Racer returns after broken wrist, finishes fourth in motocross

Jake Jose's return to the motocross track on the weekend was a successful one.

Jose, a 14-year-old member of the Prince George Motocross Association who races in the junior MX2 and MX3 classes who is recovering from a broken wrist, wound up in a three-way tie for fourth place for the overall B.C. Provincial Championship B.C. Motocross Association high points title after two days of racing at the Blackwater track.

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Jose's total of 150 points tied him with Jess Pettis of Prince George and Daniel Elmore of Smithers.

Quesnel's Jackson Nickolet (Intermediate and youth MX2 and MX3) won the title with 208 points.

Thomas Kaiser of Williams Lake, who races in the 65 and 85cc, seven-to-11 age categories and superminis class, was second overall with 186 points.

Connor McCarron from Terrace (65 and 85cc, seven to 11-age categories and superminis class) was third with 158 points.

Prince George's Bailey Garrison (junior MX2 and MX3 and schoolboy classes) rounded out the top-five with 143 points.

 

The points title is awarded to the rider who accumulates the most points over the single weekend of racing at the Blackwater track. Most of them race in at least two classes.

It was Jose's first weekend of racing since he broke his left wrist on July 18 at a race in Quesnel riding his RM 250 cc two-stroke engine bike.

"I landed on my wrist when I was hitting a double (jump)," said Jose, who's entering Grade 10 at Prince George Senior secondary this fall. "I landed on a guy. It was a minor displacement. I had a cast on it."

On Saturday, he won all four of his motos on Saturday to put himself into contention for the overall title.

He's also broken his right wrist too, but injuries are something he's dealt with since he started racing at the age of six.

"There's bumps and bruises but that's just the fun of it all," he said prior to Sunday's slate of racing.

Organizers said a record number of 181 racers lined up at the start gates at the Blackwater track on the weekend with 13 races each day. Some riders competed in as many as three to four classes.

The track was in superb condition under sunny but cool skies, unlike the last races on June 19-20 where heavy rain caused the track to be muddy and slippery and forced the cancellation of some motos.

One of the youngest competitors on the weekend was six-year-old Gavin Rowein of Prince George, a rookie who took to the seat of his KTM 50cc bike.

It was his first time ever competing in a race.

"It was hard to stay on my bike but I finished," he said. "It's fun because I get to ride on the track."

Hayden Wolff was also in contention for the high points title on the weekend, but problems with his bike meant he only competed in one moto on Sunday.

Competing in the youth and intermediate MX2 and MX3 classes, he had mixed results on Saturday.

The 14-year-old from Prince George blew the engine of his Kawasaki 2013 Kawasaki 250cc competing in the intermediate MX2 class.

He then grabbed his second bike, a Honda 250cc, and won the next race, finished fourth in the next one and did not finish in another moto when the throttle got stuck. He also endured a crash and finished third in the final race of the day.

The last time he raced at his home Blackwater motocross track, he didn't make it past the first day of racing.

He cracked a growth plate in his right elbow when he came out of a corner and shot out of it on the slick and muddy track in June.

It meant he had to recuperate for three weeks until resuming racing in early July.

"The summer has been really good, I've done a decent amount of racing," he said Sunday morning after two laps of practice. "I've been doing pretty good. Practice felt good this morning."

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