Frid’Eh Update #8 Presented by FLY Racing
By Dawn McClintock, Jeff McConkey, and Billy Rainford
Welcome to week #8 of the DMX Frid’Eh Update this week presented by Fly Racing. Dylan Kaelin‘s march to a top 10 number has been steady but not without its bumps. He has been plagued by injury over the past few years but has managed to keep a positive attitude and continue to work toward his goal of being a top Pro.
If you watched any of the MX1 motos during the 2015 Rockstar Energy Drink MX Nationals, you would have noticed that Kaelin was usually ‘the next guy’ after the top few riders broke away from the crowd. Never satisfied with less than a win, Kaelin has stepped up his training program and can usually be found on his bicycle or at the gym…if he’s not on the track.
He will, once again, work in the oil fields during the winter to earn enough cash to head south to train (which he is currently enjoying) for this coming season. We got in touch with him as he was enjoying his morning coffee sitting in the California sunshine. Here is how the conversation went:
Were you happy with how 2014 went?
Over all, the 2014 season went really good for me. Obviously, the way it finished is not something to be proud of it. The crash at Ulverton was a bummer. I felt I was getting mentally stronger and more confident with every moto at that point in the season. Looking back over the whole season, I really couldn’t be happier with how it played out. I had very minimal prep. I only logged 36 hours on my practice bike and 13 hours on my race bike last season. So, when I say minimal prep…. I really mean it!
What have you been doing since Walton?
Shortly after Walton I went under the knife to get my shoulder fixed up properly. Two screws got inserted in the head of my humerus to hold it together. The biggest issue was actually getting my collarbone to heal. The way it broke at the end really caused some issues. I wasn’t suppose to lift anything for 15 weeks.. I started working in the oil patch pipe-lining again about 5 weeks post op. I took it easy at work, but I’m sure it didn’t exactly promote bone healing. Now I have very minimal side effects from the injury. I struggle with a little external rotation due to my collarbone. Other than that I have no issues.
First off, I have a little sad news to report that we are hoping will turn around a bit this weekend. On Monday afternoon we had a rider down and he’s going through a big fight right now. John Sparks is a moto dad and a very familiar name to those in the MMRS club. He was down with his family at County Line track in Fountain, Florida, riding when he crashed. He was found at the bottom of a jump, unconscious. He was airlifted to hospital in Panama, Florida, where he underwent emergency surgery, put on a ventilator and a shunt was put in to drain fluid from his head. He was listed in critical condition and was sedated to allow his body to heal. He has been showing some progress over the course of the week and sedation has been reduced to nil and there are hopes they will be able to remove the ventilator today.
We never like to hear news like that. John, you are in our thoughts and we are all pulling for you here. We would also like to extend our support to his wife Sarah and family as they work through this extremely tough week. We will keep you posted on John’s condition as we learn more. Heal up soon, John!
Switching gears here, I am just posting a reminder to anyone wishing to go to the Halstead MX Season Fundraiser next Saturday night in Brantford, Ontario. They have collected a large number of items for the auction table and some of the items include a signed Colton Facciotti jersey, signed Dusty Klatt jersey, Don Cherry signed book with Wendel Clark signed stick, 5-day stay in trailer in Ohio that is 20 minutes from Cedar Point, sled package including 2 helmets, clothing and gloves, and there are around 25 baskets valued between $25 and $100.
Atlanta 2 goes off Saturday night, and it is a “Retro Theme.” That means we will be seeing some super-cool throwback bikes and gear. Fox has dropped a few pictures of the retro gear and the super-crazy pink and baby blue boots to match. I, for one, will definitely be calling Fox Canada’s Jay Moore to see how I can get myself some! Here are my predictions for Atlanta 2:
1st: Marvin Musquin
2nd: Arnaud Tonus
3rd: Jeremy Martin
4th: Justin Bogle
5th: R.J. Hampshire
1st: Ryan Dungey
2nd: Trey Canard
3rd: Ken Roczen
4th: Eli Tomac
5th: Chad Reed
MXGP Round 1
This past Monday, we received some bad news in the moto community. Southern Ontario racer Christian Sparks’ father John had a bad crash in Florida and had to be flown to Panama Hospital. Please keep him and his family in your thoughts and prayers. You never like to hear about any crashes involving fellow riders and racers, so I’m urging all of you lucky riders heading south to ride…please take it easy and slowly ease yourselves back into it. Being from the Great White North, we don’t have the luxury of riding year round. I, personally, know the feeling – it’s a new year, possibly new class, new bike and gear and you feel ready to kill it. You hit the track and you instantly feel great. Your speed is there and you want to push. But, realistically, you aren’t in riding or race shape and accidents happen. So, please be safe and make it back home unscathed.
Well that is it for me this week. I am on my way to Montreal to visit the great people at KTM Canada this weekend. I wish I could tell you what for, but I am afraid KTM’s Clody Lapointe could kick my ass in a fight. Just kidding, Clody. Anyways, watch for a report on my weekend trip here on DMX and if you haven’t checked it out already, be sure to read my Out Of The Blue with Vanessa Paquette, my On the Radar with Duncan MacLeod, and a great interview with double-classer Jared Petruska.
MXGP – Round 1: Losail, Qatar
QMMF President Mr. Nasser Khalifa Al Attiyah said, “On behalf of the QMMF, I would like to welcome you all here to enjoy this weekend. We hope to make a good start to the season. I would like to congratulate Youthstream on what they have achieved with their media success and we are very proud to have the first GP again. It is amazing for us.”
Youthstream President Mr. Giuseppe Luongo continued, returning the thanks, “I am very happy we are here and it’s thanks to the QMMF and how hard they work that we can have such a great opening Grand Prix. I would also like to thank all of the teams and all of the riders involved and of course the media too, because without them we wouldn’t be here. I also want to say that I am proud of what we, MXGP, have achieved. We have managed to make motocross a worldwide sport. We have also managed to receive worldwide television coverage which is very important. I feel we are on the right path and that this season, MXGP 2015, will make a huge impact on the world. It will be the greatest season ever, I am sure.”
Dr. Wolfgang Srb also shared his appreciation, “What Mr. Nasser Khalifa Al Attiyah and the QMMF do here in Qatar is simply incredible. Their determination and their round-the-clock commitment to this GP is amazing and for that, we have to say thanks. I also want to say thanks to Youthstream, it has been great to work together pushing motocross to a level which we couldn’t dream of. It has been because of the great success with the media, with Facebook, Twitter, and the Internet which has made us so successful and made us realize the sky is the limit.”
Mr. Tony Skillington also said a few words before handing it over to the riders, Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Antonio Cairoli, Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Team’s Ryan Villopoto, Yamaha Factory Racing Yamalube’s Jeremy Van Horebeek, Team HRC’s Gautier Paulin, Red Bull IceOne Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Max Nagl, Rockstar Energy Suzuki World MXGP’s Clement Desalle and TM Racing Factory Team’s Davide Guarneri, who also shared their excitement and willingness to win this season.
To put a wrap on all the exciting things happening today, after the press conference all of the riders ventured out to the track where they unveiled the all-new CCTV System, a system made up of 16 CCTV cameras that cover the entire circuit. The CCTV system is the first one in history to be installed around a motocross track and is connected to race control where the racing will be viewed on a series of monitors and allows officials the ability to assess any incidents that may occur. The QMMF also supports the Ride Green campaign and today along with some riders, planted some tree’s in favour.TIMETABLE:
Friday: WMX Free Practice 16:45; MX2 Free Practice 17:15; MXGP Free Practice 17:45; WMX Time Practice 18:15; MX2 Time Practice 19:15; MXGP Time Practice 20:00; MX2 Qualifying Race 22:00; MXGP Qualifying Race 22:50.
Saturday: WMX Warm up 16:30; MX2 Warm up 16:50; MXGP Warm up 17:10; WMX Race 1 18:15; MX2 Race 1 19:15; MXGP Race 1 20:15; WMX Race 2 21:10; MX2 Race 2 22:10; MXGP Race 2 23:10.
Brad Nauditt Injury Update
From Doug Dehaan‘s Facebook page:
Davi Millsaps AMA Amateur Championship Spring Classic – AKA The Millcreek Amateur National
Running from February 23-27, this event is in its 5th year of existence. The weather has been a little touch and go (like it was when I was there in 2011) but it looks like it has cleared up and racing is going on as you read this. You can watch the LIVE feed over on the RPM Sports Online website. Here is the embedded live feed:
As Jeff mentioned, there will be more eyes on the first round of the MXGP over in Qatar than there may have been on all of the rounds combined last year! You can’t help but get all caught up in the RV vs. AC bench racing. Who is your money on? I’ve had the opportunity to see both riders race many times and, say what you want, Antonio Cairoli doesn’t really know how to lose. I don’t think Ryan Villopoto is going to go over there and lap the field like a lot of people think he might. Whatever happens, be sure to get online and watch all the action Saturday!