Frid’Eh Update #48 Presented by MDD, MX101, and MPCL

By Billy Rainford

Week #48 belongs to Oshawa, ON rider, Alex Jeffery. | Bigwave photo

Welcome to Week #48 of the DMX Frid’Eh Update Presented by MX101, MD Distributions, and MP County Line. This week, we’re coming to you from “The Sunshine State” of Florida where the 2017 Thor Winter Olympics Presented by Pro Circuit had to cancel racing Thursday due to the rain we’ve been getting down here. It’s the first time I’ve ever seen that happen at this event.

Today was an extremely busy day at the Mini O’s so I apologize for the lateness and the shortness of this week’s Update. Basically, this is an interview with our #48 honoree.

Alex Jeffery is one of 3 Jeffery boys who raced or races Motocross. Alex earned himself #48 for the 2017 season after having some success in the MX2 class in 2016. However, we didn’t see Alex at the races this past summer, so we went along without ever seeing #48 on the track.

We grabbed the youngest Jeffery to find out what he’s been up to and learn a little bit more about what the future holds for him.

Direct Motocross: Hello, Alex. We missed you around the races this past summer. You’re one of three Jeffery guys who grew up racing motocross. Let’s back way up and ask you how you all got into this sport in the first place?

Alex Jeffery: It all started with my brothers getting into it. I managed to follow along in their footsteps and  it became our passion as a family.

When you were all very young, who showed the most aptitude for the sport?

Eric definitely displayed the most aptitude for the sport, but Lucas was the one with the most talent.

Did you play any other sports growing up? How about now?

Hockey was my other main pastime and I still play hockey now.

When was the first time you races against your brothers and how did that go?

First year of Junior, so when I was 15 years old. Lucas and I raced in Junior but I never really had the chance to race Eric.

Looking back, Alex says his 2 Junior titles at the Walton TransCan are the highlight. | Bigwave photo

You were #48 in 2017 but we never saw you on the line. Why not? What did you get up to?

I was up at the cottage for most of the summer, just enjoying a little break from the sport that we have been committed to our whole lives.

So, have you hung up the boots and “leathers” for good?

At this point, I think that is the case for the time being.

Looking back, what would you say is the highlight of your racing?

Looking back, in 2013 when I won 2 Junior titles at the Walton TransCan.

Did you miss it and follow along with the series last summer?

Yes, I did miss it, but I also really enjoyed having the summer to relax instead of training and racing every week.

What have you been doing for the past little while? I hear you’ve been away?

I have been home for the last little while, planning to shred some powder out in BC with my cousin.

Have you found anything that can replace the excitement of moto?

Hockey and riding my stand-up jet skis helps to get the adrenaline flowing again.

What will you get up to over this coming winter?

Going to Vancouver and I’m really excited to get out and ski again! And I’ll also be there for New Year’s Eve.

Were you happy with your #48 this year? How would you sum up your 2016 season?

I felt like I struggled but overall it was a great experience and I enjoyed it at the same time.

OK, we’ll let you go…and I have to get back to Gatorback to make sure it hasn’t floated away. Is there anyone you’d like to thank? Good luck in the future.

I would just like to thank everyone who has supported me over the years, especially my parents, they made huge sacrifices and I’m very thankful for that.

We’re still down here at the Mini O’s and we just made it through a very long day to make up for the missed day on Thursday. Jeff is hanging out with Larry Enticer and his crew tonight so we gave him the week off. It’s his first trip to a big US Amateur National so why not take advantage and enjoy himself for a night.

There are those in the motocross media who are actually against these events for various reasons. I get what they are saying, but they are still a necessity for the growth of our sport and the racers in it.

Some people say they don’t want to deal with any of the politics that go along with Amateur Sport. Well, yes, I can see that. The part I enjoy is being able to look back at a rider’s amateur career after they’ve made it to the top of the Pro ranks and see if there’s anything in particular they did that may help those riders trying to follow in their footsteps. There are definitely signs.

We’ve already seen some pretty amazing performances here at this year’s event, and I can tell you that the future of the sport is going to be filled with names like Jett, Thrasher, Stilez, Jesse, Ty, and good old Jo.

Unfortunately, the Supercross portion of the week is notorious for taking riders out with injury, and this year was no exception.

Closest to us has been the injury to Canadian rider, and all around great person, Estrella Cemovic. The Cemovics are the nicest family you’re going to meet at a race, period. Estrella baked a whole bunch of cookies for Thanksgiving last year at the Mini O’s and is just of the happiest and most popular riders you’ll find.

During her Women’s 14+ main Wednesday, she got out of shape over the trick jump that leads down the rhythm section along the main spectator straightaway. As I was waiting for her to come around again to snap a photo of her (she got out to a solid 8th place start) she never came by.

Estrella Cemovic and her family are the nicest people you’ll meet at the races. Hang in there, Estrella!

Of course, the next thing you do is look around the track to find yellow flags or worse. Sadly, it was the medic flag and a bunch of fast-working medics tending to Estrella who was down on the track.

With nothing I could do to help, I just walked over and stood there watching as everyone gathered around to help, yell positive things to Estrella, and try to console mom and dad.

She was intubated her and placed her in a neck brace and onto a back board. They took her immediately to the top notch medical staff they have at this event. It was decided that they needed to call in a helicopter, so that’s what they did.

She was airlifted to the highly respected for neurology hospital in Gainesville and was placed in an induced coma until they could get the swelling under control.

At this point, they are still waiting and we don’t want to bother the family any more than we already have. You can’t walk two feet without someone asking about Estrella’s condition here.

All we can do is wait and really hope this all takes a quick turn for the better. Hang in there, Estrella. We’ve all got your back!

Estrella’s mom, Genevra, just posted this update on her Facebook page:

Hi everyone, I apologize if I haven’t been quick to respond with what has been going on. I tried to three times and couldn’t get my self to explain it all over again. But you guys are definitely owed an explanation for all the love and Support you have given us through this difficult time. Some of you may already know what is going on and some not. My baby girl was airlifted yesterday nov 22nd. She had horrible crash on the sx track at minio’s. she was given assisted breathing at the track and as well when she was flown in to the hospital. She hasn’t woken up since and but was responding to the nurses trying to get a reaction Out of her. She has brain bleed in her ventricular part of the brain which I believe the part that makes the Spine and brain fluid and also she has injuries to the front left side of her brain. According to the neurologist this is the part that is responsible for decision making, cognitive, speech etc. We were hopeful since yesterday because she was at least moving even though she wasn’t awake. This morning at 8:30 she wasn’t responding as much when the nurses were trying to get. Reaction from her. The Dr. Did another ct scan and has realized that her swelling is increasing. They are in the process of putting in a wire in her head and a metal straw to drain the fluid build up in her ventricles. The wire is to monitor the pressure in her head. The Dr. has said her recovery once she comes out of this there is a recovery of months to a year. I am hoping with all your love and positive thoughts. We hope that Estrella will just be her old self when she comes to and prove these drs. Wrong about the recovery time. We love you all and are just so overwhelmed by all the love and support from our incredible family!! Xx

 We just stayed later at the track than usual before heading to internet because of the Motoplayground “Pit Bike National World Championships.” I don’t normally stay for these things but Larry Enticer was going to be racing and we didn’t want to miss that. I shot video and will post it up as soon as I can.

Anyway, good luck to everyone racing out west at the second weekend of Future West Canadian Arenacross Championships. The big news is that Cycle North has replaced Jeremy Medaglia with American rider, #910 Carson Brown. We don’t know ALL the details so we’ll wait until we get an interview with team owner, Kourtney Lloyd, before we say anything.

OK, thanks and now we’ll throw a few photos from today at Gatorback Cycle Park up on the site. Have a great weekend.

Steven Anderson was busy closing deals here in Florida. I think I heard him say, “See you at the races…” | Bigwave photo