Frid’Eh Update #21 Presented by Fox FLEXAIR
By Jeff McConkey and Billy Rainford
Welcome to the 21st week of the DMX Frid’Eh Update presented this week by Fox FLEXAIR. For 2015, #21 belongs to the popular Kemptville, Ontario, rider, Honda Canada TLD GDR’s Jeremy Medaglia. Jeremy has been touted as a championship contender since his early days as a top Intermediate. Unfortunately, he hasn’t been able to realize that potential…yet.
For this year, Jeremy is paired up with the defending MX1 champion, Colton Facciotti, and had a solid winter of training down south. Could this be the year he puts it all together? Jeff caught up with him to get his take on things:
Direct Motocross: Hey, Jer, how’s it going?
Jeremy Medaglia: It’s going good. Just got off the plane here in Vancouver. One more to go and I’ll be in Kamloops.
How has your pre-season been this year?
It’s been solid – strong support from my team which always makes my life easier. I stayed down south a little longer due to the snow that stayed around forever (laughs). Been having fun and looking forward to racing, that’s for sure.
This time last year, you had just switched teams and brands. Do you feel like you were behind the eight-ball from the get go?
Ya, it definitely was. It made for a tough season but that’s apart of this sport and it just makes the good things feel that much better now.
Fast-forward to this year. You signed with your current team early in the off-season. How much of a relief was it knowing that you just had to worry about riding all winter long?
It was a huge weight off my shoulders. The team obviously proved themselves winning the MX1 title so that made my decision a lot easier knowing they had things dialed in. Anything in life takes preparation to be done right and I believe that’s what we have done this time around.
You’ve always been fast, and you’ve always had great fitness. Is your new GDR Honda the missing ingredient?
I would like to think so. So much goes into this. Winning isn’t easy but when you have the right tools it’s definitely easier. I think a lot of things are going to play a part in a better 2015 for me.
You have come close to winning the MX2 championship in the past. What do you have to do differently this season to become champion?
Yes, it was a close fight a couple years ago that went right to the final moto. Definitely need to be in it each weekend and make the best of every situation. It’s not something complex that will help get it done, it’s going to be a few simple things I need to do right.
Who do you expect to be battling with for this season’s championship?
There’s going to be a handful of riders that can go fast, but may not have the whole package. I’m becoming a bit of a veteran now and know that it’s not that easy. I’m not even going to say names until I see who brings what to round 1.
Well, it’s finally here. Round 1 kicks off this weekend in Kamloops. What’s the game plan for Sunday?
Game plan is to go to work and make sure I take care of everything the right way that I can control. I’m looking to having a blast and enjoying myself at each of the 10 rounds.
Thank you for your time, Jeremy, and good luck this season. Who would you like thank?
Hats off to my team, GDR Honda, for everything that they have done in all the pre-season prep. Be sure to stop by the rig at some point this summer to see everyone who is involved in our program. Also, a huge thanks to everyone who helps me out behind the scenes: family, friends, #21 supporters. See you guys at the track!
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Women’s West Series
1st Rachel Springman
2nd Sarah King
3rd Kennedy Lutz
4th Jamie Munro
5th Dominique Daffe
MX1 and MX2
1st Jeremy Medaglia
2nd Cole Martinez
3rd Kaven Benoit
4th Jimmy Decotis
5th Brad NaudittIn the MX1 class, Honda Canada TLD GDR’s Colton Facciotti will be looking to add yet another number one plate to his already impressive collection. This may be Colton’s biggest challenge with 2 former champions joining the long list of challengers. Australian Monster Energy Thor Kawasaki’s Brett Metcalfe and Florida native Rockstar OTSFF Yamaha’s Matt Goerke will no doubt be looking to reclaim the titles they both were unable to defend.
1st Colton Facciotti
2nd Brett Metcalfe
3rd Cole Thompson
4th Matt Goreke
5th Tyler Medaglia
MMRS KTM Provincial Series
In local action, Round 7 of the MMRS KTM Provincial Series is at Cochranes this weekend. As always, the club offers open optional practice all day Saturday and racing Sunday. Short and sweet for me this week. Good luck to all of the guys and gals lining up in Kamloops this weekend. Stay safe and have fun!
If you haven’t already, be sure to check out my On the Radar with Alex Hobden and Out of the Blue with Roxanne Fournier. Have a great weekend and be sure to keep your eyes on DMX and our social media feeds as Bigwave will be getting tons of fresh material from Kamloops. See you next week and remember to always #smileforBC!
Oh boy, where do I start?! I’m currently hunkered down in the A&W restaurant across the street from Okanogan Dodge in Kelowna, BC. But didn’t he just get a brand new van, you ask? Yes, he did. For starters, A&W has really upped their game! I’m plugged in and just had breakfast on an actual plate! And, if I want, my $1 cup of coffee is bottomless! Nicely done.
I left London, Ontario, in my new Dodge Grand Caravan Tuesday afternoon (Emily’s birthday, I might add!) looking forward to another cross-country journey, this time in a nice, new vehicle. What could possibly go wrong, right? Well, if you’ll remember, my late-May trips have been eventful, to say the least.
I’ve done the trip sleeping in the back of a 1989 Buick Electra Estate Wagon named ‘Carmen,’ I’ve been stranded north of Lake Superior in the ‘Bates Motel,’ and I’ve lost control of a 26-foot converted U-Haul’s steering system coming down from the mountains at 2am in the pouring rain. It’s been a bit of a 3-ringer for me.
Ah, skip it. I told the story a hundred times today at Whispering Pines. Let’s just say I have a rental car and the parts should be in sometime Tuesday…
It’s been a bit of a crazy couple days for me and sleep is something I think I’ve forgotten. I DID manage to make it out to the track today, so let me just throw a bunch up here now and call it a day:
I apologize for the lateness of the Update this week. Things happened that were just out of my control. Thanks for reading and everyone get some rest because we are about to go CANADIAN NATIONAL racing! Have a great weekend.