Monday Morning Coffee

By Billy Rainford

Monday Morning with Bigwave

The time for guessing and speculating is done. We have an answer: Christophe Pourcel could win this thing. No, it shouldn’t surprise anyone – he’s the 2006 World Champion and a 2-time East 250 Supercross champion. He’s got, probably, the best credentials we’ve ever seen in Canada to race our series.

But let’s start with the MX2 class.

#12 Shawn Maffenbeier won Kamloops in 2016 without winning a moto. This year was different. When the gate dropped for the first moto, it was Californian #338 Ryan Surratt out front. Ryan had arm pump surgery after the Las Vegas Supercross, so we weren’t sure how his arms would hold up. Luc ‘Frenchie’ Caouette said that his arms would swell up like sausages and we wouldn’t know how he’d react until we got well into the race. Ryan handled it well.

MX2 – Moto 1

The Nut Up Kawasaki rider, Surratt, grabbed the holeshot and had the two MX101 FXR Yamaha riders #16 Jess Pettis and Maffenbeier nipping at his heals early. You could see both of these riders did their homework over the winter and looked fast!

They both got around him and had a gap on #787 Redemption Racing’s Josh Osby, but he was stalking them. He was new to the Canadian scene and wasn’t really sure what to expect. He also mentioned that he was more used to riding in softer conditions and wasn’t sure how he’d fair on the Whispering Pines track.

By the 6th lap, Maff had opened up a gap and was looking great. Pettis had Osby all over him, fighting for 2nd. Surratt was back a ways with a slight lead over defending champion, #1 Cole Thompson, but Cole’s smoothness was masking his speed, like usual, and he was closing in.

#14 Dylan Wright had gone down in the first corner and was clawing his way through the field from last place on his new Honda Canada GDR Fox racing bike. He was riding angry, and that’s never good for the competition.

Around half way, the field looked like this: Maff with a nice lead over Pettis who had a nice lead over Osby in 3rd. Thompson was around Surratt but a long ways behind the top 3.

Early in the moto, #100 Jacob Hayes was riding with Thompson, but he fell off his pace and was now riding alone in 6th ahead of Australian rider, #614 Geran Stapleton. Geran (soft G and pronounced like the Duran from Duran Duran).

There was a great battle going on a ways behind him between #47 Tallon LaFountaine, #25 Taylor Arsenault, and #266 Christopher Fortier. Just behind them, #21 Davey Fraser was riping it up on his Carlson Racing Husqvarna 250 2-stroke.

At the flag it was Maffenbeier, Pettis, Osby, Thompson, Surratt, Hayes, Stapleton, LaFountaine, Arsenault, and Fortier in the top 10. Dylan Wright managed to get up to 16th.

On the podium:

Surratt – Got the holeshot cheque. Said he froze up when he got out front early.

Osby – Pettis went down and he got by. He fell late in the moto. He sat back to let the top 3 make mistakes. Lappers didn’t seem to know who the fast 3-digit rider was.

Pettis – He had a good start. He put in an early sprint. He didn’t feel great.

Maffenbeier – He said he took his time the first couple laps and then put the hammer down. Said the team has made a lot of progress over the winter.


So, how would Pourcel do was the question, and very well was the answer. How would KTM Canada Thor Racing rider #3 Kaven Benoit do with his sore ankle? Was the old Colton Facciotti back? Let’s have a look.

MX1 – Moto 1

#3 Kaven Benoit picked up where he left off at the MXON in Italy and blasted out to the holeshot and started to take off. Yes, he started to gap the fireld and looked very comfortable as he did it…and he wasn’t slowing down, either.

Early on, it was Benoit with a nice lead over #5 Mike Alessi who had #6 Tyler Medaglia on his new Huber Motorsports Honda hounding him. They had a little gap on #38 Tim Tremblay and Pourcel, followed by #108 Nut Up Kawasaki’s Dillan Epstein, #2 Matt Goerke, #7 Cade Clason, Facciotti, #58 Jeremy Medaglia, #77 Nathan Bles, and #111 Kyle Chisholm.

Jeremy was in Kamloops on an extremely stock-looking Honda 450 with his dad, Derek, at the gate with him. It was great to see him back on the track and he was looking pretty solid.

#8 Keylan Meston got himself up in the mix and was in a dog fight with Tremblay, Clason, and J. Medaglia.

When Benoit washed out the front end of his KTM, he handed the lead over to Epstein who had T. Medaglia looking great and holding a very solid 2nd ahead of Poucel, Goerke and a charging Facciotti.

At the flag, it was Epstein, Medaglia, Pourcel, Goerke, Facciotti, Benoit, Alessi, Meston, Tremblay, and Chisholm.

On the podium:

Benoit – He washed out the front end and went down. He could feel the pain in his ankle late in the moto.

Epstein – When he found out he was first he was like, “No way dude!”


MX2 – Moto 2

Osby got the holeshot and led Maffenbeier early. Maff got around him and started to check out a bit again. This time, Cole Thompson looked like he was on it more than he was in the first moto and started to make passes and chase after Maff out front.

Osby was in 3rd with a gap on Hayes who rode alone ahead of Surratt, Wright, and Pettis, who had a gap on #19 Hayden Halstead, Arsenault, #119 Jared Petruska, Stapleton, and #33 Casey Keast.

Osby and Hayes got into a good battle, as did Wright and Pettis.

On the final lap, it was Maff out front ahead of Thompson. They had a gap on Osby in 3rd ahead of Pettis. Surratt and Wright were fighting to the finish with a sizeable gap back to Halstead, Arsenault, and Keast.

At the flag it was Maff, Thompson, Osby, Hayes, Pettis, Wright, Surratt, Halstead, Arsenault, and Keast.

On the podium:

Thompson – Shawn did his homework. It was a very physical track.

Osby – I’m an east coast guy.


MX1 – Moto 2

The holeshot came down to a nobby between Canadians Benoit and Facciotti, but it went to Kaven and he took the Royal Distributing ‘Triple Crown’ money for getting both starts.

At the end of the first lap it was Pourcel out front.

A few lap in it was Pourcel, Goerke, Benoit, Medaglia, Facciotti, Tremblay, Chisholm, Clason, and Alessi.

Unfortunately, Tremblay started having some engine problems and would be forced to drop out of the moto.

At the half, Pourcel, Goerke, and Facciotti gave the crowd what they wanted…a tight race. It was a great battle.

Goerke passed Pourcel to take the lead, but Pourcel took the lead back again as Facciotti stalked them both in 3rd.

Behind them were Medaglia and Benoit.

Late in the race, it was Pourcel, and Goerke with a slight advantage on Facciotti. They had a big gap on Medaglia who was alone in 4th ahead of a good battle between Epstein (who came from way back), Benoit, and Chisholm.

Clason rode alone in 8th ahead of a distant Alessi, Bles, and #56 Brock Leitner and #72 Graham Scott.

On the final lap, Facciotti had gotten around Goerke and was taking a run at Pourcel for the lead. When Pourcel got around both #501 Ryan Millar and #41 Michael Fowler (who were in their own battle for position) cleanly, he was able to build the gap he needed as Facciotti struggled to do the same.

After the checkered flag, Colton was sure to let Fowler know how he felt about not being able to go after the win. He apologized on the podium and said it was just a heat of the moment thing. However, way after most people had packed up and left the track, Michael was still talking with head referee, Paul Kingsley, about the incident.

It definitely slowed Colton’s progress, but there’s only so much you can do when you’re in your own battle fighting for 14th.

At the flag, it was Poucel, Facciotti, Goerke, Medaglia, Epstein, Chisholm, Benoit, Clason, Alessi, and Bles.

Jeremy Medaglia was absent from the 2nd moto line up as we were told he is fighting some sort of bug and decided not to roll to the line. It sounds like he’s getting some blood work done to sort out the problem. God luck, Jeremy.

Whispering Pines – 6/4/2017
KAMLOOPS
MX 1 – Overall Finish Positions  View Laptimes
View Points for this Class Points for this class
Overall Nbr Name Heat Semi Moto 1 Moto 2 Points Earned
 1st  #377 Husqvarna  CHRISTOPHE POURCEL
MARSELLE, FR
 2nd
Heat 1
 – 3rd 1st 55
 2nd  #108 Kawasaki  DILLAN EPSTEIN
THOUSAND OAKS, CA
 1st
Heat 1
 – 1st 5th 51
 3rd  #6 Honda  TYLER MEDAGLIA
TURO, NS
 4th
Heat 1
 – 2nd 4th 50
 4th  #10 Honda  COLTON FACCIOTTI
ALYMER, ON
 6th
Heat 1
 – 5th 2nd 48
 5th  #2 Yamaha  MATT GOERKE
PANAMA CIR=TY, FL
 3rd
Heat 1
 – 4th 3rd 48
 6th  #3 KTM  KAVEN BENOIT
BON CONSEIL, QC
 5th
Heat 1
 – 6th 7th 39
 7th  #111 Yamaha  KYLE CHISHOLM
ST.PETERSBURG, FL
 12th
Heat 1
 – 10th 6th 36
 8th  #5 Kawasaki  MIKE ALESSI
VICTORVILLE, CA
 7th
Heat 1
 – 7th 9th 36
 9th  #7 KTM  CADE CLASON
CHESTERFIELD, SC
 10th
Heat 1
 – 11th 8th 33
 10th  #8 Yamaha  KEYLAN MESTON
CALGARY, AB
 8th
Heat 1
 – 8th 12th 32
 11th  #77 Honda  NATHAN BLES
BAYFIELD, ON
 15th
Heat 1
 – 14th 10th 28
 12th  #72 Honda  GRAHAM SCOTT
VICTORIA, BC
 14th
Heat 1
 – 15th 13th 24
 13th  #195 Kawasaki  SCOTT CHAMPION
MARYETTA, CA
 9th
Heat 1
 – 13th 16th 23
 14th  #56 Kawasaki  BROCK LEITNER
SUMMERLAND, BC
 16th
Heat 1
 – 21st 11th 20
 15th  #41 Yamaha  MICHAEL FOWLER
BEECH CREEK, PA
 17th
Heat 1
 – 17th 15th 20
 16th  #501 Yamaha  RYAN MILLAR
MIAMI, SK
 19th
Heat 1
 – 19th 14th 19
 17th  #29 Honda  JEAN CHRISTOPHE BUJOLD
ST-HUBERT, QC
 20th
Heat 1
 – 16th 18th 18
 18th  #38 Yamaha  TIM TREMBLAY
DRUMMONDVILLE, QC
 11th
Heat 1
 – 9th 34th 17
 19th  #58 Honda  JEREMY MEDAGLIA
KEMPTVILLE, ON
 13th
Heat 1
 – 12th DNF 14
 20th  #526 Husqvarna  PARKER EALES
MAPLE RIDGE, BC
 22nd
Heat 1
 – 20th 17th 15
 21st  #92 Honda  DYLAN HANSEN
PORT ALBERNI, BC
 23rd
Heat 1
 – 22nd 19th 11
 22nd  #396 Kawasaki  JOSH ALLEN
KAMLOOPS, BC
 18th
Heat 1
 – 18th 35th 8
 23rd  #45 Yamaha  DYLAN DELAPLACE
LANGLEY, BC
 21st
Heat 1
 – 23rd 21st 8
 24th  #631 Honda  COLE KELLY
GREENWOOD, BC
 24th
Heat 1
 – 27th 20th 6
 25th  #253 Honda  DARIUS DUECK
ANDROSSAN, AB
 28th
Heat 1
 – 25th 22nd 5
 26th  #178 Yamaha  BOSTON CALDER
PRIDDIS, AB
 27th
Heat 1
 – 24th 24th 4
 27th  #245 Suzuki  SKYLLER ARCHER
REVELSTOKE, BC
 25th
Heat 1
 – 28th 23rd 3
 28th  #232 Kawasaki  JOSHUA KIJEWSKI
GUYINE, AB
 37th
Heat 1
 – 33rd 25th 1
 29th  #627 Kawasaki  CONNOR CAPELLE
DAWSON CREEK, BC
 31st
Heat 1
 – 26th 26th 0
 30th  #451 KTM  BOWEN LEE
MEDICINE HAT, SK
 35th
Heat 1
 – 30th 27th 0
 31st  #123 Kawasaki  RYAN BATMAN
MILTON, PA
 34th
Heat 1
 – 31st 28th 0
 32nd  #202 Honda  BLAKE OSATCHUK
SASKATOON, SK
 40th
Heat 1
 2nd
Semi 1
32nd 29th 0
 33rd  #770 Yamaha  DALLAS TAYLOR
PEACE RIVER, AB
 38th
Heat 1
 – 35th 30th 0
 34th  #818 Honda  BRADLEY LINK
KILLAM, AB
 33rd
Heat 1
 – DNF 31st 0
 35th  #143 Kawasaki  ERIK HARVEY
PORT ST JOHN, BC
 32nd
Heat 1
 – 34th 32nd 0
 36th  #194 Honda  BRANDEN SMALL
STEWART, BC
 36th
Heat 1
 – 36th 33rd 0
 37th  #254 KTM  DORIAN DUECK
ANDOSSAN, AB
 26th
Heat 1
 – 29th 36th 0
 38th  #132 Kawasaki  BRAD LUDWIGSON
FERNDALE, WA
 30th
Heat 1
 – DNF 37th 0
 39th  #138 Honda  KYLE LIEBAERT
KAMLOOPS, BC
 29th
Heat 1
 – DNF DNF 0
 DNF  #728 KTM  JOSH MAYHEW
PRINCE GEORGE, BC
 39th
Heat 1
 1st
Semi 1
DNF DNF 0
   #88 Kawasaki  JACKSON NICKOLET
QUESNEL, BC
 41st
Heat 1
 DNF
Semi 1
41st   0
   #463 Honda  ZACHERY R NOBREGA
, MA
 42nd
Heat 1
 DNF
Semi 1
42nd   0
MX 2 – Overall Finish Positions  View Laptimes
View Points for this Class Points for this class
Overall Nbr Name Heat Semi Moto 1 Moto 2 Points Earned
 1st  #12 KTM  SHAWN MAFFENBEIER
SWIFT CURRENT, SK
 2nd
Heat 1
 – 1st 1st 60
 2nd  #1 KTM  COLE THOMPSON
BRIGDEN, ON
 4th
Heat 1
 – 4th 2nd 50
 3rd  #787 KTM  JOSH OSBY
VALPRAISIO, IN
 3rd
Heat 1
 – 3rd 3rd 50
 4th  #16 Yamaha  JESSE PETTIS
PRINCE GEORGE, BC
 1st
Heat 1
 – 2nd 5th 48
 5th  #100 Kawasaki  JACOB HAYES
, NC
 5th
Heat 1
 – 6th 4th 43
 6th  #338 Kawasaki  RYAN SURRATT
CORONA, CA
 8th
Heat 1
 – 5th 7th 40
 7th  #25 KTM  TAYLOR ARSENAULT
PERTH, ON
 15th
Heat 1
 – 9th 9th 34
 8th  #47 KTM  TALLON LA FOUNTAINE
REDLANDS, CA
 13th
Heat 1
 – 8th 11th 33
 9th  #614 Honda  GERAN STAPLETON
MELBORNE, AU
 10th
Heat 1
 – 7th 12th 33
 10th  #14 Honda  DYLAN WRIGHT
OTTAWA, ON
 7th
Heat 1
 – 16th 6th 30
 11th  #19 Yamaha  HAYDEN HALSTEAD
WATERFORD, ON
 12th
Heat 1
 – 14th 8th 30
 12th  #33 Yamaha  CASEY KEAST
KELOWNA, BC
 9th
Heat 1
 – 13th 10th 29
 13th  #21 Husqvarna  DAVEY FRASER
HALIFAX, NS
 14th
Heat 1
 – 11th 13th 28
 14th  #266 Yamaha  CHRISTOPER FORTIER
QUEBEC CITY, 
 6th
Heat 1
 – 10th 14th 28
 15th  #274 Husqvarna  QUINTIN ROBIN
ECKVILLE, AB
 21st
Heat 1
 – 17th 17th 18
 16th  #24 Yamaha  RYAN LALONDE
VICTORIA, BC
 17th
Heat 1
 – 20th 15th 17
 17th  #126 KTM  TEREN GERBER
CORONATION, AB
 20th
Heat 1
 – 19th 16th 17
 18th  #119 Kawasaki  JARED PETRUSKA
CALGARY, AB
 11th
Heat 1
 – 12th 30th 14
 19th  #59 Yamaha  DJ BURMEY
WINNIPEG, MB
 19th
Heat 1
 – 21st 19th 12
 20th  #807 KTM  DREW ROBERTS
ALVINSTON, ON
 16th
Heat 1
 – 15th 34th 11
 21st  #73 Kawasaki  SAMUEL LAVOIE
DEGELIS, QC
 31st
Heat 1
 – 22nd 21st 9
 22nd  #74 Kawasaki  GUILLAUME ST CYR
VICTORIAVILLE, QC
 32nd
Heat 1
 – 26th 18th 8
 23rd  #223 KTM  JONAH BRITTONS
PRINCE GEORGE, BC
 18th
Heat 1
 – 18th 31st 8
 24th  #213 Yamaha  TOMMY DALLAIRE
LATERRIERE, QC
 33rd
Heat 1
 – 27th 20th 6
 25th  #67 Yamaha  CEDRIC MOORE
QUEBEC, PC
 26th
Heat 1
 – 24th 22nd 6
 26th  #177 Kawasaki  CARSON MCQUEEN
KELOWNA, BC
 24th
Heat 1
 – 23rd 32nd 3
 27th  #461 Yamaha  TYLER UNGER
LANGDON, BC
 35th
Heat 1
 – 30th 23rd 3
 28th  #712 Honda  CORY STEEVES
PEACHLAND, BC
 37th
Heat 1
 – 32nd 24th 2
 29th  #50 Yamaha  KYLE SPRINGMAN
ABBOTSFORD, BC
 28th
Heat 1
 – 25th 33rd 1
 30th  #997 Husqvarna  JAMES MORAN
SURREY, BC
 39th
Heat 1
 1st
Semi 1
33rd 25th 1
 31st  #210 Yamaha  SCOTTY MILLER
DENVER, CO
 30th
Heat 1
 – 34th 28th 0
 32nd  #297 Yamaha  GABE ELMORE
TELKWA, BC
 29th
Heat 1
 – 31st 26th 0
 33rd  #783 Yamaha  JOE NIKIRK
SHAWNIGAN LAKE, BC
 23rd
Heat 1
 – 35th 36th 0
 34th  #436 Yamaha  JASON BUNCH
CORONA, CA
 22nd
Heat 1
 – 36th DNF 0
 35th  #731 Kawasaki  KYLE COCHLIN
SURREY, BC
 36th
Heat 1
 – DNF 29th 0
 36th  #170 Yamaha  JOSHUA GEDAK
 34th
Heat 1
 – 39th DNF 0
 37th  #98 KTM  GRAHAM KLASSEN
BROOKS, AB
 38th
Heat 1
 – 28th 37th 0
 38th  #488 Honda  JAKE LYON
AQUA DULCE, CA
 25th
Heat 1
 – 37th 35th 0
 39th  #999 Honda  HAYDEN WOLFF
PRINCE GEORGE, BC
 43rd
Heat 1
 2nd
Semi 1
38th DNF 0
 40th  #337 Yamaha  REECE HAVRELOCK
CALGARY, AB
 27th
Heat 1
 – 29th 27th 0
   #53 Yamaha  BROC LOFTUS
LA PINE, OR
 40th
Heat 1
 6th
Semi 1
40th   0
   #278 KTM  PARKER ANTHONY
AMERICUS, GA
 41st
Heat 1
 3rd
Semi 1
41st   0
   #801 Yamaha  SETH WILDE
SUNDRIE, AB
 42nd
Heat 1
 5th
Semi 1
42nd   0
   #175 Yamaha  ANTHONY SPADACCINI
OTTAWA, ON
 44th
Heat 1
 4th
Semi 1
44th   0
   #781 Honda  BRADY GINTER
ROCKY MOUNTAIN HOUSE, AB
 45th
Heat 1
 9th
Semi 1
45th   0
   #701 Honda  MICHAEL KING
WHITE COURT, AB
 46th
Heat 1
 12th
Semi 1
46th   0
   #192 Yamaha  ETHAN OUELLETTE
CAMPBELL RIVER, BC
 47th
Heat 1
 13th
Semi 1
47th   0
   #122 Yamaha  KYLE MASKALL
CHILLIWACK, BC
 48th
Heat 1
 20th
Semi 1
48th   0
   #477 Yamaha  JOEY PARKES
NANAIMO, BC
 49th
Heat 1
 7th
Semi 1
49th   0
   #253 Yamaha  DANIEL VANDERBASCH
VICTORIA, BC
 50th
Heat 1
 8th
Semi 1
50th   0
   #545 Honda  RHYS DERKSEN
 51st
Heat 1
 DNS
Semi 1
51st   0
   #325 Kawasaki  TALLON H UNGER
LANGDON, BC
 52nd
Heat 1
 14th
Semi 1
52nd   0
   #838 Yamaha  SAM MEGHJI
CALGARY, AB
 53rd
Heat 1
 10th
Semi 1
53rd   0
   #134 Yamaha  NOLAN DA SILVA
PRINCE GEORGE, BC
 54th
Heat 1
 26th
Semi 1
54th   0
   #350 Honda  DAN GOBBO
NORTH VANCOUVER, BC
 55th
Heat 1
 16th
Semi 1
55th   0
   #114 Yamaha  JESSE ROYAN
MARSHALL, SK
 56th
Heat 1
 DNS
Semi 1
56th   0
   #794 Yamaha  TANNER MEYLAND
CROFTON, BC
 57th
Heat 1
 11th
Semi 1
57th   0
   #777 Yamaha  HARRISON BRADLEY
SALT SPRING ISLAND, BC
 58th
Heat 1
 15th
Semi 1
58th   0
   #571 Suzuki  ISAIAH HAYLETT
VICTORIA, BC
 59th
Heat 1
 17th
Semi 1
59th   0
   #249 Yamaha  KAYSEN WINGER
LAS VEGAS, NV
 60th
Heat 1
 18th
Semi 1
60th   0
   #538 Suzuki  JAKE JOES
PRINCE GEORGE, BC
 61st
Heat 1
 23rd
Semi 1
61st   0
   #143 Kawasaki  ERIK HARVEY
PORT ST JOHN, BC
 62nd
Heat 1
 DNS
Semi 1
62nd   0
   #711 Kawasaki  BRANDON JOHNSON
SALT SPRING ISLAND, BC
 63rd
Heat 1
 19th
Semi 1
63rd   0
   #259 Suzuki  BAILEY GARRISON
PRINCE GEORGE, BC
 64th
Heat 1
 24th
Semi 1
64th   0
   #666 Kawasaki  GAGE STANYER
HOUSTON, BC
 65th
Heat 1
 21st
Semi 1
65th   0
   #328 Kawasaki  TALON HANSEN
TREVOR, WI
 66th
Heat 1
 22nd
Semi 1
66th   0
   #393 KTM  PHILLIP DILLMAN
PRINCE GEORGE, BC
 67th
Heat 1
 25th
Semi 1
67th   0
   #505 Yamaha  SETH CHEVRIER
REVELSTOKE, BC
 68th
Heat 1
 DNS
Semi 1
68th   0
   #41 Yamaha  MICHAEL FOWLER
BEECH CREEK, PA
 69th
Heat 1
 DNS
Semi 1
69th   0

OK, again, the west coast time zone puts me well behind schedule. I hope this got you through a cup of Monday Coffee. We’ve got a ton of content to go over and get up on the site. Thanks for reading, and be sure to check back later.

You can listen to the podcasts with some of the riders, too, but don’t look for one with Matt Goerke because I got waved off by a team member when I tried to get to him. He’s never happy when he doesn’t win…but that’s always the best time to talk with him! Oh well, next time, Matt.

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