Frid'Eh Update #37 Presented by Montreal Supercross
Hello and welcome to the DMX Frid’EH Update numeral trente-sept. I say that in Canada’s other official language because this particular column is brought to you by the Montreal Supermotocross coming up very shortly in the first week of October.
I also use da French because this column is dedicated to former Canadian Champion Marco Dube who, in his short amount of racing last year, earned CMRC #37. Marco suffered a gnarly crash getting ready for last years Montreal Supercross and when I spoke to him at Walton, he was still suffering from crash and trying to get back to 100%.
Marco picked up a job distributing Forma boots and by all accounts, that’s going well for him. The boots are high quality and you should check them out on our site. Marco has raced all over the world, accomplished a lot and in his day was very, very quick. Respect!
I must apologize for the lateness of this update, it’s no one’s fault but my own. Y’see, the last round of the AMA nationals are this weekend at the Pala and I made the drive down from my palatial estate in Las Vegas. I was planning on getting this thing done before I left but that didn’t happen. Then I was going to do it once I got to the track but the internet was down, I had to do some filming and then I saw Tim Ferry. So that didn’t happen. Now I’m at my hotel and going to dinner so this update contribution from me is absolutely pathetic.
I promise that next week, I’ll make it up to you in a big way with lots of info, dirt and things like that but for now, let me give you guys this:
-There are some big plans coming up for DMX and it’s going to be really sweet. Stay tuned.
-We are going to be involved in the Montreal SX in a pretty big way in bringing you guys the race. Stay tuned.
- Either Christophe Pourcel orTrey Canard will win an epic 250title this weekend in Pala. Stay tuned.
-I’m working on bringing up some big names to the Montreal SX and we’ll see what happened. Either way, I’ll bring up some guys that are big names to me and me only. Stay tuned.
-Congrats to Danny Brault and his lovely bride Tabatha on their wedding, it seems only yesterday that Danny and I got those hookers and donkeys in Mexico.
-Just kidding! I know that Danny and Tab are getting married for real reasons (and not for a green card like I did) and they will enjoy each other’s company for many, many years. And I’ll see them in Vegas this next week!
Sorry for this week contribution once again, I'll be back strong next week!
|He might not have been riding but Marco still came out to Walton to promote Forma boots.|
|James Lissimore Photo|
Here's Palm's with this week's contribution
September is already beginning to go by fast, last week was my wife’s birthday (she shares the same birthday as Heidi Cooke and the Allison bros, so a happy belated birthday to them), this weekend is the Vet National at Walton, although Brett Lee is involved with it so it will most likely rain. I am sure you all heard how Auburn was again rained out last weekend?. Maybe Brett needs to use an alias when he puts on his promoting hat so Mother Nature can’t take notice? There is also a race at Moto Park this Sunday as well as the WEC in Parry Sound, basically there is a lot to chose from if you want to go racing.
If your into romance than your thoughts this weekend should be with Colton Facciotti and Danny Brault as they are both tying the knot. Colton is getting married out west and Danny is getting hitched here in Ontario. It should be an unforgettable weekend for all parties involved and I am sure I speak for the entire MX world when I wish them nothing but happiness.
This weekend also marks the two week countdown to the MXON. Kyle Keast, Jeremy Medaglia and Kaven Benoit are all busy preparing for this epic event in Colorado. I already spoke with Jeremy last week about how much he is looking forward to it, look for a Kyle Keast interview early next week and then if everything goes as plan, I will be getting an inside look at how Kaven Benoit is preparing next week as well. I ask John Nelson on Wednesday how their preparation was coming along and his reply was, “ Why do you want me to talk about that, are you trying to give me a heart attack? All I have to say is that I can sure see why people don’t want to get involved”.
So if it’s two weeks until Colorado, than it is three weeks until the Montreal SX, the biggest race in Canada. If you haven’t been to Montreal to see the SX than you must try and make the trip soon, there is lots to do in the city, the racing is always amazing and who knows how long the stadium is going to be upright?. It’s almost 35 years old!!
Since I am on the subject of the Montreal SX, and since Saturday is the 9th Anniversary of September 11th, I thought I could tell everyone a quick story about the Montreal SX in 2001. As with everyone that day, September 11th started off as a beautiful day and a day that was going to be spent riding dirt bikes for myself and a few other riders getting ready for the upcoming Montreal SX. I had arranged for a number of riders to come to my SX track to practice on September 11th, Darcy Lange, Sean Hamblin, Chuck Mesley and Ryan Lockhart were all coming over to ride.
I had spent the morning working on my track and when I came in to greet everyone they were all crowded around the radio listening to the breaking news. Of course, the news was that planes had flown into both World Trade Centers and they were on fire. Then came the horrific news that the towers were beginning to fall, we all just stood there, white as ghosts and look at each other in utter amazement.
For the rest of the day we all rode as normal, but whenever we took a break we would listen to the news and talk, not like motocross riders, but as just normal guys who all knew that the World had just changed forever. With the Montreal SX only a few days away, we all wondered what was going to happen to the event, would it be cancelled, maybe rescheduled, no one knew, with all the North American Airspace closed how would all the riders fly in?
Well, as they say, the show must go on. The race would went off without a hitch in front of the usual 50 000 fans, the only thing missing was the 5 or so riders that were planning on going but couldn’t due to the closed airspace. It was a weird feeling racing that night in Montreal, with all that had happened, motocross just didn’t seem all that important. JSR would end up winning that night with Marco Dube and Darcy Lange rounding out the top 3. I guess September 11th, 2001 is one of those days that when we think of it, we all remember exactly what we were doing and where we were. Here is to all the men and woman who lost their lives that fateful day. Enjoy your weekend whatever it is your doing.
|Dusty Klatt takes to the skies with his new number last weekend at home in Campbell River, BC.|
|James Lissimore Photo|
Here's James Lissimore to talk about his week:
Even though it's supposed to be the off season, there certainly doesn't seem to be a shortage of things to do these days. After spending a great four days on Vancouver Island last week with Dusty Klatt as he hosted his annual BMX jam I've now got a full packed weekend coming up as Colton Facciotti and Jocelyn Killough are tying the knot in nearby Langley, BC tomorrow and I'm the photographer. That's right, I'm shooting a wedding – god help us all. It should be fun though, the weather forecast is looking a lot better than it did and it will be great to see a lot of the moto community who are in town for the wedding.
After a full day(and night) at the wedding, I'm going to load up on double double's and make the 3 hour drive up to Whistler the next morning for the Red Bull 5000 Down mountain bike race, the world's only mass start downhill mountain bike race. Dusty's been up in Whistler training all week for the race(after riding a Downhill bike for the first time a couple weeks ago) and with a loaner bike from Darren Berrecloth he's looking to hopefully hold his own with the cream of the downhill crop. Throw in Shawn Greenaway, Shawn Maffenbeier and uber trainer Todd Schumlick into the MX mix and it should be a good time. For more info check out: http://www.redbull.ca/cs/Satellite/en_CA/Event/Red-Bull-5000-Down-021242873481690
Also, I put together some photos from my trip to Klatt's last week on my blog, which you can check out here: http://jkliss.blogspot.com/
And my Campbell River trip was the focus of this week's Troy Lee Designs Thursday Wallpapers which are available here: http://www.directmotocross.com/news/features/2010/09/tld-thursday-wallpapers-weekend-klatt
Obviously, as a photographer, camera gear is a big part of my life and one of the most asked questions I get is what I shoot with. So, I figured that would make a good topic for this week's Behind the Lens and I broke down all the stuff I normally bring with me on a typical assignment. Now, it varies depending on what the assignment is but this is what I would normally bring along most of the time. Looking at it all really makes me thankful I bought a roller bag! Here's the link: http://www.directmotocross.com/news/features/2010/09/behind-lens-what-i-shoot
That's it for me this week, it's wedding time! And while I'm on that subject, DMX founder, Danny Brault is getting married today so a big congrats to him and his new bride, Tabitha!
|Dusty hits up a wall ride in Courtenay, BC. Moto, BMX or racing Downhill mountain bikes this weekend - if it's got 2 wheels the Pug Assasin is going to tear it up.|
|James Lissimore Photo|