June 6 marked the return of the Saskatchewan Motocross Association to racing in the province after a year off due to COVID restrictions. Local CMX Powersports backed riders were in Weyburn to see how their off-season preparations stacked up against the rest of the field.
Swift Current rider Jesse Gardner, number 16 in the MX2 Junior Class, was competing in his first race against 38 other riders and his own nerves came out and got 33rd in the first moto. After getting his feet wet, he improved his finish to 32nd in the second race, but more importantly took five seconds off his lap times, a huge improvement.
Gull Lake’s Luke Hodgins also competed in the MX2 Junior Class. Hodgins had some troubles in the first race, going down three times, but still battled back to place 16th in moto 1. With a better start in the second race he ended up 15th for a great first weekend.
Both Gardner and Hodgins will be in action on their home track in Swift Current on June 20.