Frid'Eh Update #47 Presented by Cycle North
Week #47 goes to #46 Ontario rider Tyler Rayner. (It was a clerical error from last week.)
Welcome to the DMX Frid’Eh Update #47 presented by Cycle North Powersports in Prince George, BC. Week 47 goes out to Ontario rider #46 Tyler Rayner. Tyler tied in points with #47 PJ Stratton and there was a mix up at DMX World HQ so we will be back on proper schedule next week with #48 David Gassin. We had a brief chat with Tyler to find out what he’s been up to lately. Here’s what he had for us:
“This year was a wash for me. I started off planning to go out west with Jay again to do the whole series but after Jay’s crash I planned on just doing all of the east rounds.
3 decent starts, 3 first lap crashes and a moto ending with a huge hole in my cases pretty much left me uninspired. That was my year. So now I've started a steam fitting apprenticeship and will be riding just for fun.”
Sorry to hear the year didn’t go the way Tyler wanted but it’s great that he is heading in a good direction in life. However, I’m sure by the time the eastern rounds roll around next July we’ll see that familiar ‘Rayner’ on the back of his jersey battling for a top 10 finish. Best of luck, Tyler.
Thanks, Billy! It was just another weekend in the barn is likely what most of us were saying before the first round of the Future West Kawasaki Canadian AX Championships kicked off in Chilliwack, BC. It was a series full of hype surrounding it going in not only about the pro class but the large amount of amateurs that would be participating. The best part is Future West and all the hype around the series delivered.
The trip started off well for us here at DMX. We landed in Abbotsford Thursday afternoon and headed right to the track to get a chance to see pro riders Spencer Knowles, Brock Hoyer, Ross Johnson, Kirk Haws and Brydon Stuart practice first. I have to admit that bets were on Ross Johnson for the win the next day. Hoyer looked good and so did Knowles but Johnson's whoop speed on his Cycle North Honda and his corner aggression were unmatched during practice. Later on we returned to the track to see more pros practice like Tyler and Jeremy Medaglia and Ryan Lockhart and it was pretty clear it was anyone’s game.
Let's break it down starting with the track: Of course Future West decided they were going to deliver the biggest and best AX series they have seen so far and it all started with bringing in the Dirt Wurx track crew of Rich Winkler and Dave Hellyer. The track was good. It was really fast and made for some good passing opportunities especially on the first night of racing. Not a whole lot of rhythm sections or anything, but after talking to the guys they explained how they wanted to keep it tame for the first round and allow riders to ease into the new season. Makes sense right?
Dirt Wurx guys Dave Hellyer (left) and Rich Winkler.
The best part of this event was the crowd. Not only did they have a full indoor pit section with a BMX demo and a live band, but the bleachers and beer garden were packed, especially on Saturday night. It looks like the town really supported this event and that is what Future West needs to help them keep putting up the huge prize money for the pros. It was $1000.00 per main event win. If you swept all 4 main events in a weekend then you could walk out with $4000.00 after a weekend of work. Even 2nd, 3rd, and 4th paid well too.
The first Pro Am Lites moto holeshot went to Cycle North Rider Jeremy Medaglia, but it only lasted for a matter of seconds when Chris Howell out of Washington made the pass right after the whoops. There was a bump in the corner after the whoops and a lot of guys were making passes by jumping over this bump, practically out of the corner and right onto the straightaway. Howell was one of the more impressive riders of the night as he took the lead early in the main. He ended up 3rd but he has the speed to keep himself on the podium if he contests the rest of the series.
#222 is Chris Howell from Washington. He has the speed to win and was obviously having a great time in Chilliwack.
Ross Johnson was the one who gave Howell most of the pressure early on. I love watching Ross ride and he shines indoors for sure. He is not afraid to push guys around and rub elbows. He didn’t make to the top of the box but that will change soon.
Watch for Ross Johnson's results to keep improving.
The most impressive rider of Friday night, in my opinion, was RMR Suspension Fox Shox Yamaha rider Brock Hoyer. He was doing lap times under 33 seconds in this event and that’s how he gained so much ground on the leaders. If you watch the main event video you’ll see Brock always take the inside line after the finish. At the finish line there was a step on step off that most of the pros could triple and rail the berm to get momentum for the next straightaway. Brock kept down-siding the landing of the step on, then rolling over the bump and gassing onto the straight. This wasn’t only a bit faster in my eyes, but it would give Brock a chance to take the line and close the door on the guy he was passing who took the outside line. Watch the main event video at the 3:20 mark and you will see exactly what I mean. the problem for Brock was that everyone went home and watched the video the next day and were on to his line. Almost half the guys started taking the line the next race and it didn’t give guys the opportunity they needed to close the door there. It worked for Brock once, but he wasn’t able to use it to his advantage the next few motos like I am sure he wanted.
Kyle was most impressed with Brock Hoyer Friday night (shown here trying to set up a pass on #1 Spencer Knowles).
How about Tyler Medaglia? He went down in the first moto of the weekend in the Pro Am Lites on the first lap with Jake Anstett and only managed to work his way up to eighth by moto's end. He had his 2-stroke dialed and we expected nothing less from the 2009 AMA Arencross West coast champ. He took that bad luck in the first moto and went on to win the Open Pro moto only 20 minutes later. He looked even better the second night, but just wasn’t able to make it happen with such a deep field. It is too bad Tyler will be missing the next two rounds, as he is for sure a title contender.
Tyler Medaglia has the speed to win but will miss the next two rounds of the series.
Don’t count out Cycle Norths Jeremy Medaglia and GA Checkpoint Yamaha Rider Spencer Knowles, both taking main event wins Saturday night. So we have had 4 different winners in 4 races so far in the series. Can it get any better? Find out for yourself and check it out here on www.directmotocross.com or attend in person at the next round on Nov. 22.
Also, it looks like Canada has a pretty solid team competing in the Baja 1000 this week. Corner Grass Racing team manager Lee Fryberger gave me the scoop and it looks like Ben Rego, Tyler Murray, Geoff Nelson, Klade Glasgow and a couple other Canadians (whose names I didn’t catch) are competing in the event. The best part is the team qualified 7th last night. We will be keeping you guys up to date on them so make sure you keep checking back. Now over to you, Billy.
Thanks, Kyle. Well, I’m hunkered down out here on the west coast until the next two rounds of the Future West Kawasaki Canadian Arenacross Championships go off next weekend. We’re just coming off the first two rounds and I have to say it seems like it was a huge success! Historically, Friday nights are a little slow, spectator-wise, but last week the stands were jammed both nights. I know they put a lot of effort and money into getting the word out to the public and it looks to have paid off. The stands were jammed, the beer garden was hopping, and the rider numbers were also up from last year.
Future West Moto's Jamie Hellam closing deals in the parking lot.
I’m sitting right beside Future West’s Jamie Hellam as I type this so I asked him to give us his side of how the series has started. Here’s what he had to say:
“All in all it was great weekend. As you know, our goal with Future West Moto from the start this summer has been to expose the sport of motocross to a greater audience and try and attract new people to the sport. With the Kawasaki Canadian Arenacross Championship we wanted to add extra entertainment to the ticket value which I think we delivered on. We added our live entertainment zone to the event which was a huge success adding some incentive for families to come and check out the event without having to be a core moto fan.
“We changed our ticket prices to attract a wider range of spectator and some incentives for families to bring their children out to the event without a huge ticket price. We had live music, bmx freestyle, face painting, RC car zone, gamer zone and a whole lot more. This was designed to get people in the doors with the main attraction being motocross. If we can hook those families in to the atmosphere that surrounds the sport we all love then we have done our job.
“Our new kid beginner class was a full gate this past weekend and by the emails I have received this week it sounds like we will have even more come Friday next week. Our amateur numbers were up this weekend which was awesome. We upped the pro purse this year which has attracted one of our biggest and best pro line-ups in years and the guys put on a great show.
“Behind the scenes there were a few hiccups that we have noted and are on top of for next week. We also received some great feedback from our racers this week on Facebook which we have already taken on board. We have tremendous support from our sponsors who are committed to helping us bring this sport to a larger audience. All in all it was a great first weekend for the Kawasaki Canadian Arenacross Championship and we are very much looking forward to next week and hope to see everyone come out!”
Watch for Ryan Abrigo to make an appearance at the AX next round.
If you watched the videos from last Friday and Saturday you would have seen some great racing all the way through the field. The only thing missing last weekend was Washington State’s Ryan Abrigo. He is one of the riders who could win the whole thing if he were able to do all the rounds. He had hoped to be there last week but a new job kept him from making the trip north.
“I couldn't make it. I'm pissed, man. I really wanted to be there. I watched the videos on DMX from last night’s racing. It looked like some good racing. I'm going to be there for the 22nd and 23rd fo sho!”
That’s good news for us and the spectators but not for the rest of the riders. With Maple Ridge Motorsports KTM rider #3 Tyler Medaglia unable to make it to these next rounds (He’s going to Derek Schuster’s wedding.) #402 will keep things interesting up at the front of the pack, no doubt.
Tyler Medaglia will miss the next two rounds of AX but will be back when the series resumes January 17-18 in Cloverdale.
Here is a look at the track for this coming weekend.
Rounds 3-4 track map.
Traditionally, the first weekend of the series the track is kept a little tamer to let riders adapt to the tight confines of arenacross racing. As we all know, things can go wrong quickly when racing ax so it’s a good idea not to make the track too technical for the first race. With that usually comes better racing right through the field and this was again proven last week as there was bar to bar racing throughout the Pro field.
In case you missed any of the races, here are all 4 main events:
Here are the standings after the first two rounds:
FW Kawasaki Canadian Arenacross Championships Standings
Pro Am Lites
1. 4 Jeremy Medaglia HON 47
2. 8 Brock Hoyer YAM 43
3. 1 Spencer Knowles YAM 38
4. 10 Ross Johnson HON 36
5. 3 Tyler Medaglia KTM 35
6. 222 Chris Howell SUZ 35
7. 476 Collin Jurin KAW 28
8. 84 Todd Minnie KAW 28
9. 252 Graham Scott HON 23
10. 7 Jake Anstett KTM 22
1. 3 Tyler Medaglia KTM 45
2. 10 Ross Johnson HON 42
3. 4 Jeremy Medaglia HON 40
4. 101 Ryan Lockhart KAW 33
5. 7 Jake Anstett KTM 28
6. 1 Spencer Knowles YAM 25
7. 8 Brock Hoyer YAM 25
8. 482 Braydon Stuart HON 25
9. 222 Chris Howell SUZ 25
10. 427 Trevor Carlson KAW 22
Cycle North Honda rider Jeremy Medaglia leads the points after the first two rounds.
1. 4 Jeremy Medaglia HON 87
2. 3 Tyler Medaglia KTM 80
3. 10 Ross Johnson HON 78
4. 9 Brock Hoyer YAM 68
5. 1 Spencer Knowles YAM 63
Since we recorded the racing action and showed it the following day here on DMX I never did a Race Photo Report. Here are a few photos from the first weekend oaction:
When the Pro racing got underway at round 1 it was Spectra Powersports RMR Yamaha rider Brock Hoyer who took the first win.
#3 Maple Ridge Motorsports Red Bull KTM rider Tyler Medaglia won the Pro Open class on night one...on a 250 2-stroke.
Cycle North Red Bull Honda's Jeremy Medaglia won the Pro Am LItes main on Saturday night.
Defending champ #1 GA Checkpoint Yamaha's Spencer Knowles won the Pro Open main on Saturday.
Jacob Piccolo on his MRM KTM Supermini.
Intermediate rider Cycle North Kawasaki's Wyatt Waddell will be one to watch in the near future.
Monster Energy Leading Edge Kawasaki's #139 Jess Pettis is the fastest yellow-plated rider here and even led a Pro Am qualifier.
Rachel Springman is once again the class of the Ladies field out here in BC.
#6 Dylan Delaplace has made the switch to Yamahas and once he sorts things out his results will improve.
It was great to see full gates of amateurs racing in front of full stands. Get out here Friday, November 22nd if you can!
We are right now in the middle of Signing/Silly Season so I made a few calls to see what I could dig up from our three main factory-supported teams:
Red Bull Royal Distributing Fox KTM
Kaven Benoit is entering the second year of his two-year deal so he is confirmed on the team
I spoke with Team Manager Andy White and he said they were in the middle of finalizing budgets from their main sponsors and so the final roster is yet to be determined. Of course, we have to assume they would want both Colton Facciotti and Cole Thompson back on their 450s but where does that leave Tyler Medaglia? They are also waiting to hear how much they can commit to a Husqvarna rider for the nationals. If they fund a program there I would say that would be the perfect place for Tyler to land. He would be the best candidate to handle the attention the white, blue, and yellow bike will attract from the older crowd who just want to re-live their 1980’s glory days and will flock to the Husky pit. Who else would be as comfortable smiling as 50-somethings blather on about how they raced the Copetown national on a 76 Husky and went down to watch a race with Torsten Hallman on a Husky? Tyler is the guy for that job!
At any rate, the team hadn’t solidified their team last year until late November-early December so this isn’t abnormal. We’ll just have to wait a little bit longer to know who will be sitting on orange in 2014.
At this point, Kaven Benoit is the only rider inked as he enters the second year of his 2-year deal with the team.
Monster Energy Leading Edge Kawasaki
With an all American roster last season, it looks like securing some of them again for the 2014 season may prove tricky. All three riders – Brett Metcalfe, Austin Politelli, and Tyler Villopoto – have been sniffing around south of the border for future rides.
Politelli got the chance to ride for the American Factory KTM team at this year’s Monster Energy Cup. It doesn’t look like he will land there for the supercross season or beyond so watch for him to commit to our series again for next season. I spoke with Race Team Owner Jason Hughes and he mentioned that they are definitely trying to secure Austin for the 2014 season. There is also a rumour that we may see Politelli line up next weekend here in Chilliwack. That’s great news for us media types and spectators but perhaps not what the rest of the Pro field wants to hear. The T’s are crossed but there still needs to be a few I’s dotted to make it happen. Stay tuned for more on that.
Rumour has it that the Brett Metcalfe deal is set for the next two seasons with the Monster Energy Leading Edge Kawasaki team up here for the nationals. There were other team sniffing around the #1 Australian/American rider but it looks like ‘Metty’ will again ride green.
Tyler Villopoto will not return to the squad next season and is going to be racing over in Britain at their supercross series. Teddy Maier will be back on a 450 and Jess Pettis will hit all the national rounds on the 250F.
If you're into gambling, you can probably put some cash down on Brett Metcalfe defending his #1 plate for Monster Energy Leading Edge Kawasaki next summer...but you didn't hear that from me.
Rockstar OTSFF Motovan Yamaha
I had a good chat with Team Owner André Laurin and he confirmed that Bobby Kiniry will once again be back on the team on a 450 with Shawn Maffenbeier on the 250. They are still looking to fill the second 450 seat and have been having a look around south of the border. They tried to get Brett Metcalfe to turn blue and there is a chance that Kyle Chisholm may head north to take that role. They want to run a 3-man team and are possibly going to connect with the MX101 guys that would mean getting young phenom Dylan Wright under their tent.
I asked whether or not we can expect ‘Lil Muff’ to be back on the 250 2-stroke and although André didn’t want to rule out the possibility he did say that they are pretty impressed with the new 2014 250F from Yamaha.
That’s all I know at this point from the top 3 teams here in Canada. Things will be changing soon and we will be sure to let everyone know as soon as we have any more or definite information to pass along.
André Laurin describes the team's relationaship with Bobby Kiniry as more of a partnership so he isn't going anywhere, but who will fill the other 450 seat...Kyle Chisholm perhaps?
Speaking of Teddy Maier, he went over to compete in the Stuttgart SX in Germany and came out with the overall win over the 2-day event. Lots of North American riders head over to Germany each winter as it has become known as a really good way to race and make some good money over the winter months.
Nov 8-9, 2013
1. Jake Canada KAW
2. Teddy Maier SUZ
3. Kyle Chisholm YAM
4. Florent Richier SUZ
5. Filip Neugebauer KAW
6. Boris Maillard KAW
7. Harri Kullas KTM
8. Jack Brunell SUZ
9. Kaspar Lynggaard YAM
10. Dennis Ullrich KTM
11. Mike Mcdade KTM
12. Mickael Musquin HON
1. Teddy Maier SUZ
2. Boris Maillard KAW
3. Filip Neugebauer KAW
4. Harri Kullas KTM
5. Jack Brunell SUZ
6. Kasper Lynggaard YAM
7. Jake Canada KAW
8. Kyle Chisholm YAM
9. Romain Berthomé
10. Cole Siebler
11. Justin Starling
12. Florent Richier SUZ
Last week at the arenacross young Jacob Piccolo was amazing us all once again with his abilities on the little bikes. There were only a handful of Pro riders doing the finish line jump where they would down-side the table and head into the 180 left turn on the inside. Well, young Piccolo did it on his Supermini but didn’t get to the left side of the table where there wasn’t a lip for the ‘step off’ portion, caught the lip and was send down hard with the bike chasing him. He laid there for quite a while and was taken away for a better look. Fortunately, he was just banged up and will be fine. It was a scary few minutes as we all waited for Jake to hop up and give us a thumbs up and continue racing. Glad to hear is wasn’t as bad as it could have been.
There is a Moto 5 premiere happening out here in Langley tonight that I might have to check out. Other than that I’ll be holding court out here on the west coast for another week until the next two rounds of arenacross next weekend. If anyone is hitting up local tracks, be sure to let me know so I can check it out while I’m out here!
That will do it for me this week. Thanks for reading and have a great week!
From a bench somewhere alongside the Fraser River, see you at the races...