Hunter MacDonald qualifies for national motocross event
With three straight wins in Atlantic motocross races this season, Port Hood’s Hunter MacDonald has already qualified for the TransCan Grand National championships in Walton, Ontario, next month.
-by Bill Dunphy
Don’t even think about trying to keep up with this nine-year-old.
Hunter MacDonald is busy every weekend, he’s fast, he’s good at what he does, and he’s heading to a national championship.
Such is the life of an up-and-coming motocross racer, and Hunter is reaping the rewards of his dedication to the sport.
For the uninitiated, motocross is a form of off-road motorcycle racing held on enclosed off-road circuits. On Sunday at the Miller Meadow Motocross Park near the Stanfield International Airport in Halifax, Hunter won his third consecutive Motorsport Racing Canada Atlantic Region race in the 50cc division.
“I love it,” Hunter said in an interview Monday. “I like going fast and I like the jumps.”
Along with the 50cc bike, Hunter is also competing for the first time in the 65cc Peewee division. Unlike the automatic transmission on a 50cc bike, the 65cc has a clutch.
“Some kids take a whole year or more to get used to a clutch bike, but Hunter took to it the very first time,” said his mom, Barbara MacDonald.
“I didn’t have trouble with it. I just open up the clutch and go wide open,” said Hunter.
In just his second full season of motocross, Hunter has been going at it wide open. Including his win on Sunday, he has also won in Brookfield and in Riverglade, New Brunswick, and is on top of the leader board with 125 points. His closest rival, Walker Treby of Brookside, is second with 108.
Last year, Hunter had five second-place finishes, five thirds, and a fourth-place finish, but no wins.