Frid'Eh Update #22 Presented by Yamaha Motor Canada
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Week #22 means two things: it belongs to BC's own, Kyle Beaton, and we're only one week from starting the Monster Energy CMRC Canadian Motcross Nationals! Kyle Beaton earned #22 last season after finishing in 11th overall in the MX2 class last year despite that horrible crash at the Riverglade round. If you remember, he got together with his close buddy, Spencer Knowles, after over-jumping the big marquee finish-line jump. The two of them went down in a dusty heap of bikes and bodies. When Kyle rolled to a stop, it was pretty obvious he had hurt his ankle.
After spending what seemed like an eternity in the mostly-French-speaking hospital in Moncton, Kyle made it back out to BC to continue his long road to recovery and rehabilitation. He was definitely surprised at the extent of damage done and the length of time it would take to get back on two feet.
We got in touch with ‘Beats’ to see what he’s been up to and what his plans for the future are. He was on his way to Las Vegas for some planned vacation time after making his goal of walking on and off the plane. Here’s a quick message from him:
Well, not too much has changed other than the fact that life's a bit different - I'm done with racing, that's for sure. I just got the OK to start walking about 2 months ago now so been doing a lot of physio trying to get mobility and strength back in my leg.
The quote nobody wanted to hear from Kyle Beaton: "I'm done racing, that's for sure."
I started working for my dad running excavator. Yep, that's right, joined the real world (haha). I've been enjoying it a lot and it's nice to see the bank account go up instead of down. I've also been teaching a whole bunch. I’ve got a good group of solid kids eager to learn. It's been super-cool to see the kids I'm working with grow and become better riders.
That's really about it. I’m hoping to be at most of the west rounds with Leading Edge. Other than that, I’m just trying to get back on two feet solidly and getting rid of the couch belly for the summer (haha).
I just want to thank everyone who's sent encouraging messages my way and I look forward to seeing everyone at some of the nationals this year. Braaap!
Everyone has been wondering what Kyle would do once he recovered from this latest injury and it looks like we’ve lost one of the good ones. You never like to hear it when someone is forced from the sport due to something like this rather than retiring on their own terms. The good news is that he is back up and walking without the use of crutches. See you at the races, Kyle.
If you missed Memory Lane yesterday with Kyle you can click here and give it a read. The sport will miss Kyle Beaton on the track.
Thanks, Billy, and we are one week out from round one of the 2013 CMRC National series. Like they say when the gate drops, the bull....oh, never mind. But you get my point. All the talk, all the speculation and all the hype quickly comes to an end and all that matters are the results from here on out. Have you taken some time to think about how deep the fields are this summer in both classes? There are ten guys that can make the podium in MX1 no problem between, Facciotti, Metcalfe, Maier, Kiniry, Tyler Medaglia, Jeremy Medaglia, Gavin Gracyk, Matt Davenport, Brock Hoyer, Shawn Robinson, Ross Johnson, Morgan Burger and throw in Klatt, Keast, Tremblay and O’Farrell in on the east and we have one heck of class and I know I am forgetting some names who will also fill out the top ten.
The MX2 class has Politelli, Villopoto, Jared Allison, Topher Ingalls, Parker Allison, Brad Nauditt, Kaven Benoit, Shawn Maffenbeier, Richard Grey, Kyle McGlynn, Michael DaSilva, Nathan Bles, Spencer Knowles, Dylan Kaelin and Blake Savage who are all podium threats. Throw in rookies like Dylan Wright and Westen Wrozyna on the east and Jess Pettis and a group of other fast Intermediates on the west and who knows what will happen. It will all come down to who’s put the work in, who’s prepared, and, as always, a little bit of good luck to see who will be holding the number one plate at the end of the year.
Red Line Yamaha MXF Racing rider, Matt Davenport, has been putting in the work and after a successful rookie year last summer in the MX2 class has made the move onto a Yamaha and up to the MX1 class. Rumour has it, he is flying and top ten finishes are not out of the picture for this up and comer.
Did you see the PR on Dylan Wright? Dylan, like many others, has decided to pick up the 250 2-stroke for the summer and apparently his lap times were on par with KTM Royal Distributing Red Bull Fox Racing rider, Kaven Benoit. We always knew this kid was the real deal, but you’re looking at one of Canada’s future champs. I know we are pumped to see how he stacks up again at his home track, Sand Del Lee, this weekend as it looks like Kaven Benoit will be making an appearance there as well. Sand Del Lee may just be a mini national this weekend.
MX101 and the Sand Del Lee boys have been busy the past few weeks between the new R&M Motorsports team backed by Yamaha and MX101 and many more. Rumour has it both riders are ready and Jeremy, Shawn and the new rig will be at Sand Del Lee this weekend for its big unveiling. I got this update from the crew…
The motocross action in Ontario this weekend will definitely be at the Sand Del Lee motocross track where MX101 is hosting rounds 3 and 4 of the Walton TransCan Eastern Ontario Amateur National Qualifiers. Despite what Mother Nature has thrown at MX101 in the way of rain this week, this deep sand track sucks it all up and drains really well. Kevin Tyler and Johnny Grant always treat their racers to a national caliber track that will undoubtedly be in tip-top shape. Not only is the sun expected to make an appearance on May 25th and 26th, so will Ontario's Pro Racer Group led by Ryan Gauld and Kyle Keast, not to mention Jeremy Medaglia, Shawn Robinson, Tyler Duffy, Dylan wright, Nathan Bles And about a dozen more of Canada's fastest pros. More than the temperature will be heating up on the weekend. Check out the live results at mx101.ca/RESULTS.html.
Jeremy is more confident than ever this year, so we are told.
Check out this Jeremy Medaglia poster.
Also, a congrats to DMX contributor, Jeff McConkey, who will be spinning the T-Handles (or maybe just running the pressure washer and holding the pit board) this summer for #12 bike of Jeremy Medaglia. No Pressure, Jeff, no Pressure….
It'll be a 'JM squared' summer!
Round 5 of the Hindle Exhaust Provincial Series goes off this weekend at Cochranes. For all the details on the weekend click here.
Thanks and everyone have a safe weekend!
Thanks, guys. This is a really cool feature Austin White and his crew over at Insider MX did after last week’s AMA National at Hangtown. They ‘deconstruct’ a battle from the day and this one was pretty epic! Austin has helped us out over the last couple years with photos of Canadians at big US Amateur Nationals that we were unable to attend, so thanks, Austin. Darryn Durham vs. Cooper Webb - check it out here.
I checked in with Nicky Beatty to see if his plans had changed at all for this coming summer and he confirmed that their plan is to hit a bunch of the AMA rounds while our series in out west and then jump in for the east. Here’s what he said:
We’re doing 6 U.S. rounds starting next weekend at Muddy Creek until Red Bud then, after Red Bud, Canadian rounds. The week between Moncton and Walton, Unadilla. Hopefully, then back the next week for Walton...is the plan so far. Should be a good season.
Wow, Bobby Kiniry must be Nicky’s role model – that’s a busy summer schedule! Good luck, Nicky.
Watch for #961 Nicky Beatty at a race...EVERYWHERE this summer!
Since I mentioned MX Ranking briefly last week in an article, I figured I’d check in with the founder/owner of the website, Steve Dool, to see what has been going on over there of late. It turns out, Steve was busy with work so watch for some more information on the site in the near future.
While I had Steve’s ear briefly, I asked him what his son, Brad Dool, had planned for racing. As you probably know, Brad was one of the highly-touted youngsters moving up through the amateur ranks the last few years. Here is what Steve told me about what Brad is up to:
He is now working with Bell Technical Solutions full-time, so no time to ride much. He is planning on attending a few races but not much. It’s good. A dealer and manufacturer did give him a bike, but then took it back as he hadn't ridden it yet. He was in 5 weeks of training and the weather here was complete shit until the first of May. He has no plans for any big races.
It doesn’t look like we’ll be seeing the big #111 at any of the usual championship races like in years past. Good luck to both Dools.
Brad Dool on the podium after a tough battle at the Parts Canada Walton TransCan in 2011.
Speaking of fast up-and-coming amateurs, what's been going on in Alberta rider Cole Varty's life? I guess I'm not supposed to be the one askign questions here, am I? Unless I hear back from him in the next...5 seconds, watch for an interview with him in the near future hear on DMX. I hope all is well out there in Edson. Every time I try to be funny, I have to make a change. Cole said he is "out of the game with injuries." I'll still catch up with him soon to get a slightly more in depth story than that, but it sounds like his racing days may be behind him and he's now in the job search market.
That must be why Cole Varty's phone was busy when I tried to get in touch with him today. Cole, let's catch up soon.
With the injury to Jay Burke a few weeks back, it left both Tyler Rayner and Derek Hamm looking for what to do with their summer since they were both to share the rig and head west with team JBR. I spoke with Tyler last week so I checked in with Derek yesterday to see how his plans are coming along. He’s “just been riding with Colt (Facciotti), pounding out motos, getting ready for the east coast.” Of course, then I had to ask him how the Red Bull Royal Distributing Fox KTM rider is going on the track and he simply said, “he's looking good.”
#78 Derek Hamm will have to wait until the series heads east to join in.
Speaking of Colton Facciotti, I caught his mechanic, Scott ‘Donk’ Donkersgoed, on Facebook this morning and asked him what’s new. All he told me was that “the pumpkins are carved and heading west.” I thought that was funny.
Watch for a 2013 season preview article here on DMX this coming week as we head into round one of the Monster Energy CMRC Canadian Motocross Nationals. One of the riders we’ll all surely discuss is #10 Rockstar OTSFF Yamaha MX2 rider, Shawn Maffenbeier. Shawn will be one of the faster riders testing the waters of the new MX2 rule that allows Pro riders to use a 250 2-stroke in that class. Shawn is one of the fitter riders and has been logging a ton of seat time on the 250. I checked in to see how things are going with him:
“All is well in the two-stroke world. Did some testing with my race bike last week and Bondi did an unreal job with the motor. I think we're going to be very competitive on the YZ 250.”
With the depth of talent that should be up near the front of the MX2 class this summer, I asked Shawn what he thought about that: “I think we're going to have some great racing this year in MX2. As far as the rumours of the other guys, we’ll find out June 2nd who has done their work.” One thing about Shawn, he never gets overly excited and you pretty much get what you see with him…ok, two things about Shawn.
Don't forget about Dré, er, I mean Shawn Maffenbeier in your picks for the MX2 title chase!
It’s time to start talking seriously about the MXON team that we will be sending over to Germany this year. With the way things are lining up, we should be able to field one of the strongest teams we’ve ever seen at the international event! I even heard a crazy rumour that could see that level elevated even more. More on that as we get more information. Suffice it to say, Team Canada should be a legitimate player at the event this year. Book your flights and hotels, folks!
Team Canada at a European MXoN - it has to be seen to be believed!
If you’re looking for a race in Ontario and you want to see some top Pros race, check out Sand Del Lee this weekend. Although they will be in different classes at the nationals this summer, any chance you get to see Red Bull Royal Distributing Fox KTM rider, Kaven Benoit, go head to head with RM Motorsports MX 101 Yamaha’s, Jeremy Medaglia, is a chance you shouldn’t pass up! Here’s the PR from MX101:
If you go, you’ll also be very impressed with how fast GDR team rider, Nathan Bles, is going this spring. He’s been racing a 450 but might be there putting his 250F race bike through a dry run before the nationals start next week. He said he’s getting his first chance to test the bike today. They’ll probably pack it into the box van I’m driving out west Monday and Nathan will be on his practice 450 this weekend, is my guess.
Cough, cough...since I typed this, I heard from Nathan and he will spend this entire weekend testing his GDR Honda 250F and will NOT be going to Sand Del Lee. It makes good sense, but it's still too bad.
Nathan Bles will spend the weekend 'whipping' his GDR Honda 250F race bike into shape.
Out in the west, the Gente Bella BC Motocross Series moves to Kamloops this weekend. It’s a great way to see the new track that will be raced at round 2 of the Nationals. Here’s a link to everything you need to know for that race.
Happy birthday to DMX contributor and all-round good guy, Sean Bowker.
Happy 29th (Pfft, whatever!) birthday to DMX contributor, Sean Bowker.
We don't have any Canadians (that I know of) racing the Thunder Valley round of the AMA Nationals, but next week at Muddy Creek we will have the first races of the outdoor season for both Nicky Beatty and Cole Thompson.
We’re about to get crazy busy here at DMX for the rest of the summer, so this is a rather short entry for me this week. We’re only a week away from getting this Pro National season rolling! I'd like to sit here at my computer and rant for hours about what to look for this coming season, but we'll save that for our annual "Things to Watch For" article this coming week. Be sure to pack some snacks and find a comfortable chair for this one because there is a lot to talk about! Have a great weekend of riding and racing.
See you at the races...