Canada: Drama and action in Lethbridge – Round 2

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The second round of the 2024 Canadian Triple Crown Series unfolded spectacularly this past weekend at Temple Hill Motorcycle Park in Raymond, Alberta.

Words | Press release

450 CLASS: JESS PETTIS WINS – DYLAN WRIGTH INJURED

In the highly competitive 450 class, Dylan Wright of the GDR/Honda Canada/Fox Racing’s team dominated the track, securing first place in Moto 1 after exciting battles with Red Bull/KTM Canada’s Jess Pettis. Preston Kilroy, the MX101 FXR Yamaha import from Wyoming, USA, demonstrated he has the speed to battle at the front of the pack, finishing the moto in a solid third after swapping positions earlier on with Red Bull/KTM Canada’s Josiah Natzke.

The second 450 moto brought new challenges after Wright’s gut-wrenching crash at the 16-minute mark, resulting in the officials red-flagging the race while he was tended to trackside. After deliberation, the race was determined to be complete, and the finish standings were based on the final lap before the red flag.

 This resulted in Pettis taking the win, Partzilla PRMX’s Aaron Tanti (AUS) finishing second, and Natzke rounding out the podium.

Image: KTM Canada

Dylan Wright Injury Udpdate:

Dylan suffered an enormous get-off while leading Moto 2. The high speed crash caused injuries to the lung, ribs, heart, and shoulder, along with a concussion. Dylan is currently in a hospital in Lethbridge and is currently out indefinitely. We will update again on Dylan’s health status when we have more information.

450 CLASS RESULTS

Top 10 Overall

  1. #15 Jess Pettis (KTM) 2-1
  2. #23 Josiah Natzke (KTM) 4-3
  3. #109 Aaron Tanti (Kawasaki) 7-2
  4. #808 Preston Kilroy (Yamaha) 3-5
  5. #8 Mitchel Harrison (Kawasaki) 5-4
  6. #17 Julien Benek (Husqvarna) 6-6
  7. #84 Tanner Ward (Kawasaki) 8-7
  8. #1 Dylan Wright (Honda) 1-DNF
  9. #10 Keylan Meston (Yamaha) 10-8
  10. #18 Parker Eales (KTM) 11-9

Top 10 Standings post Round 2 of 8:

  1. #15 Jess Pettis (KTM) 94
  2. #23 Josiah Natzke (KTM) 73
  3. #8 Mitchel Harrison (Kawasaki) 72
  4. #1 Dylan Wright (Honda) 72
  5. #808 Preston Kilroy (Yamaha) 68
  6. #109 Aaron Tanti (Kawasaki) 65
  7. #84 Tanner Ward (Kawasaki) 59
  8. #17 Julien Benek (Husqvarna) 51
  9. #10 Keylan Meston (Yamaha) 47
  10. #18 Parker Eales (KTM) 44

250 CLASS: TWO IN A ROW FOR KAVEN BENOIT

The first moto in the 250 class was filled with textbook racing excitement, giving the Alberta race fans lining the fences something to cheer for from start to finish. A first corner crash off the start of the moto claimed points leader Red Bull/KTM Canada’s Kaven Benoit, along with Monster Energy/Kawasaki Team Green’s rider Drew Adams and GDR/Honda Canada/Fox Racing’s Tyler Medaglia.

After restarting their bikes, Adams and Benoit steadily carved their way through the pack of 250 riders after their last place starts, with the Florida rider showing his dominant speed by passing Partzilla PRMX’s Gage Linville for 1st with two laps remaining in the race. WLTN Kawasaki’s Quinn Amyotte delivered a strong performance for third, showcasing his skill and steady determination.

The second moto proved no less exciting after Adams began the race in 1st but suffered a first-lap crash, ending his day in a frustrating fashion. Benoit quickly jumped to the lead, where he stayed for the remainder of the race, chased by MX101 FXR Yamaha’s Sebastien Racine and Priority MX’s Wyatt Kerr, each achieving their first podiums of the season.

250 CLASS RESULTS

Top 10 Overall:

  1. #26 Kaven Benoit (KTM) 4-1
  2. #14 Quinn Amyotte (Kawasaki) 3-5
  3. #402 Gage Linville (Kawasaki) 2-7
  4. #59 Wyat Kerr (KTM) 6-3
  5. #316 Evan Stice (Honda) 8-4
  6. #143 Tiger Wood (Honda) 5-6
  7. #30 Austin Jones (Yamaha) 9-8
  8. #300 Drew Adams (Kawasaki) 1-36
  9. #33 Tyler Yates (GasGas) 10-9
  10. #12 Sebastien Racine (Yamaha) 34-2

Top 10 Standings post Round 2 of 8:

  1. #26 Kaven Benoit (KTM) 90
  2. #402 Gage Linville (Kawasaki) 78
  3. #300 Drew Adams (Kawasaki) 68
  4. #316 Evan Stice (Honda) 61
  5. #59 Wyat Kerr (KTM) 58
  6. #14 Quinn Amyotte (Kawasaki) 56
  7. #12 Sebastien Racine (Yamaha) 56
  8. #143 Tiger Wood (Honda) 55
  9. #25 Tanner Scott (Husqvarna) 52
  10. #24 Zach Ufimzeff (Husqvarna) 41

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