Frid’Eh Update #22 | Tyler Gibbs Interview | Presented by Fox Racing Canada
By Billy Rainford
Welcome to Week #22 of the DMX Frid’Eh Update this week presented by Fox Racing Canada. Here in Ontario, tracks are opening back up and we’re going to take full advantage of it by heading up to Walton Raceway this afternoon to celebrate their Opening Day with them.
Greg Poisson and I will be trying the 2021 Gas Gas MC450. However, if you happen to read Monday Morning Coffee, you’ll know that I recently sort of “put my back out” simply by driving our VW Golf around Southwestern Ontario last week, so I may save my back for Sunday when we head up to Motopark for another ride.
I’m also looking forward to trying out their MTB trails while we’re there, so I’d like to be able to move a little bit by the time we get up near Owen Sound. We’ll see what happens today in Walton.
For 2021, #22 is Tyler Gibbs from out in Mission, BC. Tyler is another one of the fast riders who cut his teeth on the indoor tracks of the Future West Arenacross series in BC, so he definitely excels on the tight tracks. In fact, he went through the Supercross Futures series a couple years ago and is ready to his the Monster Energy AMA Supercross series whenever we can freely move across the border again.
On a side note, it sounds like his dad, Paul Gibbs, and I ran in the same circles way back in our youths up at the beach town of Grand Bend, Ontario. We never knew each other back then, but it was like a second home to me as I went up to play beach volleyball every weekend and his relative owned most of the beach up there! We also knew a ton of the same people. Small world. I always think it would be funny if we could go back in time and watch some drone footage just to see how often we really did cross paths.
Tyler raced the MX portion of the Canadian Triple Crown Series last summer on his Yamaha. He did pretty well, despite all the mud we had to deal with.
He headed home at the end of the season just in time to repack his bags and come back to Ontario to race the SX portion of the series on a loaner Honda from the GDR Honda Fox Racing team.
Here’s a look at his 202 results:
He’s a rider with a ton of potential. Unfortunately, with the way things are in the country right now, he may be a rider that slips through the cracks this season, as the pandemic restrictions continue to affect riders, sponsors, and series.
We got in touch with him to talk about last season and find out what he plans on doing for racing this season.
Direct Motocross: Hey, Tyler. Haven’t spoken to you in a little while. Let’s first back it up to the 2020 season. In MX your best finish was a 7th overall. Can you tell us how that part of the series went for you?
Tyler Gibbs: The outdoor series was pretty good for me. I had a lot of good results and I was happy with that. It would have been nice to not have so many mud races but that just how it goes sometimes.
And then it looked like you sort of found your groove in the SX portion of the series, never missing the top 10. How did that go and were you happy with your results?
I wasn’t to pump on my SX riding. I know I could have been running up there for wins. Switching bikes wasn’t ideal but I was happy to get to race. I only got two days on the Honda before the first race. And I just want to say thanks to GDR and Derek (Schuster) for letting me ride their bike.
I know you were interested in racing the AMA Supercross series this year, but it didn’t happen. Can you tell us a little bout that?
Just with COVID and the borders being closed it was just too hard to get down. Hopefully, it opens up so I can do it again.
So, what did you get up to all winter? What do you do for work?
I went snowboarding and rode my BMX at an indoor park a lot. I just help friends with jobs if they need me, so that’s mostly construction.
I saw you on a new colour in your social media videos. Why the change?
I just want to try it out and I like it but not sure if I’m going to stick with the red bike yet.
And how has your riding and training been going this spring?
I’ve been going to the gym quite a bit for the last 2 months but I haven’t been riding that much. I’m going to start getting back in the motos soon. I’ve been doing a lot of free riding and I am really like that type of riding.
Where have you been riding and who have you been riding with?
Not too many tracks to ride beside Popkum or Kamloops, but I’ve been doing a lot of free riding. I want to get into that stuff more. I like that type of riding.
And what’s your plan for this coming racing season? Will you be heading and staying east again this summer?
I’m not going across this summer. I would like to but it’s not in the cards this year. I will be doing the local races this summer.
You’re a rider who, like many BC riders, excels at the indoor game. Will you make an effort to get south in 2022?
Yes, that’s the plan.
How’s your little brother, Travis Gibbs, coming along? Is he nipping at your heels yet?
He’s doing good. He’s actually riding quite a bit which is good for him. He’s getting closer to me but he won’t ever beat me. Hahahaha.
OK, thanks for taking some time with us. I’m sorry we won’t be seeing you in the Triple Crown Series this summer, but good luck this season and who would you like to thank?
Holeshotmotorsports, Fox, Ride 100 Precent, Lime Nine, Seco seat covers, Sky Racing Suspension, Renthal Moto, John my trainer. There’s a bunch more people that help me and I’m super thankful that they help me.
It’s too bad we won’t be seeing Tyler racing the Canadian Triple Crown Series this summer, but it’s understandable with the way things are right now. Let’s cross our fingers that everything is back to normal once we get through this. If not, there is definitely going to be some sort of revolt!
Last week, we had three Canadians to cheer for at Round 1 of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championships at Fox Raceway in Pala, California. #888 Burg Giliomee, #179 Cole Thompson, and #515 Tyler Medaglia all hit the track.
In case you missed it, we spoke to the riders after their races:
#888 Burg Giliomee:
#515 Tyler Medaglia:
#179 Cole Thompson:
Didn’t hear back.
It was great to have another reason to be excited for the racing. Unfortunately, we won’t have the same incentive this week when we get to Thunder Valley MX in Colorado. However, Tyler has announced he’ll be at High Point in Pennsylvania for Round 3.
Thunder Valley Entry List
6 Jeremy Martin Millville, MN 250 Yamaha YZ 250F Monster Energy Star Racing Yamaha
18 Jett Lawrence Australia 250 Honda CRF250R Team Honda HRC
24 RJ Hampshire Hudson, FL 250 Husqvarna FC250 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing
26 Alex Martin Millville, MN 250 Yamaha YZ 250F Manluk/RockRiverYamaha/MergeRacing
30 Jo Shimoda Japan 250 Kawasaki KX 250 Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki
31 Cameron McAdoo Sioux City, IA 250 Kawasaki KX 250 Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki
32 Justin Cooper Cold Spring Harbor, NY 250 Yamaha YZ 250F Monster Energy Star Racing Yamaha
33 Derek Drake San Luis Obispo, CA 250 Suzuki RMZ 250 Bar X Suzuki
38 Austin Forkner Richards, MO 250 Kawasaki KX 250 MONSTER ENERGY | PRO CIRCUIT | KAWASAKI
39 Carson Mumford Simi Valley, CA 250 Honda CRF250R FXR Chaparral Honda
41 Hunter Lawrence Australia 250 Honda CRF250R Team Honda HRC
42 Michael Mosiman Sebastopol, CA 250 GASGAS MC250F Troy Lee Designs/ Red Bull/ GASGAS Factory Racing
45 Pierce Brown Sandy, UT 250 GASGAS MC250F Troy Lee Designs/ Red Bull/ GASGAS Factory Racing
47 Jalek Swoll Beleview, FL 250 Husqvarna FC250 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing
48 Garrett Marchbanks Coalville, UT 250 Yamaha YZ 250F Club MX
59 Jarrett Frye Mechanicsville, MD 250 Yamaha YZ 250F Monster Energy Star Racing Yamaha
61 Joey Crown Metamora, MI 250 Yamaha YZ 250F Club MX ATVs & More FXR Yamaha
64 Colt Nichols Muskogee, OK 250 Yamaha YZ 250F Monster Energy/Star Racing/Yamaha
67 Stilez Robertson Bakersfield, CA 250 Husqvarna FC250 Rockstar Energy Factory Husqvarna Racing
73 Derek Kelley Riverside, CA 250 GASGAS MC250F TPJ Racing Fly Racing Pirelli Lucas Oil
75 Ty Masterpool Paradise, TX 250 GASGAS MC250F Monster Energy Yamalube Star Yamaha Racing
77 Jerry Robin Hamel, MN 250 GASGAS MC250F FCC Motosports Canvas MX
90 Dilan Schwartz Alpine, CA 250 Suzuki RMZ 250 Barx Chaparral Ecstar Suzuki
91 Nathanael Thrasher Livingston, CA 250 Yamaha YZ 250F Monster Energy Star Racing Yamaha
112 Xylian Ramella Switzerland 250 KTM 250 SX-F
115 Maximus Vohland Granite Bay 250 KTM 250 SX-F FE Red Bull KTM
124 Lane Shaw Alvin, TX 250 KTM 250 SX-F Tech Services Racing / K&R Racing
127 Jacob Bork Fort Collins, CO 250 Yamaha YZ 250F BC Granite and Marble Motor Medic Racing FXR
150 Seth Hammaker Bainbridge, PA 250 Kawasaki KX 250 Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki
158 Tre Fierro El Paso, TX 250 KTM 250 SX-F Factory KTM of Mexico
159 Tyson Johnson Ripon, CA 250 KTM 250 SX-F EMTRacing
162 Maxwell Sanford Pasadena, MD 250 Honda CRF250R TiLUBE Honda
168 Cale Kuchnicki Alanson, MI 250 GASGAS MC250F Highland Trails Racing
182 Mason Olson Sparks, NV 250 GASGAS MC250F Fly Racing Carson Motorsports Flow Vision
186 Tyler Monks Colorado Springs, CO 250 Husqvarna FC250 M.C. Racing
195 Blake Ashley Conyers, GA 250 Yamaha YZ 250F Backyard Designs A1 Racing Fasthouse
204 Kyle Greeson Knightsen, CA 250 KTM 250 SX-F
212 Daniel Ramirez Costa Rica 250 Kawasaki KX 250 Ramirez Racing
220 Ramyller Alves Coconut Creek, FL 250 GASGAS MC250F JMC Motorsports FLY Racing GasGas
241 Joshua Varize Perris, CA 250 KTM 250 SX-F KTM Orangebrigade
249 Bailey Kroone Ham Lake, MN 250 Yamaha YZ 250F
286 Brandon Sussman San Diego, CA 250 Yamaha YZ 250F
299 Konnor Visger Bellevue, MI 250 Honda CRF250R BWR Engines Fly Racing Pro Circuit
308 Nicholas Jackson Lake City, MN 250 Yamaha YZ 250F The Move Group
310 Kai Aiello Temecula, CA 250 Husqvarna FC250 AEO Husqvarna
350 Chandler Baker Oklahoma City, OK 250 Yamaha YZ 250F EBR Performance Altus Motorsports Yamaha
352 Bronson McClure Arvada, CO 250 Husqvarna FC250 GForce Powersports Fox Racing Defy Graphics
402 Samuel Greenawalt Jacksonville, FL 250 Yamaha YZ 250F Pure Outlaw Racing
422 Steven Keil Delta, OH 250 Honda CRF250R RYDR Powersports Turbo Speed Tuning Fathm Co
432 Kaeden Amerine Great Bend, KS 250 Yamaha YZ 250F
458 Brent Burkhart Elk Grove, CA 250 Yamaha YZ 250F
461 Thomas Richards Whitefish, MT 250 Suzuki RMZ 250 Poet Motorcycles
486 Dennis Gritzmacher Sussex, WI 250 KTM 250 SX-F Robs Performance Motorsports
538 Addison Emory IV Owasso, OK 250 Yamaha YZ 250F VPE Yamaha
553 Brent Rouse Torrance, CA 250 Honda CRF250R Patch Master Racing Mid Cities Honda
554 Wade Brommel Indianola, IA 250 Kawasaki KX 250 Riding on the Edge Real Ink Graphics Cox Concrete
604 Max Miller Springfield 250 KTM 250 SX-F KTM Orange Brigade
610 Nicolas Gonzales Hemet, CA 250 KTM 250 SX-F Grindstone
667 Jesse Flock Claremore, OK 250 Husqvarna FC250 Fox Racing Shift MX Dunlop Tires
718 Grant Taylor Tomball, TX 250 Kawasaki KX 250 Grant Taylor Mx training/Vlogs
721 Zachary Harris Lincoln, NE 250 Honda CRF250R Starcity Motorsports D&K Automotive Fly Racing
726 Gared Steinke Woodland, CA 250 Kawasaki KX 250 Lonesome Camel Farms
742 TJ Uselman Willow Park, TX 250 GASGAS MC250F Race Trailer Parts Tru Contracting Peer Brothers Racing
778 James Harrington Hanover, MA 250 Yamaha YZ 250F Newcomb Racing
796 Brendan Sipple Austin, TX 250 Husqvarna FC250
811 Christopher Williams Ortonville, MI 250 Suzuki RMZ 250 Williams Racing
819 Blake Hoag Kennard, NE 250 Yamaha YZ 250F Corrosion Specialties RaceTech Shift
841 Jeff Walker Sylvania, OH 250 KTM 250 SX-F Walker Motorsports
874 Zack Williams New Prague, MN 250 GASGAS MC250F Fusion Motorsports
924 Gage Hulsey Park Hills, MO 250 Yamaha YZ 250F Hulsey Racing
959 Max Groom Redlands, CA 250 KTM 250 SX-F Chrysler-Works
995 Christopher Prebula Petersburg, MI 250 KTM 250 SX-F Team Imperial
1 Zachary Osborne Abingdon, VA 450 Husqvarna FC450 RE Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing
2 Cooper Webb Newport, NC 450 KTM 450 SX-F FE Red Bull KTM
3 Eli Tomac Cortez, CO 450 Kawasaki KX450 Monster Energy Kawasaki
7 Aaron Plessinger Hamilton, OH 450 Yamaha YZ 450F Monster Energy Star Racing Yamaha
9 Adam Cianciarulo Montverde, FL 450 Kawasaki KX450 Monster Energy Kawasaki
14 Dylan Ferrandis France 450 Yamaha YZ 450F Monster Energy Star Racing Yamaha
15 Dean Wilson United Kingdom 450 Husqvarna FC450 RE Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing
17 Joseph Savatgy Tallahassee, FL 450 KTM 450 SX-F FE Rocky Mountain ATV/MC- WPS-KTM
19 Justin Bogle Cushing, OK 450 KTM 450 SX-F FE Team Rocky Mountain ATV/MC – WPS – KTM
21 Jason Anderson Rio Rancho, NM 450 Husqvarna FC450 RE Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing
23 Chase Sexton La Moille, IL 450 Honda CRF450R WE Team Honda HRC
25 Marvin Musquin France 450 KTM 450 SX-F FE Red Bull KTM
28 Brandon Hartranft Brick, NJ 450 Suzuki RMZ 450 Twisted Tea Suzuki
29 Christian Craig Temecula, CA 450 Yamaha YZ 450F Monster Energy Star Racing Yamaha
34 Max Anstie United Kingdom 450 Suzuki RMZ 450 Twisted Tea Suzuki
43 Fredrik Noren Sweden 450 KTM 450 SX-F Cole Racing Ikthus CBD KTM
51 Justin Barcia Greenville, FL 450 GASGAS MC450F Troy Lee Designs/ Red Bull/ GASGAS Factory Racing
57 Justin Rodbell Prince Frederick, MD 450 Kawasaki KX450 SGB Racing Maxxis Babbitt’s Kawasaki
58 Jacob Hayes Greensboro,NC 450 KTM 450 SX-F Hayes Racing
72 Coty Schock Dover, DE 450 Honda CRF450R FXR Chaparral Honda
74 Mitchell Falk Costa Mesa, CA 450 GASGAS MC450F MFalk60 Racing
83 Alex Ray Atwood, TN 450 Kawasaki KX450 SGB_Racing/Babbitts Online Kawasaki/Maxxis
87 Curren Thurman Alvin, TX 450 GASGAS MC450F Ronnie Prado Company
94 Ken Roczen Germany 450 Honda CRF450R WE Team Honda HRC
97 Ben LaMay Anchorage, AK 450 KTM 450 SX-F Sun Enterprise Thunder Trucking Plum Creek Funding LBeardsleyCPA
135 Robert Fitch, Jr. Watkins, CO 450 Husqvarna FC450 RMCP
148 Bryce Hansen Kaukauna, WI 450 Kawasaki KX450
169 Dylan Kappeler Redwood City, CA 450 KTM 450 SX-F Kappeler Construction, Inc. Chilton Auto Body Webcor Builders
193 Hunter Schlosser El Paso, TX 450 Yamaha YZ 450F Slushienation Blendzall
225 Brett Stralo Valley Center, CA 450 GASGAS MC450F Altitude Racing MX
245 Andrew Barros Lincoln, CA 450 KTM 450 SX-F FE
250 Brandon Kallberg Olympia, WA 450 KTM 450 SX-F Wenatchee Powersports KTM
254 Cody Briner Sierra Vista, AZ 450 GASGAS MC450F Briner Racing
270 Jacob Runkles Sykesville, MD 450 GASGAS MC450F Runkles Racing
274 Jared Struebing Federal Way, WA 450 Husqvarna FC450 Aektiv / JMC Husqvarna
280 Cade Clason Tucson, AZ 450 Kawasaki KX450 PRMX Kawasaki
309 Jeremy Smith Marmora, NJ 450 Kawasaki KX450 SGB Racing Maxxis Babbitt’s Kawasaki
314 Tyler Stepek Mount Airy, MD 450 Kawasaki KX450 Tomahawk MX
319 Devon Bates Las Vegas, NV 450 KTM 450 SX-F
345 Joshua Prior Hebron, CT 450 GASGAS MC450F Custom MX Supply American Ladders and Scaffolds 6D
354 Jason Lutton Warren, OH 450 Kawasaki KX450 Motosport.com Fasthouse Viral Brand
357 Kameron Barboa Bosque Farms, NM 450 Yamaha YZ 450F Barboa Racing
374 Mario Roman Spain 450 Yamaha YZ 450F
381 Taylor Burley Elizabeth, CO 450 Honda CRF450R WE SC Racing
399 Bryant Humiston Rocksprings, WY 450 KTM 450 SX-F Legend Services Racing
427 Deegan Vonlossberg Palmdale, CA 450 Yamaha YZ 450F Grindstone Compound Fasthouse 100%
441 Scott Meshey Zephyrhills, FL 450 Husqvarna FC450 RE JMC Motorsports Husqvarna
447 Deven Raper Mesa, AZ 450 Kawasaki KX450 RJC Racing Kelly’s Kawasaki
450 Brad Burkhart Elk Grove, CA 450 Yamaha YZ 450F Forever Two Wheels Pacific Coast Construction Redneck Rippers
457 Rashidi Kerrison Manhattan, NY 450 Honda CRF450R Jay’s Autosound Cinch Cycling Scrub N Dirt
514 Anthony Roth Cedar Run, NJ 450 Yamaha YZ 450F SGB Racing Maxxis Babbitt’s Kawasaki
550 John Citrola Grand Junction, CO 450 Honda CRF450R Perriâ€™s Powersports | Defy Graphics
559 Dylan Merriam Corona, CA 450 Yamaha YZ 450F RJC Racing
565 Dominic DeSimone Las Vegas, NV 450 Honda CRF450R we1 Racing
600 Connor Olson Littleton, CO 450 KTM 450 SX-F Moto Spot Show Racing
608 David Pulley Jr Lake Elsinore, CA 450 Honda CRF450R DMP Motorsports
622 Zac Maley Laotto, IN 450 Yamaha YZ 450F Wolfworx Yamaha
645 Colby Copp Los Banos, CA 450 GASGAS MC450F Powerhouse Farms NCM Concrete Combs1 Equipment
672 Brandon Pederson Los Fresnos, TX 450 Husqvarna FC450 RE
703 Justin Rando East Lyme, CT 450 Yamaha YZ 450F 3D Racing Northeast Financial Group
715 Phillip Nicoletti Cohocton, NY 450 Yamaha YZ 450F Club MX
747 Cody Gray Dacono, CO 450 Yamaha YZ 450F Tri City Cycle Performance Equipment Pro Racing Suspension
765 Zack Archer Moorhead, IA 450 Kawasaki KX450 Yankton Motorsports
768 Cole Shondeck Colorado Springs, CO 450 Honda CRF450R Shondeck Racing
794 Bryce Backaus Neillsville, WI 450 Yamaha YZ 450F All Motor Performance Feine Tune
862 Ozzy Barbaree White Hall, AR 450 Suzuki RMZ 450 Shock Sox Berm Lords
951 Ryan Surratt Corona, CA 450 Husqvarna FC450 AllSouth
#280 Cade Clason will be there representing his Team PRMX sponsors, so we’ll get behind him this weekend. Good luck, Cade.
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ROCKSTAR ENERGY HUSQVARNA FACTORY RACING’S JASON ANDERSON SUSTAINS A BROKEN HAND
|ANDERSON EXPECTED TO MISS 6-8 WEEKS OF RACING THIS SUMMER|
|Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Jason Anderson has sustained a broken hand following a practice crash that took place earlier today in his home state of New Mexico. Anderson is expected to miss six to eight weeks of the 2021 AMA Pro Motocross Championship, beginning with this Saturday’s Thunder Valley MX National in Lakewood, Colorado.|
Stephen Westfall, Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Team Manager: “It’s very unfortunate that Jason had a crash while practicing today, resulting in a broken right hand. We wish him a speedy recovery and look forward to having him back to the races ASAP.”
For more information on the Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Team and its athletes, visit www.husqvarna-motorcycles.com.
Short and sweet this week. I won’t apologize, though, because I’m just pumped to be heading to Walton right now! It’s always great to hit up a National MX track before the racing starts to see what everyone has been up to. Watch for some reports from this afternoon on our Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Website.
Thanks for reading and have a great weekend, everyone.