No Mother's Day Taylor motocross race, but track open in a limited capacity

There will be no Mother’s Day Motocross Race in Taylor this weekend, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The annual Taylor race has been opening the Peace Motocross Association season on Mother’s Day for more than 10 years, and this is the first year the race has been cancelled or postponed for reasons other than the weather.

However, the Taylor Motocross Association has opened the track anyway, limiting it to only 40 people on the track grounds at a time. As of Friday, May 8, the track will be open Wednesdays to Sunday. It’s been open the last couple weeks by sign up, but the Association is opening it up to first come first serve, to be regulated by members.

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“It’s a race we’ve grown to really look forward to, and that’s become very popular. We are still motivated to offer something this weekend,” said Dan Wuthrich of the Taylor Motocross Association. “The track has been groomed and is in great condition.”

The PMA cancelled the Taylor race and the Fort St. John race, originally scheduled for May 23, a couple weeks ago. It’s unclear when the season will be able to begin. The next race is set for June 14 in Peace River, but Alberta has stricter mass gathering restrictions in place than B.C. and Wuthrich, who is the PMA’s vice president, doesn’t see that restriction lifting by then.

Still, there is hope of motocross races happening at some point. Wuthrich and the PMA have been close attention to B.C.’s restart plan, and the fact that sports can begin resuming in phase two.

“We just have to wait and see. We’re taking it week by week, but we’re hopeful that the mass gathering restrictions will be lifted before September. Wuthrich said he would like to see B.C. races resume in August, and in Alberta by September.

For now, Wuthrich is asking everyone who visits the track this weekend to be respectful and ensure social distancing is in place. The track hasn’t reached the 40-person limit since it opened.

Motocross has been a growing sport in the Peace Region, Wuthrich said. The Taylor race consistently has more then 350 entrants spread out over all the classes. The PMA has grown too, to the point of adding the Prince George circuit to its season this year. However, it’s unclear if there will be a Prince George race in 2020 due to all the uncertainty regarding the pandemic. 

Email sports reporter Dillon Giancola at sports@ahnfsj.ca

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