Frid’Eh Update #38 Presented by Gamma Powersports
By Jeff McConkey and Billy Rainford
Welcome to week #38 of the DMX Frid’Eh Update Presented by Gamma Powersports. It’s funny how the season is supposed to be over and yet we find our selves busier than every each Friday! Having said that, we’re on our way to the Toronto Airport getting set for our flight to Italy to cover Team Canada at the MXON – another busy Friday. This will be a rather short Update, but we’ll do what we can.
Week #38 goes out to one of the hardest working riders in the entire sport, no doubt. Whenever I try to get in touch with Jay Burke, he’s always at the end of a very long work day…or he’s still there going into his 20th hour! No joke. Last year he was Week #43 and we caught him at work, very late.
When we tried to get in touch with him this year, he was also in the middle of a ton of overtime. In fact, he got back to us this morning and said he got back to work last night at 11 and hasn’t stopped yet! He also mentioned that he was “4 coffees deep already” this morning when we chatted briefly. What I’m trying to say is that we may not have the interview portion from him until after the Update goes live on the site. We will, however, be sure to post our conversation up on its own when we get the chance.
Jay joined the series at round 5 at Gopher Dunes and had his best finish of the season, getting 14th overall there. He did the entire eastern swing and finished 23rd in MX1. He will be #44 in 2017. Here’s a look at his Rockstar Energy MX Nationals season:
MXON | Maggiora, Italy
Hey, guys, Happy Friday. Well, it is almost here. The Motocross Des Nations is getting very close and I’m starting to get excited. We didn’t send a team last year, so just to send a well prepared team is a win in itself. We’re not sending our best possible team, but honestly… what country is? Ryan Dungey, Ken Roczen, Eli Tomac and Marvin Musquin aren’t going, to name a few. Two of our best, Colton Facciotti and Cole Thompson, won’t be in Italy this year either. That just means that new people get to step up and possibly become heroes for their country. We’ve seen it in the past whether it’s been JSR, Blair Morgan, or Colton Facciotti. My pick for this year is obviously Kaven Benoit. This guy just keeps getting better and better each and every time out. With the crew we are sending, the A final is a must, and if everything falls into place, I expect Team Canada to finish anywhere from 11th to 14th.
Canadian AX Tour
The Canadian AX Tour was set to start their season October 1st in Montreal, Quebec. This was a round I was super excited for. Nothing against Ontario or the other provinces, but we all know that the support any motorsport has in Quebec is second to none. The French fans go crazy for any sort of racing, and it’s definitely a shame we won’t be starting the tour October 1st. Life goes on, and so does the series, and we will now be starting in Sarnia, Ontario, on the 8th of October. We’ve gone quite a while in Ontario without any real indoor racing, so I really hope that the fans, the amateur racers and the pro’s make it out and support a great series.
2017 Husqvarna FC450
This past Wednesday, I made the nice drive East to Montreal. Our good friend Victoria Hett from Husqvarna Canada offered us a chance to put some time on the new 2017 FC 450. I don’t think I have stopped smiling since. I was just reading over some of the highlights and I started giggling like a little girl. Take a look:
-Completely redesigned frame for better handling and feel
-Carbon fiber reinforced composite subframe is 2.2 pounds lighter
-Cast aluminum swingarm for optimal stiffness for improved handling and traction
-WP fully-adjustable rear shock features a larger reservoir consistent performance
-CNC machined triple clamp with rubber damped handlebar mounts for more comfort
-Extremely compact engine design is 2.4 pounds lighter with more horsepower and a 14000 RPM rev-limit
-Gearbox with wider, surface treated cogs and friction reduced forks for improved shifting
-Footpeg design prevents dirt buildup in pivot to ensure proper positioning no matter the conditions
-Pro Taper handlebars with ODI lock-on grips and standard handguards
-GSK brake discs for class-leading Brembo calipers have greater power and control
-Magura hydraulic system and redesigned CSS clutch for perfect modulation and consistent action
-Rear linkage geometry gives improved balance and damping behavior
-Standard map switch with launch control for maximum traction and perfect starts
-More compact 44 mm throttle body with direct connect throttle design
-Lighter electric starter and lithium-ion battery for a 2 pound weight loss
-WP CFD-designed radiators are stronger with a 10% increase in cooling
-Air box design with improved airflow and tool-free air filter access
-Bodywork with completely revised ergonomics for more control and comfort
-WP 4CS front fork settings to match the new chassis characteristics
Now, how amazing does that sound to you? I, personally, cannot wait to ride this thing. The plan is to hit the MMRS practice Saturday at Muttco Mountain and then make the drive to Chatsworth, Ontario, to have some fun at Motopark on Sunday. Add in the fact that Aaron Barsanti from Mica-Sport/Scott-Sport has me hooked up with a set of the new Scott Prospect Goggles, and I’m smiling like it’s Christmas morning. It’s going to be a great weekend and I can’t wait!
Really short for me this week. Be sure to have a look at this weeks ‘Out of the Blue‘ featuring Karly Bussemakers brought to you by the great people at Shrader’s. Have a great weekend and always #smileforBC!
I’m trying to type this, pack my Ogio 9800, and check in for my flight all at the same time this morning (OK, now I’m setting this thing live from Pearson International Airport in Toronto). I don’t know why we’ve been busier these past couple Fridays than ever, but I love the fact that there’s still a lot of moto to cover, so that’s a good thing. The only trouble I’m finding is having the time on a Friday morning to put it all together here in the Frid’Eh Update!
We got up to a lot this past week, so let me start by recapping:
Arenacross Practice | Friday Afternoon | Gopher Dunes
By Billy Rainford
As if Fridays aren’t busy enough around Direct Motocross, when we heard Rockstar OTSFF Yamaha rider, Matt Goerke, was going to be testing at the newly-built Arenacross track at Gopher Dunes, we had to be there to check it out. Yes, that’s why the Update was a tad on the ‘brief’ side this week.
Not only was Matt there with Adam ‘Stu’ Robinson and Donk, but young up-and-comer #46 Marco Cannella and #2 Honda Canada GDR Fox Racing’s Colton Facciotti were also going to ride.
Matt is getting ready for his run at the Amsoil AMA Arenacross series that starts in January (and maybe a couple rounds of the Canada AX Tour), Marco is getting ready for either the Canada AX Tour or the Mini O’s, and Colton is just getting back on the bike after his injury suffered in a crash at Pleasant Valley. With only three riders, there was still a lot going on.
Here are a few shots from Friday afternoon in Courtland, Ontario.
Shawn Maffenbeier and Josh Snider | Gully Mor 2016
Shawn Maffenbeier wanted to get some more seat time in before heading over to Italy to represent Canada at the 2016 Monster Energy MXON in Maggiora so he and Josh Snider loaded up and headed southwest of London, Ontario, to Gully Mor Moto for an afternoon of riding. I tagged along and put together this little edit.
Tailgating with…Matt Goerke | Scott Motosports | Mica Sport Canada
By Billy Rainford
We sit down with Rockstar OTSFF Yamaha rider, Matt Goerke, in the casual setting of the ‘Tailgate’ to chat about his time in Canada and his future.
Where It All Began for Me | A Look Back
I tried out a new ‘Magazine Plug In’ for the site and thought I’d use it to write up a little story on how I got into motocross in the first place. We’ll use this format more in the future and will get better at the set up . If you feel like reading about how I got into this mess, check it out:
On the Radar | Christopher DaSilva
By Billy Rainford
Ryan Villopoto Supercross Testing for the AUS-X Open
Future West Arenacross Championships
Ride United Video Available on iTunes and DVD
World FMX Coming to London, Ontario
FMX WORLD TOUR will showcase twelve of the top international pros from the FMX and BMX pro circuit in the 2016 Freestyle Motocross World Tour. The event will take place on Saturday OCT 22ND, 7:30pm at the BUDWEISER GARDENS Arena in London Ontario. The “FMX World Tour” is an extreme action sport competition that was formed to tour USA, Canada, Mexico and select European countries.
Good Luck, Adam Turner from Podium 1 Suspension
Someone bring Adam a coffee today.
OK, that will have to do it for Week #38. We’re under the gun here at World HQ and there’s no way we want to get caught in Toronto traffic, so we’re off to the races! Be sure to check our Twitter @Directmx, Facebook @Direct Motocross, and Instagram @Direct Motocross for updates all next week as we head into the MXON in Italy.
Anyone have any travel suggestions for the north of Italy? Let us know on Twitter! Thanks.
Have a great weekend.