Frid’Eh Update #21 Presented by Troy Lee Designs Canada
By Jeff McConkey and Billy Rainford
Welcome to Week #21 of the DMX Frid’Eh Update this week presented by Troy Lee Designs Canada. For 2016, #21 belongs to the Texan we got to know very well back when he first came up to Canada and lived out of the cab of his pick-up truck…with his mechanic!
Kyle Swanson became Canada’s newest motocross sweetheart when word of his commitment and dedication to the sport became public knowledge. He didn’t do it for publicity or notoriety. No, not at all. It was purely out of necessity.
Fast forward a couple years, and Kyle was on the newly formed Suzuki team that was to receive the majority of its funding from the Canadian oil industry. Unfortunately, the industry suffered extremely difficult times early last year and the team just didn’t have the funding it had counted on. But it didn’t stop Kyle and the Danyluks from going racing.
When Kyle had his race bike stolen right out of his trailer at round 2 in Nanaimo last year, he raced Brittany Danyluk‘s bike. Again, he showed he had the speed to compete at the top level and was given a 450 ride on the Devil’s Lake Yamaha team.
Kyle’s 2016 season’s results:
Kyle had his best result at the final round at Walton Raceway with a 6th place overall (6-8). We got in touch with him this afternoon. He has a whole bunch of things going on in his life right now, so here’s what he had to say:
Direct Motocross: Hello, Kyle. First off, would you mind taking us through last summer? You started in MX2 then got picked up for the east in MX1. How did it all happen and go?
Last summer, we started off round one on the Danyluk Racing Team just 30 days after a broken femur in the MX2 class! Second round in Nanaimo, my race bike was stolen, eventually leading into the team going under by the fourth round sitting about 10th in points! I was then forced to move to the MX1 class. Even with the team going under, the Danyluks where able to give me a 450 they had under the [condition] that it’s all on me through Walton! Thanks to them for even making that possible! So we went east! I raced Gopher Dunes on the Suzuki going DNF-15, then we raced Sand Del Lee on it again going 12-9 for a 9th overall, landing myself a ride aboard the Devil’s lake Yamaha team as their MX1 rider! I would then go on to finish every moto in the top 8 leaving Walton with a 6th overall!
What did you do as soon as Walton was over?
After Walton I went home and got my things together to go back and actually re-join the Danyluk team for an 8-round Arenacross series held in British Columbia.
How did that go?
I raced the [Future West] Canadian Arenacross Series finishing 5th in 450 overall and 4th in 250. I got a couple Dash for Cash wins, made some good money and left every weekend out of the ‘normal man doors’ by not pile driving myself or anyone else through the barn walls, so I was quite satisfied with the season.
What’s new in your life down there in Texas? You mentioned a new property, cabin, and training facility?
Everything is new for me back home! During the third round of Arenacross, I got a call that we had been approved for the land we wanted, so by the time I had reached home we had closed on the land and the Swansons now own 21 beautiful acres in south Texas! I was able to have my home built and finished about 3 months ago as well as my outdoor track. We call it the SWANPOUND! It’s a place where I allow people to come train along side of me. Rather than being the old guy on the side of the track holding a beer telling you how fast he use to be, I actually allow the riders to come in and train with me while I’m currently going through the steps of becoming a champion.
So, if anyone is interested in checking out ‘Swanpound’ how would they get in touch and make that happen?
If anyone is interested in coming down and training with me at the Swanpound, the easiest way is to just approach me in person and we can get things handled that way, or as always Facebook, Instagram, or email: email@example.com
Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championships Start this Weekend!
Hey, guys. There’s Christmas, there’s A1, and then there is Hangtown. This weekend marks the season opener and you have got to be super-excited about both classes.
In the 250 class we have rookies, vets and a few racers taking their last stab at the small bore class. Jeremy Martin is the strong favourite to capture his 3rd straight crown. I’d like to say that Cooper Webb will challenge his teammate, but I think Webb will exit the series very early due to his wrist injury.
Injury prone former ‘can’t miss kid,’ Adam Cianciarulo, makes his return to Pro racing. Poor Adam has had a very rough go as a Pro, but he hasn’t given up. I just hope the bad luck and injuries are behind the #44. Zach Osborne will be very dangerous aboard his Husqvarna, as will Aaron Plessinger on the #23 Yamaha. It will be interesting to see how super-rookie Austin Forkner makes out on Saturday. Only time will tell, but it’s going to be one heck of a season.
In the 450 class, Ryan Dungey will once again be a favourite, but he will have many contenders this time around. Ken Roczen finished SX very strong and will look to keep the ball rolling. And then there is Eli Tomac. Eli completely trashed the competition at the start of the season before trashing both of his shoulders in a season-ending crash. Eli looked good in SX, but he still did not look like himself. Outdoors is an all new beast and I believe the real Eli will show up.
The big question mark for me is James Stewart. Win, lose, or crash out, I will be happy just seeing James out there racing. Love him or hate him, he’s still one of the very best of all time. He went undefeated one season, and throughout his career he really changed the game.
In case you’ve forgotten…
Here are my predictions for the opening round:
1st Jeremy Martin
2nd Zach Osborne
3rd Austin Forkner
4th Adam Cianciarulo
5th Aaron Plessinger
1st Eli Tomac
2nd Ryan Dungey
3rd Ken Roczen
4th Marvin Musquin
5th Blake Baggett
Local Ontario Races
Here at home we have a long weekend. That means a lot of good racing. Some riders will be heading to Motopark for the Moto Cup while others will head to Madoc for the MMRS event. I, myself, will be making the drive to Madoc. This will be my last chance to have some fun aboard Husqvarna FC250 before returning it. I’ve really been dying to ride this bike on a fast, harder packed track to see how great this bike really is. I can guarantee that the FC250 won’t disappoint. This bike really revs to the moon and is very fun to ride higher up in 3rd and 4th gear. It will also be a blast railing the deep Madoc ruts. This is where I would like to give a huge thank you to Victoria Hett and the people at Husqvarna Canada. They gave me a chance to have a ton of fun on a great bike. Thank you very much guys!
Also, while I’m throwing out thank you’s, a big thanks to Casey Huntley and the great people at Pirelli. They went above and beyond and set us up with the new MX32 Pro tire to test. This is the same tire that the JGR and BTO Sports teams have been using throughout SX. From what I have heard, these will be the perfect tires, and I can’t wait to experience how great they are for myself.
That’s it for me, I need to mount some tires! Have a safe long weekend and #smileforBC!
Thanks, Jeff. Have fun on the Pirelli-equipped Husqvarna this weekend! Hey, have you ever completely forgotten to get your new stickers for your car’s license plates? Well, it’s been a while since I’ve had my own vehicle in my own name (very long story!) and I recently changed my address. These things added up to result in my forgetting to get new stickers. Anyway, I’ll need to take a short break to get this sorted out so I can legally drive up to the Motopark Moto Cup this weekend. I’ll be right back…
Wow, that literally took 1 minute at the DMV. Nice work, Service Ontario! Didn’t even have to pay my bogus camera speeding tickets.
We are now heading straight into outdoor motocross season! I know Supercross is perhaps ‘where the money is,’ but diehard motocross fans always look forward to the true test of strength and endurance that is the outdoors. We’ve got two Lucas Oil AMA races at Hangtown and Glen Helen, and then our attention will point due north to Kamloops and the Whispering Pines track for round 1 of the Rockstar Energy Drink MX Nationals.
Here’s a look at the Hangtown track:
Canadian Content to Watch For:
When the gates drop this week out in California, there will be certain riders who are closer to our Canadian hearts than others. Here’s a list of riders to watch for this weekend:
|63||Jesse||Wentland||Elk River, MN||RSR | Starr Cycle Honda||Honda|
|96||Noah||McConahy||Spokane, WA||George Gee Auto Company||Husqvarna|
|352||Alex||Harvill||Ephrata, WA||Harvill Racing||Suzuki|
|670||Dylan||Schmoke||Alpine, CA||Schmoke Motorsports||KTM|
There may be a few more who show up and register to race, but these are the names on the pre-entry list who are either Canadian or have raced a series here in Canada recently. Good luck to everyone!
Brock Leitner at Hangtown
As far as I can tell, BC rider, #497 Brock Leitner, will be the only Canadian lining up this week in California. I gave him a call today and caught him as he was trying to park the RV in the pits; he was busy. Brock is quickly racking up the travel miles after hitting a bunch of races last winter and now heading to California to try his luck at Hangtown again.
Last year, Brock lined up in Sacramento but had some bike issues during qualifying. He went out and grabbed the holeshot in the LCQ but went down and didn’t make the 40-rider field. His goal for this year is to make it in and then, hopefully, “get inside the top 30.”
As he was parking the rig, he said it was only 53 degrees F and that they are calling for rain tomorrow. He will race this weekend but will not be lining up next week at Glen Helen.
Good luck, Brock. We’ll be sure to get in touch for an update after the weekend. See you out in Kamloops!
#28 Keylan Meston Interview
I saw this linked on Facebook. It will give you a bit of an idea what Keylan Meston is up to. It’s a short interview over on Riders West Mag.
Off-Road Specialist, Lexi Pechout, Competing in Women’s West MX Nationals
Things just got a little more interesting out west in the Women’s MX Nationals. Calgary, Alberta’s Lexi Pechout is 2015 Amsoil Endurocross’s #1 rider. She finished the season 3rd in points (just 7 ahead of fellow Canadian, Shelby Turner) and will now turn her attention to motocross, for the month of June at least.
She has impressed fellow Calgary rider, Keylan Meston, who is quoted as saying, “she charges the corners like no other female racer I’ve seen!” Calgary’s Dave MacGregor will be at her side as she goes for the #1 plate.
Watch for a more in depth interview with Lexi soon here on DMX. I gave her a call today for a quick update.
Lexi has decided to change things up a bit for this year. The Endurocross schedule is so tight now that she would have to almost spend her entire time down in the USA and that just wouldn’t work. She’s raced Enduro her whole life and moved over to EX in 2012.
She works at Blackfoot Direct and will be riding a Husqvarna in the Women’s West Nationals where she plans to compete in all 4 rounds. Interestingly, the final round in Regina overlaps with the big Red Bull Rocks and Logs event in her hometown of Calgary, but not to worry: “We’ll have two bike prepared and will race Regina on the Saturday and then drive all night back to Calgary to compete in Rocks and Logs on the Sunday.”
She’s been riding at Wild Rose MX and picking things up by watching Keylan Meston ride and getting some help from Jared Stock too. She really has no expectations but did add that she wants to finish in the top 5 when the series is done.
Thanks for the chat on your lunch break, Lexi. I know that Dean Thompson was probably looking over your shoulder and saying “Blackfoot Direct” every 3-4 seconds! HAHA. The west series just got a little more interesting!
Eve Brodeur 5th in 1st Moto at Hangtown
Here is some amateur video of the first moto at Hangtown where Canadian #141 Eve Brodeur placed 5th:
Good luck, Eve!
A Couple Videos from Gopher Dunes this Past Weekend
New Era Motopark Cup Round 1 & 2, May 21 & 22, 2016
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Photo Report: Gopher Dunes AMO ANQ
By Billy Rainford
In case you missed it this week on the site:
It feels so good to be at outdoor races again! Well, the weather could have cooperated a little more, but it was still a nice change to come out from under the lights and into the sunshine…and snow, and sleet, and wind, and hail…
It was a weird day, weather-wise, for sure, Sunday at Gopher Dunes. With a high of only 5-7 degrees C, and wind that had it looking like a scene from one of those horrible Mummy movies (not the great old ones, the new terrible ones). Sand storms had spectators and photographers ducking for cover and riders trying to land back on the track!
I heard they had just under 400 entries and the racing was actually great, regardless of what Mother Nature tried to do. Here’s a look at some of the racing action from the Atlas Brace Madskills RD3 – SWO ANQ #2 at Gopher Dunes.
Well, I guess that will do it for another week. Have a great weekend, wherever your bike may take you. I’ll be up at Motopark taking in the Motopark Cup. The weather is finally going to cooperate so it should be a good one. Saskatchewan native, Shawn Maffenbeier, is still here in Ontario so watch for him to be tough to beat this weekend on his Big Steel Box Fly Redemption Racing KTM 250F. Just remember to tell Dave Snider to plug the coffee maker in!