Walton, a sleepy farming village in the verdant countryside of Southwestern Ontario, has been on the CMRC Nationals schedule since 1992. Coupled with the four-day TransCan Grand National Championships, the Walton Pro National has become the biggest and most prestigious motocross event in the country.
It’s not for nothing that Walton, officially designated as a “hamlet”, has received the distinction of being given the moniker “Motocross Town”, which is proudly displayed on the signposts greeting residents and visitors alike. During TransCan week, Walton’s population of 100 or so residents, swells by anywhere from 15,000 to 20,000, which is an economical boon to the entire region.
While every event on the national schedule makes the Monster Energy Motocross Nationals the great series it is, Walton has more than earned its reputation as.
With Walton being the final showdown of the season, the series champions have in many cases already been determined. Not that that lowers the importance of winning the event. In fact, the new champ wants nothing more than to close the season with a Walton victory, because Walton is more than just another race.
Walton is to Canadian motocross what Wimbledon is to tennis; the Super Bowl to football; and Indianapolis to auto racing. Winning Walton is about bragging rights. It is a national every serious contender wants to add to his career highlights, because somehow without it the list is incomplete.