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Big motorsports program on the festival agenda

Motorcycle stunt rider Insane Kane Friesen is in Duncan this weekend. -
Motorcycle stunt rider Insane Kane Friesen is in Duncan this weekend.
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A motorsports spectacular is taking place in downtown Duncan this weekend as part of the Duncan-Cowichan Summer Festival.

Motorcycle stunt rider Insane Kane Friesen will be doing demonstrations planned for 1:30, 2:30 and 4:30 p.m. Saturday on Duncan Street and Queens Road.

Friesen is more of a trick rider, according to local motorcycle racing legend Don Hatton, who was instrumental in bringing him to Duncan after seeing him in Las Vegas.

"I met him at an event quite a few years ago,'' said Hatton. "I've been trying to get him here for two years.

"Sharon Jackson played a huge part in bringing him here,'' he added. "She's been really amazing with this weekend.''

Hatton likes the tourist potential events of this sort bring.

"There's an opportunity to bring a lot of people to the Cowichan Valley,'' he said. "That's what this is really all about.''

The scene switches to a big supermoto event Sunday, organized by the Victoria Supermoto Association.

The group has been racing at Western Speedway since 2001 and is bringing its unique event to downtown Duncan. A racing loop will cover parts of Canada Avenue, Ingram Street, James Street and Duncan Street.

"We're going to be racing supermoto bikes there,'' said association president Calvin van Elsakker.

"They do it all over the world and it brings in ridiculous amounts of money.''

Hatton started the ball rolling by getting Duncan City Council on board and the association took it from there with six months of preparations.

"Everybody's putting so much work into putting this thing together,'' said van Elsakker.

"It's going to be a show that can't be missed.''

The track is about a kilometre all the way around but van Elsakker hopes to stretch it out to about 1.5 km.

"Supermoto's not about high speed,'' he said. "It's about getting out cranking out a speed, getting around a corner and so on.''

There will be intermediate, novice, expert, expert unlimited and women's racing classes.

"Canada Avenue will be the best place to sit if you want to watch the whole thing,'' said van Elsakker.

Racing starts around 11:30 a.m.

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