Abernethy, Ellis step up to podium

Port McNeill riders among leaders in Vancouver Island Motocross finale

Jason Abernethy of Port McNeill placed second overall in the MX2 Intermediate class and added a second-place showing in Sunday’s Youth class as the Vancouver Island Motocross Series wrapped up its fall season with Rounds 7 and 8 in Campbell River over Thanksgiving weekend.

Mark Ellis of Port McNeill also enjoyed a strong showing, winning the Vet Junior class in Round 8 after placing third in the previous day’s action.

Abernethy, who moved up a class this season, followed Victoria’s Ryan Lalonde and finished just ahead of Campbell River’s Trevor Devlin in the closely contested MX2 Intermediate races.

He placed second to Victoria’s Peter Swanwick in the Youth class in Round 8.

The association’s season-ending awards ceremony is tentatively set for early November, in Port Alberni.

Ed Masters contributed to this report.