Monday Morning with Bigwave

By Billy Rainford

Good morning from Jasper, Alberta. After a wild weekend in Prince George for round 3 of the Rockstar Triple Crown MX Tour, it’s time to start heading east and get ready for another new track on the circuit.

We’re all meandering our way through the Rocky Mountains headed for the small town of Minnedosa, Manitoba, that sits just north of Brandon and a couple hours west of Winnipeg.

If you’re like me (sorry, if you are) you take two steps and get to the Tragically Hip song when you hear the name, Brandon. Brandon’s minor hockey team is the Brandon Wheat Kings. the Hip’s song, “Wheat Kings” has always been a classic and automatically gets stuck in your brain as you pass the small prairie town.

“Wheeeeeeat Kings and pretty things…”

Anyway, I’m sitting in Jasper in the middle of the Rockies, so I’ll put some John Denver in my head and sing “Rocky Mountain High” for a while instead.

What a weird weekend it was in Prince George. Last week at Popkum, we had sunshine on Saturday for Pro Day and then the sky opened up for the Parts Canada Amateur Open on Sunday. This week, we had the exact opposite.

We had to fight the rain and mud on Pro Day at Blackwater MX Park this week. The track crew did their best to keep the track in good racing condition, but even with all the sand they’d added, there was no way this was going to be a “normal” day of racing.

All the new sand had to have you thinking it was going to be a perfect day for defending champion, Matt Goerke, would be ready to take his first overall of the young season.

During the two practices, a lot of the riders were playing around between a sand tire and a soft tire. Nobody really knew how the day or the track were going to change throughout the day, so it seemed to be the biggest question mark.

In the end, most changed out for a sand tire and dealt with the slight lack of traction off the cement start. Yes, PG is another track that uses a concrete pad at the line.

The Jetwerx gang went with the two practice/qualifier method and kept the day running very quickly and smoothly. In fact, the race day goes so smoothly now that it’s really difficult to step away from the track and get into the pits! Seriously, there is always another moto lining up getting ready to go!

Usually, I can handle all the action myself, but with the women also being on Saturday, I needed to pull in a recruit for this one. Thanks to Michael Earle who stepped up and will be taking care of all the racing action shots from Saturday.

Of course, we did have that moment of panic Saturday night when his memory card all of a sudden took ill and couldn’t be read! Yes, that happened and we thought we’d lost almost every single shot he’d take for the day.

8 hours later and several near tantrums, and we were back in business. Unfortunately, Michael has a “real job” and had to head straight back to Vancouver (Langley, actually) Sunday morning, so we haven’t seen his stuff yet.

Stay tuned for some photos after I get the recap video edited and voiced over later today. Have you ever tried to do a voice over? No? Well, trust me when I say it’s not as easy as Paul Malin makes it seem. I find myself slipping between the voice and intonations of Paul and Johnny Miller from a PGA tournament! I’ll see if I can inject some enthusiasm today without sounding completely affected. Let me know what you think…but let’s keep this criticism constructive, please. Don’t just tell me I sound like an idiot because I won’t know how to fix that…

Oh ya, back to the racing…

#12 Dylan Wright looked good right from the first time he hit the track. He also looked ready to take a win last week at round 2 but the gremlins got him and he had to wait a week.

I was worried about his aggressive style and what it would mean in the tough muddy conditions, but he said he’s been working on smoothing things out and it showed.

(OK, I can relax now, someone got up from the one table in this Jasper Tim Hortons next to an outlet, so I’m plugged in)

Dylan pulled off a sweep in really tough conditions. I know his mom and dad were probably yelling at the computer screen as they followed along from back home in Ottawa. Take a breath, guys, he brought it home!

“Saturday smelled expensive!”

While it was a banner day for #12, it was a tough one for the points leader, #15 Jess Pettis. Conditions were such that you really had to manage your bike to make it through, especially on a super-tuned 250F. Just about everyone’s bike was smoking or spewing coolant after just a couple laps in moto 1.

Oddly, Jess’s Yamaha wasn’t showing any signs of stress and he looked good mixing it up near the front of the pack. He would say afterward that his clutch really started slipping and that he was spinning the roller like a wild man as the moto progressed.

Fast forward to the final lap (with only 2 corners to go, no less) and suddenly there was enough fog in the air to hide which rider was causing the smoke screen. Sure enough, Jess was sitting on a dead bike and trying to keep his composure.

Since there really was no way to push your bike though the stuff, Jess took a DNF for moto 1. Ouch, that one really hurts. When we find ourselves crowning a champion at Walton, let’s hope this moto isn’t what decides his place in the record books.

(So, I just tried to access the results on the Rockstar Triple Crown website and Timmy’s here in Jasper has blocked the site due to “Inappropriate content.” Haha Weird.)

The whole place smelled like fried clutches and burnt out motors during and after the first 250 moto. Saturday smelled expensive.

I think it’s almost safe to say that the top 5 has become the top 6. #66 Marco Cannella has injected himself into the lead pack, and I think we’ll be seeing more of that as we move through the summer. The combo of Marco and his dad, Sam Cannella, make for a relaxing yet fast duo. I seem to say this about almost everyone, but Sam is one of the nicest moto dads you’re going to find at the track. He’s also signed up to do his first Ironman Triathlon in Florida this coming November. I hope he’s out for a bike ride as I’m typing this! Everyone thinks flat courses are easy, but he’ll see that it just means you’re always pushing the pedals.

#12 Dylan Wright sweeps both motos for the win in PG. | Bigwave photo

Here’s a look at the results from Saturday. I need to get to the video and photos.

250 Pro – Overall Finish Positions  View Laptimes
Overall Nbr Name Heat Moto 1 Moto 2 Points Earned
 1st  #12 Honda  DYLAN WRIGHT
OTTAWA, ON
 5th
Heat 1
1st 1st 60
 2nd  #18 KTM  JOSH OSBY
VALPARAISO, IN
 4th
Heat 1
3rd 3rd 50
 3rd  #335 KTM  JOEY CROWN
METAMORA, MI
 3rd
Heat 1
2nd 5th 48
 4th  #66 Yamaha  MARCO CANNELLA
WATERDOWN, ON
 13th
Heat 1
6th 4th 43
 5th  #1 Kawasaki  SHAWN MAFFENBEIER
KAMLOOPS, BC
 1st
Heat 1
4th 7th 42
 6th  #19 Yamaha  HAYDEN HALSTEAD
WATERFORD, ON
 8th
Heat 1
7th 6th 39
 7th  #17 Yamaha  CASEY KEAST
KELOWNA, BC
 9th
Heat 1
5th 8th 39
 8th  #27 KTM  TANNER WARD
WOODSTOCK, ON
 11th
Heat 1
9th 9th 34
 9th  #58 KTM  TEREN GERBER
CORONATION, AB
 14th
Heat 1
10th 10th 32
 10th  #15 Honda  JESSE PETTIS
PRINCE GEORGE, BC
 2nd
Heat 1
DNF 2nd 27
 11th  #458 KTM  MICHAEL SWENEY
JOHNSTOWN, CO
 10th
Heat 1
12th 13th 27
 12th  #60 Husqvarna  QUINTON ROBIN
ECKVILLE, AB
 26th
Heat 1
11th 15th 26
 13th  #245 Husqvarna  RYLAN BLY
OKOTOKS, AB
 17th
Heat 1
18th 12th 22
 14th  #377 Yamaha  DANIEL ELMORE
TELKWA, BC
 19th
Heat 1
17th 16th 19
 15th  #737 Yamaha  TEE PERROTT
HIGH RIVER, AB
 25th
Heat 1
15th 18th 19
 16th  #98 Yamaha  ANTHANY SPADACCINI
CUMBERLAND, ON
 24th
Heat 1
14th 20th 18
 17th  #43 Honda  JARED PETRUSKA
CALGARY, AB
 12th
Heat 1
8th DNF 18
 18th  #297 Yamaha  GABE ELMORE
TELKWA, BC
 18th
Heat 1
16th 19th 17
 19th  #23 Kawasaki  JASON BENNY
JOLIETTE, QC
 16th
Heat 1
DNF 11th 15
 20th  #289 Husqvarna  CONNOR PAUL
RIMBEY, AB
 15th
Heat 1
21st 17th 14
 21st  #325 Yamaha  TALLON UNGER
LANGDON, AB
 7th
Heat 1
13th DNF 13
 22nd  #146 Yamaha  TYLER GIBBS
MISSION, BC
 6th
Heat 1
DNF 14th 12
 23rd  #35 Honda  JONAH BRITTONS
PRINCE GEORGE, BC
 41st
Heat 1
19th 21st 12
 24th  #274 Yamaha  CHRIS SVENSSON
 23rd
Heat 1
20th 26th 6
 25th  #122 Yamaha  KYLE MASKALL
CHILLIWAK, BC
 22nd
Heat 1
DNF 22nd 4
 26th  #179 Unknown  SYD STANOWSKI
 21st
Heat 1
23rd 25th 4
 27th  #614 Yamaha  NATHAN SIMPSON
CROSSFIELD, AB
 33rd
Heat 1
22nd 29th 4
 28th  #157 Husqvarna  WYATT WADDELL
DELTA, BC
 34th
Heat 1
DNF 23rd 3
 29th  #337 Yamaha  REECE HAVELOCK
CALGARY, AB
 37th
Heat 1
29th 24th 2
 30th  #151 Honda  ETHAN TOEWS
GRAND PRAIRIE, AB
 31st
Heat 1
24th DNF 2
 31st  #927 KTM  TORY MASSEY
EDMONTON, AB
 40th
Heat 1
25th DNF 1
 32nd  #761 KTM  BLAKE JOHNSON
WAINWRIGHT, AB
 38th
Heat 1
26th DNF 0
 33rd  #149 Yamaha  BRANDON MCARTHUR
SUMMERLND, BC
 39th
Heat 1
28th 31st 0
 34th  #477 Yamaha  JOEY PARKES
NANAIMO, BC
 32nd
Heat 1
31st 27th 0
 35th  #259 Suzuki  BAILEY GARRISON
PRINCE GEORGE, BC
 36th
Heat 1
27th DNF 0
 36th  #715 Kawasaki  JEREMIE LACROIX
PONTEIX, SK
 20th
Heat 1
30th 30th 0
 37th  #721 Unknown  SAM DOOLEY
GRANDE PRAIRIE, AB
 29th
Heat 1
DNF 28th 0
 38th  #393 Suzuki  PHILLIP DILLMAN
PRINCE GEORGE, BC
 35th
Heat 1
32nd 32nd 0
 DNF  #666 Kawasaki  GAGE STANYNER
NANAIMO, BC
 27th
Heat 1
DNF DNF 0
 DNF  #416 Yamaha  CHAD SAULTZ
BATAVIA, IL
 28th
Heat 1
DNF DNF 0
 DNF  #551 KTM  MITCHELL BRADBURY
NEIL BRADBURY, BC
 30th
Heat 1
DNF DNF 0
 DNF  #731 Yamaha  STEPHEN VUCKSON
SALEM, IN
 42nd
Heat 1
DNF DNF 0
450 Pro – Overall Finish Positions  View Laptimes
Overall Nbr Name Heat Moto 1 Moto 2 Points Earned
 1st  #26 KTM  KAVEN BENOIT
BON CONSEIL, QC
 3rd
Heat 1
2nd 1st 57
 2nd  #1 Yamaha  MATT GOERKE
PANAMA CITY BEACH, FL
 1st
Heat 1
1st 3rd 55
 3rd  #5 Kawasaki  TYLER MEDAGLIA
BROOKSFIELD, NS
 4th
Heat 1
3rd 2nd 52
 4th  #16 KTM  COLE THOMPSON
BRIGDEN, ON
 5th
Heat 1
4th 4th 46
 5th  #7 Yamaha  DILLAN EPSTEIN
THOUSAND OAKS, CA
 2nd
Heat 1
5th 5th 42
 6th  #800 Kawasaki  MIKE ALESSI
HILLIARD, FL
 8th
Heat 1
6th 6th 40
 7th  #45 Honda  COLTON FACCIOTTI
AYLMER, ON
 6th
Heat 1
7th 7th 38
 8th  #72 Husqvarna  KYLE KEAST
LINDSAY, ON
 12th
Heat 1
8th 10th 34
 9th  #10 Husqvarna  KEYLAN MESTON
CALGARY, AB
 7th
Heat 1
10th 9th 33
 10th  #77 Yamaha  BROCK HOYER
WILLIAMS L;AKE, BC
 11th
Heat 1
9th 12th 31
 11th  #645 Yamaha  CHEYENNE HARMON
NEWARK, TX
 13th
Heat 1
13th 11th 28
 12th  #21 Kawasaki  RYAN LALONDE
VICTORIA, BC
 16th
Heat 1
12th 13th 27
 13th  #63 Honda  GRAHAM SCOTT
NORTH SAANICH, BC
 10th
Heat 1
11th 14th 27
 14th  #74 Honda  COLE KELLY
GREENWOOD, BC
 15th
Heat 1
15th 16th 21
 15th  #39 KTM  ERIC JEFFERY
COURTICE, ON
 22nd
Heat 1
17th 15th 20
 16th  #9 Honda  CADE CLASON
CHESTERFIELD, SC
 9th
Heat 1
DNF 8th 18
 17th  #716 Yamaha  TODD MINNIE
PRINCE GEORGE, BC
 24th
Heat 1
14th 20th 18
 18th  #78 KTM  BRYANT HUMISTON
ROCK SPRINGS, WY
 17th
Heat 1
18th 19th 15
 19th  #52 Husqvarna  YANICK BOUCHER
HEARST, ON
 20th
Heat 1
16th 22nd 14
 20th  #71 Yamaha  TOMMY DALLAIRE
LATERRIERE, QC
 28th
Heat 1
19th 23rd 10
 21st  #64 Husqvarna  PARKER EALES
MAPLE RIDGE, BC
 19th
Heat 1
DNF 17th 9
 22nd  #82 Honda  KYLE SPRINGMAN
ABBOTSFORD, BC
 21st
Heat 1
28th 18th 8
 23rd  #627 Kawasaki  CONNOR CAPELLE
DAWSON CREEK, BC
 36th
Heat 1
20th DNF 6
 24th  #20 Husqvarna  DAVEY FRASER
HALIFAX, NS
 14th
Heat 1
DNF 21st 5
 25th  #328 Kawasaki  TALAN HANSEN
TREVOR, WI
 38th
Heat 1
29th 32nd *5
 26th  #679 Kawasaki  JACKSON NICKOLET
QUESNEL, BC
 31st
Heat 1
21st DNF 5
 27th  #253 Suzuki  DARIUS DUECK
SHERWWOD PARK, AB
 30th
Heat 1
23rd 25th 4
 28th  #125 Unknown  CHARLIE JOHNSTON
CALGARY, AB
 32nd
Heat 1
22nd 27th 4
 29th  #44 Honda  JONATHAN MAYZAK
MURRELS INLET, SC
 18th
Heat 1
DNF 24th 2
 30th  #192 Kawasaki  ETHAN OUELETTE
CAMPBELL RIVER, BC
 33rd
Heat 1
24th 26th 2
 31st  #237 Honda  SAMUEL NICHOLLS
KELOWNA, BC
 34th
Heat 1
25th 30th 1
 32nd  #613 Kawasaki  TYLER NICHOLSON
 37th
Heat 1
27th 31st 0
 33rd  #177 Honda  CARSON MCQUEEN
WEST KELOWNA, BC
 26th
Heat 1
DNF 28th 0
 34th  #801 Yamaha  SETH WILDE
SUNDRE, AB
 27th
Heat 1
DNF 29th 0
 35th  #728 KTM  JOSH MAYHEW
PRINCE GEORGE, BC
 35th
Heat 1
26th DNF 0
 DNF  #85 Honda  DYLAN HANSEN
PORT ALBERNI, BC
 23rd
Heat 1
DNF DNF 0
 DNF  #711 Yamaha  NICK COLLINS
CALGARY, AB
 25th
Heat 1
DNF DNF 0
 DNF  #143 Husqvarna  ERIC HARVEY
FORT ST JOHN, BC
 29th
Heat 1
DNF DNF 0

Oh, congratulations to #26 Kaven Benoit for taking home his first overall of the season. I think this race should have the rest of the field a little concerned. Kaven came into the season nursing a sore back. I’m pretty sure it was worse than they were letting on, so it’s great to se him getting back up to speed.

#26 Kaven Benoit goes 2-1 for the overall in Prince George. | Bigwave photo

His 2-1 gave him the overall. Also, #5 Tyler Medaglia went 3-2 to take 3rd place. His second moto was a good one, as he hounded Kaven right up until the final lap. In fact, he went for a last lap pass with less than half a lap to go. He got jammed up trying to double a tricky section and that allowed Kaven to get away and take the win. This season is far from decided!

I’ve got a photo of Tyler that I sent over to him with the dare that he use it for something. Let’s see if he did..

In the women’s racing, #1E Kennedy Lutz won the firs moto by something like 2 minutes. It wasn’t even close. As you’d expect, #265 Brittany Gagne came next and then there was a really good battle for the 3rd spot.

I think I’m most impressed with the riding of both #6 Tamala Whiteside and #138 Mariah Gauthier. These two have really picked up their games and are looking like they will continue to get faster.

If you want to make Mariah uncomfortable, I think all you need to do is go up and talk to her. Honestly, she came right out and said on the podium that she “Doesn’t like people.” It was the funniest podium moment of the day, by far.

Ladies – Overall Finish Positions  View Laptimes
Overall Nbr Name Moto 1 Moto 2 Points Earned
 1st  #1 Yamaha  KENNEDY LUTZ
YORKTON, SK
1st 1st 50
 2nd  #265 Yamaha  BRITTANY GAGNE
MILAN, NH
2nd 2nd 44
 3rd  #138 Yamaha  MARIAH GAUTHIER
CHAPLEAU, ON
4th 3rd 38
 4th  #6 Yamaha  TAMALA WHITESIDE
BLACK DIAMOND, AB
3rd 5th 36
 5th  #5 KTM  DOMINIQUE DAFFE
CALGARY, AB
5th 4th 34
 6th  #3 KTM  DANIKA WHITE
CALGARY, AB
7th 6th 29
 7th  #328 Kawasaki  KASSEE MORRISON
QUESNEL, BC
6th 8th 28
 8th  #213 Honda  MICHELLE ODONNELL
PRINCE GEORGE, BC
9th 9th 24
 9th  #24 Honda  SAMANTHA BARTLETT
EDMONTON, AB
10th 10th 22
 10th  #10 Kawasaki  KATE LEES
CARLYLE, SK
14th 7th 21
 11th  #88 Yamaha  TAYLOR ESSELINK
KAMLOOPS, BC
12th 11th 19
 12th  #8 Kawasaki  NICOLE GAUDERN
RIVERTON, WY
8th 18th 16
 13th  #137 Unknown  BRIE DAY
LAKE COUNTRY, BC
11th 16th 15
 14th  #147 KTM  CHELAN MERWIN
FORT ST JOHN, BC
13th 15th 14
 15th  #274 KTM  MICHELLE MAZUR
FORT ST JOHN, BC
17th 12th 13
 16th  #151 Suzuki  KRISTI MOORE
PORT COQUITLAM, BC
18th 13th 11
 17th  #12 KTM  JANELLE BARTLETT
EDMONTON, AB
19th 14th 9
 18th  #119 KTM  ALEXANDRA SHARROCK
CALGARY, AB
15th 19th 8
 19th  #623 Suzuki  ANGELA MARTYSHUK
LEDUC, AB
16th DNF 5
 20th  #57 KTM  ROBYN ODONNELL
PRINCE GEORGE, BC
26th 17th 4
 21st  #141 Suzuki  JACEY MCQUEEN
WEST KELOWNA, BC
24th 20th 1
 22nd  #9 Yamaha  KRISTIN TSE
WEST KELOWNA, BC
20th DNF 1
 23rd  #15 KTM  HANNAH ADAMS
POWELL RIVER, BC
21st 21st 0
 24th  #29 Yamaha  ALISSA HARKIN
VANCOUVER, BC
22nd 22nd 0
 25th  #812 Yamaha  JESSIE JENKINS
NANAIMO, BC
23rd DNF 0
 26th  #197 Husqvarna  SARAH CHIPCHAR
COCHRANE, AB
25th DNF 0
 DNF  #447 KTM  COURTNEY CHALMERS
GRANDE PRAAIRIE, 
DNF DNF 0
 DNF  #533 Cobra  MADISON HEIGHINGTON
PRINCE GEORGE, BC
DNF DNF 0
 DNF  #412 KTM  MICHELLE MCCARTHY
CALGARY, AB
DNF DNF 0
 DNF  #70 Husqvarna  AMANDA STEWART
KALE DEN, BC
DNF DNF 0
 DNF  #92 Kawasaki  SHELBY TSE
WEST KELOWNA, BC
DNF DNF 0

There was no racing south of the border this week as they get ready to head to Pennsylvania for the next round.

MXGP of France | Saint Jean D’Angely

Who’s the fastest motocrosser in the world right now, Jeffrey Herlings or Eli Tomac? I think this summer we’re going to find out when they go head to head at the MXON at Red Bud and they both give it 100%. I don’t think last year at Ironman (I don’t like that they use that already-taken name) really counted, as Tomac was finishing off a championship and Herlings just wanted to prove a point. Anyway, MXON will be the same motivation for both of them, and I can’t wait to see it.

MX2 – GP Classification
Pos Nr Rider Nat. Fed. Bike Race 1 Race 2 Total
1 61 Prado, Jorge ESP RFME KTM 20 25 45
2 64 Covington, Thomas USA MUL HUS 25 20 45
3 19 Olsen, Thomas Kjer DEN DMU HUS 22 18 40
4 193 Geerts, Jago BEL FMB YAM 16 22 38
5 1 Jonass, Pauls LAT LAMSF KTM 18 15 33
6 919 Watson, Ben GBR ACU YAM 12 14 26
7 747 Cervellin, Michele ITA FMI YAM 13 13 26
8 426 Mewse, Conrad GBR ACU KTM 14 12 26
9 10 Vlaanderen, Calvin RSA KNMV HON 9 16 25
10 96 Lawrence, Hunter AUS MA HON 15 8 23
11 66 Larranaga Olano, Iker ESP RFME HUS 8 9 17
12 118 Rubini, Stephen FRA FFM KTM 5 11 16
13 95 Furlotti, Simone ITA FMI YAM 6 10 16
14 70 Fernandez, Ruben ESP RFME KAW 7 7 14
15 46 Pootjes, Davy NED KNMV KTM 11 0 11
16 321 Bernardini, Samuele ITA FMI TM 10 0 10
17 101 Pichon, Zachary FRA FFM KTM 0 6 6
18 326 Gilbert, Josh GBR ACU HON 0 5 5
19 297 Gole, Anton SWE SVEMO YAM 0 4 4
20 75 Roosiorg, Hardi EST EMF KTM 2 2 4
21 98 Vaessen, Bas NED KNMV HON 4 0 4
22 945 Bourdon, Anthony FRA FFM HUS 0 3 3
23 172 Van doninck, Brent BEL FMB HUS 3 0 3
24 56 Weltin, Marshal USA AMA HON 1 1 2
25 783 Toriani, Enzo FRA FFM HUS 0 0 0
26 832 Inghilleri , Bastien FRA FFM YAM 0 0 0
27 931 Zanotti, Andrea SMR FSM HUS 0 0 0
28 29 Jacobi, Henry GER DMSB HUS 0 0 0
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 20 22 42
3 243 Gajser, Tim SLO AMZS HON 18 20 38
4 25 Desalle, Clement BEL FMB KAW 22 15 37
5 461 Febvre, Romain FRA FFM YAM 14 18 32
6 259 Coldenhoff, Glenn NED KNMV KTM 16 14 30
7 21 Paulin, Gautier FRA MCM HUS 13 16 29
8 91 Seewer, Jeremy SUI FMS YAM 15 13 28
9 777 Bobryshev, Evgeny RUS MFR SUZ 12 12 24
10 24 Simpson, Shaun GBR ACU YAM 10 8 18
11 12 Nagl, Maximilian GER DMSB TM 8 9 17
12 22 Strijbos, Kevin BEL FMB KTM 7 6 13
13 77 Lupino, Alessandro ITA FMI KAW 9 4 13
14 92 Guillod, Valentin SUI FMS KTM 11 2 13
15 100 Searle, Tommy GBR ACU KAW 2 10 12
16 89 Van Horebeek, Jeremy BEL FMB YAM 5 7 12
17 128 Monticelli, Ivo ITA FMI YAM 0 11 11
18 99 Anstie, Max GBR ACU HUS 4 5 9
19 141 Desprey, Maxime FRA FFM KAW 6 0 6
20 7 Leok, Tanel EST EMF HUS 0 3 3
21 220 Aranda, Gregory FRA FFM KAW 3 0 3
22 17 Butron, Jose ESP RFME KTM 0 1 1
23 152 Petrov, Petar BUL BMF HON 1 0 1
24 55 Irwin, Graeme GBR MCUI KTM 0 0 0
25 85 Ekerold, Stefan GER DMSB KTM 0 0 0
26 30 Hjortmarker, Eddie SWE SVEMO SUZ 0 0 0
27 93 Bengtsson, Jonathan SWE SVEMO KTM 0 0 0
28 6 Paturel, Benoit FRA FFM KTM 0 0 0
29 62 Gercar, Klemen SLO AMZS HUS 0 0 0
30 120 Zecchina, Simone ITA FMI YAM 0 0 0
31 920 Valentin, Ander ESP RFME HUS 0 0 0
32 83 Renkens, Nathan BEL FMB HON 0 0 0
33 711 Dercourt, Nicolas FRA FFM YAM 0 0 0

Did I just hear someone say they wanted more road trip stories? You got it!

After stopping by Cycle North Powersports in PG for a little #DMXVan photo op, I pushed on toward Jasper and the Rockies. On my way, I stopped for some gas and bumped into 4 dudes from Spain on loaded adventure bikes on their way up to Alaska. Wow, talk about an adventure!

I think a trip to Alaska sounds like something good on paper, but once you realize just how long you’re going to be in the saddle looking at very similar scenery, the enthusiasm wains and the trip looks better in the rear view mirror when you show friends the photos a year down the road.

As I headed off, I passed Tabor Mountain ski hill and then saw my first moose warning sign. I thought about how some people I was talking about actually saw one in PG and how I wished I could see some wild life. BANG!

No, I didn’t hit anything, but all of a sudden they were everywhere!

The first two I saw were amazing. I actually saw a full-grown wolf messing around on the side of the road. I don’t know if I’ve ever seen that before. Not 30 seconds down the road, a very big lynx ran across from left to right. Wow, another really cool sighting.

Next came a coyote standing on a grave side road. And then I saw a guy pulled over at the side of the road in his pick up. I looked up on the rock face to my right and there he was almost to the top of the vertical cliff. Cool.

Then I saw a full grown black bear peeking up at me from the bushes on the right. All of these animals were really cool to see. I saw deer warning signs but was fortunate not to see any of them up close!

The best came next when I looked up in the distance and saw a mother bear walking across the highway with 4 tiny cubs close behind her. It looked like a clumsy remake of the Abbey Road album cover.

I’ve never seen bears this small. We’ve got a Maltese Yorkshire Terrier cross at home and these things were barely bigger than her! The stumbled and tripped their way up into the grass as I fumbled for my camera to grab some video. I was a little late, but…

#mxroadtrip

OK, it’s noon back in in the Eastern Time Zone so we’ll end things here. I’ve got a laptop full of content to get at, here. I think I’ll spend a couple days just working my way through it before I pick Emily up at the Calgary Airport. She’ going to make the drive home across the prairies and over Lake Superior with me. I always say that’s a drive everyone should see once. She’s never seen it. Me? Ya, nobody should see it THIS much!

Not a ton of insight there, but these travel days are busy days. Have a great week, everyone.

Oh, man, I’m tempted to use the photo of Tyler here…

Nah, we’ll let these two imported BC boys, Paul Gibbs and Mike Nicholls, say it: “See you at the races…” | Bigwave photo