Frid'Eh Update #3 Presented by Orange Motorsports
Hey everyone and welcome to Frid’Eh Update #3 here on Directmotocross.com. I can definitely tell the season is really kicking off even here in Canada. It always takes those first couple Supercross races to wake everyone up and get the phone lines buzzing for 2012 plans. As I write this I am thinking about something a little different, as I am on my way to Ottawa Valley for a snowmobile tour for On Snow Magazine to get the first sled ride in of the year. It was a last minute plan and I couldn’t be happier to get out and ride something with a motor, even if it’s not a dirt bike. You can keep up on all the OSM staff on twitter @OsmMag as they explore all sorts of places across North America by snowmobile this winter.
Once again this Update is brought to you by Orange Motorsports. Orange Motorsports have been some of our biggest supporters at DMX and we love having such a great dealership back us in all our projects. Orange Motorsports always adds value to every purchase a customer makes including giving away a free set of SCOTT 450 gear with every big bike KTM Purchase. Does it get much better than that? I think not. Orange motorsports also has suspension and motor packages to offer and carries a large line of KTM hard parts and accessories. If you’re looking for something motocross related, chances are Orange Motorsports has it.
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This update goes out to national #3 and honorary Canadian, Teddy Maier. Billy was able to catch up with Teddy last week and you can catch that interview right here. It looks like Teddy has teamed up with Spokane, Washington native, Brad Nauditt, to take on the West Coast Lites series and has made both main events so far. Look for Teddy to have a break out ride soon that we know he is capable of. Teddy wants to thank all his sponsors:
The team: HyperX/Scott/TilLube/FMF/Motoconcepts/Galfer/Motosport/ Sunstar/Renthal, Race-Tech; my aunt and uncle for letting me stay with them, for sure. Without them, it would be way too hard; my wife, Chelsey, for putting up with me being gone. It’s hard for me too, but it’s probably even harder for her being at home; my mom and dad, and the rest of my family.
Teddy Maier has become a very familiar face here in Canada.
James Lissimore photo
We are busy at DMX getting our March Issue of our Digital Magazine ready to go. But if you haven’t already make sure you check out our December issue here. I know a lot of people have read it more than once and keep getting excited about it. We can’t wait to release our next one with some very cool features in it!
Also if you have not seen this video yet below called the "Heart of Motocross" you are really missing out. Check it out as Troy Adamitis and his crew take a look inside the famous Loretta Lynn's race.
This weekend is also the first weekend of the B.C. Arenacross series at Chiliwack. Looks like it is going to be a great weekend and you can check out more details on it by clicking on the banner at the top of the web page.
Ok short and sweet for me this week. I’m passing this on to Billy, James and Allison who have got the scoop on all the news this week!
I can’t believe it’s Friday already. This has been one of my busiest weeks in a long time, I flew back to Vegas from Phoenix on Sunday, rented a car on Monday and drove out to SoCal on Tuesday and it’s been a flurry of shooting photos and video all week long.
First off, I have to thank Matthes for helping me get down here for these past few weeks and him and his wife, Angie, have been great hosts. This week, I’ve got to give a big thanks to former KTM Canada rider, Kris Keefer, as he was nice enough to let me stay at his house here in Hesperia this week. Kris is a good dude and a large part as to why I was out here in the first place as I came out to shoot some photos with Kevin Lepp for an upcoming feature in DMX Magazine. As I mentioned in a previous Update, Kris read our interview with Lepp after his Penticton AX win, heard his story and offered Kevin an opportunity to come stay and train with him.
Kevin gets some advice from his relationship councilor, Kris Keefer, at Milestone on Wednesday.
James Lissimore photo
Healed up from his broken wrist, Lepp was putting in laps this week in California but he'll be on the line this weekend back in BC at the Chilliwack AX.
James Lissimore photo
A heartwarming story for sure but at first it looked like it might not have a happy ending as soon after arriving in California, Kevin broke his wrist while practicing at Milestone. In a surprising turn though, it healed up faster than anyone (including his doctor) could have imagined and he was riding again by Christmas. Now back in So Cal and resuming his training, he’s looking at lining up for the San Diego round of the West Coast Lites series. I shot some video with Kevin on Tues and he explained his story a bit, which you can check out here if you haven’t already:
Kevin is a crazy mofo though, and decided to drive all the way back to Canada yesterday. He had a bunch of stuff at home that needed to be shipped down and with the AX this weekend in Chilliwack he figured it would make a good tune-up race before he tries his hand at SX.
Like I mentioned earlier, I’ve started shooting some video now to add to my still photos. It’s a big learning curve but I’m slowly figuring things out. It’s certainly an exciting new challenge. Yesterday, I headed out to Milestone and shot some video of the rider that this week's Update is dedicated to, almost-Canadian 2009 MX2 champ, Teddy Maier, as he put in laps on the SX track. You can check it out here:
Kyle Beaton also came out but his bike wouldn’t run properly so we re-grouped and met back at Milestone today. His shoulder is a little sore from his Phoenix LCQ crash but he’ll be OK and hopefully he can get a good start this weekend and put it in the main event. With rain in the forecast for Saturday, it could benefit the BC native who’s always been fast in the sloppy conditions. Stay tuned for a video with KD Beets next week.
A sore shoulder couldn't keep Kyle Beaton from scrubs like this at Milestone yesterday.
James Lissimore photo
Now it’s time for another SX race as we make our way to Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles. I’m really hoping that this forecasted rain holds off but the forecast seems to keep getting worse so I guess we just have to expect the worst. I guess things could be worse though, as I’ve been keeping an eye on the crazy snowstorm that’s been pounding the Vancouver area back home. I’ve been feeling sympathy as I turn up the AC.
While I was out at Milestone, I made the trip over to the Ti-Lube Foremost Insurance Kawasaki race shop to check out Donk, hard at work on the number 47 machine of Chris Blose. So far, things are working out pretty good for the Donk as Chris has qualified for both 450 main events this season. Pretty impressive when you look at the crazy deep field in that class.
He's currently wrenching for Chris Blose but Donk's heart still lies with KD Beets.
James Lissimore photo
Ok, I’m going to wrap this up. It’s time to head down to LAX to pick up Matthes. Enjoy your weekend!
Thanks James, it's Allison here to squeeze in a few comments before Billy kicks off his weekly novel. First off, our condolences go out to the family of Quebec rider Eric Goyette. Goyette passed away yesterday and our thoughts go out to his family and friends. Canada has a relatively small moto family and I am sure many of you have seen him on the line before.
It's been fun watching the first few Supercrosses, and despite the age old Scottish/Canadian debate, I still feel a swell of pride every time I see Dean Wilson on the podium. There is something about watching a kid you knew had talent (and crazyballs if I may say so) make it all the way to the top. It will never get old for me. Less enjoyable was catching a glimpse of KD Beets familiar gear in the middle of that LCQ carnage as the camera cut away... I was hoping I was wrong but a good old Matthes tweet quickly confirmed my suspicions. I am glad to hear via James that Kyle is back on the bike and is headed to LA as determined as ever. Hopefully this will be his week.
Pretty crazy to see Dungey grab KTM's first SX win so early in the season. I am sure there were some serious orange parties going on, maybe even a little H'andy White/Danny Brault hug happened in the land of poutine. KTM has a pretty ambitious to do list, who knows maybe their first Canadian MX1 title is next?
That's really all I have to ramble on here. I'll hand this over to Sir Words-a-lot, Billy Rainford.
Hello everyone. Billy here. I was a little busy this week trying to launch Loudmouth Canada so I didn’t have as much time to dig for stories as I usually do.
I saw a new entry in the ‘Poop People Say’ series. Here is the latest one called ‘Shit Motocrossers Say’: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MWs7lbSPmg4 Everything is fine until Kris Keefer says, “Everybody likes Journey” at the end. Um, the song he’s spoofing is Sister Christian and it’s by Night Ranger. Of course, we’ll let it go because he is the one who has taken Kevin Lepp under his wing for the supercross season. Kevin said he was there while they were doing the video and said it was hilarious.
Speaking of Kevin, did you see the video done by James Lissimore? Looks like Kevin’s wrist has undergone a very speedy recovery and he’s already able to put in some laps. He says we should see him at the San Diego SX on February 11th. Good luck, Kevin. Here’s the link, in case you missed it: http://www.directmotocross.com/news/features/2012/01/video-kevin-lepp-riding-comp-edge
Remember Kyle McGlynn? The fast up-and-comer raced for KTM in 2010 and managed to get 12th overall in the MX2 series that year after only finishing four rounds. He didn’t race any nationals last summer and I had a chance to find out what he’s been up to. Here’s what he had to say:
“Typically, around this time of year, I don't have much news to report on the moto front. I’m usually logging in more hours listening to Howard Stern on satellite than an open road trucker, and I'm cutting down more trees than you can imagine. I'd like to say you will see me at some nationals this summer; I know I would love to race a few. A lot of what I decide to do this summer depends on what I can find for support. Last year I made the tough decision not to continue with the Royal Distributing KTM team for another year, and instead focus on mx schools and racing provincially with support from KTM and Cycleworks Calgary. Everyone knows how much this sport costs and the kind of dedication it takes to succeed is immense. Eventually, I just got to the point where I was working 340+ hours a month. On top of that, I was dragging my ass into the gym five days a week for months at a time in the winter only to be flat broke by the end of summer. Moto is my passion--it always will be--and I've been at it for a lot of years already. I was running myself into the poor house and I wasn't getting the results I expect of myself. That’s basically why I didn't show up at all last year. So, to make a long story short, if I can find enough support that will help me train and prepare myself for a full-on honest shot at getting some good results at a few nationals then that’s what I would love to do. If that’s not the case, then I will continue with my schools and race as many races in Alberta as I can.
P.S. Don’t hold me to my grammar and spelling after all I cut down trees for a living and ride dirt bikes all summer. Thanks”
He probably didn’t want me to leave in the post script, but I thought it was funny, so I left it in there. I had a chance to get to know Kyle in Montreal a couple of springs ago and I can tell you he is one witty character. We did a video at KTM in St Bruno where he showed us around the place. Here’s a link to it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4kaNSXWVftA We need more guys like this on the national circuit.
The Canadian Arenacross Championships are back underway in Chilliwack, BC, tonight and Saturday. I saw that Shawn Maffenbeier, Brock Hoyer, and Kevin Lepp now intend to make appearances. That means there should be a few fast guys there looking for wins. Get out there if you can. The series takes a break for one weekend and then wraps up Feb 4-5.
Chris Pomeroy is putting on another school at the Wallaceburg facility, this weekend. Here is the Press Release that went out:
Chris Pomeroy will again be hosting Motocross Schools on both Saturday and Sunday at the Ontario Arenacross Facility. The Chris Pomeroy Motocross Training School on Saturday and Sunday will begin at 9:00am until 12:00pm. The schools cost for one day is $75, or for two days the cost is $150. Lunch will be provided both days and open riding until 6:00pm is included with your school entry. For more information or to book your spot please email: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 519 384 1067. (*Memberships are required, which can be purchased for $40)
The Ontario AX Championships will get going next weekend. Here is some information on that:
The first round of the Ontario Arenacross Championship will take place next Saturday, January 28. Sign in is from 7:00am to 9:00am, with riders meeting at 9:15am and Practice beginning at 9:30am. Races are open to all riders and riding abilities, as we have a class for everyone! More racing information will be posted on our website soon!
The Ontario Arenacross Facility Practice Hours are as follows:
Wednesdays - 5:30pm to 9:30pm
Thursdays - 5:30pm to 9:30pm
Fridays - 5:30pm to 9:30pm
Saturdays - 12:00pm to 6:00pm
Sundays - 12:00pm to 6:00pm
*Private Rentals are available by request
Enter to Win:
From now until Sunday, March 11 - All Practice Rides will give you one (1) entry to win a four (4) pack of Tickets to the Toronto Supercross, March 24, 2012 at the Roger Centre.
I also want to mention the passing of one of Canada’s greatest athletes. Sarah Burke succumbed to her head injuries yesterday and will leave a huge hole in the world of action sports. She was a true champion, a very nice person, and a pioneer in the sport of skiing.
I don’t have much of a rant this week. I have to take a friend to the hospital for a procedure today, so I’m a little pressed for time. I would like to touch on something that seems to have become accepted as some sort of ‘moto speak.’ I’m talking about ‘I seen…’ Is there any way we could make a concerted effort to eradicate this bastardization of the English language? Now, I’m not saying I’m Yeats or anything, but the collective IQ of motocrossers plummets every time one of us links these two words in speeches. If you are going to say it, you must insert the word ‘have’ between the two. If that makes your sentence all screwy, then remove the word ‘have’ and change ‘seen’ to ‘saw.’ Ok, I feel better with that off my chest.
I spoke very briefly with Carl Bastedo today asking him for some MXoN updates. He said there was nothing to mention this week, but we should have something to talk about next Friday. He also hinted that he’s working on something else down in California that he can fill us in on next week, as well. He had a short update on what Kade Walker has been up to lately:
“Kade has completely recovered from his get-off in Italy. The 14-year old has been training hard on his KTM125 at all the great tracks down here in SoCal--the new National Track at Lake Elsinore--which is a spectacular facility--, Perris, Milestone, Cahullia Creek and Pala. His lap times are right up to par. The plan is to have Kade compete in the first few U.S. Amateur Nationals starting late February early March before returning to Europe. Kade will be racing Supermini and Schoolboy 125 in those US Nationals. Thanks, Carl”
Now for some sad news from www.mxquebec.ca:
It is with sadness that we learned of the death of one of our best motocross riders in Quebec this morning in the Lac St-Jean # 152 Eric Goyette. An accident between two vehicles is the cause of this tragedy.
Every team wishes MXQuébec their most sincere condolences to the family and friends of Eric.
Thank you RIP Eric # 152
I also just learned that young #524 Jake Beaudoin suffered a serious head injury while training at MTF. If you race the Supermini or 85cc classes south of the border, you definitely know who he is. Here’s hoping he makes a full recovery. Here’s the injury update from MTF’s website: http://mtfmx.com/news?story=299
I’m sitting here waiting for the phone to ring telling me I have to return to the clinic to pick that same person up ‘post procedure,’ so I will keep this week’s story time short. I was over at the YMCA this week and after my swim I went up to the weight room. I seemed to be on the same circuit as this young kid and I started to feel bad as I kept asking him if he knew what he was doing and if he would mind letting me in on the machine. I was standing around a little later when a woman (turns out it was his mom, Julie) comes up and says, “You don’t remember us from Florida, do you?” Uh oh, don’t you just hate that?! Anyway, it turns out the young kid I was hassling was young speedster Cole Stevens. Well, after I stopped feeling like a jerk, I asked where he was now. He was down in the gym shooting some hoops so I wandered down to say hello.
He wanted to play a game of 21, but, after swimming and then lifting weights, I was in no condition to run around chasing a 12-year old all over a gym--that, and I was terrified there was a chance I might lose and never hear the end of it! In the end, we decided on a game of HORSE and I am proud to say that being 6’ 3” makes reverse lay-ups much easier than if you are 4’ 11” and 12. I schooled him! Ok, truth is, he almost beat me with some of his Steve Kerr-like skills from the outside. Is that reference too old? Ok, how about his Ray Allen-like skills? (I actually dated a girl that went out with Mr. Allen for 3 years…small and weird world.)
Anyway, it turns out Cole’s other passion is basketball and, once he gets that left side figured out, I think he has potential to do pretty well. Thanks for the game, Cole. See you there for a re-match.
|The Medaglia 2012 question still lingers...|
|Allison Kennedy photo|
I made my weekly call to Tyler Medaglia today (he’s still answering the phone, surprisingly) and, as the punk rock lyrics would say, “Second verse, same as the first!” He’s very close to being able to break the news and I think we’re all going to like what he has to say. I plucked this quote from MX Forum, “My deal is almost finished. We are all really excited about how everything is coming along. It will be announced soon, once everything has been finalized. I believe it will be the best bike on the track and looking forward to the title hunt in the MX1 class!” Tyler is one of the few pro riders brave enough to post over there and he always handles himself well.
|Some crazy crap goes down in Alabama. The good news is Cole has one worse for wear bike back.|
Cole Thompson is all set to hit the fourth round of the Arenacross Tour down in Hattiesburg, Mississippi this weekend. He is perfect in both the AX Pro class and the Clash for Cash races. I just spoke with older brother Kyle about the theft of Cole’s race and practice 250s. He actually had some good news! Here’s the update:
“Hey, we are currently sitting at a gnarly, chopped-out, sand track doing a little warm-up for this weekend’s AX, haha. As for the bikes, I got a random call from some guy in Montgomery claiming he knows who has the bikes. With about 15-20 calls, Mama T and myself went up to Montgomery with $2500 cash in hopes to get the bikes. Ended up meeting with the guy in what could possibly be the sketchiest part of Alabama, in a Family Dollar parking lot, where the guy was sitting on Cole's race bike. We gave him half the money and went on our way, (I was also offered to buy some gold from a random rolling through the parking lot.) The bike had a few ‘road motos’ on it, and looked like a wheelie-to-crash. Graphics were ripped off and the tires were worn out, but all-in-all not bad. We could possibly have the practice bike back this Sunday (fingers crossed). In the meantime, we had a new 250 being done up, so Cole will most likely ride the new one. All is good other than that; I’ll keep you posted. I’m going back to trying to close the 20 second a lap gap Cole is putting on me. Later”
Thanks for that, Kyle. I have to admit, I didn’t think there was any chance they were going to see either of those bikes again. Good luck this weekend.
Ok, there’s the phone call I’ve been waiting for. That’s all from me this week. Good luck to everyone hitting races this weekend. We all know what the definition of insanity is (Google it, Bowker!), but I say James Stewart wins this weekend in LA. Yep, I’m a glutton for punishment.
In the late breaking news department, a little bird just informed us that Kyle Keast may be racing both Daytona SX and the Toronto SX aboard his new Machine-backed Yamaha... good stuff no doubt.