Frid’Eh Update #9 Presented by The Toronto Supercross
By Jeff McConkey and Billy Rainford
Welcome to the 9th week of the DMX Frid’Eh Update this week presented by the Toronto Supercross, March 12th at Rogers Centre. Let’s get right to it as this is one of the busiest weeks of the year, travel-wise.
#9 goes out to the rider out of San Diego, California, who is fast-becoming an honorary Canadian. He’s from about as far away as you can get in the U.S. but the paper work is in progress. Dylan Schmoke and his dad, Matthew, have become staples at the Rockstar MX Nationals and Dylan is always right there to capitalize if one of the top 10 riders should falter.
10-10-15-8-16-21-10-13-10-11 = 256 points = 9th overall
We grabbed Dylan for a quick chat today to find out what’s been keeping him busy these days:
Direct Motocross: Hey, Dylan. How are you doing and what are you up to this weekend?
Dylan Schmoke: I‘m doing good. I actually just got down to our river house for the weekend. Gonna be doing some boating and mtn biking. It’s a cool 80 degrees out (Laughs).
Let’s first back up to last summer. Can you take us through how your season went?
The 2015 season went pretty well. I had some good finishes with my best being 8th and I was never outside of 10th in points. So no complaints!
Hey, guys. Is spring ever going to reach us in Southern Ontario? I see riders hitting the tracks already out in Western Canada, and it kind of stings a little. Other Canadians have been lucky enough to head to a special place. Which special place, you ask? I’ll tell you where. Someplace warm. “A place where the beer flows like wine. Where beautiful women instinctively flock like the salmon of Capistrano.” I’m talking about a little place called ‘The South.’ The training facilities and tracks in South Carolina, Alabama, Georgia and Florida are loaded with Canadians looking to make an impact on the 2016 season. Billy is lucky enough to be in the ‘Dirty South’ to cover our young Canucks as they put in the work to get any advantage on the competition.
I, myself, returned from Georgia last Sunday, after a great but fast weekend at the races. It was my first trip to the Georgia Dome and I was really impressed with the Dome, itself. The track wasn’t overly technical, but the soft Georgia red clay rutted up real nice. Add in a very gnarly sand section after a dragon back, and you have a very interesting section to watch riders try and navigate. It claimed many riders and made it interesting.
This week, the action heads farther south as the series stops in Daytona. The Daytona SX is one of a kind. You either look forward to this round or you hate it, there’s no in between. This could be the race where a guy like Eli Tomac picks up his first win of the season. Anything can happen, as this round is way harder on equipment than the more traditional Supercrosses. Here are my predictions for Daytona:
Holeshot: Jesse Wentland
1st: Aaron Plessinger
2nd: Jeremy Martin
3rd: Malcolm Stewart
4th: Justin Hill
5th: R.J. Hampshire
Holeshot: Eli Tomac
1st” Eli Tomac
2nd: Ryan Dungey
3rd: Trey Canard
4th: Jason Anderson
5th: Marvin Musquin
And you know what’s after Daytona, right? Yes, you are correct. It is the Toronto SX. But before the actual race, you really should stop by the DMX Pre-Party at The Houston on Friday night. It’s a great chance to ease into the weekend and get revved up for SX. You can always count on some big names to be in attendance and some serious bench racing going on. Add in the fact that Team Canada Motocross of Nations manager, Kourtney Lloyd, will be in the house selling raffle tickets for this years team. It doesn’t get much better than that.
And after a great night of SX racing, when you’re just not ready to let go, be sure to head back over to The Houston for our very special After-Party. Here is your one and only bit of advice: Don’t take your time, get there right after the race, so you don’t miss out! All are welcome, and I promise you that you won’t be disappointed. $10 at the door.
That’s it for me this week. If you haven’t already, be sure to check out my ‘5 Minutes with…Tommy Dallaire.’ Tommy is a young French Canadian with some amazing style. In my opinion, he’s got the best style and most swag in Canada, and he’s only 18. He is definitely one to watch.
Also, check out this week’s ‘Out Of The Blue‘ with Casey Raimondo. That’s it for me, have a good week and don’t forget to #smileforBC! See you next Friday in Toronto!
Thanks, Jeff. Like he said, I’m currently crisscrossing the deep south looking for any and all Canadians who are chasing the dream of becoming faster racers…and there are a lot! So far, I’ve been to GPF, Bell’s, Climax MX, and Tampa MX. There are an unusually high number of Canadians down here honing their skills.
I have so much content clogging my memory cards and hard drives that I almost don’t know where to start! I guess I’ll just head back to the beginning and go from there…
Thanks to the Woods Family for giving us the great hospitality at GPF again this year. I hope they have unlimited internet because I logged some very long hours in the clubhouse uploading photos and video. They run a very tight schedule over there and the rec room is supposed to be cleared out by 10pm. Well, I know I headed back to the RV at close to 2am a couple nights, so thank you.
I headed about 1/2 hour west of GPF over to Climax Motorsports Park to check on a few Canadians who were there training. As I pulled into the parking lot Dave Blanchet and his crew were just hooking up their truck and trailer to head south to Tampa MX for the Pro Circuit Pro Open race Thursday night.
Canadians #15 William Mireault and #456 JC Bujold were training all day Brad Jerominski from Club 57 motocross Schools. JC is just coming back from a broken femur suffered a couple months ago but was looking very good already.
Daytona Supercross by Honda Time Lapse Track Build
Tampa MX – Pro Circuit Open
I headed south on the I-75 to Tampa MX to catch the 1st Annual Pro Circuit Pro Open races. I couldn’t believe that there was a line-up of cars to get into a race on a Thursday evening, but there was! It was great to see the crowd of racers and spectators that showed up to this event. Dean Wilson was there saying hello and signing autographs. He also gave away a signed jersey to a luck fan.
Here the MXPTV footage of the Open Pro main event:
Is Jimmy Decotis Coming Back to Canada?
Well, after speaking with Jimmy Decotis, himself, a few weeks ago, I was sure the answer was yes. But then, people in the industry started telling me that he was probably not going to be able to commit to the summer up in Canada. OK, so today I gave team co-owner Kevin Tyler a call to see what his take was.
Kevin will be in Daytona this weekend to try and cross a few of the last t’s. As far as he knows, the FXR MX101 Yamaha team will consist of Jimmy and Dylan Wright, as well as Kris Keefer at a select few rounds. I guess we’ll have to wait for the ink to dry on this one to know 100% for sure.
OK, that will do it for this week. Thanks for checking us out. Be sure to follow us on Twitter @directmx and on Instagram @directmotocross as well as our Facebook page. Have a great weekend and be sure to check back often as we will be putting together some things from our stay down south as soon as I find the time.