Frid'Eh Update #8 Presented by Fly Racing
Week #8 belongs to Williams Lake, BC rider Brock Hoyer.
Hello, everyone, and welcome to another weekend! This is Frid’Eh Update #8 presented by Fly Racing. Is it just me or is it always Friday? #8 for the 2014 Canadian season is Williams Lake, BC native Brock Hoyer. A lot of our Frid’Eh Update riders have been off our radar for the past few months but that is not the case for the Spectra Powersports Fox Shox by RMX FXR Yamaha rider. Brock has been competing in the Future West Kawasaki Canadian Arenacross Championships all winter, so we’ve seen him on a fairly regular basis.
Hoyer currently sits 2nd in the Pro Lights class (9 points out of 1st), 3rd in the Pro Open class (42 points out of 1st), and 3rd in the Overall (42 points out of 1st and 20 out of 2nd). There is one more weekend of action March 7-8 in Cloverdale, BC at the Agriplex so there are still points up for grabs and nothing is settled yet.
Brock isn’t one to sit idle very long and even took a trip ‘south’ to Idaho to race his Timber Sled at a race. He showed up out of nowhere and won the thing in true Hoyer style. With so much snow up his way, his converted Yamaha 450 is the only way to get riding in.
We gave Brock a quick call this morning to get his thoughts on his winter and find out what his summer plans for the Rockstar Energy Motocross Nationals are:
Hello. I’m just waking up and have a little bit of work to do on the old dirt cycle. We’re just doing some filming for ‘Braap ‘14’ snowmobile video. I had a quick segment in it last year and we’re trying to up it this year so I’m up in Vernon, BC. We were down in Revelstoke yesterday filming doing a full moto track sequence. We got some cool scrubs and you’ll have to check it out when it comes out in the middle of this summer. But we head out into the mountains today so I’ll be here for about a week with the film crew.
There is endless, deep snow. In Revelstoke on Monday with the new Yamaha product line I was on a snow bike then and when we went back yesterday you couldn’t even tell I was on the track! There is that much fresh snow.
The arenacross season started out well this year—I’ve got a great bike with Yamaha Canada. The set-up is good but I didn’t get as much testing done as I would have liked. I felt I came out strong with a couple podiums and some firsts. I came from behind and won. The last weekend I struggled a little. I feel good with the 2nd. I’ve been in this a long time. There are a lot of fast guys this year and I feel like I’ve done very well. I’m definitely going to concentrate on the Lights class and try to beat Jeremy (Medaglia). I’m going to do everything I can to keep my sharpness heading into those last two rounds of arenacross.
This summer I’ve got a couple schools going on and also the Seattle SX coming up in April. I will hopefully make the main event in that. I normally head down to California but we’re doing a different plan this year. Basically I’m doing the western nationals. I’ve got great support through Yamaha Canada and I really want to try to further things in western Canada. I’m going to stay closer to home and my grassroots and help the young guys out.
My contract is for west but we’ll just take it on a day by day basis and see how it goes. If something crazy happens and I’m doing really good in the points like top 5 or something then we’ll have to re-negotiate. As of right now I’m just in for the west. I want to try to stay home a little more and keep the wife happy.
I’d like to thank my sponsors: Yamaha Canada, Spectra Power Sports, Fox Suspension by RMR, FXR, Forma boots, FMF, Deft Family gloves, 100%, Atlas Neck Brace, Matrix Concepts, PTI Graphics, Apex Tile and Granite, Maskall’s Collision, CTI, Dissent Labs, Devol Racing, Galfer, and Timber Sled.
Thanks, Billy, and I think I saw some signs of spring this week when the temperature hit plus 5 here in SWO. Although the high temps did bring more than enough rain, it’s a good thing, it means snow is melting, Toronto Supercross is only weeks away and the SWO opening at Gopher Dunes for practice is a now a small glimpse on the horizon. We have one more round of Future West Canadian Kawasaki AX and the Future West group has their first outdoor event of the year shortly after that which really gets the outdoor season kicking off here in Canada as clubs and sanctioning bodies across the country start to get into high gear.
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Although I thought I would be writing this update from the Toronto Motorcycle Show today I decided not to battle the traffic on the 401 and figured I should stay home and go to the show tomorrow instead. Not only will this give me a chance to check out GDR Troy Lee Designs Honda rider Colton Facciotti but I’ll be able to swing by the KTM, Yamaha, Suzuki, Kawasaki and Suzuki booths and see the new line ups of MX and Off road bikes as well as some of the cool new dual sport stuff that usually appeals to us MX guys. Did I mention I am taking a stress day and watching the Men’s Hockey game as well while I write this?
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Mad Skills Motocross 2 Mobile Game Released
Now Available on the App Store and the Google Play Store
Umea, Sweden. (February 20, 2014) – Turborilla today announced the release of their mobile game Mad Skills Motocross 2 on the App Store and Google Play Store. It’s the sequel to their smash-hit debut game, Mad Skills Motocross, which is widely considered the best side-scrolling mobile game ever made and has been installed on nearly 5 million iOS devices. Mad Skills Motocross 2 can be downloaded for free at:
Download link: http://mad.mx/1fw7cbN
The game has blasted out of the gate. It’s already a top 100 overall app in the markets where it was first released, and it’s climbing quickly. The Android version of the game currently has a 4.6 (out of 5) rating on the Google Play Store.
“Our first game was a big hit, but we knew we could do even better,” says Turborilla founder Tobias Andersson. “Mad Skills Motocross 2 physics are similar to its predecessor, but there’s so much more to this sequel. We think players are going to love how easy it is to race against friends and against people they follow on Twitter.”
Mad Skills Motocross 2 features remarkable physics, intense and addicting gameplay, cross-platform play, customizable and upgradable motorcycles, social, national and regional competitions, new tracks every week, and much more.
The trailer for Mad Skills Motocross was released on Monday and has already been viewed more than 30,000 times on YouTube and other locations. Watch it now at:
It’s great to see more teams being announced and Canadian team Devil’s Lake MX made their team announcement this week and it is looking like a strong one. Western Women's champ Hailey Larson will once again return as well as MX2 runner-up Josh Clark alongside David Gassin and new team member Dylan Kaelin. It’s great to see a Canadian team once again commit to the series and there is no doubt they have title contenders in more than one class. I caught up with Dylan Kaelin and this is what he had to say:
“I'm really happy to be working with Trevor (Cerny) at Devil's lake. I gave him a call a few weeks back looking for some studded tires to ride this winter. I brought up what my plans were for the 2014 race season. We started talking more and more and got things to mesh for both parties. It will be great to have the team & track within an hour of our house in Alberta. Also where I'm working isn't far away either. It's a win win situation and I'm looking forward to the races I will be able to compete in this year”.
Dylan Kaelin enjoying some riding in the snow thanks to his new studded tires.
Ok back to some hockey and I just want to wish my good buddy Matt Morison good luck in his Olympic event tomorrow morning as he takes on the Men’s Parallel Slalom Snowboard event. Go Matt Go!
Wes Wrozyna checked in from Florida with a quick update and a few pictures of what's going on down at GPF with Honda Canada GDR TLD rider Westen Wrozyna. Check it out:
We have a great program down here this year. The boys are all working super hard. They run every morning, in the gym, and motos on the track.
We have Westen Wrozyna, Cameron Wrozyna, Mitch Goheen, Carter Hutcherson, Cooper Larche, Liam Weiss and Duncan MacLeod. Tanner Ward
should have been here but suffered his injury in AX.
The gang heading out for a run down at GPF.
It looks like it's motos until sunset down at GPF.
Thanks, Kyle. Like everyone, I’m sitting here trying to get as much done as I can before the big Canada vs. USA men’s Olympic hockey semi-final here. Yesterday’s women’s game was something for the record books! I know a lot of people south of the border read DMX so I won’t toot our red and white horn too much but that was an amazing way to win gold! Put it this way, if American Football was in the Olympics, that’s how important these hockey games are to us. Let’s hope we are in for another great game here today. (Of course, the game will have now finished, so here is my reaction now that it’s over.) I would like to be a good winner right now and say that was a great game. Both teams played well and let's just agree that the better team won! Canada 1 - USA 0. Bring on the gold game against Sweden on Sunday!
The big news this week is that Dean Wilson will be riding the Two Two Motorsports Discount Tire Kawasaki 450 for the injured Chad Reed in the east. We all know that these two already have a close relationship and that this didn’t come as that much of a surprise to anyone once Reed announced he was out. Wilson is a very hard-working almost-Canadian and I hope he comes out swinging in Indianapolis next weekend.
Here’s a video of Dean’s first ride on the bike:
As Kyle already mentioned, the big news north of the border was that the Devil’s Lake MX crew has upped the ante for 2014 and signed a very strong squad for this coming summer. We got to know these guys pretty well last year and they are a great group of people with a ton of passion for moto. With #23 Josh Clark last year they managed to take 2nd overall in the MX2 class and their program kept getting better and better as the summer progressed.
Now they’ve added three more riders to the trailer and will have a much more noticeable presence in all classes. They now have #41 David Gassin and 2-time defending Women’s West champion #1W Hailey Larson. Gassin was always right there in the MX1 class and with less to worry about this coming summer I look for him to have some even better results. He was also plagued with injuries and mechanicals in 2013. Larson will once again be tough to beat in the west and will then continue her goal of qualifying for MX2 motos as the series heads east.
Also on the team will be #31 Dylan Kaelin originally from Grand Bend, Ontario. Kaelin has the potential to run up near the front and, like Gassin, with less on his plate to worry about should be able to realize that potential in 2014.
Kyle got in touch with Dylan Kaelin so I spoke with Devil’s Lake MX’s Trevor Cerny (Yes, he said their grandparents were cousins “back in the old country.”) We got to know him pretty well last season and you could tell that he had big plans for the future of the team. Well, it looks like things have escalated faster than we thought they would! I caught up with him as he was driving somewhere out in Alberta to a job site that keeps him busy 7 days a week during the winter.
Josh Clark (left) and Devil's Lake MX's Trevor Cerny last year after Clark's win in Deschambault.
I want to come into 2014 in a big way. I knew last year that this was my goal and have been working on it since November. We just got most of the things finalized here so that’s when I did the press release with the four riders on the team.
I was scouting these riders out last year and I believe I got two very strong 450 riders that with a little bit of coaching can be contenders in the top 10 or maybe even top 5. With Josh and his stellar year last year we’ve got big plans for that boy. And then with Hailey coming on board it’s a nice little bonus especially with the amateurs and all the females and parents that follow the sport. It’s going to be a great season.
We’re all going to be on Yamahas from Riverside Yamaha Motorsports. The riders will be on the road through the summer. I have my main race rig going across Canada with a new truck under it this year. I have a Toy Hauler for a chase rig that Hailey and David will be following the race rig across Canada with.
With the bigger team we’ll have a new team manager in Cal Nowiki who has stepped up on board. We have new mechanic Milan Sochor. He’s a great great engine man. We did a lot of work and plan to be a major contender this year.
This team could be one to watch this summer. Congratulations on all the hard work paying off.
With only a few months left until national racing starts here in Canada, I wanted to see how things are coming along on the women’s side of things so I got in touch with Camille Baker-Bunko to see where things stood. She was busy at work but had this to say:
We are frantically looking for sponsors and filling out sponsorship application forms for the series. A lot of sponsors from last year will be supporting us again and we have a few new sponsors on board as well! It is looking like it is shaping up to be another great series with a ton of awards and prizes. We hope to be releasing detailed information of what we have so far in the next few weeks. Check out the website that Sierra Roth made at www.cdnwmx.com for up to date info on the series.
Thanks, Camille. Hopefully, things come together smoothly for everyone involved. The women’s racing on Saturdays is always the highlight of the day and has been gaining momentum each year. The racing has been deeper and with Hailey Larson going for the three-pete, things will be even more intense than ever!
Camille and here 'Wall of Sponsors' last season.
Kourtney Lloydand the Cycle North gang are hosting a screening of the moto movie “Why We Ride” at the Prince George Playouse this Saturday night. The night will also be a fundraiser for injured freestyle rider Bruce Cook. Here is an article on the 250 News website.
I wanted to touch base with Manitoba rider Ryan Millar to chat about his upcoming season. It was announced last week that he would be teaming up with American rider Kyle Swanson to compete in the Rockstar Energy Motocross Nationals in 2014 with the PHMX team. I caught Ryan as he was making some lunch and finishing up some renovations on his house out in Miami, MB. We had a good talk but he really couldn't say too much 'officially' yet because they are still working out minor details LIKE BIKES! Ryan is partial to his KTMs but we'll have to wait and see what the two riders end up on. Millar will be the MX1 rider while Swanson will compete in the MX2 class.
Ryan will be heading down to Texas to train as soon as he puts his tools away and Swanson is currently competing in the East Coast Lites SX series. They are still working out the finer details of the deal but the gang at Prairie Hill MX (I couldn't find a link to the track's web page and almost linked Prairie Hill Montessori...close) track are planning on hosting a money race on the weekend during the week break as the series heads from Saskatchewan to Ontario, so watch for more details on that as we get them.
OK, I'll leave it this week by correcting my rather embarrassing Grade 1 math error last week. I said Cycle North Honda's Jeremy Medaglia leads his teammate Ross Johnson by 1 point in the overall heading into the final weekend of arenacross racing March 7-8. Although it makes a much better story, the real math comes out to a 22-point lead. I'm going to go ahead and blame Joanne M for the error. Although I'm suffereing with a couple messed up fingers at the moment, I always have one ready to point.
The rain has started here so things will look like this soon enough. See you at the races...