Monday Morning Coffee | Presented by Race Tech
By Billy Rainford
Well, this is it, the last Monday Morning Coffee we’ll have for a couple months that doesn’t follow a round of the Rockstar Energy MX Nationals. It seems like forever, but we’ll finally be back at it this weekend at Whispering Pines in Kamloops, BC.
My plan was to actually already be on the road today, but I have too many loose ends to tie up, so I decided to take my time today and hit the road whenever it happens. Like so many privateers out there, I will make my annual pilgrimage west from Ontario to the west coast. I’ve done it so many times now that I could do it in my sleep (yes, I sometimes do).
Here’s the thing…you HAVE to do the trek on the north side of the border…once. Once is enough. The only reason so many people do it over and over is the they are pulling a trailer full of enough bikes and parts to make it through the 4-round western swing of the nationals. That’s it. There is no other reason.
We have one highway that takes us from east to west and back again, and it always leaves me scratching my head when I’m sitting in a downtown traffic jam at a stop light…ON THE #1 HIGHWAY! Huh?! Can you imagine if American interstates did this? There would be an immediate coup to overthrow the Department of Highways! Nope, not here. We politely let others pull in front of us as we sit in rush hour traffic in the middle of Regina. So Canadian.
My decision this year will be I-90, I-94, or I-80? I will also have to decide when I want to re-enter Canada. Google Maps tells me to head up into Canada at Portal, North Dakota, and head up into Saskatchewan and connect with the #1 in Moose Jaw. I don’t think I’ll do this.
I think I’ll stay south as long as I can to save on gas and hit a few more towns along the way. When you stay south of the border, you hit a town every few minutes as opposed to in Canada where you can go for hours without seeing…ANYthing. It may take me a little longer, but I think my sanity is worth it.
Anyway, everyone with “normal” jobs gives me the same look when I explain to them what I’m doing. yes, there’s an awful lot of driving involved in racing and covering motorcycle racing, but I actually enjoy the journey. Seriously, even with all the crazy things that have happened on many of these cross-country adventures, they are just that – adventures. It takes a certain type of nut job to find pleasure in venturing off into the unknown, and I guess I am just that sort of person.
So, bring on another season of Canadian Pro Motocross; I can’t wait for it to start. However, I’m going to enjoy this final week that I have to get through before it happens. Safe travels to all, and save me a sandwich, a coffee, and a smile for when I get there.
KAMLOOPS OR BUST!
My coffee has got me feeling great, and that means I feel like spinning a tale. I was speaking with Bill Wright (#14 Dylan Wright‘s dad, of course) earlier and I asked him why Dylan didn’t have a cable on his rear brake this past weekend at Sand Del Lee, and I loved his answer.
Of course, this was only Dylan’s practice bike, so it isn’t set up like his race bike will be next week. Also, and this is where the story gets good, Bill told me he actually likes it when things go wrong in a practice race. Basically, it builds character. Bill even told me that in the past he would occasionally remove the front brake lever to force Dylan to tough out a moto in adverse conditions. I get it.
And it reminds me of a story…
Most of you probably don’t know this, but I was a pretty serious “Tri Geek” after my years of racing moto. In fact, I even qualified for and “competed” at the Hawaii Ironman World Championships twice. No, I didn’t go there to win, but I made it and that’s really all you need to know about my performance on The Big Island.
The story I want to tell is of one of the top female competitors. She was a top 5 athlete who had done very well the previous year and was there to win. You never know what can happen when you put 1500 people in the water and send them off in a controlled frenzy. It gets ugly and rough.
She had apparently been kicked in the face and dislocated her jaw or something like that. But instead of dropping out like most people would, she gutted out one of the most memorable days in Ironman folklore.
Did she win? Hell no, but she did not drop out. In fact, she came walking across the finish line in the dark with the rest of the mere mortals. She should have been a contender for the win and already been finished for about 5 hours when she finally crossed the line. It was a great story.
The moral is that you should never drop out unless you absolutely have to. It’s how we handle these adverse situations that shows who we really are, and you don’t want to be a quitter…ever. Like the old adage goes, “If you drop out of a race, it gets easier to do again in the future.”
Dylan Wright finished that particular race at MX101 in 2nd place but did not drop out or whine about what happened. They went back to the pits, fixed the rear brake and he went out and won the next moto convincingly. Let that be a lesson for anyone reading this who has races coming up: be tough, don’t quit, and never make excuses. If something went wrong, people will know. You don’t have to run around telling everyone. Just fix the problem and do better next time. As The Simpson’s told us, “Don’t Do What Johnny Don’t Does.” Huh?
LUCAS OIL PRO MOTOCROSS | GLEN HELEN RESULTS
Believe it or not, Jeff McConkey was right again! He said Eli Tomac‘s starts were going to be his downfall, and this past Saturday at Glen Helen it was. Oh, and a front brake problem didn’t help, either. Can Marvin Musquin take this championship? Of course he can, but there’s still lots of racing to go.
And after a crazy day in the 250 class, with 4-2 finishes for the overall, Zach Osborne is still the points leader. It’s going to be a great simmer!
WALTON TRANSCAN ANQ SCHEDULE
Many regions are finished now for their Parts Canada TransCan at Walton Raceway as far as ANQ’s go. Here’s a look at the updated schedule:
Beginning in March, Amateur National Qualifier (ANQs) races spread across eleven regions throughout Canada, wrapping up in June. Thousands of participants will be competing for a spot on the gate in hopes of being crowned a 2017 CMA/FIM North America Canadian Amateur Motocross Grand National Champion or for just the fun of competing with Canada’s finest motocross athletes.
Before the gate drops for the first moto in your region, make sure you are aware of the qualifying events and the TransCan pre-entry procedure.
ALL events are assigned and results are harvested from respective club websites and tallied by Tite Racing Promotions.
Regional ANQ Event Schedule
Vancouver Island – GNC Allocation (2)
March 25-26.2017 Westshore Mx Park, Victoria BC
BC – GNC Allocation (3)
April 15/16 2017 Popkum Motorsport Park April 29/30.2017 Kelowna Mx Park May 27/28.2017 Penticton Mx Park
Alberta North (ADRA)- GNC Allocation (2)
May 20/21.2017 at Valiant Memorial, Fort McMurray
Contact: ADRA www.albertadirtriders.com
Alberta South (AMSA)- GNC Allocation (3)
May 7.2017 Lethbridge (Temple Hill Motorcycle Park) May 21/22.2017 Medicine Hat (Medicine Hat MX park)
Contact: AMSA www.amsamx.ca
Saskatchewan – GNC Allocation (2)
May 14.2017 Assiniboia, SK
- June 4.2017 Weyburn, SK
Contact: Saskatchewan Motorsport Assoc. www.saskmotocross.com
Manitoba – GNC Allocation (2)
May 28.2017 ZIR Zhoda
- June 4.2017 Melita
- June 11.2017 McNabb Valley MX
Contact: Manitoba Motocross Assoc. www.manitobamotocross.com
Northern Ontario – GNC Allocation (1)
May 27.2017 Atikokan
Contact: Superior Dirt Riders
Central Ontario – GNC Allocation (1)
May 6/7.2017 at Runway Park
Contact: www.runwaypark.net or firstname.lastname@example.org
South Western Ontario – GNC Allocation (10)
April 16.2017 Gopher Dunes April 30.2017 Motopark May 7.2017 Muttco ***CANCELED (RAIN)*** May 13-14 Muttco (Make-Up Date)
- June 11.2017 Walton Raceway
- June 18 Gullymor
Contact: Amateur Motocross Ontario
Eastern Ontario – GNC Allocation (5)
April 16.2017 Gopher Dunes April 30.2017 Cochrane’s May 7.2017 Muttco ***CANCELED (RAIN)*** May 13-14 Muttco (Make-Up Date) May 27-28 Sand Del Lee – MX101
- June 11.2017 Walton Raceway
Contact: Amateur Motocross Ontario
Quebec – GNC Allocation (7)
May 28.201 Deschambault
- June 4.2017 Thetford-Mines
Contact: Challenge Quebec Motocross
Atlantic – GNC Allocation (4)
May 6.2017 Riverglade, NB ***CANCELED (RAIN)*** May 21.2017 Mill Hill, NS
- June 3 Riverglade (Make-Up Date)
Contact: Atlantic Motocross
The Walton TransCan is a limited entry event. There are 42 gate positions available for each class. In addition, standby positions are assigned to participate in practice and be available to ‘fill-in’ up until the gate drop of the first moto.
Gate positions are held open with an appropriate number of gates in every class allocated by the number of racers in each region of Canada. If the allocated gate positions of a region are not filled by the close of pre-entry on June 23rd they are returned to the pool of available gate positions. If entries received from a region exceed the region’s allocated amount, those entries will only be accepted if there are gate positions available from the pool of available gate positions.
Riders are ranked for the Walton TransCan. The ranking is based on the Amateur National Qualifiers (ANQ) in order to ensure that the Canada’s best athletes make it to the limited start gate. ANQ events are those regional events identified by the TransCan as being most representative of each region’s talent. It is the responsibility of the riders to ensure that any ANQ results are posted in their region accurately. Date of entry is used as a tiebreaker in ranking points.
Failure to participate in ANQs results in received rider entries being ranked after all ANQ participant entries. Low ranking results in late gate pick for the first moto. In a full class you will not get a starting position. If a TransCan entry does not get ranked through at least one ANQ participation they will only be eligible to enter as a post entry ($100+HST) rather than the ‘Early Bird Pre-entry’ rate ($85+HST). Confirmation of non-participants entries is delayed until all ANQ participating entries are confirmed.
Riders are encouraged to achieve their best possible result in ANQs, pre-enter TransCan before June 1st for maximum savings and thereby get their best start gate position for the first moto and best assurance of being on the line as one of 42 of the finest from across the country.
KENNEDY LUTZ PUNCHES HER TICKET TO LORETTA LYNN’S
Congratulations to Saskatchewan speedster, #44 Kennedy Lutz. She finished 2nd in the Women’s class and 13th in Schoolboy 2 to make her way to Loretta Lynn’s. The question is, are we going to see her go head to head with 3-time East champ, Eve Brodeur, this summer?
Kennedy’s Regional Qualifier this past week was way down south at Gatorback in Florida, so she doesn’t have a whole lot of time to make her way back to Kamloops for round 1, if that’s where Team Brodeur is racing.
We’ll keep asking for answers and let you know what to expect this Saturday at Whispering Pines…
DON’T FORGET ABOUT CHRISTOPHER FORTIER
MXGP OF FRANCE | ERNÉE
MX2 – GP Classification
MX2 – World Championship Classification
MXGP – Overall Classification
MXGP – Championship Classification
Next Round: June 11 – MXGP of Russia
OK, I can’t sit here blabbing all day, I have to pack to be away for 6 weeks! To be honest, packing for a trip that long is easy – just bring everything you own!
Stay tuned for our Rockstar Energy MX Nationals Preview Podcast that should be up later tonight of Tuesday. Jeff and I will be joined by Andy White from FXR to talk about what we can expect when the gates drop this summer.
Thanks for reading, and have a great week.