by Ryan Gauld
Photos by Randy Wiebe
The second round of the Eastern Canadian Women’s Nationals took place this past weekend at Ste-Julie and yet again there was some fairly intense and exciting racing. Coming from the deep, treacherous sand of Gopher Dunes then visiting the clay of Ste-Julie is like doing a full 180. The tracks are so different that it really shows the talents of these top ladies on such different terrain. Once again it was Freedom Cycle Kawasaki’s Heidi Cooke with a perfect day, taking a stranglehold on the title with two motos to go. Here is how it went down for round two:
Jocelyn Facciotti with mechanic/husband Colton on their way to the start gate. Jocelyn didn’t have the best day and Colton got blamed for that. Hahaha She has one more round to rebound and get herself back into the battle for top honours in this championship.
Over thirty girls charged hard into turn one. Heidi grabbed the moto 1 holeshot, and the $50 that comes with it.
The domination that Heidi Cooke is showing right now is pretty amazing for a new mom and racer that retired from the sport. It’s like she never stopped and I don’t think there is any rider that can stop her this year.
Kassandra Lessard charges down the hill on her way to a top five overall for the day.
Tim Tremblay and Kaven Benoit fill in nicely for the 30 board holders.
Moto 2 saw Alexandra Raymond grab the early lead on her Duroy KTM.
Raymond, Lessard and Cooke sky the step down while battling for the lead.
Kirsten MacDonald skipped round one but made it to Ste-Julie. She rode amazingly and scored a 2nd overall.
Cassandra Belanger and Renee Riendeau battle side by side just outside the top 5.
Cooke took home both moto wins.
Cool pit board for Cynthia Gauthier.
The podium for the second round of the CMRC Eastern Canadian Women’s National at Ste-Julie.
Clody Lapointe is the girl behind all the very special trophies, awards and organization of the eastern rounds. Big thanks have to go to her for her hard work.