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Monday Morning Coffee

By Billy Rainford It’s over! We put a fork in this weird 2020 season on Saturday afternoon at Gopher Dunes. We just did our 2-week stint at the outdoor Supercross track just outside of Tillsonburg, Ontario. What did you think? I think they gave us a couple very good tracks to race, however, the rather extensive injury list would point to another issue. It’s like trying to get your first

Monday Morning Coffee | 2020 MX Nationals Report Cards

By Billy Rainford Usually around this time of year we’re getting ready to head somewhere super cool for the annual Motocross of Nations. Sure, there have been years in the past where the politics of the whole thing have gotten in the way of our sending a team, but that wasn’t the roadblock this year. Chalk up another win for the Coronavirus. It’s also around this time when I’d be

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

Faces at the Races | Sand Del Lee 1 | Presented by Fox Racing Canada

Faces at the Races | Sand Del Lee 1 | Presented by Fox Racing Canada By Billy Rainford Photos by Bigwave I decided to make time for my favourite column of the racing season – Faces at the Races. This column tries to have some light-hearted fun while showcasing many of the characters that make the Canadian Moto Scene the best in the world. Here’s a look at some of

Off the Cuff with Jacqueline Ross | August

Off the Cuff with Jacqueline Ross | August By Jacqueline Ross Greetings, Humans! I take early morning walks almost every day.  Sometimes they take place a little later than others and I’m not cruising the streets till around 7 a.m. At that time in the morning, the cars are always whizzing by.  People are on the way to work, dropping their kids off at school, heading to the gym, or on their

Monday Morning Coffee

By Billy Rainford Let me start off by letting you know that Ontario has actually been extremely hot and dry this summer. It only rains on Sundays when there’s a race at Walton Raceway. It’s a true story. In fact, we were just sitting out on our front porch enjoying a cup of coffee and when a breeze came through leaves actually fell from our neighbour’s birch tree. Not because

MondayMorning Coffee | The Coffee after the Storm…

By Billy Rainford What happened? It seems like I blinked and the TransCan was giving out awards! What an amazing week of racing in the field up in Walton, Ontario. Congratulations to everyone who made it to “Motocross Town” for the weeklong festival of amateur motocross. Remember when Stally tried to scoop the name and put that little sign up in Deschambault that one year? Low blow. There was great

Monday Morning Coffee

By Billy Rainford Welcome to another Holiday Monday. This one doesn’t really have a fancy name to go along with it. We simply call this one “the long weekend in August.” Does anyone really care, as long as it means we get a three-day weekend? We just tried to go out for some breakfast and found out that all of our favourite breakfast joints were also enjoying this Civic Holiday.

Monday Morning Coffee | The Perfect Walton Storm

Monday Morning Coffee | The Perfect Walton Storm By Billy Rainford I have to start out on a sad note with the passing of a unique individual, Junebug. He passed away from a blood clot and will be missed by a lot of people: What would you say the percentage is of perfect weather Mondays after a muddy mess of a race day Sunday? I’m guessing it’s up around 99%!

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