Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Christophe Pourcel takes the overall win in Canada

Pourcel makes a lasting first impression at the Rockstar Energy Canadian Motocross Nationals for his Canadian debut.

Christophe Pourcel takes the overall win at round one of the Rockstar Energy Canadian MX Nationals.

Christophe Pourcel takes the overall win at round one of the Rockstar Energy Canadian MX Nationals. — Photo courtesy James Lissimore

The Canadian Motocross season got underway this weekend in Kamloops, British Columbia. The Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory team converged upon the notoriously hot and dusty track at Whispering Pines Raceway to race in Canada for the very first time. Factory racer Christophe Pourcel had his first taste of Canadian racing during practice earlier in the day, and recorded the second fastest practice time of the day. After practice Pourcel commented:

“The track was a little bit rough, but not as bad as what I am used to riding in the USA so it was okay. The dust sometimes made it hard to breath though so that was my only struggle during practice”

After some autograph signing and visiting with some fans, Pourcel prepared for the first moto of the day and battled in the top five for the first half of the race. Into the second half of the race, Pourcel moved up into the third position and held his spot until the checked flag.

Pourcel: “It was nice to get onto the podium for my very first race in Canada. It took me a little bit of time to adjust to the track but after a few laps I started to feel more comfortable.“

Pourcel’s comfort level was even more evident in his second race of the day where he started close to the front of the pack and worked his way up to the top position before the second lap. When Pourcel crossed the starting area on his first lap, he had already created a significant lead over second place.

Pourcel’s flawless ride resulted in him running away with a first place finish!

“I felt smooth the entire ride. I’ve been on Husqvarna’s for a long time and I’m really comfortable with the bike and the team. I had no trouble at all, and even though I don’t feel like I am in my best physical condition after overcoming some neck injuries in the past, I still felt comfortable and I think my speed is only going to increase as the season goes on. There are some fast riders in Canada, and it was great to race with them today!“

An exciting podium celebration finished with Pourcel and his fellow racers showering the cheering crowd with champagne and thanking everyone for the Canadian hospitality. Pourcel will remain in Canada to familiarize himself with the local tracks over the next several weeks and will be looking for a repeat performance in Prince George, British Columbia at the second round of the Rockstar Energy Canadian Motorcross Championships next weekend.



MX 1 (450)

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

MX2 (250)

1. Shawn Maffenbeier - KTM
2. Cole Thompson - KTM
3. Josh Osby - KTM
4. Jesse Pettis - Yamaha
5. Jacob Hayes - Kawasaki

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