Scott wins pair of wet races to take FIM MiniGP Canada lead

The first round of the FIM MiniGP Canada Series championship concluded in exciting fashion on Thursday, as Lincoln Scott earned a pair of victories to become the opening points leader of the year at Stratotech Park.

Scott entered the season as one of the main challengers to last year’s winner Micheal Galvis, who returns in 2024 to defend his title, but was able to take two out of three from Galvis in the season opener near Edmonton, Alberta.

The reigning FIM MiniGP Canada Series champion made a fantastic push in Q2 to snag pole position from Scott, with Jäger Stockill completing the front row with very little to separate the top five riders.

Galvis would then kick off his title defence with a race one victory, leading from start-to-finish but having to defend the whole way from Scott, who made a late attack but was forced to settle for second.

Scott got the better launch from second on the grid but was unable to get by Galvis, who denied a late pass attempt in turn three just as they ran into lapped traffic, which allowed Galvis to cruise home over the final two laps and begin the year on top.

Race two would bring far more drama as the rain started to fall, however, as Galvis made the unusual decision to run a dry slick front with a wet rear. The decision instantly backfired as he got a disastrous start, allowing Scott to grab the holeshot with Stockill chasing behind.

Stockill would crash at the end of lap one, allowing Scott to dominate the rest of the way, but Stockill would remount and proceed to put together one of the greatest comebacks in MiniGP history.

The eleven-year-old quickly unlapped himself before carving his way through Cole Reimche, Roman Darby, and later Galvis to climb into second, salvaging a fantastic result as he set the fastest lap of the race following the early crash.

It was a crucial victory for Scott though, as he capitalized on the mistake by Galvis to take over the championship lead entering race three. As for Galvis, he would settle for third despite plenty of late pressure from Darby, with Reimche rounding out the top five.

The momentum would continue to swing in race three as the rain got even heavier, as Scott jumped out to an early lead and again held off a late challenge to escape with a second victory on the day.

This time it was Darby who nearly spoiled the victory, pushing Scott through the final five laps before the eleven-year-old held on for win number two, with Darby taking an excellent second and Stockill completing the podium in third.

Things would get even more disastrous for Galvis, who’s team was unable to remove the front slick prior to race three. The Richmond Hill, Ontario youngster was forced to navigate the tricky conditions on his used slick front, mustering fifth as he slides into a tie for second in the standings with Stockill and 18 points behind Scott.

Reimche would take his best result of the day, beating reigning champion Galvis for fourth. 

It’s an almost flawless start to the year for Scott, one of the pre-season favourites who will now leave round one with 70 of a possible 75 points, an advantage he will hope to build on in round two before heading to Galvis’ home track at Lombary for rounds three and four.

The field will now turn their focus immediately to that second round at Strathmore Motorsports Park, which gets underway Friday and runs June 28-30 with two additional races, just an hour east of Calgary, Alberta.

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