Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Christophe Pourcel finishes 5th in Calgary

Pourcel says “a positive attitude is key when your race doesn’t go as planned”

Christophe Pourcel in Calgary, Alberta.

No looking back! Pourcel keeps a positive attitude and plans to focus on making it to the top of the podium at the next round in Regina, Saskatchewan. — James Lissimore photo

The 2017 Rockstar Energy Canadian Motocross National Series made its third stop of the season June 19 in Calgary, Alberta. Blue skies and a beautifully groomed track greeted riders and fans. Christophe Pourcel had plans to continue his winning streak from the past two rounds where he finished first overall, but this would not be the case in Calgary.

“I felt OK in the first moto,” said Pourcel. “I really wanted to catch up to the guys out front but I couldn’t quite manage to make my way up to first place. I had to settle for third place but I was really looking forward to doing better in the second moto.”

In the second moto Pourcel chose a starting gate closer towards the middle hoping to get out front at the start and distance himself from the traffic.

“I had a good jump off the start but the line was so tight, riders were being pushed together,” he said. “Some riders who were pushed together crashed and then fell into me knocking me over in the second turn. It was a hard crash but I managed to get up and work my way up to eighth place. It wasn’t the finish I had envisioned but the most important thing is to keep a positive attitude because this is just how racing goes sometimes. We salvaged as many points as we could and we hope to feel better going into next week’s race.”

Pourcel and his wife Samantha have been enjoying travelling in B.C. and Alberta for the past week between rounds, something the busy couple wouldn’t normally be able to do due to their demanding schedule. The drive through Banff was something the couple stated was a highlight of their trip so far. Canada has been treating the team well, and the Pourcels plan to fly into the next round in Regina, Saskatchewan, where the team will be ready to tackle Round 4 of the Canadian MX Nationals.

Canadian MX Nationals results Round 3

Calgary, Alberta: 

MX 1 (450)

  1. Matt Goerke — Yamaha
  2. Dillan Epstein — Kawasaki
  3. Colton Facciotti — Honda
  4. Tyler Medaglia — Honda
  5. Christophe Pourcel —Husqvarna

2017 overall points standings MX1 (450)

  1. Matt Goerke—Yamaha
  2. Christophe Pourcel—Husqvarna
  3. Dillan Epstein—Kawasaki
  4. Colton Facciotti—Honda
  5. Tyler Medaglia—Honda

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