By Billy Rainford
Another Monday has reared its ugly head. You should be at work or school! Here in my neck of the woods, we’ve made it out of that Polar Vortex where the temperature dipped below -20C and now we’re being tricked into thinking winter is over with this double-digit weather today. It’s really nice but don’t put your shovels or snow scrapers away just yet. We’re just entering heavy windshield washer fluid use season.
Luckily, Emily is a little obsessed when it comes to washer fluid. She’s not happy unless one of the full wall-width shelves in our garage is full of bottles of the stuff. She can tell you who’s got the best price on it, if you’re curious. Fortunately, I’m not great when it comes to forethought, so having this stock pile of the blue liquid means I’m not concerned when I’m pulling on the washer stick and clearing the windshield every 30 seconds on a city drive in these conditions.
Speaking of clearing your windshield, how about those conditions in San Diego on Saturday might?!
They were forced to alter the practice and qualifying schedule and seemed to open it up for riding as soon as the heavy rain hit. It didn’t seem right, but it was the same for everyone, as they say.
You knew heading into this mudder that Canadian #160 Jess Pettis should have a good chance of doing well in the slop, and he did.
Jess qualified 9th between his new racing buddies, Enzo Lopes and Mathias Jorgensen. He then had a nice battle with Jimmy Decotis for 3rd in Heat 2 and eventually crossed the line in 4th.
When the gate dropped for the main, the track was a complete mess. I wasn’t there in person this week, so I can only speak with the knowledge of what I saw on TV, but it looked like the rain slowed or stopped and then it started to dry, making things worse.
We all know that a soupy track is better to race on than a drying track. The heats looked raceable, but the mains were a complete mess.
The big talk since Saturday night is the use of the lime powder and what it has done to everyone’s skin.
Lime makes sense when there’s a chance of drying the track up almost completely, but when it’s a lost cause like it was in San Diego, there was just no way it was going to dry it up to normal conditions.
There was no way anything was going to help this past weekend. The track was so wet that it was just thrown up and onto the riders leaving them all with burns on their skin. It seems like everyone is posting photos of it on social media.
We’re going to speak with Jess a little later today, so I’ll make sure to ask him about the situation and how he’s been affected by it.
Anyway, Jess was wheel to wheel with the leaders down the start straight and into the first turn. He crossed the line in 2nd place behind #92 Adam Cianciarulo and was in for a great race.
Dylan Ferrandis and Garrett Marchbsnks got by him on lap 3 and then it was his old friend Decotis he had to deal with.
Jimmy got by and then it was Shane McElrath making a charge from the back of the pack that put Jess in 5th place when he crossed the checkered flag. Ferrandis had problems late and it moved Jess up to that spot to join an elite group.
5th place is the best finish for Jess so far and it puts him in some pretty rare Canadian air! Here’s a look*:
Darcy Lange – 2007 (5th, 2nd, 3rd, 2nd) 250 East
Cole Thompson – 2014 5th at the Toronto SX 250 East
JSR – 1993 6th Daytona SX 125 East / 6th Indianapolis SX 125 East
Ross Pederson – 1986 6th Daytona SX / 1987 6th Pontiac SX (both in the premier class)
Thanks to the Racer X Vault for the information.
Congratulations, Jess, on reaching a very significant milestone in your racing career.
*It’s been brought to my attention that I left out a couple riders in this group:
2004 Ryan Lockhart 3rd Toronto 125 (2005 World SX Series) 5th Vancouver 125 (2005 World SX series) (results missing from The Vault)
2008 Brady Sheren 4th Toronto East Lites (results missing from The Vault)
Now the series heads to Minneapolis and the 250 East SX group will get their first race. That means we’ll switch our Canadian attention over to #179 Westen Wrozyna on his PRMX Strikt Kawasaki.
I grabbed Westen for a chat about the whole thing while we were out at Lake Elsinore. If you dind’t hear what he had to say, you can check it out here:
This coming weekend will also see the final 2 rounds of competition for the 2019 Future West Moto Arenacross Championships out in Chilliwack, BC.
There are still 50 points left in both the Pro/Am and Pro Open classes, so this one isn’t done just yet. However, Collin Jurin from Monroe, Washington, has a good lead in both classes and is looking to close out his first championships if he can.
Here’s a look at the 2 Pro class point standings:
It looks like I’ll be heading to BC to catch this one live, so watch for lots of coverage from Friday and Saturday out at the Chilliwack Heritage Park barn. Kyle Beaton looks to have built some of the nicest tracks I’ve ever seen for these events! It should be a great weekend.
Jake Tricco Signs with Honda Canada GDR Fox Racing
The other big news over the weekend was the signing of Collingwood, ON rider Jake Tricco to the Honda Canada GDR Fox Racing team to race the 250 class.
Jake has been a rider to watch for several years now and it makes sense that one of the top teams got their hooks into him as he heads into his first full year as a Pro racer.
Jake already looks comfortable racing the top riders and is only going to keep improving now that he has the tools to do so.
Derek Schuster said there may be another Press Release coming soon that will likely have to do with #800 Mike Alessi, so we’ll wait for that one.
The Courtland, Ontario-based team looks to be making some serious moves for the new year.
I was busy selling one of Emily’s Scott bikes this morning to a guy from Sarnia who used to race motocross. Small world. Anyway, it took up some time and so we’ll have to end our cup of Monday Morning Coffee there.
Have a great week, everyone.