Frid'Eh Update #5 Presented by Fly Racing
Week #5 belongs to Monster Energy Leading Edge Kawasaki rider, Iowa's Teddy Maier.
Welcome to another week of the DMX Frid'Eh Update presented by Fly Racing. We haven't seen Teddy racing with his new #5 so this one of him having some fun at Wild Rose MX Park in Calgary last year will have to do. Teddy has become so familiar to us up here north of the border that there are probably people out there who were surprised to read that he is in fact an American from Iowa! We grabbed Teddy for a chat to get caught up on what he's been up to since we last saw him at the final round at Walton Raceway. I wish this could have been a podcast because he had his hands full with a fidgity and loud one-year-old baby while we spoke. Here's what he's been doing:
After Walton, in September, I went over to England to do an outdoor race with Hoody. That was good; it was fun. It didn’t go as good as I planned but… After that I started riding my supercross track to start getting ready for Germany. My deal over there was to ride for Suzuki with Castrol. I flew over the week before and did a little warm-up race to get used to the bike.
It started out pretty good. The first round I won by going 2-1 and then after that things just kind of slowly went downhill. I pretty much made the best of it and I had a lot of fun over there. I would definitely change some things if I was able to do it all over again.
I’m not even sure what I placed in the series. There are only 4 rounds and I was leading the points all the way to the 3rd race. At that 3rd race I had one bad night. I was still in the championship hunt in the last race but I don’t even know what happened in that race, to tell you the truth. There was just so much stuff going on and I wasn’t in a good spot. The kid dying [RIP Kasper Lynggaard] in practice right before me kind of ruined my focus. I didn’t have enough set-up time on the bike and didn’t really put myself in a good position.
I don’t know what I finished overall but I think it was still decent. I really had a good chance of winning the championship over there, but, to put in in short words, I didn’t give it 100% so I guess I didn’t want it bad enough. I would have changed a few things except it’s really hard with not having the same bike to ride at home. I tried doing it on a budget. I guess I’m cheap sometimes.
The last day in Germany I crashed and hurt my shoulder a little bit so that’s been bugging me a little. I’m just taking a little break and spending some time with Harper at home before I head out to California and get ready. I’ll probably leave around the 11th of February and really get my bike adjusted and do a lot of suspension testing with Graeme Brough.
Teddy hitting this jump in practice at Riverglade last summer was one of my highlights of the year. He just held on the throttle over the steep ski jump, looked directly into my camera, and sailed farther than anyone down the next straight. The jump is way back behind my left shoulder!
Last year I didn’t have myself in a good position. I hurt my knee in Germany last year and I wasn’t able to put my leg on the ground until about 3 weeks before the first round in Nanaimo, so I’m in a better position than I was last year.
I’m going to give it 110% and I think it’s going to be good. Going out to California is definitely going to help me. I’m going to consider this my last year up there. Who knows what’s going to happen so I want to give it 110% because I don’t have many years of racing left and just see where it takes me. I’m going to work y hardest and give it my all and not regret anything.
I don’t have any supercross plans this winter but I had an arenacross deal. I was committed to doing it, but with hurting my shoulder in Germany I just wasn’t in a good position to go and race arenacross. I don’t think my shoulder would have held up for it; it would have hurt me in the long run. I just wanted to heal up and get back to 100% and hit the re-set button. I think I needed to. I needed to get my body healed back up. With where I was I just wasn’t ready to go. I just want to be healthy. I don’t want to go out there and look bad and I don’t want to waste people’s money.
Teddy feels the level of competition in Canada jumped up another notch last year and will do so again in 2014. Here he is leading eventual MX1 champion and teammate Brett Metcalfe at Castrol Raceway in Edmonton.
I just sign yearly deals in Canada. This year is going to be good. [The new competition] is going to make everybody better. It’s already stepped up but now it keeps getting better with the people that are coming up there. It pushes people because they know they have to step up and it’s like a chain effect. Last year it was different and I think everybody is at a different level now. I think it’s all going to be about who’s healthy and has the best bike set up.
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Thanks, Billy. And I know we are all going to beat this horse to death but big news is big news and I have to say congrats to my buddy Westen Wrozyna for signing a deal with the Honda Canada GDR team wearing Troy Lee Designs gear this year. This kid is the real deal and his countless amateur titles prove it. I caught up with Westen for a quick Q and A and here is what the new Pro Honda rider had to say:
Hey, Westen. Congrats on your new deal. Tell us about it and how it all came about?
Thank you. I’m really happy to be on the GDR team. Derek (Schuster) and my dad have been talking for a long time and they made us a great offer for the 2014 season. I am really looking forward to this next chapter of my racing career. To kick it off with a team like GDR only makes it better!
You had plans to do another year in the B class and Intermediate. I guess that all changed with a letter bumping you up. That had to be a big shocker for you and your family?
Yeah, I got notice from the AMA and the CMRC that I’ve been bumped. So now we had to go back and rethink our whole plan. Going pro wasn’t really in the plan. We had to regroup and rethink our strategy and luckily we had some good offers on the table and were able to settle with a great team like GDR Honda.
This is going to be a big change for you. You have many new sponsors and people surrounding you to help you succeed. You have also had many great sponsors helping you get to this point. How hard is it to say good-bye to them as you enter this new chapter of your career?
Man, it's crazy hard! I have had some amazing sponsors that have helped me out through the years. I hate having to leave them. I wouldn’t be here today without them. The amount of support they have all given me over the years I will never forget. Every one of them helped me get to where I am today.
Westen Wrozyna, Derek Schuster, and the Honda Canada GDR TLD HOnda 250F.
Photo supplied by Derek Schuster
There are lots of big companies on board like Troy Lee Designs and many more. How excited are you to be wearing their stuff and representing their company?
Very excited! I’ve always been a Honda guy. The Lucas Oil Troy Lee Designs Honda team is my favourite US team, so being with Troy Lee Designs and being able to stay on Hondas is amazing. I can’t wait.
You had a chance to test the 2014 Honda CRF 250 earlier in the year. What are your thoughts on the bike?
It’s a great bike. When I sit on a Honda I feel comfortable right way--it turns good, and it looks good and has great power. It’s all around a great bike!
Any idea on who is building your race bike and doing the suspension and motor work?
I know that Joe (Skidd) at SSS will be doing the suspension which is awesome as I have worked with Joe for most of my racing career. Derek/GDR has put together a great engine package. I don’t have all the details yet, but, based on what I do know, I know I will be provided with some of the best equipment out there.
You have one of the best teammates a rookie rider could ask for in Colton Facciotti. How do you think that will go? Is there any chance you and Colt will be training together?
It's a huge plus, for me, having Colton as my teammate. Colton is a champ and I have a lot to learn from him. I’m hoping to meet up with Colton down south and working with him will only better me as an athlete and racer.
What are your expectations as a pro and this being your first season?
The goal is to eventually win races. Every race I want to get closer to that goal. I want to be a top 10 guy in 2014 and work my way up from there.
Westen would be happy with top-10 finishes in 2014 but the sky is the limit for this young speedster. See what I didn there?
What is the plan for the rest of the off season?
The plan is to get on the bike and get training so we can be ready in May. We will be heading down south soon and the work will begin!
Thanks, Westen, and who would you like to thank?
I am so very excited to join the GDR/Troy Lee Designs/Honda Canada Team but I have to thank the people that got me here. People like Keith from Phat MX. John at WMXTREME/MPH, Steve at Oshawa Cycle, Von Zipper, Thor, County Line MX, Ride Industries, SSS, Monster Energy, TechCare, Mr. D’s and all my friends and family, Thank you! I couldn’t have done it without your help.
Thanks, Westen, and once again congrats to both parties. How cool is it to see three rookies all get big support in Canada this year? We have Jess Pettis to Leading Edge Kawasaki, Dylan Wright to MX101 Yamaha and Westen Wrozyna to GDR Honda. DMX contributor Greg Small touched on it in this week's “Small Talk” article and offers some great insight on the topic. Check it out.
OK, over to you, Jeff.
Hey, guys, it is Friday again and we have racing on both sides of the border this weekend. Our Canadian AX series is back at it in the barn in Chilliwack, BC and the AMA SX series makes its last stop in Anaheim at A3. Canadian Cole Thompson’s time in the 450 class has ended for now and Cole will focus on getting ready for his assault in the 250 East Coast SX series. I really think Cole will do some serious damage in the East and make us all proud. I'm calling him for 2 podiums and numerous top 5's. With Cole sitting out, Rockstar Energy KTM is now moving Ivan Tedesco from the 450 to the 350. Reason being, the team has an agreement stating they must field a 350. Good luck to Ivan, but I think his results will suffer. Anyways, here are my thoughts on last week.
1st: Jason Anderson - Anderson is on fire! I love how he hangs off the bike and goes for it. He is the man to beat for this championship.
2nd: Dean Wilson -It looked like the Dean Wilson of old showed up. Dean rode a great race until Anderson passed him on the last lap, when he had a minor bike issue and couldn't do the triple.
3rd: Justin Hill - Justin rode his best race as a Pro. He showed us what he can do with a good start (although he had a few scary moments in the whoops). Now he has to do it every week.
4th: Cole Seely - Cole looked to be a little bit off the pace.
5th: Zach Osborne - I really expected Zach to be faster. He needs to get better starts and find a little bit more speed to get back on the podium.
6th: Michael Leib - Leib moved forward and snagged his 2nd straight top 10.
7th: Jesse Nelson - I didn't see much of Nelson out there, but he has 2 solid top 10s in a row like Leib.
8th: Shane McElrath - Another solid ride for the rookie. He is getting great starts and getting in the mix.
Biggest Surprise: Jason Anderson winning his 3rd race out of 4 on the last lap. This guy doesn't give up, and is super-fun to watch.
Biggest Stud: My biggest Stud would have to be the Pro Circuit pair of Wilson and Hill. They both got great starts and finally put the mighty PC Monster team on the podium.
Biggest Dud: Two things disappointed me while watching: The first happened after Malcolm Stewart was cleaned out by Cooper Webb. Yes, the crash was Coopers fault, but at no time should a racer put his hands on a fellow racer like Malcolm did when he shoved Cooper. The 2nd thing I was disappointed with was how Dean Wilson went out of his way on social media to post a pic of his bike back-firing to try and take the blame off of himself. Maybe it was the bike, but keep it to yourself. I'm going to quote my new friend ‘Seinfeld’ and say, "should never bite the hand that feeds them."
1st: Ryan Villopoto - The dirt was tackier in Oakland and it played to RV2's favour and he is the first 2-time winner this season. Someone has to step up and take a win from Ryan now or I feel he'll go on a big win streak.
2nd: James Stewart - James is going to win soon. He is riding fantastic and is under complete control. He will wick it up soon and get some W's.
3rd: Chad Reed - The old boy does it again. Chad rode a good race and looks real solid.
4th: Ryan Dungey - Dungey is still showing some of that new-found aggression and busted out the big quad. A win is coming soon.
5th: Justin Brayton - To me, Brayton is riding great, but in my opinion he isn't as fast as the top group. But he is definitely the best of the 2nd group.
6th: Ken Roczen - I was shocked Brayton got by Ken near the end of the race, but Ken is still having a great rookie season.
7th: Justin Barcia - I am not pumped with Barcia's ride. The takeout of Wil Hahn was dirty and not needed. You now have 2 riders that will put Barcia on the ground if the chance is there.
8th: Wil Hahn - Wil had a great race before and after Barcia cleaned him out. He was the first to bust out the quad and is having a solid start to the season.
Biggest Surprise: My Biggest Surprise is that Stewart hasn't won yet. Not to worry though, I think it will be this weekend at A3.
Biggest Stud: Nick Wey is my Stud. NYK is getting great starts and doing fantastic out there. It's nice to see him out there after his nasty crash from Millville not too long ago.
Biggest Dud: The RCH Suzuki team is my Dud this week with both riders, Broc Tickle and Josh Hill, out with injuries. I really expected the team to be much better this season. A lot of people will be screaming for the team to give Weston Peick a fill-in ride, but I can't see it happening.
2nd: Justin Hill
3rd: Cole Seely
5th: Cooper Webb
1st: James Stewart
3rd: Chad Reed
4th: Justin Barcia
5th: Eli Tomac
Alright, everyone, that is it for me this week. Don't forget to #smileforBC. See you all next week.
Thanks, guys. Well, I’m on my way back out to BC for the next two weekends of racing in the FW Kawasaki Canadian AX Championships. We’re just past the half-way point in the series and it has lived up to the hype so far. Cycle North Honda teammates #4 Jeremy Medaglia and #10 Ross Johnson are out in front in the overall point standings but nothing is decided yet. At the last round in Cloverdale there were 10 riders who wouldn’t have surprised anyone to be on the top of the podium. With only 12 gates, that means the racing was intense!
We’re moving back to the two-floor track design of the Chilliwack Heritage Park barn so that means we will be back to longer lap times and Jamie Hellam and the Future West crew will get the chance to get creative. I saw a few pictures (Actually, as you read this I will probably be standing inside the barn.) and it looks like the marquee jump and whoops section will be right in front of the fans, so that will add to the atmosphere.
Here’s a look at the overall point standings as we head into the weekend:
2014 Future West Kawasaki Canadian AX Championships
Point Standings After Round 6
Top 15 Overall
1. 4 Jeremy Medaglia HON 250
2. 10 Ross Johnson HON 238
3. 8 Brock Hoyer YAM 220
4. 620 Brad Nauditt HON 156
5. 7 Jake Anstett KTM 155
6. 3 Tyler Medaglia KTM 136
7. 1 Spencer Knowles YAM 119
8. 222 Chris Howell SUZ 109
9. 101 Ryan Lockhart KAW 93
10. 85 Ethan Ladd KAW 80
11. 153 Greg Crater HON 73
12. 427 Trevor Carlson KAW 72
13. 402 Ryan Abrigo HON 67
14. 476 Collin Jurin KAW 65
15. 98 Ryan Lalonde HON 49
Derek Schuster (right) and the Honda Canada TLD GDR team have chosen their MX2 rider and it's Westen Wrozyna.
Photo supplied by Schuster
Of course, as Kyle already said, the big news that came out of the Honda Canada TLD GDR team stole the limelight with the signing of rookie Pro rider Westen Wrozyna. This ends a few weeks of speculation about who they would choose as their MX2 rider for this season. There were several other great choices out there but I think that, in the end, they made the right choice.
Westen just couldn't wait to go for a rip, apparently.
Photo supplied by Schuster
They are now a factory-supported team that consists of two Canadian riders. 3-time champion Colton Facciotti certainly knows what it’s like to be a young rider with a lot of attention directed at them. Facciotti turned Pro at the tender age of 14! With the two of these very driven riders working together to get even faster, Honda Canada will make a big splash as they get back into the Canadian Motocross Game with both feet. Choosing Westen not only gives them a great young rider but there is the other intangibles that come with him.
Westen, along with fellow Pro rookie Dylan Wright who signed a 3-year deal with Yamaha Canada MX101, put on some of the most exciting Intermediate races we’ve ever seen at the Parts Canada Walton TransCan. With both of them going Pro this year, you just know where a ton of the cameras and media attention will be focused this summer. It’s going to interesting to watch as they both develop over the coming months and years. Dylan became the highest-placing Intermediate rider ever when he grabbed 3rd place at the Gopher Dunes national in July and any time you have a legitimate B Class contender like Westen was at Loretta Lynn’s you just know you are in for exciting times. It’s a media geek like me’s dream! Nanaimo just got even more better…er.
My buddy Brendan Goldstein down at Loudmouth Intakes in Palm Coast, Florida, is playing host to a couple of Canadians—Cassandra Belanger and Davey Fraser—and he keeps sending me hilarious photos of these two getting ready for the outdoor season. They’ve been down there on their PR-MX bikes hitting all rounds of the Florida Winter AMs and doing very well. Cassandra actually leads the Women’s class and Davey is always up in the mix in the Pro classes.
The racing heads to the final round back at Gatorback Park in Alachua and both will be lining up again. Unfortunately, Davey has had some troubles with his 250F so he will only be running the 450 classes. Good luck to both of them this weekend.
Cassandra Belanger and Davey Fraser doing chores in Florida.
Goldstein phone photo
The BC Motocross summer race schedule has been released. It’s pretty cool to see racing heading to Popkum Motor Park this summer. And they get the glamorous final round spot too!
2014 FUTURE WEST BC MOTOCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE
Round 1 - March 23rd Victoria - Westshore MX
Round 2 - April 13th Kelowna - KDBC Bear Creek Motocross Track
Round 3 - April 20th Mission - LMMC Mission Raceway Park
Round 4 - May 4th Mission - LMMC Mission Raceway Park
Round 5 - May 18th Kelowna - KDBC Bear Creek Motocross Track
Round 6 - May 25th Kamloops - GKMA Whispering Pines Motocross
Round 7 - June 15th Pemberton - Future West / Green River MX Park
Round 8 - June 22nd Popkum - Popkum Motor Park
Speaking of Canadian Arenacross, I'd like to give a 'get well soon' to young Supermini ace Tyler Gibbs who just injured himself while practicing for this weekend in Chilliwack. It's always horrible to hear these kind of things in our sport but they are, unfortunately, part of it. This is an (pardon the expression) extreme sport and 'poop' happens.
While we're in BC, young Monster Energy Leading Edge Kawasaki rider Jess Pettis from Prince George has healed up to almost 100% again from his leg breaks he suffered in arenacross practice and will be in California to get ready for the nationals.
Swanson and I will be racing all 10 rounds of the Rockstar Energy Nationals for the all-new Racing Team out of Prairie Hill MX in Pilot Mound, Manitoba.
I’m sure everyone has seen this craziness from the Dominican Republic and I wonder if Jeff Alessi knew what he was getting into when he agreed to attend this one?! Fans at the Deschambault national got a little overly intimate last summer, but this was next-level stuff! Anyway, can someone tell me what’s going on in this video?
The AMSOIL AX Series heads into Milwaukee, Wisconsin, this weekend so that’s where you will find our old friend ‘Donk’ spinning the wrenches for his rider Tyler Bowers who is toughing his way through an ankle break in hopes of chasing down another title.
Donk has been preparing for his shot for a long time!
The Motosport AX Tour heads to Cookeville, Tennessee, this weekend. With Tyler Medaglia heading back out to Chilliwack on his MRM KTM 250 2-stroke and Colton Facciotti wrapping up his vacation in Punta Cana, not to mention Cole Thompson out west training on his Rockstar Energy KTM 250F, there probably won’t be a Canadian winner at this one.
Speaking of Cole Thompson, I grabbed him for a quick chat on his day off Thursday out in Menefee, California. The team was in Anaheim for Press Day so Cole took a rare day off from riding. He will be back at the KTM test track Friday with his mechanic to continue fine-tuning his race bike as he prepares for the East Coast Lites that start Feb 15 at Cowboy Stadium.
I asked him for any sort of photo of him and his 250 but he said he didn’t have any yet and that the graphics weren’t on it anyway. He said he really likes it and finds it easier to ride than the 350 because he just feels more comfortable on the 250 right now.
He’s had the chance to do a bunch of riding with teammate and West Coast Lites point leader Jason Aderson and says he’s amazed that Jason just put in his record lap at the test track and just keeps improving. Cole has also been improving and trying to get closer to Jason’s blazing pace. He’s still living with his buddy Cooper Webb and will be in the stands for A3 this Saturday.
Cole Thompson will be at A3 this weekend...but as as a spectator.
How about this great news from the MXGP world? It looks like we will get the chance to watch all of the MXGPs on CBS Sports here in Canada and the US. Here’s the press release:
FUNCHAL (Portugal), January, 30 2014 - Youthstream announced today a multi year agreement for the airing of the FIM Motocross World Championships (MXGP) and the FIM Snowcross World Championship (SNX) on CBS Sports Network throughout the United States and Canada.
CBS Sports Network will showcase the FIM MXGP and the FIM SNX as part of its CBS Sports Spectacular programming.
The FIM MXGP, the pinnacle of professional world motocross racing, and the MX2, the steppingstone series for new world motocross talents, will both air on a same-day delay basis at sport primetime television slots, providing to the FIM Motocross World Championship a consistent and stunning position on the CBS Sports Network’s programming schedule throughout the season.
Starting with the opener round in Qatar on March 1st, the 18-stop series will travel across the globe to reach five continents and to complete its 2014 tour in North America, with the MXGP of Mexico, on September 14th.
The Monster Energy Motocross of Nations also has been confirmed to return on CBS Sports Network. The most important motocross race of the year will be held for the first time in Latvia at the Kegums circuit on September 28th, 2014
The nations-against-nation event, where the best riders from every country compete for the supremacy of their respective flag colors, will count on complete television coverage of the three main events.
The agreement also provide television exposure to the FIM Junior Motocross World championship, a one-event championship where young motocross prospects from every continent, and particularly of North America, meet for their first ever world-class contest.
The 2014 FIM World Junior MX Championship will be held at Bastogne, Belgium on August 10.
CBS Sports Network will air also the FIM World Snowcross Championship that this year includes two rounds, in Sweden on March 8 and Finland on March 15.
“The partnership with CBS Sports Network represents a new milestone in the prestigious history of the FIM MXGP championship”, said Mario Marini, Youthstream’s Director of Corporate Relations. “With the recent upgrade across the entire branding and image of the MXGP series, with unparalleled coverage around the world, we add now this massive exposure in North America to fully serve the US and Canadian audience and industry.”
About CBS Sports Network:
CBS Sports Network is available across the United States and Canada through local cable, video and telco providers and via satellite on DirecTV Channel 221 and Dish Network Channel 158. For more information, including a full programming schedule and how to get CBS Sports Network, go to www.cbssportsnetwork.com
OK, that’s going to do it for this week. I hope everyone has a great weekend. Be sure to watch for the entire Pro Main Events videos here on DMX this weekend from Chilliwack. Thanks for reading.
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