Frid'Eh Update #20 Presented by Yamaha Motor Canada
Hello and welcome to another DMX Frid’Eh Update. It’s Week #20 and that means that after today we leave the current top 10s in final positions from last season. Congratulations to everyone who accomplished this feat in 2012! With the way the competition is looking for 2013, it will be even more difficult to hit this target this year! Good luck to everyone.
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Week #20 goes out to Keswick, ON native, Rockstar OTSFF Yamaha's Richard Grey.
#20 is Rockstar OTSFF Yamaha rider, Richard Grey, from Keswick, Ontario. Richard is heading into his third year of Pro racing and I was surprised to learn that he is still only 18 years old; it seems like he’s been around longer than that, doesn’t it? The team is grooming Richard to be a future champ and he’ll admit that most of his performance pressure comes from him. We had a chance to chat with him as he puts the finishing touches on his preparation for the Monster Energy CMRC Canadian Motocross Nationals. Here’s what he had to say:
“Well, since Walton, I got ready for the Montreal Supercross and then I got hurt there. I broke the scaphoid bone in my wrist. After that, I worked a little bit in October and November and since then I’ve just been training. I went down south in at the end of January to start getting ready. I went down to SOB (South of the Border) for two months and then the weather started to get better here so I came home. I’ve just been riding and training since then.
The people there were awesome! The trainers were all ex-pros so they know what they’re talking about. The track got super-rough every day. The weather wasn’t the greatest for February, but by March it got good. The tracks shaped up a lot better. There were lots of fast guys there too. Cooper Webb showed up and he spanked all of us! He’s on it right now. It’ll be interesting to see how he does at Hangtown. I think Cooper is going to beat Adam Cianciarulo.
I haven’t talked to Bob (Bobby Kiniry) since Daytona but he’s the same old Bob – just getting ready for the season. I haven’t talked to (Shawn)Maffenbeier or heard anything about him. The whole team is good; I’ve got the same mechanic I had last year (Chris Lovell) and Stu (Adam Robinson), the team manager, has been awesome. We’ve been working more with bike set-up this year and trying to get that Yamaha 250F to the front some more.
It’ll be interesting to see, come Nanaimo, how the 250 2-stroke will be. Everyone has their own opinions on it, but I opted not to race one because I’ve been racing a 4-stroke for long enough now. Guys from my era have all grown up racing 4-strokes after getting off small bikes. For a younger guy to hop onto a 250 2-stroke, they’re going to struggle a little more. I want to say that maybe for a little bit of an older guy that had a chance to grow up and race one a couple times they’re going to have a bit of an advantage. It’s a hard bike to hang onto for 30 minutes. You have to be in amazing shape.
Spring has been good. I’ve just been practicing and training around here. I’ve been trying to do some spring races as much as I can – there’s nothing better than racing, right? You can practice all you want but then come race time it’s a whole different ballgame. I’m going to head up to Motopark and spend some time up there and really crack down on it the next couple weeks before I head out for Nanaimo. I’ll probably hit one or two more races before we leave and that’s it.
The more mature I get and the more time I spend on that 250F, I feel like I can ride it a lot stronger. You get physically stronger with age (to a point, Richard…to a point). I feel like I’ve gotten a lot more mature since last year, even. I’ve been really trying to nail down my starts. I know that all those 250 2-strokes are going to get good starts and I know that it’s so crucial within those first couple laps to really hammer down and that’s what has been helping me sometimes beat Kyle (Keast) and Liam (O’Farrell) at the local provincial races. I just try to get good starts and sprint for the first 5 or 6 laps of the race.
This year, I have a little bit better expectations than last year from the team and from myself. I’m only 18 years old – I have a lot of years left. As people can see with guys like Colton (Facciotti) and Kyle Beaton, those guys didn’t start winning – and even Tyler Medaglia – until they were in their early 20s. I’ve been in this sport for a long time so people think I’m older than I actually am. Next year they want me to be more of a podium rider and this year they want me to be more of a top-5 guy. I really think that with some good starts I can be a top-5 guy every weekend.
I’m looking forward to seeing what Deschambault is like. I’ve heard really good things about that place and I heard it’s sandy too and I love sand! I know the Quebec guys will be fast there but that’s a track I’m most looking forward to. It looks like a Sand Del Lee with some elevation.
I don’t want to pump the tires too much. I know where I need to be at and I know what I need to do so that’s really all it comes down to…and some good luck. I’ve put in the time and I know what I’m capable of doing on the bike and the rest – whatever happens on the track, happens on the track. I’m going to need some luck and some good starts and then we’ll just see what goes on, right?”
I’ve had the chance to watch Richard race the past 4 weekends and I can say that he has definitely found some speed and confidence! I will be very interested to see how he stacks up in June against a really competitive-looking MX2 field. Good luck, Richard.
I was surprised to learn that Richard is only 18, but I guess it makes sense.
Thanks, Billy, and it’s a good week in Canadian moto. I feel like I am saying that every week? But, truth is I think it is picking up. The race series are going well everywhere and we are just 3 weeks out from round one of the CMRC motocross Nationals in Nanaimo. Round one is always exciting – you never know who is going fast, who has upped their game and who will be a huge disappointment. Did you see this video Mason Wrozyna did of KTM rider Colton Facciotti? He is looking as smooth and fast as ever and is looking to turn that #9 back into a #1. Can he challenge #123 of Brett Metcalfe? I believe he can and he will.
We saw a huge list of Pros show up at the MMRS race last weekend for Round #2 of the Hindle Exhaust provincial series at Muttco Mountian. Guys like, Kyle Keast, Ryan Gauld, Nathan Bles, Liam O’Farrell, Richard Grey, Robert Mittler, Ken Clark, Jason Thorne, Trevor Hall, Danny Brault and more to compete with the MMRS regular Pro class. The racing was fantastic and it looks like we will see the class kick off again with a 3 moto Open Pro format this weekend at Lindsay for Round 3 of the Hindle Exhaust series. I am telling you now these guys are riding amazing and you should see O’Farrell on his 2-stroke! The guy to keep an eye on though is Nathan Bles. Nathan will be riding the MX2 class at the nationals, but this kid is the real deal on a 450. When he learns to get a bit more aggressive I expect we will see Nathan settling in nicely into a top ten 450 rider in the next couple years and along with Richard Grey I expect to see him doing top five this year at the nationals.
On another note, it seems like these pros are sticking together lately, almost like a Pro riders union? Interesting to say the least and we will have the scoop and story for you in the near future.
I also got this note from Shelby Turner’s Mom, Renee Turner:
Shelby won the women’s Endurocross opener in Las Vegas at the Orleans Arena last Friday night (May 4th). She had fast laps all day, and showed to be a top contender in the series this year. She had to battle her way through major adversity as her chain fell off in the qualifier, sending her to the LCQ. With a bad gate pick she managed to pull off a decent start, working her way solidly through the pack having to battle with fellow Canadian Chantel Bykerk who finished 2nd. Her consistency through the obstacles led her to the top spot on the podium. Making her the current points leader. There were actually 5 Canadians who qualified for this event. Chantel Bykerk, Victoria Hett 6th, Lexi Pichout 10th, and Melissa Harten 9th. Deb Gilbert also made the truck down but unfortunately didn’t qualify. Also Ty Murray pulled off an excellent win in the Amateur class. In the Vet class, Stephen Foord had a great ride, Trevor Turner also qualified.”
Thanks, Renee, and congrats to all Canadians who made it down to the Event. I expect we see Shelby on more podiums shortly!
Chris Elliott sent these links over that include everything you'd need to know about Glen Helen X-Fighter this weekend:
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That’s it for me. Over to Jeff…
Hey, guys. It is Friday again. I'd like to start off by congratulating all 3 AMA supercross champions. The 450 title was settled a little early, but the east and west coast titles went down to the wire. All in all, I feel it was a great season and I was pumped to see a few Canadians along the way.
The AMA outdoors are just around the corner and it looks like both classes will be stacked! All of the heavy hitters seem to be healthy and ready for battle. Can you bet against Ryan Villopoto? James Stewart, Ryan Dungey, Chad Reed, and Dean Wilson, to name a few, will definitely have something to say about it. In the 250 class, I think it is anyone’s title. You have the dynamic KTM duo of Ken Roczen and Marvin Musquin, returning champ Blake Baggett, and then add in amateur stars Cooper Webb and Adam Cianciarulo. It honestly doesn't look like we will have a dull moment all summer!
Onto the Canadian series...Both classes seem to be packed with talent. Everyone seems ready to hand Brett Metcalfe the title, but I disagree. He will win some motos and overalls, but he will need to stay healthy which has been an issue in the past. The MX2 class is looking like it will have a great mix of 250Fs and 250 2-strokes. I feel the 2-strokes will nab a few of the holeshots, but in the end the podium will be occupied by thumpers.
This past weekend I attended the MMRS race at Muttco Mountain. It was another solid turnout for John and Jean Maguire. The track was in fantastic shape like always and we witnessed some great battles in the Pro class by a number of top-notch riders. Old-timer Ryan Gauld still has some serious speed and led quite a few laps over young guns like Richard Grey, Kyle Keast, and Nathan Bles to name a few. It was great to see some real battles instead of runaway victories. I've been hearing rumblings of a 3 moto Pro format with a real good payout. This weekend is at the Thunder Mud track. I have never been, but I hear John has been busy all week spreading new dirt and improving the layout. I'm sure he will have it in prime shape rain or shine just like all of his tracks.
Well, that is it for me this week. I hope to see you at the races. And before I take off, I'd like send best wishes to an old Vet rider Dusty Heacock who was involved in a scary crash this past Sunday. Old Dusty took a few stitches, but not to worry his rugged good looks are still intact!
Now here’s Billy…
Thanks, you two. Speaking of the MX2 class this season, could this be the year that adopted Canadian, Brad Nauditt, stays consistent and puts his Cycle North Honda on the podium on a more regular basis? We all know that Brad is great at starts and with some of the day-to-day stresses removed, this could be his best chance yet. I spoke briefly with him and here’s what he had to update us:
"I am pumped to start the 2013 season with the help from Cycle North and Sean Hamblin. I'm also excited to have Ross Johnson as my team mate. We have raced together for years now and we will be ready to show everyone how the pre-season training has been going. And with the help of the people behind me, I am sharpening my game all around- faster- smarter- fitter. We will see how it all plays out this summer at the races”
Brad is easily one of the most-liked riders at the races and when you add Ross Johnson, Kourtney Lloyd, and Sean Hamblin to the mix, this team should be in the running for the congeniality award at the end of the year. Yes, I just made that award up.
Washington State's Brad Nauditt will be coming into 2103 more prepared than ever!
On to some crappy news…
It looks like we’ll be losing a staple from at least the western rounds of the series this summer. Team JBR owner, Jay Burke, took a horrible crash at Motopark a couple weeks ago and is nursing some injuries that are a little worse than originally thought. I’ve been trying to keep in touch with him as he gets more results and he usually tells me he’s either waiting to go get more tests or waiting for results from the last ones.
The last messages I received were: “Possibly emergency surgery. Have to wait for a call now.” That doesn’t sound good! Then this: “Waiting for MRI results now. It looks like I’m f!@#$d. As for the team, we are just splitting the costs together using my stuff. As of right now, there is nothing happening. Just trying to work the best I can and suffering in the meantime.”
This was to be the year that Ontario rider, Derek Hamm, finally made it out west to compete in the entire series. He was looking great on his Yamaha 250 2-stroke when I saw him last at Gopher Dunes. Unfortunately, some engine issues have kept him off the track lately and this latest news about Jay’s condition could be the final nail in Derek’s western Canadian coffin. I spoke to him about it and here’s what he had to say:
“Well, I'm guessing the west is most likely a no go then. I can't afford to do it on my own - spent all my money trying to get this bike fixed up.Might just be better to ride local stuff, get dialed in for east coast and kick some ass and work my ass off all winter and come out swinging next year and do the full series.
I've still been training hard. I have my 450 from last year, so I rode it once just for something but I don't want to ride it a lot because if it breaks I am so screwed!”
It almost breaks your heart, doesn’t it. That also leaves the third and returning member of the crew in a pickle too. Tyler Rayner showed some good potential last season and it would be nice if he can make it to all the rounds this summer.
Tyler had this to say:
“As of right now, I'm just in New York State riding and racing some different tracks and having some fun with friends. Jay called me this week and, yes, it's not looking good for the west, so as of right now I’ll be doing the east for sure and I'm possibly going to do Calgary and Edmonton with some good friends of mine that live close.
It’s the Ouimet brothers, Derek and TJ . They aren't for sure if they're heading out to do those rounds yet, but if I'm going to do any west rounds I think it will be with them.”
Unless things change with Jay, I suppose this is a call-out to anyone who might be able to help these would-be series travelers out. Good luck, guys, and get well soon, Jay.
Get well soon, Jay Burke.
How about this latest painting from Red Bull Royal Distributing Fox KTM’s injured rider, Dusty Klatt?! These things just keep getting better and better, don’t they? I ripped this off his Facebook page:
"Snowboard life" $230
Painting is all touched up and ready for clear. Buyer has the option of personalizing the board with a logo or two before final clear. It will go on etsy under my shop KLATTArt. If interested speak up! Cheers
Let's start the bidding for Dusty Klatt's art at $230...
I want to apologize to everyone for the MX Forum issues we are currently experiencing. It seems this happens every year, once. It’s partly our fault and partly our server’s fault. We seem to communicate with them like an old married couple—people are talking but nobody is listening. It will be up and running as soon as possible. And, no, it had nothing to do with what Hammertime posted.
MX Forum is currently on a short time out...
It looks like the rally to get a new Supercross game to market has started again and if adding this to our Frid’Eh Update helps in any way, I’m all for it!
Let's help make this a reality!
I remember talking with New Zealand rider, Kieran Leigh, last year and he hinted that 2013 would mark his return to Canada to race after he got the family business running back home. I wasn’t able to get in touch with him as of this Update, but he was a great addition to the races and it would be great to get him back here doing his ‘goose it!’ hand signals again.
It looks like young MX101 Yamaha rider, Dylan Wright, is picking up where he left off last season—winning. Word on the street says he was undefeated last weekend at the Eastern Amateur National Qualifier at Sand Del Lee. We have a couple extremely fast riders moving up the ranks and Dylan is one of them. I don’t think there’s a more exciting rider to watch race than him. Check him out at a race near you!
Dylan Wright practicing some rutted corners.
Billy Wright photo
I’m also going to start the debate right here about whether Cooper Webb or Adam Cianciarulo will be the fastest rookie in the 250 class down south this year. We know what Richard Grey thinks, but what do you think? I’ve been able to watch them both race on many occasions and I can say that they will both be at or near the front right from the drop of the gate at Hangtown. People are trying to argue that they won’t have the strength or stamina for the longer motos. To that I say, what do you think they’ve been doing for the past half year? Stamina will not be the deciding factor. They’re both on good teams and they both want to prove themselves against the hype of the other. It looks like we’re going to have exciting races on both sides of the border this summer!
It seems like Cooper Webb (#7) and Adam Cianciarulo (#92) have been in a dog fight their entire careers. It's about to spill over into the Pro ranks!
I’ve been very impressed with the professionalism and enthusiasm the Women’s National Series has been organized with these past couple years. The western rounds of the championships get underway June 8th in Kamloops and I know that Denaye Giroux and Camille Baker have been working tirelessly to make the series a success. You can check out the latest PR here.
I spoke with Camille today and she wanted to add that “Denaye and I are very excited about all the support we have for this year and hoping that the numbers and competition will grow as well! Hope to see all the girls come out and race all your local nationals and hopefully all 3 rounds! We are offering a riding school in between Calgary and Edmonton for anyone that is interested…boys, girls, men, and women! Contact me through email@example.com or Denaye at firstname.lastname@example.org”
Camille Baker (left) and Denaye Giroux have been working hard to get the Women's Western Nationals ready to go for Kamloops on June 8th.
A fast rider who we haven’t spoken to in too long is Saskatchewan native, Zack Deiana. Zack burst onto the scene a couple years ago when he was very impressive out west as an Intermediate racing the MX2 class. His stylish and aggressive style definitely make him stand out on the track! I got in touch with him on Facebook today to see what he’s been up to. Hos Facebook page also lists his hometown as Murrieta, California, so you know what that means – he’s been riding and training a ton this off-season. Here’s what he had for us:
“The time in California this year was killer. I learned a lot and had an unbelievable program. Sean Hamblin trained me on the bike and Johnny Louch trained me in the gym, so my confidence coming into this year is definitely higher than ever before.
I felt great on the 450 this year. Very comfortable on it, but I’m not racing it at all this summer – just riding the 250 the last month. I was on the 250 and might say I feel better on that. Not many people have seen me ride it because it was blown up for almost 2 months! So the last month I just had to stay focused and moto the 250.
My goals for the year are to just ride my dirt bike like I can. I know I.ve got the speed to get good finishes, but there is a lot more to come into play than just speed, so I feel like everything is coming together very well this year.
I got new sponsors that are backing me 100% for all 9 rounds and hopefully y'all can see then 29 rig at the front of the pack.”
Dragon, Fly , Renegade Fuels, Works Connection, Renthal , Ryno Power, Schrader’s Suzuki , Quick Falls Collision, Holland’s Hot Oiling, Belitski Contracting , MOM and DAD and FAMILY, J&H Anchors, Factory Connection, Shifted Earth Apparel, Boyesen Engineering, Rockwell Training Facility, Dubya Wheels, and Motul Oil.
Watch for #29 Zack Deiana to continue his steady climb in the rankings in 2013.
This weekend is Leanne Jantzi and Kyle Carruthers’ Stag and Doe—sorry, Jack and Jill. It doesn’t look like I’ll be able to make it up there, so I just wanted to wish them a great night. Don’t forget to bring your full wallets and open them wide, everyone! It sounds like it’s going to be quite the shaker!
I wanted to have a chat with Monster Energy Leading Edge Kawasaki rider, Brett Metcalfe, but he is traveling today and so I was unable to get in touch with him as of this Update. Look for an interview with him next week here on DMX.
I also got this photo of Idaho rider and national #6 for 2013, Morgan Burger. He was always right there to capitalize on the top riders' mistakes, so how will he do this summer with more support behind with the Sewer Rat gang? It's going to be an interesting series.
#6 Morgan Burger on his 2013 Sewer Rat Racing Yamaha 450.
Farrah Bower photo
We received the horrible news that Steve ‘TFS’ Bruhn passed away this past week from complications due to a heart attack. ‘Teefus’ basically changed the way motocross is done and talked about online. His many arguments and disciplinary actions with Hammertime are legendary! Not only was he a great photographer, but he was a legitimate rocket scientist! We need more guys like him in our sport, for sure. I only met him a couple times very briefly, but his enthusiasm for the sport and his love for the technical side of ‘the set bounce’ will mean that he will never be forgotten. The sad thing is he probably had no idea that people felt the way they do about him. There’s a lesson for us in there. RIP, Steve.
I think I’ll leave it there for this week. We’ve got a bit of a sketchy weather forecast here in Southwestern Ontario, so I hope things are looking a little better in your neck of the woods.
Bring on the outdoors! See you at the races...