Frid'Eh Update #21 Presented by Yamaha Motor Canada
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This is week #21 and that means this one is dedicated to Grand Bend, ON native, Dylan Kaelin. Dylan has been in that 'next guy' category for the past couple years. He shows sins of brilliance and, with some consistency, would be challenging for podiums every weekend. DMX caught up with him in New Westminster, BC as he prepares for the upcoming season. Here’s what he had to say:
Week #21 goes out to Dylan Kaelin.
I was down at the Knowles’ place in California with Spencer for the last month or so and now I came back to get ready for the season and do some races. I’m going to race Ashcroft this weekend and then Kamloops next week just to get the mojo going a bit. I haven’t raced outdoors since probably a TVR or CMX race at the Roberts’ house last fall.
Last year was good—it had a lot of really good ups and also a lot of really big downs with all the mechanicals and other stuff going on. I was really happy with the way I was riding last year and some of the motos that I put in, coming from behind. I didn’t have the greatest starts last year—they were worse than usual. That really played into my performance, I feel. Obviously, I look at last year’s weak points and try to improve on those. If I can put everything together, it’ll be good.
Sand Del Lee was probably one of my most memorable moments from last season. I ran second for a while and then I ran third. I held Benoit off for most of the race and then he passed me with two laps to go and we went back and forth a bit right up to the checkers. I would have really liked to hang onto third but that was good for me. That morning I had re-injured my ACL and my knee was pretty jacked-up and really swollen. I had a cat scan and I had torn about 50% of my ACL graft that I had done the year before.
Dylan didn't even think he would make the motos at Sand Del Lee last summer.
Edmonton was really good too. Both motos were really good. The first moto was nice because I got a bad start and made my way up through the pack. I was about a bike-length behind Jared Allison at the checkers for almost getting on the podium. I almost podiumed overall as well. That was a good round too.
This pre-season has been a lot different from years past. Last year, I came home from down south in early April and I already had about 60-70 hours on my bike. I didn’t get down to California this year until early April so I was pretty much behind the eight ball to start with!
I went back to work and worked for almost two months up in Conklin, Alberta, and then I quit and got my bikes and stuff from KTM. I rode here for a little bit but had some bike complications that left me stranded for about a week so I couldn’t head down to California. Then I had a transmission go out in my van while down in California and that put a hindrance on my training. I got really sick while I was down there too—I came down with bronchitis and an inner-ear infection. I was off the bike for six days with that. It was a good 10-12 days before I was back in in 100% condition.
I really like the new KTM; I really like the way it handles. It sits a little bit lower in the back than the Yamaha and I think that has really made the bike a lot more comfortable for me. I rode it on a sand track and I couldn’t believe how amazing it handled in the sand! It’s great all around and the power is really good even for a stock bike. My bike has no mod parts on it at all. It’s 100% a true stock bike except for the suspension and I just put bars on, but the bars are the same bend as the stock ones anyway. I’ve been really happy with it. Joe (Skidd) has the suspension really dialed in on those bikes after working with the factory team last year and this year it’s really spot on.
I bought a Sprinter Van off Kijiji and have put 20 000 kilometres on it already. The thing has been great, except for the transmission, but that’s what you get when you buy a used vehicle. I’ve got some stickers on it so it’s looking a little more professional for the races. I put bunk beds at the front and a shelf for the back and made it really good for hauling stuff around.
Newf (Ryan Lockhart) is going to be my mechanic for the west rounds so I’m excited about that. He’s worked with a lot of riders in the past and he used to work for the factory KTM team so that’ll be really good. He lives out here now and works for Atlas Brace and 100% and Matrix so he’s going to do the first four rounds with me.
I started working with Drew Robertson this spring right after I quit work. We’ve been working together fairly closely on some physical things to be a little bit stronger on the bike.
With the help of trainer, Drew Robertson, and mechanic, Ryan Lockhart, look for Kaelin to be up near the front on his KTM starting in Ashcroft this weekend.
My goals for this year are hard to say because I had such a different prep coming into the season. It’s been completely different after working it has kind of changed my outlook a little. I still love racing dirtbikes and racing motocross but I’m going out there to enjoy myself. I want to do the best that I can, like always. We’ve got nine rounds so hopefully I can finish the series out strong. We’ll find out real quick at Nanaimo…or whenever we have a round that’s not muddy because it will probably be muddy there again. The 250F class is going to be really stacked this year but I try not to worry about that because there are fast guys no matter where you race. I’d like to land up there on the podium a few times throughout the year, but we’ll see.
Thanks for the chat, Dylan, and good luck in your races this weekend. I think we are all waiting for you to have that consistent break-out year that you are capable of having.
Team Kal-Gard FXR Apex KTM would like to thank its sponsors for their continued support - KTM Canada, Apex Cycle, Kal-Gard, FXR, Dunlop, DT1, Marin Bikes, Evolved Nutrition, Mika Metals, VP Fuels, Oakley, Forma, Atlas, Matrix Concepts, Superior Suspension Settings, Hindle, Rekluse, Wiseco, Kutvek Amerika, Ortho- Flex, My PKG, RKI Industries, Cycra, Pro Wheel.
Thanks, Billy, and thanks to everyone who has once again tuned into another Frid’Eh Update.
I had the pleasure this week to present with team “Kyle Keast” at Jack Callaghan Public School in Lindsay, Ontario. It was a pretty cool evening and Kyle Keast and his sister, Crystal, organized the whole thing. It was after hours and almost 200 people showed up to listen to guest speakers like Mandy Hadenko, Kyle Keast, myself, and women's racer, Brittney Thompson, as we educated them on motocross and the hard work that goes into the industry. I really wish more racers would organize events like this as this was, no doubt, something Kyle and Brittney's sponsors are proud of. I do know there are a lot of new Yamaha and Keast fans at J.C.P.S. now. Here are a few photos from the event:
It was pretty cool to walk into the school and see our names on the wall.
These kids were excited for Keast all week and even had these drawings done up of Yamaha dirt bikes welcoming him. Now that is cool!
Kyle and Brittany spent a lot of time signing posters for the kids.
Kids loved to sit on Kyle's bikes for photo opportunities.
Keast rode his bike around the school playground for a bit to excite the kids. I have never seen kids run that fast to watch him. How cool is it that he got to rip up a playground legally!
|Keast even bought a dress shirt for this special occasion!|
Ok, I hope everyone enjoys their race weekends, wherever they are! Over to you, Billy.
Thanks, as usual, Kyle. After this Update, we will only have two more before we head into the weekend that will get the 2013 Monster Energy CMRC Canadian Motocross Nationals rolling out in Nanaimo, BC on June 2. There’s always something to get us excited about what the new season will bring and this year is no different. When the Leading Edge team ‘announced’ their intentions to go after Australian Brett Metcalfe, a lot of people were skeptical and wrote the whole idea off as very implausible. Well, Brett Metcalfe is signed to the team and will be up here trying to keep the championship out of a Canadian’s hands…again.
Many highly-touted American riders have made the cross-Canada trek over the years and very few have been able to wrestle the title from our Canucks. Is it the tracks that make it difficult? Is it the more laid back atmosphere at the races that throws them off their would be race-dominating speed? Is it the fact that even riders at the highest level in Canada tend to wander from pit to pit instead of treating everyone like an enemy? Or is it simply that some of our top guys are just that fast and, given the chance, could show equal success south of the border as these invaders? I have no idea what it is but it makes for good bench racing.
Having said all that, I’m not sure we’ve had someone of the calibre of Mr. Metcalfe up here so this could be a tough task for Mr. Facciotti, The Medaglias, Dusty Klatt (when he returns), and the rest of the MX1 title hopefuls. I got in touch with Brett Metcalfe this week. I’ve met him once before at a race in the US, but I’m guessing he doesn’t remember it like I do. Anyway, here is a brief update from him:
Things are going really well at the moment. I've had some quality time on the bike and the Monster Energy Leading Edge Kawasaki is running really good. I just spent a week in Kamloops, BC with the team testing and training at Whispering Pines. The week I spent up there has made me real excited to get into racing, as it's almost been a full year since my last pro race in 2012.
The time off has recharged my batteries and given me time to heal from my injuries last year. The decision to come up and race the Canadian MX championship was not difficult at all. I spoke with Leading Edge owner, Jason Hughes, many times and it was easy to tell the team is run at a very high standard.
This is a great position for me to be in. I'm just wanting to get back to racing in a new environment and build myself up throughout the year on good equipment.
The thing I'm looking forward to most is just a fresh environment. Each track will be new which is exciting for me, even though that doesn't really work in my favour. Traveling to new places and seeing new things is always pretty fun too.
Well, according to that quote from Brett, all the things I said make it difficult to win up here for a foreigner seem to be exactly what he’s looking most forward too! Uh oh…
While on the 450 class subject, I got to wondering what Quebec rider, Tim Tremblay, had in mind for this upcoming season. If you remember last season, he did the eastern rounds and proved an instant contender. I managed to get in touch with Tim today for an update on what his plans are. Here’s what he had to say:
I ended up my snocross season in 3rd place overall on the ISOC National series. It was a tough season - we had sled issues at the beginning of the season and I raced with a bad thumb all year. I still got 11 podiums out of 16, so not bad. I was the champion the year before so I definitely want to regain that championship next year.
My (motocross) plan is to do the Quebec provincial series and maybe one or two nationals. I broke a finger last week on my dirt bike. I hit a metal pole on the side of the track while riding. I didn’t crash but broke the little finger, so I will miss the 2 first provincials.
I wish I could still do the nationals some days. I still train hard and love riding dirt bikes. It’s too hard to do it by myself, but if a good national team would give me just a ride I would.
Other than that, I just ride my dirt bike, my road bike and train hard all summer to get ready for my next snocross season in November.
How does a rider as fast as Tim Tremblay not have support to do the nationals?
We’ll do a more in depth look at both classes her on DMX before the gate drops in a couple weeks, but let’s have a quick look at the MX2 class as I’ve heard a rumour that might elevate your enthusiasm. According to a story I heard, Metcalfe and #11 Teddy Maier were basically running equal lap times during test/photo day out at Whispering Pines, but #5 Tyler Villopoto was actually running faster times on his 250F. How do you like them apples?! Sure, it’s just a test day and blah, blah, blah, but still that’s pretty cool…unless you’re racing the MX2 class this summer!
All of the hype heading into this summer in the MX2 class seemed to be pinned on how many moto wins we could give Red Bull Royal Distributing Fox KTM rider, Kaven Benoit, before the season even started. Well, when it was announced that Leading Edge had re-signed California rider, Austin Politelli, all eyes started looking his way. (What is this, a Leading Edge Press Release?! This is how I set them up for advertising dollars.) And don’t forget riders like Brad Nauditt and Topher Ingalls. Both will have a lot less to worry about during the week and at the races with new added support for both of them. Nauditt will have Cycle North and Ingalls will have RTR Performance behind them. Just behind them last year was Yamalube Blackfoot Direct.com TLD rider, #15 Jared Allison. Could this be the year Jared realizes his potential before heading off to design bridges or something like that? Ok, I’m going to leave nothing for me to talk about in our ‘Preview’ article. Bottom line: we are heading into another pretty exciting year.
Brad Nauditt's new number and new ride.
Nauditt Facebook photo
I heard this week that the 2013 Red Bull AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship at Loretta Lynn’s will be televised live on NBC. Did I read that right?
And don’t forget, the Gente Bella BC Motocross Championship race in Pemberton has been moved to Ashcroft for round 7 this weekend. It seems the run-off from the winter is making the rivers almost spill their banks, so, to be safe, the decision was made to move the event. Here is the PR on the location change including all the information you’ll need.
Motopark in Chatsworth, Ontario, is hosting the first weekend of its Motocross Cup this weekend. I made it to a couple of these events in the past and can say they were very good days of racing. I’ve also heard that the usual crop of fast Ontario Pro riders will be making an appearance, so get up there if you’re looking for a place to race this week!
Don’t look for Brigden, Ontario’s Cole Thompson on the track at Hangtown this weekend. They are sticking to their plan to race the 7 or so rounds that fall in the eastern part of the U.S. He will first line up at the Tennessee National at Muddy Creek in Blountville. They’ve got their outdoor practice track in mint condition down at the MXSchools.com facility in Brigden. Cole will be lining up in the Lites class with his same sponsors and set up as he had during the winter months for supercross.
I was hoping to have another update on how Team JBR's Jay Burke is doing. I know he had yet another doctor's appointment this morning, but as of this Update I haven't heard what the latest prognosis is. Look for an update on his final list of injuries from his crash at Motopark here on DMX as soon as we hear from him.
Unfortunately, it looks like the ‘Austin Howell on a Yamaha 250 2-stroke in Canada’ experiment has come to an end. Wes Sali of Throttle Pinned MX is reporting over on MX Forum that Austin has decided to line up at Hangtown and take a run at the AMA Nationals. Wes says he will now move his support over to a local BC rider who needs it. Good luck, guys.
London, ON native, Jolene Van Vugt, will be in Spain for the X Games this weekend. She will compete in the Enduro Cross event again. Good luck, Jolene.
I saw that Brent ‘Airmail’ Worrall made his way out to Kamloops last weekend to try his hand at announcing. Now I know I’ve bored you before about my first attempt at calling a race, so I really hope Brent’s first attempt went better than mine did. It sounds like he had a blast being back at the races and got the chance to reconnect with a lot of old friends. It’s great to see him back involved with the sport that he loves.
It's great to see Brent 'Airmail' Worrall back at the races!
Check out this pic of the new KTM Factory rig. Looking good, guys! I’m still waiting to see this Rolls Royce-esque rig I keep hearing about that the guys over at the MX101 Yamaha team have yet to unveil for their attack on the nationals with riders, Jeremy Medaglia and Shawn Robinson. Save me a Laz-E- Boy chair in the hospitality area!
The new Red Bull Royal Distributing Fox KTM rig.
I’ve been thinking a lot about the safety of our sport lately. I’ve also been talking with Medical First Responder with St. John’s Ambulance, Ron Cameron. He has a lot of very interesting insight on the subject so look for an article on it here on DMX in the near future. Ron hails from PEI and sent me this link to an article entitled, “Mudrooters Fined $3000 for Environmental Violations.” I’ve never seen this type of thing before, so track owners take heed.
Lastly, I wanted to mention the fact that you can watch Hangtown this weekend on The Score up here in Canada from 6-8pm here in Ontario. I took a look at the viewing schedule and it looks a little tricky, to say the least. Check back here on DMX to stay on top of how you can ensure you won’t miss a minute of the live coverage being unrolled this summer.
What I found here in Ontario for the Hangtown Nationals tomorrow.
That’s going to do it for me this week. We’re heading into the first long weekend of the summer, so have a great time doing whatever you decide to do with it – racing, riding, or otherwise.
I said it last week and I'll say it again this week, "Bring on the outdoors!" See you at the races...