Frid’Eh Update #47 Presented by MP County Line
By Billy Rainford (Jeff is away on holidays)
Welcome to the 47th DMX Frid’Eh Update this week presented by MP County Line in Fountaine, Florida. It’s extremely difficult to sit here and type while the temperature creeps closer and closer to 20 Celsius outside my window! Week #47 belongs to the BC rider we’ve gotten to know quite well over the past few years.
Dylan Delaplace has always shown great speed right off the drop of the gate. When he feels good and keeps it on two wheels, he is a contender. In fact, he had his Jess Pettis moment from 2015 at Deschambault this year. Like Jess, Dylan got a great start and actually passed for the lead at the beginning of a moto. No, it didn’t last long, but it must have felt great!
In 2016, Dylan teamed up with fellow BC-er, Kyle Springman, and the two of them had a summer to remember as they crossed the country together racing the Rockstar MX Nationals. The year didn’t go quite like Dylan would have liked (he’ll touch on that) but I’m sure June-August 2016 will be two months he remembers fondly for the rest of his life.
Here’s a look at Dylan’s 2016 outdoor season:
We grabbed Dylan for a quick chat. Here’s what he had to say:
Cole Thompson Back in Costa Rica for Final Round of Nationals
I was talking with Cole Thompson‘s older brother, Justin Thompson, yesterday and he informed me that Cole is back in Central America racing the final round of their series. Cole had to miss a couple rounds and crashed out of another, so he won’t be taking the title (although he’s been the fastest when he’s there). They actually broadcast these things live online if you’re skilled at the Google machine.
The title will come down between Ben Lemay and Roberto Castro (only 5 points separate them).
Good luck this weekend, Cole.
Brock Hoyer Makes Winter X Games Snowbike Appearance Official
Is Aspen expensive…
Williams Lake, BC motocrosser-turned-snowbike-racer, Brock Hoyer, has played an integral part in getting the snow bike craze into the mainstream. This role has now culminated in getting the new sport into the coveted Winter X Games this coming January in Aspen, Colorado.
Of course, one of the riders at the top of the list to invite was our own Brock Hoyer.
We gave Brock a call this morning to get some of his thoughts on this historic event…and to find out if he was nervous! Of course, Brock was working but he was kind enough to take a few minutes to answer my questions. He said he was “pretty excited” and admitted he was “a little nervous” about the whole thing.
He realizes this is a bug deal for him and the sport in general. He said they’d been talking about getting it to the next level (X Games) for quite a while now and can’t believe it has become a reality. He said, “I never thought in my wildest dreams I’d get to do this!”
The fact that he keeps winning the biggest race of the season in Idaho means he does, in fact, feel some pressure to do well ie. WIN! He was also quick to thank everyone for getting on board this newest sport so quickly and is thrilled that he gets to keep doing what he loves.
He’s not sure who else will be on the line when it all shakes out, but pointed out that the entry list, so far, is all FMX riders, so it should be interesting.
Johnny Montes to be Inducted into Maritime Motorsports Hall of Fame this Weekend
A little east coast bird named Dave Hewitson told us that Johnny Montes (AKA The Spanish Fly) will be inducted into the Maritime Motorsports Hall of Fame in Petitcodiac, New Brunswick, Saturday. Dave will be in attendance and promises to send over a few photos for us to post, so watch for those.
Here’s the list of 2016 inductees from the www.maritimemotorsportshalloffame.com website:
Introducing the Class of 2016
Management for the Maritime Motorsports Hall of Fame (MMHF) are pleased to announce the 10 new inductees who will comprise the Class of 2016.
From Nova Scotia:
Garfield M. ‘Skip’ Collier (Halifax) – Competitor/ Drag Racing
Blair & Gayle Crooks (Dartmouth) – Competitor, Builder/ Stock Car Racing
Deborah Miller (Bedford) – Competitor, Builder/ Sports Car Racing
From New Brunswick:
Club Ford Country Club (Moncton) – Club
Don Lavoie (Dieppe) – Competitor, Promoter/ Drag Racing
Johnny Montes (Rothesay) – Competitor/ Motorcycle, Motocross Racing
Ken ‘Apples’ Paley (Saint John) – Competitor/ Stock Car Racing
Adrian & Lorrain Van Egmond (Moncton) – Competitor, Supporter/ Motorcycle Racing
From Prince Edward Island:
Gordon ‘Gordie’ Paul Constable, deceased (Charlottetown) – Competitor, Builder/ Snowmobile Racing
Kevin Gallant, deceased (Bloomfield) – Competitor/ Drag Racing
Each will see their accomplishments in and contributions to Maritime motorsports officially recognized when they are formally inducted to the Maritime Motorsports Hall of Fame at the 11th annual Induction Ceremony on November 19 at the Crown Plaza Hotel in Moncton. Tickets are $80 per person and include dinner along with the ceremony. A limited number of tickets are available and need to be purchased by October 1. A block of rooms has been set aside at the Crown Plaza Hotel for attendees; reservations should be made directly with the hotel no later than October 17.
- Induction Ceremony tickets can be purchased by calling 506.756.2110.
- Rooms can be reserved by calling 506-854-6340.
The dress code is formal for this occasion.
To learn more about the Maritime Motorsports Hall of Fame (MMHF) please visit the MMHF museum in Petitcodiac or online at www.mmhf.ca
Congratulations, Johnny! Have a great day.
2017 MCQMX Snow Bike Nationals
This is happening, folks!
Future West Moto Canadian AX Championships Schedule
Ride 365 AX Tour Presented by FXR Schedule
Who’s Going Where in 2017 – The Top 20
Here’s what we ‘know’ at this point about the 2017 Rockstar Energy MX Nationals:
1. Davi Millsaps – Davi will race Supercross then stay south next summer
2. Matt Goerke – Matt will race Amsoil Arenacross and returns on the Rockstar OTSFF Yamaha team
3. Kaven Benoit – Kaven returns on the KTM Canada Thor Racing team
4. Brett Metcalfe – Brett’s racing future is not certain at this time but the OTSFF team would welcome him back
5. Mike Alessi – Mike will race Supercross then may be back in Canada next summer
6. Tyler Medaglia – Tyler should be back with Parts Canada Thor Husqvarna with an interesting race schedule
7. Cade Clason – Assuming Redemption Racing is back, Cade likely has a home after racing Supercross
8. Keylan Meston – Keylan returns with same sponsors as 2016 unless a team comes knocking
9. Morgan Burger – Morgan will probably be a springtime decision
10. Colton Facciotti – Colton returns on the Honda Canada GDR Fox Racing team
11. Cole Thompson – Cole will likely (99%) defend his MX2 title on the KTM Canada Thor Racing team
12. Shawn Maffenbeier – Shawn is currently looking for his best deal for 2017
14. Dylan Wright – Dylan has signed to ride MX2 for the Honda Canada GDR Fox Racing team in 2017 and beyond
15. Brad Nauditt – Brad is currently preparing for Supercross and will likely be a springtime decision
16. Jess Pettis – Jess is a free agent as of January 1 but likely returns on the MX101 FXR Yamaha team
17. Mark Worth – Mark will likely remain south in 2017
18. Dakota Alix – Dakota will do his Supercross deal and then start looking for summer employment
19. Hayden Halstead – Hayden likely has a home with the MX101 FXR Yamaha squad like in 2016
20. Kyle Swanson – Kyle will race Supercross on the Strikt Gear PR-MX team then head to Canada next summer
Very little of that is ‘official,’ so don’t get bent out of shape is some of it is off…
OK, time to vacuum and pack the van before it gets dark! Be sure to check in on our Twitter @directmx Instagram @DirectMotocross and Facebook for updates on how all our Canadians are doing down at the Mini O’s next week. Have a great weekend. Oh, and it looks like I’m getting out of Dodge in the nick of time. Enjoy the weather here!
See you at the races…