Arenacross returns to Cloverdale Agriplex

Brock Hoyer jumps past the finish line during a KTM Canadian Arenacross race.  - Contributed photo
Brock Hoyer jumps past the finish line during a KTM Canadian Arenacross race.
— image credit: Contributed photo

The KTM Canadian Arenacross championship concludes where it began, with the final two races of the 12-round series this weekend at the Cloverdale Agriplex.

More than 2,000 motocross fans packed the Agriplex for the first weekend of the series Oct. 19-20. The next eight events were staged in Chilliwack, with champions in several categories of indoor motocross racing to be determined Feb. 8-9 in Cloverdale.

The series, staged by Future West Promotions Ltd. of Rosedale, B.C., attracts roughly 30 riders for the two Pro class categories, with another 100 riders contesting the amateur categories, which ranged from the 4-6 year-olds on 50cc bikes to the Intermediate and Junior racers in 125cc, 250cc and Open divisions.

Port Coquitlam’s Spencer Knowles looks to clinch both Pro Championships after sweeping the first two rounds in Cloverdale back in October. He has the points lead in both the Pro Open and Pro Lites categories.

The GA Checkpoint Yamaha rider hasn't won a race in the Pro Open category since the second race in Cloverdale, but by placing second in each of the past five races, he has managed to maintain a 12-point lead over Brock Hoyer of Williams Lake going into the final two races of the season in Cloverdale. Hoyer has earned points in all 10 rounds, never finishing below sixth place and earning a win in round 7 in Chilliwack.

Knowles has a 29-point lead over Hoyer in the Pro-Am Lites category.

A win in each race is worth 25 points in the standings.

Cloverdale’s Ethan Ladd will be seeking a title in the 250 Intermediate class. He was leading the points race until a snowboarding injury sustained over the Christmas break forced him to sit out two races last month.

He goes into next weekend tied for second with Skyler Archer, six points back of Kyle Springman.

Ladd is also nine points back of points leader Jesse Pettis in the Open Intermediate group, two points ahead of Springman.

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