Monday Morning with Bigwave

By Billy Rainford

This Monday Morning Coffee is presented by:

Thanks, guys, for getting us down to the 2017 Thor Winter Olympics this year. It was great to have Jeff McConkey along this year to keep everyone up on what was going on on our Twitter feed. He also cruised around and took tons of photos for ‘Faces at the Races‘ that we’ll have up on the site as soon as we can get to them. (Bad news, I think I lost all his pics from Friday)

Not only that, with two drivers keeping the DMX Van on the road non-stop, we managed to make it home (well, my home, at least) in London in 18 hours. That’s great, considering when I do it myself I have to make several stops for naps. It also meant that we were feeling more rested when we got down there as opposed to starting the week already half-cooked.

These week-long amateur events are great, but they really force you to dig deep the last couple days you’re at them. I hope everyone was able to follow along during the days to see how their favourite rider was doing in the Supercross and then the Motocross portion of the week.

We’ll have a full Photo Report on how each Canadian rider did at the Mini O’s a little later. If you’d like to see how each day went at Gatorback Cycle Park last week, here is a link to each of our photo reports from the week:

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday – CANCELED

Friday

Saturday

On Tuesday evening, while we were over at the Starbucks using $100 worth of internet for the price of a $2 coffee, we didn’t even get a drop of rain. Suddenly, Jeff sees a Snapchat from someone and it shows kids walking in water up to their wastes! Seriously, we were 10 minutes down Highway 26 in Newberry and we didn’t get a thing.

Jeff had left his Scott EZ Up up at our little pit and he was worried about the water pooling and wrecking it so we headed back to the track as quickly as we could and saw a scene that looked like something out of an Oliver Stone movie! It was crazy.

Fortunately, Jeff’s EZ Up is built pretty strong and it withstood the weight of the water. The 8-man tent, on the other hand, couldn’t take the pressure and buckled…buckled and flooded. We put it back up as best we could and Jeff went to borrow something to bail the water out of it. A rectangular waste paper basket was just the tool for the job and he bailed gallon after gallon. But I forgot to take video!

Oh ya, let me just say thank you to the a-holes who took the opportunity to steal Jeff’s Scott EZ- Up on their way out Saturday. Clsssy move, dicks.”

I woke up to sunshine and went over to the tent to open it up and let it dry out in the sunshine we found ourselves with. I couldn’t believe that Jeff had actually slept in it! What a trooper. He said it was actually perfect.

What a trooper! And he said it was perfect. | Bigwave photo

Anyway, that day went well, but the forecast was for the rain to start up again in the middle of the following night…and it did.

I’ve been to the Mini O’s many times and have seen some rain before, but nothing that actually forced Wyn Kern and the crew to cancel a day. That’s what they had to do, and the entire ‘Gatorback RV City’ was left with a day to rest and get bikes ready for what was to be a full couple days of racing to make up for lost time.

They had no choice but to cancel the LCQ’s and take 42 riders total for main events. They also had to shorten motos a little bit, but what else where they supposed to do?

With our spare time on Thursday, we met up with Joe Ross and Jacqueline Ross and headed into Gainesville for brunch. It was great to catch up with these two beauties. We also made everyone feel uncomfortable and did an episode of Tailgating with her sitting outside of the Newberry Starbucks where I resumed my annual ‘regular’ status. They even gave me a free coffee on my final night there.

We’ll have our Tailgating episode with 12-time US amateur and 1-time Canadian champ, Jacqueline Ross, soon. | Bigwave photo

You’ll be happy to hear that Jacqueline is interested in competing in the east women’s series next summer, so if any team out there is looking for a top rider represent them, here’s a former champ you should be considering.

Thomas Rendall was super-pumped to do an episode of Tailgating with Jeff. They both were! Someone just needed to tell their faces… | Bigwave photo

Here’s our Tailgating episode with #494 Thomas Rendall, in case you missed it:

Tailgating with…Thomas Rendall from the 2017 Mini O’s from Directmotocross.com on Vimeo.

This year was a little different for me. I had my final visit with my surgeon Monday morning. This was to make sure things were healing with my High Tibial Osteotomy as they should be. It was also the time when they were going to tell me if I was allowed to drive.

I’m pretty sure when they told me I was OK to drive that they didn’t expect I was going to hop straight into the van and drive 1500k to Florida and then spend 7am-6pm every day for a week walking on it. No, probably not. But hey, we’re motocrossers and we do what has to be done to get back in the game, right!

Everything seemed fine until Friday night. The pit bike races (I shot video that I’ll get to as soon as I can) took place and as I was walking around in the middle of the specially-built track, I looked down and noticed my skinny leg was now bigger than my ‘normal’ leg. Uh oh..

Also, my skinny foot was now the size of a Nerf football. This can’t be good. A quick call home to Emily and I was instructed to get off my leg and elevate the stupid thing. Of course, I hung out until the pit bike racing was done, went to Starbucks to upload a photo report, and then promptly got off my leg.

Unfortunately, my lack of mobility meant I wasn’t able to get around the pits and visit with all the Canadian families like I normally would. Sorry, everyone, I wasn’t being anti-social, I just couldn’t get out there. I wasn’t allowed to ride a bike yet, so I didn’t bring my Scott mtb.

I always like taking photos of everyone’s pits to show people back here at home what everything looks like, and I wasn’t able to this year.

In fact, I think the only time I spoke with Sam Cannella was when I was standing on the track taking picks and someone yelled, “Billy! Billy! I’m your #1 fan!!!” I turned around and, sure enough, there was Sam standing there along the fence giving me sarcastic praise. I yelled back, “I feel the same way!!!” and that was the extent of our interaction all week.

“I’m your #1 fan!” | Bigwave photo

I never made it out to the Gourlay pits, either. Actually, with the way Brandon Gourlay was feeling this week, there’s no way I was going to head over there and risk getting whatever took him out of commission for a couple days anyway!

He was supposed to race the Pro classes on the MX track but was unable to even make it to the line. He’s headed back to California with Bjorn Viney and the two will hit a race in Arizona on the way. Good luck, guys.

Brandon Gourlay was out of commission this week, but he and Bjorn Viney will race in Arizona on the way back to California. | Jeff McConkey photo

Anyway, now that I’m home, everything looks normal with the leg and I don’t think I set my recovery back at all. In case anyone out there cares! lol

I still haven’t heard from Kennedy Lutz, so I’m just spreading rumours when I say she hurt her hip in one of her B class races on the Supercross track. All I know is that when Jeff went to find them for a comment, they were already packed up and heading out. We’ll be sure to catch up with her at some point here and let you all know how she’s doing. She was buzzing around on a pit bike, so it doesn’t seem like it’s anything that will take her out for long.

Kennedy Lutz was forced out of action early this week at the Mini O’s. | Bigwave photo

Now, as much as we all love this sport, we know it is risky on most days and downright dangerous on others. Yes, the ‘extreme’ nature of motocross is one of the things that draws us adrenaline junkies to it in the first place, but it still sucks when the reality of it jumps up and bites us in the ass.

There’s an old cycling adage that goes something like this: “There are two types of riders, those who’ve crashed and those who are about to.” It seems like the same can be said about motocrossers.

This week in Florida, #25 Estrella Cemovic crashed awkwardly as she headed into the rhythm section down the main spectator straight on the Supercross track. Even thought the Supercross portion of the week has been toned down from previous years, the very nature of SX makes it a little more dangerous than MX. Things just seem to go sideways faster in SX,

As I stood there waiting for her to come around again to snag another photo, I noticed she wasn’t coming. Of course, the next thing one does is look around for yellow flags, or worse, red cross flags. Unfortunately, this incident brought out the red cross flag and it was Estrella getting tended to on the top of a jump.

As I cursed the sport and everyone in it on the way over to her, I saw her parents and the medics frantically working to treat her. Obviously, there’s nothing I can do to help, so I stood there like everyone else and just shot positive vibes her way. Motocross can be a love/hate relationship.

Estrella was placed on a back board, neck brace, intubated, and sent to the hospital in a helicopter. It was a horrible scene.

I stopped into the Cemovic pits as often as I could. It was usually Matthew Cemovic and his dad, Dushan, getting #101’s stuff ready for his races. I didn’t want to ask too many questions and just wanted to let them know we were thinking about Estrella. They were very open about things and I just wanted to give them a hug, but figured that would just make all of us burst into tears, so I kept my distance. Yes, Dushan, I was coming in for a hug there the last time we spoke. You’re lucky I’m on a crutch and couldn’t get to you quicker! I think we’re both lucky, actually.

A GoFundMe page has been started to support Estrella’s recovery. Here it is here:

https://www.gofundme.com/estrella-cemovics-recovery-fund

Estrella’s mom, Genevra, has been updating everyone on her status on her Facebook page. Here is the latest from this morning:

This is my pretty girl. We had great news for her yesterday with her trying to breathe on her own and fight to come back. They had to put the ventilator back on her yesterday evening not because she’s taking a step backwards but because precaution that if she did get tired she would be safe. The doctors here at the University of Florida are absolutely amazing in the neurology department they spent an hour with me yesterday night explaining that Estrella’s brain needs to rest however if She is showing signs that she wanted the ventilator out of her airway that is why they wanted to give her a chance to breathe on her own. They said that when the brain wants to remember and do stuff they want to give the patient a chance to let them remember and do what they want as long as the brain can handle it and there’s no pressure on her brain. They also said to me that the reason that they want the brain to work and do what it’s capable of doing is Because there usually are small windows of opportunity to do so. They said that if the brain is actually left to rest and take it’s time to heal by this time the brain even though healed now has to start from the beginning to remember and rehabilitation possibly takes longer. They said there’s a lot of evidence and research done to support this. Every case is different and in most cases that they’ve done research on they found that exercising the brain when it presents the opportunity to do so it’s a lot better than letting it rest than trying to remember and start all over again when the brain is fully rested.Yesterday when she was breathing on her own all her vitals were good including the pressure on her brain however the only reason they wanted to put that vent to later back on was because of the fact that she was trying very hard to breathe on her own and they could see that she was getting tired. But they assured me that it’s not a step back. She still has a long way to go but she’s getting stronger I believe that she is. Again everybody your prayers your love your support I’m sure means everything from her calls from Canada, South Africa New Zealand prayers from everywhere around the world Dubai Holland everywhere in the states amazing support the love that she has and how many people care about her thank you all for all your positive thoughts xx

Hang in there, Estrella! We’re all thinking about you. She’ s in about the best care you can possibly get there in Florida, so we’re all optimistic for her recovery.

Hang in there, Estrella!

Future West Moto Canadian AX Championships | Results and Point Standings

Chilliwack Heritage Park

Chilliwack, BC

November 24-25


FRIDAY

Dash for Cash
Overall Nbr Name Heat Semi
   #910 Kawasaki  CARSON BROWN

 –  –
   #722 Honda  ADAM ENTICKNAP  –  –
   #21 Honda  DAVEY FRASER
HALIFAX, 
 –  –
   #888 KTM  BURG GILIOMEE
COQUITLAM, BC
 –  –
   #87 Husqvarna  CHRIS HOWELL

 –  –
   #476 Kawasaki  COLLIN JURIN

 –  –
   #101 Kawasaki  RYAN LOCKHART
LANGLEY, BC
 –  –
   #15 KTM  SHAWN MAFFENBEIER  –  –
   #701 KTM  KARL NORMAND  –  –
   #20 Yamaha  JESS PETTIS
PRINCE GEORGE, BC
Ladies 
Overall Nbr Name Heat Semi Moto 1 Moto 2 Points Earned
 1st  #397 Honda  SUMMER KNOWLES
NEW WESTMINSTER, BC
 –  – 1st 1st 25
 2nd  #24 KTM  CHANTELLE BYKERK
SALMON ARM, BC
 –  – 3rd 2nd 0
 3rd  #72 Honda  KRYSTAL CARDINAL

 –  – 4th 3rd 20
 4th  #19 Yamaha  KIANA SACHE
CHILLIWACK, BC
 –  – 2nd 4th 18
 5th  #93 Kawasaki  ELLIE KENDALL
ABBOTSFORD, BC
 –  – 5th 5th 16
 6th  #84 KTM  PAYTON BRUVOLD
LANGLEY, BC
 –  – 11th 6th 15
 7th  #38 Suzuki  SHELBY TSE  –  – 6th 7th 14
 8th  #54 Yamaha  MADDY WELCH
SECHELT, BC
 –  – 7th 8th 13
 9th  #88 KTM  TAY ESSELINK  –  – 10th 9th 12
 10th  #12 Kawasaki  KAYLIA KAYER
SARONA, 
 –  – 8th 10th 11
 11th  #29 Yamaha  ALISSA HARKIN
SECHELT, BC
 –  – 13th 11th 10
 12th  #137 KTM  BRIE DAY
LAKE COUNTRY, BC
 –  – 9th 12th 9
 13th  #571 Kawasaki  KAITLYN FUNK
LUMBY, BC
 –  – 12th 13th 0
Pro Am Lights View Points for this Class
Overall Nbr Name Heat Semi Moto 1 Moto 2 Points Earned
 1st  #1 Yamaha  JESS PETTIS
PRINCE GEORGE, BC
 1st
Heat 2
 – 1st 1st 25
 2nd  #910 Kawasaki  CARSON BROWN

 2nd
Heat 2
 – 2nd 2nd 22
 3rd  #12 KTM  SHAWN MAFFENBEIER

 2nd
Heat 1
 – 2nd 3rd 20
 4th  #87 Husqvarna  CHRIS HOWELL

 3rd
Heat 1
 – 3rd 4th 0
 5th  #21 Honda  DAVEY FRASER
HALIFAX, 
 4th
Heat 2
 – 4th 5th 16
 6th  #101 Kawasaki  RYAN LOCKHART
LANGLEY, BC
 4th
Heat 1
 – 4th 6th 15
 7th  #50 Yamaha  KYLE SPRINGMAN
ABBOTSFORD, BC
 3rd
Heat 2
 – 3rd 7th 14
 8th  #459 Yamaha  KRAIG RIESE  5th
Heat 2
 – 5th 8th 13
 9th  #526 Husqvarna  PARKER EALES
MAPLE RIDGE, BC
 6th
Heat 2
 – 6th 9th 0
 10th  #35 Husqvarna  JONAH BRITTONS
PRINCE GEORGE, BC
 5th
Heat 1
 – 5th 10th 0
 11th  #43 Honda  JARED PETRUSKI  6th
Heat 1
 – 6th 11th 0
 DNF  #476 Kawasaki  COLLIN JURIN
 1st
Heat 1
 – 1st DNF 0
Pro Open  View Points for this Class
Overall Nbr Name Heat Semi Moto 1 Moto 2 Points Earned
 1st  #910 Kawasaki  CARSON BROWN

 1st
Heat 1
 – 1st 1st 25
 2nd  #12 KTM  SHAWN MAFFENBEIER

 2nd
Heat 2
 – 2nd 2nd 22
 3rd  #20 Yamaha  JESS PETTIS
PRINCE GEORGE, BC
 2nd
Heat 1
 – 2nd 3rd 20
 4th  #87 Husqvarna  CHRIS HOWELL  3rd
Heat 1
 – 3rd 4th 0
 5th  #476 Kawasaki  COLLIN JURIN

 1st
Heat 2
 – 1st 5th 0
 6th  #722 Honda  ADAM ENTICKNAP
 
 3rd
Heat 2
 – 3rd 6th 0
 7th  #701 KTM  KARL NORMAND
 
 4th
Heat 2
 – 4th 7th 14
 8th  #101 Kawasaki  RYAN LOCKHART
LANGLEY, BC
 5th
Heat 1
 – 5th 8th 13
 9th  #459 Yamaha  KRAIG RIESE
 
 6th
Heat 2
 – 6th 9th 12
 10th  #50 Yamaha  KYLE SPRINGMAN
ABBOTSFORD, BC
 5th
Heat 2
 – 5th 10th 11
 11th  #223 Husqvarna  JONAH BRITTONS
PRINCE GEORGE, BC
 6th
Heat 1
 – 6th 11th 0
 12th  #526 Husqvarna  PARKER EALES
MAPLE RIDGE, BC
 7th
Heat 1
 – 7th 12th 0
 13th  #21 Honda  DAVEY FRASER
HALIFAX, 
 4th
Heat 1
 – 4th 13th 8
 DNS  #43 Honda  JARED PETRUSKI  7th
Heat 2
 – 7th DNS 0

SATURDAY

Dash for Cash
Overall Nbr Name Heat Semi
   #910 Kawasaki  CARSON BROWN

 –  –
   #722 Honda  ADAM ENTICKNAP  –  –
   #21 Honda  DAVEY FRASER
HALIFAX, 
 –  –
   #146 Honda  TYLER GIBBS
MISSION, BC
 –  –
   #888 KTM  BURG GILIOMEE
COQUITLAM, BC
 –  –
   #87 Husqvarna  CHRIS HOWELL  –  –
   #101 Kawasaki  RYAN LOCKHART
LANGLEY, BC
 –  –
   #15 KTM  SHAWN MAFFENBEIER
 
 –  –
   #3 KTM  KARL NORMAND
 
 –  –
   #20 Yamaha  JESS PETTIS
PRINCE GEORGE, BC
 –  –
Ladies  View Points for this Class
Overall Nbr Name Heat Semi Moto 1 Moto 2 Points Earned
 1st  #24 KTM  CHANTELLE BYKERK
SALMON ARM, BC
 1st
Heat 1
 – 1st 1st 0
 2nd  #72 Honda  KRYSTAL CARDINAL
 
 2nd
Heat 1
 – 2nd 2nd 22
 3rd  #19 Yamaha  KIANA SACHE
CHILLIWACK, BC
 2nd
Heat 2
 – 2nd 3rd 20
 4th  #137 KTM  BRIE DAY
LAKE COUNTRY, BC
 5th
Heat 2
 – 5th 4th 18
 4th  #54 Yamaha  MADDY WELCH
SECHELT, BC
 7th
Heat 1
 – 7th 4th 18
 5th  #84 KTM  PAYTON BRUVOLD
LANGLEY, BC
 4th
Heat 1
 – 4th 5th 16
 6th  #12 Kawasaki  KAYLIA KAYER
SARONA, 
 3rd
Heat 1
 – 3rd 6th 15
 7th  #397 Honda  SUMMER KNOWLES
NEW WESTMINSTER, BC
 1st
Heat 2
 – 1st 7th 14
 8th  #13 KTM  ELIN SAAREKIVI
 
 5th
Heat 1
 – 5th 8th 0
 9th  #93 Kawasaki  ELLIE KENDALL
ABBOTSFORD, BC
 4th
Heat 2
 – 4th 9th 12
 11th  #29 Yamaha  ALISSA HARKIN
SECHELT, BC
 6th
Heat 1
 – 6th 11th 10
 12th  #915 Kawasaki  SUZY GREENAN
CHILLIWACK, BC
 6th
Heat 2
 – 6th 12th 0
 DNF  #571 Kawasaki  KAITLYN FUNK
LUMBY, BC
 3rd
Heat 2
 – 3rd DNF 0
   #88 KTM  TAY ESSELINK
 
 DNS
Heat 1
 –
Semi 1
DNS   0
   #38 Suzuki  SHELBY TSE  DNS
Heat 2
 –
Semi 1
DNS   0
Pro Am Lights View Points for this Class
Overall Nbr Name Heat Semi Moto 1 Moto 2 Points Earned
 1st  #15 KTM  SHAWN MAFFENBEIER
 
 1st
Heat 1
 – 1st 1st 25
 2nd  #20 Yamaha  JESS PETTIS
PRINCE GEORGE, BC
 1st
Heat 2
 – 1st 2nd 22
 3rd  #910 Kawasaki  CARSON BROWN
 
 2nd
Heat 2
 – 2nd 3rd 20
 4th  #87 Husqvarna  CHRIS HOWELL  3rd
Heat 2
 – 3rd 4th 0
 5th  #43 Honda  JARED PETRUSKI
 
 4th
Heat 1
 – 4th 5th 0
 6th  #101 Kawasaki  RYAN LOCKHART
LANGLEY, BC
 3rd
Heat 1
 – 3rd 6th 15
 7th  #459 Yamaha  KRAIG RIESE
 
 2nd
Heat 1
 – 2nd 7th 14
 8th  #21 Honda  DAVEY FRASER
HALIFAX, 
 6th
Heat 1
 – 6th 8th 13
 9th  #223 Husqvarna  JONAH BRITTONS
PRINCE GEORGE, BC
 5th
Heat 2
 – 5th 9th 0
 DNF  #50 Yamaha  KYLE SPRINGMAN
ABBOTSFORD, BC
 4th
Heat 2
 – 4th DNF 0
 DNS  #526 Husqvarna  PARKER EALES
MAPLE RIDGE, BC
 5th
Heat 1
 – 5th DNS 0
Pro Open View Points for this Class
Overall Nbr Name Heat Semi Moto 1 Moto 2 Points Earned
 1st  #1 Yamaha  JESS PETTIS
PRINCE GEORGE, BC
 1st
Heat 2
 – 1st 1st 25
 2nd  #722 Honda  ADAM ENTICKNAP  2nd
Heat 2
 – 2nd 2nd 0
 3rd  #87 Husqvarna  CHRIS HOWELL  2nd
Heat 1
 – 2nd 3rd 0
 4th  #12 KTM  SHAWN MAFFENBEIER  3rd
Heat 2
 – 3rd 4th 18
 5th  #910 Kawasaki  CARSON BROWN
 
 1st
Heat 1
 – 1st 5th 16
 6th  #459 Yamaha  KRAIG RIESE
 
 4th
Heat 1
 – 4th 6th 15
 7th  #101 Kawasaki  RYAN LOCKHART
LANGLEY, BC
 4th
Heat 2
 – 4th 7th 14
 8th  #50 Yamaha  KYLE SPRINGMAN
ABBOTSFORD, BC
 3rd
Heat 1
 – 3rd 8th 13
 9th  #21 Honda  DAVEY FRASER
HALIFAX, 
 5th
Heat 1
 – 5th 9th 12
 10th  #43 Honda  JARED PETRUSKI
 
 6th
Heat 1
 – 6th 10th 0
 11th  #3 KTM  KARL NORMAND
 
 5th
Heat 2
 – 5th 11th 10
 12th  #223 Husqvarna  JONAH BRITTONS
PRINCE GEORGE, BC
 7th
Heat 1
 – 7th 12th 0
   #526 Husqvarna  PARKER EALES
MAPLE RIDGE, BC
 DNF
Heat 2
 –
Semi 1
DNF   0

POINTS

Ladies 
Place – Name
Number – Hometown
10/20/2017
Finish
10/21/2017
Finish
11/24/2017
Finish
11/25/2017
Finish
Total Points
1st – SUMMER KNOWLES
#397 – NEW WESTMINSTER, BC
1st 1st 1st 7th 89
2nd – KRYSTAL CARDINAL
#72 –
3rd 3rd 3rd 2nd 82 (-7)
3rd – KIANA SACHE
#19 – CHILLIWACK, BC
4th 7th 4th 3rd 70 (-19)
4th – PAYTON BRUVOLD
#84 – LANGLEY, BC
8th 4th 6th 5th 62 (-27)
5th – MADDY WELCH
#54 – SECHELT, BC
7th 8th 8th 4th 58 (-31)
5th – BRIE DAY
#137 – LAKE COUNTRY, BC
5th 6th 12th 4th 58 (-31)
7th – ELLIE KENDALL
#93 – ABBOTSFORD, BC
9th 9th 5th 9th 52 (-37)
8th – ALISSA HARKIN
#29 – SECHELT, BC
10th 12th 11th 11th 40 (-49)
9th – SHELBY TSE
#38 –
6th 11th 7th   39 (-50)
10th – TAY ESSELINK
#88 –
5th 9th   28 (-61)
11th – KAYLIA KAYER
#12 – SARONA, 
10th 6th 26 (-63)
Pro Am Lights 
Place – Name
Number – Hometown
10/20/2017
Finish
10/21/2017
Finish
11/24/2017
Finish
11/25/2017
Finish
Total Points
1st – CARSON BROWN
#910 –
1st 1st 2nd 3rd 92
2nd – JESS PETTIS
#20 – PRINCE GEORGE, BC
3rd 2nd 1st 2nd 89 (-3)
3rd – SHAWN MAFFENBEIER
#15 –
2nd 6th 3rd 1st 82 (-10)
4th – RYAN LOCKHART
#101 – LANGLEY, BC
5th 4th 6th 6th 64 (-28)
5th – KRAIG RIESE
#459 –
7th 5th 8th 7th 57 (-35)
6th – DAVEY FRASER
#21 – HALIFAX, 
8th 8th 5th 8th 55 (-37)
7th – JEREMY MEDAGLIA
#4 – , ON
4th 3rd 38 (-54)
8th – WYATT WADDELL
#91 – DELTA, BC
9th 7th 26 (-66)
9th – KYLE SPRINGMAN
#50 – ABBOTSFORD, BC
7th DNF 14 (-78)
Pro Open 
Place – Name
Number – Hometown
10/20/2017
Finish
10/21/2017
Finish
11/24/2017
Finish
11/25/2017
Finish
Total Points
1st – JESS PETTIS
#20 – PRINCE GEORGE, BC
2nd 1st 3rd 1st 92
2nd – SHAWN MAFFENBEIER
#15 –
1st 2nd 2nd 4th 87 (-5)
3rd – CARSON BROWN
#910 –
4th 3rd 1st 5th 79 (-13)
4th – RYAN LOCKHART
#101 – LANGLEY, BC
8th 8th 8th 7th 53 (-39)
4th – KARL NORMAND
#3 –
7th 6th 7th 11th 53 (-39)
6th – KRAIG RIESE
#459 –
9th 10th 9th 6th 50 (-42)
7th – DAVEY FRASER
#21 – HALIFAX, 
10th 7th 13th 9th 45 (-47)
8th – JEREMY MEDAGLIA
#4 –  ON
5th 5th 32 (-60)
9th – KYLE SPRINGMAN
#50 – ABBOTSFORD, BC
10th 8th 24 (-68)
10th – WYATT WADDELL
#91 – DELTA, BC
11th 9th 22 (-70)

Full results at: http://live.tracksideresults.com/futurewest/seriespoints.asp?s=7&c=all&r=pos

Next race:

December 1-2

Chilliwack Heritage Park

Chilliwack, BC

Of course, something you surely noticed there was the absence of #4 Jeremy Medaglia. Jeremy signed with the Cycle North Shift Honda team for AX and then probably the Triple Crown series but he has been replaced by Washington State rider, #910 Carson Brown.

Well, we were as shocked as you.

From what we know, this came down to Jeremy’s lack of interest in being active on social media. I totally get that. In fact, I see it clearly from both sides. If I didn’t run an online moto site, I’d probably be a ghost on social media, too. Unfortunately, this is 2017 and this is the main way teams and riders promote themselves for their sponsors. It is a necessary evil.

Jeremy Medaglia and Carson Brown starring in the 2017 version of the Eddie Murphy classic, “Trading Places.” | Courtney Bowman photo

From a team owner’s perspective, a solid presence on social media is closing in fast on importance to performance on the track! Yes, I know just how sad that is. You know how it goes, though. There are top 10 riders who you don’t give a second look simply because they are “boring.” You know you could name a few that fall into this category.

Teams want young riders who have a huge following on Twitter and Instagram to get eyes on their sponsors’ logos as much as possible. Hell, a manufacturer would probably sponsor Justin Bieber (104M followers. Ugh.) with free bikes before they’d help out a top 5 Canadian racer! Yes, I also know how sad that is.

Anyway, if you’re a young rider reading this, let it be a lesson to you – get on social media and get “famous.” After all, racing is turning into a popularity contest, like it or not. Just ask Ronnie Mac! (SMH)

Carson Brown seems like a really nice kid with blazing speed. He’s a great addition to the Canadian scene, it just sucks that it comes at the cost of one of Canada’s most popular racers.

What will Jeremy do next? Who knows. He’d look good beside his brother, Tyler Medaglia, on a Huber Motorsports….Kawasaki?

*This just in: apparently the Huber Team is already full and it’s not with Kyle Chisholm or Nathan Bles

To be continued…

OK, have a great week everyone. I kind of blabbered a bit this week. I’m on very little sleep from a long week at the races. It’s sunny and reasonable outside in my area, so get out and enjoy it while you can! In fact, it’s supposed to be sunny and 13C Tuesday! Derek Schuster, are you open for business over there at Gopher Dunes tomorrow?

How good would these brothers look racing on the same team in 2018?! See you at the races… | Bigwave photo