Frid'Eh Update #47 Presented by Cycle North
#47 is PJ Stratton.
Hello and welcome to week #46 of the DMX Frid'Eh Update presented by Cycle North Powersports up in Prince George 'The Peege,' BC. You may have noticed that we have a photo of #47 PJ Stratton. Well, PJ tied in points with Tyler Rayner last year and they were listed reversed in the standings and I didn't realize the error until I went looking for photos. Watch for Tyler to get his turn next week as we right this ship and get back in numerical order. My apologies to Mr. Rayner.
PJ took a bit of a step back from his CMRC Nationals racing schedule last year and we caught up with PJ this week to get his thoughts. Here is what he had to say:
I have been fairly busy working and being a dad. Chelsie and I had a baby girl named Tenley six months ago, so between her and work I don’t have a lot of free time. As far as last season while it didn’t go that well, I started out a little behind the eight ball as Tenley was born only 3 weeks before the first national. I went to a provincial race in Kamloops the weekend before Nanaimo and ended up crashing and tearing my rotator cuff. From then on it was pretty much just heal during the week and race on the weekend. I toughed it out for the first four nationals then called it quits as I was not impressed with the results I was getting due to the fact of zero practice or riding time.
I am looking forward to next year I plan on getting surgery around Christmas, getting my shoulder back into shape and racing the whole circuit. I still have a deal with Riders KTM for the upcoming season and we are looking forward to getting back on a bike, putting in a good effort, and getting some good results.
Stratty Enterprises Ltd.
Thanks, Billy, and welcome to another update here on DMX brought to you by Cycle North. It is only fitting that we roll into Chilliwack and one of BC’s biggest dealers is supporting the sport once again. Not only has Kourtney Loyld, Canada’s only female team manager, stepped up to help dozens of amateur kids in all classes but she has brought up Washington State rider Ross Johnson and Canadian kid Jeremy Medaglia to ride for the Pro Cycle North Honda team. I am being serious when I say, support those who support the sport and if you’re in BC you should be checking out Cycle North for all your powersports needs.
So let’s get to it, the first round of the Kawasaki Future West AX action kicks off tonight in the Chilliwack Heritage Park and it is littelry going to be a “Barn Burner.” We have not seen this much hype, excitement, or enthusiasm behind a series in a long time and it is already shaping up to be exactly what we are expecting. We have some of the fastest pros who can all take a win at any given time lining up tonight including Ross Johnson, Jeremy Medaglia, Tyler Medaglia, Brock Hoyer, Jake Anstett, Ryan Abrigo, Brock Hoyer, Ryan Lockhart, Ethan Ladd, Brayden Stuart, Todd Minnie, Kirk Haws, and defending champion Spencer Knowles. Add a list of unknown fast Americans making the trip and we have ourselves a race in both pro classes. There was even a rumour going around that AX veteran Darcy Lange was going to come out of retirement and make an appearance racing again. And no we are not kidding. He told his potential sponsor he was still in good shape and thought he would be able to compete. It doesn’t look like it is going to happen this weekend, but you never know when he might just show up.
Last time we saw Darcy Lange at a Chilliwack arenacross he sat in to chat on the live audiocast. Will we see him on the track this season?
I have been looking forward to getting out here all week and I knew it was going to be an eventful trip as soon as I hit the airport security line. I knew something was up when I was called over to have my bag searched after it went through the X-ray machine. I knew this was odd because all I had in there were some magazines and my lap top. Well kids, just remember that when you go through an airport security line make sure to check all the small pockets in your bag too. It just so happened I had a couple .270 Win mag bullet castings left in my bag from my hunting trip earlier in the week. So after I spent the next 30 seconds wondering where I was going to change my underwear and thinking about my life in prison and who was going to run the site and cut my grass, and what my wife would think, she asked me what they were. I had no idea how the people who are supposed to be protecting our security didn’t know what an empty bullet looked like. Anyway, after telling them they were “empty lighter fluid cartridges” from my camping trip they sent me on my way as easy as that. Interesting to say the least.
Now back to some relevant AX stuff. We had a chance to go over and watch practice last night at the track and I have to say the Dirt Wurx crew of Rich Winkler and Dave Hellyer did a great job on the track and all riders had good things to say about it. They told us they wanted to keep it tame and calm for the first one to help riders phase into AX and that the next rounds will be a little more technical. I have to admit I am very impressed with the speed Ross Johnson showed around the track and his speed through the whoops may just be what brings him home a couple wins this weekend. I had a chance to put my iPhone on Tyler Medaglia on his MRM KTM 2-stroke for a lap. He was just warming up and had no idea I was filming but this raw video gives you guys a view of the track:
I put a stop watch on RMR Suspension/ H2R Fox Shox / Spectra Powersports Yamaha rider Brock Hoyer and he was able to do the track in 33 seconds flat. He looked good, comfortable and seemed excited about tonight. I expect most guys to be around that range in time. However, you have to put your money on Brock for the dash for cash.
I have to throw a huge thank you to Future West for the hospitality they have shown us here at DMX. They love having us out covering their series and we need great promoters like them everywhere who love the sport as much as the riders. In saying that, Future West has came on board and helped us once again bring you guys the Live Audio Webcast here on DMX. Myself and Billy, along with some guests will be calling the action all night tonight and tomorrow night from the racing. The show starts at 7 PM Pacific so just come to the DMX home page and click the link to take yourself to the action.
It all starts tonight at 7 PM Pacific here on DMX.
Hey, guys. I'm back after missing last week due to lack of wifi connection. You see, I got a text message from my buddy ‘J-Dags’ asking if I was interested in making the trip down to GPF (Georgia Practice Facility). I jumped on the opportunity and headed for Kemptville, ON to get the journey started. My trip started with me heading East on the 401 towards Joe Skidd’s SSS (Superior Suspension Settings). After stopping at SSS, I was only on the road for mere seconds before I was pulled over on the side of the road with some serious vehicle issues. After a bunch of hectic phone calls and waiting a few hours I was heading back west with a nice $300.00 tow bill and my truck out of commission. This is where I'd like to give a huge shout out and thank you to Miss Millhouse for saving the day and keeping the journey alive!
Once reaching Kemptville the typical bike work began along with the classic "belt trick" from the legendary Derrick Medaglia. (Yes Derrick, you got me again, and yes I realize that even Charlotte the dog doesn't fall for it anymore). After receiving our final package from Purolator, we were all packed up and ready for the long drive ahead.
We crossed the border with ease and made it to Cairo, Georgia, in no time. This is my first time staying at GPF and I have been super-impressed with everything from the tracks, facilities and people. Josh Woods and his mother Terry have an incredible place down here and you should definitely check it out! www.gpfmx.com.
Anyway, after breaking in the new red ride on the outdoor track at GPF, we packed up and spent a fun day ripping up County Line in Florida. Upon returning to GPF, we got the bike set up for arenacross and began shaking down the super-fresh GPF AX track. AMA Arenacross veteran and good guy Dave Ginolfi is also down here preparing for his AX season. It’s nice to have a guy like Dave to practice and do motos with.
Megaglia and Ginolfi getting ready for winter down south.
Part-time Canadian Brad Nauditt is also down in Cairo preparing for East Coast SX. There are a few fast amateurs down here pounding motos. I have been really impressed with the speed of a few guys - Mitchell Harrison and Tristan Charbonneau to be exact. Those two are definitely on the gas and fun to watch. Keep an eye out for these two riders this season in the B class!
Word on the street is that former Southern Ontario phenom Lil’ Richard Grey has hung up the boots. I wrenched for RG in 2011 and we had some good times on the Orange Motorsports KTM - my highlight being his 3rd overall at the Walton mudder that year. Best of luck to Richard in the future.
Is Richard Grey hanging up the leathers?
I'm heading down the road to Zach Bell’s to watch ‘B-Naughty’ spin some laps on the supercross track. Have a good week and I’ll see you next Friday. Over to you, Billy.
Thanks, guys. Let me start off by taking the blame for the week # snafu. It was totally my fault. It was my understanding there'd be no math! (Google it, Bowker!) We'll be sure to catch up with Tyler Rayner (the real #46) next week. We're once again out in beautiful Chilliwack, BC for the FW Kawasaki Canadian Arenacross Championships. Coming back here reminds me of when I used to call the BC coast home...and then it never stops raining and I remember why it's such a nice place to visit. The cool thing about all this winter rain out here is that it usually means world record-setting snowfall in the amazing mountains. Some people live out here and don't take advantage of this benefit and that just boggles my mind. Anyway, it's great to be back here covering this series again.
It's also great to have Kyle Carruthers here so we can bring the racing across the internet live to everyone. With an ever-growing list of fast pros signing up it promises to be some serious racing for this title in 2014! We're in the process of setting up our spot to do the audiocast and it is so loud in the barn that I can't remember how we ever did it before! I feel like we're going to be screaming at each other for three straight hours. How is this for a great sales job on tuning in?! I'm sure it will be fine so be sure to tune in from 7-10 Pacific / 10-1 Eastern. The broadcast will also be available to listen to in the archive after the fact so don't panic if you have other plans this weekend. You can get to the show directly HERE. Tune in as we give you the play by play, speak with riders and idustry insiders, and generally have a good time at a motocross race. We had a chance to get into the Chilliwack Heritage Park last night to watch some practice so here are a few pics from Thursday and today:
'Beaton's Barn' ready for action and possible renaming...just kidding, Beats!
Sean Hamblin (left) is up from California helping a couple riders. There are still rumours of him racing but he said we should just leave them as that.
Heir apparent to the Canadian AX throne is GA Checkpoint's Spencer Knowles. He will be in tough against some stiff competition again this your though.
Washington State's Ross Johnson is up here for Cycle North and put in the fastest lap times on Thursday. His whoops speed was scary fast!
Wyatt Waddell has donned the Intermediate plates for this upcoming season.
#8 Spectra Powersports Yamaha rider Brock Hoyer didn't have his new graphics yet so watch for his bike to look as fast as it goes Friday night.
Prince George, BC rider Jess Pettis is here and ready to race.
MRM Kawasaki rider Ryan Lockhart said he'll see how it goes tonight and take things from there. We heard 'Don't Stop Believing' on our drive home today, so...
Watch for a BMX demo during down-times here in Chilliwack.
As an unbiased member of the media (and an old guy) it would be wrong for me to say I was hoping the KTM 250 2-stroke won this whole darn thing, right?
It was all smiles and pubescent moustaches between the two Medaglia brothers Thursday night. Let's see how things progress when the gate drops...
If you've been wondering where I've been sitting while I work on this, here it is. Not too shabby.
It's never too early to start thinking about the next MXON. Here is a Press Release on the 2014 event:
2014 MOTOCROSS OF NATIONS
The Motocross of Nations is the most important event on the World Motocross Calendar. The MXON is the “Olympics” of Motocross and as such is attended by most Countries with Motocross programs. A record 41 Countries entered 3 rider teams in Germany in 2013. The 68th MXON takes place in Kegums, Latvia September 28, 2014.
Canadian riders who compete in the MXON create awareness for Canada’s involvement in the sport and represent the entire Motocross community, drawing attention to the current and future state of motocross competition in Canada. Riders from every country are thrilled to be part of this historic event. It’s an opportunity for these riders to showcase their abilities in front of the largest annual gathering of Motocross Industry Executives, Managers, Sponsors and Promoters.
The riders who will represent Canada in Latvia are named on July1, Canada Day. They and their mechanics agree to take part in the event for no compensation. Their sponsors supply them with the bikes, parts and gear required to compete and comply with the rules and regulations at the event. Information on Team Canada MX and Canada’s participation in past events can be found atwww.teamcanadamx.com
There is a need for your help as Canadian Industry and Enthusiasts to cover the cost of Rider and Mechanic travel expenses, shipment of Motorcycles and our pit presence at the event. Those wanting to help can call Motopark at 519 794-2434 or email us email@example.com. Motopark has agreed to act as Team Canada’s fulfillment house for phone or T shirt orders thru its online store at shop.motoparkracing.com
The Motocross of Nations is produced by Youthstream under the auspices of the Federation Internationale De Motocyclisme (FIM). The FIM is the world governing body of the sport of Motorcycling. The FIM was established in 1904 and has Affiliated Federations in 103 different countries. The Canadian Motorcycle Association (CMA) was established as the FIM’s affiliate in Canada in 1946. The National Teams represented at the Motocross of Nations are entered by the FIM affiliate in each Country.
OK, it's time we get back over to the barn to get things rolling. There are a couple other things I'd like to mention before we leave. The Arenacross Tour takes a break this weekend before heading into round 2 next weekend in Batesville, MS. Be sure to check out the video we posted of round 1 in Texas from last week:
OK, no novel for me this week. Time to get to the track and get this series going! See you at the races...