Frid'Eh Update #37 Presented by Smith Optics
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This week’s update is also going out to Keswick, Ontario boy, Richard Grey, who sported the #37 in 2012. Richard definitely strung together a good season this year compared to 2011. Richard came out with a new team, a new bike and a whole new program for 2012 and it showed on the track as he took his Rockstar/OTSFF/ Yamaha 250F to some fantastic results. Richard has another year remaining with the team so here’s to hoping we see him do it again! We’re going to track Richard down for an interview this week, so Richard if you’re reading this, give me a shout.
In 2013, week #20 will be dedicated to Rockstar OTSFF Yamaha rider, Richard Grey.
We got some great news this week from Brent Worrall and the crew at Atlas Brace. Atlas Brace donated $5.00 from every brace sold up until Walton and donated it towards Brent’s recovery fund to help him get the things he needs to make his life better suited to his current state. Ryan Lockhart called Brent this week and awarded him with a check worth $2,110.00. Brent, as you can guess, was ecstatic and you can read the whole thing right here. This is awesome to see a great company doing this, so please consider an Atlas Brace next time you’re looking for protection out on the track.
The Montreal SX is just 2 weeks out now. Lots of pros are trying to find a way to practice and knock the cob webs off. No need to worry now if you’re in Ontario. The Thompsons have just opened their track today. I found this floating around MX Forum.
“The Thompson compound is in its final stage of rebuild and will be open to all pro's on Friday Sept 14 and be open until mid Oct. It is $50 a day to ride also overnight accommodations are available for $25 a night per person. Please note this is an AMA style Supercross and is very technical.
Please call Jay Thompson for track conditions 810-689-8177.”
Also, looks like Travis Hesketh has built a track at Cale Foster's place in Picton, ON and the Foster family is going to open it up for private practice for Pro’s only! Get in touch with Cale at 1-613-391-7006 if you’re interested in riding it. The track will be fully prepped and watered. Can’t beat that!
The supercross track at Fosters is looking legit!
Travis Hesketh photo.
Another section of Foster SX Track built by Travis Hesketh.
Travis Hesketh photo
Speaking of Supercross, as many of you know, Westen Wrozyna has been invited to the Monster Energy Cup in Las Vegas to compete in the Supermini class. It is obviously an expensive trip and there has been a facebook group started which you can check out here to help donate to the cause. If you’re interested in sponsoring Westen on a more corporate level, you can get in touch with me at email@example.com and I will gladly point you in the Wrozyna’s direction. Westen may be our only Canadian we see in a SX race this year other than Cole Thompson.
Rockstar OTSFF Yamaha rider, Bobby Kiniry.
As most of you know the Future West AX is starting up next month and it looks like the Pro class will have some good competition. We got the news this week that Ryan Lockhart will keep the program going and has accepted a ride on a Cycle North Powersports Kawasaki. It will be good to see Ryan take a shot at the title and continue racing. Now we will see if this continues till outdoors next year. Maybe A1, Ryan?
OK here's Billy with all the good stuff...
Thanks, Kyle. To start things off this week, I want to talk about some exciting news regarding the Montreal SX. Ok, for starters, yes, it saddens me that I'm not booking a flight to Belgium, but, as we seem to say quite frequently in this regard, there's always next year. Germany will be a great experience too! But I digress...
I got a tip from Cynthia Gautier that X Games Gold Medalist, Vicki Golden, was preparing to race the Montreal SX at the end of the month. Of course, I jumped on this information and got in touch with the speedy California rider for an interview. Here is what she had to say when I got in touch with her on Thursday:
DMX: Hi, Vicky. For those of us in Canada who don’t know that much about you, could you tell us a little bit about yourself?
Vicki Golden: Hi. Well, I’m 20 years old and I’m from San Diego, California. I’ve been riding all my life and that’s what has gotten me here. I’ve been really blessed to have this kind of skill set on a supercross track. I had an opportunity to go to Montreal last year, but the rules were that Americans could only race a 450 and I’d never even ridden a 450 before. I just thought it would be best to pass on the opportunity.
I normally race the arenacross series and it doesn’t start until the New Year this year, so I have a lot of time to kill and I just want to broaden my riding skills and this is a great opportunity for me to go race.
Growing up, did you hit all the usual amateur nationals?
Ya, I grew up racing the guys and then their started to be women’s races opening up so I raced those. I did ok, nothing special. I kind of struggled through that. My last year of amateur racing, I started doing pretty well and got some podiums. Then I ended up winning the women’s title at Loretta’s in 2008. I started picking it up when I started riding 4-strokes and big bikes.
After winning Loretta’s I turned pro and started racing the women’s series. My first year went well; I was able to get a few podiums. I was a fill-in rider for Trey Canard at Geico and I got TransWorld’s Women’s Rookie of the Year.
I did a couple more seasons of that and it just seemed harder and harder. The top girls got more support from the teams and it just made it harder for the privateer women to compete with them. I also had my own injuries that made it more of a challenge. I was there and I was there to win, but I just couldn’t get it done and it just kind of defeated me, mentally.
It made me go more into supercross where I feel like it brought out a new light in my riding and I was instantly confident, so I decided to see how I’d do in the 2011 arenacross series. I hopped on one of the Hondas I had at the time and me and some good friends decided to drive to Colorado and just wing it! It went really well and every round I got better and better. I ended up making a few of the mains by the end of the season.
So you just decided you were better at indoor racing and went from there?
I mean, it’s partially because I am better and the injuries that I do have don’t seem to be bothered when I race supercross compared to outdoors. I just flat out enjoy it more. There are so many options on a supercross track that it just sparks my mind about what the fastest way to get through sections. Like I said, it just shone a new light on my riding. I just love riding any kind of technical track.
I got onto the top arenacross team—Babbitt’s—and I was supposed to start last September, but I ended up breaking my collarbone and I struggled to get back to where I was.
Let’s talk about Montreal. Have you seen the race on tv or do you know much about it?
I don’t know much about it. I always see it on Racer X or TransWorld. Now that I’m going, I looked up some Youtube videos and it looks really cool. I’m just really excited to ride any kind of supercross track. It’s going to be a new one for me and a new atmosphere, so I’m excited for my first trip to Canada.
I know that Cynthia Gautier was involved. How did this all come together for you?
She made a trip down here and I met her through a mutual friend. She’s actually the one that has been putting this all together. She mentioned it to me last year, like I said, but I was only allowed to race a 450. Now they changed it to where I can race a little bike. Thanks to Equipment Les Chutes for getting me a bike to ride and Kawasaki for helping me out. Those three are really putting in a great effort to get me to come out and race. I just hope I can prove that their efforts weren’t wasted.
So what happens if you come up here and you really like it? Any chance you’ll race our outdoor series?
That’s kind of what I’ hope it leads into. I’d love to go race different tracks against different people. Do you guys have a supercross series?
No, but we have an arenacross series out in BC.
Oh, ok. Ya, like anything like that. I just want to get my foot in the door and possibly get some opportunities along the way. If this all goes well, I love to come back and maybe race the outdoors or that west coast arenacross series that you guys have. I’m open to any opportunities.
Hey, we didn’t even talk about your gold medal at the X Games! Tell us a little about how that went.
Ya, everything went great there. I had a lot of help from Ronnie Faisst letting me use his compound and Sean Hamblin training me. In 2011 I pulled the holeshot and just kind of ran away with it and it was a mirror image this year. Although people say I’m naturally talented, I grew up really struggling and let my head get in the way. It feels good to have that accomplishment because, as every racer knows, it’s hard to keep the mental side of things up to par.
Well, thanks a lot for talking with us and you’ve given us all another reason to look forward to the Montreal Supercross. Who would you like to thank?
Ya, no problem. Thanks for calling. I’d like to thank Equipment les Chutes, Cynthia Gauthier, Kawasaki, Poynt.com, Rick Ware Racing, Rockwell Training Facility, The Seth Foundation, Mandingo Pickles, Pro Taper, Oneal, Shoei, Spy, Alpinestars, and we-aremx. See you soon!
California rider, Vicki Golden, will make things more interesting at the Montreal SX this year.
Chris 'Brown Dog' Wilson photo from adrenalinemx.com
How cool is that?! If you happened to watch the interview we did with our own speedy female, Heidi Cooke, from Madoc, you'll remember she said, "Not a chance!" when, in the out-take at the end, Kyle asked her if she was going to try the Montreal SX. Hmm, maybe this will change her mind. Vicki seems really cool and I want to thank her for talking with us. It's another item in a growing list of reasons to look forward to the Sept 29th race. I also liked how she dropped the hint that she'd be interested in racing the BC Arenacross series too. I hope someone jumps on that one and gets her up here for that. It would definitely help to have a female X Games Gold Medalist on the line, no? Good luck, Vicki.
Kyle mentioned the Thompson Training Compound and I'm looking forward to heading over there this coming week with the battered and bruised, Tyler Spikman. Cole will be racing the Montreal SX for the Monster Energy Leading Edge Kawasaki team in the all-Canadian MX2 class and then, I assume, in the Grand Final thingy. I had a chance to check out their supercross track a few years ago when there were a handful of our top pros training for the Montreal race including Kyle Keast, Kyle Beaton, PJ Stratton, and Colton Facciotti. I have a video from that day kicking around somewhere. Hmm, I wonder where I saved that???
Anyway, things just got even more exciting up at the front of the race with defending champion Red Bull Royal Distributing Fox KTM rider, Jeremy Medaglia, and Motovan Duroy Racing KTM rider (and 2010 champ), Kaven Benoit confirmed. They were involvd in one of the most exciting last laps of all-time last year when Jeremy fell, while leading, and Kaven bumped into him and they were both on the ground racing to get up and cross the line. It reminded me a lot of this:
Ha, I was actually there that year. Of course, I was having a relaxing walk over in the Natural Energy Lab at about this time. Actually, the only thing that lit a fire under my butt was seeing the 'Baywatch' lifeguard, Alexandra Paul, closing in on me!
Speaking of not going to the MXoN in Belgium this year, I was rooting around in some of my old videos and found the one from our amazing time over in Italy for the 2009 race. Check it out, if you feel like it.
I got a chance to tour around the South of France with Julie and Chuck after the race and, let me just say, that was the coolest few days of travel I have ever done: a night in Monte Carlo, a night in Nice, and 2 nights in a tiki hut on the beach in St. Tropez. Seriously, it doesn't get much better than that! Thanks for all of that, guys.
I asked Red Bull Royal Distributing Fox KTM rider, Colton Facciotti, if there was a chance we'd see him lining up at the Montreal SX to try to stop the inevitable Matt Goerke/Bobby Kiniry Show and he said, "I doubt it." He still doesn't have the go-ahead from the doctor to start riding yet. However, from what he said, if I were as optomistic as Lloyd Christmas...
It looks like the GDR team will have two riders lining up in the 450 class in Montreal. Derek Shuster from Gopher Dunes told me that they will, once again, have young California rider, Blake Savage, on a second Honda 450. Blake arrives at Gopher Dunes Saturday and will reacquaint himself with the big red bike and then they will head off to Shawn Robinson's supercross practice track near Ottawa for final preparations. Also, it sounds like he will be another high-level rider training at the Thompson's place next week.
The other rider, Tyler Medaglia, has been back on the bike for a week-and-a-half getting ready for Montreal. Earlier, I mentioned the expected Goerke/Kiniry Show...maybe I should re-think that a little now.
We're also just over a month away from the first round of the Canadian Arenacross Championships out in BC. Top-level Canadian pros are beginning to commit to the series, so it looks like it should build into a great series again. Here's a look at the schedule:
2012/2013 Canadian Arenacross Championship Schedule
Round 1 Friday October 19th - Cloverdale Agriplex, Cloverdale Fairgrounds, Surrey, BC
Round 2 Saturday October 20th – Cloverdale Agriplex, Cloverdale Fairgrounds, Surrey, BC
Round 3 Friday November 2nd - Chilliwack Heritage Park, Chilliwack, BC
Round 4 Saturday November 3rd – Chilliwack Heritage Park, Chilliwack, BC
Round 5 Friday November 9th - Chilliwack Heritage Park, Chilliwack, BC
Round 6 Saturday November 10th – Chilliwack Heritage Park, Chilliwack, BC
Round 7 Friday January 18th - Chilliwack Heritage Park, Chilliwack, BC
Round 8 Saturday January 19th – Chilliwack Heritage Park, Chilliwack BC
Round 9 Friday February 1st - Chilliwack Heritage Park, Chilliwack, BC
Round 10 Saturday February 2nd – Chilliwack Heritage Park, Chilliwack, BC
Round 11 Friday February 8th - Cloverdale Agriplex, Cloverdale Fairgrounds, Surrey, BC
Round 12 Saturday February 9th – Cloverdale Agriplex, Cloverdale Fairground, Surrey, BC
I just found out that there is some sort of Freestyle MX thing going on in my hometown of London, Ontario tonight and I know absolutely nothing about it! I'm not sure how that happened nor am I sure who's involved. Billy Van Vugt, is that you? Anyway, here is the info and maybe I'll wander over tonight to see what it's all about.
Friday, September 14, at 7:00 p.m. & Saturday, September 15, at 7:00 p.m. World Champion Monster Truck, “BOUNTY HUNTER” is going up against arch rival, “IRON OUTLAW” in a MONSTER CRUSH competition. These two monsters will face off for a brief but wild showdown crushing all in sight! Joining these massive machines will be daredevil acrobatics of Freestyle Motorcross FMX riders jumping 60ft up and 70 ft across while performing some of the deadliest tricks ever seen!...and as if that wasn't manic enough...let's put a QUAD up in the air as part of the show!
Ok, that's going to do it for me for this week. Remember, as we head into the off-season, if you ever have something you'd like publicized here in the Update, you can always give me a call or fire me and email here at firstname.lastname@example.org