Frid’Eh Update #53 | Bonus Week
By Jeff McConkey and Billy Rainford
Hello and welcome to the annual Bonus Week of the Frid’Eh Update. We’re never sure what to do with these weeks. This is the week of the year that we seem to, admittedly, slack off a little bit. Time spent driving from family to family and never really wanting to pester the riders during their annual week to spend with families of their own means we put away our shovels for a few days and stop digging for stories and answers.
We hope everyone is enjoying a little time off and has been able to spend some quality time with family, friends, and loved ones. As we are all fully aware, there is a lot of time spent on the road in Motocross, so these times spent under our own roofs are like gold! Enjoy them, recharge your travel batteries, and get ready for another year of crisscrossing the continent chasing races and making memories.
Being Week #53, this one goes out to the rider from California/Oregon we got to know quite well in 2016 when he showed up in his van with his dad at Ulverton. Broc Loftus and his dad’s story of dedication to the sport quickly cemented them as fan favourites.
Broc’s season started out a little on the rough side again in 2017 as he teamed up with Michael Fowler and his gang that saw their title sponsor pull the plug just as they were heading to round 1 in Kamloops, BC.
Undeterred, they banded together and made a run at the series. Unfortunately, Broc was forced to load…everything he owns into his mother’s minivan and head straight home before he even hit the track in Deschambault. Seriously, he got the word from home, took his bike apart, stuffed it into the van, and off he went alone on the highway pointed west. There’s always something going on with this guy!
And that was the last we heard of the likeable rider. After checking out his Instagram feed, we learned that he’s still making things happen any way he can out in California. It looks like he’s been borrowing bikes from friends so he can attend some races out west. This guy is one of those stories we just like talking about. Most would have given up with the obstacles he’s had to face, but not Broc.
We were able to track the 20-year-old down today while he was changing a tire at his job at MX Pro Parts shop at Milestone in California. Here’s what he’s been up to and what his plans for the future are:
Direct Motocross: What’s up, Broc. I know we caught you while you’re at work. Can you tell us where you’re working?
Broc Loftus: Right now, I’m working inside MX Pro Parts, the motorcycle shop at Milestone MX Park.
Oh, nice. So you’re riding every day at Milestone then or what?
(Laughs) I wish. I had to sell my bike to pay some bills, so I don’t even have a bike right now. Every once in a while, every week or two, my friends will bring out an extra bike and let me gear up and ride their bikes for a couple laps.
I’ve just been doing that lately, having fun riding different bikes, testing them out a little bit so I kind of know what I’m looking at for next year now.
So, where are you living these days?
I’m still living pretty much the same style. Most of the time, I stay inside my friends living trailer with him. An actual bed and a shower and everything, so it’s a little bit of a step up from what I used to have.
Let’s look back at last summer. Can you sum it up for us?
Last summer started out a little bit slow. The first couple rounds I didn’t do as great as I should have. And then at Calgary, on the bicycle jumps I broke my foot without even crashing. That was a bummer, for sure, and kind of stopped the rest of the summer, but I was still able to do at least one more round at River Glade (in Moncton, NB). It was super-fun. I like that track a lot.
Ya, last summer was a little bit of a disappointment, but hopefully this next year I’ll be able to come back up and do at least a few rounds and redeem myself a little bit.
OK, so then we were at Deschambault and next thing we knew you were loading up your bike in the minivan and heading home to Oregon. What happened?
My mom needed her van back, basically. It was kind of getting time to leave anyway. My mom said she needed the van back. There were a couple circumstances that happened so I said OK and it was time to go.
So, you loaded up and left and drove across the country that day. How was the drive?
The drive home was pretty long. I got home in about 3 days. 2 of those 3 days I drove over 1200 miles. It was a very long drive home to central Oregon.
What did you get up to next?
I just hung out, worked a little bit for a company that my neighbour works for up there, sold my bike and that was pretty much it. I came back down here to help the shop out and since then I’ve just been riding friends’ bike every once in a while, working inside the shop and I also groom the tracks.
What are your winter plans? Are you going to get to race?
Right now I have a bike lining up. It’s just an older 125 for me to practice on. I’m just going to ride that and try to race some local stuff. Hopefully, my plan for the summer is to get a 450 to race the 5 east Canadian rounds. I’m just going to keep going and see what I can do, basically.
Over the summer I’ll turn 21, so I’ll just try to save up for next year and do the Canadian rounds. The Canadian rounds are funner than the AMA rounds, for sure. It’s a different scene, for sure.
AMA, if you make it in and do good, you can make a lot but let’s say you just race Hangtown, a license costs $450, and the entry costs $350, just to race Hangtown. It’s a lot more expensive for one race whereas in Canada you can race 4 or 5 races for that much.
Have you got your travel plans thought out for next summer?
I’m not sure yet. I’m going to start talking with Michael Fowler and Tallon Hansen and see what those guys are up to for next summer.
What about you and Supercross? Are you going to race that one of these days?
I probably won’t be able to race Supercross this year. Next year, I plan on trying to get my Supercross license early and then race the 2nd have of the series.
So you’re still gonna chase the Pro Motocross dream?
I would like to, ya. Over this next summer I’m buying a business up in Oregon but hopefully I can do some Supercross rounds and then by the end of next summer I’ll be able to keep going to Canada.
What is the business you’re buying?
It’s a tree falling company, basically…tree trimming and stuff. It’s kind of a specialty business for Oregon. It’s already pretty well established. The guy who’s selling it to us (Broc and his neighbour) has been doing it for quite a few years so it’s pretty set in stone. It should be pretty good.
OK, that’s awesome. Congratulations on that big step. Let’s end this here. Thanks for the chat and is there anyone you’d like to thank?
Thanks. I’d like to thank everybody who helped me out last summer: Fowler and the whole crew with Tallon Hansen, and Batman (Ryan Batman), and Zach (Nobrega), and FXR helped me a lot this year…shout out to Andy (White). MX Pro Parts – this shop has helped me out a lot. And everybody like the Halsteads who always helped me out when I needed it. Just everyone that contributes, thank you.
Happy Friday, y’all. It is cold here in Southern Ontario, very nasty cold! But, the good news is that we have made it through Christmas, and now we are just hop, skip and a jump away from A1. Being Canadian, you have to be upset that we have lost Toronto off of the 2018 schedule, and most likely beyond. Yes, it is disappointing, but for the teams and riders it makes sense. No worries, you just hop back on the 401 and head further West and hit up Detroit. Well, here’s another gut punch, as Detroit didn’t make the cut either this season.
So what does a Canadian SX fan do to get their SX fix? I’d say you could stay glued to the tube and stay home, but for some stupid reason it’s almost damn near impossible to find a provider to watch every race. Yup, that’s right, first I told you that there is no longer a Toronto round, or even a Detroit round, and also that it will be very hard to find it on television. Sorry guys, but you can count on us here at DMX to try and get to as many races as possible and bring you the action via the site and our social media. We are going to do our best as always to #getjefftotheraces. To get you up to speed and back into SX mode, be sure to check out our SX preview. There are some bold predictions, like always, but I’m feeling good about this season.
A1 Provisional Entry List
|1||Justin Hill||Yoncalla, OR||Suzuki RM-Z250||Autotrader/JGR/Yoshimura/Suzuki Factory Racing|
|11||Kyle Chisholm||Valrico, FL||Yamaha YZ250F||51FIFTY Energy Drink Yamaha|
|17||Joey Savatgy||Thomasville, GA||Kawasaki KX 250F||MONSTER ENERGY PRO CIRCUIT KAWASAKI|
|23||Aaron Plessinger||Hamilton, OH||Yamaha YZ250F||Monster/Yamalube/Thor/Parts Unlimited/Yamaha|
|26||Alex Martin||Millville, MN||KTM 250 SX-F||Troy Lee Designs/Red Bull/KTM|
|28||Shane McElrath||Canton, NC||KTM 250 SX-F||Troy Lee Designs/ Red Bull/ KTM|
|29||Martin Davalos||Clermont, FL||Kawasaki KX 250F||MONSTER ENERGY PRO CIRCUIT KAWASAKI|
|30||Mitchell Harrison||Tallahassee, FL||Husqvarna FC250||Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing|
|32||Christian Craig||Orange, CA||Honda CRF 250||GEICO Honda/AMSOIL/Factory Connection|
|35||Austin Forkner||Richards, MO||Kawasaki KX 250F|
|40||Chase Sexton||Clermont, FL||Honda CRF 250|
|52||Mitchell Oldenburg||Alvord, TX||Yamaha YZ250F||Monster/Yamalube/Thor/Parts Unlimited/Yamaha|
|53||Bradley Taft||Nixa, MO||Yamaha YZ250F||CycleTrader Rock River YAMAHA RoostMX Moose|
|54||Phillip Nicoletti||Bethel, NY||Suzuki RM-Z250|
|62||Justin Cooper||Huntington, NY||Yamaha YZ250F||Monster/Yamalube/Thor/Parts Unlimited/Yamaha|
|63||Hayden Mellross||Clermont, FL||Yamaha YZ250F||51FIFTY Energy Drink Yamaha|
|67||Justin Hoeft||Castaic, CA||Yamaha YZ250F|
|68||Justin Starling||Deland, FL||Husqvarna FC250||AJE Motorsports/Skase’ MX/Husqvarna Racing|
|75||Noah McConahy||Spokane, WA||Yamaha YZ250F||EXPERIENCE POWERSPORTS/GEE AUTO GROUP/FOX|
|77||Ryan Surratt||Corona, CA||KTM 250 SX-F||Nut Up, Fly, Enzo, FMF, Gaerne, ODI, X Brand, Spectro Oil, Asterisk, sdg innovations, motostuff, no toil, Motocutz|
|81||Chase Marquier||Newcastle, OK||Husqvarna FC250||Jmc Motorsports|
|92||Adam Cianciarulo||New Smyrna Beach, FL||Kawasaki KX 250F||MONSTER ENERGY PRO CIRCUIT KAWASAKI|
|122||Chris Howell||Spokane Valley, WA||Husqvarna FC250||JMC Motorsports Racing, Husqvarna, Integrity Electric, Alliance Steel Racing|
|124||Robert Fitch||Watkins, CO||KTM 250SX-F Factory Edition|
|137||Martin Castelo||Murrieta, CA||Yamaha YZ250F|
|138||Blake Lilly||Wildomar, CA||Husqvarna FC250||AEO powersports/Answer/Bell Helmets/100%/Pirelli/Toyota of Escondido/Pro Taper/Blake Lilly Real Estate|
|141||Robbie Wageman||Newhall, CA||Yamaha YZ250F||R-One/Fasthouse/Dunlop/Xbrand/Rekluse/Renthal/Alpinstars/Leatt|
|149||Tallon LaFountaine||Banning, CA||Suzuki RM-Z250||H.E.P. Motorsports/FXR/Suzuki|
|150||Austin Walton||Sparks, NV||Yamaha YZ250F||T.M.C/Thousand Oaks/ENZO/Mind FX/Splitz/EKS Brand/FMF/Hammer Nutrition/DT1/Mika Metal/Moto Seat/BVH Honda|
|160||Jess Pettis||Prince George, Canada||Yamaha YZ250F|
|170||Michael Leib||Menifee, CA||Yamaha YZ250F|
|188||Gage Schehr||Murrieta, CA||Yamaha YZ250F||Fasthouse, Grindstone Compound, Twisted Development, Dragon, Shoei, Tagger, Pro-Taper, Maxima, HLTN, No-Toil, Ethica, Dunlop, FMF, Dirt Digits, Brett Leaf, Evergood|
|217||Ryan Breece||Athol, ID||Kawasaki KX 250F||Rockwell/Nuclear Blast/FXR/Mastel Linen/Dunlop/TORC1/Justified Cultures/Motool/Arai/Motoland MX Park/Maxima/Motocrosscoach.com/1455 American Grill/Motion Pro/VP/Acerbis/Tech One/RK/Excel/SRC/Power Lift/Rekluse/Dubya/Motostuff/TCX/Subrosa/Twin Air/Xtrig|
|226||Dimitri Rolando||Corona, CA||Kawasaki KX 250F||Factory Mx School/100%/Asterisk/Jt racing/Rxr Protect/Piston bones/Acerbis/Matrix concepts|
|240||Bryce Stewart||Canyon Lake, CA||Yamaha YZ250F||WJK Developement Co., Moto XXX, Rekluse, Dragon, Dirt Bikes For President, JWTF, Sidi, American Pie Pizza, Tim Cagle Drywall, Coffee Surf, Racer Identity, FMF, Sunstar, Braking|
|246||Chance Blackburn||Newman Lake, WA||KTM 250 SX-F||Epcon Partners/Fusion Graphix/Dedicated/Bell/EVS/Fasthouse/Mika/Devol/Cometic Gaskits/VP/Motion Pro/Mid West Moto Media/U of MX/Race Tech/Anklesavers/No Toil/Dunlop/Motoseat/Hinson/Motostuff/Eks|
|271||Kyle Fry||Whittier, CA||Yamaha YZ250F||Cucamongo yamaha/UFO plastic/Motocutz/Varner motorsports/UNI/Sdg/Hinson/Works connection/DSC construction/Dunlop/Oneal/Dubya/Yoshimura|
|321||Bradley Lionnet||Menifee, CA||Kawasaki KX 250F||Rockwell/Nuclear Blast/FXR/Mastel Linen/Dunlop/TORC1/Justified Cultures/Motool/Arai/Motoland MX Park/Maxima/Motocrosscoach.com/1455 American Grill/Motion Pro/VP/Acerbis/Tech One/RK/Excel/SRC/Power Lift/Rekluse/Dubya/Motostuff/TCX/Subrosa/Twin Air/Xtrig|
|383||Casey Brennan||Albuquerque, NM||Yamaha YZ250F||Bobby J’s Yamaha/Carzalia Valley Produce/MMR/Tulie MX/Energy Pro’s/Skillz Racing/Arai/Oakley/Dedicated Athletes/REC Mx|
|388||Brandan Leith||Eagle Mountain, UT||Kawasaki KX 250F||Duffs, Stewart’s Racing|
|422||Philipp Klakow||Rodgau Germany||Husqvarna FC250||Backyard Design, UNYK MX, Ferrotherm GmbH, Cross Magazin, Fullpro MX, Pekafit, Race-Worx, FMF, Bell, Scott|
|424||Tyler Custer||Creston, CA||KTM 250SX-F Factory Edition||SLO Painting/MGE Underground/Strikt Gear/Asterisk/Race Tech/Dirt Tricks/Scott/Bell/31Thirty Designs/Motosport/No Toil/Works Connection|
|427||Deegan Vonlossberg||Palmdale, CA||Yamaha YZ250F||Fasthouse, Grindstone MX, Gearne, Excel, Matrix, Protaper|
|448||Broc Shoemaker||Pasadena, CA||Suzuki RM-Z250||Simi Valley Cycles, Pasha, FLY, Alpinestars, Epoxy It|
|497||Brock Leitner||Summerland, Canada||Kawasaki KX 250F||Redline Powersports, Kawasaki Canada, R.O.Q Power Tongs, M.A.D Suport, Holeshot Trucking, Strikt|
|651||Jake Hogan||Acton, CA||Yamaha YZ250F||TBT Racing/O’Neal/EKS Brand Goggles/Thousand Oaks Powersports/Asterisks/Panic Rev/Shine Supply/FMF|
|715||Kele Russell||Seabeck, WA||Husqvarna FC250||Alliance steel racing|
|767||Mason Wharton||Brush Prairie, Wa||Kawasaki KX 250F||motosport|
|792||Bracken Hall||Rock Springs, WY||Kawasaki KX 250F||ProCircuit/High Desert Services/Skillz/Works Connection/Motion Pro/Twin Air/Dedicated/Twisted/Rekluse/Dunlop/Galfer/Dirt Tricks/Acerbis/Mika|
|805||Carlen Gardner||Paso Robles, CA||Honda CRF 250||BWR|RaceTech|Mx Athletics|SSI Decal|L-TECH | Bills Pipes, Mika Metals, DTI Filters, Dirt Tricks, Ride Engineering, Villa Racing,|
|820||Dalton Oxborrow||Lehi, UT||KTM 250 SX-F||Edge Powersports/KTM/Factory Connection/Fly/TPJ/Scott/Jenson Companies/Mobius/Atlas Brace/Dunlop/Motoroost Clothing/Works Connection/Dubya/FMF/Renthal/Motoseat/Twin Air/Acerbis/Engine Ice/Proven Moto/Hinson|
|992||Jean Ramos||Corona, CA||Yamaha YZ250F||Wk Pool & Spa/Yamaha/Geração/Avtech/Two Stroke/Mr Pro/Gringa Mx/Alpinestar/Bell/JMR Escola De Motocross|
|2||Cooper Webb||Newport, NC||Yamaha YZ450F||Monster Enery/Knich/Factory Yamaha Team|
|3||Eli Tomac||Cortez, CO||Kawasaki KX 450F||MONSTER ENERGY KAWASAKI|
|4||Blake Baggett||Grand Terrace, CA||KTM 450 SX-F Factory Edition||Rocky Mountain ATV/MC – KTM – WPS|
|6||Jeremy Martin||Carlsbad, CA||Honda CRF 250||GEICO Honda/AMSOIL/Factory Connection|
|10||Justin Brayton||Mint Hill, NC||Honda CRF 450||Smartop/MCR/Honda|
|14||Cole Seely||Sherman Oaks, CA||Honda CRF 450||Team Honda HRC|
|15||Dean Wilson||Clermont, FL||Husqvarna FC450||Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing|
|19||Justin Bogle||Cushing, OK||Suzuki RM-Z450||Autotrader JGR Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing|
|21||Jason Anderson||Rio Rancho, NM||Husqvarna FC450||Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing|
|22||Chad Reed||Dade City, FL||Husqvarna FC450||CR22|
|33||Joshua Grant||Wildomar, CA||Kawasaki KX 450F||MONSTER ENERGY KAWASAKI|
|34||Weston Peick||Menifee, CA||Suzuki RM-Z450||Autotrader/JGR/Yoshimura/Suzuki Factory Racing|
|39||Kyle Cunningham||Willow Park, TX||Suzuki RM-Z450||H.E.P. Motorsports/FXR/Suzuki|
|48||Henry Miller||Rochester, MN||Suzuki RM-Z450||H.E.P. Motorsports/FXR/Suzuki|
|51||Justin Barcia||Greenville, FL||Yamaha YZ450F||Monster Energy/Knich/Factory Yamaha team|
|55||Vince Friese||Cape Girardeau, MO||Honda CRF 450||Smartop Motoconcepts|
|58||Matthew Bisceglia||Weatherford, TX||Suzuki RM-Z450||living 100, nut up industries, Suzuki|
|60||Benny Bloss||Oak Grove, MO||KTM 450 SX-F Factory Edition||Rocky Mountain ATV/MC – KTM – WPS|