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Catching Up with…Nathan Bles

Catching Up with…Nathan Bles I’m not sure if you’ve noticed but there are an awful lot of Canadian Snow Bike racers doing well and racing a lot these days. Ontario Pro motocrosser, Nathan Bles, has thrown his hat int he ring and has been racing snow bikes and sleds this winter. And he’s doing very well! We thought we’d grab him for a chat to find out how things have

Catching Up with…Mike Alessi

Catching Up with…Mike Alessi By Billy Rainford #800 Mike Alessi has been racing Motocross for as long as he can remember. The California native came up through the amateur ranks as one of the fastest riders ever. He’s raced all over the world and has most recently found a home racing our Rockstar Energy MX Nationals. Mike finished 5th last season and hopes to finish on the top step of the

Catching Up with… Kaven Benoit

Catching Up with… Kaven Benoit By Billy Rainford *this interview was to be the intro to Frid’Eh Update #3. However, as Murphy’s Law dictates, our site updates and host change tried to happen Friday and today. We’ve put the site back the way it was until we get home from California. Sorry for the inconvenience. Here is our conversation with #3 Kaven Benoit. Welcome to Week #3 of the Frid’Eh

Catching Up with… Brittany Gagne

Catching Up with… Brittany Gagne By Jeff McConkey Fitness can always be improved, and you can always work on your speed, but with heart, some people are born with it, and some aren’t. Brittany Gagne is a rider with all 3 tools, but will most likely be remembered for her heart during the 8th and final moto of the 2016 Women’s East Nationals. The rain started coming down hard at

Catching Up with… Taylor Arsenault

Catching Up with… Taylor Arsenault By Billy Rainford In case you missed it in the Frid’Eh Update… Here at Direct Motocross, days have 25 hours, weeks have 8 days, and years have 53 weeks…apparently. Bonus Week #53 belongs to the rider we got to know a few years ago when he won the Bronze Boot at the Parts Canada TransCan at Walton Raceway. To be honest, his winning it was

Catching Up with… Austin Watling

Catching Up with… Austin Watling By Billy Rainford Corunna, Ontario, Intermediate racer, #424 Austin Watling, has been working his way through the ranks the last few years and has risen to the point where his name is mentioned with the top up-and-coming riders getting ready to hit the Pro level after 2017. With just one more year left to run the yellow plates, Austin will use this final year of

Catching Up with…Bobby Piazza

Catching Up with…Bobby Piazza Billy Rainford In case you missed in last week’s Frid’Eh Update #51… Week #51 belongs to Pennsylvania rider, Bobby Piazza | Bigwavephoto In 2016, #51 would have belonged to Easton, Pennsylvania’s Bobby Piazza. We didn’t see him on the line in Canada this season, as he rehabbed himself from injury. We grabbed him for a quick chat today to see what he’s been up to and

Catching Up with…Carrie Davis

Catching Up with…Carrie Davis By Jeff McConkey The world of Women’s Motocross is different from the men’s. It’s almost like growing up that the boys are babied more or longer by the parents, whereas the girls seem forced into college/university and then a “real” profession sooner. It’s pretty nice when you come across a racer that can still compete at the top level, but at the same time pursue an

Catching Up with…Shawn Rife

Catching Up with…Shawn Rife By Billy Rainford While I was down in Florida at the 45th Annual Thor Winter Olympics checking out all our Canadians competing, Friday came around and I had no way of getting in touch with #48 for the Update intro. Just as I was wondering what I was going to do, #48 walks right past me on the hill. Shawn Rife was down in Florida helping out

Catching Up with…Jess Pettis

Catching Up with…Jess Pettis By Billy Rainford We grabbed the new champion for a chat as he was dropping MX101’s Kevin Tyler off at the Vancouver Airport before heading south to California. Jess Pettis is the 2016 Future West AX Champion and we grabbed him for a chat | John Meaney photo Direct Motocross: Hey, Jess. How are you doing? Are you actually driving toward the border right now? Jess