Monday Morning with Bigwave

By Billy Rainford

I hope everyone had a great weekend and got to spend some quality time with your mothers. I don’t go to the races with my parents anymore, but I sure remember the days when I did. Some of you reading this now are still traveling your circuit with them while others, like me, have all the great memories to look back on.

As a kid, you don’t really appreciate the fact that while most kids are taking their moms out for breakfast or bringing it to them in bed ONE DAY A YEAR, we’re all hitting the track and saying “Happy Mother’s Day” from wherever your series took you on this particular weekend.

We always kind of laughed it off back in the day, but hindsight has me realizing just how much my parents sacrificed to get us to the races.

I don’t have children but sometimes I sit back and think about working in a “normal” job all week long and then having to get a child (or children) ready to race and then to the races every weekend throughout the summer, or more. That’s a huge commitment!

So, once a year, we pay tribute to the glue that usually holds it all together: our moms.

My mom used to toil over scoring laps with a pen and a clipboard whenever I was on the track. In fact, I have almost every race I ever did written down on paper and saved in my Motocross Album. It’s pretty funny to look back at some of the numbers on the list and see who went on to either win a Pro title or come awfully close.

There’s my mom relaxing before the pen and clipboard come out at S&A in Michigan circa 1983. Yes, we had pens back then… | Bigwave Senior photo

Happy Mother’s Day to all the Moto Moms out there. Hopefully, you’re back at work on this Monday so you can relax a little before next weekend…

I actually took this past weekend away from any Moto at all. We’re about to get busy with the Rockstar Triple Crown Motocross Tour that starts at Wild Rose in Calgary, May 26th.

It’s amazing how taking a weekend away from the races can get you so fired up to get back. I hate not going but sometimes it’s a couple days off that make you realize how much you want to be there. It’s kind of like people who take their annual vacations to some all inclusive resort in the Caribbean and do nothing for an entire week. By day 3, you’re either completely relaxed or chomping at the bit to get back home and to work.

I found out a couple years ago that I am not an all inclusive kind of traveler. It’s just not my style. I was ready to leave by day 2. To me, it felt like I may a well have just gone to some fancy hotel downtown and laid around by the pool, and that’s not for me.

In the summer, I spend any and all weekends off from Moto at the beach playing volleyball. I love the beach. But to fly somewhere and sit around with a bunch of normally suit-wearing vacationers who only get away from home once, maybe twice, a year, just isn’t my cup of tea. I like to pack a surfboard and go somewhere with little or no plans and see what happens. That’s more fun to me.

I don’t even remember what I’m talking about…

Hey, Ruben Springman, it’s soft butter season!


MXGP of Latvia

MX2 – GP Classification
Pos Nr Rider Nat. Fed. Bike Race 1 Race 2 Total
1 19 Olsen, Thomas Kjer DEN DMU HUS 25 22 47
2 193 Geerts, Jago BEL FMB YAM 18 20 38
3 1 Jonass, Pauls LAT LAMSF KTM 22 16 38
4 61 Prado, Jorge ESP RFME KTM 11 25 36
5 919 Watson, Ben GBR ACU YAM 16 18 34
6 10 Vlaanderen, Calvin RSA KNMV HON 12 14 26
7 29 Jacobi, Henry GER DMSB HUS 15 9 24
8 747 Cervellin, Michele ITA FMI HON 10 13 23
9 46 Pootjes, Davy NED KNMV KTM 6 15 21
10 66 Larranaga Olano, Iker ESP RFME HUS 9 12 21
11 321 Bernardini, Samuele ITA FMI TM 14 7 21
12 64 Covington, Thomas USA MUL HUS 20 0 20
13 14 Beaton, Jed AUS MA KAW 7 11 18
14 34 De Waal, Micha-Boy NED KNMV HON 8 10 18
15 426 Mewse, Conrad GBR ACU KTM 13 5 18
16 70 Fernandez, Ruben ESP RFME KAW 4 8 12
17 338 Herbreteau, David FRA FFM KTM 0 6 6
18 75 Roosiorg, Hardi EST EMF KTM 2 4 6
19 44 Lesiardo, Morgan ITA FMI KTM 3 2 5
20 95 Furlotti, Simone ITA FMI YAM 5 0 5
MX2 – World Championship Classification
Pos Nr Rider Nat. Bike Total ARG EUR ESP ITA POR RUS LAT GER GBR FRA ITA INA INA CZE BEL SUI BUL TUR NED ITA
1 1 Jonass, Pauls LAT KTM 304 25-25 25-25 25-25 18-12 22-14 25-25 22-16 – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –
2 61 Prado, Jorge ESP KTM 282 5-14 22-22 22-20 25-22 25-25 22-22 11-25 – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –
3 19 Olsen, T. DEN HUS 266 20-22 20-20 20-18 20-5 18-22 18-16 25-22 – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –
4 919 Watson, Ben GBR YAM 210 18-18 11-14 7-13 10-14 16-20 20-15 16-18 – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –
5 14 Beaton, Jed AUS KAW 174 14-13 13-4 13-15 6-13 20-18 13-14 7-11 – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –
6 10 Vlaanderen, C. RSA HON 156 3-16 6-10 14-14 0-16 3-15 15-18 12-14 – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –
7 193 Geerts, Jago BEL YAM 140 9-11 18-8 0-4 14-8 2-7 9-12 18-20 – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –
8 29 Jacobi, Henry GER HUS 128 16-5 8-0 9-0 22-11 12-13 0-8 15-9 – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –
9 18 Brylyakov, V. RUS YAM 127 12-12 9-9 1-11 12-20 13-16 12-0 – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –
10 426 Mewse, Conrad GBR KTM 126 15-2 16-18 18-12 1-18 0-0 6-2 13-5 – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –
11 64 Covington, T. USA HUS 122 11-3 14-16 4-2 16-25 0-0 4-7 20-0 – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –
12 46 Pootjes, Davy NED KTM 118 2-7 12-12 6-8 13-15 0-6 10-6 6-15 – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –
13 747 Cervellin, M. ITA HON 110 13-0 – – – – 15-10 10-5 14-20 10-13 – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –
14 66 Larranaga Olano, I. ESP HUS 108 10-9 3-7 0-6 7-9 5-10 11-10 9-12 – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –
15 96 Lawrence, H. AUS HON 99 22-15 15-15 16-16 – – – – – – 0-0 – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –
16 811 Sterry, Adam GBR KAW 94 8-0 5-13 11-7 11-0 15-12 3-9 – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –
17 321 Bernardini, S. ITA TM 87 6-4 0-1 12-5 9-4 4-9 7-5 14-7 – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –
18 57 Sanayei, D. USA KAW 68 0-20 0-11 15-22 – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –
19 118 Rubini, S. FRA KTM 62 4-6 0-2 5-1 2-2 0-11 16-13 0-0 – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –
20 98 Vaessen, Bas NED HON 56 7-8 0-0 10-10 8-0 11-2 – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –
MXGP – GP Classification
Pos Nr Rider Nat. Fed. Bike Race 1 Race 2 Total
1 84 Herlings, Jeffrey NED KNMV KTM 25 25 50
2 222 Cairoli, Antonio ITA FMI KTM 22 22 44
3 21 Paulin, Gautier FRA MCM HUS 18 20 38
4 25 Desalle, Clement BEL FMB KAW 16 16 32
5 243 Gajser, Tim SLO AMZS HON 12 18 30
6 89 Van Horebeek, Jeremy BEL FMB YAM 15 14 29
7 259 Coldenhoff, Glenn NED KNMV KTM 13 15 28
8 99 Anstie, Max GBR ACU HUS 14 12 26
9 33 Lieber, Julien BEL FMB KAW 10 11 21
10 91 Seewer, Jeremy SUI FMS YAM 7 13 20
11 461 Febvre, Romain FRA FFM YAM 20 0 20
12 17 Butron, Jose ESP RFME KTM 8 9 17
13 12 Nagl, Maximilian GER DMSB TM 9 8 17
14 27 Jasikonis, Arminas LTU LMSF HON 11 5 16
15 77 Lupino, Alessandro ITA FMI KAW 5 10 15
16 22 Strijbos, Kevin BEL FMB KTM 3 7 10
17 7 Leok, Tanel EST EMF HUS 1 6 7
18 152 Petrov, Petar BUL BMF HON 2 4 6
19 777 Bobryshev, Evgeny RUS MFR SUZ 6 0 6
20 141 Desprey, Maxime FRA FFM KAW 4 0 4
MXGP – World Championship Classification
Pos Nr Rider Nat. Bike Total ARG EUR ESP ITA POR RUS LAT GER GBR FRA ITA INA INA CZE BEL SUI BUL TUR NED ITA
1 84 Herlings, J. NED KTM 336 22-25 25-25 22-22 25-25 25-25 20-25 25-25 – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –
2 222 Cairoli, A. ITA KTM 307 25-22 22-22 25-25 18-22 22-22 22-16 22-22 – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –
3 25 Desalle, C. BEL KAW 244 20-20 13-14 18-18 22-20 0-20 25-22 16-16 – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –
4 461 Febvre, Romain FRA YAM 223 18-16 15-16 20-16 20-14 16-18 14-20 20-0 – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –
5 21 Paulin, G. FRA HUS 218 15-15 14-20 14-20 15-16 18-0 18-15 18-20 – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –
6 259 Coldenhoff, G. NED KTM 180 11-10 16-18 10-14 14-18 14-15 0-12 13-15 – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –
7 89 Van Horebeek, J. BEL YAM 179 16-18 20-0 11-13 11-15 15-13 15-3 15-14 – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –
8 243 Gajser, Tim SLO HON 177 – – 12-8 13-15 16-13 20-16 16-18 12-18 – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –
9 91 Seewer, Jeremy SUI YAM 155 14-0 11-13 15-6 13-11 13-14 12-13 7-13 – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –
10 33 Lieber, Julien BEL KAW 134 13-9 4-0 16-12 12-6 11-3 13-14 10-11 – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –
11 12 Nagl, M. GER TM 121 8-13 10-7 12-10 8-0 9-11 5-11 9-8 – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –
12 777 Bobryshev, E. RUS SUZ 93 7-12 0-0 9-2 6-12 12-12 8-7 6-0 – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –
13 27 Jasikonis, A. LTU HON 93 6-7 8-10 6-11 4-0 0-6 11-8 11-5 – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –
14 77 Lupino, A. ITA KAW 87 2-11 0-2 4-5 7-8 6-7 10-10 5-10 – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –
15 99 Anstie, Max GBR HUS 81 9-6 18-12 – – – – – – 6-4 14-12 – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –
16 24 Simpson, Shaun GBR YAM 76 10-14 0-15 0-7 10-0 10-10 – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –
17 22 Strijbos, K. BEL KTM 75 4-0 7-11 7-8 3-7 0-9 7-2 3-7 – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –
18 141 Desprey, M. FRA KAW 63 – – 9-9 0-9 9-10 7-5 0-1 4-0 – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –
19 7 Leok, Tanel EST HUS 48 0-2 5-6 3-4 5-4 8-4 0-0 1-6 – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –
20 17 Butron, Jose ESP KTM 42 0-4 0-0 8-0 0-1 4-0 3-5 8-9 – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –

Next round: MXGP of Germany in Teutschenthal – May 20th


Lucas Oil Junior Motocross – Guthrie, OK

250 Pro (16+) – Overall Finish Positions  View Laptimes
Overall Nbr Name Heat Semi
 1st  #15  RYAN BREECE  – YAM
BUCKEYE, AZ
 –  –
 2nd  #81  CHASE MARQUIER  – HSQ
Newcastle, OK
 –  –
 3rd  #0  JIMMY ALBERTSON  – SUZ
SHAWNEE, OK
 –  –
 4th  #89  ADDISON EMORY  – YAM
OWASSO, OK
 –  –
 5th  #370  NOAH SKINNER  – HON
Youngsville, NC
 –  –
 6th  #202  TANNER YOUNG  – KAW
PONCA CITY, OK
 –  –
 DNS  #98  CHASE BAILEY  – KTM
Caddo Mills, TX
 –  –
 DNS  #85  JOSH CARTWRIGHT  – YAM
TALLAHASSEE, FL
 –  –
 DNS  #30  JORDAN JARVIS  – YAM
Clayton, NC
 –  –
Open Pro – Overall Finish Positions  View Laptimes
Overall Nbr Name Heat Semi
 1st  #0  JIMMY ALBERTSON  – SUZ
SHAWNEE, OK
 –  –
 2nd  #85  JOSH CARTWRIGHT  – YAM
TALLAHASSEE, FL
 –  –
 3rd  #81  CHASE MARQUIER  – HSQ
Newcastle, OK
 –  –
 4th  #15  RYAN BREECE  – YAM
BUCKEYE, AZ
 –  –
 5th  #89  ADDISON EMORY  – YAM
OWASSO, OK
 –  –
 6th  #370  NOAH SKINNER  – HON
Youngsville, NC
 –  –
 7th  #202  TANNER YOUNG  – KAW
PONCA CITY, OK
 –  –
 DNS  #269  BLAKE HAZEN  – HON
Bay City, MI
SuperMini 1 (12-15) – Overall Finish Positions  View Laptimes
Overall Nbr Name Heat Semi Moto 1 Moto 2
 1st  #32  KAEDEN AMERINE  – KTM
Great Bend, KS
 2nd
Heat 2
 – 2nd 1st
 2nd  #329  MATTHEW LEBLANC  – YAM
Breaux Bridge, LA
 1st
Heat 2
 – 1st 2nd
 3rd  #552  LARRY REYES JR  – TM
Houston, TX
 4th
Heat 3
 – 4th 3rd
 4th  #75  EVAN FERRY  – KAW
Largo, FL
 1st
Heat 1
 – 1st 4th
 5th  #102  JACK CHAMBERS  – KTM
Auburndale, FL
 2nd
Heat 3
 – 2nd 5th
 6th  #199  RYDER DIFRANCESCO  – KAW
Bakersfield, CA
 5th
Heat 1
 – 5th 6th
 7th  #45  MITCHELL ZAREMBA  – SUZ
Avon, OH
 3rd
Heat 3
 – 3rd 7th
 8th  #515/  JACKSON CRAIG  – KTM
Broken Arrow, OK
 3rd
Heat 2
 – 3rd 8th
 9th  #10  JEREMY RYAN  – KAW
Morgan Hill, CA
 1st
Heat 3
 – 1st 9th
 10th  #28  KATIE BENSON  – KTM
Delmar, DE
 4th
Heat 2
 – 4th 10th
Women Open – Overall Finish Positions  View Laptimes
Overall Nbr Name Heat Semi Moto 1 Moto 2
 1st  #28  KATIE BENSON  – KTM
Delmar, DE
 1st
Heat 1
 – 1st 1st
 2nd  #86  LINDSEY WALKER  – YAM
Collinsville, OK
 2nd
Heat 1
 – 2nd 2nd
 3rd  #796  AUTUMN RODMAN  – YAM
Noble, OK
 5th
Heat 1
 – 5th 3rd
 4th  #63  BRIANNA GREEN  – YAM
Yukon, OK
 4th
Heat 1
 – 4th 4th
 5th  #72  KILEY CENTO  – YAM
Troy, MO
 3rd
Heat 1
 – 3rd 5th
 6th  #20  RYLEE SOULE  – YAM
Gun Barrel City, TX
 6th
Heat 1
 – 6th 6th
 7th  #726  ALANA PADILLA  – YAM
Denver, CO
 10th
Heat 1
 – 10th 7th
 8th  #241  LACEY MENZIE  – YAM
CLEVER, MO
 8th
Heat 1
 – 8th 8th
 9th  #111  MARIAH ALVERSON  – HON
PAOLA, KS
 9th
Heat 1
 – 9th 9th
 DNS  #47  CAROLINE COOPER  – HON
Ruston, LA
 7th
Heat 1
 – 7th DNS

Full results can be found HERE.


Canadian in Amsoil Arenacross Amateur Classes in Las Vegas

I forgot to mention we did have a Canadian make the trip to Las Vegas to race the final round of Amsoil Arenacross – #519 John McKenney from Welland, ON.

John made the trek and raced in the C Class. Check out his results:

Sunday Las Vegas Amateur National Championships – 5/6/2018
The Orleans Arena
Open C – Overall Finish Positions
Overall Heat
Finish
Main
Finish
Suzuki
1st – DONEAUXVAN MCBRYDE
SAINT HELEN, OR
#1
2nd
Heat 1
1st
 
Yamaha
2nd – DYLAN SIMAO
SAN LEANDRO, CA
#296
7th
Heat 1
2nd
 
Yamaha
3rd – TYLER FLOYD
OMAHA, IL
#124
1st
Heat 1
3rd
 
Yamaha
4th – TYLER BREDENKOETTER
ELSBERRY, MO
#913
12th
Heat 1
4th
 
Yamaha
5th – DALTON STROUP
ELLINGTON, MO
#422
6th
Heat 1
5th
 
Kawasaki
6th – JAMES HAMPTON
WYLIE, TX
#148
14th
Heat 1
6th
 
Honda
7th – JOHN MCKENNEY
WELLAND, ON
#519
10th
Heat 1
7th
 
Yamaha
8th – KYLE HOWARD
RIVERSIDE, CA
#118
8th
Heat 1
8th
 
Yamaha
9th – JOSHUA FLETCHER
THORNVILLE, OH
#05
9th
Heat 1
9th
 
Husqvarna
10th – KORY WILSON
COWETA, OK
#15
11th
Heat 1
10th
 
250 C – Overall Finish Positions
Overall Heat
Finish
Main
Finish
Suzuki
1st – DONEAUXVAN MCBRYDE
SAINT HELEN, OR
#414
6th
Heat 1
1st
 
KTM
2nd – WYATT WAWRO
EDEN, NY
#92
14th
Heat 1
2nd
 
Yamaha
3rd – TYLER FLOYD
OMAHA, IL
#124
1st
Heat 1
3rd
 
Yamaha
4th – DYLAN SIMAO
SAN LEANDRO, CA
#296
3rd
Heat 1
4th
 
Kawasaki
5th – JAMES HAMPTON
WYLIE, TX
#148
11th
Heat 1
5th
 
Yamaha
6th – TYLER BREDENKOETTER
ELSBERRY, MO
#913
8th
Heat 1
6th
 
Yamaha
7th – ANTHONY BRETTELL
ETNA, OH
#329
4th
Heat 1
7th
 
Honda
8th – JOHN MCKENNEY
WELLAND, ON
#519
10th
Heat 1
8th
 
Husqvarna
9th – KORY WILSON
COWETA, OK
#15
13th
Heat 1
9th
 
Yamaha
10th – TYLER CASTONGIA
RENSSELAER, IN
#582
9th
Heat 1
10th
 

And it looks like he took the title. Congrats, John. (But I think the results are incomplete and there appears to be a glitch in the Amateur East standings page)

2018 Amateur East Series
Open C 
    Place – Name
Number – Hometown
      Total Points
  1st – JOHN MCKENNEY
  #519 – WELLAND, ON
27
  2nd – COLBY DAVIS
#136 – BERKSHIRE, NY
26 (-1)
  3rd – JACOB RAYMOND
#83 – HARRISVILLE, RI
19 (-8)
  4th – PIERCE FOSTER
#50 – WAPPINGERS FALL, NY
16 (-11)
  5th – RYAN FRIEDLY
#20 – NEW MILFORD, CT
16 (-11)
  6th – BRADY LARSON
#108 – LOOMIS, CA
16 (-11)
  7th – NICHOLAS GOSSELIN
#64 – PASCOAG, RI
15 (-12)
  8th – GAGE MCBEE
#79 – DALTON, GA
15 (-12)
  9th – CORY BUPP
#908 – YORK HAVEN, PA
14 (-13)
  10th – CHRISTIAN KAPOUKRANIDIS
#157 – CONCORD, VT
14 (-13)

SXQC Montmagny Arenacross Results

Supermini Open

# Nom Q1 Q2 LCQ Finale
777 Philippe St-Pierre 1 1
27 Simon Viel 3 2
O1 William Guillemette 2 3
7 Simon Glazer 5 4
17 Jacob Dubé 4 5
43 Jérémi Roy 8 6
101 Ludovik Rivard 6 7
72 Louis-Maxim Casgrain 7 8

Junior

# Nom Q1 Q2 LCQ Finale
148 Félix Ouellet 1 1
27- Mathis Dubé 4 2
114 Anthony Roy 2 3
14 Yan Baril 5 4
109 Rikky Balboa Turcotte 3 5
411 Christopher Caplin 6 6
138 Jacob Cain Ste-Croix 7 7
36 Charles-Edouard Roy 8 8
74 Samuel Montminy 9 9

Dame Open

# Nom Q1 Q2 LCQ Finale
1 Amy Roy 1 1
54 Emilie Berube 5 2
666 Frede Forest 2 3
723 Bianca Branchaud 3 4
713 Marie-Pier Robichaud 7 5
18e Emilie Guimont 4
304 Virginie Hould 6

Super Lites 250

# Nom Q1 Q2 LCQ Finale
40 Guillaume St-Cyr 1 1
28 Théo Poirier 2 2
615 Maxime Belanger 5 3
27 Keven Pelletier 4 4
148 Félix Ouellet 6 5
29 Samuel Ouellet 3 6
195x Lou St-Pierre 7 7
27- Mathis Dubé 8 8
207 Tommy Boucher 9 9
99 Tristan Charest 10 10
17 François Bélanger 11 11
109 Rikky Balboa Turcotte 12

Pro Supercross

# Nom Q1-A Q1-B Q2-A Q2-B Semi LCQ Finale
471 Logan Karnow 2 1 1 1
1 Karl Normand 1 1 2 2
727 Dave Blanchet 3 2 6 3
686 Alexandre Morin 2 2 4 4
179 Westen Wrozyna 1 3 3 5
40 Guillaume St-Cyr 3 4 5 6
28 Théo Poirier 5 5 3 7
29 Samuel Ouellet 5 6 2 8
23 Jason Benny 4 3 7 1 9
615 Maxime Belanger 6 5 4 10
27 Keven Pelletier 4 4
14 Yvan Hamilton 9 8 7
207 Tommy Boucher 8 6
17 François Bélanger 7 10 8
710 Brandon Morissette 6 8 10
123 Pier-luc Imbeault 7 7 5
195x Lou St-Pierre 8 9
99 Tristan Charest 9 9 9
365 Trevor Hale 10 7 6

Full results HERE.

Next round: May 19 – Riviere du Loup


Kaven Benoit Good to Go for Calgary

Kaven Benoit crashed while testing in California but says he’ll be good for Calgary in 2 weeks. | Bigwave photo

The rumour mill was spinning the past little while about a crash #26 Kaven Benoit suffered while testing suspension out in California. Kaven avoided racing the Triple Crown Arenacross Tour to avoid any possible injury and then to hear that he got injured while testing was a real blow.

Kaven has been training hard at Club MX in South Carolina and, if you remember how fast he was at round 1 in 2017, was ready to attack the Motocross Nationals at full speed in 2018.

We spoke with Kaven and he confirmed that he did have a hard crash and he needed to take some time off the bike as a result. Fortunately, he’ll be ready to race when we get to round 1 at Wild Rose MX Park in Calgary in 2 weeks.

Here’s what Kaven said about the incident:

Hey, Billy. [I] had a little get off 2 weeks ago. Needed some time off the bike but will be ready to race for Calgary.

Good news for racing fans!


Brainstorm | 2018 MX2 Motocross Predictions

We posted this 250 Class Preview column and will have the 450 Class edition up ASAP. Also, watch for our 2018 Canadian Motocross Preview Podcast up on the site as soon as we can get the crew assembled and ready to chat.

We are closing in on round 1 of the 2018 Rockstar Triple Crown Motocross Series and I thought it was time to put down some thoughts and predictions.

For starters, I believe we will have 2 Canadians standing on the the top spot when we finally get to Walton. Of course, this is not a foregone conclusion – we will, once again, have a few strong challengers from south of the border.

Let’s have a look at the MX2/250 class and talk this through.


MX2 Class

Shawn Maffenbeier is the defending MX2 champion. | Bigwave photo

SHAWN MAFFENBEIER: Monster Energy Alpinestars Piller’s Kawasaki

Heading into this season, Shawn Maffenbeier is the defending champion. Shawn has been around a long time and even had the #6 in the 450 class a bunch of years ago. He is no stranger to the rigors of the summer season.

The big question mark for him, as we head into the outdoors (Huh?), is the fact that he is riding on a new team on a new colour.

Shawn was the top dog on the MX101 FXR Yamaha team last summer and managed to close out the title at the final round in Barrie.

Shawn has moved over to the Monster Energy Alpinestars Piller’s Kawasaki team this year. This team is an amalgamation of the Huber Motorsports and Monster Kawasaki teams from last season.There is a ton of experience behind the scenes on this team, and I don’t think the fact that it is a “new” team is going to even be a consideration.

Shawn just won the Arenacross Tour portion of the Triple Crown and so he is obviously already used to the Kawasaki, and they’ve got the bike riding the way he feels comfortable.

Behind Shawn was Dylan Wright in 2017. | Bigwave photo

DYLAN WRIGHT: Honda Canada GDR Fox Racing

Dylan Wright finished 2nd to Shawn last season and is somehow a little bit of an enigma. What I mean by that is he has all the speed to run the series out up front but there always seems to be something that happens to keep him from cementing his position in first place.

There’s no question that Dylan is the most exciting rider to watch on the track. His flashy style has kept us glued to him ever since he was an amateur.

Where will he finish in 2018? I think we’ll have our answer after Calgary when we get our first look at him after his GPF training with 4-time Canadian champ, Colton Facciotti.

If Dylan comes out on fire and runs at the front, it could be his time to win. He needs to get better starts this summer if he wants that one higher step in 2018.

3rd in 2017 was Ryan Surratt. | Bigwave photo

RYAN SURRATT finished 3rd last summer but is likely not going to show up in Canada, so we’ll leave him out of the conversation.

4th place went to Jacob Hayes. | Bigwave photo

JACOB HAYES will likely not return to racing in Canada in 2018, so we won’t talk about him.

Jess Pettis finished 5th last year. | Bigwave photo

JESS PETTIS: Royal Distributing FXR Yamaha

We are going to see a new-and-improved Jess Pettis this summer. He just came off a Supercross season that has him full of confidence.

Jess is a rider that continues to improve, year after year. We’ve given him our ‘Most Improved Rider Award’ more times than anyone else. He was 4th last summer.

Jess is coming into the outdoor season thinking he can win. He’s fit and ready to go. He’s always been fast, but this year, with added maturity,  he should prove that he’s actually ready to be there every week.

If he can avoid anymore injuries, he’ll be right there fighting for wins.

Nobody in the 250 class has to worry about the ultra-smooth and fast Cole Thompson in 2018, as he is moving back up to the 450 class. You’re welcome, 250 class.

6th was Casey Keast. | Bigwave photo

CASEY KEAST: Shift Kelowna Yamaha

Kelowna, BC’s Casey Keast is coming into the summer season with a bit of a chip on his shoulder. Although he’s thankful for his great sponsors, he feels he’s ready and deserves to be looked at by some of the factory teams.

If Casey can have a solid season and prove to the factory teams he’s in this to win it, he should be a rider who gets looked at for next season and beyond. In other words, after a spring training with Kevin Urqhart and the gang down in California, this is Casey’s year to “s#!t or get off the pot,” to use the vernacular (almost).  He’s got the talent, we just want to see him out there and putting it all together.

7th was Josh Osby. | Bigwave photo

JOSH OSBY: Club MX Redemption Racing KTM

Josh Osby’s season came to an early end last season in Pleasant Valley when he was forced off the track and into a fence. After sitting out with a liver injury, he has been lighting up the Supercross tracks this winter.

After a bit of a rocky start, Josh seems to be well in control and is turning heads south of the border. He returns to Canada on the Redemption Racing team but I bet some US teams are sniffing around.

Josh is a rider who should be high up on your list of riders who could win this championship. In fact, the smart money could be right here.

8th was Hayden Halstead. | Bigwave photo

HAYDEN HALSTEAD: Royal Distributing FXR Yamaha

If ever there was a rider who fits the old cliché, “#19 in your program, #1 in your heart!” perfectly, it’s Hayden Halstead. This guy is one of the characters on the circuit.

Some guys, you just look at and realize they really, really like riding their dirt bike. That’s Hayden.

Hayden seems to like the #19, and I don’t see him changing that any time soon. I’d love to see him post a podium or two in the books, but I just think the riders ahead of him are a little faster on the track.

Cole Thompson finished 9th in 2017. | Bigwave photo

Nobody in the 250 class has to worry about the ultra-smooth and fast COLE THOMPSON in 2018, as he is moving back up to the 450 class. You’re welcome, 250 class.

Davey Fraser finished 10th in 2018. | Bigwave photo

DAVEY FRASER stays with the Carlson Racing Husqvarna team but heads up to the 450 class.

Joey Crown is coming in on the Redemption Racing team. | Bigwave photo

JOEY CROWN: Club MX Redemption Racing KTM

Joey Crown is from Michigan and is finally ready to make his mark in the Pro ranks. Joey will line up on the Redemption Racing team alongside Osby and should make for a formidable duo.

He injured his knee this off season (wasn’t supposed to be “off ” for him) and is going to be ready to go once we get to Calgary on May 26th.

I’m going to have a difficult time not picking this guy for wins, as he’s been pegged for a championship for as long as any of us can remember.

#27 Tanner Ward. | Bigwave photo

TANNER WARD: Red Bull Thor KTM Canada

Tanner Ward showed up last year and really proved he’s ready to be a full-time Pro racer. He looked comfortable riding the pace of the top guys.

Tanner is a rider who will be fighting to finish in the top 5 and on the podium. Yes, he could even take some wins.

With the support of a proven team, Tanner is another rider to keep a close eye on in 2018.

#66 Marco Cannella. | Bigwave photo

MARCO CANNELLA: Rockstar Energy FXR Yamaha

I’ve really enjoyed watching Marco Cannella progress through the ranks. He, too, looked very comfortable moving up to the Pro ranks and racing with the established riders late last summer.

I feel that he and Tanner will be going at it bar-to-bar to break the top 5 on a consistent basis.

I’d like to see Marco up on the podium as often as possible because he’s getting very comfortable and entertaining on stage with the microphone.


OK, so who is my pick for this championship? That’s a great question.

Josh Osby? Jess Pettis? Joey Crown? Dylan Wright? I like how comfortable Shawn Maffenbeier is on his new bike and I’m going to say that his experience will play a huge role for him this summer.

I think he’ll be one of the few riders able to accept a 2nd place moto to perhaps lose the battle to win the war.

I would also like to put my money on Joey Crown, no, Josh Osby…no, wait, Dylan Wright… Can I bet the trifecta?

Bottom Line:

I’m not going to post my choice here, as I have to talk with these guys every week along the way – it just doesn’t seem right.

All I will say is the top 5 will look something like this, in no particular order:

Shawn Maffenbeier, Josh Osby Joey Crown, Jess Pettis, Dylan Wright.


Win a 4-Pack of Tickets to Round 1 in Calgary!

Like we did for the Arenacross Tour, we will be awarding someone a 4-pack of tickets to attend round 1 of the Rockstar Triple Crown Motocross Tour at Wild Rose in Calgary, May 26th.

If you’re planning on going and would like some free tickets, head over to our Instagram page @DirectMotocross LIKE and COMMENT with who you think will win the overall in the 450 class in Calgary and you’re entered. Please make sure you are able to attend the races. Last time, a dude in England won before he realized the tickets were for Barrie, Ontario, CANADA! lol (Graphic will be up on Instagram ASAP)


OK, have a great week, everyone. It will be a busy one across the country as we all get ready to invade Calgary for round 1 on May 26th. It always seems like it’s a long way away and then I realize none of my ducks are standing in a line. That’s what I’ll be doing all week – wrangling ducks.

This 2017 Scott Addict Disc is still for sale. If you want it, you’d better get in touch with me before next week or else it’s heading west! It’s an XL, full carbon, and has Shimano Ultegra. Bike is in London, ON.