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This weekend fast approaching is the beginning of the Monster Energy 250 East Coast Supercross series. As usual, there are tons of big names lining up but for Canada, we have another hero coming in from the snowy north: Westen Wrozyna. This young gun has decided to sacrifice a part of the Rockstar Triple Crown series to chase a lifelong goal of racing under the lights of the biggest series in the world. With Brock Leitner and Jess Pettis on the West giving our nation a reason to cheer louder, we now have a reason to keep that trend going on the east. OH CANADA!!!
I’m liking what I see. What do you think?
I have sat at many campfires with many parents, industry sponsors, or just opinionated folks who share their thoughts on where this sport can take their little racer or any racer really. Yes, the window is not huge for racers to make a living or even reach the goals they had as a kid. It’s tough, but with a fighters attitude and taking chances on yourself, you can change the outcome on everything; good or bad results. Westen Wrozyna is about to embark on an experience that small percentage of Canadians have done. I’ve watched him on his social media and seem him ride SX/AX type stuff before and the kid has the skill and could be a night show threat for sure. The cool part about all this is that both Westen Wrozyna and Jess Pettis make their SX debut the same year and their careers started together many years before. These kids are a great example of making it but making it on their own. Both have had their ups and downs but their vision stayed the same.
I remember back at TransCan in like 2011 I think, maybe 2012 when these two kids battled so hard in 85’s and Supermini. In one of the motos, they actually came together and Wrozyna came out on top and Pettis hit the ground. The next year they were Intermediate’s and it was Dylan Wright that did the winning at TransCan but both Wrozyna and Pettis never made it easy. I keep sharing to all of our athletes that we have what you need in our country. Yes, go to the US and try your hand at what they have. That kind of experience only helps even if you totally suck down there. Our talent pool is deep in Canada and riders like Leitner, Pettis, Wrozyna, Wright (not yet, but he will race SX next year. I’ll put money on it), Ward, Canella and on the rise Piccolo, Tricco, Yates, and so many others. The vision for Canadians at the big show is not a ghost anymore. They are there. And with the Rockstar Triple Crown beginning there will only be more and more like what we’ll see from Westen Wrozyna this coming weekend. I have been labeled from time to time that I’m a grumpy old man but I can share right now that this so-called grump is excited about our sport and the future that is coming. Westen, good luck, have fun and know a nation is cheering for you this weekend.