer.   While he tried to free himself the damage had been done to the bike leading to a mechanical DNF.  Pettis would hold the team flag high and finish 3rd in the moto to continue our podium streak.   Halstead raced in a train of riders from 4th to 9th and would come home in 7th  for the moto giving him his best career finish to date with a 5th overall.

Maffenbeier carries the red plate into the final round with an 11 point cushion, and the points are so tight from 4th to 10th that anything can happen with 2 motos to go.   One last push this coming weekend to finish the series off in Barrie ON, thanks to everyone that makes it possible for us!

All Photos: James Lissimore