Frid’Eh Update #27 Presented by Fly Racing

Frid’Eh Update #27 Presented by Fly Racing

Frid’Eh Update #27 Presented by Fly Racing

By Jeff McConkey and Billy Rainford

Update #27 belongs to Newtonville, Ontario, rider, Westen Wrozyna | Bigwave photo

Welcome to week #27. We’re over halfway through the year, and #27 belongs to a rider who came up through the ranks with potential only limited by the sky. Westen Wrozyna has done some pretty cool things during his career.

Westen and his family could always be found at big amateur events from one side of the continent to the other. Westen even got an invite to race the Monster Cup during his Supermini year. I actually hopped into a minivan with his dad (Wes Wrozyna) and Cale Foster and we drove his race bikes out to Las Vegas while Westen, Camshaft, and his mom flew out. It was another adventure that stands out in my mind.

(Fun Fact: although Westen and his dad appear to have the same first names, Wes’ name is actually short for Wesley, not Westen.)

We didn’t see Westen out west when the Nationals started in Kamloops, so we wanted to find out what he’s been doing and what his summer racing plans were. Here’s what he had to say:

Direct Motocross: Hey, Westen. We didn’t see you out west this summer. Were you ever planning on heading out this summer? Why? Why not?

Westen Wrozyna: I would have loved to been out there racing but unfortunately I just don’t have the support or funding to go out west this year and I needed to stay home and work so I could race the east coast.

You ended up with #27 for 2017. Can you take us through your 2016 season? What were your highs? What were your lows?

2016 was an interesting year. When the series came to Gopher I actually wasn’t planning on racing due to not having a race bike ready but I got a last-minute call from the Monster Energy Kawasaki team that they could put a race bike together for me to race the east coast on, and without them I wouldn’t have been out there.

The east coast went good, I was consistently in the top 10 and it was a good year to build off of.

What did you get up to after the season ended last summer?

After the season ended, I did the London and Sarnia AX Tour rounds. Then, Marco Cannella and I went down south for a few months before Mini O’s. After Mini O’s, I came home and started working.

Westen will be at an eastern round of the nationals as soon as his wrist is good to go | Bigwave photo

What did you do for training/racing over the winter?

I wasn’t able to go down south after December. I realized that I wasn’t gonna get the support that I needed to go racing this year and I had to stay home so I could buy myself a bike. Basically, I just worked as much as I could and was in the gym or on the stationary as much as I could.

Have you been following the series so far? What do you think of the racing? Anyone stand out for you?

Yeah, I’ve been following the series. It looks like the racing is really close this year, definitely some new fast guys out there. I’m excited to get out there and see where I stand.

So, I see you’ve been racing locally this summer so far. How has that been going? What have you bee racing?

Yeah, I’ve been racing couple AMO/MMRS races. It’s been really fun just doing the local stuff getting myself ready to race the nationals.

Westen and his family were regulars on the amateur circuit for years | Bigwave photo

Will you be doing all the eastern rounds of the nationals?

As of right now, I’m unsure. I don’t think I will be racing all the eastern rounds due to a wrist injury, but will be out there as soon as I can. It all depends on when I get the ‘all good.’

What are your goals for this summer?

My goal is to be a consistent top 5 guy and hopefully end up on the box a moto or two.

How’s your little brother, Cameron, doing with his racing?

Cameron just switched to 125’s and he is killing it right now. He’s working hard. It will be interesting to see what he can do at the amateur nationals.

I look forward to seeing you and your family at Gopher Dunes, even if you’re just spectating. Who would you like to thank?

Yeah, see you at the races! I can’t thank my parents enough, Fasthouse, St. Onge, Atlas Brace, Mica Sport Canada, Scott goggles, Herc’s Peterborough, SSS, 139designs, Hinson, Ride Engineering, Ortho Flex and CJ Customs.

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Happy Canada Day, everyone.

Rockstar MX Nationals

I’d like to say that the summer has been hot and sunny to start our Southern Ontario summer, but I’d be lying. Fortunately, we have made it through 4 Western rounds without a mud race. Yes, we have been pretty lucky so far, and I hope the luck continues. So now we head East in a week. And to Gopher Dunes for the 5th round of the series. Gopher, arguably, is North America’s roughest track. Many have played it down and said that they could ride sand. And many have been bitten by the beast we call the Dunes. But then we have the rare few that actually enjoy the nasty humid conditions, and pickup truck size bomb holes.

Like I said, there are some that excel in these conditions, then there is that one guy that actually dominates. That guy is Matt Goerke. The best way to describe Goerke and his skill at Gopher, is to us a quote from the ‘Moaner’ himself, John Nelson. John said something to the effect, “Somebody needs to black flag Goerke, his throttle is stuck wide open!” Yeah, Matt goes that fast at The Dunes. The biggest question mark is, will former World Champion Christophe Pourcel be able to run with Goerke? I, myself, think Christophe will obviously be very good, but I don’t think anyone can run with Goerke.

Can anyone hang with Matt Goerke at Gopher Dunes this year? | Bigwave photo

Place – Name
Number – Hometown
Total Points
1st 1st 5th 1st 212
5th 2nd 1st 3rd 212
2nd 4th 2nd 5th 190 (-22)
#10 – ALYMER, ON
4th 3rd 3rd 8th 185 (-27)
#6 – TURO, NS
3rd 6th 4th 4th 180 (-32)
8th 5th 6th 2nd 174 (-38)
7th 7th 7th 6th 153 (-59)
9th 10th 9th 7th 137 (-75)
18th 8th 8th 9th 121 (-91)
10th 12th 17th 10th 109 (-103)
11th 11th 19th 11th 104 (-108)
13th 9th 10th 18th 102 (-110)
14th 15th 14th 13th 87 (-125)
#501 – MIAMI, SK
16th 20th 13th 15th 76 (-136)
19th 11th 12th 70 (-142)
17th 17th 15th 17th 68 (-144)
15th 21st 18th 16th 58 (-154)
12th 14th 46 (-166)
19th 16th 20th 44 (-168)
6th 39 (-173)

In MX2 action, the East will be very exciting. We have Cole Thompson, who always seems to up his game in the East. Shawn Maffenbeier will be looking to dig himself out of an enormous hole and going for wins every moto. Fast newcomer Josh Osby will be even more of a threat come East, as he prefers the sand. He prepares himself down at ClubMX, and will be looking forward to the hot nasty conditions.

One rider to watch for will be the #14 of Dylan Wright. Dylan hasn’t had the best of starts so far the season and it looked like he was off the pace. He rebounded well at round 4 in Regina and closed out his West with a solid podium. With Gopher being his team’s home race, and Wright favouring the sandier rutty East tracks, Dylan will be one to watch for.

Was Cole Thompson’s 1-1 Regina performance the start of a run for the defending champ? | Bigwave photo

Place – Name
Number – Hometown
Total Points
2nd 1st 2nd 1st 224
3rd 5th 3rd 2nd 191 (-33)
1st 14th 1st 6th 182 (-42)
#338 – CORONA, CA
6th 4th 5th 4th 169 (-55)
4th 2nd 14th 15th 148 (-76)
#14 – OTTAWA, ON
10th 6th 12th 3rd 143 (-81)
5th 3rd 4th 37th 134 (-90)
11th 8th 9th 12th 125 (-99)
#266 – QUEBEC CITY, 
14th 12th 10th 7th 123 (-101)
12th 10th 11th 13th 122 (-102)
#25 – PERTH, ON
7th 7th 15th 11th 120 (-104)
13th 13th 13th 8th 115 (-109)
8th 9th 6th 106 (-118)
#119 – CALGARY, AB
18th 17th 7th 9th 96 (-128)
20th 8th 10th 75 (-149)
23rd 19th 19th 5th 74 (-150)
16th 15th 16th 21st 71 (-153)
9th 11th 38th 61 (-163)
19th – DJ BURMEY
19th 18th 17th 18th 59 (-165)
17th 16th 40th 16th 56 (-168)

Women’s East MX Nationals

The Women’s East also starts up in a week at Gopher. The West went very well, and if I had to complain about one thing… It would have to be that people are still calling it a “Pro” series. It is not! It is a National series. You don’t need a Pro license to race it, you just need to pay your money and show up. There was a girl racing a TTR Yamaha at one round!. The TTR is a great bike, don’t get me wrong, just ask Kevin Tyler. If there was a TTR World Championship, my money would be on KT. But we have to call it what it is, and that is a National Series. We do not have a Pro series in Canada, and if we did, there would be less than 10 Canadian girls on the gate. OK, rant over.

It’s almost time for “The Eve and Kennedy Show.” | Bigwave photo

Ladies West – POINTS
Place – Name
Number – Hometown
Total Points
1st 1st 1st 1st 194
2nd 2nd 2nd 2nd 182 (-12)
7th 3rd 3rd 6th 138 (-56)
#6 – ST PAUL, AB
4th 9th 6th 4th 120 (-74)
6th 4th 4th 11th 119 (-75)
9th 10th 5th 5th 110 (-84)
8th 6th 10th 7th 103 (-91)
#44 – , 
10th 7th 9th 9th 96 (-98)
3rd 12th 7th 87 (-107)
10th – KATE LEES
5th 5th DNS 64 (-130)
14th 8th 17th 17th 54 (-140)
#414 – , 
12th 16th 15th 13th 51 (-143)
#24 – , 
16th 18th 14th 12th 49 (-145)
#419 – , 
3rd 38 (-156)
#147 – , 
18th 15th 11th 35 (-159)
#412 – CALGARY, AB
17th 17th 19th 14th 34 (-160)
#37 – LYTTON, BC
13th 16th 30 (-164)
#328 – QUESNEL, BC
20th 14th 21st 18th 27 (-167)
19th – SAM PUKY
#17 – , 
8th 26 (-168)
#52 – , 
8th 25 (-169)

Now, who else is excited to see the showdown between Eve Brodeur and Kennedy Lutz? The West had Lexi Pechout and Shelby Turner, and now all eyes will be on Eve and Kennedy in the East. I myself am super-excited, and can’t wait.

Short and sweet for me this week. Keep a look out for my Women’s East Preview which should be up mid-week. Have a safe and enjoyable long weekend, and don’t forget to #smileforBC and #liftwithscott.


Thanks, Jeff. I think I’m going to actually take the weekend off during our one week off. Like he said, it was a great western swing of the Nationals and now we head east. We’ll surely lose a few riders but we’ll likely gain more than we lose.

Speaking of losing riders, it looks like we’re losing 3 regulars as we head into Gopher Dunes next week. Here’s what’s going on:

Jess Pettis Injury Update

Jess Pettis is out with a broken collarbone | Bigwave photo

#16 Jess Pettis headed into Regina with a sore shoulder from a crash with Dylan Wright. He was hurting but was going to give the race a shot anyway. Unfortunately, he could feel it go in the first moto as he was racing for a podium position. Instead of pulling off, he toughed out a 4th place finish. He decided it was too painful and sat out moto 2.

He returned to the track at the end of the day after paying a visit to the local hospital. He was in a sling and his collarbone was broken.

Since then, he’s now had surgery and a plate and screws have been put in to make sure the collarbone heals quickly and properly.

Heal up, Jess, and we’ll see you at the end of the season.

Jacob Hayes Injury Update

Good news, nothing is broken! | Bigwave photo

During the first moto at Moto Valley Raceway last week in Regina, Saskatchewan, #100 Jacob Hayes had  engine problems that sent him violently over the bars in a highspeed section of the track.

The end result was Jacob getting a lift back to the Monster Energy Alpinestars Kawasaki pits in the medic mule.

When we went to find Jacob in his pits, we found him with his right leg elevated and in pain. This is the same ankle Jacob broke back in January. There are pins still in place, so Jacob wasn’t sure of the extent of the damage, so he decided it was best to sit out the 2nd moto.

On Monday, his mechanic, Mike Smith, took him to the airport where he flew home to North Carolina to get checked out. He saw a doctor about a sore knee on Tuesday where it was determined he had suffered more of a sprain and that nothing was seriously damaged.

On Wednesday, he went to see a doctor about his ankle where it was also determined he hadn’t re-broken the ankle or damaged the pins in his ankle, but that it was more of a sprain situation.

Jacob expects to be back on the bike and riding some sand before he heads north for round 5 of the Rockstar Energy MX Nationals at Gopher Dunes.

He and the team have “been going back and forth” to ensure they have the bike ready to go for Jacob when he gets to Gopher Dunes.

Great news, Jacob. See you next week!

Kyle Swanson Exits MX Nationals after 4th Round

Mirabel, Québec
June 29, 2017


Team PR-MX rider #20 Kyle Swanson will not continue racing as the Rockstar Energy MX Nationals head east.

For personal reasons, the team decided together with Kyle that it was the best decision for him.

Said team owner, Julien, “We love Kyle at PR-MX and want what is best for him. He is still part of the team and we will make sure he is ready for the 2018 Supercross season.”

We still may see the San Antonio, Texas, native, who sits 15th in MX1, at some races, but he will not be following the entire series.

Thank you,

Team PR-MX

Cole Thompson Off to Costa Rica this Weekend

The schedules crossed each other and Cole Thompson was forced to miss a round of the Costa Rican Motocross Championships while defending his Canadian title. Fortunately, they make it so you can drop your worst 2 motos, so Cole will be able to make a serious run for the Central American title this year.

He is currently down in the tropical country for round 5. Good luck this weekend, Cole.

MXGP of Portugal Live TV Schedule

(AGUEDA) Portugal, June 30 2017 – MXGP is right back to racing after only a few days and this weekend the 12th MXGP stop of the year is at the Agueda circuit for the MXGP of Portugal. MXGP last came to Portugal in 2013 where Gautier Paulin won, the 3 years prior it was Clement Desalle on the top step, while Cairoli also has 4 Portuguese wins. The MXGP of Portugal will receive the normal television coverage from its traditional partners and as usual the GP will be broadcasted LIVE to everyone worldwide from Agueda on both days.

Plus don’t forget that you can always watch MXGP’s 26min Behind the Gate in Europe on & MotorTrend two days after each round of the MXGP series. It can also be viewed in the USA/Canada on BeIn and MAV TV, Finland on MTV 3, Croatia on Kreator TV, South America on FOX Sports, Asia on FOX Sports, China on Fox Sports and SINA, and the Middle East and Africa on BeIn.

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


CBS Sports Network

Sunday 2 July  – MX2 Race 2 – 01:00 pm EST (10.00 am PST) Delayed

Sunday 2 July  – MXGP Race 2  – 02:00 pm EST (11.00 am PST) Delayed

Local Time CET
Start Finish Start Finish
Studio Show 11:00 11:30 12:00 12:30
Honda EMX150 Race 1 13:25 14:05 14:25 15:05
EMX125 Race 1 15:20 16:00 16:00 17:00
MX2 Qualifying Race 16:15 16:55 17:15 17:55
MXGP Qualifying Race 17:00 17:40 18:00 18:40
EMX250 Race 1 17:50 18:30 18:50 19:30
Honda EMX150 Race 2 08:40 09:30 09:40 10:30
EMX125 Race 2 09:40 10:30 10:40 11:30
EMX250 Race 2 11:25 12:15 12:25 13:15
MX2 Race 1 13:00 14:00 14:00 15:00
MXGP Race 1 14:00 15:00 15:00 16:00
MX2 race 2 16:00 17:00 17:00 18:00
MXGP Race 2 17:00 18:00 18:00 19:00


MXGP will available across the board in high definition and is also globally available to view live and in HD on Here below the MXGP-TV LIVE Program and by clicking here you can check the complete list of countries and cooperating MXGP broadcasting networks.


All the photos of the MXGP of Portugal will be available here



Saturday: EMX125 Free/Timed Practice 09:00; EMX150 Free/Timed Practice 09:45; EMX250 Free/Timed Practice 10:30; MX2 Free Practice 11:30; MXGP Free Practice 12:00; EMX150 Race 1 13:30; MX2 Time Practice 14:15; MXGP Time Practice 14:45; EMX125 Race 1 15:25; MX2 Qualifying Race 16:25; MXGP Qualifying Race 17:10; EMX250 Race 1 17:55.

Sunday: EMX150 Race 2 08:45; EMX125 Race 2 09:45; MX2 Warm up 10:25, MXGP Warm up 10:45; EMX250 Race 2 11:30; MX2 Race 1 13:15; MXGP Race 1 14:15; MX2 Race 2 16:10; MXGP Race 2 17:10





MXGP of Portugal



That is all.

FXR Ride Day

I had a great time this past Tuesday out at FXR owner Milt Reimer‘s private track. I’ve been going to this event for a few years now and it just keeps on growing as does FXR’s presence at the races.
I will post a bunch of photos from the day a little later.
Check this out. There was a 2018 gear sighting, but as soon as I snapped this grainy old shot, the Sasquatch disappeared back into the woods and it wasn’t seen again! Too bad, but it sort of proves the existence of the gear.

There was a sighting this past week outside of Winnipeg!

Tailgating with…Shelby Turner

We sit down on the tailgate and chat with 3-time Women’s West MX and defending Endurocross Champion, Shelby Turner from Alberta.

We also did an episode with Shawn Maffenbeier and Cade Clason at the same time. It went off the rails almost immediately, and I can’t wait to post it up. It also ran a little long and could have gone even longer. Stay tuned for that one…

Did You Miss ‘Faces at the Races?’

Faces at the Races | Regina National | OTSFF

By Billy Rainford

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‘Faces at the Races’ is late this week, sorry. I had to point the van toward home at some point! Anyway, here is our look at some of the people at the races just being themselves.

Let’s start off with a few from Saturday – the final race of the Women’s West MX Nationals. Parents always try to back out of the shots when I’m creeping around, but I got her!

Kate Lees was out of commission but that didn’t stop her from helping out with the races.

West Organizer Kristi Moore heading to tape the results up on the board.

Head Ref Paul Kingsley chatting with the rider who pushed Kevin Urqhart around the track all day Saturday, Rudi Zacsko Jr..

Jonah Brittons’ dad needed one of those old Alessi shirts that read, “Believe the Hype!” Jonah pulled off a 5th place in Regina.

The one-hour delay in the women’s program gave us time to watch the entire 2nd 450 moto from Tennessee in the Redemption pits.

Believe this hype, too! #170 Josh Gedak has taken over as the top Intermediate lately. His dad says he’s used to the sand from riding at Austin, MB. Let’s hope that’s enough for the 15-year-old at Gopher Dunes!

Batman took some time off from fighting crime to let the ladies know the 2nd moto was coming up.

This CAN’T have been by accident, can it?

“OK, so, assuming the bald guy gets out of the way…”

Danika White was a contender for both Most Improved Rider and Athlete of the Year. The other riders voted and she won the latter.

It’s risky to flash the Winnipeg symbol this deep in Roughrider territory!

I’m guessing we’ve seen the last of John Meaney until we head west for some Arenacross in the fall.

A classic case of the dropped E.

Even though they’re fierce competitors on the track, there’s still room for fist bumps afterward.

Shelby Turner and Andy White from FXR.

They say repeating as champion is harder than winning it the first time. How tough does that make the 3rd time?!

14-year-old Lexi Dyekman came up from Montana and snagged a very solid 3rd place. We may see her challenge for this title in 2018.

Cole Thompson signing a poster for a young fan. Cole is off to Costa Rica again this weekend to race their Nationals.

Nate got picked up by the Rocky Mountain team in the USA. Good luck, Nate.

Davey Fraser couldn’t quite put his finger on what this look was saying.

Dillan and Ryan loving their posters from Calgary.

Mike Alessi chatting with a few young fans.

Setting up an approach shot.

Jake Lyon from California did not have the weekend in Regina he was hoping for.

Matt Bannon was holding down the fort in the GDR pit last weekend.

“Thanks, Frenchie, but I’ve got it.”

Daryl Murphy showing his line choice using some bent up imaginary bars, apparently.

Keylan Meston checks to see if he has time for this.


Pre-race nerves are always tamed by a hug.

Team Wright.

Teren Gerber gives the kids what they want.

Truthfully, they probably would have preferred Cole’s goggles!

Proving once again that it’s lonely at the top.

Kevin wasn’t happy with his previous week’s tongue out photo, so…

“I hope this day goes well!”

“Why would I jinx myself like that?!”

Checking out some MX2 action from the Huber Deck.

Hey, Dave, you get any good shots last week? Nobody will ever know…

Rockstar VIP section.

It was great to see Blair Morgan enjoying some racing action. I didn’t speak with him this year because I have a weird feeling I creeped him out last time.

It was great to see Dylan Wright smiling last week. Corner…turned.

Matt Goerke suffered a heart-breaker last week in Regina when a rock knocked his chain off with 2 corners to go while leading. Ouch!

Jess Pettis finished 4th in the 1st moto with a broken collarbone. He headed off to the hospital and missed the 2nd, but that’s an impressive ride! It’s been plated and screwed and now he’s on the mend.

Cole and Chloe after a 1-1 day.

Shawn and Robyn after a 16-2 day.

Dillan Epstein was really emotional after he came from last to 3rd in the second moto and needed some time to himself.

Of course, in true TMZ fashion, I looked for the ‘crying shot.’

I had to look for Christophe Pourcel, too.

These guys have pretty much seen everything in moto, except Mike’s stomach…Check.

Thanks for looking. See you at the races…

Happy Canada Day Long Weekend, everyone! Whatever you get up to, have fun and stay safe. I think I may make my way up to Grand Bend for a little beach volleyball action before the series starts up again and I find myself in late August without a single beach day to speak of. That can’t happen.

Kevin Tyler and Anthony Spadaccini say, “See you at the races…” | Bigwave photo