Conditions bad, racing good

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There was plenty of action as racing made its return to Pleasant Valley

Conditions bad, racing good

PLEASANT VALLEY - Not even Mother Nature and the stress of organizing a race could keep Mitchell Cooke's enthusiasm down Sunday at Pleasant Valley Motocross.
In spite of sloppy race conditions due to heavy rains Saturday and missing his first moto while trying to get the sound system up to snuff, the 25-year-old Brookfield resident was just happy to have racing back at his family's track.
The circuit hosted the opening round of the Canadian Motosport Racing Club's (CMRC) Royal Distributing Fall Series, an Atlantic racing tour.
"The weather was great (Sunday)," said Cooke, who won both of the pro motos he competed in.
The event, the first points race at the track in four years, attracted 230 riders and about 500 to 600 spectators from across the Maritimes.
Cooke said if it weren't for the conditions caused by the rain, there would have been twice as many in both categories.
"But I was happy to get that," he said. "I was just glad to have people out there."
The track was plenty muddy in the morning, but once the sun came out in the afternoon, the circuit improved.
Despite slowing lap times, the conditions made for interesting racing.
"There was a lot of good racing," Cooke said. "There were lots of crashes due to the mud but guys weren't going as fast and the mud actually cushions your fall so nobody was taken in an ambulance."
Cooke said he would like to host a race in both the spring an fall series next year, but added he'll need to get approval from the CMRC to make that happen.

sports@trurodaily.com

Organizations: Canadian Motosport Racing Club, Royal Distributing, Fall Series

Geographic location: Pleasant Valley

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