Frid'Eh Update #31 Presented by BlackfootDirect.com
Photos by James Lissimore (mostly)
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Here's Drew in action from last year, a bigger guy-he really muscled the bike around.
Ok, what we like to do here is dedicate this column to the rider that earned the CMRC number that corresponds to the update. So, we’re on 31 here and that’s Alberta’s own, Drew Clegg. Last few years Drew has been a fixture on the national circuit but for 2009, there hasn’t been a Clegg sighting. Not sure what Drew’s doing now or if he’s still riding and if anyone knows what’s up, drop us a line to let us know. Drew was always known as an aggressive rider that rode with a take-no-prisoners style and he ended up fifteenth overall in the MX1 class.
Anyone at Morden a couple of years ago will have a taste (literally) of what the riders went through at Ste-Thecle this past weekend
Wow…what a race last weekend in St Thecle eh? We haven’t seen a downpour like that for a couple of years and it sounds like it was one of those races that seems to happen once a year. From everyone that I talk to, it seems like the crowd was out in force and, as usual, the French embraced motorsports. The track was very short, and perhaps too short but we’ll never know with the rain that fell. With all the great tracks in Quebec, I’m not sure why the series can’t visit those great tracks that I’ve seen on TV and heard so much about. As usual with Canadian moto, everyone banded together and made it work.
Case in point from Ste-Thecle: Is that Tyler Medaglia under there? (Angie Parker pic)
I think when you have a mud race like last weekend, anything can happen and the points can come and go real easy. That’s why Colton Facciotti and Teddy Maier were no doubt breathing sighs of reliefs upon crossing the finish line last week. They didn’t win but they both put a bunch of points on the men behind them (Dusty Klatt and Eric Nye) and with three rounds to go, both guys have a good grip on the championships. I’m happy for the Leading Edge team as well because they’ve had some bad luck in the one and three-quarter seasons they’ve done and the blood, sweat, tears and money that Jason and Rod have put in is finally paying off.
The champ looks good to be the champ again. Colton rode smart in the mud while Klatt and Carpenter struggled.
And what a day to be riding orange as well! The Austrian manufacturer really showed off its bikes abilities to make it through the nastiest stuff with overall wins by Mason Phillips and Kyle McGlynn. Congrats to those two and I have to say, when was the last time both winners on the day were so unexpected? We interviewed both guys this week and you can read those HERE and HERE.
Congrats also goes out the Andy White and his entire crew as I’ve been there in the muck and the team is working so hard to make everything great in the mud and rain. It’s a real test of men and machine in those conditions.
As you read this I’m going to be jetting off to Moncton for this weekend’s race and I’m very pumped. I’m actually super-pumped Ryan Dungey-style! Thanks to Cuzn-It from mxforum.com for errrrr, hooking up the airline ticket. I can’t wait to get out there and visit the Maritimes. I’ve been all over North America and even something like fourteen countries in Europe but never east of Quebec. That will now be crossed off my list. If you guys see me there, come by and say hi, maybe we can go hunt lobsters together? The Riverglade track has long been regarded as one of the best rounds of the CMRC Nationals and I’m determined to find out why…maybe I will even see Glen Hoar out there. Who for the longest time was the fastest guy to come out of the way, way east side.
"Terrible" Teddy Maier, the MX2 points leader did himself a big favor at St Thecle as well.
James Lissimore called me yesterday to chat about some new ideas for the site and he informed me that Moncton was actually four hours ahead of the Pacific Time Zone. Who knew?
I was in Washougal last weekend for the AMA race and before the race, I actually flew up to Vancouver and then caught a boat over to Victoria to hang out with my buddy Fireman Ron. We hung out in Victoria for a day, Ron got a parking ticket that he crumpled up and threw on the ground while proclaiming “I’m a Fireman, I don’t have to pay those” and then we drove down to Washougal for the race. The race itself was pretty good, the track isn’t the greatest for spectators but from the announcers tower, it’s not too bad. Check out my “Observations” column on Racer X for more on that race.
David Bailey shakes in his boots as Rollerball hunts him down. (Peter Swanton photo)
I was talking to David Bailey this week for one of my other jobs, Pulpmx.com when I sent him one of Peter Swanton’s photos from the 1983 Unadilla 250 USGP to peruse. DB was being chased by none other than Ross “Rollerball” Pederson who happened to place fifth overall that day while David actually won the thing. After seeing the photo Bailey sent me this note-
“That’s cool. Ross was a good guy. I totally moved over on him in Anaheim 85 and he cartwheeled. I was so scared he was gonna level me. I was riding like shit and he was jacking up my chance to transfer so I had to switch to guns. I saw him in Phoenix at SX or somewhere some years back and he was huge and tan. We chatted for a while and was giving me all these compliments. Then I heard from somebody that after the race that night he ended up at an after party pretty drunk and got in a fight or kicked out of the place or something. Oops.”
Great story DB! Well, except for that ending part…
I just got done watching the Step-Up at the X-Games and lemme get something straight. You hit the bar, you knock yourself silly upon landing and lay there for a while. Then you get up and proclaim yourself out of the event. Your competitor is there, waiting to go, the judges say what is going to happen next but somehow, the contest is over and you win? Huh? Did I just see that right?
Chuck Mesley at Montreal in '08. DMX will be bringing you all the action from the Big O this year and we're pumped about that.
Word hit us here at DMX last week that the promoters of the Montreal Supercross have chosen us to be the official English news source of this great event and we are pumped about it. We have access to all the old pictures and films from the event and will be trying to bring you the stories from the old, new and future Montreal Supercrosses. Make sure you keep checking our site for more exciting announcements as the event draws closer.
Let’s catch up with James Lissimore now:
Everybody loves JD.
Well, I've been out here on the east coast all week with the Leading Edge boys. Nick Evennou's girlfriend, Lacey Constantine, lives only ten minutes from the track so we've been enjoying her parent's hospitality and the hot and sunny temps.
Brock and Nick are both pumped after their podiums last weekend and for Brock, it's nice to see him finally get on the podium after so much potential earlier in the season. It was a mud race though, so he's hoping to do it again before the season is over on a dry track.
Vintage machinery on the Moncton infield.
One funny thing about his second place finish was that the day before, Pat O'Connor made a bet with him saying that if he finished top 5, Pat would shave his head. If he finished outside the top 5, Brock would have to shave his head. Then, as an after thought, he stated that if Brock got top two that he'd shave his eye brows. Well, sure enough, Brock pulled off a second the next day and now he's on the hook. But, Brock being a nice guy is going to let him off the hook and figure out some other kind of hair style for him instead. Stay tuned for photos.
I've also been working on keeping my blog up to date as I stay out on the road for the last part of the season. My first installment showed some riding at the near-bye Fox Hollow track where, Brock, Nick, Greg Small, Parker Allison, PJ Stratton and Jared Stock were all getting tuned up for this weekend's race. Check it out here.
Could Riverglade be blessed with a hot and sunny weekend ?
I just got to the track and it looks great. The rain we had here yesterday has really helped get the dirt in prime shape. It's always great to see the crowd support at this round, fans out here are really into moto. I've heard radio ads playing non-stop, posters are everywhere, and Brock and Nick were stopped multiple times at the mall yesterday by people who followed moto. It should be a good weekend.
That's all from me, if you haven't checked out my wallpapers yet from Ste. Thecle and are looking for photos of riders that are barely identifiable for your desktop than check them out here.
Have you read Liss’s new blog entry on our homepage? If not, scroll to the bottom and check it out! Now it’s Allison Kennedy’s turn.
Thanks Steve-O. First off, I am sorry I am missing the Moncton round this weekend but it's awesome to know that Matthes will be experiencing the Glade as an east coast virgin. You know the Blackfoot East crew will treat him right and he won't be disappointed in the turnout or the presentation at this race. Secondly, no offence to the Quebecers, but I am not sorry I missed last weekend. Lissimore did a fantastic job of getting the feeling of being there across in his photo report this week and it got me digging through the archives for some of my best mud memories. Here are a few of the shots I found.
|Joliette 2002: Probably the worst mudder I've ever seen. The second motos were cancelled because the huge uphill was impassable. Blair Morgan pulled out his sled and put on a show for the die-hard Quebec fans.|
|Also at Joliette that year: Mike Treadwell and Big Don Davidson debate the merits of running the second motos.|
|Nanaimo 2003: Brad McLean after weathering a nasty track.|
|Mission 2005: Yet another muddy mess...|
Anyway, hopefully the moto gods will smile down on the Moncton crew. That place is full of good karma so I'm sure it will go off without a hitch. Just for good measure, here are a few semi-retro Moncton pics to get everyone fired up.
|Moncton 2006: The Atlantic moto community are a proud bunch. Here Mitch Cooke, Charlie Smith, Davey Fraser and Johnny Montes make their grand entrance during the opening ceremony.|
|Ryan Lockhart receives the first annual Brian House Memorial Award back in '06. The award will go to the top Atlantic finisher this weekend.|
Also, kudos go out to Moncton announcer and the voice of Atlantic motocross, RACEGUY aka Larry. Larry annoyed the sports reporters at the Times Transcript enough that they agreed to run a story in today's paper about the National. I passed on a few photos for the piece, lord knows mainstream press is hard to come by in our sport and let's hope the story brings a few more people through the gate on Sunday.
Thanks Allison and in the WOW category of news, we go the press release that NSORRA (Nova Scotia Off Road Riders Association) have rounded up $2500.00 for Team Canada and specifically, Mitch Cooke who is one of them. That’s great for sure and it’s cool to see people helping others like that. If you can spare any little bit of change for Team Canada, visit DMX’s Chip-In for Canada HERE.
Oops, as I was typing this story out we got a $75.00 donation and that puts us over the $1000.00 mark. Great to see everyone helping out and trying to make Dean’s, Tyler’s and Mitch’s day over there in Italy!
Doing her part for Team Canada is MXJewel. First Julie was selling stickers with all proceeds going to the team and now she has some Nitro Circus signed stuff to auction off on eBay with proceeds going back to Canadian women's moto. Check it out HERE.
Have you checked out Bigwave Billy’s Lifestyle Maritime Photo Report? Pretty cool stuff, click it HERE
Walton Trans-Can is coming up and our own Dan Paris has penned a nice little piece on the economic impact that the race has on the town HERE.
Another reason to come to Riverglade, there is a rumored DanBro sighting. That just puts the cherry on top of everything if you ask me.
That’s all I got this week, if you don’t see any updates later this week it’s because I either got caught in a lobster trap trying to get a snack, I’m still drunk or I saw Ricky or Julian and decided to just stay out and live the life with those two. Thanks for reading and remember, no good deed goes unpunished!
Hopefully August will bring the nationals some dry weather