Frid’Eh Update # 36 Presented by Club MX
By Jeff McConkey and Billy Rainford
Welcome to week #36 of the DMX Frid’Eh Update Presented by Club MX. It’s had to believe the Pro outdoor season is over in Canada, but it’s true. The Rockstar Energy MX Nationals are done and the Parts Canada Walton Pro Open has also come and gone for its inaugural year. So what’s left, you ask? Lots.
#36 for the 2016 season was one of the most popular riders to throw a leg over a dirt bike. Halifax, NS’s Davey Fraser is a down-to-earth guy, a hard worker, and therefore a crowd favourite. With an additional round added to the Maritime schedule, Davey felt the love from the crowd even more than usual.
We grabbed him for a quick chat today to talk about his season and what the future holds for 2017 #21. Here’s what he had to say:
Direct Motocross: Hello, Davey. Thanks for taking the time to chat with us today. Let’s start by asking you about the 2016 season. You wound up 9th in the MX2 class with a bunch of 7th overalls. How was the series from your perspective?
Davey Fraser: Hey billy, the season went pretty well. I had some good rounds and a couple that weren’t great. I had 5 DNF’s this season which hurt the end result but that sort of thing happens. I’d say my best round was Pleasant Valley. Not only because I had good results but because the support I had from the hometown crowd was unreal!
Hey, guys. Summer is almost over and pretty soon we’ll be counting down until the Arenacross season and then Supercross. It’s kind of sad, but on the other hand we still have the two American GP races, and of course the Motocross Des Nations. Finally, Canada is going back, and we are sending a pretty solid team.
As a Canadian fan, you have got to be really excited to have seen Kaven Benoit‘s performance this past weekend at the last AMA National of the year. Kaven headed down to Crawfordsville Indiana and tried his hand against the greatest in the world. I also made the trip South to take in the action. Going into the Ironman Mx race, we had 3 full Canadians racing and one half Canadian in Cade Clason from Redemption Racing. MX101 Yamaha’s Dylan Wright and Big Steel Box KTM’s Shawn Maffenbeier hopped into the super-competitive 250 class. We all know horsepower is key in this class and it’s a 28-30 minute sprint. There’s no down time in this class as everyone assumes they are the next big thing and they are willing to hold it pinned no matter what.
How do I think our guys did? I think they both performed well. Dylan and Shawn are different riders and are at different points of their careers. Dylan was able to go down and hang it out within reason. Shawn, on the other hand, had the Des Nations in the back of his head, and really never got completely comfortable. I totally understand why Shawn backed it down and kept it safe. Being picked for Team Canada is a huge achievement in itself, and you may not get that call ever again.
All in all, I give all 3 of our guys credit for going down and racing with the best. Some Canadians think racing 10 rounds is enough, and actually feel like they are burnt out and need a break after the season. Sure, the travel and the grind are tough, but so is working a regular job. I’d really wish more guys would go all in, and really put in the effort now. You don’t want to look back and think you missed your opportunity. Racing motocross at the Pro level and as your “job” has a very short window, and before you know it…there’s already a new face ready to steal your thunder and everything you have worked so hard to get.
Silly season is here. This is the time of year where contracts are expiring and riders are switching teams, bikes and gear. There is also a lot of uncertainty. Will the support be there from the manufacturers? A few of the big names in Canada have question marks. One of the biggest would have to be Jeremy Medaglia. What happens to Jeremy next? This guy has wins and podiums in both classes, and is still relatively young. The problem is that Jeremy has already been with most of the teams in Canada, and not every relationship has ended well. We have seen Jer line up on every brand except Husky over the years. He has been a contender and a podium threat every time on the line and in both classes. So what happens next? Where does Jeremy go?
Kaven Benoit is the hot commodity in the MX1 class. KTM would be crazy not to try and lock this guy in long term. The next big question is, where does Cole Thompson go? Does Cole stick around in MX2 and defend his title, or does he move back up and take a run at a MX1 crown? GDR Honda has Colton Facciotti signed already, but currently does not have a MX2 guy. Do they go after Cole? Dylan Wright, Shawn Maffenbeier, and Jess Pettis are the top Canadians at the moment in the MX2 class. It’s a really tough call for any team manager. Plus, we don’t know if teams like GDR are under contract to carry Canadians only, or if they are allowed to sign Americans. If that’s the case, you know with the limited amount of rides in the US that there will be a ton of guys calling for the very few rides we have up here. Either way, Derek Schuster, Jason Hughes, Kevin Tyler, and JSR have a long winter ahead of them. I definitely wouldn’t want to be in their shoes for this.
MMRS Madoc National
After the Ironman MX, I hopped back on the highway and made the 10-hour drive home. Around Toledo, Ohio, I was feeling pretty good still so I made the text to Bigwave asking him to pick me up on his way past my house to the MMRS National in Madoc, Ontario, on Sunday. With maybe an hour of sleep tops, Billy was at my door ready to go. We made the 1.5 hour drive and prepared for John and Jean Maguire‘s 6th annual Madoc National. This event has thrown a ton of cash at the Pros and amateurs over the years and Billy and I wanted to show our support. The entire Madoc town opens its arms to the racers and their families, and it really makes for a great event.
There was a bit of a drought leading into the event, and it made the conditions a little drier than some would have liked. My one big complaint with the event was how fast and scary the track was. Myself personally would love to see the track get a lot more technical and rough to slow the riders down. Other than that, I would give the event 2 thumbs up. The riders proved that it is a ‘can’t miss’ event with well over 600 entries for the 2 days of racing.
I will be loading up and heading to Motopark this weekend. I will be having some fun riding the new MX32 Pro tire from Pirelli. I haven’t had much time on the tire yet, but I am very impressed with the limited time on this great brand. Good luck to everyone at Baja Brawl, and don’t forget to #smileforBC!
Thanks, Jeff. Have a great time up at Motopark. Do you know that I first raced there back in 1982?! Yep, I’m that old! Uh oh, I feel a flashback story coming on…
MXGP of the Americas | Charlotte, NC
CHARLOTTE (United States of America), 02 September 2016 – Unfortunately the tail end of Hurricane Hermine that hit the Florida state last night has drifted across and caught Charlotte where the penultimate round of the FIM Motocross World Championship was supposed to burst into life tonight. Due to the rain that has fallen and is scheduled to fall throughout the day today, the event management have made the decision to post-pone today’s action, until 1:30pm tomorrow, Saturday 3rd September.
The spectacular man-made track here at The Dirt Track, Charlotte Motor Speedway, has been sealed and covered with plastic in order to protect the dirt. Rain has been forecast all day today, but will stop later this evening. The water will be drained off the track as soon as possible and early tomorrow morning MXGP’s track crew will head out onto the circuit and start turning the dirt over so that the dry soil is on top. The track is expected to be in perfect condition and the weather forecaster is looking bright and sunny, we can all look forward to a brilliant day of action packed motocross.
Due to the change in timetable, there will be no qualifying races tomorrow, only Free Practice and Timed Practice, and then straight into the main events. The Timed Practice sessions will be LIVE on www.mxgp-tv.com.
Also don’t miss the Studio Show with special guests Cooper Webb, Jorge Prado Garcia and Darian Sanayei, LIVE and FREE to view TODAY, Friday 02 September, at 4:45pm local time on www.mxgp-tv.com.
You can view the new time schedule here below:
Saturday: MX2 Free Practice 13:30; MXGP Free Practice 14:05; MX2 Time Practice 14:40; MXGP Time Practice 15:25, MX2 Race 1 17:15; MXGP Race 1 18:15; MX2 Race 2 20:10; MXGP Race 2 21:10.
MXGP Entry List
MX2 Entry List
|6 Paturel Benoit Yamaha FRA FFM Kemea Yamaha Yamalube|
|10 Vlaanderen Calvin KTM NED KNMV HSF Logistics Motorsport Team|
|17 Webb Cooper Yamaha USA AMA Yamalube Star Racing Yamaha|
|18 Brylyakov Vsevolod Kawasaki RUS MFR Monster Energy DRT Kawasaki|
|21 Hampshire RJ Honda USA AMA|
|37 Savatgy Joey Kawasaki USA AMA Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki|
|44 Cianciarulo Adam Kawasaki USA AMA Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki|
|61 Prado Garcia Jorge KTM ESP RFME KTM Factory Juniors|
|64 Covington Thomas Husqvarna USA AMA Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing|
|66 Larranaga Olano Iker KTM ESP RFME Creymert Racing|
|84 Herlings Jeffrey KTM NED KNMV Red Bull KTM Factory Racing|
|91 Seewer Jeremy Suzuki SUI FMS Team Suzuki World MX2|
|98 Vaessen Bas Suzuki NED KNMV Team Suzuki World MX2|
|99 Anstie Max Husqvarna GBR ACU Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing|
|120 Lionnet Bradley Kawasaki USA AMA|
|128 Monticelli Ivo KTM ITA FMI Marchetti Racing Team KTM|
|140 Root Austin Kawasaki USA AMA|
|161 Östlund Alvin Yamaha SWE SVEMO Wilvo Standing Construct Yamaha|
|172 Van doninck Brent Yamaha BEL FMB Kemea Yamaha Yamalube|
|174 Smith Alfie Yamaha GBR ACU iFly JK Racing|
|189 Bogers Brian KTM NED KNMV HSF Logistics Motorsport Team|
|199 Lineman Russell Suzuki USA AMA|
|214 Forkner Austin Kawasaki USA AMA Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki|
|216 Martin Vann Honda USA AMA|
|232 Weltin Marshal Yamaha USA AMA|
|289 Harrison Mitchell Yamaha USA AMA Yamalube Star Racing Yamaha|
|321 Bernardini Samuele TM ITA FMI TM Racing Factory Team|
|359 Rashkov Stoyan Yamaha BUL FMPR Autotrader/Monster Energy/Yamaha/JGRMX|
|539 Wright Dylan Yamaha CAN CMA|
|582 Rice Jake Husqvarna USA CMA|
|991 Lapucci Nicholas Husqvarna ITA FMI NewHolland 8biano Massignani Husqvarna|
2016 Vets MXdN | Farleigh Castle – September 3rd and 4th
Rider Entry Lists:
|Team Name||Team Manager||Rider No||Name|
|Team GB||Dave King||1||Neil PRINCE|
|Team USA||5||John DOWD|
|6||Todd DE HOOP|
|Team Belgium||Danny Scheers||9||Sven BREUGELMANS|
|11||Jurgen Van NOOTEN|
|Team Wales||Shaun Copeman||17||Dai SMITH|
|Team Canada||Sandy Loutitt||21||Sandy LOUTITT|
|Team Munster Ireland||Garry Sullivan||33||Mervyn GRIFFIN|
|Team Denmark||Per Pedersen||38||Flemming VAD|
|41||Peter Skov LARSEN|
|Team Scotland||Sean Doherty||49||Gordon MORRISON|
|Team Netherlands VMCN||Bart van Dulmen||53||Thomas ADRIAANSE|
|54||Richard van DROOGE|
|55||Martijn van der VEEN|
|56||Bart van DULMEN|
|Team Northern Ireland||Gordon Croackard||58||Gordon CROCKARD|
|Team South Africa||Gavin Williams||62||Grant Langston|
|Team Italy||Stefano Pecora||66||Franco ULIVI|
|Team Finland||Kurt Ljungqvist||70||Kurt LJUNGQVIST|
|Team Switzerland||Stephane Lanzoni||86||Charly TONUS|
|88||Jean Pierre DUCIMETIERE|
|Team International Air Hammer||Paul Cawsey||110||Dave COUPE|
Twin Shock Teams
|Team Name||Team Manager||Rider No||Name|
|Team Germany||Reinhold Kaltenberg||1||Laurent LACASSE|
|4||Frank JANSEN – TEITZ|
|Team Suzuki Geboers Belgium||Ingrid Geboers||5||Sven BREUGELMANS|
|Team Twinshock UK||John Marsh||17||Terry HOUSE|
|Team Canada||Sandy Loutitt||21||Sandy LOUTITT|
|Team Husqvarna International||Kris Rosenberger||25||Danny LAPORTE|
|Team Ireland||Mossey Drennan||33||George RADLEY|
|Team Belgium WBG||William Hacardiaux||38||William HACARDIAUX|
|Team Denmark||Per Pedersen||42||Per Sadolin PEDERSEN|
|43||Fuinn Wagner JENSEN|
|Team Scottish Twinshock||Peter O’Neill||49||Paul CHIAPPA|
|Team Thunder Ireland||Tim Mathews||53||Laurence SPENCE|
|Team Northern Ireland||Richard Murdoch||58||Michael McBRIDE|
|Team North of England||Andrew Cleaver||62||Mark FULTON|
|Team Italy||Stefano Pecora||66||Stefano PECORA|
|Team Switzerland||Stephane Lanzoni||86||Stephane LANZONI|
To follow along with the action, click their website: http://www.vetsmxdn.co.uk/default.aspx
Gopher Dunes Adds an Arenacross Practice Track
From the Gopher Dunes Facebook Page:
Check out our new Arenacross track at the Dunes opening on Tuesday September 6! Check below for our weekly schedule so you know what days you can ride:
Monday, Friday, Sunday – Closed
Tuesday – 50cc to 65cc
Wednesday – 85cc and up
Thursday – Supermini
Saturday – 125cc and up
Arenacross Season is Coming!
Future West Moto:
2017 Monster Energy AMA Supercross Schedule
|Jan. 7||Angel Stadium||Anaheim, CA|
|Jan. 14||Petco Park||San Diego, CA|
|Jan. 21||Angel Stadium||Anaheim, CA|
|Jan. 28||U. of Phoenix Stadium||Glendale, AZ|
|Feb. 4||O.Co Coliseum||Oakland, CA|
|Feb. 11||AT&T Stadium||Arlington, TX|
|Feb. 18||U.S. Bank Stadium||Minneapolis, MN|
|Feb. 25||Georgia Dome||Atlanta, GA|
|Mar. 4||Rogers Centre||Toronto, ON|
|Mar. 11||Daytona Speedway||Daytona, FL|
|Mar. 18||Lucas Oil Stadium||Indianpolis, IN|
|Mar. 25||Ford Field||Detroit, MI|
|Apr. 1||The Dome at America’s Center||St. Louis, MO|
|Apr. 8||CenturyLink Field||Seattle, WA|
|Apr 22.||Rice-Eccles Stadium||Salt Lake City, UT|
|Apr. 28||MetLife Stadium||Eas Rutherford, NJ|
|May. 6||Sam Boyd Stadium||Las Vegas, NV|
2016 Baja Brawl/WMX Series Round 7
• 9am-6pm- Practice sign-up- $20 per rider/per practice session
• 11am-6pm SLIP N SLIDE Open- No jeans, shoes, buttons, zippers or jewelry
• 11am-6:30pm- Practice
• 4pm-6pm- Mandingo Pickle / Monster Energy wHipster Championship Sign-Up- $20 sign-up fee per ride
• 4pm-9pm- Race Day Sign-Up- $ 60 amateur class/$70 Pro AM/. LAST 4 DIGITS OF FRAME # and Transponder # REQUIRED FOR SIGN-UP
• 9pm-10pm- Mandingo Pickle / Monster Energy wHipster Championship
• 6:30am-7:30am- Race Day Sign-Up – $60 amateur class/$70 Pro AM
• LAST 4 DIGITS OF FRAME # REQUIRED – Racing begins with Day 1 of 3 (3 Moto Format)
• 7:30am- Mandatory riders meeting @ the starting gate
• 8:30am- Practice-2 laps followed by Day 1 of Amateur Racing (Note: Not all riders will get 3 motos if a qualifier race is needed)
• 11am-6pm- SLIP N SLIDE Open – NO jeans, shoes, buttons, zippers or jewelry
• 2pm-6pm- Pit bike race sign-up in Registration – $25 Sign-up per class – AMA membership required
• NEVER SUMMER PIT BIKE RACES – 7:30pm bike inspection/riders meeting – 8pm practice with racing to follow –
Award presentation at the fire Pit upon completion of races
• 8:15-9:45- Pit Party
7:30am- Church Service @ MXers for Jesus pit area
• 8:30am- Day 2 of Amateur Racing (Following Pro-AM Practice) – Check race order at the track for Pro-AM race times
• 11am-6pm- SLIP N SLIDE Open – NO jeans, shoes, buttons, zippers & jewelry
• 4pm-6pm- Side X Side race sign up- $40 – MUST BE 18 or OLDER TO PARTICIPATE
• Immediately following racing – Side x Side race class will run the Modified Main Track – All Side by Side’s must have working seatbelts & roll bar.
No crazy engine mods Please – Suspension mods are allowed. All drivers must be 18 years of age or older and have a navigator(passenger)
• 7:30pm- Typhoon Tommy Water Show
• 8am-6pm- Belly Floppers Sign-up at Racer Registration OR 7pm-8pm at the Pond
• 8:45pm- FMF “FAT MAN FLYING” BELLY FLOP CHAMPIONSHIP Sponsored by FMF (must be 18 or older to enter) – $500 to win.
Pond Jump with Wes Kain and the Death Mobile AND MORE !!!
• BAJA BRAWL AFTER PARTY @ The Fire Pit
MORE TO COME!!!!
• 9:00am- Final Day of Amateur and Pro-AM Racing
• Baja Brawl Championship Awards given 30 minutes after each moto
• DUNLOP 1 LAP WONDER AWARD will be given to the winner of the 1st lap in all Championship Classes – Final Moto Only
Go home happy!
WMX Women Pro will compete on SATURDAY ONLY- 2 Moto Format
WMX Point Standings:
Have a great Labour Day long weekend, everyone! The days are getting shorter so let’s all enjoy it while we can.
Other things to keep you occupied:
MMRS Madoc National – Photo Report
MMRS Madoc National – Faces at the Races
Ironman MX – Faces at the Races
Tailgating with Austin Watling and Tanner Ward
(Each raced Ironman MX)