Frid'Eh Update #52 Presented by Scott
Alaskan Cody Woodworth was #52 in 2013.
Welcome to week #52 of the DMX Frid’Eh Update presented by Scott. In 2013, #52 was Cody Woodworth. Cody hails from the state of Alaska and showed up out west in 2012 to race a couple rounds on his Yamaha 125 2-stroke. Obviously, he became an instant legend and ran up near the front in Calgary to the pleasure of everyone’s ears and noses. He finished 12-DNF the previous weekend in Kamloops. We couldn’t get in touch with Cody before this Update but I was able to find some results from this past summer where he raced in his home state of Alaska and took all the top-level wins:
June 15, 2013
250 Expert — 1. Cody Woodworth; 2. Casey Boylan; 3. Vince Monzulla; 4. Daniel Maciariello; 5. Jason Szymanski.
450 Expert — 1. Cody Woodworth; 2. Casey Boylan; 3. Troy Lemay.
Pro — 1. Cody Woodworth; 2. Casey Boylan; 3. Jeremy Riddle; 4. Jesse Kelly; 5. Daniel Maciariello.
June 16, 2013
250 Expert — 1. Cody Woodworth; 2. Casey Boylan; 3. Vince Monzulla; 4. Michael Hardy; 5. Troy Lemay.
450 Expert — 1. Cody Woodworth; 2. Casey Boyland; 3. Troy Lemay.
Pro — 1. Cody Woodworth; 2. Casey Boylan; 3. Jeremy Riddle; 4. Jesse Kelly; 5. Vince Monzulla.
Cody, if you're reading this, give me a message at email@example.com so we can find out what you’ve been up to and what your future racing plans are. It was great to watch you on the 125 a couple summers ago!
Woodworth raced the CMRC MX2 National class on a Yamaha 125 2-stroke in 2012.
Thanks, Billy, and this is the second-last update of the year 2013 and the last one before Christmas. It's the big day that every kid and some adults wait all year for. I grew up with 5 siblings in my household and every Christmas it was like the start of a 42-man moto with all of us trying to be the first one down the stairs when our parents gave us the green light. It was always like the 30-second board was up when my mom said we couldn’t go down just yet as we were more than likely waiting on a straggler to get out of bed. Don’t worry, I usually got the holeshot and made it to the tree first! To be honest, I am looking forward to the holidays this year and stuff my belly with turkey, potatoes and gravy. Just remember Christmas is a special time for everyone so make sure you cherish it no matter what your views or opinions are on it; make sure you try to enjoy it with your family or friends.
The fat man is coming in style this year!
I woke up early this morning and decided to go back through the DMX archives and see what was going on this time last year and the year before that and so forth. It is really funny to see how quickly our sport has changed even in just two years. I went through some of the old Updates and was reading the rider of the week parts and it got me wondering where some of these guys are now. It is crazy to see how quick the door opens and closes on motocross careers. Not sure where I am going with this, but just thought I would make a point that if you're healthy and riding still, be thankful for it this Christmas.
Every year I like to catch up with some industry folks and see what is on their Christmas list. I caught up with a few of Canada’s “elite” and this is what they had to say:
Dylan Wright – MX101 Yamaha
1. A new iPod
2. Some Dr. Dre Beats
3. A new Lap top
4. X Box
5. Power blocks for working out
Parker Allison – BlackfootDirect.com TLD Yamaha
1. A 2014 Yamaha 250f
2. Troy lee designs casual wear
3. A trip to California to train over spring break
4. A titanium Hindle exhaust
5. Happiness and health in my family.
Parker forgot to say a onesie...he probably already has a few.
Dusty Klatt – Former Canadian Champion
1. A new knee
2. Robinson arms XCR
3. DEVINCI Troy RR
4. Macneil bmx to build up
5. A solid 2014 year with nothing but ups!
Kourtney Loyld - Cycle North
1. Burberry Purfume
2. Spa Package
3. Rockwell Watch
4. Snowmobile Jacket
5. Money - Cash or Cheques are fine!
I didn’t have much of a list. I’m just hoping I’m not on the naughty list to be honest! But if i DID make the cut this year a couple of enve carbon pieces for my 29'er wouldn’t hurt. Oh...and a Porsche 911 Carrera 4s.
Denaye Giroux – Schrader's TLD Yamaha
1. A new iPhone
2. A good bike trainer for my road bike so I can do some cycling indoors this winter
3. A new set of the coolest looking TLD women’s gear
4. Some corporate-looking pit shirts for Camille and I to wear representing Canadian Women’s Moto
5. Moto 5 the movie
6. A hot tropical vacation
Rachel Springman – Holeshot Kawasaki
1. For Braydon to make a full recovery
2. A trip to California
3. A onesie
4. A bunch of white helmets I can paint
5. A Harley
Jared Stock – Yamaha and FXR
1. 2014 WR 450F
2. Spanish lessons
3. Airline Sponsorship
4. 2014 YZ 250F
5. Endless supply of Vee Rubber tires!
Nathan Bles – GDR Honda
1. Pet golden retriever would be mint!
2. Snow tires for my car (lol) need them ASAP
3. Go Pro
4. A suit - nothing better than looking fresh! Plus I need one (aha)
5. A onesie. I have always wanted one!
Nathan Bles wants a onesie!
1. A new pair of boots
2. To race in canada again this summer
3. A flight to see my family
4. New comedy movie
5. New heartrate monitor
1. New phone
2. Apple TV
3. To be able to snowboard this year!
Derek Schuster – GDR TLD Honda Racing
1. Oakley Minute machine watch
2. Cobra Baffler Hybrid golf club
3. Snap On digital torque wrench
4. Renewed F1 magazine subscription
5. Some parts for a 1975 CB750 that I'm restoring
Justin Roney – Xtreme Toys Racing
On my wish list this year you're going find a pair of those new Tech 10s from Alpinestar, an Xbox One, an Arai MX-V, a new lap top, and being able to head down south right after New Year’s. But we're building a new house and really all I want is for that to be done and over with so I can move in there. Thanks, and have a good Christmas!
It seems like "onesies" are popular again? For all you guys out there who want them give Mitch Cooke a call at HAF Skate and Tattoo.
Mitch Cooke photo
Everyone who is starting their Christmas celebrations this weekend, be safe and have fun! Now over to Jeff...
Hey guys, I've been off for a bit, but I am back and all fired up for the new 2014 season! Let’s start with the "SILLY SEASON" up here in Canada. The most exciting news, in my opinion, is the return of Honda Canada to professional racing. With that return comes the signing of multi-time champ Colton Facciotti. Now some people have written off Colton, but not this guy. A healthy Facciotti has enough talent to battle for podiums aboard a Honda Ruckus! Colt will be on GDR TLD Honda, and will no doubt have a great squad behind him. You can expect this team to have their sights set on wins and the championship and nothing less. Rumour has them looking for a 250f rider. The names Josh Clark, Brad Nauditt, and Blake Savage come to mind. All 3 have the talent to get on the box and would be good choices.
Among others, Josh Clark would look good on a Honda Canada GDR TLD Honda 250F. Clarke finished 2nd over all in MX2 in 2013.
Next comes Factory KTM. Kaven Benoit will return for the Orange squad to compete in the MX2 class. Benoit has the speed and fitness to be a title threat - he just needs to make all 10 rounds. Big question surrounding Benoit is 250 2-stroke or 250f. In the MX1 class, it sounds like it will be the #9 of Cole Thompson and the #3 of Tyler Medaglia. American Jesse Wentland turned some heads last year during his fill-in rides, and I am surprised the boys in orange haven't signed him.
Up next is the powerhouse reigning champs Leading Edge Monster Kawasaki. Word on the street is Brett Metcalfe and Teddy Maier will be back again in MX1 and the team is looking to have Austin Politelli defend his MX2 crown.
If all goes according to plan, Monster Energy Leading Edge Kawasaki should have both #1 plates under their awning in 2014.
On to the boys in blue. I've heard that the MX101 boys will have 16-year-old Dylan Wright on a 250f, Shawn Robinson on a 450, and young Tyler Duffy on a 450 for the East. Next is OTSFF Rockstar. Bobby K will be back fighting harder than ever for that MX1 crown. I haven't heard whether we will see MX2 moto winner Shawn Maffenbier on a 250 2 stroke, a 250f or a 450? Young Richard Grey has decided to hang up the boots and will not be back with the squad.
Rumours have been kicking around that Murphy Motorsports team and transport will be back for 2014 and I heard they will be Red. With the return of Husqvarna, I have heard 2 names linked to the team - Tyler Medaglia and South African Liam O'Farrell.
South African Liam O'Farrell has proven he is a rider who still deserves consideration for factory support. Heck, he married a Canadian, what more do you want?!
Unfortunately, it looks like Suzuki will be missing the bus again. As for the Ladies Series, wouldn't it be great to see the always fast Heidi Cooke, or a healthy Jacqueline Ross back? Just sayin......
Down in the US, I think the biggest victory will be making it to A1. Riders are dropping like flies! We are already down Davi Millsaps, Trey Canard, Ken Roczen, Justin Bogle, Blake Baggett, and Marvin Musquin just to name a few. Everyone is pushing so hard that unfortunately mistakes happen. Let’s hope nobody else joins the fast-growing list and that we get a few of these guys back at some point in the season. We still have heavy hitters like Villopoto, Stewart, Reed, Grant, Short, Hill, Barcia just to name a few. Add in newcomers Eli Tomac, Will Hahn and welcome back Ivan Tedesco and we have a stacked 450 class!
The 250 Regional Series are just as stacked. Early favourites have to be a healthy and fit Dean Wilson back on his trusty Pro Circuit 250f Kawi. TLD's Cole Seely is back to try and win the West Coast title that has eluded him the past few seasons. Young Jason Anderson will be looking to add a few more wins, but on a Rockstar KTM as the team switched over from Suzukis in the off season. Watch for some breakout rides by former Canadian champ Matt Goerke as well.
Where will former Canadian champ Matt Goerke finish down south in 2014?
Before I end this, I would like to ask for everyone to take a minute and head on over to www.bcmotoshow.com and get off their wallets and bid on some of the great items for Braydon Stuarts Recovery. I have been keeping an eye on it from day to day and I am shocked at how little some of these bids are. This is for a great kid who has a long road ahead of him. Let’s try and make it just a little bit easier.
Anyways, that's it for me this week. I'd like to wish you all a Merry Christmas, and I will see you all next week. Here's Billy...
Thanks, guys. Since this week is presented by Scott, I figured I'd get this out of the way early: If you're looking for a very generous gift or need a new bicycle look no further than right here! This 2013 Scott Foil 10 is for sale. It's looking for a loving home and will make someone very happy for many years to come. It will also have you in the best shape of your life when Spring 2014 rolls around and the gate drops on a new season.
For Sale: 2013 Scott Foil 10. 58cm, full carbon, SRAM Red, Syncros wheels. Email firstname.lastname@example.org if interested.
We’ve been threatening to do this for the past couple years but it has now been completed and is up and running better than ever. MX Forum has been the place to go to discuss everything motocross (and many, many other things) since 2001. I got my start on the ‘media’ side of the sport when I started going to races and posting rather extensive and long-winded photo reports there back in 2003 or 2004.
We understand that all the new social media outlets have taken a bite out of the need for forums as a place to get information but they are still the best places to talk about what you’ve read or heard in other places. As I’ve always said, you can get your information from Twitter but you still need a place to argue, er, I mean discuss what you’ve read.
Anyway, the website has been updated to the latest platform. It loads much faster and new users are now only a couple easy steps away from free membership. For the past couple years we’ve had to manually subscribe new users because the old platform’s security wasn’t smart enough to stop all the spammers from absolutely crushing us with garbage.
So head on over to www.mxforum.com and start chatting about absolutely anything you can think of. Remember, it’s Hammertime’s world and we’re just posting in it!
Go sign up on the new and improved MX Forum site.
I love clicking on Facebook every morning to see who has posted something new and cool about our sport. Motopark’s Zeb Dennis is one of the smoothest racers and also an amazing freestyle BMX rider. He put together this latest video as a kind of ‘thank you’ to everyone who has helped him out this past year. Check it out:
The Nitro Circus is coming to Copp’s Coliseum in Hamilton, Ontario, Friday, January 3rd. Tickets appear to be still available so be sure to head over to their site and get yours before it’s too late! I saw this crazy double Superman backflip video on their site. Check this out:
South of the border the AMA 2014 Women’s Motocross Championship schedule has been announced. Gone are the days when they share the stage with the Lucas Oil AMA Motocross Championships but this looks like a great alternative. With all of the live television and tight scheduling that happens now on Pro Day going to this new format should prove exciting. Not only that, the racing will make a stop at just about everyone’s favourite track, Baja Acres, for a round at the Baja Brawl at the end of August. Here is the official Press Release on the series:
WMX Championship Announced
by: Jen Kenyon
Thursday December 19th, 2013
MX Sports Pro Racing, along with the AMA and participating race organizers, is pleased to announce the 2014 Women’s Motocross (WMX) Championship schedule, rules and licensing information. The eight round series will take place in conjunction with premier amateur motocross events throughout the country, beginning on March 9 and 10 with the Ricky Carmichael Amateur Supercross in Daytona and concluding on November 29 with the Winter Olympics in Gainesville, Fla.
Following the season opener in Daytona, the 2014 WMX Championship will headline one day at the following events: the Freestone Spring Classic in Wortham, Texas, the California Classic in San Bernardino, Calif., Mammoth Mountain in Mammoth Lakes, Calif., the Baja Brawl in Millington, Mich., KROC Raceway Park in Englishtown, N.J., the Top Gun Showdown in Blountville, Tenn., as well as the finale in Gainesville, Fla. The 2014 championship will be determined by taking a rider’s points based on their best six of eight rounds.
“We understand that many of the WMX racers have other obligations to fulfill such as full-time jobs, which is why the premier WMX Class will race both motos on one day at each of these events, with the exception of the Daytona Amateur Supercross since it has qualifying heats and a Main Event format,” said Jeff Canfield, Director of Racing for MX Sports Pro Racing.
Riders must meet the WMX Eligibility and Criteria in order to hold a license in 2014 and all licensing must be done prior to participating an the event. For details on the eligibility and criteria, or to apply for a WMX license, please click HERE.
The WMX race format will consist of two (2) motos of 15 minutes plus one (1) lap each (with the exception of RCSX). Scoring will be based on a combined moto format to determine the overall winner for the event, in accordance with the AMA Racing Amateur Rulebook (excepting RCSX). There will be a $2,000 purse per event, paid per moto from first through tenth place. For more information on the rules and payout, please click HERE.
“The new WMX format is a result of the collaborating effort of the AMA, American Motocross organizers and our OEM stakeholders,” said MX Sports Director Tim Cotter. “We are all very excited about the future of WMX.”
2014 WMX CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE
Daytona Beach, FL
San Bernardino, CA
Mammoth Lakes, CA
The WMX Championship will kick off March 9 and 10 with the Ricky Carmichael Daytona Amateur Supercross at Daytona International Speedway. For more information, please visit the official website at www.RaceWMX.comor follow Race WMX on Facebook.com/racewmx and Twitter @RaceWMX.
There’s a new film out that covers the sport of motorcycling and it looks like it’s going to be another classic like On Any Sunday. If you watch the trailer, it will cover all forms of riding and attempt to explain to people Why We Ride trailer. Check out the trailer:
A quick Happy Birthday to Schrader’s co-owner and periodic CMA striped suit wearer Rick Bradshaw out in Yorkton, Saskatchewan. Rick is one of the good guys in our sport and does everything he can to support it and its riders. I’m just guessing but this could be a pretty big birthday for him! Am I right, Rick, or was that an insult?
Happy Birthday, Rick Bradshaw! This must be an old photo because I KNOW we've had the camera strap discussion.
Here is a quick update on BC Pro rider Braydon Stuart’s condition. If you didn’t know, he was landed on at an arenacross in Monroe, Washington, last month and suffered some serious head trauma (among other things). He has been moved back to Canada to continue his treatment. Many have asked if he had medical coverage and the fortunate answer is yes. Of course, there are tons of other expenses that add up and there are a couple places you can go to help if you wish. Jeff mentioned the auction and there's also the Braydon Stuart Recovery Project where there are only 13 days left to donate cash!
Here is the latest update on his condition from his mom, Monica Stuart:
Last Monday Braydon Stuart started therapy in the hospital. His days (and ours) are pretty busy on therapy days which are Monday to Friday. He does his therapy sessions for about an hour in the morning which doesn’t sound like much but we have to complete his morning routine before they start around 9 am (as well as sleeps between everything).
He is able to dress himself and feed himself with some assistance. Physical therapy is working on Braydon`s balance which has improved from Monday until yesterday. He still needs assistance but won`t be long before he can walk with out us calling `timber` and breaking out in song - kidding Braydon we don`t do that. After that it is time for occupational therapy. During this time they do all types of cognitive exercises getting him to follow a process of steps and memory exercises.
We feel (not tested by the pro`s yet) Braydon`s long term memory is pretty intact. He seems to know and remember everyone from his past. When he has a conversation he pulls information from all over the place. I think he even knows he does that at times. He said one day `I say some pretty crazy stuff`. And he can read. We don`t know how his brain processes what he reads but he can read the words. This is all stuff that the rehab specialists will test and work on in the upcoming months.
So it sounds like we will be where we are for the next week or two for sure. Someone from GF Strong will come to assess Braydon in the next few days to see if he qualifies for their facility or make recommendations for other rehab options. His doctor said he would look at weaning off one of the anti-seizure drugs after he gets the results of yesterdays EEG. In the meantime, we are to let him sleep lots if he needs to and not over stimulate him. We really appreciate everyone being so patient in wanting to visit. Please continue to message me and we will schedule you in for a visit.
Enjoy the snow day. — with Braydon Stuart.
Merry Christmas, Braydon. We'll see you in a couple weeks out there for the next couple rounds of the Future West Kawasaki Canadian Arenacross Championships that get back underway Jan 17-18 in Cloverdale, BC.
I had a talk with CMRC President Mark Stallybrass this afternoon to try to get to the bottom of a couple things. It was great of him to return my call right away as he was winding his way through the outskirts of Toronto on this very busy commuting day.
Since that unofficial Rockstar Energy CMRC Canadian Motocross Championships schedule appeared on another website I figure we need to address why we haven’t jumped on that and posted it here on DMX. The schedule IS NOT finalized and they are still working with one particular track that may even wind up being replaced. Mark didn’t sound too concerned and seemed confident that they would either hammer something out or take the circus somewhere else with little to no difficulty.
As for the Allied Promoters Group (APG), Mark confirmed that they are down to 1 topic where he may make some concessions. He made the point that he has owned this company for 21 years and is not about to just let someone come in and assume his business. Like we said last week, this is exactly how unions get started in big companies. Let’s just hope they can come to an amicable agreement for both parties and we can go racing without some sort of big league lockout or strike situation. That sounds ridiculous but isn’t that far-fetched a scenario.
I was also contacted by a fast women’s competitor from the south eastern United States. She expressed an interest in coming up to race our series but wants to compete in the west. Jacqueline Strong did the same thing last year and although a few of the women racers expressed concerns she was allowed to race the east. Hopefully, the same will apply for Staci Woodrum and Mark said she should be 99% able to race where she wants. That’s good news for fans of women’s racing as she is very fast and will make whichever coast she races that much more exciting to watch!
We might see the smooth and fast riding of American Staci Woodrum when racing starts out west in 2014.
It looks like there is a new Novik Gloves importer here in Canada and PR-MX is looking for riders to send in their resumés for 2014 support consideration. Send your racing CVs to email@example.com.
Novik Gloves wants YOU!
Julien from PR-MX is also working hard to figure out a way to bring arenacross racing to the east. He has seen a lot of interest in Quebec but as of yet hasn't found anywhere to actually hold the races. He said the problem in going to be finding dirt. He is also hoping to get some interest from locations in Ontario so if interested please contact Julien at firstname.lastname@example.org. It always amazes me that we can't support a strong and successful series here throughout the winter. Weird.
I tell ya, the Europeans know how to have a good time and I think I'm a closet Antonio Cairoli super-fan! Here's a Merry Christmas video Youthstream sent out:
I included Saskatchewan Pro rider Zack Deiana in this past week's Troy Lee Designs Thursday Wallpapers and I figured I'd get in touch to see what he's up to lately. He had about as tough a year as you can in 2013 and I'd been hearing rumours that he may walk away from traveling the series so I had to find out. Here's what he had to say:
It's all up in the air right now. I sold all my 250f's and I have started up a oilfield company (3DSTEAMING)so it's being keeping me very busy. I have no idea what I am doing for next year. Last year was such a let down for me, putting so much work into the year and just struggling all year with bike problems and when the bike worked I didn't. I really feel I could have been a top 5 guy last year, but that definitely was off the pace. I am so upset with myself how the year went. I feel like I let everyone in my corner down, but at the same time it's all up to me if I wanna go racing. I have killer people behind me and all I gotta do is say the words and I will be off to California with some new dirt scooters and prepping for 2014 season (but as of right now Zack Deiana isn't racing nationals).
Zack definitely had some of the worst racing luck I have ever seen in 2013. However, I was always very impressed with how he and his family handled themselves at the races no matter how the day went. You did yourself proud last summer, Zack, and I hope something works out that sees you both running a successful business and racing the nationals.
The next few MXON locations have been announced. Here is the PR from Youthstream:
France, Italy and USA to host the FIM Motocross of Nations respectively in 2015, 2016 and 2017
FUNCHAL (Portugal), 20 December 2013 - Youthstream has the pleasure to announce the venues, which will host the FIM Motocross of Nations in 2015, 2016 and 2017.
Youthstream has finalized an agreement with the French Motorcycle Federation (FFM) and the Moto Club of Ernée to bring the FIM Motocross of Nations back to Ernée after 10 years on the weekend of the 26th and 27th September 2015.
After a very long break, on the 24th and 25th of September 2016 the FIM Motocross of Nations will be returning to Italy at the famous location of Maggiora, which celebrated one of the best Motocross events in 1986.
And last but not the least, the weekend of the 23rd and 24th September 2017 will see the historical event back to USA in the great facilities of Glen Helen, California.
I'll leave this week with an update to the Motocross Triathlon Challenge we are trying to get rolling for next summer. The plan was to do the sprint race just outside London, ON in September but that race has been moved to August. There are only a few dates that don't conflict with the Nationals. Here is a look at some of the Ontario options:
Sunday, July 6 - Peterborough Sprint 750m 20k 5k....or 1/2 Ironman (ya, right!)
Saturday, August 16 - Lakeside Sprint (that's Saturday of the TransCan but it's not actually far away)
Sunday, August 24 - Toronto Sprint
Saturday, August 30 - Guelph Lake II Sprint 750m 30k 7k
I don't even know who's interested in doing this but it would be a fun way for a bunch of us to whip ourselves into shape and race for bragging rights, no? Shawn Maffenbeier and Tyler Medaglia are in. I just spoke for them, by the way. Anyway, there's still lots of time to figure this out and get in shape for it. Keep it in mind and we'll talk more about this in the months to come. You'd better head over to the pool, Tyler!
Merry Christmas, everyone. I hope you all have a safe and happy Holiday Season.
This is the only Christmas-themed motocross picture I could find. See you at the races...