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Rick Joseph Memorial Award

The Rick Joseph Memorial Award is an annual award presented at the Parts Canada TransCan to recognize the character, achievements and potential of riders in the Intermediate class.

Rick Joseph Jr. first came to our attention during the mid ’80s when he, like most of us was struggling to learn the basic skills required to survive as a beginner. He and his family and friends were regular Saturdays for ‘house league’ motocross events at Hully Gully. His enthusiasm for the sport was obvious despite a normally shy personality.

His commitment became increasingly obvious as he honed his talent to raise his level of achievement. Against a strong contingent which included riders such as Chris Pomeroy and Brad Lockhart, Rick was gaining strength and recognition. To further challenge himself he also competed in the USA and it was at the Mini Olympics at Gainseville Florida that he suffered an injury that ultimately claimed his life in the fall of 1989.

Richard and Ellie Joseph, his parents, maintained their connections with the sport and could be seen on competing in the +40 and ladies classes. Each year they posted a cash award for presentation at the Walton event. In addition the recipients receive a plaque embossed with a graphic taken from a picture of Rick which appeared in Motocross Action magazine, capturing Rick getting the holeshot at Gainesville Mini O’s in the 250B class.

Eligible riders are limited to residents of Canada and cannot repeat. A committee of independent observers submit nominations from their evaluation of a number of criteria looking at the whole season.The criteria recognize the difficulty most riders have in making the transition to pro class racing and attempts to evaluate the strength of character, sportsmanship, self discipline and personality in addition to ability and results which should make this a successful transition

Past Winners

  • 1991 – Mark Booker

  • 1992 – Terry Rothmaier

  • 1993 – Brett Lee

  • 1994 – Jeff Coles

  • 1995 – Jess Webster

  • 1996 – Chuck Mesley

  • 1997- Joel Rickert

  • 1998 – Micheal Island

  • 1999 – Ian Hayden / Chris Tyndall

  • 2000 – Dan Rounding

  • 2001 – Kyle Keast

  • 2002 – Bobby Thompson

  • 2003 – Tyler Medaglia

  • 2004 – Lee Guilliver

  • 2005 – Kyle Ferguson

  • 2006 – Kyle Stephens

  • 2007 – Jeremy Medaglia

  • 2008 – Kurtis Ritchie

  • 2009 – Dylan Kaelin

  • 2010 – Richard Grey

  • 2011 – Drew Roberts

  • 2012 – Matthew Davenport

  • 2013 – Tyler Duffy

  • 2014 -Connor Long

  • 2015 – to be determined

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