Frid’Eh Update #20 Presented by Dragon Alliance
By Jeff McConkey and Billy Rainford
Hello, and welcome to week #20 of the DMX Frid’Eh Update presented by . Jeff McConkey is taking some well-needed time off in Mexico before the Rockstar Energy MX Nationals kick off in less than a month out at Whispering Pines MX in Kamloops, BC.
In 2017, #20 goes to the Texan who made a name for himself several years ago when he went FULL privateer status at our nationals and slept in the cab of his pick up truck with his mechanic. When I caught wind of the story, Kyle Swanson instantly became my favourite rider. How could he not?!
Since then, Kyle has been working diligently at acquiring his ‘Honorary Canadian’ status. I would say he’s put in the time to be on the list of ‘considerees’ – not a word.
Kyle just missed getting a top 10 number for this summer, after finishing the MX1 series in 11th spot. Here’s a look at his season:
His best race weekend came at the penultimate (can I say that?) round in Deschambault, Quebec, where he finished a solid 7th overall with 8-7 motos.
Kyle calls San Antonio, Texas, home and recently got his dream to come together with a house and a track of his own to help the future of the sport – he calls it The Swanpound.
Kyle made his first Supercross main event in Daytona this past March. It was a pretty emotional feat and he was super-Dungey pumped on the whole thing.
We weren’t able to get in touch with the friendly Texan in time for this Update, but we’ll be sure to get an update interview with him as soon as he is able. I DO know that he doesn’t have cell service yet when he’s at home, so let’s go with that as a reason and assume he’s not ducking me!
Since the beginning, Dragon set out to be the leading eyewear and accessories brand in the active youth lifestyle market by supporting the best athletes with the best product, while remaining connected to core retailers and consumers. That mission still holds true today and is the driving force behind the company’s success and heritage.
In 1993, in a garage in Capo Beach, CA, founder Will Howard aimed to build a company that encompassed his passions for surfing, snowboarding, and riding dirt bikes. Enthusiasm and knowledge of the market bore Dragon’s first and still primary product, sunglasses. The company began distributing to local surf shops before expanding to Hawaii and Florida, and later Australia and other international markets.
Dragon gradually extended its reach as well, developing innovative, diversified products in all eyewear categories. With an emphasis on creating functional, high-quality merchandise that appealed to the youth market and pushed the status quo. Dragon introduced a number of innovative products early on. “We saw an opportunity to add snow goggles to the lineup by aligning ourselves with the emerging snowboard market,” says founder Will Howard. “We loved riding and realized snowboarders were treated as second-class citizens just like we were as a start-up, so we thought that would be a good match.” From there, Dragon recruited snowboarders Jamie Lynn, Chris Roach, and a few others. Many years and many ride days later, Dragon has established itself as a leader in the snow goggle business.
More recently, Dragon’s innovative approach has lead to further market-leading developments, including the first-ever frameless snow goggle which launched in the winter of 2011. This goggle has revolutionized the snow market and is one of the most sought after styles at retail. Along with that, the latest Dragon sunglasses have showed design innovation and a unique styling like the JAM, Domo, and Viceroy. Rider-inspired design and feedback has always been key and one of the important philosophies of the brand in creating new products.
Through it all, Dragon has continued to be true to its roots. Original snow team rider Jamie Lynn, along with Dragon’s first surf team rider, Shane Dorian, remain on the team roster today. With top-tier product and athletes in mind, Dragon’s roster has grown to include some of the best surfers, snowboarders, moto riders, and wakeboarders in the world.
“Don’t bug me…I’m on holidays!!!”
Sorry, Jeff. But I do have to throw in a dig about the fact that we didn’t get a ‘McThoughts‘ column after the final and most exciting round of Supercross of the entire season…no, the entire…ever! Boo-urns. We’ll expect a better-late-than-never play-by-play account of how you saw the night and championship unfold. No pressure.
But enough about Jeff, let’s talk about what went on this week in Moto, and Canadian Moto more specifically…
HUBER MOTORSPORTS TEAM | PHOTO SHOOT
I had the opportunity to head over to the home base of the Huber Motorsports Team yesterday just outside Guelph, Ontario. As we all know by now, Adam ‘Disco Stu’ Robinson will be heading up this snowmobile-team-gone-motocross-racing this summer. By all accounts, this is going to be one of the most professional pits, rigs, and teams on the Canadian tour this summer. The trailier is yet to be wrapped, but team rider, #77 Nathan Bles, gave me a tour of the inside and it is pretty sweet. Even the upstairs – I mean way upstairs – area is fully kitted with beautiful furniture and TV screens. It’s pretty luxurious. It may even be Corinthian leather! (Google it, Bowker!)
The 3 team riders will be #6 Tyler Medaglia, #77 Nathan Bles, and #111 Kyle Chisholm. Tyler was there yesterday from Brookfiled, NS, but Kyle was unable to be there for this particular day. However, Kyle will be up in Canada next week for some testing.
I took lots of photos and shot a behind-the-scenes video that I will do a quick edit with and post in the next couple days. Here is a Facebook Live video tour we did as I wandered around and forced my iPhone in everyone’s faces:
Here is a sneak peak at that was going on yesterday:
Thanks for a great day hanging out in the shop and pestering everyone as they tried to get their jobs done. However, that’s kind of exactly what I do! This should be a pretty good season for the new MX team.
ZACH OSBORNE FINED $7500 FOR HIS MOVE ON JOEY SAVATGY
No, I’m not going to recount the scenario, yet again – we all saw it…over and over… What I will do is pose this simple question:
If Zach got fined for this move, where do we draw the line? What was the fine based on, the contact, the intent, or the fact that it was for the win? I don’t know (yes, I do). Are all of the other contacts protested? Why? Why not? There is a written rule about it, but it seems a little grey. It can’t be the hit itself, it simply must be the money. Like always…
I want to hate this song, but I can’t.
PARTS CANADA TRANSCAN ANQ’S THIS WEEKEND
Here is where you’ll want to be this weekend if you’re planning to attend the Parts Canada TransCan GNC at Walton Raceway this year:
Beginning in March, Amateur National Qualifier (ANQs) races spread across eleven regions throughout Canada, wrapping up in June. Thousands of participants will be competing for a spot on the gate in hopes of being crowned a 2017 CMA/FIM North America Canadian Amateur Motocross Grand National Champion or for just the fun of competing with Canada’s finest motocross athletes.
Before the gate drops for the first moto in your region, make sure you are aware of the qualifying events and the TransCan pre-entry procedure.
ALL events are assigned and results are harvested from respective club websites and tallied by Tite Racing Promotions.
Regional ANQ Event Schedule
Vancouver Island – GNC Allocation (2)
March 25-26.2017 Westshore Mx Park, Victoria BC
BC – GNC Allocation (3)
April 15/16 2017 Popkum Motorsport Park April 29/30.2017 Kelowna Mx Park
- May 27/28.2017 Penticton Mx Park
Alberta North (ADRA)- GNC Allocation (2)
- May 20/21.2017 at Valiant Memorial, Fort McMurray
Contact: ADRA www.albertadirtriders.com
Alberta South (AMSA)- GNC Allocation (3)
May 7.2017 Lethbridge (Temple Hill Motorcycle Park)
- May 21/22.2017 Medicine Hat (Medicine Hat MX park)
Contact: AMSA www.amsamx.ca
Saskatchewan – GNC Allocation (2)
- May 14.2017 Assiniboia, SK
- June 4.2017 Weyburn, SK
Contact: Saskatchewan Motorsport Assoc. www.saskmotocross.com
Manitoba – GNC Allocation (2)
- May 28.2017 ZIR Zhoda
- June 4.2017 Melita
- June 11.2017 McNabb Valley MX
Contact: Manitoba Motocross Assoc. www.manitobamotocross.com
Northern Ontario – GNC Allocation (1)
- May 27.2017 Atikokan
Contact: Superior Dirt Riders
Central Ontario – GNC Allocation (1)
May 6/7.2017 at Runway Park
Contact: www.runwaypark.net or email@example.com
South Western Ontario – GNC Allocation (10)
April 16.2017 Gopher Dunes April 30.2017 Motopark May 7.2017 Muttco ***CANCELED (RAIN)***
- May 13-14 Muttco (Make-Up Date)
- June 11.2017 Walton Raceway
- June 18 Gullymor
Contact: Amateur Motocross Ontario
Eastern Ontario – GNC Allocation (5)
April 16.2017 Gopher Dunes April 30.2017 Cochrane’s May 7.2017 Muttco ***CANCELED (RAIN)***
- May 13-14 Muttco (Make-Up Date)
- May 27-28 Sand Del Lee – MX101
- June 11.2017 Walton Raceway
Contact: Amateur Motocross Ontario
Quebec – GNC Allocation (7)
- May 28.201 Deschambault
- June 4.2017 Thetford-Mines
Contact: Challenge Quebec Motocross
Atlantic – GNC Allocation (4)
May 6.2017 Riverglade, NB ***CANCELED (RAIN)***
- May 21.2017 Mill Hill, NS
- June 3 Riverglade (Make-Up Date)
Contact: Atlantic Motocross
The Walton TransCan is a limited entry event. There are 42 gate positions available for each class. In addition, standby positions are assigned to participate in practice and be available to ‘fill-in’ up until the gate drop of the first moto.
Gate positions are held open with an appropriate number of gates in every class allocated by the number of racers in each region of Canada. If the allocated gate positions of a region are not filled by the close of pre-entry on June 23rd they are returned to the pool of available gate positions. If entries received from a region exceed the region’s allocated amount, those entries will only be accepted if there are gate positions available from the pool of available gate positions.
Riders are ranked for the Walton TransCan. The ranking is based on the Amateur National Qualifiers (ANQ) in order to ensure that the Canada’s best athletes make it to the limited start gate. ANQ events are those regional events identified by the TransCan as being most representative of each region’s talent. It is the responsibility of the riders to ensure that any ANQ results are posted in their region accurately. Date of entry is used as a tiebreaker in ranking points.
Failure to participate in ANQs results in received rider entries being ranked after all ANQ participant entries. Low ranking results in late gate pick for the first moto. In a full class you will not get a starting position. If a TransCan entry does not get ranked through at least one ANQ participation they will only be eligible to enter as a post entry ($100+HST) rather than the ‘Early Bird Pre-entry’ rate ($85+HST). Confirmation of non-participants entries is delayed until all ANQ participating entries are confirmed.
Riders are encouraged to achieve their best possible result in ANQs, pre-enter TransCan before June 1st for maximum savings and thereby get their best start gate position for the first moto and best assurance of being on the line as one of 42 of the finest from across the country.
CANADIAN WOMEN’S MX NATIONALS TOP 20 LIST
The Canadian Women’s West MX Nationals get going Saturday, June 3rd at Whispering Pines in Kamloops, BC. They will race at each of the Pro National events on the Saturday Amateur Day. Here is a lis tof the top 20 from each side of the country:
2016 WESTERN Canadian Women’s Nationals
2016 EASTERN Canadian Women’s Nationals
Two things stand out in the Women’s series: 1) #2 in the West, Sara King, will not be racing this year and 2) where will Kennedy Lutz be lining up to race?
It has been a rumour floating around for quite some time that she will head east to take her skills to a different side of the country. Eve Brodeur raced to a perfect season last summer. Could this be the challenge in the Women’s series we’ve been waiting for? We weren’t able to get confirmation from the Lutz Camp at the time of this Update, but we’ll keep trying…
WOMEN’S WEST MX CHAMP, SHELBY TURNER, PODCAST
Speaking of the Women’s West MX Nationals…
We grabbed defending champion, Shelby Turner, for a chat this past week as she was on her way to her 9-5 as a Primary Care Paramedic. Shelby is always fun to talk with so we let the recorder roll. Give it a listen, when you have a chance.
Kennedy Lutz to Go Head to Head with Eve Brodeur in Women’s MX Nationals
Direct Motocross has learned that Saskatchewan’s Kennedy Lutz has decided to head east this summer and go head to head with multi-time and defending Canadian Women’s East MX Nationals champion, Eve Brodeur.
Kennedy is the standout Canadian rider who has been tearing up the amateur ranks south of the border, collecting several titles at the biggest amateur nationals in the world. Eve is the multi-time Canadian champion who is fresh off an undefeated season in 2016 and current 3rd place rider in the Onsia Sound Art Women’s Motocross (WMX) Championship.
There is only one catch…
Team Brodeur isn’t sure which side of the country they will race on and it will be a last-minute decision; they may race the west series.
In speaking with Team Lutz, they may show up at Whispering Pines for round 1 just in case this happens. Either way, it looks like this head to head battle is a go!
This showdown has all the makings of an epic series! Both camps want to race against the best possible competition they can find, and it looks like they will get their chance this season. This should bring lot of spectators to the races on Saturdays this summer!
Whichever side of the country they race on, we’ll definitely be there. Stay tuned for more as we get closer to the June 3rd, Round 1 date…
COLE THOMPSON | COSTA RICA MX NATIONALS | ROUND 3
Canadian defending MX2 national champion, Cole Thompson, is currently leading the Costa Rica MX Nationals. Round 3 takes place next weekend, May 21st.
I spoke with his brother, Kyle Thompson, today and he informed us that Cole will indeed head to Central America for round 3 next week. He will be forced to miss a round of their series due to a conflict with our series, but he will still go for that title.
MOTOPARK MOTO CUP ROUND 1 NEXT WEEKEND, MAY 20-21
HONDA CANADA GDR FOX RACING TEAM PHOTOS
Honda Canada will be well represented when the gate drops for round 1 of the Nationals. With at least 2 big rigs cruising into the pits, Big Red (or Black) will be fighting for spots at or near the front of the pack.
Here are a couple shots from the Honda Canada GDR Fox Racing team’s photo shoot with James Lissimore:
TEAM PR-MX 2017 RIDER ROSTER
Team PR-MX owner, Julien Perrier, has been busy lately. He has criss-crossed the USA chasing the Monster Energy AMA Supercross series and will now do the same this summer at the Rockstar MX Nationals in Canada.
Julien was out west trying to solidify his roster for the summer and actually had American rider, Carlen Gardner, signed before he broke his arm.
At this point, it looks like the riders on the PR-MX Strikt Racing Kawasaki team for the Rockstar MX Nationals will be:
MX2: #74 Guillaume St Cyr
MX1: #740 Lane Staley
MX1: #20 Kyle Swanson
There is the possibility of another rider being added to the roster. We will let you know who it is if/when it happens.
LUCAS OIL PRO MOTOCROSS ANNOUNCES TV SCHEDULE
2017 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship to Feature Nearly 40 Hours of Live Coverage on MAVTV and NBC Sports
MORGANTOWN, W. Va. (May 11, 2017) – The highly anticipated 2017 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, sanctioned by AMA Pro Racing, will storm out of the gate in just nine days, and today MX Sports Pro Racing and NBC Sports Group unveiled the full slate of broadcast coverage for the upcoming season. The world’s most prestigious off-road motorcycle championship will once again call NBC, NBC Sports Network (NBCSN), and MAVTV home this summer, spearheaded by nearly 40 hours of LIVE coverage and more than 60 hours of total broadcast time.
Three rounds of live network coverage on NBC serves as the centerpiece of the 2017 television schedule, with the final 450 Class moto of the Red Bull High Point National (June 17), Red Bull Southwick National (July 8), and GEICO Motorcycle Budds Creek National (August 19) each brought into millions of homes across the country. MAVTV will continue to bring live coverage of the opening motos at all 12 rounds, while NBCSN will carry live final-moto coverage from half of the races
The 2017 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship will storm onto television screens for more than 60 hours of broadcast coverage this summer.
Arguably the biggest change in how fans can watch the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship this summer is online with the introduction of exclusive on-demand access from NBC Sports Gold. For just $49.99 racing fans all over the world will receive the “Pro Motocross Pass,” featuring direct-to-consumer live streaming with no commercials and the ability to witness timed qualifying and both sets of motos as they happen, in addition to full event replays from both the 2015 and 2016 seasons. That works out to just over $4 per round over the course of the season, with access to more live coverage and additional content than ever before.
“When you combine the extensive broadcast schedule and the addition of NBC Sports Gold, the 2017 season presents an unprecedented level of access to the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship,” said MX Sports Pro Racing President Davey Coombs. “Now our fans both domestically and internationally will be able to watch all the action unfold from the comfort of any television, mobile device, or streaming platform. While it is bittersweet to depart with the complementary live streaming we’ve enjoyed hosting on ProMotocross.com, the price point and the amount of content that is available with the ‘Pro Motocross Pass’ is truly incredible. It’s without a doubt the best deal of its kind for the sport as a whole.”
Fans around the world can now watch commercial free, on-demand live streaming of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship via NBC Sports Gold’s “Pro Motocross Pass.”
Capping off each round of the championship will be exclusive one-hour highlight shows on NBCSN, each airing within a handful of days of every National. NBCSN will also feature a mid-season-review episode, as well as season-review episodes for both the 450 Class and 250 Class.
The Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship broadcast team that will bring the action to the fans will once again feature Jason Weigandt as host, handling play-by-play duties during the races, with former Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Champion Grant Langston serving as the color analyst alongside Weigandt in the booth. Trackside correspondent Georgia Albertson returns as well, bringing viewers inside information and the latest breaking news from the pits.
The 2017 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship will kick off on Saturday, May 20, with the Red Bull Hangtown Motocross Classic from Prairie City SVRA in Sacramento, California. From there, the 45th anniversary of American motocross will take the fastest riders on the planet to the country’s most iconic venues before crowning a pair of champions from Ironman Raceway in Crawfordsville, Indiana, on August 26.
For information about the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, please visit ProMotocross.com and be sure to follow all of the Pro Motocross social media channels for exclusive content and additional information on the latest news:
SXQC RESULTS FROM MONTMAGNY AX – MAY 6
Super Lites 250
|51-5||Joey Bernier Aubin||9||–||1||5|
Next Round: Wolf River – May 20th
LUCAS OIL JUNIOR MOTO X – CANADIAN NOAH VINEY FIGHTING FOR A TITLE!
I just spoke with Ulf Viney and he informed me that young Noah Viney is in a heated battle with Hayden Deegan for the 65cc title at the Lucas Oil Junior Moto X Indoor Event. They are as close as 1/100 of a second from each other’s lap times!
Live timing and scoring link: http://juniormotox.escoremx.com/liveresults.asp
Ulf informed me that Lucas Oil will be streaming the races live this weekend. Be sure to check it out!
DMX TWITTER POLL RESULTS
We did an online poll using our Twitter feed and asked:
Which do you prefer, typed interviews, podcast interviews, or both?
Here are the results:
- Typed interviews – 44%
- Podcast interviews – 33%
- Both – 23%
Thanks for participating. I find these results rather inconclusive but will take them to mean we should continue to do both.
OK, have a great weekend, everyone. We’ll be heading across the border to check out the Loretta Lynn’s Area Qualifier at Baja Acres. As well as the tons of top-level American amateur racers will surely be some of the best Canadian amateurs. It should be a great weekend of racing on what is usually everyone’s favourite track, once they’ve ridden it.