Frid'Eh Update #13 Presented by WASP
Week #13 goes to Californian, Topher Ingalls.
Welcome to week #13 here at the DMX Frid’Eh Update Presented by WASPcam. If you know anything about Topher Ingalls you know it’s just perfect that he finished 3rd in the MX2 series again in 2013. He is one of only a handful of riders that will ignore any silly superstitions against the #13 and run it with pride. If he were to live in a high-rise apartment he’d also live on the 14th floor and call it the 13th like it actually is. What I’m trying to say is that we really like Topher’s attitude and appreciate what he brings to the races every week.
The rider out of California has been a fixture on the MX2 line for the past few years up here in Canada and I know that the rest of the riders on the gate respect his speed and intensity. If he can put a consistent series together in 2014, watch for him to be in the hunt for that #1 plate by the time Walton rolls around.
I gave Topher a call while he was having his morning tea out there in California and he was pretty happy to have been on the outdoor track the past month testing for the Canadian series. He will, once again, team up with the gang over at RTR Performance in Kamloops, BC aboard a KTM. Rumours have been swirling around that he too will be on the potent KTM 250SX 2-stroke but he wouldn’t commit an answer to that. I’ll just say my usual: If I were a betting man, I’d put my money on expecting to see the two fast orange bikes out on the track making a higher pitched (and very soothing to old ears) sound than the majority of the others. 2-stroke for life, y’alls! Ring-a-ding-ding-ding. No, wait, that’s a 500. I meant a good old fashioned BRAAAAP! Or is that only for a 125?!
Topher will race the remainder of the West Lites Supercross series and then get ready to head north to get some time on the RTR Performance KTM race bike before round 1 of the Rockstar Energy Canadian MX Nationals start out in Nanaimo, BC on May 31st. Good luck in the remainder of the SXs. Stay healthy and we’ll see you out west when the gate drops at The Wastelands!
Will we see another top rider choosing a 250 2-stroke in the MX2 class when the gate drops?
Thanks, Billy, and it is still hard to believe that Supercross in Toronto has passed and we are still not riding here in Ontario. I was rather jealous when I saw the photos of the Future West Kawasaki outdoor series kick off last weekend knowing we are still covered in snow here with not much good weather in the forecast. Either way, I know the crew at Gopher Dunes will do everything they can to get the track in shape for next weekend’s practice. I talked to Derek Schuster today and it looks like they have some work ahead of them. Derek says they will be playing it day by day to see how the track shapes up as a lot can happen in a week. Keep tabs to DMX and Twitter and we will keep you Ontario guys updated.
Derek and the GD team are hard at work trying to get the track ready for next weekend.
It has been a long winter for everyone.
If we didn’t break the news already, rumour has it that Gavin Gracyk will once again join the Redemption Racing team this summer to compete in the MX2 class aboard a KTM 250 2-stroke. That just added another contender to the podium and I know Gavin and his class act attitude have what it takes to make that bike a winner on certain weekends. Did the class just get that much better? Let’s take a look at some of big names in no particular order:
1. Kaven Benoit
2. Dylan Wright
3. Jess Pettis
5. Gavin Gracyk
6. Westen Wrozya
7. Josh Clark
10. Jeremy Medaglia (possible)
11. Liam O’Farrell
12. Seth Rarick
13. Topher Ingalls
There are many more I am missing and that does not include Kyle Cunningham if the Motoconcepts, Smart Top race team do decide to come to Canada. Speaking of that team, I had a good chat with Michael Byrne at the Houston this past weekend at the DMX party and he said they are still considering it and he thinks it would be a ton of fun. He said his mate Brett Metcalfe only had good things to say and Byrne will indeed be riding if the team does come up to Canada. You can also add in Teddy Park’s privateteer dream team who also may bring the whole team to Canada that would include at least ten riders! This is really starting to shape up north of the border. Now all we need is Blackfoot to make a comeback and stuff will start getting back to normal.
The Houston was a success!
I have to give a big shout out to The Houston Bar and Grill and the staff there along with David Toye who helped us throw an awesome event last weekend. This place really is first class (except for the weekend we take it over) and they really know how to cook a steak! Check out the party photos right here.
Bigwave is getting older!
I just have to say a Happy Birthday to the face of DMX here, Mr. Bigwave Billy Rainford. He turned '29' a couple days ago and we are happy to have him here at DMX. You can now bombard his email at email@example.com if you missed it.
Wrozyna and crew ready to start the season!
Wes Wrozyna, farther of Westen Wrozyna sent me an update on how their training camp is going in Florida.
"Hi Kyle, Just an update. Most of the guys in our program are heading home this weekend hopping for better weather soon. Marco Cannella and Cameron Wrozyna are still here at Countyline Mx working hard for the fast approaching race season. Both these guys are flying right now and both are still looking for help in terms of sponsorship for the 2014 season. Westen will be joining us back here shortly, he had to fly home to take care of some school stuff and to attend the Toronto SX with his team GDR, TLD, Honda Canada. We are all looking forward to the start of the season!"
Sounds like things are going well guys. It is cool to see a bunch of Canadians banding together to put on their own training camp down south to benefit each other. I also caught up with Westen in person during the Supercross and you can tell he has found another level in his training and is ready to go come race season.
Cameron Wrozyna skying out one of County Line's jumps.
MX Stars of Tomorrow Participants shine during the KTM JR SX Challenge
I also want to give a shout of to DMX MX Stars of Tomorrow participants Leith Ness and Preston Masciangelo who both took part in the KTM JR SUPERCROSS Challenge in Toronto. Both these youngsters are future Canadian stars and they proved it when Leith pulled the holeshot in the main and then Preston went on to take the win. I couldn’t help but beam with a bit of pride when I saw Preston talk on the podium like a true champ in front of 60,000 people knowing he took some of those skills away from the MX Stars program. Congrats to all the kids who took part in this challenge and I hope KTM continues it in the future.
Preston and the other top two riders celebrating after a great weekend.
WASPcam Prove It! Challenge
Do not forget about the WASPcam and DMX Prove It! challenge where DMX and WASP will be giving away a free camera. Do you have some cool photos from the Toronto Supercross? That is all you need to enter! Details are www.mmrs.ca for more details. Any pros who are interested in helping teach the school please email firstname.lastname@example.org I also want to give a shout of to DMX MX Stars of Tomorrow participants Leith Ness and Preston Masciangelo who both took part in the KTM JR SUPERCROSS Challenge in Toronto. Both these youngsters are future Canadian stars and they proved it when Leith pulled the holeshot in the main and then Preston went on to take the win. I couldn’t help but to beam with a bit of pride when I saw Preston talk on the podium like a true champ in front of 60,000 people knowing he took some of those skills away from the MX Stars program. Congrats to all the kids who took part in this challenge and I hope KTM continues it in the future. Do not forget about the WASPcam and DMX Prove it challenge where DMX and WASP will be giving away a free camera. Do you have some cool photos from the Toronto Supercross? That is all you need to enter! Details are here. http://www.directmotocross.com/news/features/2014/03/waspcam-directmotocrosscom-present-toronto-sx-%E2%80%98prove-it%E2%80%99-photo-contest">here.
You could win this camera just by submitting a Toronto Supercross photo!
Hey, guys. It's the last Friday of March and it seems like spring is never going to get here. And I'm sure everyone's itch to ride just quadrupled and then some after yet another amazing Toronto SX. Rumour has it, that it may be our last. That is a huge downer, but it wasn't for lack of attendance this year or poor dirt. This year it seemed like there was an even larger crowd than the previous year and the dirt for 2014 was awesome!
This year’s Toronto SX weekend started on Friday night at Houston's at Yonge and Wellington in downtown Toronto. The evening started off slow due to a potential 10-15cm of snow, but that didn't stop it from heating up inside. Some of the big name riders/ex-riders in attendance were Chad Reed, Michael Byrne, Mitch Cooke and JT Money (Jason Thomas). Steve Matthes and Jason Weigandt were the heavy hitters representing the media on Friday night, just to mention a few. The place was bumping and it was a lot of fun.
Steve Matthes, JT$, and John Knowles from Scott at The Houston.
Saturday night, the big names were Dean Wilson, Malcolm Stewart, Josh Hill, Colton Facciotti, Jimmy D, AJ Cantazaro and more. The place was packed and the drinks were flowing. And we all know when the drinks flow some of our talents and maybe memories grow as well. After a few cold ones the smack talk heated up and a pretty serious bet was agreed on. Every year at the MMRS Madoc National , they hold a Legend's race. This race is for past Legends on the track, and even welcomes Legends in their own minds. That's where the bet comes into play. At this year’s Legends race, myself, Bigwave Billy, DMX boss Kyle Carruthers, and the Legendary Todd Kuli will do battle. The loser out of the group must drink 6 warm Bud Lights and be the 30-second board girl for the following days 450 Pro moto. But that's not it...While holding the 30-second board, the loser must wear some "Daisy Duke" shorts, a tank top and take many "duck lipped" selfies on their cell phone. I myself think it's one heck of a bet and I can’t wait to see anyone of my 3 close friends dressed like that. Quick shout out to Brad Nauditt himself -- Brad broke his wrist and still gutted out a 16th in the main. Heal up quick, Amigo. (Editors Note: Kyle does not believe he was part of this bet, but he is ok with it as he knows he will win anyways..)
The best place for Jeff at the MMRS 'Legends' Race is behind the mic!
Josh Snider photo
That is it for me this week. Let’s all pray for some seriously warm weather so we can hit the dirt real soon. Don't forget to keep your eyes posted on DMX to purchase a very cool #smileforBC T-shirt like the ones myself and Davis from Mica-sports were rocking at the Saturday night DMX party. They are super-rad and all the money goes directly to Bruce Cook. Have a great week and I'll see you all next week. #smileforBC.
#smileforBC and congrats on getting your driver's license.
Thanks, Kyle and Jeff. After a long weekend in Toronto last week, I’ve finally got myself back on a normal sleep schedule. The older I get, the longer it takes to get sorted out, I’m finding. I’d like to say a huge ‘thank you’ to everyone who made those two nights at The Houston as good as they were. Everything went pretty smoothly and I think everyone had a great time. The beautiful staff was run off their feet but they managed to keep smiles on their faces and made both nights great.
The Future of the Toronto SX?
Jeff touched on this already, but the unfortunate rumour we’re hearing is that the Toronto SX will either take a couple year break from action or disappear for good. We’ve heard everything from the Rogers Centre getting a new real grass floor for baseball to Pan Am Games preparations (although that’s in the summer and not even in the dome), and we even heard that they might give Atlanta two rounds. Either way, it doesn’t look good for 2015 and beyond at the old Skydome. We had heard these rumours months ago and I just thought it was simply because getting all the teams across the border and up to Toronto was the reason but there appears to be more to it. Truthfully, this series would sell out every year in Montreal! Stay tuned…
Mike Alessi in Canada?
Well, this interesting story seems to be cooling to an ember as the likelihood of us seeing Mike Alessi and the Smartop Motoconcepts team in Canada seems to be smoldering. I went right up to Tony Alessi (sorry to interrupt, by the way) and asked him in the pits in Toronto. He said it was still a possibility and gave it a 50/50 chance. I don’t know him at all so I was unable to get a good read on whether that was him being sly or what. We’ll keep pestering the team for answers as the season nears. Kyle mentioned his talk with Michael Byrne earlier and, like Lloyd Christmas, he's telling us there's a chance!
What’s Up with Tyler Villopoto?
I noticed on Facebook that it’s Tyler’s birthday today so I gave him a shout to find out how he’s been and what his racing plans are. He was over in England competing in the British SX Championships this past winter and the series didn’t go as he had hoped. He actually went into it with a cracked tibia and messed up ankle.
Preparing on rock-hard supercross tracks before the series started proved to be a mistake as the soil used in the races was wet and muddy making it a unique indoor experience. He did the 7-round series and when I asked him if the crowd was excited to see him he said that they were but that he also felt as though he had a big target on his back.
He’s currently back in California with one bike but no suspension. When I asked what his racing plans are for this summer he didn’t have anything planned. He did mention that there was an offer on the table to come back up to Canada but that it wasn’t exactly where he needed the support to be to make a legitimate run at our series. This means the 24-year-old may simply take the summer off from racing to let his body heal properly or maybe do some filming instead. I know a lot of people would click on a video of Tyler throwing some of the craziest whips out there! Good luck with whatever the future holds and happy birthday.
Jeff Williams is a Father!
Congratulations to Rampion Enterprises Veep, Jeff Williams and his wife Aimee, on the birth of their first child, a boy named Cru. We all know Jeff as the guy who was responsible for all the gear bags seen at the races the past several years. Watch for Jeff and his new gear bag company, Project, in the future. And check out his 2UNDR line of athletic underwear too. It seems like all the cool kids are having babies right now!
Popkum Motor Park Enduro, Trials, and more...
I can’t believe I’m saying this with the weather we’re having here in SWO, but Popkum Motor Park is open and in full swing out there on the west coast. I spoke with Scott Ponuick today as he was touring Science World in Vancouver and he let me know that the park is open. The new Enduro Park track is going, they are working on a trials course, the side-by-side track will open sometime in May, the Junior Red Riders bikes are being rented and ridden, and the motocross track is waiting for you. He also mentioned that they have acquired the services of top trials rider, Christy WIlliams, to run some trials training courses out at the park. Popokum will also host the final round of the BC Motocross series on the June 21-22 weekend. Here's a helmet cam view of the enduro course that Scott had linked up on his Facebook page:
BC Motocross Championships Round 1
While we're out west, the first weekend of racing in the BC Motocross Championships took place over in Victoria last weekend. I found a Photo Report on the BC Motocross Facebook page that you can have a look at HERE. The next round in the series is April 12th in Kelowna, BC.
Just what we need...another motocross racer/rapper!
OK, I"m not going to actually embed this next video into the Update as it isn't exactly G Rated due to the language, but having met Adam Enticknap last week in Toronto I can say that he seems to be a good, fun-loving guy. The #722 privateer was apparently getting a little loopy on a long drive and decided to record this Subway rap. Give it a listen HERE and remember I warned you about the language.
Brad Nauditt's Wrist Injury
I spoke with Brad Nauditt today to find out a little more about what his wrist injury means for the rest of his SX season. He confirmed that his navicular bone did have a crack in it but that it won't require surgery. However, it will keep him out of the line-up this week in St. Loius. He said he got a pain shot but that it didn't really seem to do anything for him. This will give him a nice break to heal until the East Lites hit the track again in East Rutherford, NJ April 26th. He was told he can ride as long as he can take the pain so he will rest for a few days (typical motocrosser) and then get back on a bike to start outdoor testing.
Davey Fraser's Ankle Injury
After lining up in the Lites class last week in Toronto, Davey Fraser came up short on the big triple on Friday and hurt his left ankle. He didn't know how bad it was and so limped to the starting line on Saturday and attempted to qualify for the night show. Although he came up just a little short, he put the PR-MX 250F in front of the big crowd and created some memories. I caught him busy at work out in Halifax, NS Friday afternoon to find out how the ankle is coming along and what the prognosis is. He said that it turned out nothing was broken but that he badly sprained both sides of his ankle and bruised both his arch and his heal. The plan is still to head to NYC for the April 26th round, so that's good.
Thanks for reading again this week. It looks like we're in for some warmer weather and rain here, so we might just start to see some dirt popping through this horrible layer of snow. If you're lucky enough to be somewhere warm, enjoy a great weekend of twisting the throttle and please think of us as you do so.
Hey, Davis, it's almost road biking season! See you at the races...