McThoughts | MX Bon Conseil National | MX1 Class
By Jeff McConkey
Photos by Billy Rainford
Can anyone predict this year’s MX1 class? I know I can’t. There are 6 guys that could possibly win at any time. The racing has been exciting and nobody has really dominated like expected. This weekend’s race was on a tough and technical track that bit a lot of top guys. Some say it was hard to pass on, but the top guys made it work.
Kaven Benoit was expected to do well in his own back yard. He had a very good moto 1, and was up front early in moto 2. Unfortunately, Benoit went down hard and looks to be out for some time with a lacerated liver. Let’s take a look at the results and see my thoughts.
1st Colton Facciotti 1-3: Colt once again showed us that he still has it, lots of it. Just imagine if he wasn’t still sick from Regina. I think we are seeing the speed that may have been missing last season. If he ever gets over this sickness, he could still take a legit run at this title. Speed, confidence and a little good luck could go along way.
2nd Christophe Pourcel 4-1: Watching Christophe ride is pretty amazing. You barely hear is bike and he makes the tracks look smooth late in the day. He’s so full of talent, it’s scary. This title is still open for the taking, and being down 8 points, is nothing to worry about.
3rd Matt Goerke 3-2: Goerke had a very good day, but I think he’s got more speed in him. He’s been very consistent and that works for titles, but you can tell he wants to win. I think with two good starts he can go 1-1 on any of the remaining tracks.
4th Mike Alessi 5-7: Solid first moto for Mike, but I was more impressed with his moto 2 ride. You see, Mike decided last-minute that he was a woods racer and put his KX450 deep in the woods a few corners in. I mean deep! Well, he remounted last and put on a charge. Some people said the track was one lined…. Mike proved that it wasn’t.
5th Tyler Medaglia 10-7: Tyler got bit by a tree root, and then weeded himself bad on the triple/triple section. Other than that, he rode great but his starts hurt him. There’s a good chance we see him back on the podium this weekend. Heck, he could even win a moto. And no, Derek Medaglia, I still won’t take that $500.00 bet.
6th Kyle Chisholm 7-6: Once again, Chizz is sneaky good. He’s not going to blow you away with speed or flash, but he’s going to hover around the top 5 every moto. It would be interesting to see what he could do with a great start.
7th Cade Clason 9-5: Cade was having a decent first moto, but he went down on the same tree root that claimed about 75 other guys entering the corner after the holeshot line. Second moto, he had a really good start and rode to an impressive 5th. He needs to run with the top 3 for a few laps to get used to their pace.
8th Tim Tremblay 8-8: Tim joked with Medaglia and Clason before the 2nd moto that they both gave him a gift. I think he rode very well both motos, but I’m still waiting for that breakout ride from Tim. If I were a betting man, I’d have to say it could be Deschambault. He absolutely flies there.
9th Dylan Epstein 6-11: Dylan has had a little bad luck as of late. I’m expecting him to bounce back and be fighting for podiums any time now. I still feel that this guy is underrated. Trust me, he’s that good.
10th Jesse Wentland 11-9: Very solid day for Wentland. He’s doing these races with little to no help. Maybe throw him on the vacant Benoit machine for the remainder? Just a thought.
Biggest Stud: Colton is my stud. He just looked that good in moto 1.
Biggest Dud: Just when it looked like Kaven Benoit was back and picking up steam, he’s back out again. Kaven was flying in the 2nd moto after getting the holeshot, but unfortunately he went down hard after the mechanics’ area. He stayed down for some time before getting a ride on the medic’s mule. Word on the street is that he lacerated his liver. Heal up quick, Kaven, we miss seeing you out at the races and battling up front.
Biggest Surprise: No real surprise for me this week.
MC’s “G’d Up from the Feet Up” Award: I was a big fan of Brock Leitner‘s kits this week. I liked the Strikt gear, Alpinestars Tech 10s, HJC helmets and 100% goggles.
Thanks for reading. See you next week at Pleasant Valley in Truro, Nova Scotia.