Frid'Eh Update #44 Presented by Atlas Brace
American rider, Bryar Perry, would have been #44 in 2013 if he raced in Canada.
Welcome to Week #44 of the DMX Frid’Eh Update presented by Atlas Brace. This week we pay tribute to a gentleman who came up to race our series in 2012 and traveled the first part of the season with fellow Californian Topher Ingalls. #180 Bryar Perry earned the #44 for 2013 but we didn’t get to see him run that number at any of our Nationals. DMX got in touch with Bryar in California to see what he’s been up to and find out what kept him from racing our series last summer. Here is what the likeable American had to say:
Well, after 2012 ended I went to Texas to train and ride at the Merge Racing facility (which is sick by the way). I was planning on doing some east coast SX, the majority of the U.S. Nationals and some Canadian rounds on the off weekends. I definitely wanted to rock my Canadian #44 since I’m not talented enough to get a top 100 U.S. number (haha).
In late January I gooned out through some rollers and I broke my scaphoid in my wrist (I don’t recommend doing; it took so long to heal). I got back riding and tried to race Washougal, but definitely wasn’t ready and didn’t qualify.
Besides riding, I’ve been just trying to grow my business,180decals. I’ve also been cycling a lot. I’m going to do a 100-mile bike race Saturday. I hope I don’t die! Lol
I’d really like to thank Brian at Transportation Services and his whole family, Dawn at Pernsteiner Racing, lil D at FMF, NoToil, Sidi, Waldow Roofing, Maxima, Cytomax, Red Bluff Yamaha, Dano at DVS, Hinson, 100% Goggles, Alias Mx, Pro Taper and my family for always supporting me! I’m trying to make it back up to Canada in 2014! Thanks, guys!
Thanks for filling us in, Bryar. Best of luck growing your business and hopefully we see the big #180 on the line when the gate drops next June.
Thanks, Billy, and when are you going to get rid of these rediculous photos of ourselves above our edits? Now back to business and yes this Frid’eh Update is brought to you by Atlas Brace and with saying that I must extend a big congratulations to Atlas Brace founder/designer/big cheese/CEO (something like that) Brady Sheren and his now fiancé Kelsi Burns on their engagement. It won’t be long now till we see a mini Brady battling the next Villopoto down south wearing an Atlas Tyke brace.
It looks like silly season started early in Canada. We received the announcement from Cycle North Honda that signed Jeremy Medaglia for the AX series. A great move by everyone involved. The PR did only say AX so that does leave Jeremy open for the summer. Will he return to Yamaha and MX101 where we all thought he had a home all along or will we see him somewhere else like Leading Edge Kawasaki? Time will tell but right now Jeremy has his sights set on winning an AX title for Cycle North.
Some more sad news this week is this article I saw Schrader's head man Rick Bradshaw post on Facebook with the news that Walt Healy Motorsports in Calgary, AB will be closing its doors permanently after 83 years in business. You can see the article here. Times are tough folks and there is some eye opening content in this article. Remember if possible, support your local dealer and buy Canadian. It goes further than you think. It’s funny how we complain about no support for pro riders, amateur teams, no support and money for amateur races, events etc. yet many of us who complain do our shopping across the border. I understand we all race on a budget and only bring home so much cash a week and can only afford to spend so much of our earnings on motocross. Unfortunately, with the way most of the companies distribute their brands in Canada there is a middle man who takes a hefty margin which means a price increase for us. Tack on the fact that we don’t move nearly the volume of product that the U.S. does also plays a factor in it. Just remember next time you run across the border to buy that new bike, that you are not helping the Canadian OEM’s fund any race series or fund rides for pro riders or offer an amateur contingency program. But dealers, it is also in your court to support local racers, help sponsor series and give back just as much. You can’t sit there and expect people to just walk through your door. That’s my “rooster's crow” for the day.
CMX Racing is having their 2013 Year-End Banquet Nov. 17th. If you attended a CMX race don't miss it! They always give away some awesome prizes at this one! Visit www.cmxracing.ca for more details on location and time of event. Here's Jeff.
Hey, guys. It's the first Friday after this year’s Monster Energy Cup and people are still buzzing about it. If the racing last week is any indication, we are in for one heck of a SX season! Who would have thought James Stewart would have won with an 8-1-1 score? I, myself, had Stewart for the win, but if you would have asked me after the first main event, I'm sure I would have gone with RV2. But then the Joker Lane popped up and bit Villopoto just like got Ryan Dungey in the first main. I truly believe the reason RV2 crashed was because he lost his focus while realizing he had forgotten to take the Joker Lane.
And the reason for bringing this up is that there is a lot of talk in the media about changing things up and possibly bringing it into AMA Supercross. I guess maybe I am old school but I don't think it's a good idea. These racers nowadays are going so fast on very technical race tracks and can't afford to take their minds off the obstacles ahead for one second. Villopoto is arguably the best racer in the world right now, and it just took one little lack of focus and we saw him crash out huge. Thankfully for Ryan, he was able to get up and walk away with only a few bumps and bruises.
Let’s face it, some of the riders today aren't the brightest when it comes to making their own decisions on or off the track. Now that brings me to another topic, home schooling. What is the right age to pull these kids out of school and commit them to racing full time? Are we setting up some of these kids for failure right off the bat? In reality, very few are going to make a living at this sport, and it's not like there's an abundance of industry jobs or media jobs for some of these meatheads to fall back on. What are these kids going to do? There comes a time when mom and dad are going to cut the leash and junior is going to have to fend for himself. I have lost count of the amount of amateur champs that walked away from the sport as soon as mom and dad asked for the kids to start putting back into their own programs.
It is kind of sad watching parents sacrifice everything for their kids racing career only to see the young racer walk away from the sport the minute they are asked to put their own money in the pot. You would think Plus 25 would be one of the fullest classes at the races, but, unfortunately, it is not. Anyways, sorry for my little rant, I am all good now.
There is some huge "silly season" news coming out of Prince George, BC. Cycle North Powersports have signed Red Bull's Jeremy Medaglia to contest the entire Gente Bella FWP Canadian Arenacross Championships. Jeremy picked up a fresh 250f Honda on Wednesday from Honda Canada and is currently looking for somewhere to shake down the new bike.
Jeremy Medaglia will line up for AX on a Cycle North Powersports Honda.
My first thoughts were, "Let’s just give Jer the trophy early and save some cash on flights." Although I have no doubts the #4 Cycle North Honda will win the championship, I have just found out that big brother (I actually think he is an inch shorter) Tyler "Davis" Medaglia will race the championships aboard a Maple Ridge Motorsports KTM 250 2-stroke. People can't forget that Tyler has the 2009 AMA Arenacross Lites Western Regional Championship in his back pocket.
It’s too bad Tyler will miss one round to attend GDR's Derek Schuster’s wedding as he could be a real contender. Either way, fans can expect some great "hard" racing from these two crazy Medaglias. If you were at the Calgary National this season, you know what I am talking about. Throw in a healthy Dylan Schmoke after he heals from a broken wrist (happy belated birthday, Dylan) and we are going to have one heck of a series. Now I just have to talk the big bossman ‘KC’ into flying me to a round or two!
Well, that is just about it for me. Before I leave, I'd like to say congrats again to Todd and Rachel Kuli on their beautiful wedding. I'd also like to say sorry to Bigwave and IMX's Jeff Morgan on bailing on the afterparty - I just couldn't keep the party going! I'm working on a few upcoming interviews, one with New Brunswick’s Konnor Long from the GDR squad, so be sure to have look for it. Thanks, guys, and I will see you all next week. Now here’s Billy.
Watch for an upcoming interview with GDR's Konnor Long.
Thanks, guys. Don’t listen to your thermometers, things are really starting to heat up in Canada! It seems like the hype has returned to the Canadian Arenacross Championships scene. It’s always been a great series, but this year it will be even better than usual. With Future West Productions new partnership with Gente Bella Salons in Chilliwack, BC, there has been an injection of enthusiasm and, of course, cash that has helped rekindle the excitement.
Being really the only thing going on in Canada at the Professional level, all eyes of Canadian motocross point westward (unless you live on Vancouver Island) to the agricultural town of Chilliwack, BC. The series starts November 8-9 and will be going back to the ‘two-room’ set up like in years past. Traditional arencross takes place in hockey arenas with relatively small floors, but the Chilliwack Heritage Park arrangement has much more area and so we will see longer laps and faster riding like we used to. The other of the three rooms will once again be opened up for use as pits.
Because of all the attention the series is attracting, teams are scurrying to get their riders signed up and committed. We learned earlier this week that Cycle North Powersports along with Honda Canada have signed Kemptville, Ontario’s Jeremy Medaglia and Washington State’s Ross Johnson to the entire series on Honda 250Fs. I know that Ross will go just about anywhere to race and has been going state to state in search of racing action, so watch for this ever-stylish rider to put his experience to good use once things get going. Anyone who looks as good in the air as Ross does is definitely a rider who will excel in arenacross.
With the addition of Jeremy Medaglia, the team is a real threat to the title. Remember, Jeremy won the Montreal SX a couple years ago, so he is no stranger to the confines of indoor racing. His last lap win over Kaven Benoit was one of the most exciting (albeit a little Keystone cop-ish) finishes I’ve ever seen as both riders went down and struggled to remount and get to the flag. It was a lot like the classic Hawaii Ironman women’s finish from 1997…without the poop in their shorts or destruction of their long intestines. I asked Jeremy how his leg is after hurting it in Germany at the MXON in September and he said, “Yup, good to go.”
Wow, I was there that year but went slow enough so that didn’t happen! Of course, it was dark and much cooler by the time I pooped my pants and crawled across the line.
Then, on Thursday night, we got the news that Maple Ridge Motorsports had signed Jeremy’s older brother, Tyler Medaglia, to race a KTM 250 2-stroke in the series. Like Jeff already mentioned, Tyler won that Westcoast AX Lites regional title a few years ago (a title most seem to forget about), so we know he has the skill to win. He is also a rider who just seems to love being on a bike and used to get out on a 250 2-stroke when nobody else was doing it…just for fun.
RMR Suspension Fox Shox Spectra Powersports Yamaha rider Brock Hoyer will be back to try to regain his #1 plate from two seasons ago, so how can you rule him out? You can’t, that’s how. Brock is a rider who seems to have found the perfect balance between fun and work – he always has a smile on his face while realizing it is his job to perform. Most people lose touch of one or both of those things.
And who would bet against a healthy GA Checkpoint Yamaha’s Spencer Knowles? ‘Spenny’ always shows up to an indoor race with the speed and style to win against anyone you care to line up beside him. Sure, the Chilliwack arena is ‘Beaton’s Barn’ but perhaps it will also be called ‘Spencer’s Stable’ or ‘Spenny’s Denny’s (that doesn’t even make sense) by the end of the year! I know, I know, it’s not going to be renamed. Sorry, Beats. Knowles will have the big #1 on his bike and that can sometimes be a target, so we’ll have to see how much respect he gets from the rest of the riders. Hey, it’s arenacross, anything goes!
Brock Hoyer (right) will have to give the #1 plate to Spencer Knowles (middle) this winter.
And what about Washington’s Ryan Abrigo? He’s busy working as the track manager of Evergreen Motocross Park in Monroe, WA but will he come up to challenge for wins? I fired him a message but hadn’t heard back from him by the time this Update went live. He’s a fun-loving rider who also has the speed to win races. Things could be pretty exciting up at the front of the pack this season.
Ryan Lockhart will be lining up on a Maple Ridge Motorsports Kawasaki at “select rounds.” He showed he still has the pace to win but his fitness may have been what held him back last year. He’s been racing more than usual this past year, so watch for that not to be an issue this time. He’ll most likely grab a few holeshots and then we will have to just wait and see what happens after that. He won the title a short few years ago, so don’t count him out.
I got in touch with another title threat, Brad Nauditt, to find out what his winter plans are. If he came up to do the entire series, he could shake things up at the front. Brad is currently training for either the west or east coast supercross series. He is unsure yet which one he’ll be doing but says he’d prefer to do the east. It doesn’t sound like he’ll be up at our arenacross races unless someone has a bike he can ride and he can fly.
And what about Colt 45? Colton Facciotti is back on his bike and training for next season. He still hasn’t signed his contract for next year and is sitting in limbo as far as that goes right now. As if he isn’t going to be re-signed! Anyway, perhaps if that deal gets done soon enough we may see Colton head back out to his home valley and line up for a few or all of the races. If that happens, all bets are off!
2012/2013 Final Standings
Pro Am Lites
1. 28 Spencer Knowles 260
2. 1 Brock Hoyer 231
3. 2 Ryan Lockhart 154
4. 620 Brad Nauditt 147
5. 402 Ryan Abrigo 137
1. 28 Spencer Knowles 254
2. 1 Brock Hoyer 236
3. 2 Ryan Lockhart 151
4. 620 Brad Nauditt 140
5. 402 Ryan Abrigo 111
DMX will be out there to check out all the action, so be sure to keep tuned to find out how it all plays out. It’s hard to believe it’s only two weeks away already.
I saw on his Facebook status update that Campbell River’s Dusty Klatt finally has the official results of his knee damage from Riverglade this past summer. It confirmed what he already knew. Dusty’s words were, “Final report: ACL is gone, knee is good otherwise. Bummed on the news, but knew that it was gone anyways. Long road of waiting. #bringonthefuture.”
The good news is that is only the ACL that is torn. Sometimes the entire knee can be a complete mess and that would have been much worse, obviously. Good luck with the surgery and then the long recovery. At least he doesn’t have to rush to be ready for an upcoming race…just work!
Good luck with the knee, Dusty.
Hey, we crept over the 8000 follower mark on Twitter. Thank you for the support. We are now trying to work on upping our Instagram game. Feel free to give us a follow on there as well at ‘directmotocross.’ We’ve got thousands of old photos to display and will be posting new ones up as they get taken along the way.
14-year-old Casey Keast has been inundated with calls and general attention after his invite and subsequent participation at the Monster Energy Cup in Las Vegas last week. He was the only Canadian lined up this year so the attention is to be expected. Like I always say, “I’ll go anywhere, anytime if Canadians are racing!” Unfortunately, I had just returned from Germany and the MXON so I just couldn’t get out for this big race. OK, I wasn’t very upset that I went to Europe, but you know what I’m saying.
The Kelowna, BC native is typically quiet and I wish I could post his phone number on here so you could hear his very understated phone message. Trust me, it’s hilarious! Rather Eeyore-like. Anyway, I grabbed him for an interview this morning to catch up on the whole experience. Here is what he had to say:
Kelowna, BC's Casey Keast at the Monster Energy Cup in Las Vegas.
Brent Martin photo
DMX: I spoke to your dad, Dean, about the initial phone call, but let’s hear your reaction to it.
Casey Keast: I was excited but kind of nervous at the same time. But I really wanted to do it.
So you got there and got all set up – how did practice go for you?
It was pretty good but in practice it was intimidating because there were so many fast guys there. I just had to ride like I know how and go at my own pace. I didn’t do very well in practice, I just turned it up for the race.
In the first practice I basically jumped everything. You have to get the track dialed by the last practice because if you don’t you’re basically screwed!
Had you ever been to Las Vegas before?
Ya, when we go to California we always drive through there.
Did you sneak in to gamble?
If you did, what’s your game?
Does your dad gamble?
No, but my mom does.
Let’s talk briefly about the actual races. Were you able to control yourself when you got out to such a great start in that first moto?
On the first lap I was really pumped up. I was just like really tense and I wasn’t breathing. I just got really tired on the first lap but on the second lap to the last lap I just ignored the crowd and rode how I knew how to ride.
The group behind was hitting the triple and I wasn’t so I would pull out a gap on them and then we’d come up to the triple and when I wouldn’t do it they’d land like right beside me.
How about the second moto?
It was pretty good. I didn’t get that good of a start. I got like a 5th place start and then in the first corner I got passed a bunch of times because I went to the outside and everyone went on the inside so that bumped me to around 15th. I passed a bunch of people and then I got 12th place.
Which of those riders really impressed you the most?
Austin Forkner just because he’s so small…well, he’s a bit bigger than me but I just don’t get how he goes that fast when he’s that small. And he looks like he’s not 15; he looks like he’s 13. I’s crazy.
I’ve never been to a supercross before so the whole atmosphere, like the party in the pits, was really cool.
Casey hopes to go back again in 2014.
Brent Martin photo
I saw that you had some pictures taken with some top pros. Who was the friendliest pro?
What was your most memorable moment of that whole Las Vegas trip?
Probably the opening ceremonies when we were all riding around the track. It was a once in a lifetime opportunity. Everyone gets to ride the track but not a lot of people can say they were in the opening ceremonies at a supercross.
So the Arenacross series is coming up fast. What do you have coming up?
I think I’m just going to take a break for a week and not ride for a little while and then I’m going to ride my track one more time and make sure it’s flowing. Then I’m going to do the arenacross stuff but I’m not going to follow the series this year because we don’t have enough money.
I’m going to do Raymond and Walton again next year and Loretta Lynn’s and, hopefully, the Monster Cup again.
What grade are you in?
I’m in grade 9.
What’s your favourite subject?
What’s your worst subject?
Are you telling me you’re not very good in school, or what?
Well, I’m good in school I’m just not good in math, that’s all. I do good in like English and Social Studies and I do really good in Science but I don’t understand math at all.
But we’ll see you at the first round in Chilliwack, right?
Well, thanks for chatting with us on a PD day off from school. Who would you like to thank?
Thank you. I’d like to thank Goldentyre, Big Steel Box, X Brand Goggles, Fox Brigade, Kal-Gard, Atlas Brace, Factory Connection, GMS Performance, Lime Nine, and Kelowna Yamaha.
Hey, one last thing…what’s your Halloween costume?
I’m going to be a motocross racer.
You are not! That’s like a hockey player heading out in skates!
I don’t know. I might think of something later.
I’m going on record as saying I disapprove!
Was I too hard on the kid about his costume? OK, so a rider this fast is maybe not going to do the entire series because of cash. Someone step up and get this kid to the races! I also learned that he was at the MEC on a 2011 bike. At any rate, Casey is fast and good things are in his future. Thanks for talking with us and we'll see you in a couple weeks, guys.
I was just checking out a few things on Facebook and noticed another motocrosser is taking a stab at a cross-country race this weekend. Tyler Medaglia will be riding a Freedom Cycle KTM 250SX at the NSORRA Hare Scrambles race in Cape Breton at the Craigmore Creek ORM Park. It’s also a Halloween Bash so don’t forget your costumes…I bet Tyler remembers his!
I just got off the phone with Brent Worrall out in Vernon, BC and he had some interesting news for us. There is a thread over on MX Forum about Jeff Alessi and the potential for him to race up here in Canada next season. After ‘Lasergate’ went down last summer, it doesn’t look like the AMA is too thrilled with having him line up down there for a year anyway, so why not come up here to race? Brent said that it is exactly what he plans to do next summer! Be sure to listen to the BC Moto Show next Wednesday when Brent will have Jeff on as a guest to discuss the possibilities. Hell, I’m in the media business so anything that makes things more interesting or shakes the foundation is good by me! Come on up, Jeff, and bring Josh Hansen, Jason Lawrence, Ryan Hughes, and Vanilla Ice with you.
If you’re going to any Halloween parties this weekend, be sure to send photos of your costumes to me at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll do our best to pick a winner in the Monday Morning Coffee column.
Send your costume photos to email@example.com and next week we'll pick a winner. See you at the races...
Well, that's going to do it for another week here at the Update. We're working on some other news and will hopefully be able to report on it in the days to come. Have a fun and safe Halloween weekend.