Oh, Canada: The Maple Leaf Flag Rises Again In American Road Racing

Alex Dumas will race a KTM RC390R in the Liqui Moly Junior Cup class this season. Photo by Brian J. Nelson

When the names DuHamel, Picotte, and Crevier are mentioned, seasoned motorcycle road racing fans conjure up memories of AMA superbike racing in the 1990s. And, in the same breath, those nostalgic fans immediately think of the country from which those three riders hailed: Canada.

Canada-born road racers have had a lot of success in American road racing, with countless race wins, championships, and other racing accolades between them. The birth of MotoAmerica–by official name, a North American Championship–has seen a resurgence of Canadian road racers. And, like DuHamel, Piccotte, and Crevier before them, Braeden Ortt and Alex Dumas are making a name for themselves in American road racing. To Ortt, who is from Calgary, Alberta, the Maple Leaf flag of Canada is near and dear to his heart, while Quebec-based Dumas, who is French-Canadian salutes the same flag but calls it “l’Unifolié” in his native tongue.

Dumas is a second-generation racer. His father Francois has road raced, competed in flat track, and done a lot of ice racing in his life…and he still does. Alex took after his father, and despite his young age, is an accomplished ice racer, flat tracker, and already-talented road racer in his own right.

French Canadian Dumas starts the season as one of the favorites for the Junior Cup title. Photo by Brian J. Nelson

The Dumas family is so committed to racing that, two years ago, they moved to Mexico in order for Alex to compete in that country’s KTM RC Cup, since Alex was only 13 at the time and still a year too young for MotoAmerica’s KTM RC Cup. After finishing in the top three in Mexico, Alex was invited to race in the KTM RC Cup World Finals. In 2017, at age 14, Dumas was old enough to race in the MotoAmerica RC Cup and, once again, he finished in the top three and was invited back to race in the KTM RC Cup World Finals for the second year in a row.

Now 15 years old, Dumas has already developed a long-term relationship with KTM, and when the Austrian company introduced its new, higher-spec 2018 RC390R, he was chosen to ride the new bike for KTM’s Orange Brigade.

“The bike is really good,” Dumas said at the Dunlop Preseason Test where he ended up the second fastest of the Junior Cup riders. “It fits me better than the older RC390 did, and the extra horsepower and special parts really make a difference.”

Dumas appreciates the increased performance, especially now that MotoAmerica’s entry-level race class has changed from a one-make, spec-racing series to a multi-brand Championship. “I’m proud to be part of the KTM family,” said Dumas.

Almost as proud as he is to be Canadian.