Monday Morning Coffee

By Billy Rainford

Monday Morning with Bigwave

After that crazy week last week of driving to Florida for the weekend, I decided to take this one off, even though Gopher Dunes was open yesterday and it was difficult for me to leave the van in the driveway. Actually, I say I drove to Daytona for the weekend when in fact I didn’t go straight there and back like I sort of thought I might. No, I found some Canadians training at a couple places while I was down there.

I was staying at my friend Brendan’s place in Palm Coast so when I found out that a whole bunch of Canadians were training with Brad Jerominski (Tailgating interview to come) at Club 57 up the road in St. Augustine, I put that on the list of places to stop.

Sure enough, the place was littered with polite Canadians with French accents. Eve Brodeur, Vanessa Paquette, JC Bujold, Christopher Fortier (although he says his French isn’t the greatest these days), and a few others were all putting in the work with Brad this winter.

Eve is going for her 4th Canadian Women’s East MX title (she went undefeated last summer), Vanessa is going for a top 10 number, JC is traveling the entire 10-rounds of Rockstar MX Nationals in the 450 class, and Christopher is going to be a threat in all the rounds of the 250 class this summer in Canada.

Eve Brodeur is going for her 4th Canadian Women’s East MX title in 2017 | Bigwave photo

Tailgating with..Eve Brodeur from Directmotocross.com on Vimeo.

Vanessa Paquette is chasing a top 10 East number (Tailgating interview to come) | Bigwave photo

JC Bujold is doing the entire 10-round Rockstar MX Nationals series in the MX1 class this summer | Bigwave photo

Tailgating with JC Bujold from Directmotocross.com on Vimeo.

Christopher Fortier will be a threat in the entire MX2 series this summer in Canada (Tailgating interview to come) | Bigwave photo

It had actually rained all night so the Club 57 gang had to try a new sand track up the highway south of Jacksonville. It was a great day of training and the track could stand up to another solid week of rain! It also gave Vanessa fits as it got her ready for the sand of Gopher Dunes. Actually, Eve’s goal for the session was to use less rear brake and she found herself on the beach quite a few times, but didn’t quit trying to do as Coach Jerominski “asked.”

I left Club 57 after doing 6 interviews for ‘Tailgating‘ (we still have a couple to post to the site) and headed northwest to GPF to see who was there.

I knew that Kelowna, BC’s Casey Keast had made his way southeast this winter to put in some time in preparation for his rookie Pro season, so I wanted to make sure I spoke with him.

Tailgating with Casey Keast from Directmotocross.com on Vimeo.

Unfortunately, Casey had suffered a mechanical issue with his Yamaha and it was getting looked at by the GPF mechanic while I was there, so no riding that day for him. However, from what I’ve heard, he’s going fast and going to be a threat this summer in MX2. Remember, when the series headed east last summer, the Intermediate rider was sitting 5th in points!

#10 Colton Facciotti is calling southwest Georgia home again this winter and was just doing some bike work the day I was there. The region had been hit by the same rain as north Florida so he had been to a sand track the day before and also wasn’t riding the day I was there.

Colton was doing bike work the day I was at GPF | Bigwave photo

The whole fam damly is spending some time in south Georgia | Bigwave photo

Well, look who it is. Mitch Goheen has been down at GPF since…a long time! | Bigwave photo

I’ll throw a few photos from the day up later on the site.


OK, let’s have a look at some results from the weekend…


Saturday Portland Arenacross – 3/18/2017
Moda Center
AX Lites West Class
Overall Qualifying
Finish / Time
Heat
Finish
LCQ
Finish
Main
Finish
KTM
1st – JARED LESHER
BALL GROUND, GA
#13
2nd
00:23.212
1st
Heat 1
1st
 
KTM
2nd – HUNTER SAYLES
MERRILL, WI
#367
1st
00:23.012
5th
Heat 2
2nd
 
Yamaha
3rd – KINSER ENDICOTT
RED BLUFF, CA
#381
8th
00:24.045
2nd
Heat 2
3rd
 
Husqvarna
4th – HUNTER HILTON
YOUNGSVILLE, LA
#305
3rd
00:23.617
3rd
Heat 1
4th
 
Yamaha
5th – ROBBIE WAGEMAN
NEWHALL, CA
#141
5th
00:23.866
9th
Heat 2
1st
LCQ 1
5th
 
KTM
6th – MILES DANIELE
CLOVIS, CA
#523
10th
00:24.637
4th
Heat 1
6th
 
Yamaha
7th – JAKE HOGAN
ACTON, CA
#65
19th
00:25.413
5th
Heat 1
7th
 
Kawasaki
8th – RYAN BREECE
ATHOL, ID
#15
4th
00:23.670
1st
Heat 2
8th
 
Husqvarna
9th – PARKER FLEMING
QUINLAN, TX
#334
12th
00:24.662
6th
Heat 2
9th
 
Yamaha
10th – AUSTIN WALTON
SPARKS, NV
#500
25th
00:25.801
7th
Heat 2
10th
 
Yamaha
11th – RJ WAGEMAN
NEWHALL, CA
#621
17th
00:25.282
10th
Heat 2
2nd
LCQ 1
11th
 
KTM
12th – CHANCE BLACKBURN
NEWMAN LAKE, WA
#28
13th
00:24.946
4th
Heat 2
12th
 
Kawasaki
13th – SCOTT ZONT
ALGONQUIN, IL
#86
6th
00:23.974
2nd
Heat 1
13th
 
Yamaha
14th – STEVEN LOPEZ
LOS BANOS, CA
#340
14th
00:25.046
6th
Heat 1
14th
 
Honda
15th – BLAINE SILVEIRA
LEMOORE, CA
#559
27th
00:25.837
7th
Heat 1
15th
 
Husqvarna
16th – DYLAN SUMMERLIN
KENT, WA
#430
16th
00:25.188
3rd
Heat 2
16th
 
250AX Class
Overall Qualifying
Finish / Time
Heat
Finish
LCQ
Finish
Bracket
Winner
Main 1
Finish
Main 2
Finish
Kawasaki
1st – GAVIN FAITH
DUNCOMBE, IA
#1
4th
00:22.628
1st
Heat 2
1st
 
1st
 
2nd
 
Honda
2nd – JACE OWEN
MATTOON, IL
#5
2nd
00:22.372
1st
Heat 1
  2nd
 
1st
 
Yamaha
3rd – CHRIS BLOSE
PHOENIX, AZ
#2
1st
00:22.298
3rd
Heat 2
  3rd
 
3rd
 
KTM
4th – DANIEL HERRLEIN
BETHESDA, OH
#9
5th
00:22.812
2nd
Heat 2
  4th
 
4th
 
Kawasaki
5th – TRAVIS SEWELL
WESTVILLE, IN
#3
6th
00:22.892
4th
Heat 1
  5th
 
5th
 
Kawasaki
6th – GARED STEINKE
WOODLAND, CA
#4
7th
00:22.916
3rd
Heat 1
  6th
 
6th
 
KTM
7th – CODY VAN BUSKIRK
HARVARD, IL
#7
9th
00:23.360
4th
Heat 2
  7th
 
8th
 
Honda
8th – BEN LAMAY
WASILLA, AK
#6
3rd
00:22.573
2nd
Heat 1
  9th
 
7th
 
Yamaha
9th – MATTHEW GOERKE
PANAMA CITY BEACH, FL
#101
10th
00:23.369
5th
Heat 1
  8th
 
12th
 
KTM
10th – HUNTER SAYLES
MERRILL, WI
#367
13th
00:23.935
6th
Heat 2
  12th
 
10th
 
Yamaha
11th – KINSER ENDICOTT
RED BLUFF, CA
#381
14th
00:24.367
8th
Heat 1
1st
LCQ 1
  13th
 
11th
 
Husqvarna
12th – CHRIS HOWELL
SPOKANE VALLEY, WA
#187
11th
00:23.766
6th
Heat 1
  11th
 
13th
 
KTM
13th – JARED LESHER
BALL GROUND, GA
#13
16th
00:24.544
5th
Heat 2
  16th
 
9th
 
Kawasaki
14th – JOSH OSBY
VALPARAISO, IN
#87
8th
00:23.156
7th
Heat 2
  10th
 
DQ
 
KTM
15th – CONNOR PEARSON
EL DORADO, CA
#26
17th
00:24.699
8th
Heat 2
2nd
LCQ 1
  14th
 
14th
 
Yamaha
16th – CHALLEN TENNANT
WILLIS, TX
#171
18th
00:24.970
7th
Heat 1
  15th
 
DQ
 



Cole Thompson Indy SX Crash Update

By Billy Rainford

Cole Thompson hit the ground hard at the Indy SX | Bigwave photo

Brigden, Ontario, racer, #72 Cole Thompson competed in Saturday’s round of the Monster Energy AMA Supercross in Indianapolis. Unfortunately, his night didn’t go as planned.

We spoke with his older brother/mechanic, Kyle Thompson, today to find out what happened and how Cole is doing.

While cole was passing into 9th place late in the main event, he and #50 Luke Renzland were trying to get around a lapped rider in the whoops section. Renzland “jumped into Cole” and Cole caught his own handlebars in the throat.

Cole hit the ground pretty hard but was able to walk off the track on his own. The medics were concerned about the possibility of his throat swelling, so they watched him closely before giving him the OK.

Cole is sore but should be fine after a couple days and has already returned to Tallahassee, Florida, where he will continue to train and prepare for this weekend in Detroit, Michigan.

Cole was scored with a 19th place and currently sits 20th in points in the 250 East.

This is from Kyle Thompson’s Instagram page @kthomps160:

This weekend, the series heads to Detroit.


2017 Pro Rider Package | Rockstar MX Nationals

We just received the 2017 Pro Rider Package for this year. It’s all spelled out in there. Of interest, here is the ruling on 2-strokes and dropping down to the MX2 class:

250 TWO-STROKE RULE FOR MX2

1) The bike must remain in stock form from the intake manifold to the exhaust port, and all engine parts between those two points. All engine parts (ie. cylinder, cylinder head, piston, rings, rod,

etc.) must be OEM for that year model.

  1. 2)  Intake manifold is defined from the rubber boot clamps to the carburetor. No porting or headworkallowed.
  2. 3)  There are no restrictions on pipes or mufflers other than the fact that they must meet the soundrules.
  3. 4)  CMRC will be conducting random engine checks throughout the series. CMRC will have acylinder, cylinder head and piston from each manufacturer for comparison.
  4. 5)  Any bikes found to be modified will be excluded from the results of the day’s competition.
  1. 6)  Aftermarket pistons, rings and crankshafts are permitted providing they have the stock OEM specifications.
  2. 7)  Additionally, a rider may not switch from a two-stroke to a four-stroke or visa-versa. The type of machine on which a rider begins the series is to be used to the completion (ie. Start on a two- stroke, finish on a two-stroke).
  3. 8)  Modifications or replacement parts will be deemed as being illegal if they are not listed above.
  1. 9)  Any rider that had an overall series finish in the top five at the CMRC Pro Nationals within the last three years is not eligible to compete on a two-stroke.
  2. 10)  Only riders that are Canadian residents are permitted to compete on a two-stroke.
  3. 11)  Top five finishers of the MX1 class in the 2017 Nationals and beyond will not be eligible tocompete in the MX2 class for the following three years.

PAYOUT SCHEDULE PER MOTO (MX1 & MX2)

MX2

1)$400 2)$300 3)$250 4)$200 5)$175 6)$160 7)$150 8)$140 9)$135 10)$130 11)$125 12)$120 13)$115 14)$110 15)$105 16)$100 17)$95 18)$90 19)$85 20)$80 21)$75 22)$70 23)$65 24)$6025)$40 26)$25 27)$25 28)$25 29)$25 30)$25

MX1

1)$1000 2)$600 3)$500 4)$400 5)$350 6)$300 7)$275 8)$250 9)$225 10)$210 11)$200 12)$190 13)$180 14)$170 15)$160 16)$145 17)$135 18)$125 19)$115 20)$110 21)$100 22)$90 23)$80 24)$70 25)$60 26)$50 27)$40 28)$35 29)$30 30)$30 31)$30 32)$30 33)$30 34)$30 35)$30 36)$25 37)$25 38)$25 39)$25 40)$25

Cancellation – in the event of a moto cancellation due to rain or inclement weather, payback will be based on the number of motos completed.

Points Structure

Points will be awarded to top the 25 per moto as follows:

Top 25 Points Structure (For Pro Nationals only)

1.30 2. 27 3. 25 4. 23 5. 21 6. 20 7. 19 8. 18 9. 17 10. 16 11. 15 12. 14 13. 13 14. 12 15. 11 16. 10 17. 9 18. 8 19. 7 20. 6 21. 5 22. 4 23. 3 24. 2 25. 1

SOCIAL MEDIA/NETWORK POLICY AND DEFINITIONS

Social Media is a broad term for websites and apps that allow information to be shared through online social interactions, for example social networks, blogs, and discussion forums.

Social Networks is a form of social media for sharing information with connected friends or followers, for example Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, and Instagram.

Social media/network represents the best communications opportunity for a growing number or riders, teams, and fans. We are all ambassadors for the sport of Motocross and the national series. Others can interpret what we post as being supported by our own teams and sponsors

Riders, Teams, and Mechanics are encouraged to embrace social media throughout the series while using these guidelines:

  •   Understand that during the Rockstar Energy Drink MX Nationals you are representing your team, sponsors, and the CMRC. There are no “off hours” when it comes to social media.
  •   Accept that everything is “on the record” and very public. The ability to share social media communication is very powerful and anything sent to a few can be shared with thousands in a matter of seconds.
  •   Choose your message wisely, you are helping the National Series, your team/sponsors, and the CMRC when you keep your communication positive by, for example, thanking fans, and encouraging other riders. This helps the Series grow and we very much appreciate it.
  •   You hurt our Series, your team and sponsors if you deliver or distribute (by sharing or retweeting) negative messages towards fans, other teams and riders, or sexist, racist, or homophobic slurs or comments.
  •   CMRC respects your right to publically express your personal views, but you must not participate in activities that may compromise CMRC’s image or reputation. This includes posting or sharing disparaging, defamatory, embarrassing or harassing comments about Promoters, CMRC staff, race officials, team members, mechanics, and fellow riders.
  •   You can and will be fined for anything the Promoter decides is bringing the Series and the CMRC into “disrepute.”
  •   Managers, mechanics, other team personnel, and Series Officials who deliver such negative messages via social media are subject to the same discipline.
  •   Social Media allows wide sharing information so protecting your team, sponsors, and the image and reputation of CMRC depends upon our shared commitment. We must all understand what is expected of us when using social media to ensure that our brand and reputation are protected and that standards of professionalism, honesty and integrity are upheld.
  •   This new policy is supported by the motorcycle manufacturers and major industry partners. Page | 8

Fines for inappropriate social media communication:

1st infraction 2nd infraction 3rd infraction

– the inappropriate communication will be forwarded to all of the rider/mechanic/team manager’s sponsors.

– $250 (CAD) – to be paid in full prior to participation in the following National event. All proceeds will be forwarded to the Canadian Motocross of Nations effort.

– disqualification from the following national event.


We didn’t get to the Indy SX this past weekend, but if you’re looking for some photos of the FXR athletes, here’s the link to some more Daytona photos at the FXR Media page: http://media.fxrracing.com/2017/03/daytona-sx-photo-report/


DMX Poll Question

Everywhere I go these days, it seems people are asking me about the TV coverage of our national series. From riders, to teams, to potential sponsors, this is a huge and important questions. Because of this, we decided to ask people what they thought of the coverage of last summer’s series. If you scroll down on the page, you’ll see the question on the righthand side. Please take part so everyone gets a better idea of how last years went what we need to do to improve on it, if anything.

You can also head to our Twitter page and vote there:  https://twitter.com/directmx/status/843110029125439488


Gopher Dunes Practice Day | Sunday, March 19

Jeff McConkey headed to Gopher Dunes Sunday to get in some early season riding on the DMX Yamaha 250  2-stroke. Dawn McClintock fired over a few photos from the day, so we’ll leave it this week with a few of her shots from a “day at the beach.” Have a great week, everyone.

As Jeff McConkey always says, “Looking good is 4/4 of the battle!”

Have a great week, everyone, and we’ll see you at the races…