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Things to Watch for at Round 5 |The Final Round

Things to Watch for at Round 5 |The Final Round By Billy Rainford It’s hard to believe but we’re heading in to our final weekend of racing to decide the champions in the 2020 Rockstar Triple Crown Tour MX Nationals. We’re back at Sand Del Lee just outside Ottawa, Ontario. There are two clearcut favourites in Jess Pettis (250) and Dylan Wright (450), but there are other stories to keep

2020 Leatt Gear Review

2020 Leatt Gear Review By Billy Rainford Photos by Emily Nicholson OK, nobody is fooling anyone here…Jeff McConkey was the biggest gear nerd in the history of gear nerds. He lived for new gear to try out. He was the guy for the job of trying out new stuff, no doubt. You may have heard me say this before, but I could be looking at a random photo from 12

What It’s Like to Go to the Races in These Strange Times | Gopher Dunes AMO Provincial

What It’s Like to Go to the Races in These Strange Times | Gopher Dunes AMO Provincial By Billy Rainford Normal? No, not really, but what are our choices when it comes to getting our racing season off the ground? With so many different areas allowed to do different things, racing in southwestern Ontario has been happening with a few restrictions. COVID-19 has affected every aspect of our lives and

Derek Schuster Talks about this Weekend’s OPC and Hosting National Round 1 During COVID-19

Derek Schuster Talks about this Weekend’s OPC and Hosting National Round 1 During COVID-19 By Billy Rainford We’re now less than 3 weeks away from Round 1 of the 2020 Rockstar Triple Crown Tour MX Nationals that will be hosted at Gopher Dunes on July 25-26. Derek Schuster is the man in charge of things over there in Courtland, Ontario. They will also be hosting Round 2 of the AMO

Tips for MX Beginners by Carl Bastedo

Tips for MX Beginners by Carl Bastedo Carl Bastedo has pretty much seen it all in the sport of Motocross. In fact, he probably HAS seen it all and seen it from its inception! We agreed that it would be a good idea to put together a short list of the many pratfalls we, as new riders, will likely encounter. With this list, maybe some beginners can avoid the mistakes

The Importance of Mental Toughness

The Importance of Mental Toughness By Billy Rainford Alan Goldberg writes in his ‘8 Qualities of a Mentally Tough Athlete‘ article on the Competitive Edge website that there are a few characteristics successful athletes all share. Here’s the list shortened down: Calm under pressure Unfazed Amazing powers of concentration Laser focussed Winning attitude Does the work Confident Setbacks do not shake their belief in abilities When you skimmed over that

Motocrosser Making a Difference | Ryan Langille Gives…and Gives

Motocrosser Making a Difference | Ryan Langille Gives…and Gives By Billy Rainford When I dug into the archives and posted an old photo of Nico Izzi, Mike Alessi, and Chad Reed from Press Day for Sick Kids Hospital at the 2009 Toronto Supercross, I had no idea I had uncovered a really nice, feel-good story. Chase Langille is the one on the right of the photo with the mohawk and

2016 Direct Motocross Awards

2016 Direct Motocross Awards By Jeff McConkey and Billy Rainford It’s that time of year again when we have some fun and hand out our annual Direct Motocross Awards. We try to give out awards in most of the usual categories and add a few of our own for a twist. 2016 was a year of unprecedented competition in our Pro series. With a field this deep, standing out was

Faces at the Races | 2016 Recap

Faces at the Races | 2016 Recap By Billy Rainford Photos by Jeff McConkey and Billy Rainford Take a trip from Round 1 in Kamloops, BC all the way across Canada to Round 10 in Barrie, ON in this ‘Faces at the Races‘ look at the 2016 Rockstar Energy MX Nationals. It’s a long trip so get comfortable!

5 Lap Sprint | Christmas Edition | Part 3

5 Lap Sprint | Christmas Edition | Part 3 By Jeff McConkey Over the last week or so, I reached out to a variety of moto friends – Racers, mechanics, and industry. It’s always a fun time to pick their brains and hear their silly answers to my silly questions. There will be a couple more coming up over the Holidays, so give them a look. Here’s Part 3: What