Frid’Eh Update #18 Presented by Xtreme Toys

Frid’Eh Update #18 Presented by Xtreme Toys

By Jeff McConkey and Billy Rainford

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Week #18 goes out to French rider, Sylvain Le Gad. -Kevin Tollec photo

 

Welcome to Week #18 of the DMX Frid’Eh Update Presented by Xtreme Toys in London, Ontario. #18 goes out to a guy we got to know pretty well last summer. Sylvain Le Gad hopped in his white cargo van and left Montreal for Nanaimo, BC last May to compete in the 2014 Rockstar Energy MX Nationals all by himself. He had no one with him. Sure, you can head to your local race track and put in a couple motos on your own, but to attempt to compete at the top level as a Professional Motocrosser all on your own as you make your way across this massive country is an impressive and daunting undertaking.

Sylvain is originally from France and moved to Montreal on his own. He grew up racing all over France the same way everyone else races all over their country. I first learned of his solo effort last June when a bunch of the ‘traveling circus’ made its annual stop-over at The Allison’s Farm in Alberta.

I decided to travel with Sylvain in his van from Alberta to Regina and I think it made the drive across the lonely prairies a little less tedious. I got to know the friendly Frenchman a lot better and got in touch with him today to find out what he’s been up this winter. Here’s what he had to say:

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Let’s hear what Sylvain has been up to all winter… – Kevin Tollec photo

 

Direct Motocross: Hello, Sylvain. Can we start off by asking you to sum up your 2014 season?

Sylvain Le Gad: Its been good, i had some good races and some not really but overall im happy with the ending in the championship. Being pretty much all by my self at almost every races and traveling the country from one side to another without help is not easy.

What was it like being on the road all by yourself and trying to race at that top level? Would you do it that way again?

It was really fun at times, i was prepared when the conditions were good and when i didnt have too much work to do on my bike between the motos i did good but when it was muddy or if i had some issues on the bike, it was really hard to have the time to fix it and get ready in time. Its definitively not easy at all but it was a great experience and i had fun. I would do that again except for the driving alone part (Laughs).

How has your off-season training been going? What did you do all winter?

I was off most of the winter busy working and trying to set up everything for this season and then I went at Club MX training facility in Chesterfield, SC at the end of February. I stayed there 1-and-a-half months training and it has been good to be back on the bike after the long break we have here in Canada.

What are your plans for this coming summer racing season?

I’m on my way to California right now to go train on the west coast tracks and I will do Hangtown and Glen Helen as a warm-up. I hope to do good and have fun and then I head back up north to start the Canadian Series in Kamloops and I will do the full season in the 450 class this year.

Sylvain will line up in the 450 class at both Hangtown and Glen Helen before heading to Kamloops for round 1 of the Rockstar Energy MX Nationals. - Bigwave photo

Sylvain will line up in the 450 class at both Hangtown and Glen Helen before heading to Kamloops for round 1 of the Rockstar Energy MX Nationals. – Bigwave photo

What are your expectations of yourself?

I want to finish in the top 10 in the championship at the end of the year, have fun all summer, and do good races on my 450.

Who would you like to thank?

I would like to thank Yamaha Canada and Xtreme Miller Sport for the great support the past couple years and also Lucien from Evo Motosport who helped me have the best bike I can ask for, Playground Poker Club, Franklin Motosport, Clubmx, Kevin my mechanic for this summer, and my parents.

How can’t you like a guy who is this committed to moto?! You can’t, that’s how. It should be interesting to see how this fast and stylish rider does with his move up to the MX1 class. There will be a lot of different riders fighting for positions 6-10 each week, I think. Good luck in California, Sylvain. We’ll be watching!

 

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Jeff McConkey

MMRS KTM Provincial Series

Hey, guys. It’s Friday here in Southern Ontario and the weather is heating up. I’ve been spending my weekends following the MMRS KTM Provincial Series until the Nationals start up. Not only am I having fun riding my bike, I am also meeting a lot of great new people. Week after week, I’m watching some great racing and meeting new families. The biggest thing I try and stress to these new ‘moto families’ is FUN. Too many people are misinformed and are out there thinking that their kid is the next big thing and that they are going to make millions. Very few riders make a living racing dirtbikes in Canada. Even fewer make a good living racing dirtbikes in Canada. We just don’t have the climate or the economy to compete with America.

Each week with the MMRS club, I have been noticing first-time racers. Racers from the ages of 4 years old all the way up past their 40’s. One of the best things I have noticed is the strong Ladies class. Finally, we are getting solid turnouts. Each week we have a fantastic mix of beginners all the way up to the Ladies National contenders. It is a very good sign for Ladies moto and Canadian moto in general. If you are a lady racer, and not sure where you fit in, come to MMRS and we will find a spot for you.

Speaking of MMRS, Round 3 of the KTM Provincial Series kicks off this weekend at the Thunder Mud Track in Lindsay, Ontario. Like always, the club will offer their optional Open Practice on Saturday from 9-4. Racing starts at 8am sharp on Sunday, so mark it on your calendar.

Jeff has been hanging out at the MMRS KTM Provincial Series the past couple weeks. Round #3 goes off this weekend from Thunder Mud in Lindsay, ON. -

Jeff has been hanging out at the MMRS KTM Provincial Series the past couple weeks. Round #3 goes off this weekend from Thunder Mud in Lindsay, ON. – Dawn McClintock photo

Monster Energy AMA Supercross and Amsoil Arenacross Finales

Last weekend was the finale for the AMA Supercoss Series as well as the Amsoil Arenacross. The racing was fantastic as always in both, but something really bothered me. In the Arenacross final, Jacob Hayes and Kyle Regal were fighting for the title right down to the last main. After a so-so start for both racers, Regal exited the whoops into a left hand turn. Hayes was not far behind and proceeded to clean Regal out. It was one of the dirtiest moves I have ever seen, and had Hayes not hit Regal, Hayes would have been 3 lanes over himself. Regal was blown completely off his bike and Hayes made the pass. But hold on a minute, it gets worse. Smoke instantly began to pour from Hayes’ bike and he very shortly ghost rode/dismounted his bike and threw one of the most ridiculous temper tantrums of all time. Guess what, Jacob…you ride a dirtbike for a living. You are a very blessed human being to get to do what you love and get paid very well for it. If you couldn’t beat Regal straight-up, did you really want to win that way? You have many young kids looking up to you, and you just blew it. I really hope that is not the real you, and hopefully by making yourself look like a complete fool you will steer others to not act like you did. In the end, congrats to Kyle Regal on your championship. You deserve it!

Short and sweet this week for me. If you haven’t already, be sure to have a look for my ‘Out Of The Blue‘ with Cassee Quantz and ‘On the Radar‘ with Devon Arnemann. I will be working on a cool Ladies Nationals preview piece with the help of Leah Clarke, so keep your eyes peeled for that as well. Have a great weekend and always remember to #smileforBC!

Billy Rainford

Jacob Hayes vs. Kyle Regal

Thanks for that, Jeff. I watched that Jacob Hayes vs. Kyle Regal video from MXPTV.com a few times and I’m not 100% sure of how I feel about it. Regal actually cut down hard as he was trying to exit the turn. Yes, Hayes went in hot and was making sure the pass was made any way possible, but I think Jacob would have continued to turn left and made the pass had Kyle not turned down (for what) so hard. Give it another watch.

OK, I just went back and watched it, yet again, and Jake saw an opening and went in hard – no question. It was a take-out move. This is Arenacross racing and these kinds of ‘passing attempts’ have been happening since the tight hockey rink racing started. If you don’t protect the inside line, you get smashed. He just meant to clean out Regal’s front wheel but when Kyle turned so abruptly as he exited the corner the impact was harder than intended. That’s just my opinion on the situation.

I think Jacob’s “tantrum” was the result of his realizing his momentary lapse of good judgement cost him a legitimate chance at the title. He was more yelling at himself as he walked through the tunnel. He was out of view of the stands but was caught on video by the crafty eye of Matt Wozney.

It’s these kinds of incidents that keep the seats filled at these events and will continue to happen as long as you line up 16 riders in a hockey rink. It seems an appropriate analogy to say it would be like trying to take fighting out of hockey…it won’t happen.

Tanner Ward Injury Update

Tanner Ward from Woodstock, Ontario, has been having a few set-backs as he prepares for the 2015 season. His most recent injury was re-braking his femur by the rod that was already in place. It sounds awful and would perhaps keep a lesser man down, but not young Tanner.

Tanner gave us this quick update on his condition today:

I just got back from the doctor. I am full weight-bearing on my leg now, so I am headed back to FrankFit Canada on Monday to start back on our fitness program. I’m really happy with my progress and would really like to thank the entire KTM Canada, Royal Distributing, Fox Racing team for sticking behind me through this rough time.

I’ve had my big 3 so I’m done. I just look at it like Colton Facciotti where he got hurt, was out for two seasons, and came back better than ever.

Keep up the positive attitude, Tanner. Injuries are an unfortunate but inevitable part of our sport. Usually, it’s how you deal with them that determines a rider’s success.

Tanner will be back on his KTM in the very near future. - Bigwave photo

Tanner will be back on his KTM in the very near future. – Bigwave photo

CMRC Announces the KTM Supermini Nationals

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We spoke with CMRC President, Mark Stallybrass, about the new addition to the Nationals weekends and he was pretty excited about the whole thing. He understands that our up-and-coming riders need somewhere to showcase their talents in addition to the WCAN, ECAN, and TransCan. These Saturday events will “add a second main attraction to the Women’s Nationals on Saturdays,” said Stallybrass.

 

 

Full 2016 Monster Energy Supercross schedule:

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Jan. 9: Angel Stadium – Anaheim, California
Jan. 16: Petco Park – San Diego
Jan. 23: Angel Stadium – Anaheim, California
Jan. 30: O. Co Coliseum – Oakland, California
Feb. 6: University of Phoenix Stadium – Glendale, Arizona
Feb. 13: Petco Park – San Diego
Feb. 20: AT&T Stadium – Arlington, Texas
Feb. 27: Georgia Dome – Atlanta
March 5: Daytona International Speedway – Daytona, Florida
March 12: Rogers Centre – Toronto
March 19: Ford Field – Detroit
April 2: Levi’s Stadium – Santa Clara, California
April 9: Lucas Oil Stadium – Indianapolis
April 16: Edward Jones Dome – St. Louis
April 23: Gillette Stadium – Foxborough, Massachusetts
April 30: MetLife Stadium – East Rutherford, N.J.
May 7: Sam Boyd Stadium – Las Vegas

Toronto returns to the Supercross schedule for 2016. To be honest, I half thought the teams were happy not to have to cross the border into Canada but I guess that wasn’t enough of a deterrent for the schedule. Of course, we are thrilled that they have put Toronto back on the schedule. Now, the process of planning the Pre and After-Parties begins!

Canadian Women’s Championships Gain More Support

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SXQC Arenacross Tour

Check out this extensive schedule for the 2015 Quebec Areanacross/Supercross Series.

May 9 – Montmagny

May 16 – Campbelton, NB

May 23 – Riviere Du Loup

May 30 – Chandler

June 6 – Edmundston, NB

June 13 – St. Quentin

June 20 – St. Alexandre De Kamouraska

June 27 – St. Epiphane

Aug 1 – Malartic

Aug 8 – Saint Antonin

Aug 9 – Montmagny – Parc St. Nicolas (SX)

Aug 22 – St. Jean Port Joli (SX)

Sept 12 – Degelis

Sept 19 – St. Henri De Levis (SX)

Matrix 100% Atlas Brace rider #101 Ryan Lockhart has made the journey east for Round 1. We spoke with him briefly as he just got off the track testing it and the bike he’s riding for the race. Owner and promoter of the series, David Plourde, has really stepped it up and is paying some appearance fees and expects around 250 amateur riders Saturday and a full house of 2000 spectators. Hey, David, don’t keep this series a secret!

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Ryan Lockhart set his Pelletier Kawasaki up from the trunk of his rental car in Montmagny. – Lockhart photo

Pro riders include: Ryan Lockhart, Karl Normand, Davey Ginolfi, Dave Blanchet, and Adrian Lopes. Mickael Musquin as scheduled to appear but has apparently crashed back home and didn’t make the trip over.

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A look at the track for Round 1 of the SXQC Series. Ryan said it is pretty small and easy but that’s how most series are for the first race. – Lockhart photo

Good luck in Quebec this weekend, everyone. We’ll be sure to post results here on the site as soon as they are available.

Mike Smith Interview (Mechanic for Cole Martinez)

With the news that Monster Energy Thor Kawasaki signed Canadian-passport-holding Arizona native Cole Martinez to contest in the MX2 class this summer, we wanted to get an update from his new mechanic, Mike Smith. Here it is, in case you missed it:

Catching Up with…Mike Smith, Mechanic for Cole Martinez

By Billy Rainford

If you’ve been around the Canadian Moto scene a while, you’ll remember the name Mike Smith. Mike could always be found at the Pro Nationals wrenching for one of the BC riders all across the country. Fast young riders like Kyle Beaton and Spencer Knowles appear prominently on the 29-year-old’s resume.

Mike will be making his return to racing this summer as he works for Monster Energy Thor Kawasaki’s new MX2 rider, Cole Martinez, from Arizona.

We wanted to talk with Mike to see what he’s been up to since we last saw him and find out how this return to racing came about.

Mike Smith will be back at the races in 2015 as mechanic for Monster Energy Thor Kawasaki rider Cole Martiniez. - Bigwave photo

Direct Motocross: Hello, Mike. I guess we should start off by welcoming you back to racing!

Mike Smith: Ya, I guess you could call it back to racing. I’ve only been away for a couple years. I did one round last year but I’m back full-time on the circuit.

What was the last year you did the whole tour and who was it with?

I think the last year I did the whole tour was with probably Spencer (Knowles) way back in, I don’t know, I’ve had a full-time job at home since probably 2010 so I’ve been there for 5 years, so I think 2010 was the last time I did it full-time. I’m just old now – I’ve got grey hair, I’m paying a mortgage, and trying to survive!

What is your current job you’ve been at for 5 years?

I run a heavy-duty shop back at home – a truck company. I’m a heavy-duty diesel mechanic. I work on all these semis and I’ve got a class 1 (license) so I drove the Leading Edge truck out to the track because nobody else has a license right now to drive it. I’m a ‘Jack of All Trades’ but I don’t know very much (Laughs).

Have you missed racing since you’ve been gone?

Um, ya, I think I’ve been missing it. I don’t know, it’s a different change of lifestyle. I’m a fireman now and I’ve got lots going on in my life now – I’ve got my full-time job, I’m a firefighter also, but I’ve been missing it. It’s volunteer but it seems more than that because I’m there all the time. We’ve got volunteer paid on-call. That’s why I mainly came back because this is what I’ve done my whole life. It’s what I did growing up and I’ve don it for so many years that it seems like it’s time to come back and give it a go and see if I can’t get that #1 plate that I’ve always tried to get.

For those who don’t know, what is your racing background?

I’ve worked for KTM, I’ve worked for the Morgan Yamaha Team, I worked for Riverside Yamaha, I did quite a few years with Kyle Beaton, I worked for Spencer Knowles for pretty much…ever! In between all the race teams, in the off-season, I’d go with him and live in California with those guys and work with him. I worked with him full-time for many years since I started doing it. I spent a year with Ryan Millar down in Texas.

Hey, what about actually riding and racing, yourself?

No, I don’t do that. That’s dangerous! I had a bike when I grew up. I shattered my collarbone and got a bunch of screws and plates in there and that was about it. I figured I’d better get a quad because 4 wheels is safer than 2 for me. I just enjoy working on them. The riding part…I still like to ride but I find it more of a challenge to work on them, I guess you could say, for me anyways. I’m a mechanic – I’ve done it my whole life. The working part of it is what I enjoy. All the training just wasn’t for me. I train hard, but at different things (Laughs).

Why did you leave moto in the first place?

Money. The money wasn’t there. I wanted to buy a house and start a ‘grown-up life,’ I guess you could say. I’m not married but I’ve got a girlfriend back at home that I’ve been with for 3 years now. It was more or less just the money. I wanted to do other things with my life and get to the point where instead of making a bunch of money in the summertime and then get to the off-season and spend it all. It was just time to get a steady job. I bought a house in Ladysmith on Vancouver Island. I’m about 20 minutes south of the Nanaimo National track, so I’m still on the island.

So, how did this gig with the Monster Energy Thor Kawasaki team come up?

Um, I think it came up through Frenchie (Luc Caouette). They needed a 250F mechanic and Frenchie to Jason (Hughes) and he gave me a call and with my work schedule and what I do for a living, I can get the time off. It was easier, I guess you could say, for me to just be a weekend guy. We talked back and forth and we got a deal so I’ll be flying in and out on the weekends and I’m up with the team in Kamloops for a week building bikes and doing some testing. My work schedule is pretty lenient so I can come and go there as I please. That’s the only way I’m able to do it is to fly in and out. I’ll be there for the weekends and then back to work full-time during the week so it’s gonna be a ling summer, that’s for sure, but we’ll make it work.

So, you’ll be working with Cole Martiniez. Did you know him before?

No. I met him on Monday for the first time. Once I talked to Jason, we set the deal up and I started following more to see what his results were in Supercross. But leading up to this, no, I didn’t know of who he was or anything.

Now that you’ve had your first chance to see him on a bike outdoors, how does he look?

He looks good. I think we’ll have a good summer.

So, do you think he’s got the speed to fight for wins up here?

We’ll see. I’m not gonna say anything. I’ve seen him ride and we’ll wait for the first round and then we’ll see how things go after the first round. But, like I say, I’m pretty confident in the program we’re going to have.

OK, just for fun, tell us one of your favourite memories from traveling with the nationals.

Oh, I don’t know…the Walton parties? I don’t know…there’s been so many! There are just so many memories. One of the best was probably when I was on the Beaton program and we were on the road all the time and we went up to PJ Stratton‘s house and went on the jet boats and had some fun doing that. It’s hard to say what one of the best moments was.

Getting an overall win with Beaton was…I think we got one, didn’t we? I can’t remember. There were lots of times we came close!

Whats’ your favourite track or city to visit?

My favourite track has got to be Calgary for scenery for having the track right in the city. I think that’s a good one.

And what’s your favourite tool to use?

I don’t know! Favourite TOOL?! I don’t really have one. A tire machine but we don’t have one.

What’s the worst part on a bike to change or fix?

I don’t know about to fix, but the worst part is when you’ve got to wash them! I don’t like getting dirty anymore. I just don’t like the mud. You wash the bike and get it all clean and then when you push it back into the rig everything gets muddy again.

There’s no worst part about working on a bike. Everything is like a puzzle.

What else does the mechanic have to do? Are you the shoulder to cry on too?

No. I’m not really for that, no. I don’t like when guys make excuses, especially when they don’t do good. If we have a bad day we have a bad day.

Honestly, the worst thing is probably for most people – I don’t have a problem with it – is changing a tire with a mousse. Everybody hates that and I find it easy. I do it by myself. Maybe that’s just my heavy-duty background but I think that’s one of the jobs that everybody doesn’t like.

Well, thanks for chatting with us today and we’ll see you in less than a month out at Whispering Pines in Kamloops, BC!

Ya, see you then. We’ll be kicking it in Kamloops for the first round. Let me just thank Frenchie and Jason for giving me this opportunity to do this again.

First Look – Honda Canada TLD GDR Team

Team owner/manager Derek Schuster sent a few shots from the Honda Canada TLD GDR photo shoot the other day. Ex-Racer X Canada member, Dan Stenning (@majordanage / Dave Stennington)  got the call to take the shots again this year and looks to have done an amazing job. MX1 National Champion, Colton Facciotti, is back on the bike after his pelvis injury and should be in fine form for round 1 May 31st at Whispering Pines in Kamloops, BC. MX2 rider, #21 Jeremy Medaglia, looks even fitter than ever and should be a threat for the title by summer’s end.

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Honda Canada TLD GDR riders Colton Facciotti and Jeremy Medaglia. – Dan Stenning photo

Mitchell Oldenburg to TLD KTM for Lucas Oil AMA Outdoors

Transworld MX reported and then Racer X confirmed that our old friend, Mitchell Oldenburg, will take Darryn Durham‘s spot on the TLD KTM team for the 250 outdoor series this summer. @freckle_62 has been gaining speed, momentum, and confidence the past couple seasons and this is a well-deserved ride for the young Texan. Good luck, Mitch.

Our old friend, Mitchell Oldenburg signs with TLD KTM for 2015 Lucas Oil AMA Outdoor series. - Bigwave photo

Our old friend, Mitchell Oldenburg, signs with TLD KTM for 2015 Lucas Oil AMA Outdoor series. – Bigwave photo

 

Redemption Racing Team Shoot

While we’re at it, here’s a shot of the Redemption Racing Fly Dragon KTM Canada team from down at Club MX. Left to right: Seth Rarick, Eric Jeffery, Nathan Bles.

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The Redemption Racing Fly Dragon KTM Canada 2015 race team: Seth Rarick, Eric Jeffery, and Nathan Bles. – @randalloverbyphotography

MXGP of Spain this Weekend

TELEVISION COVERAGE MXGP OF SPAIN

TALAVERA DE LA REINA (Spain), 07 May 2015 – The 2015 FIM Motocross World Championship has exceeded expectations in terms of action, race intensity and drama. Round six of the series will take place this weekend in Talavera de la Reina, Spain.

In addition to the television coverage that will follow below, Youthstream is pleased to announce an agreement has been made with Albanian television network RTSH. As a result of the cooperation with Mr. Giovanni Torri, who represents MXGP in Albania, RTSH has signed on to broadcast the entire FIM Motocross World Championship, MXGP and MX2, which is a great step in increasing the global awareness of MXGP and something Youthstream is very proud of.

As for television coverage of the MXGP of Spain, Television Castilla de la Mancha will be on site at the traditional Spanish style circuit in Talavera to provide local coverage for the second year in succession. In addition to the attendance of Television Castilla de la Mancha, national broadcasting network RTVE will also be onsite to provide news coverage.

US and Canadian fans can watch MXGP of Spain slightly delayed on CBS Sports Network, while the rest of the world can watch LIVE and OnDemand on www.MXGP-TV.com.

In celebration of spring, www.MXGP-TV.com are offering 20% OFF of the season package which includes LIVE footage from every round and every race of MXGP & MX2 and the Monster Energy FIM Motocross of Nations, as well as extra content such as race two from each European Championship class LIVE and some behind the scenes footage from inside the paddock. What are you waiting for? Sign-up today and SAVE a massive 20%!

Also, don’t forget to check out the 26mn Magazine ‘Behind the Gate’, which is a filmed production that covers all the action, both on and off the track, with highlights from racing in MXGP and MX2, a GoPro on-board lap of the track, as well as the inside scoop from the pits at each round of the FIM Motocross World Championship. The 26mn Magazine covering MXGP of Spain will be screened on Wednesday May 13th at 01:00 (CET) on Eurosport International.

Check the guides below to find out how you can watch MXGP of Spain:

EUROPE

EUROSPORT 2

Sunday 10 May – 16:45 CET – MX2 Race 2 – DELAYED

Sunday 10 May – 17:15 CET – MXGP Race 2 – LIVE

EUROSPORT INTERNATIONAL

Wednesday 13 May- 01:00 CET – 26mn magazine «Behind the gate

MOTORS TV – LIVE

Sunday 10 May – 13:00 CET – MX2 Race 1

Sunday 10 May – 14:00 CET – MXGP Race 1

Sunday 10 May – 16:00 CET – MX2 Race 2

Sunday 10 May – 17:00 CET – MXGP Race 2

BULGARIA

BNT – LIVE

Sunday 10 May – 13:00 CET – MX2 Race 1

Sunday 10 May – 16:00 CET – MX2 Race 2

ITALY

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Sunday 10 May – 14:00 CET – MXGP Race 1

Sunday 10 May – 16:00 CET – MX2 Race 2

Sunday 10 May – 17:00 CET – MXGP Race 2

PORTUGAL

Sport TV- LIVE

Sunday 10 May – 13:00 CET – MX2 Race 1

Sunday 10 May – 14:00 CET – MXGP Race 1

Sunday 10 May – 16:00 CET – MX2 Race 2

Sunday 10 May – 17:00 CET – MXGP Race 2

SLOVENIA

Sport TV- LIVE

Sunday 10 May – 13:00 CET – MX2 Race 1

Sunday 10 May – 14:00 CET – MXGP Race 1

Sunday 10 May – 16:00 CET – MX2 Race 2

Sunday 10 May – 17:00 CET – MXGP Race 2

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TRUE VISION – LIVE

Sunday 10 May – 13:00 CET – MX2 Race 1

Sunday 10 May – 14:00 CET – MXGP Race 1

Sunday 10 May – 16:00 CET – MX2 Race 2

Sunday 10 May – 17:00 CET – MXGP Race 2

USA

CBS Sports Network – DELAYED

Sunday 10 May: MXGP Race 2 – 12.00 pm EST (09.00 am PST)

Sunday 10 May: MX2 Race 2 – 01.00 pm EST (10.00 pm PST)

BRAZIL

BANDSPORTS – DELAYED

Sunday 10 May – 15:00 local time brazil – MX2 Race 2

Sunday 10 May – 16:00 local time brazil – MXGP Race 2

MIDDLE EAST – AFRICA

BeIn SPORTS – LIVE

Sunday 10 May – 13:00 CET – MX2 Race 1

Sunday 10 May – 14:00 CET – MXGP Race 1

Sunday 10 May – 16:00 CET – MX2 Race 2

Sunday 10 May – 17:00 CET – MXGP Race 2

MXGP will be available across the board in high definition and is also globally available to view live and in HD on MXGP-TV.com.

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Saturday: EMX300 Free/Timed practice 07:40; EMX125 Free/Timed practice 08:20; EMX250 Group 1 Free/Timed practice 08:55; EMX250 Group 2 Free/Timed practice 09:30; MX2 Free Practice 10:15; MXGP Free Practice 10:45; EMX250 Last Chance Qualifying Race 11:40; EMX300 Race 1 13:20; MX2 Time Practice 14:00; MXGP Time Practice 14:35; EMX125 Race 1 15:20; MX2 Qualifying Race 16:10; MXGP Qualifying Race 17:00; EMX250 Race 1 17:40.

Sunday: EMX300 Warm-up 08:40; EMX125 Warm-up 08:55; EMX250 Warm-up 09:10; EMX300 Race 2 09:35; EMX125 Race 2 10:25; MX2 Warm up 11:10; MXGP Warm up 11:30; EMX250 Race 2 12:00; MX2 Race 1 13:15; MXGP Race 1 14:15; MX2 Race 2 16:10; MXGP Race 2 17:10.

Mike Alessi and the Smartop MotoConcepts Team Announce 2015 Summer Race Plans

It looks like we’ll be seeing Mike and the gang at least a couple races in Canada this summer. You know he likes the sand and probably has a bone to pick with the Gopher Dunes track after running out of gas in the first moto last year, so let’s hope we see him in the mix with the other top sand riders like Rockstar OTSFF Yamaha’s Matt Goerke and Monster Thor Kawasaki’s Brett Metcalfe, not to mention all our top Canadian riders. Goerke’s win at ‘The Dunes’ a couple years ago was unlike anything I’ve witness on a track as rough as it was that year. He somehow made it look like he was at Castrol Raceway in Edmonton!

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Motopark Cup Series Starts Next Weekend

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Parts Canada TransCan ANQs this Weekend Across Canada

If you’re hoping for a spot at the Parts Canada TransCan in August, here is where you need to be this weekend:

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Vancouver Island – GNC Allocation (2)
ANQ Events = 3
Sunday, April 12 at Nanaimo
Saturday & Sunday, April 25/26 at Port Alberni
Sunday, May 10 at Nanaimo
Contact: www.vancouverislandmx.com

Alberta South (AMSA) – GNC Allocation (3)
ANQ Events = 3
Sunday, May 10 at Brooks MX Park
Sunday, May 18 at Medicine Hat
Saturday, June 13 at Calgary Wildrose MX Park
Contact: AMSA www.amsamx.com

Tyler Medaglia Lining Up for Another GNCC this Weekend

Tyler Medaglia and Freedom Cycle will be heading to the Dunlop Tomahawk GNCC event at Seneca Highland in Odessa, NY for Round 6 on his Parts Canada Thor Husqvarna.

Here’s a description of the location from the GNCC website:

Due to extreme weather conditions campfires will NOT be permitted at this year’s Tomahawk GNCC.

A new addition to the 2015 GNCC schedule will be the Tomahawk in Odessa, New York. While the track will be new to GNCC Racing, it’s no stranger to off-road racing as our friends at the Western New York Off-Road Association have hosted races at the property for a number of years and it has even received honors as their “Best Hare Scramble of the Year” in 2012. The facility offers up large fields with plenty of room for parking and camping alongside the usual GNCC pro pits, vendor’s row and the track itself.

The track is wildly popular among WNYOA racers with its fun, flowing trails, fast paced grass track sections and more. Elevation changes aren’t much of a factor here as the property is relatively flat with some gently rolling hills; so don’t expect any steep hillclimbs. The soil here is a nice black dirt similar to what we see at Unadilla but don’t expect it to be as loamy as Unadilla.

With more of a clay base to the soil, it can get a little slick when it’s wet but a little bit of moisture will only make it better. Rocks aren’t a factor here either, not even the loose rock we see here and there at Unadilla. You may see some exposed roots as the race weekend wears on, but that’s pretty standard for GNCC racers.

All in all you can expect to be in for a real treat at the newest GNCC round known as “Tomahawk”. Its rave reviews on the course’s fun factor are no lie and the GNCC Racing Nation will get to experience it for themselves.

Special Information: This event is co-sanctioned with our friends at the Western New York Offroad Association (WYNOA). Moose Dinner Saturday at 5:30 p.m.

Watch #GNCCLIVE only on RacerTV.com
Good luck, Tyler. We’ll keep an eye on the results and the live broadcast.
Good luck at Round 6 of the GNCC series in New York, Tyler Medaglia. - Bigwave photo

Good luck at Round 6 of the GNCC series in New York, Tyler Medaglia. – Tyler Spikman photo

Thanks for reading the Update this week. Thanks also to Xtreme Toys for babysitting the 1989 Buick Electra Estate Wagon affectionately known as ‘Carmen.’ Have fun and good luck wherever this weekend finds you riding and racing.

See you at the races... - Bigwave photo

See you at the races… – Bigwave photo

 

 

 

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