Race Report: Montreal Supercross

September 22, 2008 6:13pm
  • The home of the historic Montreal Supercross: Olympic Stadium.
  • The King of Canadian motocross, Jean-Sébastien Roy, waves goodbye to his loyal French (and English) Canadian fans. JSR would go on to win his fifth MX1 final.
  • Montreal turned into an emotional roller coaster. While the high was watching JSR take his final win, the unfortunate low was hearing that his teammate, Blair Morgan, had suffered a serious spinal cord injury in practice. This weekend, Team Canada will honor Morgan by dedicating their performance to the motorsport icon.
  • You got to respect Jason Thomas. The Floridian doesn’t come to Montreal for the party; he comes to win. Despite a third-place and solid ride in the main event, Thomas still wasn’t thrilled with his performance.
  • Over 44,000 fans jammed into Olympic Stadium this year.
  • JSR (5) leads Jeff Northrop (10), Jeff Gibson (3), and Charles Ellis (181) into the first corner.
  • Jeff Gibson held down second for the opening laps before fading back to fifth.
  • Canadian MX1 champ, Colton Facciotti, didn’t have a great start in the MX1 final, but worked his up to fourth.
A storybook ending—that’s what everyone inside Olympic Stadium witnessed on Saturday night at the Montreal Supercross. It was the King of Canadian MX, Jean-Sébastien Roy’s final appearance at Montreal, and his loyal fans were packed to the rafters anxiously waiting to see the final chapter’s unfolding. Fortunately, for them, and their King, it couldn’t have turned out better as JSR grabbed the holeshot and led every lap en route to his fifth Montreal victory.

But the night was far from easy for the Team Toyota Yamaha/BlackfootDirect.com/Fox Racing rider. During practice, his teammate, Blair Morgan, another icon of Canadian MX and snocross, crashed hard and was immediately driven to the hospital. Rather than spoil the evening, the Blackfoot team kept Morgan’s condition quiet until it eventually leaked out following the MX1 final: Morgan had suffered a serious spinal-cord injury. He and his family remain in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

His friend, teammate and longtime competitor’s health was no doubt weighing on JSR’s mind, along with the pressure of performing in front of 44,000 fans in his final race. Then, during his qualifier, JSR’s head pipe was damaged in the first corner and he fell outside of qualifying position. The champ rose to the occasion, however, winning the LCQ and then destroying the decibel meter as fans cheered him on to his final victory at the “Big O.”

Monster Energy/Cernic’s Kawasaki’s Jeff Gibson had JSR in his sights early on, but he fell back to fifth by the checkers. Two-time Canadian MX2 champ Michael Willard surprised everyone by working his way into second, even making up some ground on JSR around the halfway point. He was unable to get within striking distance, though, and settled for second ahead of Jason Thomas.

  • France’s Thomas Pagés earned the loudest cheers from the Montreal crowd to win the freeestyle contest.
  • Mike Jones has probably the best attendance record at Montreal. After racing the event in the 90’s, Jones is now a regular in the freestyle contest. “Mad Mike” earned his nickname this year by wearing a blindfold over the big double.
  • Georgia’s Pat Brown claimed the ATV win.
  • Quebec’s Daniel Gagne rode a flawless race for the Autocross win.
  • Tyler Medaglia (13), Kyle McGlynn (45), Jason Burke (20), Jeremy Medaglia (281), and Kyle Beaton (22) try to get the jump off the MX2 start.
  • Jeremy Medaglia definitely had the speed to be on the podium, but two crashes held him to a sixth-place. We’ll find out shortly if he’s going to remain with YoT in 2009.
  • Your MX2 podium: Tim Tremblay, Tyler Medaglia and Simon Homans.
In the all-Canadian MX2 final, it was another runaway show from Suzuki/OTSFF/Rockstar’s Tyler Medaglia who recorded his second consecutive win. Medaglia and Kyle Beaton were leading the pack into the second corner when the two riders bumped heading into the whoops, causing Beaton to go down along with five or six other riders, one of which was Yamaha of Troy’s contender, Jeremy Medaglia. Both remounted, with Jeremy working his way up to sixth and Beaton coming back for tenth. French Canadians Simon Homans and Tim Tremblay impressed at their hometown race, completing the podium behind Medaglia.