Monday Morning Coffee

By Billy Rainford

Monday Morning with Bigwave

I hope everyone had a great weekend and is ready for another exciting school or work week. Ya, whatever. Around these parts (Southwestern Ontario) the weather looked pretty bleak as we headed into the weekend, but it didn’t really get that bad. In fact, Gopher Dunes held its 6th Annual Sandstorm event and they got pretty lucky, all things considered.

It was their first-ever Arenacross race on Saturday, so we stopped by to catch some of the racing action. They pulled a nice chunk of the starting line from the main track and made an 11-person gate on the clay-based AX track (yes, they had to bring that clay in).

When I spoke to Derek Schuster for the Frid’Eh Update, he mentioned that they’d tarped the entire track to protect it from the rain. As we all know, the main track can take a ton of rain before it falls apart, but the clay on the new track meant it was susceptible to the wet.

It did get a little rutted and one-lined, but I think they had to be happy with their first-time AX event. The nice thing about it is they have built a ridge all around the track (like the bank down the main area of the other track) and you can simply stand on that and watch the racing on the entire track. I stood and shot some raw video of the Pro Open and Supermini second motos. You can watch those here:

It was great to see #2 Honda Canada GDR Fox Racing rider, Colton Facciotti, back on the race track. As we all know, he had a really rough day out east at Pleasant Valley in Truro, Nova Scotia, that took him out of action for the rest of the summer. On his big 450, he was the class of the field, but AX #5, Brock Leitner, gave him a pretty good challenge, in the first moto at least.

Young #184 Tanner Ward‘s progress is coming along nicely, too. The Woodstock rider took 3rd place and handled the tricky conditions very well.

Nathan Bles was also on the track on a borrowed Honda. He didn’t get out to very good starts and found himself having to leave the main line as he tried to make his way to the front. The wet clay meant it was risky trying to get around anyone, but Nathan had to if he wanted to advance at all.

I couldn’t find the actual results, so we’ll have to wait for those.

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Denver Endurocross Results


DENVER PRO RESULTS (Includes bonus points)
Overall Number Brand Name City,State Points
1 10 HSQ Colton Haaker Perris, CA 27
2 1 KTM Cody Webb Royal Oaks, CA 22
3 15 BTA Max Gerston Scottsdale, AZ 20
4 14 KTM Ty Tremaine Gardnerville, NV 19
5 7 BTA Kyle Redmond Lake Hughes, CA 16
6 3 HSQ Mike Brown Bluff City, TN 16
7 696 KTM Noah Kepple Alpine, CA 14
8 575 KTM Nick Thompson Alpine, UT 13
9 84 HSQ Trystan Hart Invermere, BC 12
10 4 GAS Geoff Aaron Temecula, CA 11
11 927 HSQ Wyatt Hart Invermere, BC 10
12 118 KTM Cory Graffunder Redland, CA 9
Overall Number Brand Name City,State Points
1 50 KTM Shelby Turner Barons, AB 25
2 31 BTA Morgan Tanke Riverside, CA 22
3 2 KTM Rachel Gutish Terre Haute, IN 20
4 5 BTA Melissa Harten Calgary, AB 18
5 598 KTM Ryann Bradley Sanger, CA 16
6 71 KTM Almeda Sawatzky Cochrane, AB 15
Overall Brand Name Total
1 KTM Shelby Turner 122
2 BTA Morgan Tanke 111
3 KTM Rachel Gutish 98
4 KTM Ryann Bradley 65
6 BTA Melissa Harten 38
5 HON Tarah Gieger 36
7 KTM Brooke Cosner 18
8 HSQ Lexi Pechout 16
9 KTM Britney Gallegos 16
10 KAW Bibi Carmouche 15
Overall Number Brand Name City,State
1 78 YAM Steven Stultz Peoria, AZ
2 21x HSQ Kevin Dupuis Common SE, AB
3 926 HON Spenser Wilton Calgary, AB
4 94 KTM Carter York Flower Mound, TX
5 17 KTM Jack Sawatzky Cochrane, AB
Overall Number Brand Name City,State
1 63 BTA Stephen Foord Calgary, AB
2 8x ALT Kurt Nicoll Temecula, CA
3 17 KTM Jack Sawatzky Cochrane, AB
4 209 HSQ David Stirm Snohomish, WA
5 580 HSQ Derek Raycraft Westminster, CO

ISDE 2016 | Circuito de Navarra, Spain

If you want to follow along with how Team Canada ISDE is doing, you can do so on their Facebook Page HERE.

October 11-16. Good luck, Team!


Bucket List Event | Weston Beach Race – Oct 7-9


Maybe next year…

It’s going to be a busy start to the week here. I’m off to Mica Sport Canada up in beautiful Bracebridge, Ontario, to visit the gang at Scott Sports. Tuesday, we get the opportunity to ride the 2017 Yamaha YZ450F and 250F up at Motopark. Jeff McConkey will be our Junior/Vet level rider while Yamaha rider, Hayden Halstead, will once again be our Pro guy to put the new machines through their paces.

Here’s the little video we put together last year when we got to ride the 2016 Off Road line-up at Motopark:

2016 Yamaha Off-Road Press Day at Motopark from on Vimeo.

Canadian AX Tour

We’re only one week away from the start of the Canadian AX Tour. As I sat here typing this morning, I had the local London news on TV and a very nice commercial came on for round 1 next weekend at Hiawatha Raceway in Sarnia, Ontario. As far as I know, Andy White and I will, once again, be the live announcers in the booth for the MAVTV coverage of the series. I’m looking forward to bringing all the action to everyone online, so be sure to catch all the action next Saturday.


Future West AX Starts the Following Week

Future West Moto Arenacross Schedule 2016

Have a great week, everyone. It’s time to hop onto the beloved 401 and head through Toronto before making the turn north on the 400 and then onto the beautiful #11 and into Muskoka ‘Cottage Country.’ The town of Bracebridge is easily one of the nicest towns in Canada.