Frid'Eh Update #18 Presented by CORE Motosports
Hello and welcome to week #18 of the DMX Frid’Eh Update presented by Core Motosports. It’s been a busy week here at DMX and we’re looking forward to another frantic weekend at the races. I hope, wherever you are, the weather will allow you to load the bikes up and head to a track or trail near you.
This update is once again brought to you by CORE Motosports out of Ottawa, ON. The CORE team just updated their promo page on their website with all their great deals going on, so make sure to check it out at www.coremotosports.ca and head over and check out their facebook page here. CORE also held a draw with the MMRS club for its members to have a chance at winning an ATLAS BRACE and CORE would like to congratulate the Gifford family on winning their new ATLAS Brace. Congrats, guys!
It’s week #18 and that means this one belongs to the second half of the 'Dynamic Delburne Duo,' Parker Allison. These twin brothers should definitely be ones that the younger generation looks up to – both are in university and both finished in the top 10 in the MX2 Pro class. That takes brains, drive, and the support of a very close-knit family. As one who has gotten to know Parker pretty well over the past few years, I can attest to all of those things. Motocross careers are directly proportional to the cohesion of the family and Parker is proving that rule.
Week #18 goes out to Delburne, AB's Parker Allison.
DMX got in touch with him as he powers his way through his final exams before he removes the horn-rimmed glasses and exchanges them for X-Brand motocross goggles. Here’s what he had to say:
Friday #18 for 2013 is here! To me, it means we are getting very close to the first round. For 2013 Jared and I are still on Yamaha 250F's. The bikes are solid and handle great! We are way ahead of schedule to prepare for the 2013 season. Yamalube is our title sponsor for the team, Dean (Thompson) at www.blackfootdirect.com is hooking us up with top-notch motors and all the parts and bling we need for our bikes, and Troy Lee Designs is making us look good on and off the track.
Our program is very well organized for the year; we have had very faithful sponsors and huge support. So far this year, I have been hitting the gym harder than ever, testing new set-ups on the bike, and doing on-track training. It is such a benefit to have a twin brother who rides the same bike to test and train with. Next week we will be heading back to the farm to start training. Benny has cleared the track off and has the cows grooming it as we speak.
I have been attending the University of Calgary Pre-Vet studies. I completed my interviews and on-site essay in hopes to be accepted to UCVM this fall. Going to school and racing pro moto is actually pretty good. University ends next week and we only live 15 minutes from the Calgary track which we have been riding for the past 3-4 weeks. We eat, sleep, train, study, and ride dirt bikes.
I also teach riding schools throughout the spring and am always very busy with that. Blackfootdirect has 2 days of riding schools booked for us next week so if you are interested contact them to book in. I think it is very important to take the time for kids in our sport. That's what it’s all about, so come by our rig at any pro national and get an autograph, poster, and some freebies!
I would also like to give a shout out to Kody Hargreaves (retired Alberta Pro) and Lessa DeGraaf on their recent engagement.
Thanks to all our sponsors: Yamalube, BlackfootDirect.com, TroyLeeDesigns, SSS suspension, Hindle, CTi Braces, X-Brand Goggles, Lime Nine, Atlas Brace, Matrix, Evans Coolant, and everyone who has supported us with our program.
See you at round one! Waffle side up.
Parker Allison #18
Now that’s a solid kid! The week I look forward to more than any other on the moto calendar is the one between the Edmonton and Calgary rounds. If you’ve ever traveled with the moto circus for a summer, you know exactly what I mean. This year, I hope the Canucks actually win Game 7 and take the cup so the celebrating goes a little better than it did last time. Good luck with your finals, Parker.
Thanks, Billy. First, I have to say, can winter just screw off? It seems like these cold temperatures and snow just won’t end. Yes, it may only be a few flurries here and there, but it is still enough to get my panties in a bunch when I think about the cold nights I have to spend at the track coming up!
It’s been an interesting week for me (as always) but yesterday KTM Canada booked Carruthers Ranch for a GP Bikes Demo Day. The track was in mint condition except for one little spot…
Thanks to my brother showing up to the rescue with another tractor to pull me out, we came out of the situation ok. I just want to say thanks to KTM for letting us host a great day and we look forward to attending more of their RIDE ORANGE Moto Tour Demo Days. The first west coast one kicks off this weekend at Popkum Motor Park.
On the high note, even with the cold temperatures it appears that Canadian moto is on the upswing again and starting to get healthy once more. Promoters' entries are starting to climb and you can tell just going to your local race that people are rip-roaring and ready to go. Here’s to hoping it stays that way.
Have you guys heard about this cool event going on called 'Rocks and Logs' that Shane Cuthbertson is putting on with the help of Red Bull?
CALGARY, AB – April 24, 2013 – Calgary will host for the first time Red Bull Rocks & Logs, a head-to-head competition taking place on a course filled with natural and man-made obstacles. Professional off-road racer Shane Cuthbertson (Airdrie, AB) designed and built a custom track, taking elements from enduros and harescrambles from around the world to the Wild Rose MX Park.
Competitors will battle on a tough off-road style track that goes over logs, rocks, and other challenging obstacles. On May 25, 2013 at 5:00 p.m. MDT, pro and amateur riders will take on the custom course and battle for the title of Red Bull Rocks & Logs Champion.
Red Bull Rocks & Logs is an endurocross competition that will be taking place on a course filled with a variety of natural and manmade obstacles. Competing in a head-to-head, knockout format, 136 top riders will take to the track – divided by class. The 112 riders in the Amateur category will have four laps in their qualifying heats and six final laps to determine the champion. In the Pro category, the 24 riders will do four laps in qualifying heats and then eight laps in the big finals. The top six winners will in each category will share a prize purse totaling $8,550.
Registration is now open via www.redbull.ca/rocksandlogs for all competitors 18 years of age and older - skill required.
Cost per rider is $55 for the amateur category (112 riders maximum) and $70 for pros (24 riders maximum).
Registration fee includes a rider welcome package, track entrance fee, and race insurance (waiver to be signed on-site).
WHAT: Red Bull Rocks & Logs Finals
WHEN: Saturday, May 25, 2013 at 5:00 p.m. MDT (Amateur Qualifying: 11:30am | Pro Qualifying: 2:00pm)
WHERE: Wild Rose MX Park (5608 Burbank Crews SE, Calgary, AB, T2H 1Z6)
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Now that sounds interesting and is for sure sticking with the theme that the sport is growing in Canada.
The MMRS Hindle Exhaust Provincial Series here in Ontario is kicking off this weekend at Cochranes. I am really excited about this series as DMX will be at all 9 rounds filming for WILD TV and capturing the sport of motocross for the mainstream media. Below is the PR and you can also check out www.mmrs.ca for more details as the series develops:
Round 1 of the M.M.R.S.- Hindle Exhaust Provincial Series goes this weekend at the Cochrane track.
This series is a 9-race series with a drop of 2 in regards to series points. For example, payout, trophies and prizes will be awarded at the end of the series. Points will be accumulated based on your best 7 of the 9 races.
Payout and amateur support will be awarded to the following classes: Open Pro, 250 Pro, Expert, Ladies A, +30A, +40A. It will be based on the number of entries, but in the past we had $800 for 1st, $500 for 2nd, $300 for 3rd. We expect to do the same for 2013.
The rest of the classes will receive Trophies/Plaques 1st - 5th place.
This entire series will be filmed for TV, so don't miss you chance to impress your sponsors !!
The weather sounds fantastic for this weekend, hope to see everyone there.
Gates open Friday 5:00 p.m.
Practice on Sat. goes from 9 - 4
Racing on Sunday goes from 8 -5
Motopark is also hosting a double header this weekend with CMX on Saturday and CMRC on Sunday. It is a Walton ANQ and I know the Motopark crew will have the track in tip top shape for the weekend’s events.
Hey, guys. It's once again time for the weekend and it looks like we are finally going to have some great racing weather. I made it out to the MMRS school and practice weekend at Cochranes last Saturday and Sunday, and the cold weather didn't hold anyone back. John, Jean and crew had the event running as if they hadn't skipped a beat from last season! The club has dropped the ATVs from the schedule and the tracks are rutting up well and forming great racing lines. They are holding their first race event this Sunday at Cochranes with all-day practice on Saturday. Be sure to check it out as it's a great atmosphere with some pretty good talent.
The AMA Supercross series is in Salt Lake City this weekend. I'm gonna take Davi Millsaps for the win in the 450 class and Jason Anderson for the 250 west win. The series is winding down with a few of the racers already in outdoors mode, so maybe we will see a few new faces near the front?
Well, that's all for me this week. Be sure to check out my "On The Radar" with Sara King. Thanks, guys, have a great week! Here's Billy...
Thanks, guys. Like Kyle said, it's so great to be back at the outdoor races! My photos had a preponderance of blue last week, but I'll sort that out as I've had many experts 'kindly' offer me support and suggestions. I was able to get to the first couple rounds of the Southwestern Ontario Walton TransCan ANQs and it looks like I'll be taking that familar drive north tho see Iain Hayden and his merry band of Moto Muffin pushers this Sunday at Moto Park. I pretty much talk to myself the entire drive as it seems every bend in the road brings back memories of the seemingly hundreds of times I did the drive in the back seat of whatever car/trailer combo we were in back in the day. We were so proud of ourselves when we found that little short-cut on Grey Road 6 that lets you miss Mount Forest and saves about 5 minutes on the drive. It's little things like that that go through my mind as I go. Don't worry, you'll be older some day too (if you're lucky) and know what I mean. If you missed either of the first two Photo Reports, you can see them here and here.
The photo advice I frequently receive reminds me of this classic Phil Hartman / Roseanne Barr skit from SNL:
Let me also point out that the size large Scott Addict R15 Carbon Fibre road bike is still for sale. I've learned a few important lessons from dealing with people on Kijiji, the most important of which is that you can't count your chickens before they're hatched! If promises were quarters...
Anyway, if you'd like to have a look at it, here's a link to the ad.
I noticed our old friend #239 Ross Johnson from Tenino, Washington, lined up in Seattle last weekend. If you remember, he raced our first few nationals in 2012 and did quite well. I got in touch with him this week to see what his future plans are. He was on his way to Salt Lake City (a place I lived for a few months many years ago) for this weekend's SX (live on Speed) when we spoke and he said he's doing the final two supercrosses then the first two rounds of the AMA outdoors at Hangtown and Thunder Valley. He added, "then headed up to Canada for at least the first 4 rounds and - depending on my results and sponsors - make a decision about the last 4 rounds!" We did a video interview with him last year from The Allison Farm and he seems like a really cool guy. Anyone looking for a proven contender should get in touch with him soon. Good luck this weekend, Ross.
Look for Washington State's Ross Johnson to race the first 4 Canadian rounds, at least, this summer.
I'm sure that by now we've all seen that 2012 Monster Energy CMRC Canadian Motocross Championships MX1 champ, Matt Goerke, has been sidelined with an injury he sustained recently in supercross. I got in touch with him to see what the prognosis is and here's what he had to say:
"Ya, I dislocated a bone in my wrist. Had to get surgery that day, but it's already starting to heal. I plan on being back at Budd's Creek."
Budd's Creek is round 5 of the 2013 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championships on June 22, so that means it was a nasty little wrist problem! Good luck with the rehab, Matt.
Team BTO Sports KTM rider, Matt Goerke, is out until Budd's Creek.
Broome Tioga hosted a Loretta Lynn’s Area Qualifier last weekend and we had several Canadians lining up to take a shot at the biggest motocross event in the world. I scoured the results to find them and here’s what I came up with:
Sebastien Racine - Casselman, ON
51 (4-6) 1-1 1st
Carter Hutcherson – London, ON
250 C 1-1 1st
Duncan Macleod – Port Franks, ON
250 C 10-2 11th
Eve Brodeur – Laval, QC
250 C 19-30 27th
Andrew Alves – Ottawa, ON
250 C 21-31 35th
Alexandre Morin – Terrebonne, QC
250 A 10-5 6th
Sarah Gabor – Welland, ON
Girls (12-16) 9-9 9th
Taylor Arsenault – Perth, ON
250 B 11-12 14th
RJ Marnoch – Coldwater, ON
450 B 14-31 31st
Brandon Pearson – Pickering, ON
450 B 9-DNF 32nd
Anthony Doucet – St. Roch, QC
450 B 16-35 34th
Tanner Ward – Bright, ON
Mini Sr. (12-14) 3-1 2nd
Connor Arsenault – Perth, ON
Mini Sr. (12-14) 4-5 4th
Brandon Brown – Spencerville, ON
Mini Sr. (12-14) 24-21 25th
Congratulations to everyone who went and good luck at the next stages of your qualifying.
I mentioned before that there are rumours circulating about the future (or lack thereof) of the Montreal Supercross. Well, I got in touch with Taxi Productions’ Felix Trepanier today and he set me straight on the whole situation.
"The Montreal Supercross is dead…for now."
Felix worked with promoter, Pierre Corbeil, for 11 years on the supercross and was obviously disappointed to inform me that nothing good was going on and that the race was not coming back for 2013. 2012 was to be Pierre’s final year as promoter anyway and with declining attendance, decreased industry support, and a seemingly confused direction and target audience the race is on hiatus for the foreseeable future.
The oldest supercross race in Canada - at 35 years – will not be in its usual time slot that always conflicted with the MXoNs. I asked Felix, straight-up, what the deal was with that suspicious date and he confirmed, unequivocally, that there was never a conspiracy with that date. The stadium simply told them the weekend they had and that was that. His quote was, “That’s bullshit!” He’s a huge motocross fan just like the rest of us and would never let something like that happen.
While we were on the ‘conspiracy’ topic, I questioned him about the other rumour that JSR was told exactly when the gate would drop for his swan song race in 2008. He basically laughed at me. He also remembered what JSR said to him moments before that famous gate dropped, “Felix, [eff] it! I’m going to banzai this start!” I think Felix even went as far as swearing on his kid’s life that it wasn’t fixed. That’s good enough for me! I don't start these rumours...I just try to get to the bottom of them!
He seemed as confused as I am about why the races in Quebec are failing – including the NASCAR race and Indy race. The F1 race is still solid. He said they had held numerous focus groups trying to figure out what the people wanted to see. Besides JSR and Travis Pastrana, the average person in the stands (over 50% are not there to watch supercross) has no idea who these riders are. It’s a fact that has kept them searching for the perfect combination of events over the years.
The last thing I asked him was about the rumour that the Toronto SX might be looking at moving to Montreal. He said he’d also heard the rumour but that nobody has contacted them about it. Thanks for the chat, Felix, and good luck in the future. He will be at a couple of the western rounds of the Canadian MX nationals so look for some good video coverage.
There will be no Montreal Supercross in 2013.
I haven’t checked in with perennial top Canadian performer, Red Bull Royal Distributing Fox KTM rider Colton Facciotti, in a while so I did just that this week. He’s up at Joe Skidd’s SSS testing facility getting their suspension all dialed in for the team. They are doing the testing with him and will then use the information learned to dial in the rest of the team’s bikes later.
I chatted with Colton’s teammate Dusty Klatt’s mechanic, Adam Turner, who was there helping out about what’s been going while he was taking a lunch break today and he says Colton looks ready to go after his title again. Colton will be heading back down to GPF next week to finish his homework for round one out in Nanaimo on June 2.
With Dusty rehabbing his knee injury, Adam will step in as Tyler Medaglia’s ‘T-wrench spinner’ until Dusty is back. The team will then sort out who goes with whom, but I bet Stephan LeBlanc will swoop in and take care of one of them.
Podium1 Suspensions' Adam Turner is one of the characters on the tour. He's at Joe Skidds' SSS test track fine-tuning Colton Facciotti's suspension.
When I saw the Redemption Racing RV at Gopher Dunes a couple weeks ago and team rider, Eric Jeffery, out there on a KTM, I figured I should get in touch with Josh Snider to see what’s going on for the upcoming season.
He confirmed that the team has made the switch to KTM through GP Bikes in Oshawa, ON for 2013. He really wanted to thank GP Bikes for stepping up and helping them out. Look for the bikes to be a rather stealthy black in colour. All three of their riders will compete in the MX1 class on 450s.
Eric will make the move up to the big bike full-time and American, Kelly Smith, will once again make the trip north to race. Texan, Chad Goodwin, will be Kelly’s mechanic so it will be great to have them both back at our races. The third name thrown in there is Texas rider, Michael Thacker.
I found this on Youtube and I don’t know what the heck is going on in this video, but at least you get a look at ‘the new guy.’ Have a look and don’t judge ME for this!
Michael brings the Tisco Racing team sponsor to the table and has a lot to offer the team this summer. If you’re curious about him, you can check out the Tisco Racing website.
If you’re wondering where this leaves last year’s team rider, Gavin Gracyk, he is now an accredited trainer working down south but would gladly race for a team up here if anyone is interested. Gracyk finished the 2013 MX1 season with the #4 plate so if you’re looking for a podium threat, give Gavin a call.
I saw this school project video from Quebec Pro Michael DaSilva on Facebook and I figured that if he’s going to give moto some love to his classmates I’d give him some love here. Check out this video:
I spoke to Ontario rider, Derek Hamm, again today. He mentioned earlier that he was having troubles finiding a new Yamaha 250 2-stroke cylinder for his bike. He managed to find one from a rider out west on Ebay but when he received the part it was in terrible shape and needs to be replated. If anyone out there has a connection to help this hard-working rider as he prepares to head west with the JBR team, please get in touch with him or us.
Will Angela and Dianna be back in 2013 is the question! Do the right thing, Monster.
That's going to do it for Week 18. Have a great weekend and enjoy the live supercross coverage from SLC Saturday night on Speed.
Kyle Carruthers photo