Frid’Eh Update #27 Presented by Fly Racing
By Jeff McConkey and Billy Rainford
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.
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.
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.
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.
|MX 1 – POINTS|
|Place – Name
Number – Hometown
|1st – CHRISTOPHE POURCEL
#377 – MARSELLE, FR
|1st – MATT GOERKE
#2 – PANAMA CITY, FL
|3rd – DILLAN EPSTEIN
#108 – THOUSAND OAKS, CA
|4th – COLTON FACCIOTTI
#10 – ALYMER, ON
|5th – TYLER MEDAGLIA
#6 – TURO, NS
|6th – MIKE ALESSI
#5 – VICTORVILLE, CA
|7th – KYLE CHISHOLM
#111 – ST.PETERSBURG, FL
|8th – CADE CLASON
#7 – CHESTERFIELD, SC
|9th – TIM TREMBLAY
#38 – DRUMMONDVILLE, QC
|10th – KEYLAN MESTON
#8 – CALGARY, AB
|11th – NATHAN BLES
#77 – BAYFIELD, ON
|12th – SCOTT CHAMPION
#195 – MARYETTA, CA
|13th – BROCK LEITNER
#56 – SUMMERLAND, BC
|14th – RYAN MILLAR
#501 – MIAMI, SK
|15th – KYLE SWANSON
#20 – SAN ANTONIO, TX
|16th – JEAN CHRISTOPHE BUJOLD
#29 – ST-HUBERT, QC
|17th – MICHAEL FOWLER
#41 – BEECH CREEK, PA
|18th – GRAHAM SCOTT
#72 – VICTORIA, BC
|19th – JEREMY MEDAGLIA
#58 – KEMPTVILLE, ON
|20th – KAVEN BENOIT
#3 – BON CONSEIL, QC
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.
|MX 2 – POINTS|
|Place – Name
Number – Hometown
|1st – COLE THOMPSON
#1 – BRIGDEN, ON
|2nd – JOSH OSBY
#787 – VALPRAISIO, IN
|3rd – SHAWN MAFFENBEIER
#12 – SWIFT CURRENT, SK
|4th – RYAN SURRATT
#338 – CORONA, CA
|5th – JESSE PETTIS
#16 – PRINCE GEORGE, BC
|6th – DYLAN WRIGHT
#14 – OTTAWA, ON
|7th – JACOB HAYES
#100 – GREENSBOUROGH, NC
|8th – HAYDEN HALSTEAD
#19 – WATERFORD, ON
|9th – CHRISTOPER FORTIER
#266 – QUEBEC CITY,
|10th – CASEY KEAST
#33 – KELOWNA, BC
|11th – TAYLOR ARSENAULT
#25 – PERTH, ON
|12th – DAVEY FRASER
#21 – HALIFAX, NS
|13th – TALLON LA FOUNTAINE
#47 – REDLANDS, CA
|14th – JARED PETRUSKA
#119 – CALGARY, AB
|15th – KEIN DENZLER
#194 – GARRETTSVILLE, OH
|16th – JONAH BRITTONS
#223 – PRINCE GEORGE, BC
|17th – RYAN LALONDE
#24 – VICTORIA, BC
|18th – GERAN STAPLETON
#614 – MELBORNE, AU
|19th – DJ BURMEY
#59 – WINNIPEG, MB
|20th – TEREN GERBER
#126 – CORONATION, AB
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.
|Ladies West – POINTS|
|Place – Name
Number – Hometown
|1st – SHELBY TURNER
#1 – BARONS, AB
|2nd – LEXI PECHOUT
#3 – CALGARY, AB
|3rd – DANIKA WHITE
#10 – CALGARY, AB
|4th – MADI WATT
#6 – ST PAUL, AB
|5th – DOMINIQUE DAFFE
#4 – CALGARY, AB
|6th – TAMALA WHITESIDE
#11 – BLACK DIAMOND, AB
|7th – ORIANA FRASER
#49 – LADYSMITH, BC
|8th – NICOLE GAUDERN
#44 – ,
|9th – KRISTIN TSE
#9 – WEST KELOWNA, BC
|10th – KATE LEES
#7 – CARLYLE, SK
|11th – TAY ESSELINK
#88 – TERRACE, BC
|12th – MYAH HJORTELAND
#414 – ,
|13th – SAMANTHA BARTLETT
#24 – ,
|14th – LEXI DYEKMAN
#419 – ,
|15th – CHELAN MERWIN
#147 – ,
|16th – MICHELLE MCCARTHY
#412 – CALGARY, AB
|17th – ZOEY SHAMLEY
#37 – LYTTON, BC
|18th – KASSEE MORRISON
#328 – QUESNEL, BC
|19th – SAM PUKY
#17 – ,
|20th – MORGAN HOLTE
#52 – ,
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
#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
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
June 29, 2017
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
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.
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 www.MXGP-TV.com both days.
Plus don’t forget that you can always watch MXGP’s 26min Behind the Gate in Europe on motorsport.tv & 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
|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 MXGP-TV.com. 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
FXR Ride Day
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.
Did You Miss ‘Faces at the Races?’
Faces at the Races | Regina National | OTSFF
By Billy Rainford
‘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.
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.