Round two of the Rockstar Energy Canadian Motocross Nationals took place this week in Kamloops, British Columbia, about 3 and a half hours northeast of Vancouver. Nestled in the semi-arrid desert lands of the interior of BC, the track lacks any elevation changes but gets plenty rough.
Coming into the second round, the focus was on the MX1 leading pair of Mike Alessi and Colton Facciotti, who were tied for the points lead and both sporting the red plate. For Facciotti, he had suffered serious injuries in each of his last two trips to Kamloops so he had a monkey to get off his back while Alessi would be seeing the Whispering Pines facility for the first time. Facciotti would end up taking both moto wins but not without some serious controversy in moto one.
In MX2, KTM Canada's Kaven Benoit was coming off a clean sweep at the opening round in Nanaimo but he had no shortage of competition to contend with at Kamloops. He would end up leaving the race still sporting the red plate but didn't log a moto win as Motoconcepts' Vince Friese rode to a double moto win and his first overall victory in Canada.
Here's a mainly American rider look at what went down at Kamloops...