So, you’ve raced the Montreal Supercross before then?
I raced it in 2005, and I was one spot away from the podium; I got fourth. It was more technical this year. It was a pretty good track. It was a lot easier to make passes on this year, so that helped me out a lot.
How was the start for you?
In the first [Warm-Up] moto, I started around eighth and passed up to fourth; I ended up fourth in the first moto. That gave me fourth position on the gate for the main. In the main, I think I started around sixth or so, then I made a few passes and I was right behind Greg Gee, Richard Pelchat and Jasmin Plante. There was one big triple jump that had a small downside on it—it was pretty tricky—Jasmin hyper-extended his knee whenever he landed and that pulled him off. Then Richard was leading the race, with Greg in second and I was in third. We were all kind of tight and then Richard clipped that same triple and he went over the bars. I was in second; Greg and I were battling it out for first and second for probably four laps. We passed each other back and forth several times over a triple jump in the back, and then one lap I took the line that he was anticipating me trying to make the same pass on him, so then I took a different line and passed him over the triple jump.
Did you know you could win this thing, or were you just hoping for any opportunity?
I was basically staying patient. I’ve raced with Greg a good bit this year. I was following and studying his lines, taking my time, I knew it was a ten-lap race. About the seventh lap, I passed him.
So, that triple was giving a lot of riders some problems?
I was on that triple jump in the third practice, and I came up a little bit short and kind of smacked the bottoms of my feet and my ankles. I had to pull off right then, and almost didn’t even want to race because my feet were hurting so bad, but I got my ankles all taped up by the paramedics there, and it wasn’t too bad during the race.
I saw your brother Hunter also had a good ride…
Yea, Hunter got in a pile-up on the start, and then he came back up to fifth.
How was the crowd?
The fans were awesome. Every time you hit a big jump or Greg and I would pass each other back and forth, you could hear a huge uproar; they were loud. It was cool.
Can-Am is back on the podium at the Olympic Stadium. Greg Gee riding an Epic Racing-prepped DS 450TM ATV took second in the main event to put the CanAm name back on the Supercross map, thirty years after Jimmy Ellis' win on a CanAmTM 250 MX motocross bike at the first Montreal Supercross.
“This really was an emotional night for everyone at BRP,” said Bernard Guy, ATV marketing director, BRP. “Bringing the Can-Am brand back to this race means so much to those who worked hard on the DS 450 project; to take second and lead the race for a bit made the night even more special."
Both Gee and Sage Baker entered the Supercross, however, a first-turn pileup prevented Baker from challenging for the podium. Gee had a great race and rode his DS 450 quad flawlessly to a second-place finish.