By Billy Rainford
Well, the day has finally arrived. It’s time to load up the #DMXVan and point her west to Round 1 of the 2023 Canadian Triple Crown Series Motocross Nationals. I was hoping to have a new-and-improved vehicle to start this year’s travels out, but it looks like it’l be in the little red van one more time.
I don’t even have a problem with that. It’s great on gas compared to anything bigger I had my eye on and I’ve got my “system” figured out right down to the very last nook and cranny in that thing. It’s like I complete and then break apart a jigsaw puzzle every time I head out the door.
I’ve still got to clean it up and change the oil and filter before I drive away, and I just realized it’s Monday of the Memorial Day long weekend in the USA, so I have to expect a bit of a delay at the border. Oh well, it’ll still be nice to finally get this summer underway.
A big part of me would like to take the Canadian route so I get a better chance of running up on the various race rigs heading west from the eastern portions of the country, but then I think about that drive over the top of Lake Superior, the lack of cities and amenities, the red lights in the few cities there are, and the price of gas, and I think I’ll take the route through the USA again.
Greg Poisson and I did our Preview Shows for both classes this weekend. I always like to point out that my podium picks are just done for entertainment purposes. IN the 250 class, I believe we should have 5 riders exchanging wins.
However, I AM on record as picking 1. Josiah Natzke 2. Jake Piccolo 3. Ryder McNabb in the 250 class and 1. Dylan Wright 2. Jess Pettis 3. Shawn Maffenbeier in the 450 class. Please don’t @ me! Lol
In the 250 class, I believe Josiah will consistently be taking wins, Piccolo will be there right off the hop, and Ryder will have to race himself back into tip top shape thereby losing points early.
In the 450 class, I believe Dylan has a great chance to go undefeated again. He’s got good knees and had the pace to catch and drop everyone in the class in 2022. Jess Pettis thinks he can beat Dylan, and I think that is a huge feather in his cap. Nobody else could do it last season, but he wasn’t there. The battle for 3rd should be between Maff and Tyler. Maff will ride off into the sunset after this season and I think he’s got a clear head and fit body heading into this one. I will once again underestimate Tyler and be proven wrong as usual.
That is the reasoning for my picks, but, like I said, it is purely for entertainment purposes. I have to talk to these guys every week, so the last thing I need to do is piss someone or their team off heading into a new season. I’ve got all season for that…
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French Rider Charles LeFrancois Wins in Riviere du Loup
The oldest running Arenacross took place this past weekend in Riviere du Loup, Quebec. If you’ve never been to this race, you really need to add it to your bucket list. It really needs to be witnessed to be fully appreciated.
Here’s a look at the results:
Riviere-du-Loup Arenacross Results
Saturday, May 28, 2023
Super Lites 250
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Full results HERE.
Gilles Braun went Facebook Live for the Mains and here’s a look at the Pro Main:
From race announcer Mathieu Gervais:
MX2 Chris DaSilva 1st.
MX1 winner was France rider Charles LeFrancois, German rider Dominic Thury, Bermuda rider Jyire Mitchell, Josh Cartwright ( last year’s winner ) got 4th and Tim Tremblay got 5th even if he got sick Friday and didn’t practice.
Karl Normand got 3rd at the checker but cut the track at the start.
Tyler Medaglia Takes FMSX XC Round 1
Tyler Medaglia stopped in at Round 1 of the 2023 FMSX National Cross-Country Championship in La Tuque, QC over the weekend and took the win.
- Tyler Medaglia
- Alexandre Gougeon
- David Bergeron
- Jean-Olivier Goulet
- Francis Ouimette
- Jake Michaud
- Justin Brazeau
- Philippe Chaine
- Jeremy Daudelin
- Theo Lepley
Full results HERE.
Here’s Tyler’s Instagram post as he gets ready to hit Round 1 in Edmonton:
Noah Viney Cleans Up Amateur Day at Pala
Noah Viney took wins in the 250 Pro (1-1) and 450 Pro (1-1) on Amateur Day at Fox Raceway over the weekend. He’s coming back after his broken wrist and looks to be back up to speed.
There are also rumours we may see the young Canadian-turned-Californian at Rounds 2 and 3 of our series in June. The way he’s riding, he’ll be a great fit for our already stacked 250 class!
Shawn Maffenbeier, Keylan Meston, and Quinn Amyotte Go Head-to-Head in Calgary
It’s always fun to check out results from pre-season races across the country and we got to see a few of our top guys go head-to-head at Wild Rose MX in Calgary over the weekend.
We’ll be at the track in downtown Calgary for Round 3 so these results are especially interesting.
From what I can find, Shawn Maffenbeier was the winner ahead of the battle between Keylan Meston and Quinn Amyotte.
Everyone is coming up to form as we get ready to race this coming weekend!
AMA Pro Motocross Round 1 at Fox Raceway
So, we got underway for the AMA Pro Motocross Championships at Fox Raceway in Pala, California, on Saturday. I assume everyone sat and watched this one. First off, let’s have a look at the highlights and results:
The 250 class, #96 Hunter Lawrence took the win to no one’s surprise, I don’t think. He’ll be tough to beat this summer, but there are a few riders who will be taking up the challenge, for sure.
In 2nd place it was a very impressive ride by the youngster #238 Haiden Deegan. He’s obviously riding with a bit of a chip on his shoulder after his “proving people wrong” comment in his podium interview. When he limits the mistakes, he will be right there for wins.
#24 RJ Hampshire was 3rd went down 3 times in that second moto and was his own worst enemy. We all know he has the pace, he just needs to sort out those falls and take wins.
I don’t think anyone should “sleep on” #128 Tom Vialle. The 2-time MX2 GP champion will figure the American style out very quickly and lay a beating on the field in some races as we move forward. That’s my guess.
What can you say about that day by #18 Jett Lawrence. All he needed was a fight and he would have been able to claim Gordie Howe status! He was quickest in qualifying, grabbed both holeshots, and won both motos. Not a bad entry to the 450 class. It’s really difficult to pick any holes in his riding or racing. Amazingly, he manages to look even better that Chase on the bike! Jett know this summer “is going to be a war” as he said on the podium.
Poor #23 Chase Sexton. He loses Eli Tomac but replaces him with Jett Lawrence. He rode Jett’s pace the entire 2nd moto and had some quicker laps in the first. I certainly wouldn’t be handing this title to the rookie just yet. We should have another season like last summer on our hands with these two.
#14 Dylan Ferrandis is the other rider to look out for this summer. The former champ will continue to get better as the series rolls on and we will hopefully make this a 3-way battle before too long.
- Jett Lawrence put in a heater lap and was 2.5 seconds fastest in qualifying!
- It wasn’t crazy hot like it was for the final round at Fox Raceway last summer
- James Stewart is an excellent colour commentator but I think he needs to know when to shut it down. He actually outspoke the play-by-play commentator, Jason “Weege” Weigandt! I don’t think that’s how it should be. He was wrong about things a few times but just kept rolling along. I actually think it held Weege back a lot and we weren’t able to hear what else was going on in the races because James was dominating the entire broadcast with his analysis. They could be a great pairing with some work.
- I know you’re supposed to talk about what the broadcast is showing, but come on! There were riders falling, disappearing and reappearing in the results and nothing was said about it. You can say “Off camera, so-and-so just had a fall” etc.. I’m watching the broadcast, I know what I’m seeing…
- Max Vohland looked great in 250 Moto 1.
- Track looked very one-lined except for the jump faces.
- For example, it would have been great if they’d talked more about what happened to former 250 champion Jeremy Martin in that first moto.
- The top 10 list of qualifiers in the 450 class was really weird to look at. We’re missing too many factory riders right now.
- Chase and Jett did not high five or anything after the races. That congratulations by Chase to Jett in the chair was a bit awkward. It has to be tough when you’re battling a rookie on your team for wins.
- Should Jett have let Chase win that 2nd moto so all 3 Hondas would have red plates at Round 2? I would have put out a “Let Chace bye” pit board 😉
OK, I’m going to head out and get the van ready to roll west. Wish me luck, and I’ll see you all for a preview of the RAD Torque Raceway track and then the press conference on Friday.