By Billy Rainford RED BULL STRAIGHT RHYTHM Was I dreaming or did I actually watch Ryan Dungey and Ryan Villopoto go head-to-head on 250 2-strokes on Saturday night? Red Bull Straight Rhythm embraced the fact that it’s a one-off event that is completely for the fans and put everyone on 2-stroke bikes. I’m always expecting to see more people in the stands at this event, but the fact that we
Monday Morning Coffee
By Billy Rainford Good Monday Morning, everyone. I hope your weekend was long and your coffee is hot. It seems like every track that has a Facebook page is announcing their closure for the season. Yes, it’s that time of year when, here in Canada, we put away the dirt bikes and sharpen our skates and tape our sticks. Well, that’s unless you plan on racing some Supercross and Arenacross!
By Billy Rainford Well, once a year the Monday Morning Coffee comes from some exotic part of the world following the annual trip to the MXON. This year, I’m typing from a hotel in Elkhart, Indiana. Not quite the same as sitting in the same castle where Winston Churchill and the allies sat and made key decisions on the invasion at Normandy, but still… First off, thank you to Team
By Billy Rainford Hello, and welcome to MXON Week! We’re all about Red Bud and the Motocross of Nations this week. It’s going to be difficult to focus on anything else, really. The first time I ever attended one of these things was also the first time the USA played host. It was at the famed Unadilla track in New Berlin, NY wayyyy back in 1987. Yes, I was alive
By Billy Rainford Let’s start this week off with a “funny” story. The Rockstar Triple Crown Supercross Tour was in my home town this past weekend. Delaware Speedway sits just southwest of the city of London, Ontario. I’ve cycled past it often ever since I started riding a road bike back in the late 1980’s. It was nice to sleep in my own bed on race weekend, for once. Before
By Billy Rainford Hello, and welcome to the first Monday after the first Montreal Supercross in 6 years! I have to assume there are those out there still recovering from what is historically a raucous afterparty in one of the great cities of Canada. I wouldn’t know because we behaved and went straight back to the hotel after the racing was finished. We hung out and spoke to as many
By Billy Rainford Good Monday Morning from what will be the hub of Canadian Motocross in just over a week’s time. That’s right, my hometown of London, Ontario, will be playing host to Round 2 of the Rockstar Triple Crown Supercross Series at Delaware Speedway. We live in the west end of the city and the Speedway is, literally, a pleasant 10-minute drive southwest of here. It will be a
By Billy Rainford If you’re a regular reader of Monday Morning Coffee, you know I’m ready to travel almost anywhere to witness a Canadian making the effort to be at a big race, anywhere in the world. Having said that, I was ready for a break, after driving out to Moncton then Loretta Lynn’s and then Walton for a week. It was a grind and I was ready for a
By Billy Rainford Well, I guess if I’m going to catch a cold, now is the time to do it. What a week that was at the Walton TransCan GNC and then Round 9 of the Rockstar Triple Crown MX Tour. Everything just felt right. The TransCan is the crown jewel of the Canadian amateur calendar and it’s back. The sport needs it. The riders need it. The industry needs
By Billy Rainford Yes, we say this every year, “I can’t believe this is the final week of the Nationals!” Time flies when you’re having fun, and we only have this one week left for the Rockstar Triple Crown MX Series. But, hold the phone! We have a little something called the Walton TransCan GNC to get to, first. That’s right, the granddaddy of all granddaddies is back this year.