Frid'Eh Update #42 Presented by Scott
Welcome to the 42nd edition of the DMX Frid’Eh Update here on directmotocross.com. That is getting pretty scary to say! It means 2012 is not far from being over and there are only a couple good weeks of riding left in the country, unless you’re lucky enough to live on the west coast and take in the KTM Canada Future West Arenacross series that kicks off tonight in Cloverdale. But before we get into that lets get into some other things first.
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If you’re going down to the Toronto Snowmobile and ATV and Powersports show this weekend Scott will have a big booth there and I wouldn’t be surprised if some of their new motocross gear is on sale. It will be a great place to get a deal on your new Scott equipment for the moto or snowmobile season. In the mean time, make sure you check out www.scott-sports.com to see all the great products they offer. Chances are if you want it, they have it!
Now this week’s update goes out to 2012 national #42 Eric Jeffrey! Eric, who hails from Port Perry, Ontario, has been competing on the national circuit for two years now under the Redemption Racing team awning. Eric takes this stuff pretty seriously and it's really starting to show with some of his great results this past summer. Even cooler is that he has made the trek out west and with some support from Mainland Sand and Gravel will be competing in the Arenacross series which kicks off tonight in Cloverdale. Mitch Goheen sent this video over of Eric training at his AX track getting ready for the event. Best of luck this weekend Eric!
Keeping with the Canadian AX theme we caught up with Cycle North Powersports rider/ Matirx and Atlas employee Ryan Lockhart this weekend. You can see the full interview here and it looks like Newf is ready to get back into the barns and rinks of BC and start gunning for that #1 plate that Brock Hoyer currently holds. It’s going to be tough for sure with guys like Jeremy Medaglia, Brock Hoyer, Spencer Knowles, Eric Jeffrey, Stuart and more for him to fight through, but as always the Newf is full of confidence and ready to make it happen.
DMX and Atlas Brace are also giving away a free Atlas Brace this weekend after the Saturday night main event is done in Cloverdale. Details are below so make sure you enter!
Winning an Atlas Brace couldn't be easier!
For all you MMRS members out there, MMRS is having their wrap up event this weekend. It is at the Lindsay fair grounds and includes a weekend of riding, a dance Saturday night and a banquet Sunday with a free meal. Make sure to check it out!
Last weekend was Sandstorm at the Gopher Dunes facility. I wasn’t able to make it out myself but as always DMX’s Sean Bowker was there clicking away on his camera taking in the action. Rumours are it was a low turnout which always sucks to hear. There are lots of talks going on right now within the industry on how to improve things and I am sure for 2013 you’re going to see some changes that benefit everyone if the right things fall into place. Nonetheless, here are some cool photos Sean sent over.
Jeremy was the man to beat all weekend at Sandstorm. Let's see if he can keep the momentnum going this weekend in Cloverdale.
Sean Bowker photo
The best whip contest gathered a good crowd around to spectate.
Sean Bowker photo
Hearing Tyler Medaglia rip this CR 250 was awesome in the Gopher Sand.
Sean Bowker photo
Here's Daymond Goold and Nicky Beatty battling it out. Nicky was on his new 2013 CRF 450.
Sean Bowker photo
Halstead was doing well on his 2 stroke, and had said earlier in the day as long as he didn't fall and have his arm over his head when he wiped out his shoulder wouldn't pop out again. Well, he wiped out after the finish line where it sweeps right over the small ski jump. Biked chased him and popped his shoulder out. They refused the offer to send him to hospital (his shoulder was still out) and medics took him over to his trailer. A few minutes later in their trailer Michelle put his shoulder back in.
Sean Bowker photo
Ok, keep your eyes peeled to DMX all weekend for updates from Billy at the Monster Energy Cup and how Canada’s own Westen Wrozyna is doing at the event. I’ll pass this over to him now to see what he’s been up to down there.
Thanks, Kyle. I’m currently hanging out in sunny and warm Las Vegas, Nevada! I’m here with the Wrozyna gang as Westen Wrozyna gets set to race the Supermini class here at the Monster Energy Cup against some of the fastest mini bike riders on the planet!
As always, my drive here from Ontario was not without its adventures. I drove here with Wes Wrozyna (Westen’s dad) and Cale Foster (Westen’s mechanic for the event) and things got a little hairy as we entered the Rockies just west of Denver, Colorado. I was lucky enough to be on my ‘sleep shift’ in the back seat, but when I would occasionally wake up I was amazed to see poor Cale ‘white-knuckling it’ in the dark in some of the worst winter driving conditions you can possibly imagine.
I think Colorado just got hit with its first snowstorm and we were lucky enough to be right in the middle of it. There were transport trucks jack-knifed and stuck every 20 feet as we made our way past the beautiful resort towns of Vail, Aspen, and Beaver Creek. At one point, we passed a highways worker who appeared to be on his way to closing the highway behind us for the night and he could barely fight the driving snow and wind as he walked toward the gate that was to let all of the drivers behind us know they had to turn around and wait for the storm to pass. Did I mention we were in a loaded-to-the-gills mini-van? Let me apologize now to Dan Goheen whose van we are in for the brake job that will be needed when we get home.
Anyway, kudos to Cale for keeping us out of the ditch. The part that I think is funny is that as soon as Cale pulled over at the end of his driving shift, the weather turned perfect and I made my way behind the wheel for my next shift. Sorry, Cale, but sometimes that’s just the way it goes.
We’re checked into Circus Circus here and I have to believe that this place has been targeted for demolition as the strip gets an overhaul that is moving from the newer section toward the original section of the strip. The Sahara is completely vacant as is the empty lot beside it. In a couple years there will be a solid row of massive casino resorts that will connect the usual dead zone between Treasure Island and Stratosphere.
Here’s a look at a few of the things we’ve been up to so far.
Since this is Eric's week, I thought this was appropriate: "When life slips you a Jeffrey, stroke the furry wall" Here, mechanic Cale Foster tests the theraputic capabilities of a furry wall.
You won't meet a more calm, cool, and collected fast kid than Westen. The homework is done and now it's time to put it all together tomorrow.
We've been doing some relaxing sightseeing the last couple days. Here, Westen and Cameron (rt) stand at the top of the Stratosphere Tower.
The action starts tonight at the press conference over at Sam Boyd stadium. I'll get some pics of the track and throw them up here on DMX later tonight.
The guys over at Popkum Motor Park have been busy developing the land just outside of Vancouver, BC into an amazing destination park. Check out the latest from them in this article. It's great to see such pride in a facility making such strides. Keep up the good work and hopefully if you build it they come.
Ok, very short and sweet form me this week. I'll try to keep everyone updated on how things are going here in Las Vegas for the next couple days. Good luck to everyone out in Cloverdale, BC tonight and tomorrow.