Introducing the Canadian Grand National Pro Open
For years, the Canadian motocross industry has been asking for something new. Riders, teams and fans have been looking for something different, something unique and something exciting. The folks at Walton Raceway have heard you loud and clear and on this 25th anniversary of the Walton TransCan, we’re excited to introduce Canada’s newest pro event: The Canadian Grand National Pro Open.
There’s nothing routine about this race—that’s the whole idea. With the 2016 National titles sewn up in both the MX1 and MX2 classes, this is truly a race with no limits. The one is for all the marbles, all the money and all the bragging rights.
Vying for a total pro purse of $30,000, an impressive lineup of Canadian National teams have already committed to this event. From the Thor KTM Team to Honda Canada GDR Fox Racing, Alpinestars Parts Canada Monster Kawasaki, MX101 FXR Racing Yamaha, Redemption Racing KTM and Husqvarna, the field is going to be thick with some of the best Canadian and US riders around. Add a long list of proven Ontario privateers like Jay Burke, Kyle Keast, Nathan Bles, Keylon Meston, Shawn Robinson, Davey Fraser and U.S. rider and 2015 MX moto winner Joey Crown and things get even more exciting. And to celebrate the TransCan’s rich tradition of amateur champions, the top intermediates from the MX1 and MX2 classes will be automatically seeded to the SuperFinal. Up-and-comers like Casey Keast, Marco Canella, Tanner Ward and Austin Watling could find themselves banging bars with Davi Millsaps and Dylan Wright for their share of the pro purse.
How else have we heard you? You said the last 10 minutes of a moto can be a sleeper. No problem, we cut the MX1 and MX2 motos down to 20 minutes, making them an all out sprint to the finish. We’ve saved the long moto for when it really counts. The top 18 from each moto will advance to the 25 minutes plus 2 lap Pro SuperFinal—where they’ll have one shot to prove that they have the fitness, talent and desire to be the King of Walton.
You said you wanted better payout? Well, it’s time to line up and collect. With thousands in prize money for each of the four MX1 and MX2 motos and $20,000 up for grabs in the Pro Open SuperFinal, this could be your biggest payday of the year. We’re also awarding a Midway Bonus to the rider who’s leading at the halfway point of the Superfinal and a Glory Lap Award to the rider who’s first to the scoring tower after lap one.
You said you wanted more exposure for your sponsors—more TV time, more coverage, and more media. Once again, we heard you. On top of the live announcing stream we’re offering all week, we’re adding expanded live streaming and multi-camera video production of Saturday and Sunday’s racing hosted by the Canadian Moto Show’s own Brent Worrall. Sunday’s SuperFinal will be produced for television distribution with highlights from the MX1 and MX2 motos added in. Want to be on TSN? This is your chance to make it happen. If that’s not enough, PulpMX/Racer X motojournalist/bassethound lover Steve Matthes will be covering the event along with Canada’s regular lineup of talented journalists from MXP, IMX, Direct Motocross, Guaranteed MX , Canadian Moto Show and more.
You asked for something different and we’ve answered. Teams, riders and fans, you will write the history of the inaugural 2016 Canadian Grand National Pro Open. We love Canadian motocross as much as you do and it’s time to put it all on the line. Sunday, August 21st will be an exciting day for our sport. See you at the races.
About The TransCan
In 1992, the TransCan was created. Walton Raceway holds an annual event drawing on all the best things in the sport, an annual coming together for bragging rights, an annual celebration of Canadian Motocross. The TransCan’s strengths are great natural terrain, strong community support, accessibility and support from the Industry. The emphasis is real outdoor style motocross, highly competitive with lots of extracurricular attractions and a single opportunity for the best Canadian racers in all age classes to compete against each other for the Canadian Motocross Amateur Grand National Championship followed by a Pro Motocross Race to wrap up the week long celebration.
About Walton Raceway
Walton Raceway is located in Huron County on ‘Ontario’s West Coast’. The address of the facility is 42932 Walton Road in Walton, Ontario, Canada. Walton Raceway was opened in 1971 and is one the longest running and most prestigious motocross facilities within Canada.
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