Well, I’m getting closer and closer to home. Assuming nobody tells me of some sort of race between Chicago and London today, I’ll be home for dinner! I’m typing this week’s ‘Monday Morning Coffee‘ from a coffee shop in that little part of Indiana the highway hits when you get close to Chicago. Actually, there are some really cool sand dunes to ride in the area…no Canadians are down here with paddle tires, are they? OK, good.
This has been a pretty amazing 3 weeks of touring around checking out all kinds of motocross action, but I am ready to be home. The trip capped off with my first-ever visit to the Winter X Games at Buttermilk Mountain in Aspen, Colorado. It was a great experience and I’ll write up a little story on my 2 days at that event as soon as I get home and out of this hard, wooden chair!
I was getting a little long in the tooth on my final day in Aspen when I found out about a round of the Kicker Arenacross taking place the very next night in Denver. Well, I was going to be driving straight through the city and just couldn’t bring myself to drive past knowing I was missing some moto action. This is a sickness that lasts a lifetime, I’m afraid. If you’ve been diagnosed with it at a young age, you’ve got it for life. It’s like…never mind.
Anyway, not only was our old friend #24 Dave Ginolfi there racing, but Canadian family, The Stevensons, have been living in Denver for about 3 years and young #11 Connor Stevenson was racing the amateur classes. Obviously, I had to be there. It was great to hang out with Craig Stevenson from Actionetix for a while at the track.
Connor turned 12 not long ago and is out there ripping up a Yamaha 125 (or 144) 2-stroke with the big guys. Craig told me that Connor actually won an outdoor moto on the big bike against the older kids when he was just 11 last summer! He looked great on the tight arenacross track, but will need better starts to take the wins he definitely had the speed for. He basically came from last place to 4th and 3rd the two times I saw him on the track Saturday night. Great job, Connor!
Craig and Conor Stevenson get ready for the final moto of the night. Canadians, yo!
Connor is only 12 years old and did great in the Outlaw class. And check out those Can/Am graphics
Watch for Connor to be tearing up the results sheets in the future down/out there in Colorado (The Colour Red) and beyond!
Hey, remember these two guys from such episodes as the 2016 Calgary National?
I immediately remembered Scotty Miller’s jumping style and dreads hanging out of his helmet.
He was on a borrowed bike (first ride right here!) and was a little under-powered in the Open Pro class but had fun. He’s from Denver and has plans to do our entire 10-round series this coming summer.
This was the biggest pizza box I’ve ever seen.
Montreal, Quebec’s Geoff Gaskin thrilled the crowd with some back flips and then did a perfect front flip.
#24 Dave Ginolfi from New Jersey finished 2nd and 3rd in the Pro classes.
Looking back, I walked past him in a hurry earlier in the night and I now remember he was trying to say hello. I totally didn’t mean to snub you, Dave. To be honest, I didn’t know who #24 was earlier in the night! He snubbed me back when I tried to right the situation later in the night. We’re even.
#116 Vance Woffard won the 250 Pro class and finished 2nd in Open Pro. I didn’t actually know him but he’s been an upper-level Pro racer for quite some time now.
Speaking of fast guys I didn’t know, #17 Coby Adair was the class of the Open Pro…class.
It was a great night of racing. The stands were pretty full in the main areas and there were a lot of riders. In fact, there were 4 full gates of pit bikes trying to qualify for the main event! Kourtney Lloyd hung out for the night as she had a night to kill before her flight home to Prince George, BC the following morning. Thanks for the great directions, Kourtney…
It looks as if 2017 MX2 runner-up, Shawn Maffenbeier from Swift Current, Saskatchewan, has found a home for 2017 and beyond. Team member Jess Pettis has posted the following on his Instagram page:
The word was already out that Shawn would likely be joining the team, but we had yet to see or hear anything ‘official’ from the team.
We’ll be sure to post the Press Release as soon as we see it.
Congratulations to Shawn and the team.
Shawn Maffenbeier signs with MX101 FXR Yamaha.
In case you’ve been hiding under an ice-covered rock lately, Brock Hoyer just won an X Games GOLD MEDAL in Aspen! Not only that, fellow Canadian, Cody Matechuk, took the BRONZE MEDAL in the first-ever Snow BikeCross event. It was an amazing moment to be a part of live. We interviewed Brock for one of our ‘Tailgating’ episodes right after the event. We also did one with Cody that will be up on the site ASAP. You can watch Brock’s here:
OK, I’ve got to bring this drive home and drop the hammer! Have a great week, everyone. Watch for more coverage on all the stuff I filled the past 3 weeks with as I get a chance to sit down and go through it all when I get to DMX World HQ.
Let’s all head into this week better than this guy did into the first turn in Denver Saturday night! See you at the races…