Frid’Eh Update #33 Presented by Club MX
By Jeff McConkey and Billy Rainford
Welcome to week #33 of the DMX Frid’Eh Update Preented by Club MX. If you’ve been around the Pro level of our sport the past few years, it should come as no surprise to find out who #33 is. In fact, it seems like his career number! Eric Jeffery is the Oshawa, Ontario, rider racing MX1 under the Redemption Racing tent. Probably one of the nicest guys off the track, we’ve seen flashes of his racing intensity over the years, like at the Future West Arenacross Championships where he went bar to bar with anyone and everyone a few years ago.
Eric’s best overall finishes have been a pair of 16th at Gopher Dunes and last week at Deschambault. He currently sits in 16th position in MX1 but will pass the absent Austin Kouba this week for 15th. Here’s a look at his season son far:
We got in touch with Eric Thursday to get his thoughts on the season and other things going on in his life. Here’s what he had to say:
Direct Motocross: Hello, Eric. Welcome to your week for the Frid’Eh Update. Let’s back up to 2015. How did your summer go last year? Were you happy with it? 33 seems to be your number, eh?
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Rockstar Energy Drink MX Nationals
Hi, guys. Can you believe we are going into the 10th and final round of the 2016 Rockstar Energy MX Nationals? Where has the season gone? We started out in Kamloops, British Columbia, and we are going to finish our journey in Barrie, Ontario. There have been a lot of highs this season and a few lows. I don’t think any series has ever seen so many riders docked in one season, ever. We’ve had great rides put in from riders from different countries, but the majority this season have been Canadian and American riders. At one point, back in Calgary, we had two Canadian riders running the red plates as points leaders in their respected classes. Unfortunately, Colton Facciotti was unable to hold onto his red plate in the MX1 class, but fellow Canadian Cole Thompson never let is go. Cole clinched the MX2 championship at Round 9 and has zero pressure going into the 10th and final round. American Davi Millsaps heads into the last 2 motos with a 57-point lead. Will he falter? I wouldn’t bet against Millsaps if he was 5 points down, going into the last 2 motos. Yeah, he has been that great all season long. The only way Davi isn’t winning this championship, is if he misses his flight.
Last week in MX2, things got a little heated between Cole Thompson and Dylan Wright. Both riders are fierce competitors and both hate losing. With the championship clinched a round early, I truly believe we will see some great racing this weekend at RJ’s. Cole has zero pressure on him, and he wants to go out and prove that he’s the best. Dylan is going into the final round knowing that he beat Cole straight up last week in moto 2. No matter what happens between these two, you can bet it will be fun to watch. Behind the top two, we have Dakota Alix and Shawn Maffenbeier hot on their heels. Maff had an off weekend at Round 8, and will be looking to redeem himself. Dakota has nothing to lose and will be gunning for holeshots and wins to finish out strong. Here are my predictions for the 10th and final round:
1st Cole Thompson
2nd Dylan Wright
3rd Shawn Maffenbeier
4th Dakota Alix
5th Jess Pettis
In the MX1 class, Kaven Benoit is coming off a weekends of first: 1st MX1 moto win and 1st MX1 overall win. He has stepped into the position as the number one Canadian, and I don’t think there is any turning back. Davi Millsaps is still the guy to beat, but that spot will one day belong to Benoit. Mike Alessi had a very rough round 9 and is coming in banged up. We also lost Brett Metcalfe to injury. The only good news from that situation is that Brett is going to be OK, and snowcross ace Tim Tremblay will ride Metty’s 450. There are still a few top 10 positions that could change hands before the final checkered flag that should keep things interesting right up until the end. Here are my predictions for Round 10:
1st Davi Millsaps
2nd Matt Goerke
3rd Kaven Benoit
4th Teddy Maier
5th Cade Clason
Women’s East Nationals Final Round
RJ’s will also be the 4th and final round for the Women’s East Nationals. Eve Brodeur has been undefeated so far this season, but our young champion took a nasty digger last Sunday. It happened while trying to qualify with the boys in the MX2 class. Eve was visibly shaken up after the incident and didn’t have her trademark smile. Let’s hope she is feeling better and can go out and keep her perfect season alive.
Behind Eve we have a very hungry group of Americans. Shannon Fleming and Brittany Gagne are fighting hard for second overall and looking for that elusive win if Brodeur falters. Both girls have been great all season long and I truly hope they both come back for 2017. I was speaking with Sylvain Brodeur and he mentioned that Eve and himself had a big surprise. I tried to wrestle it out of both of them, but they were too tough for me. Here are my predictions for the final round for the girls:
1st Eve Brodeur
2nd Shannon Fleming
3rd Brittany Gagne
4th Kim Normandin
5th Isabelle Thibault
Canadian Grand National Pro Open at Walton Raceway
If you haven’t made plans yet for after RJ’s, you need to make the Canadian Grand National Pro Open at Walton Raceway a must. This is a one-off race that is giving the racers and fans everything they have asked for in the past. Brett Lee, Mark Perrin and crew have been busting their asses to make this a can’t miss event. They have a really cool format and have made some serious track changes to a track that most already consider the crown jewel of Canadian moto. I, myself, am counting down the days for this amazing event.
That’s it for me this week. Time to make the quick drive up the 400. Be sure to check out this week’s ‘Out of the Blue‘ with Isa More brought to you by the great gang at Shrader’s. I’d like to give a quick get well soon to Brett Metcalfe and young Damon Burbine. Heal up soon, fellas, the races won’t be the same without you. Have a great week and #smileforBC! See you at RJ’s.
Taylor Ciampichini and Nathan Bles to Fill In at Honda Canada GDR Fox Racing at RJ’s
By Billy Rainford
Team GDR has posted on social media that #68 Taylor Ciampichini and #56 Nathan Bles will fill in at Honda Canada GDR Fox Racing this weekend at RJ’s in Barrie, Ontario, for the recuperating #2 Colton Facciotti.
Colton is still getting back to 100% after injuring his shoulder in a crash at round 7 at Pleasant Valley in Truro, Nova Scotia. Look for Colton under the tent this weekend signing autographs and helping the team any way he can.
Ciampichini (a local Barrie native) and Bayfield, Ontario’s Bles will join MX2 rider #18 Brad Nauditt under the tent for the 10th and final round of Rockstar Energy Drink MX Nationals this Sunday.
MX2 rider #14 Jeremy Medaglia will remain off the bike while still dealing with his post-concussion issues from his fall at round 2 at The Wastelands in Nanaimo, BC.
Here is the GDR Instagram post:
Nathan Bles on ‘The Ride’
We gave #56 Nathan Bles a call today and caught him as he was meandering through the small towns of Central Ontario on his way north to Barrie and the RJ’s track. If you remember, Nathan was to come back and race on his own KTM under the Redemption Racing tent on a KTM 450 until he broke his wrist early in the season. Nathan wasn’t planning on racing this weekend and has been healing his arm and “working an excavator the past 3 months” and didn’t really want to say he’s in ‘race shape, by any means.
He got a call just this past Tuesday about the possibility of racing Colton Facciotti‘s Honda Canada GDR Fox Racing 450. He had to make a few calls to get it sorted out and then jumped at the opportunity. He went out and tested with GDR mechanic, Justin Petker, Wednesday and Thursday and said “the bike is awesome! It’s the best bike I’ve ever ridden. Colton has his bike set up great. All I had to do was move the levers a little and that was pretty much it.”
His plan this weekend is to “put in 8 hard laps and then put it on cruise and see what happens.” The official deal is for this weekend only but with a solid result I bet we’ll see Nathan on the big red 450 during the week in the Youth class and maybe more at the Parts Canada TransCan and then the Pro Open on Sunday.
Nathan wasn’t sure but thinks he last raced the RJ’s track 4 or 5 years ago and is looking forward to getting back out there with everyone. He said his wrist is fine but that it may be the heat and humidity that take their toll this weekend in his return to racing.
Good luck, Nathan. See you there!
Brett Metcalfe Injury Update
bmetty24Hi everyone. Letting you all know I am doing ok, and have been released out of hospital today after my crash during Moto 2 at Rd.9 Deschamult of @cmrcmx I have 2 thumbs up, not because I feel good but because things are not too bad considering the crash. I have broken the lower eye socket bone and cheek bone on my face, have a really swollen arm, some aches and pains but that is it.
Absolutely bummed about the crash, made a bad rut decision which had a kicker, I didn’t see it and endo’d hard.
Big thanks to the @rockstar_otsff Team for all the support and effort they put in for me, @donk122 For working his butt off all season to give me a great bike each weekend and the whole crew for a fun and successful season.
Massive thanks to @michael_haist for lending a helping hand while I was down and all my friends, fans, fellow riders, sponsors and family for the love and support. ✌️
Get well soon, Brett. The MX1 class will miss you this week.
Dave Blanchet Injury Update
#727 Dave Blanchet was a victim of the tough Deschambault track on the final day of amateur competition at the Motovan Amateur Championships Saturday. Dave left the track on a back board and had everyone worried about the extent of his injuries. Here is what Dave had to say from his hospital bed Thursday afternoon:
When we heard how hard #727 Dave Blachet had crashed Saturday at Motocross Deschambault, we figured we’d give him a few days to start feeling a little better before we got in touch with him – it was a nasty crash!
Dave was racing the final Youth moto of the Motovan Amateur Motocross Championships when the crash happened. It was just a few corners in after the start, so the riders were still all bunched together. When the rider in front of Blanchet didn’t do the big quad, Dave chopped the throttle and went for the double-double rhythm.
Behind him, #52 Vincent Lauzon was on the gas and hit the quad only to land on Blanchet and go down hard. Dave was taken away on a back board with obvious signs of multiple injuries.
The laundry list of injuries includes: vertebra fracture, open fracture of the jaw, perforated lung, broken scapula, and 4 broken ribs.
He will spend the rest of the week, and maybe next, in the hospital. An open fracture and punctured lung are two injuries very susceptible to infection, so they will want to keep a close eye on his condition before releasing him.
Fortunately, he’s got his girlfriend, Bianca Branchaud, at his side as his “personal nurse” throughout his stay.
Get well soon, Dave. You’ve got Supercross to prepare for!
Mike Alessi Update
#800 Monster Energy Alpinestars Kawasaki rider Mike Alessi took a vicious fall last Sunday in Deschambault and took a rare DNF in the second moto. They added a new GP-style down/up section and mike went over the bars on the way down and ended up in a heap in a ditch at the bottom.
This week, Mike is a game-time decision. Said Jason Hughes, “We’ll send him out for practice and see how he feels.” He will be trying to ride through the pain of 3 broken ribs. I seriously don’t know how these guys do it. I cracked 2 ribs and then got a chest cold and the pain from coughing and sneezing almost killed me!
Also, the team’s MX2 rider, #101 Mark Worth, fell hard in the same spot as Brett Metcalfe and was a DNF in his 2nd moto at Deschambault. The bike was pretty bent up but Mark is a go for this week.
Parts Canada TransCan/Pro Open Updates
This isn’t your parents’ Walton Raceway!
From Brett Lee:
Thursday we got an inch of rain, which was Perfect. Been really dry here, track is been 95% done with all the changes so it was very welcomed. Looking forward to move in on Monday.
Like everything else in our world this year… will it work? We think so. Fans are really embracing the idea of this large Canadian Pro field competing all at once for all the marbles. Sunday is going to be a Fans’ event.
Looks great, Brett. It looks like you’ve made some great changes there with safety and spectators as the focus. It should be a great week. See you there!
DMX Canadian MX Weekly Wrap Up Show|Deschambault National|Presented by FXR
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Teddy Maier to Go Out on His Own Terms at RJ’s
If you looked at Jeff’s MX1 predictions at the top, you may have thought he was having one of his spells, but it’s true – Teddy Maier is racing RJ’s on a Monster Energy Alpinestars Kawasaki to go out on his own terms. Teddy was sent into early retirement when he got hurt last season and it hasn’t sat well with him ever since. Jason Hughes and his team first hired Teddy back in 2008 and he has been a welcomed staple with them ever since.
We spoke with Jason today and he was excited to have Teddy back at the races for one last go to leave the sport and the team on a much more positive note. Where Teddy finishes isn’t the point. Teddy is honorary Canadian so be sure to give him the send-off the big #10 deserves when you see him this weekend in Barrie.
Welcome back, Teddy!
Team Canada MXON Raffle Tickets – I’ve Got ‘Em!
I will have Team Canada MXON raffle tickets with me to sell this weekend at RJ’s. Please feel free to come up and buy one or a few to support the cause!
OK, we ran out of time! It should be a great weekend of Pro racing at the final event of the 10-round series that will lead us to the Parts Canada TransCan next week. There will be lots of photos etc. of this weekend as well as some from the banquet Sunday night. Keep your eyes glued to our Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook pages for all the up-to-the-minute action and results.