PORT HOOD: He might only be eight years old, but Hunter MacDonald is looking back on a motocross season that would be impressive for riders twice his age.
The summer of 2017 was the first full season of racing for the Port Hooder who was bitten by the motocross bug in 2016.
For the last few months, he was a mainstay at the Loch Lomond Motocross circuit, driving his #195 KTM 50ss against larger bikes. He was the main man in his division there, taking first place overall.
Maybe even more impressively, he took second overall at his other regular haunt this season, the Canadian Motorsport Racing Club’s (CMRC) circuit.
The KTM 50ss is a powerful machine, as both Hunter and his mother, Barbara, can attest. Dad Quinn would also be more than willing to tell some tales about the power of the bike his son was operating.
“Quinn was downstairs getting it ready for him to try,” Barbara said. “We heard this scream and then ‘He’s not going on it!’ As soon as Quinn revved the bike – even a little – it just took off.”
The CMRC had 11 races this summer, and MacDonald managed a podium finish in 10 of them. The only CMRC race MacDonald and his team didn’t attend was one in Quebec.
Taking second place in CMRC was clearly a big deal, especially as the competition was back-and-forth all season.
“He ended up with second, and that was his goal,” Barbara said. “He was pretty pumped.”
The last weekend of the month will have the MacDonalds visit Moncton where Hunter will be given his CMRC trophy. He’s making space on his already-cluttered trophy table for the new addition.
Of course, travel to and from events doesn’t come cheap. Thankfully, MacDonald and his folks had a number of sponsors to help keep him stay on the track. The sponsors include the following: Allsteel Coatings Limited, Jigs and Reels Fishing, It’s Now or Never Tuna Charters, Walker’s Electric, Albert MacDonald Construction, East Coast Credit Union, E.D. MacKinnon Trucking, Cabot Trail MX, Neil MacDonald, and North End Building Supplies.