The Green River Motocross Park played host to the first event of the fall CMA Golden Harvest series this past weekend, with over 150 riders taking part – more than double last year’s tally.
Riders came from all over the province to take part, training on Saturday and racing Sunday.
Whistler’s Shaun Greenaway, back from a successful nationals in Ontario, was the top local rider, placing second in the MX1 Expert category for big bikes, and winning the Plus-30 age category.
"We had a lot of fun, the track was in great shape with the guys working all week to keep it watered with the drought, and the riders really came out," said Greenaway, who also helps to organize the events with the Green River Riding Club.
Greenaway only returned from the nationals in Ontario the previous Saturday, and had just enough time to put his bike together to race on his home track.
"Quite honestly I didn’t have a whole lot of drive left, there wasn’t much fight in the dog. I’d been racing non-stop the past month… but it was still fun to go out there, take it easy and race the local guys," he said.
Greenaway’s season started badly. After nursing a broken hand for almost a year this spring he had a serious crash where he broke his sternum, collar bone, and ribs, collapsing a lung in the process.
Still, he was back on his dirt bike once he had clearance and kept to his plan of racing and making the nationals.
"It started last month going to Campbell River for the B.C. Championships, and I ended up first overall in Masters, and second overall in the 250cc Intermediate, so that went pretty good. I felt better than I had all season and I was pretty excited for the nationals," he said.
At the nationals, which took place over five days – Aug. 16 to 20 – Greenaway placed well in both Plus-25 and Vet Master categories. In Plus-25, where he raced with pro riders from across the country – "and my best expectation was to be top 10" – Greenaway finished fifth.
In the Vet Master category, where he raced some of the top former pros, he placed fourth overall.
He scrubbed out of a couple points races with a faulty tire, and believes he could have made the podium in both categories without any mechanical problems.
"With my health and setbacks this season my main goal was to try and be competitive at the very least, but I blew myself away. I made a couple of hole shots where there were about 42 guys in the start… and had my best nationals since I’ve been going there for the past four years."