Frid'Eh Update #10 Presented by Toronto Supercross
#10 Ross Johnson from Washington State.
Welcome to week #10 here for the DMX Frid'Eh Update Presented by Toronto Supercross. I'm always happy at this time of year when the guest of honour has been doing some racing with his new number so I have a photo or two to choose from that displays their new digits. Ross Johnson has been extremely busy this winter. He is currently leading the Pro Open Class points in the Future West Kawasaki Canadian Arenacross Championships and is about to attempt to close it out this coming weekend in Cloverdale at rounds 11 and 12.
I go in touch with Ross on Thursday as he and his girlfriend were just leaving the Vancouver Aquarium in Stanley Park on a rainy afternoon. I asked him some basic questions like, How has your winter been going? What's your game plan for this weekend? What will you do for the rest of the winter? What are your summer plans? And, What is your favourite Canadian outdoor track? I already knew that his favourite type of music is Country, so I spoke as slowly and clearly as I could for him. (I can never resist the opportunity to poke fun at Country Music fans, I'm sorry.) Anyway, here's what the Washingtonian had to say about all that:
It’s been going good; Canada has been going good and the racing back home has been going good. I definitely have no complaints about my winter so far. The plan this weekend is definitely to just go out and win really. I mean, I’ve got a 9-point lead in the 450 class which is what I was hired to do good in so that’s mainly what I’m focused on. I obviously want to do well on the little bike too but the 450 is more my focus.
I just want to go in there and get a good start. Jeremy (Medaglia) and I have had our run-ins lately, but I’m not worried about that. I just want to go out and get good starts and as long I ride good whatever happens after that happens. I’m just going to be worried about myself and ride how I know how and after that just let the races come to me.
I’ll be with Cycle North for the Seattle Supercross. Kourtney (Lloyd) will come down and I’ll ride their bikes and do Seattle and Las Vegas Supercrosses. It will be their first time having a guy representing their shop in a supercross.
My summer plans right now, I’m sure you guys know, Cycle North is not having a team up in Canada so I’m going to do some of the American outdoor nationals and I’ll probably still come up and do Nanaimo and see how it goes from there. We have a lot of money races in my area that I’m going to do. I’m getting some help doing some American nationals and really just kind of follow the money this summer and go wherever is paying good.
We have so many arenacross races during the break time between Canadian races. I’ve been traveling to Montana, Oregon, Idaho and racing pretty much every weekend.
My favourite Canadian outdoor track is definitely Calgary. I like the whole city in the background, I like the track, the layout…the parking kind of sucks but for just pure fun I definitely like Calgary. It’s my favourite track.
With jumps like this, we already knew which track he'd say was his favourite.
Thanks, Billy, and allow me to one again say welcome to another DMX Frid’eh Update here presented by Toronto Supercross. It is March 7th now and that means a few things: one, we are on the eve of the Daytona Supercross which is one of my favourite events of the year to watch but it also means that it is the first day of the March Break which, statistically speaking, makes this one of the busiest days of the year at the Toronto International Perason Airport. And that's where this update is coming from as I write while heading out towards the rolling sights of Cloverdale, BC to take in the final two rounds of the Future West Kawasaki Canadian AX Championships. It’s a typical morning for me as I head out to travel. It usually means I've barely slept and woke up late and most likely got harassed through security at the airport. To top it off, this time I have the guy beside me sitting at our gate making fun of my lap top as it once again just died as I started writing this. I believe his exact words were, “Is that an antique?” Although my old girl (the “e-machine” I bought for $350 at Future Shop 5 years ago) is on its way out, it does not mean my neighbour, who I have no idea who he is, has to hurt its feelings comparing it to his Mac. Ah, good times and the life of a Canadian Moto mule. I mean Journalist.
It is going to be a good time!
Toronto SX and Parties
So, back on to the Supercross topic...once again DMX with a group of great supporting our sponsors are stepping up to bring you two amazing nights of bench racing and moto partying at the Houston Bar and Grill in downtown Toronto. If you were there last year you know how much of a good time it was and if you weren’t there, well, you missed a great time! Make sure it’s on your list this year as it is an event you will not want to miss! We will have a ton of great prizes and great things happening and if you’re lucky you might just be able to pose with the famous Bigwave for a photo on a WASP cam. That’s right, I said with Bigwave, not for Bigwave. We hope to see you all there and yes I do recommend getting in line early.
CSRA Snocross Videos
Andre Laurin of OTSFF and the Outlaw Productions crew sent us over these links to the CSRA Snocross videos they are doing. Great job, fellas, and keep up the great work. It is always good to see many familiar faces from the moto industry keeping themselves busy all winter racing some Snocross.
Moto Park owner Iain Hayden is one of the many cross-over athletes we have in our sport.
Brennan Shortall photo
Also our friends at Atlas Brace have an awesome Facebook contest going on right now where you could win an ATLAS Brace just by clicking this link and liking their Facebook page. Once again, another great Canadian company that supports the sport.
It's that easy!
Right, now at DMX we have our web gurus busy re-working the DMX store. One of the first things you readers will be able to buy are these amazing Bruce Cook t-shirts designed by DMX’s own Dawn McClintock. There will be adult and kid’s sizes as well as some bad ass sticker packs and all proceeds will go right to Bruce Cook! Also, check out the “Mind over Matter” line as well to benefit Bruce. Once again, great people in our great moto community coming together.
These amazing shirts will also be on sale at our Toronto Supercross party!
Dan Stenning photo
Bruce Cook recovery foundation, Mind/Matter t-shirts are available now.
Dan Stenning photo
Kawasaki Canadian AX Championships
Hey, guys. It's finally here, the last 2 rounds of the Canadian Arenacross series are on this weekend. I have a lot of interest in the outcome as I spent the end of the fall and start of the winter down at GPF in Cairo, Georgia, getting ready with current points leader Jeremy Medaglia. So, obviously you know who I am picking for the win. If and when J-Dags takes the wins and the championship, I would like to say that I had a very important part in this championship. Without me, Jer would not have become the Crockpot master he has now become. Same goes for East Coast SX competitor, Brad Nauditt. All jokes aside, I will be glued to DMX and twitter to follow the up-to-date results.
In Jeff's unbiased opinion, Jeremy Medaglia is the odds-on favourite to win in Cloverdale, BC this weekend.
Earlier on there was some talk about teams maybe including this series into riders’ contracts. As a fan, I would think it is a great idea, but as an "industry person", it just doesn't make sense to me. Most contracts usually end right after Walton (unless it's a multi-year deal). And then there is the chance of injury—just ask Dusty Klatt. Next, comes cost: It is hard enough for some racers to get enough bikes to practice on and race on for outdoors. I really can't see the teams offering up an extra bike to leave in BC for this series. The only way I can see it having a tiny bit of hope is if an awesome dealership steps up and loans a bike so the rider can fly in and out. I personally love the series and wish we had something similar in the East. Let’s just hope the series continues to grow and maybe, just maybe, they will expand even more.
Cloverdale isn't the only big race this weekend—the Daytona SX is this Saturday as well. This is where we will see whose fitness is up to par and who has been slacking off. Either way, I have never been disappointed watching SX, so I'll be all smiles come Saturday night. That's it for me, hope you all have a great week and #smileforBC.
Thanks, guys. I’ve just landed in Calgary after the first leg of my two-flight trip out to the final rounds of the Future West Kawasaki Canadian Arenacross Championships tonight and Saturday nights in Cloverdale, BC. I have been fortunate enough to be able to attend all of the rounds for the 2014 series and I never get tired of looking around and smelling the roses, so to speak, on all my flights and adventures.
My Flight Observations
This time, my day started with the awkward moment in the security line-up in London Airport when a girl was unsure if she or I was next to go through the metal detector. As two Canadians, we looked back and forth at each other several times before I took the initiative and went through to no sound of beeping. She walked through and was immediately informed she had been randomly selected for further screening—my first victory of the day!
Next, I found out that I was seated up in the first 4 rows and that means ‘Plus’ on a West Jet flight and I was treated to as many sandwiches and as much beef jerky I could eat. I stuffed an unopened pack into my pocket and asked for some more Pringles and some Twizzlers. When I first sat down I realized the dude a couple rows from me was a guy I’d gone to Western with way back in the 90’s and hadn’t seen since then. We had a great chat getting caught up.
As the rest of the plane boarded, I noticed a guy walking in wearing an ill-fitting suit with a Po Boy hat, dark sunglasses, blue tooth stuck to his ear, and an way over-sized carry -on bag. He was seated across the aisle from me and was upset when he noticed that he wasn’t going to be able to stow his back directly above his row. He just stood there muttering to himself about how that was his spot and asked himself out loud who dared to place their items above his seat. I’m not joking, the flight attendant was also watching him and actually had to push through the now backed-up flow of people trying to get seated and explain to this hump that there was a chance he would have to put his precious bag 2 feet away from his row in the next bin.
The girl in the middle seat beside me was quite attractive and went straight to reading a book. I looked over as casually as I could to see what she was reading and all I could read were the two words ‘Sex God’ at the top left of the page. Hmm, I thought, this could be interesting. Not so fast…
As the plane pushed off from the gate, she quickly put the book in the seat pocket in front of her and pulled out a note book of sorts. She started writing feverishly so of course I looked over to see if I could decipher what was so important. I got as far as “Dear Jesus, please be with me on this flight…” before I looked away and tried to sleep. I’m not trying to start a religious debate here, but she actually wrote 12 pages of notes asking for guidance and help for this 3-hour-45-minute flight. I just wanted to be sure the pilot was sober. Anyway, I’m sitting in the Calgary Airport in my familiar spot on my 3-hour layover. Kyle will be here soon and we will take the final flight together into Abbotsford, BC.
Nicky Beatty Update
I posted a photo of Wyoming, Ontario's Nicky Beatty as the lead-in shot for my 'review' of the Supercross: Behind the Dream Part 3 and it got me to thinking: last winter and summer Nicky and his parents chased the dream all over the eastern USA at both supercross rounds and outdoor nationals...what have they been up to since last summer? Amid my last-minute flurry to get packed for my early flight out to BC for the final rounds of arenacross, I pestered Nicky and he was good enough to fill us in on what he's been up to and what his future plans are:
Hey, Billy, long time no talk...and a lot has changed in my life.
I went back to college in September...taking the Millwright course, so that’s been going good. I had full intentions of racing the entire East Coast Supercross series this year as well as many of the U.S. Outdoor Nationals and the East Coast Canadian Nationals, but sometimes very unfortunate things happens.
At the last Michigan race of the year, I had a really bad crash and landed right on my head and was knocked out instantly. I immediately starting convulsing and was unresponsive for over 11 minutes. I was rushed to Michigan State Neurology Trauma Centre where I underwent a million tests and was admitted into the hospital. I had a traumatic brain injury and massive concussion.
Apparently, there are no documented cases of anyone surviving what happened to me and the doctors say that I am a walking, talking miracle. I am so lucky that I have virtually no ongoing symptoms except for a lack of appetite and an incredible case of insatiable thirst that still has not went away.
It has been a really tough few months as I was not allowed to do any physical activity at all until February and I am not good at sitting still. Unfortunately, the doctors have told me that I would never be lucky enough to survive another head injury so even though this is not the way I wanted to go out I have no choice as I cannot take the risk of riding again.
I had such an amazing time racing and I have no regrets. I was fortunate enough to win two Michigan State titles, a couple Ontario Provincial Championships, and a Canadian National title. I raced a few seasons in the Canadian Pro National series, a few U.S. Nationals and an entire U.S. Supercross series including Las Vegas, so I have been able to do more than most racers could ever dream of. I still plan on attending a couple races so you will likely still see me around this summer.
I had the best sponsors anyone could ask for:
MCR, Championship Powersports, Bentley GFX, M10 Designs, D & D Moto Products, Sharky's Gym, Jim Farr of Farr Better Bodies, Scott Canada, Forma Boots Canada, MD Distributing, Orthoflex, Matrix Concepts, Atlas Brace, Guts Racing, FMF, Hinson, MSR,
Dunlop, Acerbis, WD40, CV4, G2 Ergonomics, Ride Engineering, Flo Plates, Pit Posse, Outlaw Racing and of course my Mom & Dad or none of this would be possible.
Wow, how about that?! I guess that explains why I hadn’t heard from him in such a long time. It’s great to hear that Nicky is attending school and heading into the next chapter of his life. Best of luck in the future, Nicky.
Last year, you could find the Beattys criss-crossing the eastern USA, but where have they been this winter?
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Speaking of supercross, we're only a couple weeks away from the Monster Energy AMA Supercross Series' one-and-only stop in Canada at the Rogers Centre in Toronto March 22. Davey Fraser will be one Canadian lined up in the East Lites class, so be sure to cheer loudly for the #440 out there on his PR-MX Loudmouth Intakes Kawasaki. Check out his new graphics for the event:
Davey Fraser's Toronto Supercross graphics package.
Twice Production photo from Davey's Facebook page
This weekend the supercross series moves to the fames infield track at the Daytona International Speedway. If you’ve never made it to this round, I suggest you make a week-long vacation of it and take in the sights and sounds of Bike Week while you’re at it. This track is usually a brutal combination of SX and MX with long lap times and riders fading throughout the night. Apparently, they have shortened the laps down from previous years in an attempt to keep the live broadcast within the usual time limits. Check out this really cool 'dynamic' animated track map from the gang over at Racer X:
Ricky Carmichael Amateur SX
When the Pro racing is all finished up Saturday night the amateurs get their chance to learn the art of supercross riding for two days at the RC Amateur SX. This year, our friend Matt Wozney and the gang over at MXPTV.com will be bringing live shows to air at the end of both days with highlights and discussions. You can check them out at 5pm Eastern time Sunday and Monday.
Lee Coutts Update
I checked in with 'Wild Man' Lee Coutts to see how his recovery is going after his wild ride in the Dash for Cash a few weeks ago in Chilliwack. In case you don't remember, he was in a one-lap race with MRM Red Bull Fox KTM's Tyler Medaglia and didn't make it more than 3/4 of the way down the start straight before they came together and Lee was sent to the ground awkwardly resulting in a major laundry list of injuries. Of course Lee tried to keep riding and to go to work the next day before he was talked into going to the hospital to get checked out. When I first saw him at Big Top Powersports a couple days later, he still had to wear track pants because he was too sore and swolen to wear normal pants! Anyway, here is what he had to say:
I'm good; healing up good. Still a lil' outta breath at times and that made it tough riding sleds a couple weeks ago and skiing last week was good, but I paid for it the day after!! Haha. I was thinking about trying to ride again this weekend just for the Dash for Cash and a lil' redemption, but then I was like nah, f!@# it! Haha. I'm just gonna heal up and get ready to ride some outdoors.
What a guy! All that crash and subsequent list of injuries did to him was cement his legend as one of the toughest SOBs around. Good luck getting back on a bike for this summer, Lee.
Future West Kawasaki Canadian AX Championships
I’m looking forward to one final weekend of great AX racing this weekend in the Cloverdale Agriplex. This season’s racing has been better than ever! Like I’ve said many times in my photo reports, there are usually about 6 or 8 riders on the line in the mains that have a legitimate chance at a win. It has been excellent.
The Cycle North Honda riders are at the top of the points races: Jeremy Medaglia leads the Pro Lights and the overall and his teammate Ross Johnson leads the Pro Open race. The points down the line are pretty close and nothing is settled. If you’re out here on the west coast, be sure to get out to Cloverdale at least for Saturday night so you can see the champions crowned and then hit the after-party for some bench-racing and cheer. I’m sure the riders and the Future West crew will be ready to let their hair down after this long series.
Cycle North Red Bull Oakley Fox Honda rider Jeremy Medaglia leads the Pro Lights and the overall points heading into this weekend in Cloverdale.
1. 4 Jeremy Medaglia HON 212
2. 8 Brock Hoyer YAM 203
3. 10 Ross Johnson HON 181
4. 3 Tyler Medaglia KTM 155
5. 7 Jake Anstett KTM 137
6. 1 Spencer Knowles YAM 125
7. 85 Ethan Ladd KAW 91
8. 402 Ryan Abrigo HON 89
9. 153 Greg Crater HON 83
10. 620 Brad Nauditt HON 83
1. 10 Ross Johnson HON 213
2. 4 Jeremy Medaglia HON 204
3. 8 Brock Hoyer YAM 171
4. 3 Tyler Medaglia KTM 141
5. 101 Ryan Lockhart KAW 131
6. 7 Jake Anstett KTM 111
7. 1 Spencer Knowles YAM 109
8. 153 Greg Grater HON 104
9. 402 Ryan Abrigo HON 82
10. 61 Dylan Schmoke KTM 73
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What's up over at KTM/Husqvarna Canada?
I caught KTM mechanic Stephan LeBlanc on Facebook last night and tried to get whatever I could out of him for this coming summer. Things are still in a sort of holding pattern over there at KTM/Husqvarna Canada. I'm sure it's driving certain riders more nuts than it is us so we'll just have to wait a little longer to find out what exactly their Canadian racing plans are because Steph was like a vault. Either that or he doesn't even know what the plan is!
Women's West MX Nationals
Things continue to move forward as we close in on the first round of the Women's West MX Nationals. Camille Bunko and Denaye Giroux continue their hard work and would love to hear from you if your company would like to get into the action and help sponsor this series. Here's the latest Press Release announcing a new sponsor jumping on board:
Alternative Groove Sponsors Nanaimo Round of Women’s West Nationals Taking Place on June 1st!
Alternative Group is a snow/surf/skate board shop located in Nanaimo, BC. They will be supporting round one of the Women’s West Series by donating MX goggles, casual clothes, ski and surf packages and more!! All prizes will be on the draw table at the end of the day so ALL girls get a chance to win something! Also, for the week following the national they will be offering 50% off all wet suit and surf board rentals to ALL women’s national competitors.
Camille Bunko and Denaye Giroux
OK, have a great weekend, everyone. It sure is nice to leave snowy Ontario behind for a couple days and get out to some of that liquid sunshine on the west coast. Be sure to check in with us here at DMX as we will have the main events up on the site as quick as the hotel internet will allow on both Saturday and Sunday. You can also follow us on Twitter @directmx and check our newish Instagram account out @directmotocross. We've been trying to get a little more active on there with photos from...who knows what.
My buddy Jeff flew in from 1982 to say, "See you at the races!"