Frid'Eh Update #13 Presented by SKF Fork Seals
Hey everyone and welcome to another DMX Frid’Eh Update here on DMX brought to you by SKF Fork Seals! Wow what another crazy week! Supercross wrapped up in Toronto and I know like myself it was the highlight of the winter for many Canadians. We didn’t have the greatest racing possible, but it was a great time to enjoy with your friends and catch up with people you haven’t seen since the summer. I just want to say a big thanks to everyone who came out both nights and enjoyed our social events at the Loose Moose and another big thanks to Scott- Sports, KTM Canada, FMX news, Roost Clothing and Yamalube for supporting the party and offering out great prizes to many fans! We have so many great people in this sport and to catch up with them all there was a great time! The Toronto SX is always that hump. It usually marks the begining of our riding season here in Ontario and gets everyone over the top excited. We were lucky enough to have some great weather this march and get an early start but I know in my mind after Toronto Passes the Moto season is officially ready to begin.
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This week’s update is #13 and goes out to …. Oh wait there is no #13? That’s’s right. It would have been Austin Pollitelli but he decided to go with the #14. I asked CMRC's Brett Lee about the rule and he had this to say.
The #13 never actually gets assigned.14 is actually 13. Chuck Mesley ran lucky thirteen I believe. You know the "saying you make your own luck"....but I wouldn't run it! Brett.
Thanks Brett! The last known person to run it was Tyler Medaglia in 2008 on his OTSFF Suzuki.
It was great watching the race in the Red Bull/KTM suite last weekend in Toronto. We bumped into the champ Colton Facciotti and by all accounts it sounds like he is enjoying his new KTM. Billy is on his way to GPF as we speak with the crew from Xtreme Toys in London and we will have some awesome photos of Colt on his new ride up here in next week’s Frid’eh Update.
Colt's bike ready to go!
Dawn McClintock Photo.
Speaking of KTM they just launched another great contingency program for 2012. All the details are posted under breaking news here on DMX. KTM Marketing Guru Danny Brault also sent this over today …
Dear KTM riders,
We announced KTM’s 2012 Motocross Orange Brigade Contingency Program earlier this week, and directed riders to visit ktmcanada.com for complete details. Unfortunately, we are experiencing technical issues with ktmcanada.com and can’t get the proper documents to appear to the public. We are working on solving the problem ASAP. For the time being, please refer to the attached PDFs for all of the details needed for KTM’s 2012 motocross contingency program. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact your local KTM dealer.
Sport & Events Marketing Coordinator
KTM CANADA INC.
And the PDFS he speaks of you can see right here! Thanks Danny and awesome on KTM for throwing some money back into the sport.
Yamaha also announced their fantastic YAMABUCKS FOR YOU program yesterday as well. All the details for Yamaha’s contingency program can be viewed right here, another great company who supports racing and gives back to their riders. One thing I would be thinking about when buying a new bike for any racer is these programs that both companies offer. I bet we see more Orange and Blue on the track this year than ever.
Orange Motorsports is having an Open House tomorrow. If your in the Port Hope area make sure you stop by as lot's of cool things are going on and great deals everywhere. MMRS will be on hand to sign riders up for their 2012 Memberships. Reps from Kimpex and ImportationThibault will be on hand show casing new products and Joe Skidd from SSS suspension will also be on hand to offer advice and suspension service to all customers.Bart Wagar from ZENFIT (personal Trainer) will be there as well. Don't forget to grab a burger from the BBQ as well when your there!
Thanks for reading DMX! I have to go and get my bike together now so I can get out for a ride! Here's Bigwave.
I’m actually somewhere on I-75 south of the 49th bee-lining for GPF http://www.gpfmx.com/ in the Xtreme Toys http://www.xtremetoys.ca/ motorhome. It was a last-minute decision to head down, but there are still some Canadians training there. I know that national champ Colton Facciotti is back down in Georgia after spending some time in Ontario and at the Toronto Supercross putting in some final touches on his Royal Distributing Red Bull KTM.
I just heard from Hully Gully Yamaha rider, Dylan Kaelin, and it sounds like I’m going to just miss him as he is heading back north with Royal Distributing Red Bull KTM rider, Jeremy Medaglia, the very day I arrive. Hmm, they must have known. I’ll try to get a photo of them as we cross paths somewhere in the mountains of Tennessee.
I’m with Xtreme Toys owner, John Roney, and Theo Bles—yes Justin’s and Nathan’s dads. The kids have been down south at GPF putting in laps and preparing for the Canadian nationals too. We’re, basically, just going to drop Theo off, grab Justin, and head back home. We will spend two days there when I will have the opportunity to get some coverage of whichever Canadians are there.
It looks like Team GDR Viral Oils rider, Tyler Medaglia, is also back at GPF after taking a break back home to cheer Heidi Cooke on as she attempted the Red Bull Crashed Ice competition in Quebec City.
This will also be my first chance to see Nathan Bles on his MPH/WMX Honda 250F. From what he says, the thing is a rocket, so it will be interesting to see where his speed matches up against the other fast riders there.
Watch for lots of features this coming week here on DMX.
The big news since last week was the Toronto Supercross. It was great to hang out at the Loose Moose and catch up with a lot of people I only get to see on rare occasions. Unfortunately, Canadian hero, Cole Thompson, took a hard fall in practice and was unable to perform in front of what was sure to be a frantic and supportive crowd. We caught up with him on Monday to see how he was and it looks like he’ll sit out this weekend in Houston and wait for the next round in New Orleans. There is a week off for the Easter holiday so it will be helpful in ensuring he is ready to go in Louisiana.
If I had a segment like Peter Griffin here called ‘What Really Grinds My Gears,’ I would have to talk about the lack of interest in letting the almost 50,000 fans at the Rogers Centre know that Hansen Racing Team Kawasaki rider, #655 John John Pauk, was Canadian! I ran around telling everyone involved in the production of the show who would pretend to listen to me that he was a Canadian and had just made his first-ever night show. You would think that would be a pretty big deal for them to know. Anyway, John John made his first night show. He didn’t make the main, but he gained valuable experience and confidence that will help him as he moves forward. I even slipped the in-house announcer a note! Ah, this really grinds my gears!
What really grinds my gears!
It looks like the younger Villopoto brother, Tyler, is signed to race the MX1 series up here. Rumours had been floating around as had the Youtube videos of him scrubbing and whipping his way around the California practice tracks. We spoke to Leading Edge Kawasaki team manager, Pat O’Connor, this week and he was full of interesting information. From what everyone is saying, Tyler looks to have the speed to be competitive up here. If you listen to what some of the U.S. message boards are saying, we should hand him the King of Walton sword now and save a lot of gas money! Silly Americans, we’ve heard this story before. I hope he does make the racing interesting and puts pressure on our top guys. Just having the name ‘Villopoto’ at our races can only be good for business. There is even the chance that older brother—and current fastest man on the planet—Ryan might make an appearance as an honorary member of the team in Edmonton to sign autographs. That will be pretty cool.
We just stopped at our last Tim Horton’s for some coffee. I was proud to whip out my Timmy’s card that I received last week for my birthday. I got the bill, $3.79, handed her the card and she said, “That’ll be $3.29, sir.” Um, what? You’re telling me my buddy gave me a 50-cent Tim’s card? Thanks, Dwayne! I assume it was some sort of a joke and I will say it was pretty funny. It was a little early for an April Fools’ joke, but I’ll give him that one.
I have no internet and, therefore, no access to any information today, so I will leave things short for this week. Plus, I have to get back to listening to John and Theo tell stories. These guys are full of interesting information and, like I said before, I’m a bit of a ‘knowledge nerd,’ so I’m soaking up everything I can. So far, we’ve covered solar panels, windmills, nuclear power, and now we’re moving on to free-range chicken farming.
Have a great weekend, everyone. Here's Lissimore.
Well, it’s come and gone again this year. The Canadian round of Supercross, that is. Last weekend marked that great spring get together at the Rogers Centre in Toronto and even though the racing on the track wasn’t the most exciting ever, with the injuries to many of the top guys, there’s still so much more that makes the Canadian round unique and fun on the Supercross tour. For someone like myself who is fortunate to go to a lot of SX races, the Toronto round stands out from the rest.
|We stopped by Yamaha Canada on our way down to Toronto and Bryan Hudgin proudly displayed their latest framed championship jersey.|
|Hudgy was also proud to show off their new gym. Now you can get your sweat on during lunch break.|
|James Lissimore photos|
There’s a different vibe in the air - the pits are a bit of a miss mash of being wedged in the hallways below the stadium and a few of the teams huddled under the tailgates of their transporters, there’s CMA officials wandering around in their white jump suits, and as a Canadian there’s usually a lot more familiar faces wandering around.
There’s a relaxed vibe to Toronto as well. As the lone international round(though we’re not exactly venturing off into the unknown – Seattle is farther north than Toronto) it seems like many of the industry folk are more relaxed. Case in point is our annual DMX get together at the Loose Moose. Aside from the DMXS Radio party in Atlanta, there’s not usually a party that brings out so much of the industry on a Friday night before the race. It was great to see so many people show up – even Chad Reed himself made an appearance and personally, with Saturday being my busiest day of the week, The Moose provides a great chance to catch up with people I haven’t seen in a while(except for you Donk, I see you every weekend) and that alone is half the reason I enjoy coming out to Toronto.
James Lissimore photo
Bigwave and myself also swung by the Red Bull party for a few minutes and they had Colton Facciotti and Jeremy Medaglia's KTM's on display.
James Lissimore photo
It’s nice to see the crowd getting bigger and bigger each year as well. It’s exciting to see Canadians getting behind the event the way they have and I have to think that with no North East rounds of the series it makes a great location for fans from New York and New England as well. Seeing how well Toronto is doing does make me a bit sad that fans didn’t get behind the race in my hometown of Vancouver, though. We had some good times at those races…
Supercross is alive and well, inside the Rogers Centre.
James Lissimore photo
I’m not going to get much into the racing here in this column as I feel we did a great job of covering all the action here on DMX this week. Kyle, Bigwave, Allison – everyone’s been hard at work this week and I’m proud of how well it’s all looking. Last weekend I also had a special opportunity to provide all the photography coverage for Racer X Illustrated. When their usual photographers couldn’t make it, I received a call from Racer X editor, Andrew Fredrickson, asking if I could handle the photo duties for them. When the largest website in the sport asks you to help them out, you’ve got to jump at it. Racer X has always been a big supporter of DMX as well, right from our initial launch and we appreciate all the help they’ve given us over the years. And thanks to Kyle for being patient with me while I juggled all of the DMX, RacerX and PulpMX balls over the course of the weekend. Speaking of RacerX and their support for DMX, stay tuned for a small feature on our party at the Loose Moose in the next issue!
Did you check out Bigwave’s interview with Leading Edge’s Pat O’Connor that I posted last night? If not, it’s a must read. Patty O is always open and honest when it comes to answering questions and it’s a good read about Leading Edge’s plans for the year. He also mentions that Jaromir Romancik has taken over Brock Hoyer’s spot on their B team. People may remember that the Czech rider was originally slated to ride for the RTR KTM team last year but got injured at the first round at Kamloops so we never got to see his speed.
Speaking of Brock Hoyer, I spoke with the Williams Lake native this week and the Kawasaki rider, who’s moved on to do his own deal now, had just returned from riding in California. He said he felt good and was going to kick off the BC season this weekend with the season opener BCMA race at the new track in Ashcroft. Who knows, if this weather lets up maybe I’ll make the 4 hr drive up to check out the new mx track.
Ok, I’m going to wrap this up for this week. Hope everyone gets a chance to get out and do some riding this weekend!