Frid’Eh Update #30 Presented by Race Tech

By Jeff McConkey and Billy Rainford

Week #30 goes out to the Salt Lake City rider, Brandan Leith | Bigwave photo

Welcome to Week #30 of the DMX Frid’Eh Update Presented by Race Tech. Last year, Utah’s Brandan Leith showed up and raced the first few rounds of the Rockstar Energy MX Nationals and did very well. He was sitting up near the top before his run came to an end and he didn’t head east. After racing the west, Brandan wound up earning #30 for 2018.

Unfortunately, we didn’t see Brandan line up at any of our rounds this season and we haven’t been able to get in touch with him in time for this Update.

All I could find on him for this Update is that he’s using one of my photos for his Facebook profile pic.

Brandan’s Facebook profile pic | Bigwave photo

We will get in touch with him soon, and fill everyone in on what he’s been up to and why we didn’t see him running #30 up here in Canada this summer.


Week #30 is brought to you by Race Tech.


JEFF McCONKEY


Women’s East MX Nationals

Hey, guys. Happy Friday. The weather has been very hot as of late in Southern Ontario, just like the racing. The Women’s East is in full swing. Kennedy Lutz is the girl to beat, as defending champion Eve Brodeur has had some minor issues. Eve has still been the 2nd best girl in the class, but the trio of Isabelle Thibault, Brittany Gagne and Julia Krzemein are there too. These 3 girls along with Megan Brodeur seem to be the fastest behind the top 2 of E. Brodeur and Lutz. These are the girls that will be fighting for top 5’s and podiums for the remainder of the series.

The Women’s East MX Nationals take a 2-week break and resume at Deschambault | Bigwave photo

The racing has been solid so far, but I’m really excited to get to Deschambault. That track seems to be a favourite of many riders, and who doesn’t love the Quebec fans and the crazy atmosphere?! The girls get 2 weeks off, and that should mean that they are out working on their weaknesses, but it’s summertime and I know that I’d rather be by the pool.

Rockstar Energy MX Nationals

MX2

In MX2, Cole Thompson had a massive 40-point lead. I mentioned that I just couldn’t see Cole giving that up without a mechanical or an injury. Well, the injury happened. Now Cole is down to only a 2-point lead over Shawn Maffenbier, and Josh Osby is just a few behind. This championship just got very exciting.

The big question is, how bad is Cole’s thumb? How long for it to get better, and how much more pain can Cole take? He showed his heart in moto 2, riding to an impressive 7th with one hand. There were a few times I witnessed his throttle hand falling off the bars. Somehow, he gutted it out and salvaged some points.

The next 4 rounds will be crucial, and there will be no easy passes by anyone. The action is headed to Truro, Nova Scotia, and I don’t expect it to be an easy track on Cole’s hand. Only time will tell how much he can take. Here are my predictions.

MX2 Class

1st: Shawn Maffenbeier

2nd: Josh Osby

3rd: Ryan Surratt

4th: Dylan Wright

5th: Jacob Hayes

Shawn Maffenbeier takes the win this week at Pleasant Valley | Bigwave photo

MX1

In the MX1 class, we once again witnessed some very good racing. The top few guys have been swapping wins and it will most likely continue right up until the final moto at RJ’s. Matt Goerke holds an 8-point lead over Christophe Pourcel, but like we have seen in MX2, anything can happen. Colton Facciotti has been hot as of late, almost like he’s got his groove back. For first motos anyways. Colton is still fighting the bug he has had since Regina. He hasn’t been as strong in second motos due to that.

Poor Kaven Benoit looked to be back for the season and getting back up to speed when he hit the dirt very hard and the result was a lacerated liver. It looks like Kaven will be on the shelf for a bit. Hey, JSR, how about we throw privateer Jesse Wentland on the orange bike and let him finish out the series? He was an orange rider for quite some time and even rode for KTM Canada a few seasons ago.

Just like the last 6 rounds, Truro will be very good racing, and very hard to predict a winner. I’m going to give it a shot, so here we go.

MX1 Class

1st: Christophe Pourcel

2nd: Tyler Medaglia

3rd: Mike Alessi

4th: Matt Goerke

5th: Colton Facciotti

Christophe Pourcel gets back to his winning ways this week | Bigwave photo


Team Canada MXON 2017 Announced!

Kourtney Lloyd and Team Canada picked their team for this season’s Motocross of Nations. We are sending Shawn Maffenbeier, Colton Facciotti, and Tyler Medaglia. This is a great team and I’m really excited to see how well our boys do. People will always bitch saying so and so should be on the team. Well, they aren’t! This is our team, it is a very good team, and everybody should be behind them 100%.


Before I go, I’d like to ask everyone to help out a fallen friend. Mikey Beaudin took a nasty spill at Gopher Dunes and has a long road ahead of him. We’ve all donated money in the past and we have all wasted money too. This is a great cause, so please help Mikey focus on what’s important, and that’s smiling and getting healthy. Have a great weekend, and please #smileforBC and #liftwithscott.

If you can, head over to the GoFundMe account set up to help Mike Beaudin get through his injury. Here’s the link: https://www.gofundme.com/mikeys-recovery-fund


BILLY RAINFORD


Thanks, Jeff. I’m currently pulled over at a Thruway Stop along I-90 east of Buffalo. I’m not even to Rochester yet, so I’m going to keep this short. I’d like to catch some of the amateur racing Saturday at Pleasant Valley, so I’ve got to get some miles behind me! East bound and down, loaded up and truckin’…

The big news this week are the injuries to both the KTM Canada Thor Racing riders, Cole Thompson and Kaven Benoit. As Jeff already touched on, this is going to be a real test Cole. He said he’s got a brace for his hand, and I’m sure that will help, but the competition has been so tight up at the front that I can’t imagine anyone winning with one thumb tied behind their back! If Cole can pull this off, it will solidify him as one of Canada’s toughest SOB’s on a dirt bike!

Kaven Benoit has had a season to forget. It’s been brutal for the likeable Quebeccor. A badly broken ankle in the winter, and now this. He was up to speed again and now he’s off the bike for 3 months.

I called him Tuesday to see if he was OK, and he said, “Did the hospital call you?” Apparently, I called him just as he was leaving the hospital. I guess my Spidey senses were tingling.

He told me the story and then we waited for the press release. Kaven is out for the season and that sucks. It means he won’t be on Team Canada in England. He made such an impression on everyone last year in Italy that he had to be looking forward to giving it another shot. Oh well, 2018, Kaven.

It’s a really good thing they took him to the hospital because the way Kaven described how close he was to damaging his aorta means he’s actually very lucky. Heal up, Kaven. Every racer has a year or two they have to forget about. Injuries are a big part of moto. Come back strong and go for the championship next year.

#3 Kaven Benoit out for the season | Bigwave photo


Parts Canada Pulls out as Title Sponsor of the TransCan

OK, this is huge. The biggest race week on our calendar just lost its title sponsor, Parts Canada. The _____ ______ TransCan at Walton Raceway is in flux. How can this event survive a hit like this? I spoke with Walton Raceway co-owner Brett Lee and we will have to wait for an official press release from him this coming Monday to say anything conclusive.

Obviously, things aren’t looking good. We will post the PR as soon as we see it next week. For those of you who have made plans to travel and take time off work, if I were a betting man, I would think seriously about that family trip to Europe you’ve always been talking about. Heck, your non-moto children will even be happy!

Here’s the PR that came out earlier in the week:

The sense I get is that if the event is in jeopardy this year, it will be back bigger than ever as we move forward to 2018…even if it means it takes place at a different track. Stay tuned…


How To Watch: La Crescent Wine & Spirit Spring Creek National

Don’t miss the television or online coverage of the eighth round of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, the La Crescent Wine & Spirit Spring Creek National. Get the rundown below on how to watch qualifiers and all four motos on Saturday, July 22nd.

If you miss a race, full replays will be available on-demand with the NBC Sports Gold Pro Motocross Pass.

UNITED STATES

New this year, the entire season streams live, on-demand and commercial-free with the NBC Sports Gold Pro Motocross Pass.

Qualifiers
Online: 11 a.m. ET, ProMotocross.com and NBC Sports Gold app (LIVE & COMMERCIAL-FREE)
Access the stream at ProMotocross.com and NBC Sports Gold app available on iOSAndroid, Amazon Fire, Apple TV and Chromecast.

Moto 1
Online: 2 p.m. ET, ProMotocross.com and NBC Sports Gold app (LIVE & COMMERCIAL-FREE)
Access the stream at ProMotocross.com and NBC Sports Gold app available on iOSAndroid, Amazon Fire, Apple TV and Chromecast.

TV: 2 p.m. ET, MAVTV (LIVE)
Once again this year, MAVTV will air first motos from all 12 rounds live. Use the MAVTV channel finder to see if you currently get MAVTV. You can also use that link to request that your cable provider carry MAVTV if they currently do not.

Moto 2
Online: 4 p.m. ET, ProMotocross.com and NBC Sports Gold app (LIVE & COMMERCIAL-FREE)
Access the stream at ProMotocross.com and NBC Sports Gold app available on iOSAndroid, Amazon Fire, Apple TV and Chromecast.

TV: 11 p.m. ET, NBCSN
NBCSN will have coverage of the second motos in both classes this week. Use the NBCSN channel finder to see if you currently get NBCSN in your area.

Highlight Show
TV: Friday 7/28, 2 a.m. ET, NBCSN
NBCSN will have a one-hour show the week after each race recapping the action.

INTERNATIONAL

New this year, the entire season streams live, on-demand and commercial-free with the NBC Sports Gold Pro Motocross Pass, available in Canada, UK, Germany, Sweden, Ireland, Denmark, Switzerland, Netherlands, Austria, Spain, Italy, Luxembourg and Japan.

Qualifiers
Online: 11 a.m. ET, ProMotocross.com (LIVE)
Access the stream at ProMotocross.com and NBC Sports Gold app available on iOS and Android  in Canada, UK, Germany, Sweden, Ireland, Denmark, Switzerland, Netherlands, Austria, Spain, Italy, Luxembourg and Japan.

Moto 1 + Moto 2
Online: 2 p.m. ET, ProMotocross.com (LIVE)
Access the stream at ProMotocross.com and NBC Sports Gold app available on iOS and Android  in Canada, UK, Germany, Sweden, Ireland, Denmark, Switzerland, Netherlands, Austria, Spain, Italy, Luxembourg and Japan.

TV: The Nationals will be simulcast to various countries across the globe. Check the TV listings for for the time in your area.
TV Networks: FOX Sports Australia, FOX Sports Asia, Sky TV New Zealand, ESPN Latin America, MCS France, Star Times Africa

Highlight Show
TV: A one-hour highlight show recapping the race will air in various countries across the globe. Check the TV listings for the time in your area.
TV Networks: FOX Sports Australia, FOX Sports Asia, Sky TV New Zealand, ESPN Latin America, MCS France, Star Times Africa

For information about the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, please visit ProMotocross.com and be sure to follow all of the Pro Motocross social media channels for exclusive content and additional information on the latest news:


I’m really going to have to cut this short this week. It’s already late and there aren’t even any outlets in this rest area, so my laptop is about to shut off on me anyway. I’ll be sure to make it up this weekend and the following week as I’m staying on the road and will be hanging out with the traveling circus all week.

Keep checking Direct Motocross, Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook for interesting things all week long…and don’t even get me started on my first mountain bike race in 20 years that took place last night…wow. Apparently, I never learn.

I think this girl beat me in the race last night! See you at the races…