Young pro rider ready for AX Tour spotlight

Summerland's Brock Leitner is excited to compete near his new hometown during the Canadian National Arenacross Tour in Penticton.

BROCK LEITNER will be among the pro riders fans can enjoy during the Canadian AX Tour that will be held at the South Okanagan Events Centre on Oct. 29. The Grand Prairie native moved to Summerland nearly two years ago and is excited about competing near his new hometown. Penticton is hosting the fifth round of the Canadian National Arenacross Tour.

BROCK LEITNER will be among the pro riders fans can enjoy during the Canadian AX Tour that will be held at the South Okanagan Events Centre on Oct. 29. The Grand Prairie native moved to Summerland nearly two years ago and is excited about competing near his new hometown. Penticton is hosting the fifth round of the Canadian National Arenacross Tour.

Brock Leitner said one of the best feelings in the Canadian AX Tour is the opening ceremonies.

“When you get to come out before any other rider and all the lights are off and the spotlight is on you and you have your own intro, that’s probably one of the coolest parts of the night,” said Leitner, a Grand Prairie native who moved to Summerland nearly two years ago and is competing in round five of the Canadian National Arenacross Tour at the South Okanagan Events Centre Saturday. “Being able to introduce yourself to the crowd by riding around on the track, kind of giving a wave, it’s definitely a cool feeling.”

In the opening two rounds in Sarnia and Barrie, Ont., Leitner got to feel the affection from fans.

“It’s sweet when you ride out and hear the whole crowd cheering for each rider that comes out,” he said. “Everyone is pumped to be there.”

He’s equally excited to ride near his new hometown.

“It’s definitely sweet. When I seen the circuit was coming to Penticton last year I was pumped,” said Leitner, 18. “It’s always nice when you get to sleep in your own bed, wake up the next morning and know that you’re racing 15 minutes from your house.”

Leitner said this year will mean more to him competing here than last year since he didn’t know many people. Now he has made friends, his girlfriend is from Summerland and he has his grandparents and family friends around to add to the experience.

Leitner is eager to have a good start out of the gate. He said competing against the top guys is tough.

“You just gotta put your head down and charge hard,” he said. “Try to get out there in front of them and hope that you can throw down a good moto. If you don’t get a good start your usually battling from the back of the pack. You are kind of battling with everyone. If you get a good start, then you get lucky, get to kind of enjoy being with the fast guys. It kind of boosts your confidence as well.”

Leitner’s best result this season is fourth in the AX Pro Class in Barrie. When talking about his season, Leitner, who turned pro at 15, said it’s been good, but added it hasn’t been great.

“I had a couple of up-and-down weekends. Still plugging away trying to make the best of it,” said Leitner, who rides for Kawasaki Canada.

Leitner describes his riding style as aggressive, but he can also be smooth with the ability to finesse his way through the track.

“When the situations come I can definitely be aggressive,” he said. “Make things happen for sure.”

He grew up idolizing Richard Carmichael and now he looks up to the newer generation of riders.

“It’s a pretty good feeling when you’re lining up to the people that are the best in the world,” he said.

Pro arenacross riders compete for a total cash payout of over $60,000, with over 20 Amateur classes’ racing for their share of $25,000 worth of trophies, prizes and series awards.

“We are extremely excited to be coming back to Penticton and the SOEC for the second straight year,” says Justin Thompson, CEO Jetwerx International. “Last season we had some of the most intense action of the whole tour inside the SOEC. With more teams and talent competing in 2016 it will be an edge of you seat entertainment for the whole family. “

To see Leitner and the rest of the top riders from the Canadian AX Tour, tickets can be purchased online at www.ValleyFirstTix.com, by telephone at 1-877-SOEC-TIX (763-2849) or in person at the Valley First Box Office (at the SOEC).

The doors/pit party opens at 6 p.m. and the show begins at 7 p.m.

 

Just Posted

Skeena MLA Ellis Ross. (Photo by Peter Versteege)
BC Liberal leadership candidate condemns ‘senseless violence’ of Okanagan church fires

Skeena MLA Ellis Ross says reconciliation isn’t about revenge for past tragedies

(Black Press file photo)
EDITORIAL: Curtailing attempts at scams

The true total of losses from all scams and frauds could be much higher than the figures on file

Penticton Indian Band Chief Greg Gabriel speaks to the Sacred Hearts Catholic Church burning down early Monday morning, June 21, 2021. (Monique Tamminga Western News)
Penticton band chief condemns suspicious burning of 2 Catholic churches

Both Catholic church fires are deemed suspicious, says RCMP

(Drive BC photo)
Vehicle incident closes Highway 3 east of Osoyoos

Drive BC says to avoid the area until the road is clear

Osoyoos chef Murray McDonald was ecstatic upon realizing he scored the $1 million guaranteed prize in the June 2, 2021 Lotto 6/49 draw. (Contributed)
Osoyoos chef ecstatic after bagging $1 million Lotto 6/49 win

Chef Murray McDonald was at home and ready to doze off to sleep when he got a text from his wife

The border crossing into the United States is seen during the COVID-19 pandemic in Lacolle, Que. on February 12, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson
VIDEO: Border quarantine to soon lift for fully vaccinated Canadians

Eligible travellers must still take multiple COVID-19 tests

Chilliwack secondary school’s principal is apologizing after a quote equating graduation with the end of slavery in the U.S. was included in the 2020-2021 yearbook. (Screenshot from submitted SnapChat)
B.C. student’s yearbook quote equates grad to end of slavery; principal cites editing error

Black former student ‘disgusted’ as CSS principal apologizes for what is called an editing error

A coroner’s inquest will be taking place at the Capitol Theatre in Port Alberni for the next week. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)
Teen B.C. mom who died following police custody recalled as ‘friend to many’

Police sent Jocelyn George to hospital after intoxication had gone ‘beyond the realm’ of normal detox

FILE - In this Nov. 29, 2020, file photo, Las Vegas Raiders defensive end Carl Nassib leaves the field after an NFL football game against the Atlanta Falcons in Atlanta. Nassib on Monday, June 21, 2021, became the first active NFL player to come out as gay. Nassib announced the news on Instagram, saying he was not doing it for the attention but because “I just think that representation and visibility are so important.” (AP Photo/John Bazemore, File)
Nassib becomes first active NFL player to come out as gay

More than a dozen NFL players have come out as gay after their careers were over

Photograph By MICHAEL POTESTIO.KTW
Former Kamloops security gaurd wants job back after kicking incident caught on video

Rick Eldridge quit when a video surfaced of him kicking a man outside a facility for homeless

People participated in a walk to honour the 215 children found at a former Kamloops residential school, as well as residential school survivors. (Twila Amato/Black Press Media)
Kelowna marks National Indigenous Peoples’ Day with walk to remember Kamloops 215

“Let’s speak the truth and deal with the truth, and heal.”

COVID-19 daily cases reported to B.C. public health, seven-day moving average to June 17, 2021. (B.C. Centre for Disease Control)
B.C.’s COVID-19 infections drop to 90 on Sunday, 45 Monday

Pandemic spread dwindles as 77% of adults receive vaccine

A home on Cameo Drive sustained major damage due to an early morning fire Monday, June 21. (Roger Knox - Morning Star)
UPDATE: Fire sparked during Vernon home renovation

Heavy black smoke from Cameo Drive home, no one inside

The new Civic Memorial Park will incorporate pieces of the 80-year-old arena it replaces. (Artists rendering)
Pieces of Civic Arena reclaimed for new Vernon park

City centre space to incorporate wood from the historic arena

Most Read