Frid’Eh Update #33 Presented by Mongoose Machine
By Jeff McConkey and Billy Rainford
Welcome to week #33. This week we have seen the end of the 2015 Rockstar Energy MX Nationals. This summer, Shawn Robinson was #33. He will be #27 for 2016 and will be lining up at the final round of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championships at Ironman MX in Crawfordsville, Indiana.
We got in touch with the Gatineau, Quebec, resident to find out how his summer went and what his plans are:
Rockstar Energy MX Nationals
In MX2, Kaven Benoit had an incredible run and claimed his 2nd straight MX2 Championship. Yes, Kaven was on a 250 2-stroke, but you are kidding yourself if you think he would not have won on a 250 4-stroke. His speed and fitness were top shelf all season long. Jimmy Decotis joined our series and instantly the talk was, ‘he has no fitness, no heart, and can only ride sand.’ You people who said that can now remove your heads from your own [rear ends]. Jimmy not only showed us he has pretty good fitness, he showed everyone that the kid has heart, and lots of it! Yes, he had a little bit of difficulty halfway through the East, but I’m willing to bet it doesn’t happen again next season. This guy wants to win as bad as anyone, and now that he knows the series, the tracks and the country, he’s a serious championship contender for 2016.
MMRS Madoc National
I put together a short preview for Racer X earlier today. They were wondering who to watch for in their Fantasy Pool so here is what I managed to come up with for them:
Canadians Racing Ironman MX National in Indiana
By Billy Rainford
Here is a brief look at Canadians to watch for this weekend in Indiana. All Canadians are racing the 450 class.
#495 Colton Facciotti
Honda Canada TLD GDR team
Colton finished 2nd overall in the 450 class. It came down to the final round last weekend at Walton Raceway between him and Matt Goerke for the title. They both went down together in the 2nd turn of the final moto. It was intense as they both worked their way through the field. There was even a very quick kill-switch grab attempt by Goerke on Facciotti!
In the end, Colton finished 6 points back of Goerke.
#141 Jeremy Medaglia
Honda Canada TLD GDR
Jeremy had 2 bad weekends this summer in the 250 class compared to Jimmy Decotis, who only had 1. The was the difference between 2nd and 3rd in the 250 championship this summer behind a seemingly unbeatable Kaven Benoit.
#464 Kyle Keast
Honda Canada TLD GDR
Kyle buckled down with his training over the winter and it showed this summer as he simply wore down his competition and moved steadily forward every moto. He finished with a very impressive 8th place in the 450 class while also running a very busy business in his ‘spare time.’
#626 Shawn Robinson
Riding a Honda 450 this weekend instead of the KTM 450 he raced all summer.
Robinson was #33 this summer in the 450 class and finished 12th overall in the class. Shawn has never lined up for an AMA National so this will be pretty exciting for him to even make the motos.
#926 Kaven Benoit
Royal Distributing Fox KTM Canada
Kaven was basically unbeatable this summer on his KTM 250 2-stroke in the MX2 class. He will now be forced up to the 450 class for 2016 as 2-time champion. He will be racing Cole Thompson’s back-up 450 KTM race bike this week.
#903 Tyler Medaglia
Parts Canada Thor Husqvarna
Tyler was always the ‘next guy’ after the top 4 in the MX1 class. He managed to grab two 3rd place overalls in the very stacked top end of the MX1 class. He gets great starts, which should be a big help this week in Indiana in this field. He’s also got lots of international racing experience so the big stage is not an issue for him.
#330 Eric Jeffery
Redemption Racing Fly Dragon KTM
Eric finished 17th this summer in the 450 class. His best overall was 16th at the first round in Kamloops. The team will have their big rig there in support of Eric and his 6th place MX1 finishing teammate Cade Clason who is also competing this weekend on the #92 KTM. This will be a great experience for the young Oshawa, Ontario, rider.
Good luck, everyone. We’ll be there covering our guys so follow along on Twitter @directmx and on Instagram @directmotocross for updates all day long.
2015 Canadian National Arenacross Tour
Sept 25-26 London, Ontario
Oct 2-3 Sarnia, Ontario
Oct 23-24 Penticton, BC
Nov 6-7 Calgary, Alberta
Click this LINK to get all the information on Round 1 in London, Ontario.
The Ken Roczen ‘Situation’
There’s speaking your mind and then there’s sinking a ship. Have you read the latest interview from Ken Roczen‘s dad? The whole thing was translated from the German Motocross Magazine, Cross Magazin, over on Vital MX. You can read it HERE.
Racer X spoke with Kenny Thursday and he wanted to make sure several things were clear. You can read that HERE.
I think if you pealed anyone (especially a parent!) away from a team and sat them down, you could hear all kinds of distasteful stuff. There are even personal conflicts within winning teams. It’s just a matter of knowing what to say and when to say it. Ken still has a year on his contract and this has got to have made for a rather ‘uncomfortable’ setting in the RCH/Soaring Eagle Suzuki pits.
The best thing for him to do is go out and win this weekend in Indiana and move forward from there. ‘Loose lips sink ships‘ is a cliché for a reason!
More MXON Teams Announced
There have been more team announcements for the Monster Energy FIM Motocross of Nations. Here’s how they are stacking up so far:
Jeremy Van Horebeek
Team Great Britain
The third rider is yet to be confirmed. [Dean Wilson has been confirmed to ride for the team.]
Team New Zealand
Future West Canadian Arenacross Championships
Canadian MX Weekly Wrap-Up Show
We did our final Wrap-Up Show of the season this past Sunday in Walton. Andy White and I had a blast shooting these things all summer. We hope they were informative as an after-race role. I know that 15-18 minutes is a lot to ask a youngster to sit through (They’re in for a treat. This one is over 19 minutes!), but we feel a news-like show like this is a welcome addition to all the other coverage the series gets from the various media sources.
We have bigger and better ideas for the 2016 season, so be sure to check us out when the series kicks off next spring. A huge thanks to Canada’s Motorcycle and FXR Racing for backing the project. With a little more prep time, we can most-assuredly up the production value for the viewers.
Thank you to Mitch Goheen from Just Giver Productions for grabbing the cool shots at most of the rounds and for editing them together. Thanks to Jeff McConkey for stepping in and holding the board in Mitch’s absence. And thanks to Papa Schmoke for coining one of the most memorable lines of the entire summer: “THEY DON’T READ THE BOARD!”
Here’s the last episode of the show. Thanks for watching and all your support:
Direct Motocross Walton Round 10 Recap from Just Giver Productions on Vimeo.
Parts Canada TransCan – THE CHAMPIONS
Congratulations to everyone who competed in the biggest amateur motocross event in Canada last week at Walton Raceway. Here’s a list of the champions from the 24th annual.
MX1 Intermediate – Jean Christophe Bujold
MX1 Junior – Nicholas Denniston
MX2 Intermediate – Joey Crown
MX2 Junior – Nicholas Denniston
MX2 Junior B – Dylan Rouse
MX3 Intermediate – Joey Crown
MX3 Junior – Austin Watling
MX3 Junior B – Baden Brunning
Ladies – Eve Brodeur
Plus 25 – Ryan Lockhart
Vet Junior – Jim Scott
Vet Master – Ryan Lockhart
Plus 40 – Chris Pomeroy
Youth (14-24) – Nathan Haas
Supermini – Tanner Ward
Schoolboy 1 – Tanner Ward
Schoolboy 2 – Marco Cannella
85 (7-11) – Jeremy McKie
85 (12-16) – Jake Tricco
65 (7-9) – Leyland Golaszewski
65 (10-11) – Damon Burbine
50 (4-6) – Blake Davies
50 (7-8) – Sebastien Racine
50 Open – Preston Masciangelo
We’re going to leave it there for this week. It’s time to hop into the #dmxvan and head across Michigan and then west past Indianapolis to the small town of Crawfordsville to watch some Canadians line up for The Show! A Canadian team consisting of Colton Facciotti, Kaven Benoit, and Jeremy Medaglia would be a fine choice for any Team Canada at a MXON, so we’ll have to just pretend this is what we have here Saturday.
Be sure to follow us on Twitter @directmx and on Instagram @directmotocross as we will be bringing you all the action from our guys as the day progresses.