Monday Morning Coffee
By Billy Rainford
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.
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.
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.
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
Cole Thompson Indy SX Crash Update
By Billy Rainford
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.
- 2) Intake manifold is defined from the rubber boot clamps to the carburetor. No porting or headworkallowed.
- 3) There are no restrictions on pipes or mufflers other than the fact that they must meet the soundrules.
- 4) CMRC will be conducting random engine checks throughout the series. CMRC will have acylinder, cylinder head and piston from each manufacturer for comparison.
- 5) Any bikes found to be modified will be excluded from the results of the day’s competition.
- 6) Aftermarket pistons, rings and crankshafts are permitted providing they have the stock OEM specifications.
- 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).
- 8) Modifications or replacement parts will be deemed as being illegal if they are not listed above.
- 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.
- 10) Only riders that are Canadian residents are permitted to compete on a two-stroke.
- 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)
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
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 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.