Monday Morning Coffee

By Billy Rainford

Monday Morning with Bigwave

Good morning and welcome to another Monday. I remember when I used to hate Mondays. I hated them when I was in school and then I hated them when I had “normal” jobs. The only thing I miss about school is the monthly dances, and the only thing I miss about not having a normal job anymore is that feeling as the clock creeps closer to 5 o’clock on a Friday afternoon – it’s magic!

Queue Loverboy! “Everybody’s workin’ for the weekend…

PS Loverboy will be in Moncton, NB a week too soon for us to catch them on our eastern swing – July 13 at the Casino.

Did I ever tell you the story about when I was at the movie wrap party for ‘While She Was Out‘ (terrible film) and a buddy called and said I had to get downtown Vancouver because he got us backstage at a Loverboy concert? No, neither of us were fans of the band, at all, but I grabbed the movie caterers from the party and we all headed down to Granville Street and watched Mike Reno and the boys rip it up.

OK, where was I? Oh ya, trying to start this Monday Coffee…

If any of you are new here, Monday Morning Coffee is the place where I tend to run off a little and spin my yarns. I wasn’t sure if anyone actually read these things until I was at a track recently and someone had taken the time to have one of them printed out! I thought that was pretty cool, so this one goes out to that person.

So, it was the 150th birthday for Canada this past weekend. I hope everyone had a great time and took the time to be thankful they were here in this great country. I never know how proud I am to be Canadian until I travel. I’m not sure if you feel this way, but I take great pride in the fact that I’m from this hot and cold country when I’m not here. I guess I just take it for granted when I’m here surrounded by others who are living the same thing I’m living.

Another thing I’ve noticed is that I can’t go to a fireworks display without yelling, “BURNING SCHOOLHOUSE!!!” It’s my, “PLAY FREEBIRD!!!”

I don’t even know if this is still at thing, but as a child I liked nothing more than seeing the miniature schoolhouse go up in flames every Canada Day. I’m not a pyromaniac, I just really hated going to school when I was young. So, if you’re unfamiliar with this age-old Rainford tradition, here’s the very anticlimactic Burning Schoolhouse video:

Wow, looking back at this makes me wonder how deprived I was at home! Was this really a source of excitement for me as a child?! Did I really hate school that much?! Well, I did cry myself to sleep every Labour Day Weekend. Odd, I would spend 5 years in University and NOT be a doctor of anything!

Let’s have a look at some results and points standings, shall we.


Lucas Oil Pro Motocross

250 Points:
450 Points:
 Next Round: Southwick

Rockstar Energy MX Nationals

MX2 – POINTS
Place – Name
Number – Hometown
6/4/2017
Finish
6/11/2017
Finish
6/18/2017
Finish
6/25/2017
Finish
Total Points
1st – COLE THOMPSON
#1 – BRIGDEN, ON
2nd 1st 2nd 1st 224
2nd – JOSH OSBY
#787 – VALPRAISIO, IN
3rd 5th 3rd 2nd 191 (-33)
3rd – SHAWN MAFFENBEIER
#12 – SWIFT CURRENT, SK
1st 14th 1st 6th 182 (-42)
4th – RYAN SURRATT
#338 – CORONA, CA
6th 4th 5th 4th 169 (-55)
5th – JESSE PETTIS
#16 – PRINCE GEORGE, BC
4th 2nd 14th 15th 148 (-76)
6th – DYLAN WRIGHT
#14 – OTTAWA, ON
10th 6th 12th 3rd 143 (-81)
7th – JACOB HAYES
#100 – GREENSBOUROGH, NC
5th 3rd 4th 37th 134 (-90)
8th – HAYDEN HALSTEAD
#19 – WATERFORD, ON
11th 8th 9th 12th 125 (-99)
9th – CHRISTOPER FORTIER
#266 – QUEBEC CITY, 
14th 12th 10th 7th 123 (-101)
10th – CASEY KEAST
#33 – KELOWNA, BC
12th 10th 11th 13th 122 (-102)
11th – TAYLOR ARSENAULT
#25 – PERTH, ON
7th 7th 15th 11th 120 (-104)
12th – DAVEY FRASER
#21 – HALIFAX, NS
13th 13th 13th 8th 115 (-109)
13th – TALLON LA FOUNTAINE
#47 – REDLANDS, CA
8th 9th 6th 106 (-118)
14th – JARED PETRUSKA
#119 – CALGARY, AB
18th 17th 7th 9th 96 (-128)
15th – KEIN DENZLER
#194 – GARRETTSVILLE, OH
20th 8th 10th 75 (-149)
16th – JONAH BRITTONS
#223 – PRINCE GEORGE, BC
23rd 19th 19th 5th 74 (-150)
17th – RYAN LALONDE
#24 – VICTORIA, BC
16th 15th 16th 21st 71 (-153)
18th – GERAN STAPLETON
#614 – MELBORNE, AU
9th 11th 38th 61 (-163)
19th – DJ BURMEY
#59 – WINNIPEG, MB
19th 18th 17th 18th 59 (-165)
20th – TEREN GERBER
#126 – CORONATION, AB
17th 16th 40th 16th 56 (-168)
MX1  – POINTS
Place – Name
Number – Hometown
6/4/2017
Finish
6/11/2017
Finish
6/18/2017
Finish
6/25/2017
Finish
Total Points
1st – MATT GOERKE
#2 – PANAMA CITY, FL
5th 2nd 1st 3rd 212
1st – CHRISTOPHE POURCEL
#377 – MARSELLE, FR
1st 1st 5th 1st 212
3rd – DILLAN EPSTEIN
#108 – THOUSAND OAKS, CA
2nd 4th 2nd 5th 190 (-22)
4th – COLTON FACCIOTTI
#10 – ALYMER, ON
4th 3rd 3rd 8th 185 (-27)
5th – TYLER MEDAGLIA
#6 – TURO, NS
3rd 6th 4th 4th 180 (-32)
6th – MIKE ALESSI
#5 – VICTORVILLE, CA
8th 5th 6th 2nd 174 (-38)
7th – KYLE CHISHOLM
#111 – ST.PETERSBURG, FL
7th 7th 7th 6th 153 (-59)
8th – CADE CLASON
#7 – CHESTERFIELD, SC
9th 10th 9th 7th 137 (-75)
9th – TIM TREMBLAY
#38 – DRUMMONDVILLE, QC
18th 8th 8th 9th 121 (-91)
10th – KEYLAN MESTON
#8 – CALGARY, AB
10th 12th 17th 10th 109 (-103)
11th – NATHAN BLES
#77 – BAYFIELD, ON
11th 11th 19th 11th 104 (-108)
12th – SCOTT CHAMPION
#195 – MARYETTA, CA
13th 9th 10th 18th 102 (-110)
13th – BROCK LEITNER
#56 – SUMMERLAND, BC
14th 15th 14th 13th 87 (-125)
14th – RYAN MILLAR
#501 – MIAMI, SK
16th 20th 13th 15th 76 (-136)
15th – KYLE SWANSON
#20 – SAN ANTONIO, TX
19th 11th 12th 70 (-142)
16th – JEAN CHRISTOPHE BUJOLD
#29 – ST-HUBERT, QC
17th 17th 15th 17th 68 (-144)
17th – MICHAEL FOWLER
#41 – BEECH CREEK, PA
15th 21st 18th 16th 58 (-154)
18th – GRAHAM SCOTT
#72 – VICTORIA, BC
12th 14th 46 (-166)
19th – JEREMY MEDAGLIA
#58 – KEMPTVILLE, ON
19th 16th 20th 44 (-168)
20th – KAVEN BENOIT
#3 – BON CONSEIL, QC
6th 39 (-173)

Next Round: Gopher Dunes – Sunday, July 9th.

Women’s East MX Nationals – Round 1 – Gopher Dunes – Saturday, July 8th.

How about this? Cole Thompson won 7 of 10 rounds last season. His count is 2 as we head into the final 6 rounds. Will he break his last year’s performance by winning every round in the east? In order to tie it, he can only lose 1 overall for the rest of the season. It’s going to be tough…

Speaking of Cole, he was in Costa Rica again this past weekend and took the win at the 5th round of competition in the MX1 class. Here’s a look at the results from the Motocross Costa Rica – Campeonato Nacional Facebook page:

An exciting day of skills we live on this Sunday in the cup, fifth date of the National Motocross Championship Motorex 2017 on the alpine track in corralillo of Carthage.

The Categories Mx1 and mx2 were completed as follows:

Result result
1. (148) Cole Thompson 50 points
2. (191) Roberto Castro 44 points
3. (65) Esteban Castillo 40 points

Result result
1. (113) Justin Alvarado 45 points
2. (121) Chase Marquier 42 points
3. (7) Adrian Aguero 38 points

Full results can be accessed at the following link: https://speedhive.mylaps.com/Events/1419592

Photos: 2Mas2 Studio Costa Rica


Group Cycle This Saturday from Gopher Dunes

Hey, will you be at Gopher Dunes Saturday to watch the first round of Women’s East Nationals or are you racing Sunday’s Pro National and want to head out for an easy cycle? Well, join us for a casual group ride immediately following the women’s first moto that starts at 11:00am. That means we should be gathering at around 11:30 for the ride.

Greg Poisson came up with a nice 26K route that includes a stop at a bakery Tyler Medaglia recommended…and he knows a thing or two about bakeries!

This is nothing official, just a way to hang out and get your legs ready to race Sunday after what was probably a long travel day or week to Gopher Dunes. We’ll have a little more information on this as we get closer to the weekend.

Bring your road bikes and we’ll see you there this Saturday!


MXGP of Portugal

MX2 – GP Classification
Pos Nr Rider Nat. Fed. Bike Race 1 Race 2 Total
1 91 Seewer, Jeremy SUI FMS SUZ 22 25 47
2 41 Jonass, Pauls LAT LAMSF KTM 25 22 47
3 64 Covington, Thomas USA MUL HUS 20 20 40
4 19 Olsen, Thomas Kjer DEN DMU HUS 18 16 34
5 6 Paturel, Benoit FRA FFM YAM 15 18 33
6 189 Bogers, Brian NED KNMV KTM 14 15 29
7 172 Van doninck, Brent BEL FMB YAM 12 14 26
8 127 Rodriguez, Anthony VEN FMV HON 11 13 24
9 338 Herbreteau, David FRA FFM KAW 9 11 20
10 66 Larranaga Olano, Iker ESP RFME HUS 10 10 20
11 747 Cervellin, Michele ITA FMI HON 6 12 18
12 161 Östlund, Alvin SWE SVEMO YAM 7 9 16
13 29 Jacobi, Henry GER DMSB HUS 8 8 16
14 33 Lieber, Julien BEL FMB KTM 16 0 16
15 919 Watson, Ben GBR ACU KTM 13 0 13
16 107 van Berkel, Lars NED KNMV KTM 2 7 9
17 98 Vaessen, Bas NED KNMV SUZ 5 3 8
18 297 Gole, Anton SWE SVEMO TM 0 6 6
19 426 Mewse, Conrad GBR ACU HUS 4 2 6
20 83 Renkens, Nathan BEL FMB KTM 0 5 5
21 95 De Waal, Micha-Boy NED KNMV HON 1 4 5
22 118 Rubini, Stephen FRA FFM KAW 3 0 3
23 199 Zaragoza, Jorge ESP RFME YAM 0 1 1
24 67 Klingsheim, Magne NOR NMF KAW 0 0 0
25 146 Carvalho, Pedro POR FMP YAM 0 0 0
26 61 Prado Garcia, Jorge ESP RFME KTM 0 0 0
27 88 van der Vlist, Freek NED KNMV KTM 0 0 0
28 223 Tropepe, Giuseppe ITA FMI HUS 0 0 0
MX2 – World Championship Classification
Pos Nr Rider Nat. Bike Total QAT INA ARG MEX ITA EUR LAT GER FRA RUS ITA POR CZE BEL SUI SWE USA NED FRA
1 41 Jonass, Pauls LAT KTM 501 25-25 7-0 25-25 16-22 25-22 25-25 20-25 22-16 25-22 22-20 15-25 25-22 – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –
2 91 Seewer, Jeremy SUI SUZ 463 9-16 25-22 16-22 25-18 12-18 18-22 22-0 25-18 22-20 14-25 25-22 22-25 – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –
3 19 Olsen, T. DEN HUS 377 18-18 15-16 18-14 14-14 16-15 12-18 25-22 20-9 14-13 25-1 11-15 18-16 – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –
4 6 Paturel, B. FRA YAM 363 22-22 16-10 22-12 22-13 0-8 14-12 10-15 0-22 20-25 20-9 22-14 15-18 – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –
5 33 Lieber, Julien BEL KTM 355 20-20 20-18 5-16 20-20 20-16 22-0 13-13 11-15 18-15 10-16 20-11 16-0 – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –
6 64 Covington, T. USA HUS 303 13-0 0-13 13-1 18-25 10-20 20-0 15-4 7-25 10-14 12-5 18-20 20-20 – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –
7 189 Bogers, Brian NED KTM 241 6-8 0-20 10-5 0-11 2-14 2-11 0-12 14-14 8-10 15-22 16-12 14-15 – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –
8 61 Prado Garcia, J. ESP KTM 233 14-10 0-3 20-20 2-1 22-25 4-0 18-16 9-11 15-16 6-18 3-0 0-0 – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –
9 172 Van doninck, B. BEL YAM 221 4-14 18-8 14-15 13-16 9-12 16-20 0-7 8-0 0-0 0-0 12-9 12-14 – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –
10 96 Lawrence, H. AUS SUZ 199 3-15 0-5 8-3 10-7 0-10 11-16 11-0 18-20 16-18 18-10 – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –
MXGP – Overall Classification
Pos Nr Rider Nat. Fed. Bike Race 1 Race 2 Total
1 222 Cairoli, Antonio ITA FMI KTM 22 25 47
2 84 Herlings, Jeffrey NED KNMV KTM 25 22 47
3 27 Jasikonis, Arminas LTU LMSF SUZ 20 20 40
4 461 Febvre, Romain FRA FFM YAM 16 18 34
5 12 Nagl, Maximilian GER DMSB HUS 18 16 34
6 243 Gajser, Tim SLO AMZS HON 13 15 28
7 4 Tonus, Arnaud SUI FMS YAM 12 14 26
8 25 Desalle, Clement BEL FMB KAW 15 11 26
9 99 Anstie, Max GBR ACU HUS 11 13 24
10 777 Bobryshev, Evgeny RUS MFR HON 10 12 22
11 259 Coldenhoff, Glenn NED KNMV KTM 14 7 21
12 21 Paulin, Gautier FRA MCM HUS 9 10 19
13 7 Leok, Tanel EST EMF HUS 8 9 17
14 77 Lupino, Alessandro ITA FMI HON 7 8 15
15 141 Desprey, Maxime FRA FFM KAW 4 6 10
16 17 Butron, Jose ESP RFME KTM 5 4 9
17 999 Goncalves, Rui POR FMP HUS 3 5 8
18 89 Van Horebeek, Jeremy BEL FMB YAM 6 0 6
19 9 de Dycker, Ken BEL FMB HON 0 3 3
20 909 Neurauter, Lukas AUT OeAMTC KTM 1 2 3
21 212 Dewulf, Jeffrey BEL FMB KTM 2 0 2
22 38 Peixe, Sandro POR FMP HON 0 1 1
23 119 Houghton, Ryan GBR ACU YAM 0 0 0
24 71 Graulus, Damon BEL FMB HON 0 0 0
25 93 Bengtsson, Jonathan SWE SVEMO KTM 0 0 0
26 911 Tixier, Jordi FRA FFM KAW 0 0 0
27 22 Strijbos, Kevin BEL FMB SUZ 0 0 0
MXGP – Championship Classification
Pos Nr Rider Nat. Bike Total QAT INA ARG MEX ITA EUR LAT GER FRA RUS ITA POR CZE BEL SUI SWE USA NED FRA
1 222 Cairoli, A. ITA KTM 478 25-25 18-0 12-16 18-22 25-22 12-25 16-22 22-25 22-20 22-12 25-25 22-25 – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –
2 25 Desalle, C. BEL KAW 387 22-18 20-0 20-11 13-15 16-16 14-7 22-16 18-18 18-25 20-25 13-14 15-11 – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –
3 21 Paulin, G. FRA HUS 383 15-16 8-0 15-18 20-20 18-15 25-22 14-14 20-20 15-22 16-20 20-11 9-10 – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –
4 84 Herlings, J. NED KTM 382 3-10 4-0 9-14 7-12 7-18 20-20 25-25 25-22 16-16 25-13 22-22 25-22 – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –
5 243 Gajser, Tim SLO HON 310 20-22 14-0 25-25 25-25 20-25 15-18 7-0 9-11 – – – – 11-10 13-15 – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –
6 461 Febvre, Romain FRA YAM 309 11-20 3-0 18-13 10-14 13-4 10-15 5-11 14-16 14-18 11-22 18-15 16-18 – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –
7 12 Nagl, M. GER HUS 289 13-5 0-0 13-15 14-13 10-12 11-10 10-13 11-13 25-12 13-10 14-18 18-16 – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –
8 777 Bobryshev, E. RUS HON 267 18-14 12-0 16-22 22-7 14-20 18-13 20-18 – – – – 8-11 3-9 10-12 – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –
9 89 Van Horebeek, J. BEL YAM 267 16-15 11-0 22-20 16-16 15-13 22-16 15-7 16-6 20-15 – – – – 6-0 – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –
10 4 Tonus, Arnaud SUI YAM 253 14-2 6-0 0-10 15-18 22-14 7-12 13-0 12-0 13-14 12-18 12-13 12-14 – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –

Next Round: MXGP of Czech Republic – July 23rd.


Austin, MB vs. Gopher Dunes

OK, so I had a chat with a rider’s dad who said they were ready for Gopher Dunes because they ride in Austin, MB a lot. Is he ready?

I’ve never been to the track in Austin, but I’m very familiar with The Dunes. I went to YouTube to find a video of the Manitoba track to compare.

Yes, Austin looks rough. Yes, Austin looks fairly sandy. But, it also appears to have a solid base. Gopher Dunes has no base – it’s bottomless. While I’m not taking away from the roughness of the Austin track, I’m going to have to say it is not as tough a track as Gopher Dunes on race day. Am I right or wrong? Who on here has raced at both? I’m sure we’d all be interested in your opinion on this.

At this point, the forecast is for sunshine and 24 degrees C, but feeling like 27. I think riders may be getting lucky this year because the humidity has been here this week and is supposed to return the following week. To be honest, in my opinion, the best Gopher Dunes race is the one where it’s survival of the fittest, but I’m not on the track!


OK, we’re off for a drive north to Kirkland Lake, ON. Not exactly what I want to do on my off weekend – sitting in the van for 8 hours – but ya gotta do what ya gotta do! Have a great week, everyone.

And if you’re considering racing round 1 of the Women’s East MX Nationals, you need to go online and register before midnight Wednesday. And don’t forget to bring your road bicycle for our group ride Saturday at 11:30.

Oh, and our buddy, Brendan from Loudmouth MX, will be up from Florida to check out the races this weekend. Be sure to show him some of that famous Canadian hospitality and say hello. He can also rip at the Pro level on a dirt bike!

Now go head into this week asking the musical question, “Everybody’s workin’ for the weekend?

Anyone know who this Canadian is representing the Maple Leaf at RedBud? If you listen carefully, you can hear him saying, “GLUB GLUB…See you at the…GLUB GLUB…races…GLUB GLUB…” | Rich Shepherd photo