Frid'Eh Update #17 Presented by CORE Motosports
Hello, everyone, and welcome to Frid'Eh Update #17. This update is brought to you by Core Motosports out of Ottawa, ON. This year, CORE is stepping up their program and will be offering trackside support at all Sand Del Lee events. Make sure you keep them in mind when you’re traveling to any Sand Del Lee events, they will have all their great products in stock to service your needs and to keep you racing. Core also wanted us to let you guys know that the new Forma Predator boots will be in next month and to make sure you check them out on their website. Also, make sure you check these guys out on Facebook where they post all their weekly sales!
I can't believe we're already on week #17, but we are. Trust me, the older you get the faster the weeks fly by! #17 means it's Red Bull Royal Distributing Fox KTM rider Kaven Benoit's week. Many have this fast Quebec rider pegged as the odds-on favourite to take the MX2 title this summer. Other teams will certainly have something to say about that, but it would be difficult to bet against the likeable Benoit.
He missed the western swing of the nationals last summer due to an injury he sustained while racing snowmobiles. When he joined the circuit at the Gopher Dunes round, he managed to score more points than anyone else in the class. DMX got in touch with him to find out what he's been up to and what he's doing to prepare for the fast-approaching outdoor season here in Canada:
Hi, everyone. I hope everybody is all excited like I am to get the 2013 national season started. I had an awesome winter so far. I had the chance to spend almost a month in Southern California to ride and train with the PerformX camp. I also got the chance to get coached by Sebastien Tortelli down there. So lots of experience gained over there, that's for sure.
I am now training at GPF with my teammate, Colton Facciotti. It's going great so far! I feel that this year I had the time to get prepared properly for a national season so I'm really excited for this upcoming season.
My crazy mechanic, Jerome, is still at home working on towing truck, but I'm sure he is counting the days now 'cause he'll be flying here in a week-and-a-half to help me out. Can't wait to see him, he's good company. (I always have to ask about Jerome.)
The 2013 KTMs are great this year....lots of improvement on the 250sxf. I have the best package of equipment this year that I ever had before and I really enjoy it. I even have the chance to jump on a 450 once in a while and enjoy the big power ahah.
This year should be another great year in terms of competition in the MX2 class. There will be good guys out there, but I will be ready and I proved last year that I belong on the top of the box every weekend. So, my goal this year is obviously to win that title. I will give everything I have to win this. I feel I have a great team and great equipment behind me, so if all the stars align it should be a great year.
Thanks for cheering on me this summer. See you at the races!
Kaven Benoit and his mechanic, Jerome Therrien, are looking forward to a great 2013.
Thanks, Billy. Wow, that sounds weired for once and thanks to Bigwave for leading this update after the crazy week I have had. It feels like every time I sit down to write this blog I have so much I want to say and then writer's block kicks in and I have a hard time putting ink to paper, or I guess in this case fingers to keyboard. No? Either way, racing action is in full swing across Canada, well, at least for most of it. I was talking to Red Line MXF Racing team manager, Gareth Buchanan, this week and he said that the Grande Prarie is still having the crappy weather and not seeing the warmer temperatures like Ontario. Here’s to hoping the rest of you guys in more northern provinces are riding soon!
Last weekend Mason Wrozyna came out to the Assesltines Open House and MX Swap meet and was able to get this cool video of what was going on. The Asselstines crew was over whelmed with the support they received and wanted us to pass on their thanks to you guys. Here’s the video for you to take a peak:
MMRS in Ontario is kicking off this weekend on Saturday with an MX School with Liam O’Farrell, Richard Grey, Drew Roberts and Mitch McColl followed by the KTM Ride Orange Moto Tour Demo day. The school is $50.00 and that also includes Saturday afternoon open practice. If you’re interested in testing out a new KTM Saturday or during the Sunday open practice you can sign up at Orange Motorsports.
To accommodate an exclusive track and trail day, we have decided to change our KTM demo ride at RJ Motorsport Park, from Wednesday May 1 to Thursday May 2.
It will operate from 10am to 4pm. Interested riders are asked to sign up through their local KTM dealer, which for this event would be Mission Cycle or Factory Recreation.
Please respond back if you have any questions.
Thanks, Danny, and don’t forget this tour is nation-wide, so make sure you click the banner on DMX to let you know when your closest event is.
Any Pro teams traveling the series should check out this offer from Popkum.
I know everyone is going to touch on it but I have to say it also - How cool is it that Brock Hoyer is lining up for the Seattle SX this weekend? I love seeing this stuff happen when guys get the chance and the support to go down and give it a shot. Good luck this weekend, Brock!
Now here’s Jeff.
Hey, guys, it is that time again. Finally, it looks like spring in Ontario. Last Sunday I made the trip west down the 401 to Gopher Dunes for the CMRC season opener and Walton TransCan ANQ. The track looked great, as always, and the rider turnout was awesome. It was great to finally be back at the races after an overly long off-season in Canada. A few riders who really stood out to me were Tanner Ward and Jake Tricco on 85's and Benett Amyotte in Intermediate. Little Richard Grey looked great on his Rockstar OTSFF 250F Yamaha in the pro class as well. All in all, it was a good day at the Dunes.
Tanner Ward was one of the impressive mini riders of the day.
I'd like to thank everyone who was involved with the Asselstines Country Swap Meet last Saturday. It was a great turnout and a great event. Thanks to Alison and Laing Hindle for showing up and educating the riders on the 4-stroke exhausts, Mark Westlake from Thibault, Scott Whittington from Kimpex, and John and Jean from MMRS.
The Monster Energy AMA Supercross series returns to the west, with this weekend’s race in Seattle. Canadian Brock Hoyer will be lining up and no doubt putting his Spectra Powersports RMR Yamaha in the main. It's always great to see new Canadians showing up to race. My money in the 450 class is on RV and I'll take Martin Davalos in the 250 west.
Anyway, that's all for me. I hope you all have a great weekend. Be sure to check out my "On The Radar" with Cycle North's Wyatt Waddell. And, last but not least, I want to wish the best of luck to our favourite Canadian badass chick, Jolene Van Vugt, as she goes for gold in Women's Enduro at X Games Global!
Here’s On the Radar:
Name: Wyatt Waddell
Birthday: October 14, 1997
Hometown: Ladner, BC
Race number: 57
Bike: 2013 KX 250F
Race club: BCMA, Future West, CMRC, AMA
Class: 250 JR, 450 JR, Open JR.
How did you get started in racing?
Well, back in the day, my dad used to race. I was sort of born into it. I got my first bike (old PW50) when I was 18 months old. I started racing it when I was 4, and I've been loving it ever since.
What is your favourite track and why?
My favorite track is Washougal for sure. I love how natural it is with all the elevation changes, and the really deep ruts are fun.
Who is your favourite rider and why?
Jason Anderson is my favorite rider because his style is sweet. I like how laid back and easy-going he is.
What Canadian Pro do you look up to and why?
Cole Thompson is my favourite Canadian Pro. I think it's cool how he's down in the States racing supercross and doing as good as he is.
Who is your hero?
My hero is Ryan Lockhart. I've looked up to him my whole career. He's really laid back and easy to talk to. It's a real treat to be training with him now and have the growing friendship (Laughs).
What are your goals for this season?
My goals for this season are to go to Raymond and Walton, train hard and shoot for a top 3 at all the races.
Wyatt Waddell in action.
Photo courtesy of Jim Muir
What are your biggest accomplishments?
One of my biggest accomplishments I would say was back on my supermini bike. I won a CMRC BC Provincial Championship. Another accomplishment for me was winning my 3 JR Arenacross Championships - one of them being on my supermini bike. The other two were this year while just getting on the 250. In my earlier years of racing, I was given the opportunity to race the KTM Jr. Challenge at BC Place. That was a very cool deal. I think I was 7 years old at the time.
What is your favourite part about going to the races?
I would have to say seeing all my moto friends because they are some of my best friends. A lot of them feel like family. AND of course the racing!
What would you like to do when you are done racing?
When I'm done racing I would love to continue being involved some way with motocross and be able to give back to the sport.
What do you like to do when you aren't racing?
I ride my BMX, build dirt jumps, hang out with friends, wakeboard, snowboard...basically anything I can do to stay active and fit.
Who do you want to thank?
I'd like to thank Cycle North Powersports, Kawasaki Canada, Kourtney Lloyd, Ryan Lockhart, Atlas, 100% goggles, Matrix, Parts Canada, Thor Racing, CTI braces, Maverick Distributing, GoPro Cameras, Risk Racing, Frontier Excavating, Canine Country Pet Resort, my motor guy Khoi and mostly my mom and dad for supporting me my entire career. And a big thanks to the guys at DMX for giving me this opportunity.
Thanks, Jeff. Now let's get this back over to Billy.
Thanks, guys. The latest big U.S. amateur national was the World Minis in Mesquite, Nevada. Several Canadians made the trip and I was able to find some results. Young up-and-comer, Jacob Piccolo, from Abbotsford, BC is definitely a rider to watch for the future. The sky is the limit for anyone who can go out and lead one of these races down south. Here are the results I found followed by a few words from Jacob and his father:
Jacob Piccolo – Abbotsford, BC
RMR Suspension, H2R Fox Shox, Speedmerchant, Kalgaurd Lubricants, Fox Canada, Eks Brand Goggles, Goldentyre, No Toil, PTI Graffix
Casey Keast – Kelowna, BC
TH Racing, Goldentyre, Kelowna Yamaha, LimeNine, Kalgard, Petro Canada, Eks Brand Goggles, Atlas Brace, Redline, Bobca
Isaac Elmore – Telkwa, BC
Sam Dooley – Grande Prairie, AB
Christian Lovelock – Bon Accord, AB
Lovelock Racing, Hyperlink Inc., Team Dread, Flynn Canada, Riverside Yamaha Suzuki KTM, LimeNine
It was definitely a great week—had lots of fun and learned a lot. As you know, last time we were there was about 5 years ago, so it was great to be back.
First moto in 65 Stock he got out front and checked out. Second moto got just about last place start and made it up to 4th. There was actually a three-way tie for first in the stock class, but last moto results put us in third.
65 Mod: lead the entire race but had a last lap crash ended up 3. Second moto lead the entire race and got passed on last lap.
65 Open: solid ride to third place finish. Last moto got in a first turn pile up and crushed the rad on my bike so couldn't finish.
What a great event that is - lots of fast kids. Track was awesome and everything ran very smooth.
Look forward to doing it again next year!!
Dan and Jake Piccolo
Rockstar OTSFF Yamaha rider, Shawn Maffenbeier, got some great coverage while down in California when TransWorld posted an interview with him. I saw him online so I asked him a few questions of my own. Here is his response:
“It's going GOOD!”
Well, he’s a man of few words, but that pretty much says all we need to know. I can’t wait to see him lined up in MX2 this summer on that 250 2-stroke. I mentioned in my photo report from the Walton TransCan ANQ at Gopher Dunes last week that the sound and smell of the races seem to be changing due to this new rule that allows equal displacement bikes to race each other in the MX2 class. 250 2-strokes are definitely on the upswing here in Canada.
Injured racer and all-round good guy, Johnny Montes, got an amazing gift recently – a new truck! You’ll remember Johnny is luck to be alive after crashing his truck on his way to work a few months ago. It’s been (and will continue to be) a long road but Johnny seems to be getting his life back to normal. I got permission from Johnny to copy/paste this from his Facebook page:
Johnny back in the driver's seat of his new Ford Ranger.
Well last night I got to witness a very special event which blew me away… People amaze me, and yes some others amaze me more… When in need you find out who is there for you and thru the circle of those friends others come forward… last night I got a chance to see this all come full circle..
Back in Mid-November (21st) A young man had a very bad accident on the road out to the LNG plant (Redhead Area), Icy Road Conditions etc. His truck (Ranger) hit some black ice and left the road and rolled several times violently… The truck was totalled (believe me it was, I’ve seen what was left, nothing)… and this young man was beat around in the truck and outside the truck as well… He had suffered “Severe Head and Chest Trauma”, “3 broken vertebrae in his neck, bruised lungs, broken bones, broken cheek, orbital bone, upper jaw, shattered left wrist and abnormal brain functioning (not necessarily brain damage)” He was in Critical Condition and put into an Induced Coma… This young man’s name is Johnny Montes (Mr. Moto) … He is a Top Rate Motocross Rider… He has traveled all over the Continent doing what he does best… entertaining us with his amazing talents and embracing the sport he loves.
Now imagine if you can… You’re a Firefighter responding to the call… and you come across this sight.. You’re helping a young man who is clinging to life you don’t know who this person is… You do your job.. This person is a mess.. Cracked open skull…hardly recognizable… blood everywhere… as your assisting and holding this man.. You glance over to the truck in amazement… and for a brief second you see a decal “OGIO” (A brand of Motorcycle gear) over the “Ford” emblem on the grill of the Ranger.. You get a chill and a cold sweat all over you… and it hits you this is your life long friend.. And you didn’t ever recognize him.. You kick it up a notch you never thought you had…
This young man’s name was Anthony, he’s with the SJFD.. I met this amazing man as well last night.. Now not only is this guy a natural Hero.. his friends are as well… over this span of time since the accident Johnny’s family and friends held auctions and fund raisers to help Johnny with his bills and recovery with much success.. but more is always welcome.
Now alongside of what all these folks have done for this gentlemen… No that’s not enough they say… he’s needs another vehicle since the old Ranger is gone. So a number of friends and local company owners rallied together led by Anthony to get this done. They scrounged up enough money to buy a very nice used Ranger like the one he had.
So first thing is first.. Paint… Autobody Plus in Quispamsis.. Donated, Painted and Buffed to a shine that is like glass a (High Gloss Black) amazing job I’m sorry guys I lost some of the names in my old memory banks but a big shout out to ya’s
Now if you look at one of the pics of the tail gate… courtesy of Trim Line in Saint John a Wrap covering the whole tailgate as well as new decals all around… and yep that is a pic of Johnny in Quebec preforming like no other.. Look a little closer he and his bike are above the centre scoreboard of the indoor area.. WTF!!.. LMAO.. So if you see this special tailgate going by give him a toot of support.
Now you can’t just have a 4WD Ranger.. Nooo… This is where a good friend of mine who has done all my work on all my vehicles for to many years to add.. And yes done my truck up (wink, wink).
The great group of people responsible.
Cory Armstrong at Grove Off Road… this guy F#$k’n Rocks .. not only does he take the truck in and inspect it and does all necessary repairs Wow... Nooo.. This guy has a serious addiction.. Yes it’s to make you happy driving out of his driveway… He donated a set of Ultra Motorsport Rims, Procomp Tires, Lift Kit, All New Shocks, Cat-back Exhaust System c/w Chrome Tip and He with his left hand man Jason along with a number of friends worked tirelessly on this for some time and at the same time trying to keep it a secret from Johnny… Now last night I stopped by for the most special “Pimp My Ride” local episode, and what a feeling seeing Johnny come to terms that this was all his friends doing this and giving this to him.. My Man you have some of the best friends in the world… I wish everybody had the same…
And a foot note..check out the centre of the grill… Yep “OGIO”.. Now that was cool.
Cheers… You Gentlemen Rock!!
Johnny sent these 'thank yous' over this afternoon:
Autobody Plus - Dave Brown and Doug Martin
Grove Auto and Offroad - Cory Armstrong and Chris Fairweather
Trimline - Todd
All my friends and family for the presentation and just being there through all this.
Anthony Black has spearheaded this whole thing, Darren Bent, Dave Robichaud and Jason Wylie.
Johnny's favourite feature of the truck.
How cool is that?! It’s amazing how something so amazing can come from such a terrible event. Good luck, Johnny.
The X Games have gone ‘Global’ and are, right now, taking place in Foz do Iguacu, Brazil from April 18-21. We mentioned in another Update that London, Ontario, native, Jolene Van Vugt, is competing in the women’s enduro event. DMX’s Dawn McClintock linked this video that shows the entire main event. Unfortunately, Jolene ran into some troubles right off the start but she continued to push to the end. Congratulations on lining up, Jolene. Click this link to watch.
Have you seen injured Red Bull Royal Distributing Fox KTM rider, Dusty Klatt’s, latest painting? This off time might just be the best thing to ever happen for the Campbell River Crusher’s future! He’s got some serious artistic skills. I mentioned that he should have some sort of online store set up and he said that is probably in the future so watch for it. Here’s his latest:
Get yourself a Dusty Klatt original painting before the prices go through the roof!
Dusty Klatt photo
Speaking of Dusty, did you get a chance to read his ‘Memory Lane’ article this week? Dusty gave us his thoughts on a few older photos of him and I think it’s an interesting way to see a more personal side of our star racers. Here’s the link.
Here's Dawn chiming in about a new fundraising opportunity. Hi guys, as we ramp up the outdoor season, fundraising efforts have also begun for our ISDE Team Canada who are heading to Italy this fall to compete with the world's best. The effort to send 13 riders to represent, as you can imagine, is absolutely huge. Crating and shipping bikes, outfitting all riders, accommodations and car rentals to name a few of the large ticket items are something that need our financial support to make it happen for Canada. They have set up a GoFundMe site where you can donate to the team. A minimum donation of $40 will get you one of these cool t-shirts.
Show your patriotism and help these guys and gals out. For sponsorship opportunities visit the Team Canada ISDE website and hit the "contact us" page to find out how you can get involved. Thanks everyone for your support. Wave that flag people!
Like Jeff said earlier, it was great to get the competitive racing going here in Ontario last week with the Parts Canada Walton TransCan ANQ at Gopher Dunes. I make it no secret that I still struggle taking flash photography, so it was extra nice for me! Jeff also mentioned Tanner Ward and Jake Tricco as stand-out 85cc riders, but I think he forgot to mention young #46 Marco Cannella who showed amazing speed and control on the tough track. I’m still not sure why he didn’t line up for the second motos but I have a feeling he may have left early with the Cryers after Nathan Cryer hurt his finger, but this is only a guess. Cannella put in the fastest laps and looked to me to be the one to beat – at least at Gopher Dunes, anyway. We shall see. Like I always say, it’s my favourite class to watch.
I was also very impressed with Nathan Bles on his practice Honda 450! He managed to keep both Machine Racing TLD Yamaha’s Kyle Keast and JBR Honda’s Jay Burke behind him in the first Pro Am race. That’s saying something at Gopher Dunes! Word on the street is that he is in final talks to race with a certain track-owned race team with a 3-letter name that used to have a shorter right-coast rider on the team alongside a friendly kid from California who may or may not have raced at Walton last summer. But you didn’t hear that from me! Right behind Bles and Keast in the first moto was a hard-charging Rockstar OTSFF Yamaha rider, Richard Grey, on a 250F. He showed that he is fit and ready to race this summer. Unfortunately, he suffered a totally old-school ‘loop out’ in a later moto and was out for the day.
This weekend, the action trying to qualify for spots at the TransCan moves up Hwy 400 to RJ’s. DMX will be there to catch all the action.
Out on the west coast, the BC Motocross Championships move over to the newly-designed track at Heritage Park in Chilliwack, BC. It’s a spectacular setting for a race track and also lends itself well to spectator viewing. We spoke to Jame Hellam this week to see how things are coming along. Here’s what he had to say:
CHILLIWACK - GENTE BELLA BC MOTOCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP - READY TO ROCK
It’s been a long time in the making but the brand new outdoor track at Chilliwack, BC‘s Heritage Park is finally ready to rock and roll for this weekend when round 4 of the Gente Bella BC MX Championship visits Chilliwack, BC - the home town of series organizers Future West.
The track may be ready to rock but you won’t find any rocks of the other kind anywhere on this track as the native terrafirma is prime for MX racing.
The facility also boasts hard standing camping and parking on the horse race track that surrounds the motocross track. The motocross track also has had a tunnel jump installed this week courtesy of Ironside Design and Heppner Trucking. With Sunny weather forecast for Sunday things are looking good for a great weekend of racing at Heritage Park.
Who doesn't love a tunnel jump!?
Photo courtesy of Jamie Hellam
The new no licence fee Gente Bella BC Motocross Championship continues to grow in popularity with rider entry numbers exceeding even the most optimistic expectations, putting BC motocross well on its way to a bright future.
Future West’s Jamie Hellam commented, “It’s been a lot of work but we have had a lot of support from the local business community and we are finally ready to go racing. We had some riders out on the track yesterday and they all loved it. The feedback was that the dirt has great traction and hooks up really well and the layout also works well.”
BC is a beautiful setting for a race!
Photo courtesy of Jamie Hellam
The only top-tier pro rider we don’t really know much about is California’s Topher Ingalls. Topher squeaked-out a podium overall finish last year in MX2 and I am surprised his name hasn’t come up more as we get closer to dropping the gate June 2nd in Nanaimo at the Wastelands. I know he’s interested in racing our series again. Here’s what he had to say when I asked him what his summer plans are:
Not a clue. I pretty much take it a week at a time. Seattle, Salt Lake, and Vegas is the focus for now.
Someone needs to give this guy a shot. He brings a lot of personality to the tour and could really challenge for a championship given the right support. He also mentioned that he’s “down to do my own thing again if anyone wants to support and hop on the team.” Good luck, Topher.
I can’t leave the topic of last week’s racing at Gopher Dunes without mentioning the performance of #78 Derek Hamm. Derek is the first one to admit he’s a quiet guy that has eluded the spotlight…until now! You can’t go out there and beat those riders on a Yamaha 250 2-stroke and not catch our attention! I had a chat with him and here’s what he had to say:
Springfield, ON's, Derek Hamm.
DMX: You looked really good Sunday at Gopher Dunes! You beat some upper-level guys. What have you been doing over the winter?
Thanks a lot. Rode consistent all day long and it turned out really well. This winter I spent about 3 months in Alberta working on the oil rigs. Came back in February and was supposed to go back but that didn't end up working out.
You're one of the growing number racing the 250 2-stroke. Is that why you were so fast? Why did you choose that bike?
When I first heard about the rule change for pro's my dad and I knew that was the bike to be on. I raced a RM250 in 2005 and I always rode it way better than my 250F. It's a fast bike and I just am way more comfortable riding a 2 stroke and I think that's why I was able to ride it fast. The maintenance is just so much cheaper. I pay for all the parts and maintenance so for me to do a top end consists of a piston, rings, few gaskets and your out like $200 instead of a grand.
What are your racing plans for 2013?
The plan this year are to do a few provincials in both classes on the 250, some local stuff in the states and hopefully the full East Coast Nationals in the MX2 class if I can afford it.
What is your Monday-Friday 9-5 life?
Right now I've been working at my grandparents farm helping them out during the day and then either ride after that or hit up the gym or do a road bike ride. We've gotten a ton of rain so riding has been affected but everything is drying up now.
Where do you live?
I live in Springfield, it’s a small town 30 min south of London.
What are your motocross goals? Future?
I want to run top 10 in the MX2 class in the nationals this year, I've always had the talent I just haven't been in shape and I've stepped that up a lot this year so I'm confident I can do really well. Provincials I want to for sure be top 3 in both classes. Future goals are just to keep racing and getting better, I feel I'm getting better with age and the best is yet to come.
Who would you like to thank?
I'd like to thank my mom and dad for taking me to all my races when I was racing amateur and spending an incredible amount of money on me. They still help me out whenever they can. Xtreme Toys for always giving me a good deal on parts and my cousin Tim always helping out however he can at the races.
I'm also looking for any sponsors that would be interested in helping me out this year. Anything from gear to parts to fuel, anything to get me to more races.
Since we had this chat, Derek has had an opportunity present itself. It looks like Derek will round out the group hitting all the rounds in the JBR truck and trailer.
I just got the opportunity to head out west with Jay Burke and Tyler Rayner for the nationals.
I know they could use a little bit more support so they don’t have to push the truck and eat KD every day, so if anyone is looking to help out a good group of racers, get in touch with these guys.
Derek Hamm is heading west with the JBR team.
Tonight and Saturday night the Josh Damery Memorial AX takes place out in Springhill, NS. It’s the 6th annual event and I caught up with local legend, Ryan Lockhart, on his lunch break over at Atlas Brace in BC to talk about the event:
It’s in my hometown. We moved it from Sackville, NB to Springhill, NS for the second year. Josh was a hard-core racer – an up-and-comer – who came from a great family. He passed away in a car accident 6 years ago in March. He was one of those kids who always liked to be at the races and was there to have fun so they decided to make the race in his honour.
They give out the Josh Damery Award for the rider who gives back to the sport in the Maritimes. His family comes down on Saturday night for the presentation. It’s an emotional event every year.
I’m back! I can already feel the heat coming from people, but I’ve been committed to this race back before I decided I wasn’t going to do any more pro stuff, so what am I supposed to do?! I’ll call ‘er quits after this one again (laughs).
I’ve been riding quite a bit, actually. I have a Honda 450 from Cycle North and I’ve been riding the Future West series. Well, I’ve only done two of those races. I’m undefeated. I’m going for the streak here (laughs).
Johnny Montes is scheduled to be there both nights so it’ll be good to see him. I know he’s excited – he’s been messaging me every day saying he can’t wait to be there. It sounds like things are really starting to come around for him.
Please let us know how the event goes out there and good luck to everyone racing.
I saw this photo of South African rider, Liam O’Farrell, preparing his Orange Motorsports KTM 250 2-stroke on Facebook. Now there’s a rider I can’t wait to watch tear up Gopher Dunes on that thing!
Liam O'Farrell prepping the Orange Motorsports KTM 250 2-stroke.
Wow, there’s lots of stuff going on this week! How cool is it that Brock Hoyer is lining up in Seattle tomorrow night?! He has lots of indoor experience and should do well if he can get off to good starts. We chatted with him this week about the whole thing and you can read it here if you missed it. Good luck, Brock, we’ll be yelling at the TV!
Congratulations to one of the friendliest guys to ever throw a leg of a motocross bike. Kevin Lepp recently passed his real estate exam so he is now on his way to becoming the next ‘Hammertime’ in the Lower Mainland. He’s also only 7 weeks away from becoming a dad. Good luck, guys.
While at Gopher Dunes last week, I had a quick chat with a rider who was pegged as the ‘next big thing’ a few years ago after his successful amateur career. Kyle Stephens stepped away from the sport a couple years ago, but, as we all know, this is not a sport that’s easy to bid farewell. The Orangeville, ON native will be back on a bike and recently got himself a new Kawasaki 450. Here’s what he had to say on Facebook:
New Kawasaki 450, new training program, new mindset, new goals, new year, LET'S RACE!
If you’ve never seen his smooth and fast riding in person, you’re in for a treat this year.
Guess who has decided to make the final trip to Las Vegas in May? Yep, The Beattys are hitting Sin City for the final round of SX! Here’s the very brief scoop:
Well, it’s official...VEGAS, BABY, VEGAS!!!
We are flying and Kyle Thompson has offered to take Nicky’s bike out for us and we are now pre-registered up to race Las Vegas.
I knew it! What a great story this has been over the winter. Thanks for giving us all another reason to tune in to SX every week. Best of luck, guys.
I also read that, due to a slow spring, MX101 (Sand Del Lee) will NOT be able to open this weekend. The new scheduled opening date is April 27.
I received this picture of Kade Walker, who is living the moto dream over in Europe. He is currently in a tough battle for top spot in the 125 Jr. championships over in Italy. His father, Dave, also sent this along about Kade's recent adventure racing the 125 class at at GP:
He's getting better. Placed 9th overall last weekend. 127 125cc racers their to qualify! Got a 7th in moto 1 and 10th in moto 2.
Keep making us proud over there, Kade!
Photo courtesy of Dave Walker
Ok, that's going to do it for me this week. I don't like to leave things on a sad note, but I just learned that Derek Schuster's dog, Duggy, was struck by a car and killed this morning. Sorry to here that, Derek. We'll give little Duggy the honours this week...
Duggy says, "See you at the races..."
Photo courtesy of Derek Schuster