They are the champions.
Years of hard work and dedication have paid off for local motocross riders Bradon Adolph and Blake Watkinson.
Blake won the Master Class for the second time in the Pacific North West Motocross Association (PNWMA) Championship, while Bradon equaled that accomplishment by earning top spot in the Expert class in the same association.
Motocross, for those not familiar with the sport, is a form of off-road motorcycle racing held on enclosed off-road circuits. The sport evolved from motorcycle trials competitions held in the United Kingdom in the early years of the 20th century.
Blake, 22, grew up in Lillooet and works in Savona for Aspen Planers. Bradon, 20, mostly grew up in Lytton and is hoping for a career as a residential and industrial electrician.
A proud Tony Adolph recently dropped into the News Office to update the paper on their accomplishments. Bradon is Tony’s grandson and Blake is Tony’s brother-in-law’s son.
Tony says Blake is interested in pursuing a career in motocross and has lined up several sponsors, while Bradon is more laid back.
When Bradon was 13, Tony bought him his first motocross bike. He says he never imagined Bradon would wind up as a champion. Bradon has been racing motocross for the past eight years and Tony attends every one of his grandson’s races to cheer him on.
Races in B.C. include the Big Kahuna in Kamloops, the Outback Bushwack Hair Scramble in Quesnel, the Bar Bender in the Nicola Valley and Lytton’s Monkey Wrench 100, which will be held this year on July 1.
The Monkey Wrench is the longest-running, biggest race on the circuit and both young men regularly compete in the long, dusty event, which is one of the most popular races of the year.