Netherby Road / Townline Tunnel
Welland, Ontario, Canada
1998 Canadian National Championships - Round One
July 25, 1998 Niagara Raceway
By Duncan Luke firstname.lastname@example.org
CHRIS HESMER ALL OUT WINS ROUND ONE OF THE CANADIAN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS AT NIAGARA MOTORCYCLE RACEWAY ON JULY 25 !!!!!!!!
Consistency and not leaving one rock unturned in preparation saw Chris
Hesmer stay in the top right from the beginning to end. After four
qualifying heats and the top 2 from two qualifiers and a runoff for the
fifth spot saw Chris Hesmer going into the main on 27 points, Defending
Champ Jeff Orosz on 25, Longtrack champion John Kehoe on 25, Roman Spitaler
from Slovania on 25 as well, with Bogden Muszynski winning the runoff with
With Kehoe not coming out for introductions for the main, you could tell the
atmosphere was very tense and that even the two point lead that Hesmer had
on the next three riders could easily have been forfeited to any of the
above if Chris were to finish in third position or less.
Hesmer had gate choice as he took gate 5 right out closest to the fence
(very odd). Thus to the inside lined up Orosz on 4, Muszynski on 3, Kehoe
on 2, and Spitaler on 1. With long delays on the line for creeping wheels,
everyone backed off and went to clear their goggles, exempt Hesmer whose crew
went to the extent of a new type of goggle with a fan inside to clear them!
As the tapes went up everyone came out even but it was Hesmer closing the
door hard on the other four. Hesmer opened the gap extensively every corner
and straight. Orosz pressed hard but seemed to be losing ground. Then on the
third lap Orosz slid harmlessly out exiting turn two, and as Hesmer came
around to receive the last lap flag meaning three laps complete and one to
go, the CMA referee brought out the red flag for the fallen current Champion
who was already on his feet and out of the way.
Controversy arose as a race is official if three laps completed, but the
referee chose to listen to no appeal and rerun the race with Orosz on the
ten yard penalty line. To further the note , he chose to only run a three
Again a now internally fuming Hesmer shot out from gate five and led all
three laps crossing the checkered a very comfortable distance over Roman
Spitaler of Slovania capturing second, Orosz hanging on for third , with
Muszynski and Kehoe rounding out the rest of the field.
This puts Hesmer in the points lead heading into round two to be held during
the Paris fair on Sept 6. at Paris Speedway. (Chris' home town track!)