Frid'Eh Update #11 Presented by SKF Fork Seals
Hello everyone and welcome to another Frid'Eh Update here on directmotocross.com. We're already up to week #11 and if you're like me and calling Ontario home, you just know that I'm about to work my way into some talk about the weather we're experiencing right now. I know that the west coast of Canada is working through some unseasonably cold weather, but if you head east you will hit temperatures that are going to be in the 20s! Yes, the twenties! It's mid-March and doors and windows are wide open and local patios are full of people getting burnt to a crisp as they work on their late winter base-tans.
Our fearless leader, Kyle Carruthers, is off in the Quebec and New Brunswick wilderness testing sleds and getting wined-and-dined by Tourism Canada or some such thing, so he will be unable to contribute to this week's Update. The snowmobile industry appears to be doing just fine and Kyle's work with OSM Magazine sounds like a lot of fun! I'm taking a stab at running the ship, so to speak, so bear with me while I fumble my way through this introduction. I have a tendancy to get a little, shall we say, 'wordy,' so sit back, grab a Friday-afternoon beverage, and this will all be over in an hour or two.
We are now just a week away from the Toronto Supercross and there are a lot of cool things planned that will make the weekend a unique experience. I will talk about all of those things a little further down the page, but I definitely want to take this opportunity to plug the DMX social events at the Loose Moose both Friday and Saturday nights. Last year we filled both the basement AND the upstairs level, so be sure to scurry across the street form the Rogers Centre as quickly as you can to avoid any delays getting inside.
I bet everyone in these photos will be there again this year at the Loose Moose...I'm sorry.
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It's week #11 so that means this one is dedicated to our two-time MX2 champion Tyler Medaglia. Tyler has been spending time down in Georgia at GPF (Georgia Practice Facility) for the past while on his Viral Oils/Troy Lee Designs/Powersports Honda/Gopher Dunes Racing 450 machine. We got a nice, lengthy update from his last week and, if you missed it, you can read it in last week's Update here. In that update from Tyler, he mentioned that Heidi was entered in the Red Bull Crashed Ice competition in Quebec City this weekend. Well, that's tomorrow, so good luck, Heidi, and I'll be sure to pester this week for full details for next Friday. Also, if you remember last week, Derek Schuster mentioned that the team will be running some sort of contest since this week is dedicated to their rider. Derek sent this over to us that outlines what they have going on:
Our team wants to help you get your bike ready for spring! The 11th person to email email@example.com will win a prize-pack from us. The email title must be "TYLER MEDAGLIA GDR CONTEST" and the content must say "#11"
- Bike Wash
- Hard Parts Dressing
Oakley Goggles & Tear-off pack
Wow, thanks Derek! That's a lot of swag for just pressing a few buttons on your keyboard! Expect the winner to be decided about 10-seconds after we press 'submit' on this Update.
Bobby Kiniry has taken some time to get an early start on his outdoor testing in preparation for his run at the MX1 title in Canada again this coming summer. Bobby is competing in the SX class in the US as a replacement rider for Ryan Morais on the Star Valli Yamaha team and sits in 17th position just 6 points behind another familiar name, Matt Goerke (Goerke picked up a fill-in ride on the BTO Powersports Suzuki team for the injured Michael Byrne). The New York State native has been in California for a while now riding and testing. As he says, “The last two weeks I have been riding a lot of outdoors, knowing testing would creep up on me and it has. We are already getting going on outdoor testing, looking forward to the summer. It’s nice to get out and shift a few gears outside of 2nd and 3rd.” Thanks for that, Bobby. Good luck in Indianapolis and we'll see you next week in Toronto.
So just who was St. Patrick, you ask?
Tomorrow is St. Patrick’s Day. I didn’t know a whole lot about the history of the day other than it is the single biggest day of the year for beer sales, so I did a little research. I am actually a bit of a ‘Knowledge Nerd’ (Is that a thing?) and here is a very brief overview on the subject from National Geographic:
-St. Patrick was actually born in Britain, not Ireland, in 390 A.D.
-Patrick professed no interest in Christianity as a young boy.
-At 16, Patrick's world turned: He was kidnapped and sent overseas to tend sheep as a slave in the chilly, mountainous countryside of Ireland for seven years.
-He got a religious conversion while he was there and became a very deeply-believing Christian.
-According to folklore, a voice came to Patrick in his dreams, telling him to escape. He found passage on a pirate ship back to Britain.
-The voice then told him to go back to Ireland.
-He was ordained as a priest from a bishop, and went back to spend the rest of his life trying to convert the Irish to Christianity.
-He was constantly beaten by thugs, harassed by the Irish royalty, and admonished by his British superiors. After he died on March 17, 461, Patrick was largely forgotten.
-Slowly, mythology grew around Patrick, and centuries later he was honored as the patron saint of Ireland.
-According to St. Patrick's Day lore, Patrick used the three leaves of a shamrock to explain the Christian holy trinity: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
-St. Patrick's Day was basically invented in America by Irish-Americans. Eighteenth-century Irish soldiers fighting with the British in the U.S. Revolutionary War held the first St. Patrick's Day parades.
Well there you have it. Things that make you go, “Hmm…” –to quote Arsenio Hall. Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
Thank You for A Great Winter, We hope you have a fantastic 2012 Racing Season and Look Forward to Opening again during Winter 2012!
Don't miss our Last Practice week this coming Wednesday, March 14 to Sunday, March 18, 5:30 to 9:30 Week days, 12:00 to 6:00 Weekends
Mark Perrin of MPI informed me that the winter was more of a "two separate races" set-up this year with prizes and awards given out at both the January and February races. He was “stoked on where the season ended” and they have full intentions of doing it again next winter. He said the main thing was that they learned where they could cut back on some of the unnecessary spending and that they already have companies ready to get on board for next year.
Perrin also works for Feld Entertainment, so, while I had him on the line, I fired a bunch of Toronto Supercross questions at him. Below is a bunch of information regarding the March 24th event at the Rogers Centre:
Press Day: Thursday March 22
· Cole Thompson is a confirmed rider.
· More riders to be announced.
Friday March 23
· Live coverage from the track on Breakfast Television between 6:20-9:00am.
· CTV Sports coverage as well.
· Track Party 6:00-8:00pm – any Canadian companies who would like to set-up or be involved should contact Mark Perrin at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
· It could also be an opportunity for any Canadian pro riders to contact Mark for the chance to meet some fans and sign some autographs.
Here is some more information on the Track Party:
For the FIRST TIME EVER in Toronto - meet the riders and get autographs at the Monster Energy Friday night Track Party!
Track Party entrance is FREE with a valid March 24, 2012 event ticket. Now fans have the opportunity to EXPERIENCE Monster Energy Supercross PRIOR to Race Day in Toronto at the Track Party from 6‐8PM on Friday, March 24, 2012 INSIDE the Rogers Centre. This is the chance to walk the track, meet the riders, get autographs, learn about the sport and interact with the Supercross brand. PLUS - stop by the Monster Energy stage for entertainment. With it being the ONLY Canadian stop on the Tour, this is an entertainment option for Friday night for those making this a weekend trip!
Apparently, ticket sales for the event are at an all-time high. The 100 and 200 levels of the Rogers Centre are, essentially, sold out with only single seats and a select few doubles. They have opened the 500 level for additional seating. You can still use the ‘MPI5’ code to save yourself $5 off the ticket price on Ticketmaster. Remember, the cost of a ticket will increase on the day of the event.
Don’t forget, Machine Racing Yamaha rider Kyle Keast will be at the International Spring Motorcycle Show in the Toronto International Centre signing autographs. If you missed the PR, you can read it here.
I had a brief conversation with Kyle as he was pulling up to the Bike Show to set things up to find out how he's healing up. It has now been 8 weeks since his surgery and they have him in an air cast that he's been walking around in. He had the two pins out last Friday and figures he's still about three weeks from getting back on his Machine Racing Yamaha 450. He shattered the navicular bone in the bottom of his foot and it popped up the top bits that they had to pin into place. None of that sounds like any fun to me.
Kyle had planned to do the Daytona and Toronto rounds of the supercross seris so it was a big disappointment when he went down while practicing on the indoor track in Wallaceburg, Ontario. With Shawn Maffenbeier also out with a thumb injury and unable to race in Toronto, I asked Kyle just how much of a hassle it really is to get signed-up for one of these big AMA Supercross races. He took me through the process and there actually are quite a few hoops that must be jumped through! It's definitely NOT something you can decide to do on a whim at the last minute. You must first get in touch with the CMA and get a license and do all the paperwork. You also need a FIM license, which costs $900 which requires a doctor's note and a physical as well as a stress test. Once you have all that, you then send it in to the AMA for approval and then it is $200 per round of the AMA series. So, unless you have it planned out well in advance, it really is more than a matter of backing your pick-up into the pits in Toronto and lining up! Bottom line: Don't expect to see any new Canadians lining up next week besides Cole Thompson and John John Pauk.
Kyle Keast had planned to line-up at the Toronto SX next week to give us another Canadian to cheer for.
Machine Racing photo
The 2012 Thor Spring Classic at Millcreek in Alabama took place this week and we had several Canadians attending. Racing wraps up Saturday, but you can click this LINK for live timing and to search for other Canadians. I took a quick look for some our top up-and-comers’ results and here is what I found:
#78 Westen Wrozyna Newtonville, ON
· Supermini 2 (13-16): 16-11
#79 Cameron Wrozyna, Newtonville, ON
· 65cc (7-9) Stock: 18-18
· 65cc (7-9) Mod: Moto 1- 7th
#46 Marco Cannella Waterdown, ON
· 85cc (9-11) Stock: Moto 1-16th
· 85cc (9-11) Mod: 16-13
#417 Ben LeClair Blackstock, ON
· 65cc (7-9) Mod: Moto 1-10th
#811 Jake LeClair Blackstock, ON
· 65cc (10-11) Stock: Moto 1-14th
· 65cc (10-11) Mod: 12-12
#347 Jacob Sherk Hamilton, ON
· 250 A: 24-DNF
#195 Tyler Jordan Burlington, ON
· Four-stroke Open: DNF
My apologies to anyone I missed and congratulations to everyone who lined-up down there. I also just noticed that Taylor Miller is running the big '1E' on her bike this week! If you’ve never seen this track, it’s extremely fast with a lot of very big jumps. Full commitment and a boat load of guts are definitely needed to do well on this track!
KTM Canada is rolling out their 2012 Spring Demo Ride dates and locations for this coming summer. It's a really cool way to get your chance to test a handful of the bikes they offer. Below is the list of bikes that will be available to try and you can click this LINK for full details on the tour.
Confirmed bikes for KTM's RIDE ORANGE Moto Tour 2012:
350 SX-F (2)
250 SX-F (2)
350 XC-F (2)
KTM will also be very involved in the amateur side of the sport with an excellent contingency package for 2012. They will be offering contingency at all three of the big amateur nationals including, Deschambault, Raymond, and Walton. There will also be support at select provincial championships and they will be offering pros at the CMRC nationals money from 1st to 10th place. Exact numbers will be posted soon, so keep checking ktmcanada.com and here for the official release.
I spoke with KTM Canada's Danny Brault to see what's new with the Factory KTM Canada racing team and he had some great info for us. Word is that team mentor JSR is heading down to GPF this weekend to check-in with Colton Facciotti. Factory Connection will be heading down to begin suspension testing with all of the team members and then the plan is for Colton and JSR to be at the Toronto SX to mingle with fans and industry. Yes, we'll be sure to drag them over to the Loose Moose for some Red Bull!
Danny mentioned that, according to Colton, Jeremy (Medaglia) is the fastest rider at GPF now and he's on a 350! I think it says a lot about Colton's character that he can say that about another rider. Colton is probably not pushing his limits yet as he is a notoriously 'slow' practicer. Did I even just type that?! Jeremy is also now putting in more time on his 250 SX-F. They're both going well, feeling strong, and liking the bikes.
He said that #2 Dusty Klatt is on the West Coast doing his thing and getting comfortable on his new 450 SX-F and they hope to have the whole team together for a photo shoot in early April.
In Kaven Benoit news, he's healing up nicely and is beginning to work with KTM on planning some riding schools this summer. Look for Kaven to put down strong rides on a 250, 350, 450 or whatever bike KTM decides to put him on.
If you’ve been following along with what’s going on with the new motocross video game 'MUD The FIM World Motocross Championship' being release in the near future, here is a link that shows what it’s going to look like and how the developers went about trying to make it as realistic as they could.
I'm not sure how Kevin Lepp thought he was going to get away with this, but we certainly are not going to let him! He was looking like a throwback rider from the mid-to-late 1970s with his flowing locks of hair, but he has just moved forward a decade in his 'Barbershop Time Machine' and now he looks like this:
Is Damon Bradshaw racing the Canadian nationals this summer?
There's a strong possibility that he just documented this as he was transitioning to a full head of cropped hair, but wouldn't it be great if he ran this look for as long as he could?! We could organize a fund-raiser of some sort and donate X-amount of money for every week he leaves it like this. Someone queue Arsenio Hall again!
I have a question: What's more embarrassing to admit you watch, Coronation Street or The Road to Avonlea?
I also checked in with a rider who is going to test the waters with the new rule allowing intermediate riders to ride a 250 2-stroke in the pro MX2 nationals this summer. Toronto's Ben Toye will be aboard a Yamaha YZ250 when the gate drops this year. I asked him how his 2-stroke experiment was going and here is what he had to say:
Wow, two Fridays in a row and I’m typing my Frid'Eh Update contribution from the comfort of my own office here in Abbotsford. That’s a new record for 2012!
With two weeks away from the races I don’t have too much to add this week. With my first weekend of the year off last week we went up to Harrison Hot Springs for a little get away and, despite the tv guide showing SPEED, alas there was no Speed channel at the hotel so I had to rely on Twitter updates to see what was going on. After reading about how muddy the conditions were I was quite happy that I turned down a trip to Daytona to soak in the hot springs. After the amount of rain we had at the Canadian Nationals last summer I break out in a sweat just thinking about what another mud race will do to my cameras.
The only good thing I can say about the rain was that it at least through a bit of intrigue into what is quickly becoming a yawner of a season. After last year’s “Greatest Season Ever” we’re now down to two top riders with the injuries to Trey Canard, Chad Reed and now, Ryan Dungey. I was glad to see James Stewart get in there and grab a win and at least give everyone a little hope that it won’t be a Ryan Villopoto runaway from here on out.
|Hopefully we'll see a great battle between James Stewart(top) and Ryan Villopoto(bottom) next week at Rogers Center.|
|James Lissimore photos|
And good for Cole Thompson to pull another consistent finish with a 9th in the muck. I’m sure riding Walton all those years helped with the wet conditions and it’s good to see after a coupe decent finishes he’s now cracked the top ten in points in the Lites East class. Billy’s already spoken to him this week so I won’t add much but it will be interesting to see how he reacts to being home in Canada next weekend. Will the excitement of racing in front of the hometown fans get him going or will the pressure of being the hometown hero be too much? That will be something to watch next weekend. Look for a story on Thompson in tomorrow's Toronto Star that I contributed photos for as he gets a little mainstream press.
That leads me into the fact that yes, we’re only one week away from our single Canadian stop on the Supercross tour and I can’t wait to get there. It’s always good seeing everyone and for once this season, I don’t have to go through customs to get to the race. Unfortunately, we won’t have as many Canadians racing as first hoped, with injuries to Kyle Keast and Shawn Maffenbeier, but hopefully we’ll have a full house to cheer on the stars of the sport and I really hope we can see a great battle between Stewart and RV to make the night truly memorable.
Ok, I’m going to wrap this up for the week and see everyone at the Loose Moose next Friday!
Since it's embarrassing Kevin Lepp photo day here on DMX I'm going to throw this one into the ring.