Put a motocross bike beneath Jesse Pettis and he’ll soon have the competition playing catch-up.
At the 2011 CMRC Eastern National Championships, Pettis powered his way to a first-place finish in the super-mini class and took second spot in the 85cc division. At eastern nationals, held in August in Walton, Ont., he was picked as the year’s most improved rider and was handed $1,000 for that accomplishment.
Prior to the eastern national event, Pettis topped the podium in the super-mini and 85cc classes at western nationals in Raymond, Alta, and was 15th out of 73 super-mini riders at a U.S. grand-national race in Texas. That finish was the best by a Canadian.
Pettis is in his ninth season of motocross.