Frid’Eh Update #15 Presented by Husqvarna Canada
By Jeff McConkey and Billy Rainford
Welcome to week #15 of the DMX Frid’Eh Update this week presented by Husqvarna Canada. For 2016, #15 will belong to Swift Current, Saskatchewan’s Shawn Maffenbeier. Shawn has been a staple on the Canadian scene for a long time and most people forget he’s only 23 years old. We got to know him very well back in 2009 when a certain Buick Electra Estate Wagon traveled from coast to coast. We found ourselves, more often than not, parked beside the Maffenbeiers in the pits and on the road, and the stories and memories from that summer will not fade any time soon.
Shawn has won MX2 overalls and knows that it takes to win. When things went well for Shawn last summer, they went very well. Unfortunately, some bad luck pushed him down the results sheet too many times and he finished the season a distant 4th.
Shawn will move over to the Big Steel Box Redemption Racing Fly KTM team for 2016. We just spent some time with Shawn out in California and it seems like he’s got all his ducks in a row. Expect to see him at round 1 in Kamloops fresh, prepared, and ready to go. With two-time champion, Kaven Benoit, now moved up to the MX1 class and Jimmy Decotis staying stateside for the summer, this should be the year we see Shawn step out from the shadows and make his mark in the light.
Hey, guys. It’s finally Friday and Mother Nature has no clue what she is doing. Some days it looks like spring here, and others it looks like it is never going to come. Let’s hope she figures it out real soon and we can finally get out and go riding here in Ontario!
Newfoundland Rider, Emily Cole
The weather has been up and down lately here in Southern Ontario, some riders have gone south and some have even got in a few rides at their local tracks. But what if it wasn’t that easy for us? Would we do anything in our powers so we could ride? We have many public and private tracks at our fingertips, and if not, it’s an hour or two drive at most. In the winters there are a few indoor riding spots or the real lucky riders head South. Florida, Georgia and South Carolina are the hot spots if you are in the East, and California if you are in the West. But what about the riders from Newfoundland? They have one track on the island, and everything else is a very expensive ferry ride and many many hours away. What do these moto crazy ‘Newfies’ do to stay sane in the winter? Well, our good friend Emily Cole from Torbay, Newfoundland, was nice enough to help fill us in.
Emily Cole: For anyone who doesn’t know, Newfoundland is a rugged little island off the shores of Eastern Canada. We don’t get the greatest weather, and we’ve got a really rocky rough terrain here. For the most part, we only get about four months to our riding season. Luckily, we’ve got one great motocross track, Riverview Motocross, but that wasn’t always the case. For years, we didn’t have a track to ride at all. We are blessed to have a lot of fabulous scenic places to freeride here when the weather allows us.
This year I decided I was sick of not riding my dirt bike during the winter, so I went to the local Honda dealership and purchased a box of ice studs. After 1200 studs, the beast was ready to rip!
Thanks to my friends at Atlantic Recreation for all of their help and dedication getting parts in and swapping my tires over just in time. Also, thank you to my mom for capturing my first ride with the ice studs. It was great fun and now I have a spare set of studded tires for next year.
In Monster Energy AMA SX, this weekend’s stop is Indianapolis. That means the 250 West riders will once again take a break and the 250 East crew will be back at it. Malcolm Stewart will be sporting a well-deserved red plate this weekend as the series points leader. As long as Malcolm can avoid the carnage, he has got to be the heavy favourite from here on out. His intensity, fitness and heart look like they are about to earn Malcolm his first professional championship, but this is Supercross and anything can happen. In the 450 class, you can expect Ryan Dungey to once again show how great he is, and it is a safe bet that his Baker’s Factory training partners will be close in tow. It will be a retro theme race, so look for some sweet looking bikes and some crazy gear and colours. Here are my Indy predictions:
Holeshot: Malcolm Stewart
1st Malcolm Stewart
2nd Martin Davalos
3rd Jeremy Martin
4th Aaron Plessinger
5th Shane McElrath
Holeshot: Ryan Dungey
1st Ryan Dungey
2nd Eli Tomac
3rd Marvin Musquin
4th Try Canard
5th Jason Anderson
I’m going to have to cut this short, as I am too excited. I will be heading East this weekend to pick up a new Husqvarna test bike from Victoria Hett and the great people at Husqvarna Canada. I don’t think I have ever been so excited to get a bike. Watch for lots of pictures and adventures from me on the new Husky. Once again, thanks to Victoria for meeting me on her day off to pick up this new test bike. Have a great weekend and remember to #smileforBC!
Our trip started in San Francisco and the Santa Clara Supercross and then we headed south down the coast to Temecula with sightseeing stops in Pismo Beach and Half Moon Bay to check out where the world class monster wave at Mavericks can sometimes be found in winter months. It was pancake flat that day.
2016 KTM Canada Thor Racing Team Unveiled
Hayden Halstead Joins MX101|FXR|Yamaha for 2016
Nathan Bles Gets Support from Big Steel Box Redemption Racing Fly KTM Canada for 2016
Bayfield, Ontario, rider, Nathan Bles, has found a home for the 2016 season. The likable rider has been racing Pro for a bunch of years now. Each summer, he threatens to walk away and get a ‘real job’ and then we find him lining up on the gate as soon as he can. This summer, Nathan will get support from Josh Snider and the gang to race the Eastern MX1 national on a KTM 450.
Nathan will drive to the races on his own in their motorhome and trailer but will have all the parts and help from the main team – kind of the same deal as Kyle Keast had in 2015 with the GDR team.
Nathan is always a welcome rider on the line, so it’s great to hear he’ll be hitting as many events as he can before he joins the ‘real world.’ Some day, Nathan, just not today.
AMO Newsletter #6
MMRS Riding School is Coming April 23-24
Ready to ride ? New to motocross ? No better way to get started then with the MMRS School and Practice Weekend.
April 23 & 24, 2016 at the Cochrane track.
All beginner and novice riders are encouraged to attend this school. It will involve instruction on all aspects of riding and will be held at different stations throughout the track. Students will be divided into appropriate groups based on their ability level and size of bike. A great way to get the season started. Lots of seat time and great tips. Following the school, the track will be open for practice.
The 50 riders who are just beginning will have their own track to practice on. Any 50 riders who have raced before will have the option of joining the 60’s on the track.
Please note: Tyke riders ( beginners just learning to ride and not yet ready to race ) will have a section available on Sat. during the school. There is no cost for this.
Sunday will be an all day open practice for motocross bikes.
No membership is required for the school or the practice.
Gates will open Friday Apr. 22 at 5:00 p.m.
7:30 a.m. Sign – In
9:00 a.m. – noon MX School
1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. open MX practice
Cost: $ 50:00 for 60’s, 80’s and big bikes. $30 for 50 riders not using the main track $20 afternoon practice only
* regular gate and camping fees will apply
8:30 a.m. Flagging Instruction – we have flagging positions available and anyone who would like to flag at any of our events this year should plan to attend this session. We will also have positions available for flagging during practice, following the instruction. Please email if you are interested on working this year or during practice on Sunday so I can reserve you a spot. firstname.lastname@example.org
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Open MX Practice $25
Popkum Motor Park Future West Moto Races and Practice this Weekend
From Vancouver (117 km) :
Take the Trans Canada Highway/BC-1 E ramp. Merge onto BC-1 E. Take exit 138 toward Popkum Road. Turn Right. Turn left onto Bridal Falls Rd. Popkum Motor Park will be on the right.
Future West Moto – no license/membership series
Future West Moto Racing comes to Popkum for Round 3 in the series!
April 9th Practice Day
April 10th Race Day
Gate Fees Friday-Sunday (Wristband): $10/person to a maximum of $25 per family; 5 Yrs and Under are Free
Friday April 8: open 12pm – 11pm
Saturday April 9: open 7am – 11pm
Sunday April 10: 6:30am – 2:30pm
Camping: $10 per night (back parking lot)
Day parking in front lot
Saturday Practice Fee: $30
Classes: 1st Class $35, 2nd Class $30, 3rd Class $25
Insured storage for mx bikes is available for on site. Check Popkum website for details. Popkummotorpark.com
SATURDAY PRACTICE Order + Details:
- Pros and Intermediates
- Ladies / Age Classes
- 65’s and 85’s
- 50cc, New Kid, Young Ladies
Saturday Riders Meeting 8:30 am, Practise Start at 9:00 am
for all the details: Popkum Motor Park EVENT →
OK, the day has flown by and that will do it for this week. Have a great weekend and enjoy the riding and racing wherever you are. I’m going to go and get this jet lag under control by starting with a nap…