Frid’Eh Update #7 Presented by the Toronto Supercross

By Jeff McConkey and Billy Rainford

Cade Clason

Week #7 belongs to another American rider we like to call our own, Cade Clason | Bigwave photo

Welcome to Week #7 of the DMX Frid’Eh Update, this week presented by the Toronto Supercross, March 4, 2017. Now, I know what you’re thinking…it’s week #7 so we’re obviously going to be talking with Bobby Kiniry. Nope, not this year! This year ‘The Kiniry Number‘ goes out to another American rider we’ve welcomed as one of our own north of the border, Cade Clason.

Cade came up to Canada a few years ago as he made his way up through the American amateur ranks and fell in love with the racing, but more importantly, the people and the atmosphere. Like just about anyone you ask who’s headed north to compete in our series, he ‘came to Canada for the racing and stayed for the Canadians.’

Cade admits he will need more of these Royal Distributing Holeshot Awards if he wants to take that next step toward running with the top riders on a consistent basis | Bigwave photo

It seems like no matter where Cade starts, he ends up battling just behind the top group of 5 riders in our MX1 group. Here’s a look at his 2016 Rockstar Energy MX Nationals results:

Cade is currently racing the 450 class in the Monster Energy AMA Supercross series and is traveling to Minneapolis for this weekend. He was nice enough to take some time to chat with us about last season, this current SX season, and what the future holds for the Ohio native who now calls Club MX in Chesterfield, SC home.

Cade Clason

We grabbed Cade as he was headed to Minneapolis to talk about his past, present, and future | Bigwave photo

Direct Motocross: So, Cade, you finished 7th in the MX1 series last summer and will be #7 for 2017. Let’s start by talking about last year. How did your summer go? Were you happy with how it all went?

Cade Clason: My summer went ok. I had fun the whole time. Everyone who isn’t winning always wants better results. The first four races of the season I struggled a lot with bike set up, but once we got that figured out we really started riding a lot better and getting better finishes.

You joked earlier about how you’ve been #6, #7 and now the only number left to make your AMA number is a big #1. Do you think you have a championship in you waiting to come out in the next few years? What’s it going to take to make that next step?

I need better starts. The starts where I started up front I ran with those guy for most of the moto. Honestly, I would fall off their speed towards the end but I was doing everything I could to run with the front guys. I was much closer this year than the previous year, so this coming year I hope to be right there with them. Obviously, I’ve struggled a little so far in SX with starting injured but I plan on turning that around here really soon.

What was you favourite track last year, and why?

I enjoyed racing Deschambault. It was really rough and long and was just a fun track to be able to race on.

Did you have a least favourite? If so, which and why?

I didn’t really care for the new track on the east coast we went to in Nova Scotia, it was really narrow. It was a nice facility but just not as good as some of the other ones we went to, I felt like.

Cade Clason

Will Cade be back in Canada in 2017 to run the big #7? There still seem to be a few things that need to happen before that is settled. Stay tuned… | Bigwave photo

So, I keep talking to Josh Snider about his team for 2017. Do you know what you’re going to be doing this coming June?

Not totally. I want to come back to Canada, but I have to do what’s best for me. I love them and I love the team, but it’s a very privateer team and just don’t have the money. It’s not their fault but we are working out some details so I can hopefully be up there this summer!

You were injured earlier in the fall. What happened and how did it affect your SX prep?

Ya, it kinda screwed me. I got hurt in Germany at the end of November and I didn’t ride until 2 days before A1. So I was super-unprepared. My hand took way longer to heal than expected but I’ve made the best of it and am doing the best I can!

Hey, your girlfriend, Sarah, just joined the Air Force. That’s pretty amazing. What’s the plan there?

Ya, it’s different for sure. After her boot camp she will be stationed in California for the first year so. I spend a lot of time out there anyway but I am going to have to play the long distance thing for a while.

Let’s talk about your Supercross season, so far. How has it been going for you? Are you making the improvements you want?

I’ve been making improvements, for sure. From my first race at San Diego I felt I didn’t even want to be there because I wasn’t ready, but now I’m back at Club (Club MX in Chesterfield, SC) and I feel really good on the bike. I have been practicing really well, just struggling a bit at the races. It’s gotten better each week and I expect a lot of myself so I know I can get great results.

We’re thinking about setting up an autograph night at our Houston Toronto SX Pre-Party. Would you be interested in hanging out and meeting some fansFriday night before Toronto

Man, you’re way behind. MC (Jeff McConkey) already has Alex Ray and me lined to up to practically host the dang thing!

Will Cade be at the Houston Friday night before the Toronto SX to sign autographs? “Man, you’re way behind. MC already has Alex Ray and me lined to up to practically host the dang thing!” | Bigwave photo

Hey, I’m just trying to promote it here! (Laughs) You train with a bunch of fast guys down there at Club MX. How about asking some of them if they’d be into it, too? Who do you have there?

Right now it’s me, Alex Ray, Henry Miller, Cameron Mcadoo, Mike Alessi, and Justin Brayton. We have a solid group of guys so I can see what I can do!

We’re now heading east in the series. Are you looking forward to the stadiums? Do you like the east better than the west?

I like the longer lap time tracks but I also like the rutty east coast tracks, so they all have their pluses and minuses. I have to race them all either way so I have to love them all!

OK, good luck this week in Minneapolis. Who would you like to thank?

Thanks, man! I have to thank my whole K1 Speed / BWR Engines / SSI Decals / FXR / Race Tech / Pro Taper / Rekluse / Arai Team plus my whole family, my trainers at Club, and I always have to thank my mechanic, Nate, who puts in more hours than I do!

Good luck Saturday in Minneapolis, Cade, and we’ll see you down in Georgia!


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JEFF McCONKEY


Monster Energy Supercross

Hey, guys. It’s Friday and the warm weather is coming tomorrow here in Southern Ontario. But even better than that… East Coast SX starts tomorrow. As much as I love Supercross in general, I really love the East Coast. I’m a fan of the dirt, the ruts, and how about the stacked 250 East this season!?

Let’s start with the 250 East. Yes, the action in the 250 West has been pretty darn good, but let’s be honest… the West is a little thin compared to usual years. The East, on the other hand, is stacked. Let’s take a look at a few of the contenders.

250 East Contenders

Joey Savatgy: Joey has got to be the hands down favourite on paper. He narrowly missed out on last year’s West title to Cooper Webb by 1 point. He has 3 wins under his belt and will no doubt add to that total this season.

Adam Cianciarulo: AC hasn’t raced SX since his rookie season. He’s finally healthy after sitting out 2 consecutive SX seasons. If he can get decent starts (he is quite a bit larger than most of us remember), he is my pic for the title.

Christian Craig: This guy oozes talent. I love watching him ride, but he has been injury prone in the past. He’s going to be there fighting for wins, I just don’t see a title in him.

R.J. Hampshire: R.J. has been injured leading into SX in the past, and hasn’t been able to show his true potential. I don’t see wins, but he could get a podium or two.

Chase Sexton: After his pair of broken wrists heal, I expect raw speed, and big crashes from the rookie.

Alex Martin: Alex will be very fast and very good. I feel he will be the best orange rider overall, he will win heat races and he will come close to winning a main.

Alex Martin

Jordan Smith: In the past, Jordan has shown us amazing raw speed, unfortunately, he has had some big crashes. If he can stay on two wheels, he has podium speed and maybe even a win.

Benny Bloss: Benny is a big dude. Surprisingly, he has some very good style for being 6’5″. Starts will hurt him.

Zach Osborne: Zach is the newest member to the Baker Factory. It will help, he may win his first main, but I see his “bad” races, being too bad to compete for a title.

Matt Bisceglia: I thought this was going to be the best Matt yet, but he is currently out with an ankle injury.

Matt Bisceglia

Kyle Peters: KP was a last-minute replacement. He should be a top 10 guy every weekend.

Colt Nichols: I was expecting a huge year from Colt, but a recent femur injury will no doubt slow him down. He will still be very good, but the injury will hold him back.

Tyler Spikman photo

Mitchell Harrison: Mitchell has speed, but he also had many scary moments last season. I expect him to be a little smoother this year, and get some top 10’s.

Dylan Ferrandis: I have no idea what to expect from the Frenchman.

Gannon Audette: Back on a privateer bike, Gannon won’t be fighting for podiums, but just outside the top 6 is reasonable.

Kyle Cunningham: I would rather see Kyle on a 450.

Tyler Spikman photo

Cameron McAdoo: I hear about Cameron’s crazy speed from Club MX training partners. Let’s see if he can make it work in the bigs.

Josh Cartwright: Josh is a busy guy as a full-time university student and pro racer. He’s a hard worker, and I’d like to see him get closer to the top 10.

Cole Thompson: Cole is our lone Canadian. He should be inside the top 10 with ease, and make us proud every weekend.

 

Here are my 250 East predictions for Minneapolis.

 

250 East

1st Adam Ciancirulo

2nd Joey Savatgy

3rd Christian Craig

4th Alex Martin

5th Zach Osborne

 

450 Class

In 450 action, the big questions are, can Marvin Musquin win again? Can Eli Tomac bounce back? Both are very possible, but I think Ryan Dungey and his winning ways will be back in his home state. He has been off a little, but Ryan’s “off” is still podium material. The guy is that good, and I’m sure he has busted his butt this week to solve any previous bike issues.

We have a few stars missing due to injury, Ken Roczen being the biggest. Also out hurt are Josh Grant. Weston Peick, and  Justin Brayton. Justin Barcia will make his regular season debut on his new JGR Suzuki. Barcia will make it into the main with ease, but I don’t see him having a whole 20 minutes plus 1 lap in him yet. Here are my predictions for the 7th round of the season.

 

450 Class

1st Ryan Dungey

2nd Marvin Musquin

3rd Eli Tomac

4th Cole Seely

5th Jason Anderson


DMX Toronto Supercross Parties at The Houston Avenue Bar and Grill

With us now in the East, that means the one-and-only Canadian round is just around the corner. The Toronto SX takes place Saturday, March 4th at the Rogers Centre. But the real action starts Friday, March 3rd at Houston Avenue Bar and Grill on Yonge Street.

In past years, our Frid’Eh night pre-party has been a very enjoyable, low-key night. Well, not this year. We are in the works to bring in some great SX athletes for an autograph signing in addition to great food, drinks and fantastic company.

In addition, Team Canada Motocross Des Nations Team Manager, Kourtney Lloyd, will be making the trip to sell tickets and raise money for our 2017 team. Kourtney will be in the house both nights and “no” is not an option. If you’ve been paying attention to our social media, you will see that the boxes of “swag” have been rolling in at a great pace and you will, no doubt, not want to miss this event.

Both nights are open to everyone, and if you’re worried about not getting in, just head over as soon as the 450 main event checkered flag drops and there should be no issues at all. It honestly is a great time both nights and if you can, make it out and support Team  Canada.

Team Canada manager, Kourtney Lloyd, will be on hand at the Toronto Supercross parties in support of the the 2017 effort. | Bigwave photo


That is it for me this week. I’m off to Toronto for the bike show Saturday then off to kick Tyler Medaglia‘s ass Sunday just outside of Milton for the ‘Grand Prix De Snow.’ I may not be the fastest Sunday, but you can bet your ass that I will be the nicest dressed thanks to our great friend David Bond at Motovan. I’m sure Bigwave will get a few nice pictures of me picking up my bike so we can all share a laugh. Have a great weekend, and always #smileforBC and #liftwithScott.

Come out to Campbellville, Ontario, this Sunday to ride with Jeff McConkey at the ‘Grand Prix De Snow’… oh, and some guy named Tyler Medaglia will be there too.

Lawrence Hacking is the one behind this FUN day of riding and posted this on the Facebook page:

“Just in case you didn’t see the post below, the GP de Snow is a social event not for serious racing. Everyone is welcome but the course is short, tight and small, there will be lots of talking and hanging out. I don’t want riders to show up and be disappointed. it is winter fun day with recycled trophies and minimum rules, short races and good times. Cheers Lawrence…”


BILLY RAINFORD


Thanks, Jeff. I’m looking forward to see how this Grand Prix De Snow day goes off on the studded tired 2017 Husqvarnas. It’s supposed to be 10-12 degrees Celsius Sunday. I’m not sure how that will play out or what, exactly, you’ll be riding on, but the warmer weather and predicted sunshine means it will be much better for me shooting photos even if it means you guys will riding through slush!


2017 Honda Canada Media Night in Toronto

Thank you very much to Kimberly Moore from Honda Canada for the invite into the Big Smoke last night to check out some of the 2017 Honda Motorcycles before the Bike Show this weekend.

Like I always say, a bunch of years ago when you went to the motocross races, it seemed that almost any rider who didn’t have a sponsor who helped with bikes would be riding a Honda. The amateur starting lines were usually a sea of red.

That hue seems to have dipped drastically over the past several years, but with the introduction of this new 2017 Honda CRF 450R and the rest of the line-up, it looks like the competition could be ‘seeing red’ again.

Thanks for the invite to the Honda Annual Media Dinner/Product Presentation last night in Downtown Toronto.


Parts Canada TransCan and Canada AX Tour Partner with CMA and FIM

There was some pretty big news today regarding the future of amateur racing and arenacross racing here is Canada. Joining up with the CMA and the FIM gives both the Parts Canada TransCan and the Canada AX Tour some serious credibility on the world stage!

CMA National Championship and FIM North America Continental Cup

Here is the Press Release:

NEW MOTOCROSS PARTNERSHIP ANNOUNCED FOR CANADA

Press Release – February 17, 2017

Two of Canada’s major motocross promoters will sanction their premier events with the Canadian Motorcycle Association beginning with the 2017 season. The agreement includes a listing on the FIM North America calendar which will bring the Canadian programme to the main stage of world motocross competition.

The Parts Canada TransCan Grand National CMA Amateur National Championships and FIM North America Continental Cup at Walton, and the Rockstar Energy CMA National Championship/FIM North America Championship Arenacross series begins a new era for teams and riders. They can expect the same great experience that they have had in the past, along with the veracity offered by CMA/FIM North America.

“Walton Raceway is thrilled to elevate the Parts Canada TransCan Grand National Motocross to the status of CMA National Championship and FIM North America Continental Cup level. FIM recognition is the highest honour in motocross. From Supercross to MXGP and the Motocross of Nations, they are the elite events of the world. Motocross racers in Canada deserve to be a part of it”, said Brett Lee, Owner/Operator of Walton Raceway.

Jetwerx International is moving into its third season of racing come fall 2017, and they are once again taking a huge step forward in bringing elite racing to Canadian racers and enthusiasts. The Valvoline Live Broadcast online in year one, then MAV TV taking the show across North America for the fans and showcasing Canadian Talent in year two, and now with CMA and FIM North America recognition, sanction and branding, it could be their biggest leap forward yet.

“Since day one of our quest to make Canadian motocross better, Jetwerx has been about the growth of our sport and helping riders climb onto the world stage. FIM North America and the CMA, as well as Walton Raceway, share in that goal, and together we will make that vision happen”, said Justin Thompson, CEO of Jetwerx International.

CMA CEO and President of FIM North America, Marilynn Bastedo remarked. “This is the start of a new future for Canadian Motocross. We are delighted to be working with promoters who have the best intentions for the riders, which has always been the mandate of our association.”

Joe Godsall, CMA President, stated “This new relationship and the attitude of the key people in this resurgence, is positive and optimistic and all about making Canada and Canadian riders into a real presence on the world stage”.

Watch for updates on these series in the near future, as well as a number of new programs to be rolled out in the next 2 to 3 years.

Please check CanadianMX.com to find out details of the Press Conference that will happen March 4th, 2017, at the Toronto Supercross with regards to this announcement.

This release is jointly issued by Walton Raceway, Jetwerx International and the Canadian Motorcycle Association

About FIM North America.
FIM NA is the continental union established by FIM in 1998 with the mandate to develop continental activity as a step for riders to reach world championship level participation.

About the Canadian Motorcycle Association
CMA is the national governing body for motorcycling and as a member of the Federation Internationale de Motocycliste and FIM North America, is responsible for carrying out the mandate of the FIM and FIM NA to oversee and develop motorcycling in Canada.


DMX Toronto SX Ticket Giveaway | Photo Contest

***DEADLINE EXTENDED***

Toronto SX Photo Contest 2017

It’s that time of year again. The time when Direct Motocross teams up with the Toronto round of the Monster Energy AMA Supercross series. This year, we wanted to give someone the chance to win a 4-pack of 200-level tickets to the big night at the Rogers Centre in downtown Toronto. Here’s what you have to do…


1. Send us your favourite motocross-related photo THAT YOU TOOK before Friday, February 17th.

2. We’ll choose the top 4 finalists and then turn over the voting to the general DMX-reading public for the final verdict.

3. The winning photo/photographer will be announced Friday, February 24th.


Please be sure you are available to go to Toronto for the March 4th event before you enter this contest.

Email your photo to: info@directmotocross.com with ‘TO SX Photo Contest’ as the subject line.

Good luck, everyone!


UPDATE: Thanks for the entries, everyone! We apologize for the snafu with our email service as we made recent changes to our host/server on the site. With that in mind, let’s extend the deadline to this Wednesday, Feb 22nd. We will then pick the winner and announce the winner without putting it to the public to decide.

Send in your photos until next Wednesday. We’ve already received some good options but we feel we owe it to extend the entry a few days due to technical issues at our end.


Cole Thompson’s 250 East Schedule

As the Supercross series makes its first stop in the East, all Canadians are wondering when we’ll see our top rider make his debut. Well, it won’t be this week in Minneapolis. Cole Thompson has outlined his 2017 Supercross racing schedule as follows: Atlanta, Toronto, Daytona, Indianapolis, Detroit, and St. Louis.

This is actually good news for us because I think I can make it to each of these! Good luck, and see you there, Cole.

Watch for #72 Cole Thompson at 6 of the east 250 SX rounds | Cole Thompson Instagram photo


OK we’ll have to leave it there for this week. It’s looking like a great weekend in our neck of the Canadian woods. I hope you’ve all dug out from under the recent snow it seems most of our country has suffered the past few days. If so, get out there and ride or train. Thanks for reading, and have a great weekend.

Oh, and don’t forget to cheer on the Canadian-backed Supercross race team, Team PR-MX, this week in Minneapolis. That’s Kyle Swanson, Logan Karnow, Lane Staly, and Gradie Featherstone. Go get ’em, guys!

Ryan Millar and Ryan Lockhart say, “See you at the races…” | Bigwave photo