TransCan returns to Walton after year off - Aug. 23, 2018
BY SHAWN LOUGHLIN
The Walton TransCan is back and owner Brett Lee says that he and his wife Mel Hodgson can take a great deal of pride in resurrecting the event.
The storied event wasn’t held in 2017 and earlier this year Lee and his team were very enthusiastic about reconnecting with not only the motocross community, but the local community as well in bringing the event back.
“What I kept hearing from everybody was, ‘Walton’s back’,” Lee said.
He said that he and his family were able to really dig in and do the necessary work to bring the event back after a year off, which always adds another level of difficulty to hosting an event.
As for the action on the track, Lee said it was as good as he can remember it. He always gauges the quality of riding by the distances riders have to travel to come to Walton and with a large number of the weekend’s champions coming from British Columbia, it was a good weekend for those watching the action.
Lee, a motocross veteran himself, said the riders showed their stuff on the course, bringing their talents from British Columbia, Quebec, the United States and from all over Ontario.
In the 450 Pro class, Colton Facciotti was again named the “King of Walton” and presented with the fabled sword. He posted a second-place finish in the first moto and a first-place finish in the second race, earning 57 points and taking top spot for the day. The win marks the Aylmer, Ontario native’s fifth in Walton.
Facciotti, after the race, led the 450 Pro season with 463 points.
Tyler Medaglia claimed second in the 450 Pro class with a first- and fourth-place finish on the day for 53 points.
Medaglia, from Brookfield, Nova Scotia, sits in fourth place for the season with 420 points.
Cole Thompson of Brigden, Ontario, earned 50 points with a fourth- and third-place finish.
Thompson, after the races, trailed Facciotti with 434 points in second place.
In the 250 Pro class, Dylan Wright took first place for the day, earning 57 points with a second- and first-place win in races one and two, respectively.
Wright, from Ottawa, was fourth in the season with 382 points.
Jess Pettis took second place with a first- and third-place finish generating 55 points.
Pettis, who hails from Prince George, British Columbia, was on top of the season leaderboard with 449 points after the races in Walton.
Marco Cannella took third place with a third- and fourth-place finish, earning 48 points on the day.
Cannella, from Waterdown, Ontario, is fifth for the season with 373 points.
Lee said Saturday was a good day for the raceway with an approximate 7,000 people passing through the gates. With the action beginning on Tuesday, Lee felt that it made for a successful return given that the event had taken 2017 off.
The Walton team operated with a skeleton staff, Lee said, with just over 10 people at the heart of the operation and about 30 employees in total. That wasn’t all, however, as volunteers, whether they be friends and family or neighbours like the McGavins, made their way to the raceway to pitch in unannounced.
As part of reconnecting with the local community, Lee said he had invited many of Huron County’s and Huron East’s politicians to the raceway and many took him up on the offer.
To have Huron East Mayor Bernie MacLellan in attendance, taking a tour of the grounds, Lee said, meant a lot to him. The mayor hadn’t been to the TransCan before and he said he left thoroughly impressed with what he saw.
Lee said that on a personal note, as someone who has been involved with motocross on his property (and his father’s before him) for nearly as long as he’s been alive, he and Mel were very proud with what they were able to accomplish last week.
For those who weren’t able to get out to the raceway over the course of the week, the action will be broadcast on TSN next week sometime, though Lee wasn’t sure of broadcast times.
For more information on the TransCan, visit waltontranscan.ca and for more information on the Walton Raceway, visit
In October, the raceway will be home to the Thames Valley Racers on Oct. 6-7 and Walton Halloween Tours Oct. 24-28 before wrapping up the 2018 season with a Halloween mudbog on Oct. 28.