Frid’Eh Update #43 | Presented by Dragon Alliance
By Jeff McConkey and Billy Rainford
Welcome to another Frid’Eh. You made it through another school or work week and it’s time to look ahead to one of our ever-shortening weekends with limited daylight. The weather forecast around the DMX World HQ area isn’t great, but doesn’t look like it will stop anyone from loading up the trailer and hitting the track or trails somewhere in the area.
Week #43 goes out to a rider who normally needs no introduction, especially if this happened to be week #16. I went over to the Racer X Vault and looked up the name John Dowd and was amazed to see that his first year in the Pro ranks with a listing in the Vault was 1987! Yes, 1987. If you are 20 years old right now, you weren’t born for 10 more years after he turned Pro! Put it this way, in his first year as a Pro, Ricky Johnson won the 250 and 500 outdoor titles and Micky Dymond was the 125 champ. I just blew your mind. Dowd finished ahead of Wemyss Scott and behind Scooter Stafford. And he’s still going strong!
His first top 10 Pro season was in 1992 when he finished 5th in the 500 class. He was runner-up in 250 MX in 1994 behind Mike LaRocco and then won the 125 West SX title in 1998 ahead of David Vuillemin and Stephane Roncada (I don’t think I knew that). His final listing is in 2013 when he showed up at Southwick and grabbed 2 points in the second 450 moto to finish 23rd on the day (30-19) and 46th on the season.
John and his son, Ryan Dowd, showed up at Gopher Dunes (John is one of the most-revered sand specialists of all-time) in 2015 and finished 26-10 for 17th overall. 9-13 at the next round at Sand Del Lee gave him 10th and then he shocked everyone in Ulverton with 8-9 motos for 8th overall! We spoke to him at the end of the day and he was heading home to celebrate his 50th birthday!
Dowd’s 2015 Canadian season:
We weren’t able to get in touch with John in time for this Update, so watch for an interview with him as soon as we are able to get in touch with him. Until then, here’s the interview we did with him as he was trying to leave Ulverton in 2015:
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Hey, guys, Happy Friday. Well, it looks like fall has finally caught up with us here in Southern Ontario. The weather has been wet and cold, and ruined any possibilities of great fall riding this weekend.
Monster Energy Cup
Las Vegas was the place to be last week, as the Monster Energy Cup went off on Saturday night. There was lots to be excited about: the Honda debut of Ken Roczen, the return of Ryan Dungey, and just the fact that stadium racing was back. Now to be honest, after the top 7 or 8 guys, the talent was pretty week. There were a lot of guys that don’t make main events and were basically gate fillers for the weekend. The track didn’t seem very technical, so there wasn’t a whole lot to show how much better the top guys really are. Roczen and his new Honda looked to be the cream of the crop right up until he over jumped into a section and crashed pretty spectacularly. As bad as it looked, it honestly couldn’t have gone any better as Ken escaped what could have been a season-ending injury or worse. It’s a bummer that so many guys were missing in action, but that’s life. Some guys are still healing up, others are without teams, and some just aren’t ready.
Red Bull Straight Rhythm | This Weekend
This weekend the Red Bull Straight Rhythm is the hot ticket. This is a really cool event and I can’t wait to see who shows up on what. Monster Energy’s Josh Hill is going to attempt to race an Alta electric motocross bike. No, Josh is not going to win on this bike, he wouldn’t even have a shot of winning on Roczen’s Monster Cup bike, but that’s not the point. The point is, will he be competitive on an electric bike? If so, this could change everything. How many riding spots or tracks have we lost due to the noise issue? The answer is way too many! Imagine if this works out? We could be holding SX an MX races everywhere. Now, we will still get the clowns saying that 2-strokes are coming back, and that a bike needs to be loud. Yes, 2-strokes are fun, but they’re never coming back, and I don’t know about you, but I hate loud annoying bikes. Anyways, I for one will be keeping a very close eye on Josh Hill and his Alta.
Check out this retro Red Bull ad for this weekend:
Canadian National AX Tour
Round 2 of the Canadian National AX Tour was held in Barrie this past Saturday. Where the heck were all of the Ontario racers that claim “Motocross is my life!” all over social media? I honestly thought the Pros would be the ones with the poor turnout. Boy, was I wrong! We had 2 back to back weekends with a great Pro turnout, and 2 weekends in a row with a weak amateur turnout. The tracks aren’t crazy technical, the costs are reasonable, and there is no reason why you shouldn’t be out there supporting the great people at the AX Tour and helping it grow. It’s the only way that the sport will grow. It was very disappointing to see how empty some classes were.
Back to the Pros, it looks like the trio of Colton Facciotti, Chris Blose, and Steven Mages are the top dogs. They’ve honestly dominated everything except a lone appearance on the podium from PR-MX’s Logan Karnow. Let’s hope we see all 3 out West when the series resumes next weekend in Penticton, BC.
Canada AX Tour | Barrie Round 2 | RESULTS
Saturday, October 15, 2016
1. 12 Steven Mages KAW
2. 2 Colton Facciotti HON
3. 101 Chris Blose YAM
4. 34 Westen Wrozyna KAW
5. 701 Karl Normand KTM
6. 471 Logan Karnow HON
7. 8 Kyle Keast HSK
8. 221 Jake McKinney KAW
9. 313 Kyle Swanson KAW
10. 5 Brock Leitner KAW
11. 200 Steven Azarkiewicz SUZ
12. 77 Justin Roney HON
13. 17 Seth Green YAM
1. 12 Steven Mages KAW
2. 2 Colton Facciotti HON
3. 101 Chris Blose YAM
4. 5 Brock Leitner KAW
5. 471 Logan Karnow HON
6. 46 Marco Cannella YAM
7. 313 Kyle Swanson KAW
8. 184 Tanner Ward KTM
9. 424 Austin Watling HON
10. 17 Seth Green YAM
11. 8 Kyle Keast HSK
12. 221 Jake McKinney KAW
13. 781 Zack Zager SUZ
Clash for Cash
1. 2 Colton Facciotti HON
2. 101 Chris Blose YAM
3. 471 Logan Karnow HON
4. 12 Steven Mages KAW
5. 46 Marco Cannella YAM
6. 313 Kyle Swanson KAW
7. 5 Brock Leitner KAW
8. 8 Kyle Keast HSK
9. 34 Westen Wrozyna KAW
10. 184 Tanner Ward KTM
11. 221 Jake McKinney KAW
DNS 701 Karl Normand KTM (caused red flag restart)
Canada AX Tour | Pro Points after 2 Rounds (Unofficial)
1. 12 Steven Mages KAW 45
2. 101 Chris Blose YAM 45
3. 2 Colton Facciotti HON 44
4. 34 Westen Wrozyna KAW 34
5. 701 Karl Normand KTM 29
6. 471 Logan Karnow HON 29
7. 313 Kyle Swanson KAW 27
8. 5 Brock Leitner KAW 21
9. 17 Seth Green YAM 17
10. 8 Kyle Keast HSK 14
AX Lites Pro
1. 12 Steven Mages KAW 45
2. 101 Chris Blose YAM
3. 2 Colton Facciotti HON 44
4. 471 Logan Karnow KAW 31
5. 5 Brock Leitner KAW 30
6. 46 Marco Cannella YAM 29
7. 424 Austin Watling HON 28
8. 313 Kyle Swanson KAW 27
9. 184 Tanner Ward KTM 23
10. 17 Seth Green YAM 22
Clash for Cash
1. 2 Colton Facciotti HON 50
2. 101 Chris Blose YAM 42
3. 12 Steven Mages KAW 40
4. 471 Logan Karnow HON 36
5. 46 Marco Cannella YAM 30
6. 313 Kyle Swanson KAW 29
7. 5 Brock Leitner KAW 29
8. 34 Westen Wrozyna KAW 23
9. 8 Kyle Keast HSK 13
10. 184 Tanner Ward KTM 10
UPDATE: New Western swing for the Series
As Moose Jaw has been cancelled the series is now set to head to Penticton, BC for round 3 on October 29th and then back to Calgary on November 4 and 5 for the final 2 rounds of the 2016 Canadian National Series.
Stay posted for more details as they come available.
OCMC 6-Hour Enduro
Closer to home, the OCMC 6-Hour Enduro is this Saturday near Peterborough, Ontario. I plan on loading the DMX test bikes and giving it a whirl, depending on the weather. We all know that I’m “fair weather,” so I can’t promise much. One thing I can guarantee, is that I will have the cleanest bikes and freshest gear. You can count on that!
Have a great weekend, #smileforBC and we will see you next week.
Thanks, Jeff. Oh, and I just checked the forecast again and you shouldn’t have the weather to blame for not hitting the trails for that 6-hour enduro! If we don’t see some iPhone photos of this event, we’re going to have questions about your toughness.
That’s classic Enduro weather: 6 degrees with only 40% chance of less than 1mm of rain. It says one full hour of sunlight! What more do you want??? You get out there, Jeff… says the guy from the comfort and safety of his couch!
FMX World Tour | London, ON Saturday Night
While Jeff is slugging it out in the wet woods for 6 hours, I’ll be in the comfort of Budweiser Gardens here in London for the FMX World Tour stop here in my hometown.
No, I’m not the world’s biggest FMX fan, but whenever there are dirt bikes ripping it up in my hometown (and I’m not away somewhere), I’m definitely going to make an effort to be there and check it out. Now, if I can develop some indoor photo skills in the next 24 hours, we’ll be all set!
Mike Jones Injured
Future West Moto Canadian Arenacross Championships | Round 1-2 Armstrong, BC This Weekend
Doors open at 6pm – Racing action starts at 7pm
Youth 12-18 yrs. $15
Child 4-11yrs. $10
3 years and under FREE
Family pass: 2 Adults 2 Children $50
ARMSTRONG EXHIBITION GROUNDS – AGRIPLEX
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INTERAC AND CREDIT CARD NOW ACCEPTED AT SIGN UP.
REGISTRATION: Amatuer riders -First Class $40 Second Class $35 Third Class $30 Pro Riders- $60 per class – NO LICENSES REQUIRED!
Wristbands will be sold at signup and the office. All riders are required to sign a waiver at the time of signup and wristband collection.
Wristbands are $15
All riders under 18 years of age must also complete a minor release form. This is completed once only and kept on file for the duration of the series. This form must be signed by a parent/guardian.
$25 per night with power $10 without power – Dry camping only (no water hookup)
A camping pass will be issued at the gate to be displayed on your vehicle.
10 x 10 Pop Up Tent in the pits $50 per weekend, space dependent, limit one tent per rider. Sponsors take priority over available space.
TRAILERS – Sponsor trailers only at an additional charge of $100 per weekend – trailers will not be parked in priority pit space.
REKLUSE RIDING SCHOOL: Presented by Ryan Lockhart
THURSDAY OCT. 20TH
6:45PM – 7:45PM ADVANCED CLASS 85CC and up.
FRIDAY & SATURDAY
8.30 am – 10.00 am 85 CC and up.
10.00 am – 11.30 am 50 CC – 85 CC
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Please note that you must sign up at 8.00 am for the early school and 9.30 am for the later school.
Those in the 10.00 am class will be required to sign up for registration before school starts.
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SIGN UP: 9.00 am – 11:30 am
RIDERS MEETING: 11.45 am
PRACTICE: 12 noon – schedule may change
PRO SIGN UP: 2.00 PM – 4.00 PM
PRO MEETING IN THE PITS: 4.10 PM SHARP. Fines may be issued if you are late.
OPEN TIMED PRO PRACTICE 4.30 – 5.00 PM
DOORS OPEN TO PUBLIC: 6.00 PM
7PM OPENING SHOW –
SCHEDULE MAY CHANGE
*CLASSES WILL ONLY RUN WITH 5 OR MORE RIDERS!
NEW KID BEGINNER
*50 cc OPEN
*LADIES AND YOUNG LADIES
*85CC 7- 11
*SUPERMINI – MODIFIED ONLY (NO 65CC)
*PRO AM LIGHT
ABSOLUTELY NO FUEL CONTAINERS OR REFUELING INSIDE THE BUILDINGS.
ABSOLUTELY NO PROPANE HEATERS IN THE PIT BUILDING
ABSOLUTELY NO OIL CHANGES INSIDE THE BUILDING AND ALL USED OIL MUST
BE TAKEN OFF PREMISES AND DISPOSED OF AT AN APPROPRIATE SITE.
ABSOLUTELY NO ALCOHOL IN THE BUILDINGS
ALL VIOLATORS WILL BE ESCORTED FROM THE PROPERTY AND BANNED
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NO SMOKING INSIDE OF ANY BUILDING VIOLATORS WILL BE PROSECUTED!
NO RIDING IN THE PIT AREA, PLEASE PUSH YOUR BIKE TO THE STAGING AREA.
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Jimmy Decotis OUT of Australian SX Series
It looks like our old friend, Jimmy Decotis, will return home after a crash has side-lined him for the remainder of the Australian SX Series. He will be replaced on the Honda Genuine Racing team by Luke Clout. Jimmy will head home and rest up for the Monster Energy AMA Supercross Series.
The team had this to say:
“The team have been fantastic. I couldn’t remember anything following the crash and I have been getting headaches. Head injuries can ruin careers and we decided that I should take as much time out as I need to recover and I need to thank the team for being so patient and understanding”
Team Owner, Yarrive Konsky:
“Jimmy crashed very hard; we have all seen the footage. We all know a bone takes 6 to 8 weeks to heal, however we can’t determine how soon a rider should return from a serious head injury. I spoke with Racesafe and they suggested a minimum 10 to 14 days off the bike was required. Jimmy was more conservative, suggesting he would like to take between 14 and 21 days. I need to respect that Jimmy knows himself better than anyone”
Canadian Kade Walker to Race Dutch SX – October 28-30
Castrol Power 1 Moto Web team with three US Supercross riders to Zuidbroek
Castrol Power 1 Suzuki Moto Web Team is an annual team in the Dutch Supercross in Zuidbroek. With its strongest driver is the team to the Netherlands every year to make a bid for victory. As with the first edition, they managed to succeed with American Matt Goerke.
This year the team with three riders from the American supercross and a Canadian to Zuidbroek. Cole Martinez is one of the Americans who want to see something beautiful in Zuidbroek. Martinez runs for several years in the US Lites Supercross Championship and, this winter for the Castrol Power 1 Suzuki Moto Web team ride the German ADAC Supercross. He goes in Zuidbroek with his compatriot Brendan Sipple start in the SX1 class.
Also in the SX2 class is the Castrol Power 1 Suzuki Moto Web team with two riders at the start. The Canadian Kade Walker runs for several seasons in the German ADAC Supercross Championship and here is found regularly on stage in the SX2 class. Walker will battle with Mike Kras and Chris Bayliss so that we can certainly expect fireworks.
Greadie Featherstone makes the line up of the team completely. Featherstone also runs in the American super motocross and will seek to sell its skin expensive as in Europe to make a name!
The Dutch Supercross Zuidbroek will be held the weekend of 28, 29 and 30 October.
Good luck, Kade. I also noticed that ‘Face to Face‘ will be playing Friday night over there in Holland. Sweet, I’m going to see them here in London on November 6th.
2017 Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship | Schedule Announced
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (October 21, 2016) – Today, MX Sports Pro Racing and NBC Sports unveiled the schedule for the 2017 season of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, sanctioned by AMA Pro Racing. The schedule will once again consist of 12 rounds in its summer-long journey to crown a champion, with each venue returning. The season will commence on Saturday, May 20, with the Hangtown Motocross Classic in Rancho Cordova, California, and will once again feature exclusive broadcast coverage on NBC, NBCSN, MAVTV and the NBC Sports App.
Each stop of the 12-round championship will consist of two points-paying motos in both the premier 450 Class and 250 Class, resulting in a total of 24 motos apiece that will ultimately determine a champion. Since its inception in 1972, the Pro Motocross Championship has been arguably one of the most difficult titles to win in all of motorsports thanks to its grueling nature. That defining trait has also made it the most prestigious championship in the sport, with Ken Roczen (450 Class) and Cooper Webb (250 Class) emerging triumphant in 2016.
“The Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship is the root of American motocross and its legacy is undeniable. Both the teams and riders understand the history of the sport and how truly difficult it is to win this coveted championship, so there’s an immense sense of pride in the battle for both the Edison Dye Cup and Gary Jones Cup,” said Davey Coombs, President of MX Sports Pro Racing. “Most of the tracks on the schedule have been hosting Nationals for more than two decades. There’s such a rich history and tradition that both the riders and the fans feed off of, making this championship a truly special experience.”
For the fourth consecutive season the championship will kick off with back-to-back rounds in California, with the Hangtown Motocross Classic giving way to the Glen Helen National in motocross’ proverbial home of Southern California on May 27, over Memorial Day Weekend. Each track represents much of what the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship embodies, with Hangtown serving as the longest-running National on the schedule at 44 years and Glen Helen serving the role of what very well may be the most dynamic and challenging track in the world.
Lakewood, Colorado’s Thunder Valley MX Park, just outside Denver, on June 3, will give way to the first of three off weekends before the High Point National in Mt. Morris, Pennsylvania, opens the eastern swing of the championship that sits at the heart of the schedule on June 17. This month-long stretch will include stops at Muddy Creek Raceway in Blountville, Tennessee (June 24), the unparalleled Independence Day celebration and experience from RedBud MX in Buchanan, Michigan (July 1), and the legendary sands of Southwick in Southwick, Massachusetts (July 8).
Following another break in action, the Spring Creek National in Millville, Minnesota (July 22), and the Washougal National in Washougal, Washington (July 29), sends the championship back westward for two of most scenic stops on the schedule. These back-to-back rounds will set the stage for the stretch run to the championship, which kicks off following the final off weekend on the schedule.
Iconic Unadilla MX in New Berlin, New York, will signify the start of a three-week showdown to crown the 2017 champions on August 11, with one of the most storied events in American motocross. From there Mechanicsville, Maryland’s Budds Creek MX Park will host the penultimate round of the championship on August 19, before Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship’s new season-ending tradition from Ironman Raceway in Crawfordsville, Indiana, closes out the summer on August 26. “
The current schedule for the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship brings the fastest riders on the planet and the world’s most prestigious off-road motorcycle championship to virtually every portion of the country,” added Coombs. “We will compete in every time zone and will visit 11 states en route to finding out who will add their name to the legendary list of titleholders, forever etching themselves in the annals of American motocross history.”
2017 RACE SCHEDULE
|May 20||Hangtown Motocross Classic||Sacramento, CA|
|May 27||Glen Helen National||San Bernardino, CA|
|June 3||Thunder Valley National||Lakewood, CO|
|June 17||High Point National||Mt. Morris, PA|
|June 24||Tennessee National||Blountville, TN|
|July 1||RedBud National||Buchanan, MI|
|July 8||Southwick National||Southwick, MA|
|July 22||Spring Creek National||Millville, MN|
|July 29||Washougal National||Washougal, WA|
|August 12||Unadilla National||New Berlin, NY|
|August 19||Budds Creek National||Mechanicsville, MD|
|August 26||Ironman National||Crawfordsville, IN|
Cole Thompson Wins Again in Costa Rica
Brigden, Ontario, Canadian MX2 champion, Cole Thompson, headed to Central America again last week to compete in the Costa Rican Motocross Nationals (Campeonato Nacional de Motocross). It looks like he split moto wins but won the second and took the overall in the MX1 class.
Roberto Castro Del Teamcmx-Suzuki Top1 is the new leader of the National Championship of motocross in category mx1. now the dispute with Ben Lamay of passion MX – KTM is transferred to the grand final on the 20th of November.
Castro has 5-point advantage over Lamay.
The podium of this Sunday was as follows:
1. 148 Cole Thompson 47 points
2. 191 Roberto Castro 47 points
3. 426 Ben Lamay 40 points
General Classification Mx1 (unofficial)
1. 191 Roberto Castro 305 points
2. 426 Ben Lamay 300 points
3. 65 Esteban Castillo 283 points
There’s only one round left in the championship November 20th at La Olla, Sabanilla de Alajuela. They’ve already been to this track twice this season.
If you scroll ahead to 40:30 you’ll see Cole sitting on the side of the track after a crash that took him out of action at round 7.
Canadian Jamieson MacDonald Takes 6th at KJSX at MEC
Congratulations to #6 Jamieson MacDonald for making it and then competing at the KTM KJSX event last week at the Monster Energy Cup in Las Vegas.
OK, folks, that’s gonna do it for week #43. I’m no NASCAR guy, but that number still screams Richard Petty, doesn’t it? Good luck to everyone competing out in Armstrong, BC tonight and Saturday.
Oh, before we go, I’ve got a pretty sweet 2015 Scott Speedster for sale at $999.99. I’ve ridden it 5 times and it was new out of the box just a couple weeks ago. It’s an XL/58 with Shimano Ultegra, alloy frame with carbon fork. Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you’re interested.
Thanks for reading and have a great weekend!
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