Frid'Eh Update #29 Presented by Troy Lee Designs Canada
Welcome to DMX Updte #29! #29 is Schrader's Suzuki rider Zack Deiana's number. The fast and stylish youngster from Saskatchewan has had a bit of an up and down summer so far. We all know he has the talent and speed to keep improving and he just needs some good luck to keep things moving in that direction. I know he's here in Ontario because I saw that his plane landed in my home city of London, ON a couple days ago. I was unable to get in touch with him before this Update, but can say that he will be one of the guys trying to get himself closer to that elusive top 10 MX2 finish. I was surprised to learn that Zack is only just now 17 years old. It seems like he should be older than that!
So far, Deiana's summer has gone like this:
Nanaimo - 18th
Kamloops - 24th
Calgary - 14th
Edmonton - 17th
He currently sits in 17th overall just 5 points behind Tyler Villopoto. He is definitely faster than those overalls show, so watch for this fast Suzuki rider to start moving up the ranks when things start going a little more his way.
Edit: I spoke to Zack a little after this Update went live. Here's what he had to add:
"My summer has been very stressful. I have been having some bad luck; couldn't really catch a break out west ,but that motocross. That's why this sport is so tough - cant ever predict what's going to happen. Other than that, it's been good. I have the speed to definitely be top 10, so I just have to put it together. Out east. is like a new series for me. I'm just going to go have some fun on my scooter and everything else will fall into place."
#29 Zack Deiana.
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Thanks, Billy, and it’s about time this weekend gets started. As we type this the rigs are pulling into Gopher Dunes, the mechanics and riders are starting to show up and everyone, even the title leaders, is ready for a fresh start after the break. Some riders will be hitting the reset button looking to improve, some will keep doing exactly what they’re doing, and some of them will just start going downhill from here on out. We have 5 rounds left in this amazing series with 3 of them being sand tracks. We have Brett Metcalfe - one of the world’s best sand riders - about to rail Gopher and we have the newest member to the KTM paddock of Cole Thompson to challenge him from now till Walton. Add in sand specialist riders like Kyle Keast, Liam O’Farrell and Robby Marshall, throw in Dusty Klatt and now we’re talking some serious business. This whole thing just got a lot more exciting folks and to top it off we hear rumors that US amateur sensation Jesse Wentland may also be in attendance to take a crack at our top dogs. I don’t care what you’re doing this weekend, pack the cooler, some lawn chairs and get down to Gopher Dunes and support these pro boys when they roll into town.
But before the boys it starts off with the girls. The Eastern Women's National Championship will be kicking off this weekend at Gopher also. There are definitely a few girls you should keep your eyes on going into this series and with the help of Brittney Thompson and Clody Lapointe I was able to catch up with a few of them in no particular order:
#7 Cassandra Bélanger
Montréal, Qc. 23 years old - I started riding mx when I was 19 years old. At the age of 20, I got my first bike, started racing and won the Women's Junior category in the CMRC QC Provincial series so I decided I would get into this sport a little more seriously. I had a big crash on May 19th at Ste-Veronique QC, for the first round of the CMRC provincial series. I sprained some ligaments in my shoulder, broke my shoulder blade, got a few ribs at the wrong spot, got a nice concussion and put a tiny hole in my left lung.
Cassandra is hoping to heal up and be back on the bike for the Eastern National Rounds.
#8 Heather Bowman
Clarkston, Michigan, 26 years old - I started riding when I was 3 years old. My dad didn’t have any boys, so I always joke I had to be the son he never had! I’m not complaining though, I got to travel and go to some of the coolest places in North America all because of racing. I’ve raced off and on ever since, some years more serious than others.
I started riding dirtbikes when I was 12 years old. I had always dreamed of being able to race my bike at the competition level but I never had the opportunity as a kid. In 2013 I’m going to be a lot more aggressive on my bike. I have also been working on my starts and I’ll be looking for the holeshot in every moto!
I started riding at the age of 5. My passion for motocross has been growing ever since. Motocross is not a simple hobby, it became a way of life. I've been working a lot this year, but i'm doing my best to keep up. Last year, I finished 3rd at the nationals. For me, this was a great accomplishment. My dream finally came true. My last fourteen years of work paid off. My goal this year is to finish top 3, but I wouldn't be dissapointed to finish top 5. This year the competition will be strong and I can't wait to go through with it!
Eve Brodeur #5
Last year was a last-minute decision to do the Nationals as I just started to ride a big bike a couple of months before. And I also broke my upper arm
3 weeks before Gopher, so we went to the first round with no seat time at all. I ended up finishing 5th overall with a second place at Sand-Del-Lee.
This year being my second year, I feel much more confident and think I have the speed and strength to battle with the top Canadian girls. My goal is for
a top 3, but it all depends if there will be some fast Eastern US girls coming up for the series. I expect to be battling for podium position at most rounds.
I couldn't do this without the support of Duroy Racing, Dunlop, Couturier Racing, Langelier, Kutvek Amerika, KTM Canada, Forma boots, Motovan.com,
Oakley Canada, OCSuspension, Garage EMP and my friends and family.
Noemie Desilet #484
I started to ride dirtbikes when I was 9 and never really stopped since. It totally got me, I fell in love with the sport, and I built my life around it. I was 11 years old when I started to race, I used to race enduro back then and did pretty good! Five years later I decided to switch for MX. What a change haha! Racing became more serious. I've been giving it my all since then... energy, time and money to make great things happen and it only just begun!
For this year's season, well, I know what I have to do, I've been training way harder on and off the track, I'm in good shape and it's been paying off already!
I want to make it to top 5 this year, I'll give everything I have and see what happens. Competition will be fun; lots of girls will be fast! I guess this is what makes racing so amazing! I can't wait!
Jacqueline Strong- #4 in WMX Racing for the Sewer Rat Team in Canada.
I’ve been on a motorcycle nearly my whole life. I love motocross more than anything. I’ve had dreams of going pro for a long time and thanks to the support and sacrifices of my family I was able to achieve my dream in 2008, when I was 15.
Jensen Amyotte- #481
Jensen has been riding for 8 years now. She loves the sand and she will be a great competitor at all the nationals this year. She is just coming off a knee injury now, but don’t let that fool you. She will be a podium competitor at every round.
Lindsey Bradley #75
Lindsey hails from Burketon, Ontario, and is one of the most improved lady racers over the past 12 months. Look for Lindsey out there on her YZ125 tearing it up and looking for top ten positions.
I'm 16 years old and I am beginning my 4th year of racing. I race a Honda. It is my second year racing in Women's A. Last year I finished in 3 place at the end of the year and I won the Junior women's championship in 2011. It will be my first year doing all the East Nationals .I will look for a top 10 in the nationals and a top 3 in Quebec. I would like to thank my father and also my mechanic. A big thanks to my family, Laliberté Motosport, Forma Boot Md Distributing, Smith Optics, P.E. Denis Excavation, Twice Production, Axxel Suspension, my fans, and people who push me to the top.
Allie is one of Canada’s fastest ladies. We haven’t gotten word on what rounds she will be showing up at yet, but look for her to be a podium threat at Sand Del Lee for sure.
Renee was the biggest surprise of last year. She loves the sand and always drops some awesome lap times at Gopher. She has the speed to take this thing all the way home.
Unfortunately, names like Heidi Cooke and Jocelyn Facciotti are not racing this year, but it is going to be one of the best women’s series yet. A big thanks goes out to all the sponsors of the series who have made it possible for these ladies to race this year.
Thanks, Kyle. Well, the break is over and it’s time to get back to action at our nationals. It’s the same every year for me – I look forward to the break to re-charge my batteries and then I’m chomping at the bit as soon as I get home. I took one weekend off completely from moto to go visit my parents and then made it to Red Bud last weekend with Dawn McClintock.
I’ll admit, if we didn’t have Cole Thompson on his KTM or Nicky Beatty trying to make the motos I wouldn’t have made the effort to get down there. Especially the way we did it! Dawn and I left London, ON at around 3:30am Saturday and made the 5-hour drive to Buchanan, MI. We knew that would put us there after practice was already underway, but the thought of getting anything less than 1 ½ hours sleep just didn’t seem civilized.
We also knew we were going to hit the road for home as quickly after the final moto as we could because I wanted to hit the beach in Grand Bend, ON for a day of volleyball – sorry, Dawn. Of course, with the weird weather we’ve been having here in Southwestern Ontario I got rained out anyway!
Crossing the border always makes me think good things about Canada.
Nicky Beatty missed the motos but the attitude in their pit was nothing but positive. They’ve lived the total privateer moto life this summer and will now turn their attention to the eastern rounds of our series.
Cole Thompson was on injured rider Colton Facciotti’s big KTM 450 practice bike. They were just using the race as a practice session in race conditions and although they were forced out of the second moto they were happy with what they learned. I haven’t even heard or seen anything official, but I think it’s safe to say we will see Thompson at the rest of our rounds as a member of the Red Bull Royal Distributing Fox KTM team. With the absence of Facciotti, I think getting Thompson on the track is going to make things a lot more interesting over these next 5 rounds!
Cole Thompson on the big KTM 450 at Red Bud.
Speaking of Facciotti, I wanted to see what he’s been up to since his crazy injury out in Kamloops at the second round. If you remember, Colton was stalking Brett Metcalfe when he got out of shape off a jump and went down. As he was righting himself and getting set to ride away, he was struck by a couple riders and suffered a broken leg and hand. We all shared a collective sigh when we saw it happen both because it really sucks when someone gets hurt and because we were all worried it meant Metcalfe was going to run away with the title unchallenged.
Since then, Facciotti’s teammate, Tyler Medaglia, Jeremy Medaglia, Teddy Maier, and Bobby Kiniry have given Metcalfe just about all he can handle, so the series has remained intense up at the front. Historically, Dusty Klatt has been the only Canadian rider to keep Facciotti honest and Klatt will return to the track this weekend at Gopher Dunes.
Does everyone remember what Matt Goerke did to the Gopher Dunes track last year? That was the most amazing display of riding I have seen since Ryan Villopoto rocked the MXoN world on his 250F back in 2007 at Budd’s Creek. Seriously, it was THAT impressive. I’ll quote Machine Racing’s John Nelson: “Someone needs to black flag Goerke – I think his throttle is stuck wide open!” Well, can we all agree that Metcalfe is arguably an even better sand rider? If that doesn’t freak anyone out, I don’t know what your deal is. Basically, I think we are all in for a treat this weekend in the beach-like sand of the Dunes. I spoke with Barry Heatherington yesterday and he thinks Metcalfe will be stronger at Sand Del Lee than he will at Gopher Dunes due to the similarity of its soil with Southwick. I think this weekend will blow our minds!
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying there’s nothing that could possibly see anyone other than him win the race Sunday. I’m just saying that if Metcalfe > Goerke and Goerke was > than everyone else last year by a longshot…well, just show up Sunday and enjoy.
Watch for an interview with Colton Facciotti soon here on DMX to see how his recovery is coming along.
When the series switches from west to east, it’s always interesting and entertaining to see all the new numbers on the track. I know there are a lot of riders in SWO who call Gopher Dunes their ‘home track’ who will make the front half of the field look a little different than it has the first 4 rounds out west. There will be new yellow background riders near the front off the start that will have people asking, “Hey, who’s THAT guy?”
Here's a list of some of those making their returns and debuts this weekend:
Shawn Maffenbeier – Shawn broke his collarbone at round one in Nanaimo and will be back on the track on his Yamaha 250 2-stroke in the MX2 class. Fitness is always a priority with Shawn, so watch for the time off to have little effect on his stamina.
Listen for the #10 Yamaha 250 2-stroke this weekend.
Matt Davenport – Matt will be back in action this weekend after breaking and separating his shoulder at the first round. He’s been back on his Yamaha since late June, so watch for him to be battling his way up the field.
Dusty Klatt – Dusty has been out rehabbing his ACL since his crash during the BC Arenacross series last winter. Watch for him to be at or near the front as usual. Gopher Dunes may not be the place to see him take the win, but you just know he performs well at the rest of the tracks.
Tim Tremblay – Tim isn’t coming off an injury but he didn’t compete in the western rounds. Watch for him to jump into the series and turn heads for the rest of the summer. He’s got top 5-8 speed or better.
Davey Fraser – Davey will return to the nationals this weekend after injuring his thumb. He is fresh off a two-moto win day against some pretty fast pros, so look for the #36 TM 2-stroke.
Nicky Beatty - After criss-crossing the eastern USA this summer, Nicky will make his 2013 Canadian Pro debut at Gopher Dunes. I know they have been toying with the idea of racing a 2-stroke but maybe not this week. They may also ‘double class it’ from here on out.Nicky is usually a great starter so watch for the #961 out near the front early.
Kyle Keast – Not much needs to be said about Keast – he loves the sand at Gopher Dunes and I remember watching him ride right on the ragged edge to go for the win there. He will line up this Sunday and you know he won’t be out of the top 5.
If you're wondering who the guy near the front is with #37 on his bike, that'll be Kyle Keast.
Jay Burke – It would have been great to see Jay back on the track this weekend but judging from a post I saw on his Facebook page describing still trying to work with only one arm, I wouldn’t look for the big #8 on the track at Gopher.
Liam O’Farrell – The friendly South African rider will make his first appearance of the season at the nationals Sunday. He also has top 5 speed and is usually out front off the start. He raced the 250 2-stroke in early season races but will be on a KTM 450 when the gate drops.
James Roberts – Remember James from last season on the #165? He was a factor at the races he entered and he said he will be hitting the rest of our MX2 nationals.
Jerry Lorenz – Jerry earned #28 last season and said he will line up in the MX2 class on a 250 2-stroke. Look for him out there.
Spencer Knowles – I hoped we’d have ‘Spenny’ back on the line this weekend, but his sister, Summer, just informed me that he will not be lining up at Gopher Dunes. Hurry up, Spencer!
I’m going to just throw this in because I think it’s hilarious and Geico is heavily involved in motocross. If you’re having a bit of an off day, just give this a watch. How can you not laugh when you watch this camel go through the office?!
We’re only a couple weeks away from the ECAN in Deschambault, PQ. It will take place the two days prior to the national that returns to the track everyone seems to love on July 28. The dates are Friday July 26 and Saturday the 27th. I was on their webpage but I could only find info in French at this time.
I got invited out to the Parts Canada Walton TransCan Media Lunch yesterday out at the Parts warehouse out on Cheese Factory Road here in London. I jumped in with Chris Lee and we managed to show up just as lunch was being prepared by Barry Heatherington. We were shown all the cool things they have planned for the biggest week of racing in Canada and we also got the chance to look around the high-tech facility itself.
I can't believe I've never even seen this building!
We were set up just outside the warehouse bay doors.
Parts Canada's Laura Lang and Walton's Brett Lee.
That's Ryan Stroangi from Off Road Addiction. He will be getting involved with some of the exciting off-road things going on at the Walton facility.
Parts Canada is a big supporter of the Monster Energy Leading Edge Kawasaki team and Canadian moto in general. The team rig was set up in the parking lot.
Walton's Mark Perrin gave a speach on all the new things going on for the TransCan this year.
New things at the track include:
- New tunnel at the end of the Wiseco Power Straightaway.
- New finish line.
- Transponder scoring.
- New podium.
- Mobile cell service site to better serve with calling, texting, and data.
They also announced that Canadian country music star, Tim Hicks, will be performing in the infield Friday night.
Laura ushers us into the warehouse for the tour.
This high-tech system was designed by Parts founder, Jeff Fox.
Warehouse Manager/Tour Guide, Steve McLaren, explained how it all works.
It's all very automated and totes and bins were rolling overhead the entire time.
Barry Heatherington isn't happy serving burgers and dogs. He went all out with much healthier kabobs and salads. It was delicious.
It was a delicious feed. The Lee family was there in full force.
Laura and Mark pose with Jose Luis Zambruno from Columbia who writes internationally for papers in Columbia, Mexico, and Canada.
Leading Edge truck driver, Ernie, is one of the good ones.
Posters and media kits. Very professionally done.
The coveted Bronze Boot Award.
Thanks for the hospitality! See you all next month.
The BC Motocross Championship just finished up last week out there in Chilliwack, BC. It was the first season for the gang at Future West so I wanted to get in touch with Jamie Hellam to see what his thoughts were after all was said and done. He was kind enough to send a summary over to us for this Update. Enjoy retirement, John Hellam! Here's what Jamie had to say:
GENTE BELLA SALON AND SPA, BIG STEEL BOX, YAMAHA MOTOR CANADA, CANADIAN KAWASAKI, FIVESTAR MOTORSPORTS POLARIS, HEPPNER TRUCKING, FIRST CLASS WASTE SERVICES, KTM CANADA, CYCLE NORTH POWERSPORTS, KAL GARD LUBRICANTS – KING CONCEPTS, SPIRAL GRAPHICS,GNARLY PARTS AND ACCESSORIES, GOLDEN TYRE CANADA, GA CHECKPOINT, WESTERN POWERSPORTS, HOLESHOT RACING, , RMR SUSPENSIONS, DIRECTMOTOCROSS.COM, WE DO RECOVER TOWING, MOTOVAN, TUFF TRAILER, HORSMAN TRUCKING, MR FIX IT, BRANDT TRACTOR, MONGOOSE MACHINE AND ENGINEERING, MX FORUM
Next up Gente Bella Motocross at the Chilliwack Fair August 9-11th!
Speak to you next week, Billy!!!
Thanks for that, Jamie. Glad to hear you guys came out with positive thoughts for the future. I think you guys did a fantastic job of keeping in touch with the public with this series. Sure, like you said, there were some hiccups along the way, but you were up front with everyone and explained why the decisions were made. That's a huge reason why a certain Mr. Davey Coombs is so highly regarded south of the border. Good job!
That will about do it for me for this week. Be sure to follow us on Twitter at Directmx. If you're looking for the somewhat 'lighter' side of the weekend, try following this guy too at Bigwavebilly. I won't be doing play-by-play stuff at all, but if I catch something interesting going on I'll be sure to talk about it.
I just checked the weather forecast for the weekend. We lost just about all of our humidty yesterday after that seemingly endless system of clouds and rain finally moved on. Saturday in Tillsonburg is calling for sunshine and 27 degrees but it will feel more like 33. Sunday it will warm up to 29 or 30 and feel like 39. That tells me we're in for another increase in humidity, folks. Keep yourselfves hydrated and we'll see you at The Dunes!
Ya know who's busy this weekend? THIS guy! See you at the races...