Frid'Eh Update #45 Presented by Scott
Week #45 belongs to Quebec rider Alexandre Morin.
Hello and welcome to Week #45 of the DMX Frid’Eh Update presented by Scott Sports. This week is dedicated to 2013 #45 Alexandre Morin from Terrebonne, Quebec. Alexandre is currently living down in North Carolina and working at the Jimmy Weinert Training Facility in Marysville.
In 2013, Alexandre joined the MX2 nationals at Gopher Dunes for round 5. He did all of the 5 eastern rounds and in his first race he finished 10th overall. His best overall was an 8th place at Deschambault, Quebec.
By the end of the series he was able to finish up in 16th place overall in the MX2 class. This result will give him #30 for the 2014 season. I spoke very briefly with Alexandre this afternoon and he summed it up like this:
"This summer I had some bad luck at the provincials and I missed some races, so it didn't go very well. But nationals were pretty good. I got a 5th at Gopher and some top 10s in the east coast and I got #30 for next year!
After the nationals I worked a lot to get some money and now I am at The Jimmy Weinert Training Facility for pretty much all winter to get ready for next year! Next summer I'm going to do the complete national series and I will be ready and I want to get in the top 5 as often as I can!!!"
Thanks, Billy, and thanks to Scott Sports for presenting you guys with this update. The times are changing folks; the leaves are falling, the ground is freezing and my car is covered in frost most mornings. It means the riding season in my small corner of the world is coming to an end. It's always a sad time. The dealerships slow down, the bench racing almost stops until supercross or a big Canadian team makes noise. However, that is not going to happen this year. Thanks to the Future West crew, the Future West Kawasaki Canadian AX Championships is going to be better than ever this year. It’s been months of hard work, determination, team-building and a never quit attitude from Jamie Hellam and his team and it is starting to show. They had a successful summer and now look to repeat that success indoors this year.
So let's get to the crunch. It looks like DMX is going back to our roots and bringing you guys what you really want to see (or hear in this case). The DMX live Moto Show from the first 3 rounds of the series will return with Billy Rainford and yours truly as your hosts. It's time for us to pull up our belts and get back to the “barn” which is where my first major project with DMX happened. It was only a month after I took over this site that at that time MX FORUM’s Billy Rainford and I were strapping on the head sets and bringing the play-by-play action, even with video at that time. There is usually only a handful of listeners that listen in live, but thousands listen to the archives each week from around the entire world. Last time we had people clicking from England, Germany and even New Zealand to name a few. We will see you out there, guys.
Speaking of teams making big news, MX101 and Yamaha announced today the signing of Intermediate phenom Dyaln Wright all the way until 2017! Wow, that’s a three-year deal. When was the last time we have seen that in Canada? Dylan proved himself this year hitting the box at Gopher Dunes and taking two of the three Intermediate titles at Walton. This kid is the real deal, folks, so let's see what happens with a long program like this. Now we just have to see where guys like Westen Wrozyna and Nick Jones end up for 2014. Now here's Billy...
Thanks, Kyle. Well, we are one week away from what is becoming a highly-anticipated arenacross series out in BC! Both Kyle and I will be out there for round one and are preparing to do a live audio show for both evenings of racing. We should be on the air from 7-10pm Friday and Saturday nights. Hey, Jamie, can we get the racing finished in 3 hours?
The Future West Kawasaki Canadian Arenacross Championships get started next Friday in Chilliwack, BC.
The most recent news on the series is that Kawasaki has stepped up and taken the spot as title sponsor. It’s an important championship here in Canada for several reasons: it’s the only Pro-level racing taking place in Canada throughout the winter, it gets all the media attention here in Canada, this series has been around for a long time and has been a stepping stone to some of our best indoor racers, and the entry list is fast becoming a veritable who’s who of Canadian racing!
GA Check point Yamaha’s Spencer Knowles is healthy and ready to defend his #1 plate. We’ve always referred to Spencer as a sort of Kyle Beaton Jr. and he has lived up to that moniker the past few years.
In 2013, Spectra Powersports Yamaha rider Brock Hoyer held the #1 plate. He finished 2nd in the series last year and will return to take a run at getting it back. I saw that he just received his 2014 Yamaha 250F the other day. Brock and his team always manage to put together arguably the best-looking bikes in the pits. Let’s see what they have for us this year.
Semi-retired (or is it semi-full-time) racer Ryan Lockhart has signed on to race for Maple Ridge Motorsports Kawasaki. Ryan finished 3rd overall last year and I have him pegged for a holeshot or two on the first weekend – where he finishes after that is to be seen, but if he’s as fit as he should be after all the racing and riding he’s done lately the young guns had better be on their toes!
Sitting 4th last year is Washington State’s Brad Nauditt. When I spoke with Brad last week it was doubtful we would be seeing the always fast rider up here this winter unless someone stepped up to help get him here and give him something to race. Maybe he’ll jump in with 4th place finisher #402 Ryan Abrigo and we’ll see both of the possible winners up here after all.
Just out of the top 5 last year was #8 Dylan Delaplace. Dylan showed flashes of top-level speed but he will have to stay off the cold, hard ground if he wants to finish up where he knows he belongs.
If Dylan Delaplace can stay consistent, watch for him to move up the ranks this season in AX.
Ross Johnson will race the entire series on a Cycle North Honda. Ross has as much or more indoor experience than most others on the track and should be a factor as this series rolls on.
And then we get to the two Medaglia brothers, Tyler and Jeremy. Jeremy has signed on to race a Honda for the Cycle North team and older brother Tyler will compete on a Maple Ridge Motorsports KTM 250 2-stroke. Watch for Tyler to grab some great starts and if anyone can pilot a 2-stroke around the barn at podium-topping speed it’s Tyler! Also, since most top riders only show up with one bike – a 250F – Tyler’s 250 could just give him a slight advantage (arguably, of course) in both the Lites and Open classes. If nothing else, it will get the old 2-stroke fans out to the barn and out of their seats! Can you imagine a Dash for Cash final with these two ultra-competitive (especially with each other) riders on the track?! I’ll see if I can put in a fix so we get to see it.
Things are really heating up out there on the coast and with the signing of Kawasaki as title sponsor Future West Moto’s Jamie Hellam had this to say about it: “It is great news to have Kawasaki come on board at the highest level as Title Sponsor adding to the diverse and ever-growing list of industry and non-industry supporters of this year’s Championship. We have had a great working relationship with Kawasaki for many years and for them to commit at this level is a big step forward for Future West and a positive indicator for the future of the sport and the industry."
Canadian Kawasaki Motors Lionel Mercier commented: "Kawasaki is extremely excited to be a part of the growth and expansion of the Canadian Arenacross Championships as it encompasses the lifestyle and passion for riding that Kawasaki riders have. We see the addition of the Kawasaki Riding Schools as a great way for families and new riders to get involved in the sport. We are all looking forward to a strong and ongoing working relationship with Future West for years to come."
The most recent press release also had this to say: The two cement exhibition halls at Heritage Park will also be used for pits and a brand new live entertainment zone which will feature live music, BMX freestyle, gamer tent, face painting and a whole lot more to entertain the entire family .
It’s great to see so much excitement aimed at our sport up here in Canada. How refreshing is all this positive mojo?! I can’t wait to get out there and cover all the action!
Let’s take a quick trip across the pond and check in over at the Genova International SX. I took a look at the entry list and saw young Canadian Kade Walker’s name on the SX125 list on his Castellari Suzuki. I fired his dad, Dave, a quick message asking if Kade was really set to race since injuring his wrist not too long ago. He confirmed that Kade is there and is going to give it a shot and see how he feels. Kade is holding the red plate as points leader in the SX125 class, so it will be cool to see him riding the track whether he’s in top form or not.
As of this Update, Kade has hit the track for practice and only did 8 laps as compared to the rest of the riders’ 12. He managed to grab 5th fastest time in his group so we’ll have to wait and see what happens as the night moves on over there. Best of luck, Kade.
*live timing just updated to the SX125 Main Event and Kade Walker is not on the track.
All this arenacross talk here in Canada got me wondering where the Monster Energy Leading Edge gang was in all of this. Well, we know that Austin Politelli is hoping to secure a KTM ride for the upcoming SX series, Brett Metcalfe is doing the same, and Tyler Villopoto looks to be heading over to England to race??? It's true, Tyler is heading to the UK to compete in the Hellam's old British AX Series. Here's a press release I copied and pasted from ArenacrossUK.com:
Tyler Villopoto – younger brother of AMA SX Champion Ryan – has signed with Oakleaf Kawasaki to race the 2014 Arenacross championship.
The 23-year-old American is a smooth operator indoors and finished second overall in the 250cc class on the opening night of the 2012 Bercy SX before crashing out the following evening.
“I'm extremely excited to have signed a deal with the Oakleaf Kawasaki team to ride the Arenacross series in 2014,” says Tyler. “Coming to the UK will be a new experience and I plan on being a top competitor in the series.”
This season Tyler’s contested the MX2 class of the 2013 Canadian Nationals for Monster Energy Leading Edge Kawasaki and has been drafted in to race for Somerset-based Oakleaf alongside Arenacross #3 Jack Brunell by team boss Shaun Anthony.
“We’re really pleased to sign Tyler for the Arenacross,” says Shaun. “He's a fast rider and a perfect partner for Jack. He's got experience of the Kawasaki which doubles our chances of putting Oakleaf Kawasaki on the top step and makes winning the series a realistic aim.
“As a team we’re excited to be racing the Arenacross tour. The series was outstanding in 2013 and 2014 is going to be even better and we look forward to the packed arenas, amazing atmosphere and everyone getting behind the Oakleaf Kawasaki team. We would like to thank Kawasaki and all our sponsors for this opportunity – see you in Belfast in January!”
For series promoter e22 Sports the news that yet another top-flight rider has signed up is further confirmation that in just its second season Arenacross is heading in the right direction.
“It’s massive news that Tyler Villopoto has confirmed to race the Arenacross tour here in the UK,” says Matt Bates, Managing Director of e22 Sports, “and I can't thank Shaun and the Oakleaf Kawasaki team enough for the effort they have put in to bring this together. I also believe this is just the start of the great news as teams start to release their riders for the series.”
Good luck over there, Tyler. We'll be checking results along the way.
Hey, Tyler, if you see any of these ladies in the UK, tell them I say hello!
After posting a rather harmless-sounding, off-hand comment about perhaps racing up here in Canada in 2014, American rider Jeff Alessi has since been called on it. Brent Worrall had the younger of the two oft-maligned Alessi brothers on his BC Moto Show last Wednesday night. From what I could gather, Jeff is down in Texas training hard to be ready to race next summer up here. Now, I don’t know if he would only do it with major team support or if he would even do it if he had to travel race to race in an RV and trailer. What I did get from the conversation was that Canadian riders really need to hit more races in the off-season so they have interesting stories and anecdotes to tell in interviews! Jeff had little difficulty spinning yarns about various racing adventures. I also think it may be one of the main differences between Canadians and Americans - we are almost embarrassed to talk about ourselves. I have no idea why that is, but it just seems to be a fact. Maybe if we went and did more interesting things we’d be better at it? Either way, it doesn’t take long to listen to someone and you know, for sure, they aren’t Canadian. Alessi has to sit out the SX series, at least, down in the AMA and Jeff wants to keep racing somewhere.
Having an Alessi up here racing our series would be great for its marketability, definitely. I assume he would race in the MX1 class and I also assume he will be extremely surprised and impressed with how fast our top 10 guys are going! He’d better be racing all three of those practice tracks of his at the same time if he wants to get a sniff of the podium let alone the top 8. (Those Alessis are a very competitive bunch. Perhaps if he reads this he’ll be even more motivated to give our series a shot.)
Hey, what’s all the hubbub about Leticia Cline up here anyway? Have you all seen this? Apparently, she got invited up to promote Parry Sound, ON tourism and all hell seems to have broken loose. I read it over and obviously the women were chosen for their combination of looks and motorcycle enthusiasm, but I’m not sure what is wrong here. You can look it over HERE and judge for yourselves.
Leticia Cline sending Hammertime her regards at the 2007 Budd's Creek MXON with Danny Brault. It's OK to post this gesture because she has a smile on her face.
I had a quick chat with BC motocross legend Al Dyck today and we got to talking about what he has going on these days. He still has a Honda 250F that uses only when he and his family go camping. His passion seems to have shifted to the downhill mountain biking game. He says that he heads to Whistler quite often with his kids to charge down the mountain. This sort of reinforces the idea that motocrossers are adrenaline junkies, doesn’t it.
He also helps out enduro rider Tyler Murray. If you remember, Tyler went over to Italy this year to compete in the ISDE and finished with a gold standard time. What I thought was extra cool was that Tyler is trying out for the Canadian Ski Team and is the nephew of the late, great, Crazy Canuck, Dave Murray who passed away in 1990. Man, my family was so into downhill skiing back in those days that my mother even went up to University Hospital in London, ON to visit Todd Brooker when he was getting his knee fixed by Dr. Peter Fowler. Yep, you could say we were involved in the whole ‘Crazy Canuck’ thing pretty seriously. Sure, Brooker came just after those guys but there was a bit of an overlap in there.
Al said that he has been helping get Tyler’s KTM EXC 500 ready for the Baja 1000! Tyler is over in Italy at the moment but will be home soon. I think I’d better give that guy a call ASAP! The Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 runs from November 14-17, by the way.
I had a chat with #539 Dylan Wright’s father, Bill, the other day and I said something along the lines of, “If Dylan doesn’t solidify a ride for next year I’m going to lose it!” Well, fortunately, I don’t have to find out what happens when I ‘lose it’ because Dylan has landed back at home with the MX101 Yamaha team for the next 3 years. It’s a great fit for the 16-year-old ripper who lives just down the street from Sand Del Lee. Seriously, he can just hop on his bike and ride over to the track after he gets home from scoring 90s in high school. Dylan set a record as the first Canadian Intermediate rider to land on the podium of a Pro National at Gopher Dunes last year where he finished 3rd. According to statistician Derek Medaglia, Jeremy Medaglia’s 4th place was the previous record. If you missed the PR you can read it HERE. If you’re scoring at home, Dylan finished 17th overall last year in MX1 after only racing three rounds. He earned #34. Interestingly (or not), Jeremy Medaglia held that number when he raced Pro in 2008.
Dylan Wright is signed with MX101 Yamaha until 2017!
I wanted to check in to see how injured woman rider Sierra Roth has been doing since her bad crash last summer. Here’s what she had to say about the crash, what’s keeping her busy these days, and the future:
So, I am now full-time back at school in grade 11. People think I have all this time because I am not involved in any sports (laughs). I am assisting in junior high girls’ volleyball fitness, helping out with the Team Canada ISDE team whenever I can, helping Denaye (Giroux) and Camille (Bunko) for the 2014 race season, tutoring some younger kids at school, and I still have appointments here and there at the hospital. So I have a full plate right now.
I also am preparing to re-take my driver’s license in the next bit. Scary, I know (laughs). The busier I am the better, though. I am going to be honest, not every day is easy. I have more bad days than I use to, but that doesn't stop me. Every day I am just grateful I am still here with the people I love.
As most of you know, on June 2, I was racing in the Junior class in Brooks, Alberta, preparing for women's nationals the following weekend, when I crashed. I was kicked going over a ski jump which sent me cartwheeling with the bike. I basically bent like a taco and, due to the impact of the bike hitting me, I was left paralyzed from the sternum down.
From the Brooks hospital, I was sent by ground ambulance to Calgary where I went straight into a seven-hour surgery. I was put back together from T3-T9. At that point it was pronounced a T6 Complete Spinal Cord Injury. This basically means the brain cannot send signals down the spinal cord past the T6 level. I was in Calgary for 8 days and then was flown to Edmonton by air. From there I was back between two hospitals due to a blood clot in my right thigh. After that I was in the Glenrose for less than two-and-a-half months learning how to relive my life. Record time it sounds like, I was expected to be in there till December. No way I was going to be in the jail cell for that long.
Most people think, "Oh, her legs just don't move," but there are many health concerns to that. My body also has different ways of functioning now which I am still learning about. I am learning that the cold really sucks for my body - my legs spasm and are jumping all over the place. It is also hard to stay warm because half of my body doesn't shiver. So anyone wanting to buy me a one way ticket to California, it would be greatly appreciated (laughs)!
The question keeps getting brought up about if I'll ever ride again. Yeah, you'll see me trying. Not sure if it'll get to the point of racing, however. I have no stomach muscle control so balancing is an issue right now. I definitely will be trying though!
Shout out to everyone in the motocross community who has helped out and kept me going. No way I can ever thank everyone enough!"
Thanks for the brief chat, Sierra. Keep in touch and keep that positive attitude going. She ended it by saying, "You know, I've heard a lot of horrible stories of car accidents and stuff - I was doing what I love; that's what's important to me. No regrets." Enough said.
Sierra Roth is definitely an inspiration.
Sierra Roth Facebook wall photo
The 29th Annual MTA World Vet Championships are taking place out at Glen Helen from Nov 2-3 and we have a couple Canadians who’ve made the trip down to California. I heard that Julian Cerny and perennial favourite Pete DeGraaf are out on the track for practice day as you read this. Good luck, guys. We’ll be sure to check out the results this weekend. There will be live timing and scoring, so be sure to give that link a few clicks over the weekend.
We had a chat with Tyler Medaglia this week after his XC adventure out east and the recent commitment to the AX series and he mentioned the ride opened up at MRM when Dylan Schmoke got hurt and wasn’t able to come up. I got in touch with Dylan Thursday to see how he’s doing and he had this to say:
“I just keep breaking bones. My chain broke going off a triple when I was getting ready for Monster Cup. I was really looking forward to coming back to Canada for the arenacross series and show how I can really ride. I didn’t really get to show my true talent this summer in Canada with bad luck and horrible starts. I broke my wrist pretty good and as of right now I don’t need surgery and I’m taking it week by week with my doctor. I plan on coming up at the beginning of the year for the arenacross. 2013 sucks (laughs).”
You know you’re from a moto family when, for example, I was standing at the side of the track in Germany at the MXON and I see Dylan’s dad but not Dylan. “Nope, Dylan didn’t make it…just me.” Love it!
Also, if you're interested in the last bike you'll ever have to buy, the 2013 Scott Foil 10 is still for sale. It's a full carbon 58cm, full SRAM Red rocket ship. If interested, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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OK, that's going to do it for another week here at the Update. Thanks for reading. Next week we'll have some updates from practice night at the arenacross in Chilliwack, so watch for that. Have a great weekend.
Tom Bax sent this shot over of young Lyza Jane Kundert with horns mounted on her helmet. She wins the Halloween riding photo contest for this year. Keep having fun, Lyza Jane! See you at the races...
Tom Bax photo