Monday Morning Coffee

By Billy Rainford

Monday Morning with Bigwave

Welcome to the start of another school or work week. There were lots of moto-related things going on all across Canada as winter loosens its grip on most of the country (Sorry, Newfoundland). Jeff McConkey headed to Motopark in Chatsworth, Ontario, for their Opening Day, and I headed up to Horseshoe Valley Resort north of Barrie, Ontario, to check out the final round of the CSRA Canadian Snowcross/Snow Bike Championships.

But first, we should probably touch on a few things from the St. Louis Supercross that took place Saturday night in Missouri. Here’s a look at what went down:

OK, OK, I’m sure we’ve all taken the time to watch the heats, the mains, and the press conferences. The hot topic of conversation and debate is the Chad Reed vs. Ryan Dungey situation.

I have to admit, when I watched the heat race, I didn’t think Reed was doing anything wrong as he did what he could to keep Dungey behind him. I thought when he held his line and kept Ryan behind him as they approached the finish line was a bold and confident move, not rolling over. However, in the press conference, Ryan mentioned Chad had come over on him in the whoops and appeared to try to take Ryan’s front wheel out. I didn’t notice that in the race but maybe the cameras where focused somewhere else?

Obviously, someone told Chad (or showed him the video) that Ryan had called him out during his heat race interview and that got him rightly fired up. I get that.

Unfortunately, when Chad held Ryan up in the main event, it effectively robbed everyone in the stadium and the millions watching at home the chance to see exactly what everyone was hoping for.

I’m sure you, like me, were pretty pumped to see Eli Tomac and Ryan Dungey come out of the first turn together. We were all hoping for a great battle between the two riders fighting for this championship.

Yes, Eli pulled away early on, but Ryan managed to get close before they approached Reed, who was being lapped in 16th position. We will never know if we were in for an amazing race or not, that opportunity was taken away when Chad failed to allow Dungey by.

And then there are those who argue that he should have been able to get around Reed if he was that much faster. That’s not the point. Chad Reed is not a 16th place rider on most days. He has the capability of running the top riders’ pace at times. He showed that by ratcheting up his pace when he saw #1 behind him.

He got his revenge on the track, but the repercussions off the track may come back to haunt him. Even diehard Reed fans are saying it was a bad move.

If you’re a racer, you’ve probably been in both positions: you’ve been lapped and you’ve also lapped someone. You know how it works. I always enjoy it when, at riders’ meetings, they say, “The blue flag means there’s a race going on and you’re not in it!” Yes, I realize lappers are often in their own battles, but you get the gist.

Anyway, the points race is now down to 4 points for this 450 title. A muddy race in Seattle may shuffle the deck this week. Let’s wait and see what Chad has to say as the week goes on.


MXGP of Mexico

The MXGP series takes a week off before heading to Italy for the MXGP of Trentino – April 16th.


Amsoil Arenacross | Sacramento Results and Points

Saturday Sacramento Arenacross – 4/1/2017
Golden 1 Center
AX Lites West Class
Overall Qualifying
Finish / Time
Heat
Finish
LCQ
Finish
Main
Finish
KTM
1st – JARED LESHER
BALL GROUND, GA
#13
4th
00:20.492
2nd
Heat 2
1st
 
Kawasaki
2nd – JACOB WILLIAMSON
SWARTZ CREEK, MI
#91
1st
00:19.961
1st
Heat 2
2nd
 
KTM
3rd – HUNTER SAYLES
MERRILL, WI
#367
3rd
00:20.059
1st
Heat 1
3rd
 
Kawasaki
4th – RYAN BREECE
ATHOL, ID
#15
5th
00:20.528
3rd
Heat 2
4th
 
Kawasaki
5th – SCOTT ZONT
ALGONQUIN, IL
#86
6th
00:20.558
3rd
Heat 1
5th
 
KTM
6th – CONNOR PEARSON
EL DORADO, CA
#26
2nd
00:19.986
2nd
Heat 1
6th
 
KTM
7th – RICHARD JACKSON
HOLDENVILLE, OK
#238
10th
00:21.143
4th
Heat 1
7th
 
Yamaha
8th – ROBBIE WAGEMAN
NEWHALL, CA
#141
9th
00:20.751
4th
Heat 2
8th
 
Yamaha
9th – DEEGAN VONLOSSBERG
PALMDALE, CA
#423
13th
00:21.302
5th
Heat 2
9th
 
KTM
10th – CHANCE BLACKBURN
NEWMAN LAKE, WA
#28
21st
00:21.629
10th
Heat 2
2nd
LCQ 1
10th
 
KTM
11th – DAWSON NEWBY
EATON, CO
#316
26th
00:21.837
7th
Heat 1
11th
 
Husqvarna
12th – PARKER FLEMING
QUINLAN, TX
#334
12th
00:21.256
6th
Heat 2
12th
 
KTM
13th – JERAMY TAYLOR
CANTON, OH
#32
11th
00:21.151
6th
Heat 1
13th
 
Honda
14th – BLAINE SILVEIRA
LEMOORE, CA
#559
15th
00:21.443
5th
Heat 1
14th
 
Kawasaki
15th – BRIAR MCCORKLE
SAN JUAN BAUTISTA, CA
#234
18th
00:21.558
8th
Heat 1
1st
LCQ 1
15th
 
Yamaha
16th – GAGE SCHEHR
MURRIETA, CA
#188
8th
00:20.706
7th
Heat 2
16th
 
250AX Class
Overall Qualifying
Finish / Time
Heat
Finish
LCQ
Finish
Bracket
Winner
Main 1
Finish
Yamaha
  – CHRIS BLOSE
PHOENIX, AZ
#2
2nd
00:19.663
1st
Heat 1
1st
 
1st
 
Kawasaki
  – GAVIN FAITH
DUNCOMBE, IA
#1
1st
00:19.419
1st
Heat 2
  2nd
 
Honda
  – JACE OWEN
MATTOON, IL
#5
4th
00:19.809
2nd
Heat 2
  3rd
 
Kawasaki
  – JACOB WILLIAMSON
SWARTZ CREEK, MI
#91
9th
00:20.386
3rd
Heat 2
  4th
 
Honda
  – BEN LAMAY
WASILLA, AK
#6
3rd
00:19.778
3rd
Heat 1
  5th
 
KTM
  – JARED LESHER
BALL GROUND, GA
#13
7th
00:20.211
2nd
Heat 1
  6th
 
Kawasaki
  – GARED STEINKE
WOODLAND, CA
#4
6th
00:19.941
4th
Heat 1
  7th
 
KTM
  – DANIEL HERRLEIN
BETHESDA, OH
#9
5th
00:19.876
11th
Heat 2
2nd
LCQ 1
  8th
 
KTM
  – CODY VAN BUSKIRK
HARVARD, IL
#7
12th
00:20.632
6th
Heat 2
  9th
 
Kawasaki
  – JOSH OSBY
VALPARAISO, IN
#87
11th
00:20.515
6th
Heat 1
  10th
 
Husqvarna
  – CHRIS HOWELL
SPOKANE VALLEY, WA
#187
14th
00:21.048
7th
Heat 1
  11th
 
Kawasaki
  – TRAVIS SEWELL
WESTVILLE, IN
#3
8th
00:20.232
9th
Heat 2
1st
LCQ 1
  12th
 
KTM
  – RICHARD JACKSON
HOLDENVILLE, OK
#238
19th
00:21.463
5th
Heat 1
  13th
 
Kawasaki
  – BRIAR MCCORKLE
SAN JUAN BAUTISTA, CA
#234
21st
00:21.576
7th
Heat 2
  14th
 
KTM
  – JERAMY TAYLOR
CANTON, OH
#32
16th
00:21.171
4th
Heat 2
  15th
 
Yamaha
  – KINSER ENDICOTT
RED BLUFF, CA
#381
13th
00:20.913
5th
Heat 2
  16th
 

The Amsoil Arenacross series takes a couple weekends off before heading to Denver, Colorado – April 22-23.


#43 Noah Viney Showing Great Speed at Glen Helen

If you’ve ever seen Hayden Deegan ride, you know this is a pretty big deal and shows just how fast young Canadian #43 Noah Viney is riding.

Great job, Noah!

Speaking of Noah, check out this cool video from BTO Sports featuring #43 from the Freestone Championship:


CSRA Final Round at Horseshoe Valley Resort

I managed to make my way to the final round of competition for the CSRA Canadian Snowcross / Snow Bike Championships. I haven’t been to one of these events before (unless you count that little soiree in Colorado called the X Games) so I was looking forward to getting out and shooting some photos.

Unfortunately, this round takes place on a ski hill and so it made it pretty difficult for me to get to many different spots to shoot (this knee isn’t going to fix itself, apparently).

It was a very well-attended event and I think the appearance of internet superstar, Larry Enticer, may have helped with the numbers.

If you’re an Ontario rider, you know “Larry” pretty well, but this new-found fame is some next-level stuff! He’s taking it in stride and making the best of it. I shot a whole bunch of video and will put together a short edit as soon as I press ‘submit’ on this Monday Morning Coffee.

“Larry Enticer” was a big hit at Horseshoe Valley Sunday | Bigwave photo

I wanted to be there to see motocrosser, Nathan Bles, take home the inaugural Snow Bike championship, and he did it. Congratulations, Nathan. No matter what happens, you won the first CSRA Snow Bike title, and that’s pretty cool.

Congratulations to Nathan Bles for winning the inaugural CSRA Snow Bike Championship | Bigwave photo


Have a great week, everyone.

See you at the races… | Bigwave photo