A Nanaimo motocross racer got some help from a bathtub-racing champion and won the B.C. title.
Sebastian (Seby) Sulyok won the Future West B.C. motocross championship’s supermini division this past weekend in Kamloops, and this season his KTM was powered by motors built by Nanaimo’s record-setting bathtub champion Justin Lofstrom.
“He’s just been building us absolute rocket ships, to the point where we’re taking down these international motors from all over Europe and the U.S.,” said Steve Sulyok, Seby’s dad. “It’s wonderful to have that connection and that support.”
Motocross season was different during the pandemic. Rather than moving from place to place, the four-race series was held entirely at Whispering Pines track in Kamloops between mid August and late September.
“The organizers devised a plan where there was enough room and there was masks and there was social distancing,” said Steve.
That being said, the race days still drew around 450 participants and top riders were raring to go.
“We were against some tough, tough competition…” Steve said. “You don’t have a lot of racing going on right now, so the races that are happening, you’ve got everybody and their Uncle Louie showing up.”
Seby won the series opener and took third in the second race and was in a strong position from there, but still needed to finish close to the podium in the series finale to claim the overall title. He didn’t get the best start in his last moto, but charged past most of the field to secure enough points to take the B.C. championship.
Steve said Seby accomplishing his goal in the 110cc supermini division on larger tires and a larger frame than the 85cc “reaffirms that we’re now ready to move to the next level,” which will be pro-size bikes.
Steve said the family wanted to express thanks to the community and all who contributed in what he said is more of a team sport than it might seem.
“The amount of support we get is phenomenal,” he said. “We’re so overjoyed to bring back an outdoor title to Nanaimo.”