Frid'Eh Update #33 Presented by Gente Bella
Welcome to Week #33 here on the DMX Frid’Eh Update. This week, we have a new sponsor from BC that is fast becoming one of the top supporters of the sport out west. The Gente Bella Salon and Spa is located in Chilliwack, BC. Here is their opening line from their website:
‘Gente Bella Salon and Spa in Chilliwack has been described as a “unique little gem” in a chic, elegant sanctuary that is filled with serenity and harmony. For the ultimate indulgence, step into our serene, peaceful environment where your Estheticians guarantee an amazing spa experience.’
The 'Cave Room' at Gente Bella. Who doesn't love a cave?!
I’m sitting in a nice hotel room in Chilliwack right now, thanks to Lesley Reid from Gente Bella. The salon stepped up and became title sponsor of the BC Motocross Championships this past summer and has continued to help grow the sport out here by getting behind the Future West Productions Chilliwack Fair Motocross races this weekend out here in the valley.
I had a conversation with her just now and asked her how a salon and spa owner gets involved in the muddy and dusty sport of motocross. She is BC Pro Dex Koeleman’s grandmother and explained her involvement in motocross like this,
“We got Dex a little dirt bike and then his dad thought that they would really like to race. So this green grandma said, “Oh, that sounds good!” Our first race ever was here at Heritage Park for an arenacross . I had never seen motocross - I had never seen arencaross, and it absolutely freaked…I loved it! I think my jaw was on the ground. That was me, I was hooked. We’ve been doing it ever since.
Dex is the oldest and this is his passion. So when Future West posted on Facebook what they were thinking of doing, I thought it was the best way to continue this passion for Dex. I;m going to work with Jamie (Hellam), who is fabulous, we’ll get this thing moving – we want to introduce some new things and really pump it up and get some new riders coming in. Dex is shadowing Jamie now. Right now he’s doing all the grunt work but that’s where it all starts. Eventually, I’ll just move on and Dex will take over and I will go back to my spa and hair salon.”
I hope to get over to see the spa and take some photos to show everyone how it looks and to speak with the new partner in Future West Productions. As you probably know by now, John Hellam has retired from his role at FWP (although he picked me up at the airport and is probably working his butt off over at the track as I type) and so Jamie Hellam was looking for someone to step in and help him in his quest to keep BC motocross advancing. Enter Gente Bella Salon and Spa! If what I’ve seen so far is any indication, the future of motocross out here on the west coast is in great hands and you can look forward to many, many new and exciting things to come. On behalf of Canadian Motocross, thank you!
Week #33 goes to Redemption Racing's Eric Jefery.
Week #33 means this one is dedicated to one of the many Jeffery kids you’ll see at the race track. Eldest son, Eric Jeffery, earned #33 for 2013 and looks to be on his way to improving that for 2014. I’ve said it many times before that this guy has moments when he shows potential to run up front in the big races. He’s a great starter and once he believes he belongs up front a switch will flick and you will see the Redemption Racing rider battling with the bigger names of our sport.
I tend to spend an awful lot of time under the EZ-Ups over at their pits shooting the breeze and drinking coffee with Dave Snider, so I get the chance to see how they operate first-hand. I always joke that you can’t swing a stick or a cat at the races without hitting a Jeffery and with Travis just qualifying for his first Pro motos in Moncton and Alex looking to be one of the riders battling for multiple red-numbered titles at the Parts Canada Walton TransCan next week, that isn’t about to change any time soon! I got in touch with Eric to see how his summer has been going and here’s what he had to say:
"This summer has been my best pro year so far with Redemption Racing moving to KTM and me moving up to the 450 which I ride better. The nationals started out bitter sweet for me as I got the holeshot in the first moto but ended up going down in the third corner and getting up in last. This year my favorite race would have to be Calgary where I finally achieved my goal of getting a top 10 finish. This summer my results have had a lot of ups and downs and if find more consistency and a little more speed I believe I could be a top 10 guy.
My goal is to finish top 15 in points and right now I am sitting tied for 15th in points going into Walton. So I just need to have a strong ride at Walton to finish the year off on a good note. I am so thankful that God has kept me safe this entire year and thanks to my family and the Sniders at Redemption Racing for all their help this year!!"
There has been strange facial hair around the Redmption Racing pits all summer. You just never know what’s going to go on under that tent! Here’s Eric (left) after shaving off Dave’s beard (the one he can’t remember EVER not having!) after grabbing a holeshot and winning a challenge.
First off, let’s get to a couple of the Pros who left the track last week in Moncton under questionable circumstances. RTR Performance Scott Honda rider Topher Ingalls is in a battle at the top of the MX2 class and didn’t need to have the kind of day he did at River Glade but this stuff happens in motocross.After a first turn crash in moto 1 ended with a blown motor, he pulled off the track in the 2nd with pain in his right knee. I asked him what was up and here's what he said:
“Just popped my knee a little in a rut and I was scared it was my ACL again. I think it’s OK – just a little flair up. Just working on getting the swelling down. “
Luckily, that sounds to me like we’ll be seeing #13 on the line this week at Walton to see if he can chase down #23 Devil’s Lake Kawasaki rider Josh Clark who sits in 2nd place.
Topher Ingalls favouring his right leg in Moncton, NB last week.
Red Bull Royal Distributing Fox KTM rider #3 Dusty Klatt was set to have possibly the best Sunday of his summer so far – his wife Hannah had flown in, he kills it on the River Glade track, and there’s even a jump called the ‘Klattapult’ named after him there. Well, nearing the end of timed qualifying Dust planted his right leg in a rutted turn and felt and heard that now familiar ‘POP’ like he did in Chilliwack last winter. I was there at the AX race when he did it and it was not an enjoyable thing to watch and James Lissimore can now attest to the same as he was standing right there last Sunday in Moncton. I asked Dusty this morning what the official diagnosis is and he said,
“I leave Tuesday and see my surgeon August 22nd…but I can tell you it’s gone!”
On a scale of ‘1 to sucks extremely bad’ this one is off the charts. I guess the bigger question now is, What will Dusty do next? Heal fast, Dusty.
Dusty Klatt after re-injuring his knee in Moncton last weekend.
This weekend is the FIM World Junior in the Czech Republic. Canada will have one rider there this year and that is Kade Walker. Kade has been competing in the EMX 125 Championships and has been doing very well. How cool is it for a newly-turned 16-year-old to be traveling Europe racing dirt bikes?! Kade has been all over the place and is always a threat to podium.
He was 4th in Portugal and then got hurt and missed round 3. He then went to Germany but fell at that round and went on to the Czech Republic for round 5 where he crashed in qualifying and was forced to go to the LCQ timed qualifier. A front brake issue left him off the gate for the motos at that round but he is back in the CR to take a run at this championship race. His plan for this coming winter is to hit the German Supercross series.
Kade has come a long way from being this little dude way back at the World Minis in Las Vegas. Good luck in the Czech Republic, Kade!
I saw on Facebook that RM Motorsports MX101 Yamaha Canada rider Jeremy Medaglia is taking a run at Unadilla this weekend. He’s loading up the pick-up and going for it! Good luck, Jeremy!
Jeremy Medaglia is racing Unadilla this weekend. Go get 'em, Jeremy!
Jeremy Medaglia Facebook photo
I also think there’s a chance Duroy Racing Oakley KTM rider Michael DaSilva is in New York State too, but I’m not sure. If so (and he got his AMA Pro license) good luck to you too, Michael!
I just ran over to the track to check out some of the riders practice today. They have had a record-setting July here on the west coast and so everything is bone dry. They will soak the track down for the motos that get underway tomorrow so we are surely to be in for some great racing.
I have heard that this will be GA Checkpoint Yamaha’s Spencer Knowles’ return to racing after healing up from his injured elbow he suffered at the first round in Nanaimo, BC. With that in mind, I think the rest of these guys might find themselves battling over the $750 second prize money! By the way, first place takes home $1000. Here are a few photos from today:
First off, check out this pretty sweet set up at our hotel!
Bigwave iPhone photo
There will even be side-by-side racing here this weekend. Airmail, get on this!
They may not look the same off the bike, but on the bike Brad Lockhart looks an awful lot like his older brother Ryan!
Ethan Ladd again. Hey, did I mention Honeymoon Suite is playng Saturday night here at the fair. Why am I so excited about this?!
Dex Koeleman on the 250 2-stroke.
Dylan Delaplace. Ok, so this place is at the corner of Lickman and Luckakuck. If you've ever said that before in your life, I have questions.
I didn't see the Superminis on the track, but here are a couple of the little dudes chilling. I just snapped this as John Hellam drove me to the car on his golf cart. Ahh, retirement, eh John?
If you're not on the Jacob Piccolo bandwagon yet, well, what's your deal?!
I’ve been so busy this week that I haven’t been able to get in touch with any of our riders who competed at Loretta Lynn’s last week. I apologize for that and I promise we will catch up with a few of them here on DMX in the very near future. I spoke briefly with Kassie Boone and she said she will try to sum up the experience for us and we’ll be sure to post that up here as soon as we see it. Her first trip to Tennessee for the big race didn’t go the way she wanted but that is sometimes beside the point, isn’t it. It’s all about the experience and the memories you will have for a lifetime.
Schrader’s Yamaha rider Kennedy Lutz went down there and was our top-finishing Canadian taking 5th overall in the Women’s class. Congratulations, Kennedy!
I really can’t believe we’re heading into the final week of racing for our Monster Energy CMRC Canadian Motocross Championships. This schedule makes summers just fly by! Anyway, Monster Energy Leading Edge Kawasaki’s Brett Metcalfe did what he came up here to do and has clinched the MX1 title already. How bummed was everyone after Kamloops when Red Bull Royal Distributing Fox KTM rider Colton Facciotti went out for the season?! I think we would have been in for some even better racing at the front if he were in it. But I digress…
Congratulations to Brett Metcalfe for winning the 2013 MX1 title a week early.
The MX2 class is still undecided and all it would take is a slight miscue by Metcalfe’s teammate Austin Politelli and #23 Josh Clark could sneak right in there for the title. There are lots of places yet to be decided on down the standings in both classes and many riders are fighting for those single digit or low teens numbers. Here’s a look at the top 10 in each class so you know what’s going on heading into next Sunday:
1. 102 Austin Politelli KAW 312
2. 23 Josh Clark KAW 290
3. 13 Topher Ingalls HON 247
4. 16 Brad Nauditt HON 236
5. 57 Blake Savage HON 198
6. 15 Jared Allison YAM 195
7. 313 Kyle Swanson HON 182
8. 20 Richard Grey YAM 159
9. 5 Tyler Villopoto KAW 156
10. 17 Kaven Benoit KTM 154
11. 26 Nathan Bles HON 152 (added him because with 2 points he will climb into the top 10 with Benoit out.)
1. 123 Brett Metcalfe KAW 365 *Clinched title
2. 2 Bobby Kiniry YAM 289
3. 12 Jeremy Medaglia YAM 256
4. 7 Tyler Medaglia KTM 255
5. 11 Teddy Maier KAW 241
6. 4 Gavin Gracyk KTM 189
7. 6 Morgan Burger YAM 176
8. 32 Brock Hoyer YAM 172
9. 25 Ross Johnson HON 129
10. 148 Cole Thompson KTM 123
Hailey Larson and David Gassin have been documenting their summer for all of us to see. Here are the latest two videos from Sand Del Lee and Deschambault. I haven't even watched them yet so I hope they are G Rated:
Sean Porter from Renegade Fuels just sent this PR over so I thought we'd include it here. If you have any news you'd like to get out that will benefit racers and riders, please get them over to us. Hey, and if you'd like to advertise here and help keep this thing rolling, that would be great too.
We are only a few days away from kicking off the 2013 Parts Canada Walton TransCan. Yep, it's that time of year again. What battle are you most looking forward to watching? I can't help but get excited at the thought of watching Dylan Wright and Westen Wrozyna go at it all week in the yellow-plated classes. They've both been working hard and are quite possibly the next in line to take Canadian moto to the next level. Yes, there are tons of other classes to be excited about but that battle jumps out at me as one I will be lining the fence to watch. Actually, that's a lie...I'll be inside the fence getting up close and personal and I can't wait!
There have been lots of press releases this past week about all sorts of things related to the TransCan so make sure you go back to the Breaking News section and click on all of those important announcements!
Ok, Kyle Carruthers and Mason Wrozyna will be with me all next week at the TransCan so look forward to tons of racing and rider coverage here on DMX. This has two weeks in a row for the Frid'Eh Update being a one-man show, so I apologize for the singular point of view. Kyle is away on a fancy Alaska cruise for his honeymoon with the lovely Leanne Jant...no, wait, Leanne Carruthers. He's been busy sitting around a pool and crab fishing. Get back here and get back to work!!!
Ok, I'm off to have a few slices of one of the 30 pizzas Lesley Reid from Gente Bella ordered for the gang at the track. Or maybe I'll just order room service with the fancy 'preferred customer' card she hooked me up with. This is going to be a great weekend! Good luck to everyone racing and riding this weekend and have a safe drive to all those heading toward Walton right now from all over the country.
Got to the hotel late last night and all I could keep saying to myself (it may have actually been out loud) was, "REDRUM, REDRUM...!" Google it, Bowker, and see you at the races...