Canada: Thrilling third round at Prairie Hill

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The third round of the Triple Crown Series at the picturesque Prairie Hill MX facility in Pilot Mound, Manitoba, was an unforgettable event despite initial weather challenges. Rain threatened to derail the excitement, but the dedicated track crew worked tirelessly to prepare the track for the day’s races.

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MRC officials, observing the soaked track conditions, made the decision to reduce practice sessions, allowing the track crew extra time to make necessary adjustments. Their efforts paid off as the sun emerged, drawing a large crowd of eager spectators ready for an action-packed day of racing.

450 CLASS: JOSIAH NATZKE WINS!

The 450 class delivered equally intense Moto 1 action. KTM Canada Red Bull’s Jess Pettis (2-3) initially grabbed the holeshot, but teammate Josiah Natzke (1-1) emerged victorious, marking his first Canadian 450 win. GDR Honda Canada Fox Racing’s Dylan Wright (9-7), despite concerns about his participation following a crash in Lethbridge, Alberta, the previous week, was competitive but ultimately yielded to other top contenders. MX101 Yamaha FXR pilot Preston Kilroy (3-4) brought his Yamaha home in third place, followed by PRMX teammates Mitchell Harrison (4-28) and Arron Tanti (5-2).

In the second 450 moto, Josiah Natzke and PRMX’s Aaron Tanti quickly took command, creating a significant gap from the rest of the field. MX101’s Preston Kilroy, PRMX’s Mitchell Harrison, and WLTN Kawasaki’s Tanner Ward (6-6) led the pursuit.

Despite a challenging start, KTM Canada Red Bull’s Jess Pettis made a remarkable recovery to catch the lead group. Pettis climbed to secure third place, while Tanti held second. Natzke’s flawless performance earned him a dominant 1-1 moto score, securing his first 450 overall win in Canada.

450 CLASS RESULTS

Top 10 Overall:

  1. #23 Josiah Natzke (KTM) 1-1
  2. #15 Jess Pettis (KTM) 2-3
  3. #109 Aaron Tanti (Kawasaki) 5-2
  4. #808 Preston Kilroy (Yamaha) 3-4
  5. #17 Julien Benek (Husqvarna) 7-5
  6. #84 Tannerd War (Kawasaki) 6-6
  7. #1 Dylan Wright (Honda) 9-7
  8. #377 Daniel Elmore (Yamaha) 8-9
  9. #670 Gavin Brough (Honda) 11-8
  10. #18 Parker Eales (KTM)10-10

Top 10 Standings post Round 3 of 8:

  1. #15 Jess Pettis (KTM) 136
  2. #23 Josiah Natzke (KTM) 123
  3. #808 Preston Kilroy (Yamaha) 106
  4. #109 Aaron Tanti (Kawasaki) 103
  5. #1 Dylan Wright (Honda) 98
  6. #8 Mitchell Harrison (Kawasaki) 90
  7. #84 Tannerd Ward (Kawasaki) 89
  8. #17 Julien Benek (Husqvarna) 81
  9. #18 Parker Eales (KTM) 66
  10. #670 Gavin Brough (Honda) 65

250 CLASS: DREW ADAMS FIRST PRO WIN

In the 250 class, Kawasaki USA’s Drew Adams (1-1) dominated from the restart, showcasing his skill and speed. Despite a strong effort from PRMX’s Gage Linville (2-3), who set some of the fastest lap times of the day, Adams maintained his lead to secure victory. KTM Canada Red Bull’s Kaven Benoit claimed third place, while MX101 Yamaha Canada FXR’s Sebastien Racine (4-2) and Austin Jones (5-7) rounded out the top five. WLTN Kawasaki’s Quinn Amyotte (6-10) made a commendable comeback to finish sixth after two hard crashes.

The saturated track began to dry rapidly as the weather improved, leading to dynamic racing conditions. In the second 250 moto, Drew Adams again took the lead for Monster Energy/Kawasaki Team Green. After a fourth-place finish in Moto 1, MX101 Yamaha ace Sebastien Racine placed an impressive second in Moto 2, while Linville came home in third. Current series points leader Kaven Benoit finished fourth.

250 CLASS RESULTS

Top 10 Overall:

  1. #300 Drew Adams (Kawasaki) 1-1
  2. #402 Gage Linville (Kawasaki) 2-3
  3. #12 Sebastien Racine (Yamaha) 4-2
  4. #26 Kaven Benoit (KTM) 3-4
  5. #30 Austin Jones (Yamaha) 5-7
  6. #59 Wyatt Kerr (KTM) 8-5
  7. #14 Quinn Amyotte (Kawasaki) 6-10
  8. #25 Tanner Scott (Husqvarna) 9-8
  9. #33 Tyler Yates (GasGas) 11-9
  10. #143 Tiger Wood (Honda) 7-14

Top 10 Standings post Round 3 of 8:

  1. #26 Kaven Benoit (KTM) 128
  2. #402 Gage Linville (Kawasaki) 120
  3. #300 Drew Adams (Kawasaki) 118
  4. #12 Sebastien Racine (Yamaha) 96
  5. #59 Wyatt Kerr (KTM) 87
  6. #14 Quinn Amyotte (Kawasaki) 82
  7. #143 Tiger Wood (Honda) 76
  8. #30 Austin Jones (Yamaha) 69
  9. #25 Tanner Scott (Husqvarna) 67
  10. #316 Evan Stice (Honda) 61

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