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KBR Honda's Buchan Takes Crown at Georgian Downs

Brodie Buchan of Leamington, ON., clinched the 2017 Open Expert Championship and the Flat Track Canada overall number one plate for 2018 with victory in the Feature race at the three quarters of a mile long oval at Georgian Downs in Barrie, ON., round seven of the nine round National tour.

Second year Pro racer Buchan, age 18, rode a “framer” Honda built by Kurt Biegger to the win in the main event, holding off the 600cc Sehl Rotax piloted by Dustin Brown of Utterson, ON.  Aboard the single-cylinder racer usually piloted by Don Taylor of Port Colborne, ON., Brown spent most of the race less than one second behind leader Buchan before mounting a charge late in the race.

On the last of 15 laps in cool but fortunately not rainy conditions, Brown got close exiting the final turn, but wound up about one bike length short at the finish line.  Honda mounted Tyler Seguin of Welland, ON, was less then a second behind the leaders for third place.

Pre-race favorite and opening Heat Race victor Chris Evans of Jordan Station, ON., earned a solitary fourth aboard the only Harley-Davidson XR750 twin in the field.  Last year, Steve Beattie won the title riding a Bieger Honda and his own, Brian Olsen built Harley, but Beattie opted not to compete in 2017 due to injuries suffered at the end of last season. 

Honda-mounted Brandon Seguin of Welland, ON, was fifth ahead of Cody Marentette of Tilbury, ON, also on a Honda CRF450R.    

Frequent Flat Track Canada front runners Doug Lawrence (2015 Champ) and Don Taylor (winner at the most recent round in Belleville, ON.) are in the U.S.A. this weekend competing in American Flat Track National events in Springfield, Ill.

“It feels good, since we knew we had to win to get the Championship tonight, “started winner Buchan. “This is gold to come in here and get the win.  I’m really happy with the bike and our pace.” 

“Looking at the race, I know this isn’t really my kind of track,” continued Buchan of his title charge with two events left to run on the 2017 National Schedule.  “I started well, and just tried to maintain my pace, but I knew I was working the tire.  We put a lot of work in early in the season, things went according to plan and that allowed us to clinch if we got the win here, and we hung on to get it.”

Bike builder Bieger confirmed that after engine problems at the same track a year ago,” trying to keep up with the Harleys,” he built a special Honda mill for Buchan’s title run, completed the Friday night before the Barrie event.

15-year-old runner-up Brown was clearly frustrated not to get Buchan at the line, and after the race explained that “I was really trying for the win, but I just couldn’t quite make it happen.  It was my first time riding Taylor’s Rotax, built by Jim Sehl, and its just as good as I expected.”

Seguin also thought he was close to the leader’s pace, but “I couldn’t quite make it work the way I wanted.  It’s been an up-and-down year, with good luck and it seems like a lot of bad luck.  The next tracks on the tour (Wheatley on September 16 and the series final at Ohsweken September 23) are good for me, so we’re still working for a win.”

Seguin went on to thank George Evans and Parts Canada and Performance ATV Leisure, as well as “everyone at the track.”  Buchan is backed by Kurt Biegger Racing, Joe Rocket and Honda Canada, while Brown’s backers include Bracebridge Machine, Sehl Racing, Moto Gear, Performance ATV, Ryno Power and Fuel Clothing.

The Expert DTX event was expected to be one of the best events of the program, after two great heat races.  But front runner Dave Pouliot of Quebec City, QC, couldn’t get his Kawasaki to fire on the line, and Brown had a remote starter problem with Taylor’s stock framed Yamaha.  This gave Buchan a solid jump, and he ran away to win by over a quarter of a lap, Marentette holding off unretired Braden Vallee in a good dice for second place out of four total finishers in the “production” class!

New Champ Buchan also held off Brown in another leg of their building rivalry in the Dash-For-Cash, meaning Buchan and Biegger went three-for-three in Expert class events at Georgian Downs.

Also attracting attention was Honda-mounted Trent Pickle of Essex, ON., first overall in Intermediate DTX as well as Intermediate Open class action in Barrie.

Sunday, 03 September 2017 01:38 Published in News


Buchan Rolls On At Belleville Flat Track Canada National as McCormick has rough Oval Debut

Leamington’s Brodie Buchan continued his recent form with success at the 61st annual George Pepper Classic at the Belleville, ON. half mile Flat Track Canada National on Saturday night, August 13.  Aboard the Kurt Biegger Racing Honda single, Buchan earned his third Feature victory in the fifth round of the nine race Parts Canada-backed National Tour.

The final race was initially headed by fast starting Kawasaki racer Dave Pouliot of Quebec City, but unfortunately two incidents caused a red flag and spoiled Pouliot’s lightning get away.

At the restart, Buchan took control to dominate, just as he did a week earlier at Flamboro, ON.  Second overall was a ware between Tyler Seguin of Welland, ON, aboard a George Evans tuned Honda and rookie Pro Justin Brown on a Yamaha.

At the finish, Seguin took the runner-up honors while 15-year-old Brown earned his second straight Podium placing with third.

DTX Intermediate points leader Jimmy McCullough of Paris, ON., won that race on his Honda, and earned the “Inside Motorcycles” hard charger award for run from fifth to first, late in the race.

Attracting plenty of attention was 2011 Mopar CSBK National Superbike Champion Brett McCormick of Saskatoon, SK, in his first-ever career Flat Track aboard a spare Beattie Honda prepared by KBR. Last year, McCormick qualified for a National Motocross event in the Feature class aboard a Kawasaki, and is trying a variety of motorcycle competition disciplines.

 McCormick has been practicing on Tuesday nights at the tight Paris venue, and was moving to a big track, first race and first National, with considerable interest.

In his first Intermediate heat, McCormick ran in second spot early and was in third place when he brushed the wall exiting the second turn.  McCormick jammed his foot against the fence, and was forced to pull in for medical attention.

Taken to Hospital by fellow former Superbike National Champ Jodi Christie, McCormick returned to the track on crutches with a bandage on his right foot for broken toes.  A hospital visit in Toronto will determine if he needs surgery.

“It was going well, it was fun, I only got about ten laps, and I’d be a lot happier if I got to ride the whole night - now I’m a little sour,” admitted McCormick.

“It wasn’t a ride over your head mistake, but it was a lack of experience, I guess.  I have people to thank - Doug Beattie made yesterday happen, and Aaron (Flat Track Canada boss Hesmer) gave me an avenue to try something new, make that happen.”

The next round of the Flat Track Canada Nationals is scheduled for the Western Fair District in London, ON, on August 26.  An Ontario Regional race takes place at the short Shannonville venue, next door to the famed road course, this afternoon.  

Sunday, 13 August 2017 13:22 Published in News


Seguin Wins, Injured Beattie Champ at FTC Ohsweken Debut

Flat Track Canada had its first event at the famed Ohsweken Speedway, and for almost all of the program the final national of the 2016 season was flawless in execution and spectacle.  After an evening of great completion on the half mile clay oval, the Expert Open class headed out for the final national race of 2016, ready to decide the 2017 No. 1 national plate.

Steve Beattie looked to have the overall FTC Title sewn up for the Kurt Beigger Racing Honda team, and merely needed to start the main event to earn his first career Flat Track Canada crown.  But Beattie fell exiting turn two on the opening lap, causing a red flag and a long delay for his careful removal from the race surface by the Safety Team.

Beattie was off to the hospital with a broken collarbone and concerns about possible other injuries, details to come shortly.  The race would start again from scratch, meaning that Doug Lawrence had a shot at retaining the Championship with his Town Moto/Parts Canada Honda CRF450 DTX machine.

There was some discussion as the field got ready for start two regarding the possible points ramifications, with various opinions suggesting a win, or maybe a top three, would allow Lawrence to retain his title.  It turned out only a win would do.

On the second start Lawrence and a back-from-injury Don Taylor (Jim Sehl/Motovan/Motosports of Trenton Yamaha) again pushed to the front, joined by the Tyler Seguin aboard his Evans Honda.  Eventually Taylor, the two time FTC champ in his first start since breaking a leg in an American event early in the summer, faded to place fourth and Seguin and Lawrence fought for the win.

Seguin eventually worked his way clear to take a well-deserved victory, the seventh different winner over the course of the 11 round series.  Lawrence wasn’t far back for second and not sure where he placed in the points – unfortunately “Fresh” came up just short. Rising star Brodie Buchan worked his way up to third aboard another KBR Honda single.

 “It feels great to win,” explained Seguin after a NASCAR-style victory burnout against the front straight wall.  “It’s the last race of the season, but still, a win is a win.  My season was really all over the place, and now things are starting to work we can maybe try some things down in the States.”

Lawrence was obviously emotional after a close race while trying to understand his title chances and consider the possible injuries suffered by rival-and-buddy Beattie.  Veteran Beattie runs a suspension service business, and the new champ was tweaking Lawrence’s refurbished fork right before the first, late afternoon Pro practice session.

“An awful lot was going through my mind,” admitted Lawrence of the 15-ap main event.  “At the end of the day, you really don’t want it to happen like that, the way things went for Steve.”

“I was maybe a tenth off where I needed to be, I was really close, in terms of lap times,” continued the outgoing number one.  “I wanted to be in (Seguin’s) way more, maybe park him in the corners, but I couldn’t quite make that work.

“The track was really awesome, it got better and better through the program, and we really had some great racing here tonight.

“Right now it really seems like a long year,” continued Lawrence, who raced and won at two events on the Mopar CSBK road racing national tour in 2016 and recently finished seventh at the AMA Pro event in Springfield.  “I’m looking forward to recharging my batteries and getting a new mind set, get geared up for next season.”

Buchan was satisfied with third place after a white knuckle run in the Main event.

“Everywhere I rode coming up, it was a cushion track,” explained the Pro based in Welland, ON, home of the famous short-track county venue.  “This place is hard packed, and it seemed like I had to be really careful.  So I’m pretty happy with the result, it was tricky and it seemed like the track got slick.”

In the Expert DTX category for stock-framed MX based machinery, Seguin held off Lawrence in a great fight at the front, Lawrence making a rare start in the “production” class after opting to enter on the machine he mostly uses at the short Welland venue.  Doug Beattie (Honda) edged Buchan in another good dispute, for third.  Buchan clinched the Expert DTX Title, distant rival Dave Pouliot (Kawasaki) hampered by a leg injury.  

The Expert Dash-for-Cash victory went to the Honda framer of Steve Beattie, prior to the new champ’s season-ending injury. Lawrence was a close second with Seguin third.

In the Intermediate Open division, Tyler Brown hung on to win, after a great dice that went down to the wire against runner-up Cody Marentette and third man Luke Rahm, all Honda mounted. 

In Intermediate DTX action, Brown won again, a bike length behind the fight for second, a dead heat between Marentette and the Sturgess Kawasaki of reigning Liqui Moly Pro Sport Bike national road racing Champ Kenny Riedmann.

Top Novice was Jarrett Phibbs of Cottam, ON, who won both the Open and DTX divisions aboard a Honda CRF450.

Sunday, 25 September 2016 10:51 Published in News


Canadians represent well at Daytona AMA flat track season opener

The 2016 AMA Pro Flat Track Grand National Championsip season got underway at the Daytona Flat Track with a doubleheader on March 10-11. Among the 50-plus riders in GNC1 and the 80-plus in GNC2, six Canadians were on hand to try their luck on the slick short track.

Tuesday, 15 March 2016 11:56 Published in Reports, Results & Points


Photo report: Challenges all around at Burford FTC national round

Round 2 of the Flat Track Canada Championship Series at the Burford Fairgrounds (Burford, ON) saw some intense action on a very challenging race surface. Even though the overall numbers were up from last year, the total number of Experts were way down compared to any other FTC event.

Wednesday, 03 June 2015 13:48 Published in Reports, Results & Points