Round 9 Deschambault Quebec Race Preview

Round 9 Deschambault Quebec Race Preview

Aug 2, 2017

With only two rounds remaining in the 2017 CMRC sanctioned Rockstar Energy Drink Motocross Nationals presented by Motovan, Round 9 takes place this Sunday, August 6th, at Motocross Deschambault just outside of historical Quebec City. This weekend’s National follows a week of racing at Deschambault as the best Amateurs in the country race in the CMRC Eastern Canadian Amateur National, making this a big week for Motocross in Canada.

The Deschambault track was made larger in 2016 with the addition of a new section with a steep drop-off that is a great test for the racers, and an exciting viewing area for spectators. The terrain itself is a motocross rider’s dream with its elevation changes, huge jumps and soft, loamy, sand based soil.



Rockstar Energy OTSFF Yamaha’s Matt Goerke comes into Round 9 with the red plate and a 19-point series lead as he looks to win his third National MX1 title. Goerke has just one win this season but has been very consistent, only finishing off the podium once at the opening round. Matt likes the sandy Deschambault racetrack and was third there last year, and the winner in 2015.

Rockstar Energy OTSFF Yamaha’s Matt Goerke comes into Round 9 with the red plate and a 19-point series lead.


With four wins to his credit this season, including last weekend’s in Moncton, Rockstar Husqvarna’s Christophe Pourcel comes into this weekend second in the series standings and knows what he has to do if he wants to win the championship. With only two rounds left in 2017, Pourcel must continue to win and hope that Goerke finishes worse than runner up in the remaining four motos. Christophe has won championships before at the highest level of the sport and will no doubt be hanging it out this weekend as he tries to make up the 19-point deficit in the points standings.


Monster Energy Alpinestars Kawasaki’s Mike Alessi moved into a tie for third in the series standings last weekend after finishing on the podium for the fourth time in the last five rounds. Alessi came into 2017 injured but is healthy now, and his starts have been really good recently, including taking both holeshots last weekend in Moncton. Mike’s style is well suited for the Deschambault circuit and he will certainly be looking to find the magic he had there in 2014 when he was the winner.


After earning the overall win in Round 6 at Motocross Bon-Conseil, Honda Canada GDR Fox Racing’s Colton Facciotti had a rough time in Atlantic Canada, finishing outside the top 5 at both events. Facciotti’s season came to an end last season in Pleasant Valley so the four-time Canadian Champion didn’t line up at Deschambault. Colton will be trying to get back into the winner’s circle this weekend to maintain his position as the top Canadian in the series.

Royal Distributing Motovan Piller’s Race Team’s Tyler Medaglia sits 11 points behind Facciotti in the battle for top Canadian.


After finishing in the top 5 at Deschambault in both 2014 and 2015, Royal Distributing Motovan Piller’s Race Team’s Tyler Medaglia was sixth there last year. In 2016, Medaglia came back from first turn crashes in both motos, and a scary endo while running wide open on a quadruple jump, to grab a pair of sixth place finishes. Tyler sits fifth in the series standings and is only 11 points out of third. He sits behind Facciotti in the battle for top Canadian in the MX1 class.


Rounding out the top 10 in the series point standings are Nut Up Industries Kawasaki’s Dillan Epstein in sixth, Royal Distributing Motovan Piller’s Race Team’s Kyle Chisholm in seventh, Rockstar Energy OTSFF Yamaha’s Tim Tremblay in eighth, Redemption Racing’s Cade Clason in ninth, and Yamaha Canada Cycle Works Foot Hills’ Keylan Meston in tenth.

Rockstar Husqvarna’s Christophe Pourcel topped the podium last weekend in Moncton.



MX101 FXR Yamaha Team’s Shawn Maffenbeier comes into this weekend with a 46-point series lead and is in the driver’s seat as he continues to chase for his first MX2 National title. Maffenbeier has had his share of ups and downs this season, but lately there have been more ups, and his 1-1 performance last weekend was his fifth win this year. Shawn finished fourth at Deschambault last year after finishing on the podium there in the previous three seasons. “Maff” was 42 points back in the championship after Round 4 and could win the title this weekend. If he wins the final two rounds this season, Maffenbeier can tie Cole Thompson’s 2016 record of seven wins.

Nut Up Industries Kawasaki’s Ryan Surratt sits second in the series standings and has been the most consistent rider in the MX2 class this season. Surratt has finished fourth or fifth overall at every round this season except for the opening round where he was sixth. With six holeshots to his credit in 2017, Ryan has been the best starter in the class, and after having his worst weekend out of the gate in Round 8 is due for another holeshot at Deschambault.

MX101 FXR Yamaha Team’s Shawn Maffenbeier and Jess Pettis finished 1-2 last weekend at Round 8.

With a solid performance this weekend, Honda Canada GDR Fox Racing’s Dylan Wright could move into second in the series standings and put a good finish on a season that started slowly. Wright sat ninth in the championship after the third round and has been much better since, and has benefited from a couple of the top riders being on the sidelines. Dylan missed finishing on the podium last weekend for the first time in the last five rounds, and finished second overall at Deschambault in 2016 after winning the second moto.

Monster Energy Alpinestars Kawasaki’s Jacob Hayes should move into the top 5 in the series standings this weekend, and has finished on the podium at the last two rounds. Hayes has three overall podium finishes to his credit this season but is still looking for that first win, and will be trying to finish the season out solidly at the last two rounds.

After starting the season off strongly and then missing two rounds with a broken collarbone, MX101 FXR Yamaha Team’s Jess Pettis’ return to racing has been awesome. Pettis won the overall at his comeback race in Round 7, and finished second last weekend. Jess was fifth at Deschambault last year, which was a career best performance for him at that time, and since has seen his career take off winning both indoors and outdoors, becoming one of the best MX2 riders in this country.

KTM Canada Thor Racing’s Tanner Ward #184 has been really impressive since joining the series in the east

Motocross Deschambault in Quebec will be the ninth of ten rounds for the 2017 CMRC sanctioned Rockstar Energy Drink Motocross Nationals presented by Motovan. Some of the viewing areas at the racetrack are elevated allowing spectators to see more of the circuit, as well, a bridge is available for the public to cross the track during the race. The large, multi-level viewing platform allows you to see most of the track and is a fan favourite. If you are in another part of the country and are unable to attend the race, you can see all the action live by downloading the free Conx2share app or logging on to to live stream every moto on either your mobile phone or computer.


Carlson Racing FXR Husqvarna’s Davey Fraser has been getting faster every weekend and was sixth overall at Round 8.

MX1 Point Standings 2017 after 8 Rounds

1. Matt Goerke (Yam) 425
2. Christophe Pourcel (Hus) 406
3. Mike Alessi (Kaw) 366
3. Colton Facciotti (Hon) 366
5. Tyler Medaglia (Hon) 355
6. Dillan Epstein (Kaw) 328
7. Kyle Chisholm (Hon) 298
8. Tim Tremblay (Yam) 263
9. Cade Clason (KTM) 248
10. Keylan Meston (Yam) 208

MX2 Point Standings 2017 after 8 Rounds

1. Shawn Maffenbeier (Yam) 388
2. Ryan Surratt (Kaw) 342
3. Dylan Wright (Hon) 341
4. Josh Osby (KTM) 307
5. Cole Thompson (KTM) 298
6. Jacob Hayes (Kaw) 286
7. Jess Pettis (Yam) 259
8. Davey Fraser (Hus) 250
9. Casey Keast (Yam) 249
10. Hayden Halstead (Yam) 238

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