Frid’Eh Update #15 | Jess Pettis | Presented by KTM Canada
By Billy Rainford
Welcome to Week #15 of the DMX Frid’Eh Update this week presented by KTM Canada. I don’t know where you’re reading this from but here in southwestern Ontario spring has been taking its sweet time getting here. I guess I shouldn’t complain too loudly after seeing what Saskatchewan, Manitoba, and some of northwestern Ontario had to deal with the past few days. We’re above freezing, at least, and people are making their way to practice tracks in the area and it’s great to see. However, I haven’t struggled my way into our crawlspace to turn the outside water on yet, but I’ll do that as soon as I finish up here. If you could see where the switch is, you’d understand why I’m mentioning it here.
Jess Pettis is career #15. We did an interview with Jess at the very beginning of the month, so I didn’t want to bother him again quite so soon for another one. If you’d like to know what he’s up to, you can listen to our conversation from April 1st, here:
Find it on your favourite podcast supplier.
Jess is in his final year of his current contract with the Red Bull Thor KTM Canada team. Wouldn’t it be cool to see both Jess and Dylan Wright make some big program changes for 2023?!
Both have expressed interest in looking outside our borders for future racing adventures and challenges.
Dylan will likely look across the pond in the MXGP series and Jess, with his Supercross skills and interest, will likely look south of the border and the AMA for something, as well as field options from Europe. Either way, it’s pretty exciting times for both these riders….and all of us as fans.
Video Interview | #64 Ryder McNabb at Gopher Dunes | Scott Sports Canada
We spoke with #64 Ryder McNabb from Minnedosa, Manitoba, after riding at Gopher Dunes in Courtland, Ontario, April 13, 2022. Ryder rides for the Honda Canada GDR Fox Racing team and is a favourite to take the 250 MX title in the 2022 Canadian Triple Crown Series.
If you’d prefer to listen, here’s the audio stripped from the interview:
Gopher Dunes GP Track Ride Day VLOG
Speaking of Gopher Dunes, I rode the GP track with Derek Schuster on Wednesday and tried out some new Leatt gear while I was shaking some of the rust off. We got a new GoPro Hero 9 Black around here, so it was a perfect reason to try and figure it out, too:
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The Big Kahuna off road race is Saturday at Whispering Pines in Kamloops, BC and it’s drawing some heavy hitters to the spot that will host round 1 of the 2022 Canadian Triple Crown Series MX Tour in June.
250 East/West Showdown in Atlanta
Who’s your pick to win the first of 2 East/West 250 Showdowns this week in Atlanta? Are you in the Jett Lawrence or Christian Craig camp? And what about the return of Austin Forkner who may be the most motivated of all riders to try and go for this win?
55 entries in the 450 class means it’s going to be another tough one for Canadian #551 Guillaume St Cyr. There’s a slight chance of rain throughout the day, so we’ll have to wait and see what we get when the riding starts.
Triple Crown back to Full Series
There’s nothing wrong with things taking time. The 2022 Triple Crown Series MXTour is ready to go.
In 2020 and 2021 we saw a ‘bubble’ of a series for the on-going pandemic, but for 2022 WE ARE BACK to a Full West to East series. Since the 2019 series concluded in October of that year, the Triple Crown Series has only left the province of Ontario once (Deschambault, QC), but Jetwerx and MRC are thrilled to finally visit tracks that were originally slated for the 2020 Series, (Kamloops, Drumheller, Pilot Mound). We feel these tracks will add so much to the series, and look forward to hosting National races in those cities.
“It’s been an absolute challenge for the last two years,” shares Jetwerx COO Kyle Thompson. “We have lost a couple good years of going out west and our young talented riders in the Western provinces have suffered too long. Going back to a Full Series is without a doubt our number one priority. The tracks deserve it, the riders deserve it and of course the fans deserve to see the best talent in Canada at their local track.”
Western Pro registration starts today at www.triplecrownseries.ca or find links below. Amateur riders can register for WCAN through Future West. The Parts Canada Amateur Open events at Prairie Hill and DORVA MX will be open early May. The 2022 Pro Package and Rulebook also available at the Triple Crown site, www.mrcracing.com or find links below.
- June 5 – Kamloops, BC – Whispering Pines MX
- June 12 – Drumheller, AB – DORVA MX
- June 19 – Pilot Mound, MB – Prairie Hill MX
- July 3 – Walton, ON – Walton Raceway
- July 10 – Courtland, ON – Gopher Dunes
- July 17 – Ottawa, ON – Sand Del Lee MX
- July 24 – Moncton, NB – Riverglade MX
- July 31 – Deschambault, QC – Motocross Deschambault
- August 14 – Walton, ON – Walton Raceway
Canadian Content is Deep at Club MX!
As you all probably know by now, there was a big theft at the South Carolina facility this past week and 8 bikes were taken. We work closely with the gang at Club MX so we’ve been waiting to hear from them on a more “official” level about what’s going on as far as the legalities etc. of the investigation.
However, there is already a Go Fund Me started up to try and help Canadian rider Daniel Elmore recoop some of his losses after have a couple bikes taken.
Jason Anderson just Tweeted this after Friday’s Press Day ride in Atlanta:
“rode first session of press in Atlanta not the second,,, will someone please let the person that approved this track know that 4/20 is in 5 days.”
Cal Classic at Fox Raceway
As I finish up here, #43 Noah Viney is on the track at the 2022 Cal Classic at Fox Raceway in California. He’s running 3rd in the 450 Pro Class. His older brother Bjorn Viney will be ripping his 2-stroke up at the event while he enjoys some time home with his family from his military duties.
You can sign up and watch it all live on Flo Sports or follow along on the live timing HERE.
Enjoy your long weekend, everyone. Happy Easter.
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