Vernon’s Mitchell Bradbury tears around a motocross track. The 11-year-old is competing this weekend in Rounds 1 and 2 of the season-opening Canadian Arenacross Championships at the Armstrong IPE Grounds.

Bradbury bursts onto motocross scene

Mitchell Bradbury hopes to add to trophy collection tonight at Canadian Arenacross Championships at Armstrong IPE Grounds.

Mitchell Bradbury is big on air time. In between scores of motocross race wins, he rides BMX and touches the sky in freestyle skiing at Silver Star Mountain Resort.

The likeable 11-year-old has a bedroom overflowing with motocross trophies, most bigger than him, and his career is just getting started.

“I’ve been riding on trails since I was four and this was my first year competing,” said Bradbury, a Grade 6 Vernon Christian School student. “I love winning trophies; I can’t wait to see what they’re like next year.”

He was in Prince George last weekend to collect a handful of B.C. Motocross Association trophies and $1,000 in equipment and accessories after claiming the Rode Warrior of the year. He is competing tonight in the Canadian Arenacross Championships Round 1 extravaganza at the Armstrong IPE Grounds (equestrian centre).

Mitchell rides in the 65cc and 85cc divisions, placing fourth in B.C. last fall. He also topped the four-stroke pit bike race in a field of 15, while having a blast in his first Arenacross in Vancouver.

“I like that it was more technical, a lot tighter,” he said. “The jumps were a little bigger than usual and it was a lot of fun.”

He was second in the Pee Wee 65cc and third in 85cc at the outdoor motocross in Victoria last February.

Mitchell and his parents, Neil and Tammie Bradbury, then took a family vacation every weekend, attending 44 races and racking up 20,000 kilometres on their truck.

“It’s camping with entertainment and great family time,” said Neil, a former soccer player who owns Dream Easy Kitchens & Bedrooms.

Added Mitchell: “My mom looks after the pit crew and she gets us food. I like her smoothies the best.”

Mitchell, sponsored by Vernon Motorsports, rang up 39 firsts, four seconds and a third to quality first out of B.C. for the Western Canada amateur nationals last July in Raymond, Alta. He was runner-up in the 65cc class in a group of 25-plus.

He won the BCMA North and South titles well ahead of Thomas Kaiser of Williams Lake, earning 534 points in the north and 539 in the south.

“I crashed my first race (at westerns) and ended up fifth and I was second in the other two races. I hit a really big rut in the first race. I went into it and it was bigger than I thought and I tipped. I was calm, slowly passed some people, dropped the hammer and got fifth.”

Mitchell, who has also raced in the 105cc open division, will attend pro camps to enhance his technical skills next year in California. He has qualified for the Grand Nationals next August in Walton, Ont.

Motocross is a form of off-road motorcycle racing held on enclosed off-road circuits. The sport evolved from motorcycle trials competitions held in the United Kingdom.

Round 2 of the Arenacross goes Saturday at the IPE Grounds. Future West Moto promoters cancelled a Cloverdale Halloween card and moved it to Armstrong.

Family packs, which include two adult and two three kids tickets, are $45. Single tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for teens 12-18 and $5 for kids 8-12 years and available at the door or in advance at various outlets in the North Okanagan.

There will be a dash for cash at halftime both nights. Racing starts at 7 p.m.


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