Frid’Eh Update #34 Presented by Atlas Brace

By Jeff McConkey, Dawn McClintock, and Billy Rainford


Week #34 goes out to the hard-working rider from Newtonville, Ontario, Westen Wrozyna. – Bigwave photo

Westen Wrozyna gets the first Update after the final big Pro event here in Canada. The Rockstar Energy MX Nationals are finished and the MMRS Madoc National is in the books. Week #34 has the dubious distinction this year as being the curtain call to a great summer season. What’s next for Canadian riders is always the biggest question at this time of year.

South of the border, riders are into Supercross preparations already or getting set to race the Monster Energy Cup in Las Vegas. But what about our guys? What will they be doing for the next couple months until the snow flies? That’s a good question, and one we were sure to ask Westen. Do any of our guys have plans to race Supercross or how about one of the two Arenacross series set to start at the end of the month? We’ll find out.

Westen entered his second year as a full-time Pro racer this summer. We all knew the original plan was for him to travel with Honda TLD GDR teammate #30 Kyle Keast out west and do the entire 10-round series. That didn’t happen and Westen was left with a 6-round Pro National season. Here’s a look at his overall results:


He looked to be right where he should be at round 5 at Gopher Dunes with an 8th and then didn’t really put the numbers up that he expected. We caught up with the Newtonville, Ontario, native to get his thoughts on the season and what he plans to do next:


Let’s hear what Westen has to say about the 2015 season and more… – Dawn McClintock photo

Direct Motocross: Hello, Westen. You didn’t travel the entire series this summer. Can you explain that decision and tell us how the eastern rounds went for you?

Westen Wrozyna: We made the decision about a month before the first round that I just wasn’t quite ready. I needed some more time on the bike. The East rounds went really good for me compared to the previous year. I was happy with my qualifying every round; I just couldn’t put it together during the motos. Something always happens — always had a little bit of bad luck.

What was your favourite race of the summer?

Gopher was my favourite round this year. I was excited to get back to racing and the new track layout was amazing…and of course it was the best round for me results-wise.

You just did the MMRS Madoc National. How did that event go?

The MMRS national was a great event for me. It was a great opportunity to ride with Cole (Thompson) and Dylan (Wright) and just try to learn their speed and try to stay with them. Unfortunately, I got hit with someone’s tumbling motorcycle, but other than that it was a really good event.


On the MMRS Madoc National: “It was a great opportunity to ride with Cole (Thompson) and Dylan (Wright) and just try to learn their speed and try to stay with them.”

The ‘official’ Pro season is done up here now. What’s next for you?

For me, things are far from over. I will be trying to hit as many races as possible to make some money, and, of course, to continually improve and try to get faster.

What will you do over the winter? Is Arenacross or Supercross on your radar?

I don’t believe I’m ready for Supercross yet. That is definitely something I want to do in the future. This winter I will be training full-time and trying to do a lot of Arenacross stuff just to learn and get ready for Supercross.

What is your plan for racing in 2016?

Right now, everything still up in the air. I would love to come back and race the full series in Canada. Hopefully, I can get some support again for 2016 and show that I’m a top 10 guy in Canada.

Good luck with the rest of your racing and thanks for taking the time to speak with us. Who would you like to thank?

No problem. I would like to thank GDR, Honda Canada, Troy Lee Designs, Oakley, Atlas Brace, ProvenMoto, FrankFit, and my mom and dad.


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Jeff McConkey

Well, the season is slowly winding down. The Nationals have come and gone, the MMRS Madoc National has past, and now it’s almost time for that great fall riding. Contracts are over and new goals are set for next season. Some riders achieved their goals, very few over-achieved, and many under-achieved. It’s almost like making up excuses is part of the game. Have you ever noticed? In most of the interviews nowadays, the riders are telling you about the problems and making excuses. Is it just that so much is expected of them? Maybe it’s that we are too busy pumping the riders up to realize that some of them aren’t that great and we don’t want to hurt their feelings? It’s such a small industry here in Canada, it’s almost like we have to bite our tongue 80% of the time.

MMRS Madoc National

So, the MMRS Madoc National went off this past weekend. Cole Thompson and mechanic Steph showed up and put it to the competition pretty bad. Dylan Wright made the drive west and rode a 450 to a respectable 2nd. In the Women’s class, young Eve Brodeur showed everyone why she is and will remain #1 for a long, long time. Honda-mounted Kim Nomandin put in a very impressive ride and actually led Brodeur around for a bit. Kim looked very confident and not once did she look like she was riding over her head. If she continues the hard work, I wouldn’t be shocked if she shows the champ a wheel or 2 next season.


“Honda-mounted Kim Nomandin put in a very impressive ride and actually led Brodeur around for a bit.” – Dawn McClintock photo

That’s it for me this week, sorry to cut it short. I will make it up next week. Be sure to check this weeks ‘Out of the Blue‘ with Meagan Donahue. Have a great week and always remember to #smileforBC!

Dawn McClintock


This year marked the 5th year that the crew at MMRS have hosted the Madoc National and it was yet another successful year. Friday practice day had it’s challenges having had a huge rain storm the day previous. It left the track in rough shape and while some chose to practice later in the day, most chose to just sit it out and were probably the wiser (and wealthier) for it. Both Saturday and Sunday were perfect days. We saw some great racing and lots of new faces there too. I heard a number of people (largely from Quebec) on the podium say that they had just competed at Walton and heard about the Madoc National and thought why not hang around and give it a shot. It’s so nice to see this event growing on all levels.

We saw loads of amateurs out there giving it their all and we saw some fast pros who also came out and went home with a pocket full of coin. Yes, the Maguires series put together some serious purse money and we saw a lot of envelopes being handed out during the awards ceremony. Of course, cleaning up on that front was Cole Thompson. (Forget the pit board, I think he needed Steph there to carry his portfolio of cheques back to the truck for him). It was also something to note the number of women that came out to compete.


We saw loads of amateurs out there giving it their all… Here’s Jake Tricco on the podium. – McClintock photo

I am and have always been a huge supporter of women’s motocross and it’s so nice to see the gates filling up with blue plates. In her typical fashion, Ève Brodeur was there and easily won the women’s pro class and also ran very well in the Schoolboy (12-16) class. She was out there supporting the younger girls who raced this weekend which to me reminded me of one of the reasons I liked Blair Morgan so much. Humbleness and taking time for the kids is key. Thumbs up, Ève, you’re doing it right.


After the competitive racing was over for the day, the really serious competitive racing was slotted in. The Legends race (we missed you, Bigwave) was a chance for the old guys who haven’t raced in the past couple of years a chance to give it a go. DMX’s own Jeff McConkey lined up with his #1 plate to get his “portion” served by none other than Ève Brodeur’s dad, Sylvain. It was all in good fun and I’m sure there were a few aches and pains the next day. The crew even made sure they took time to have a Tyke race for young riders who had maybe never rode a dirt bike before or ones who had very little experience. It was fun watching parents run around trying to help them navigate through the huge ruts and valleys that some training wheels just weren’t meant to pass through.


DMX’s own Jeff McConkey lined up with his #1 plate to get his “portion” served by none other than Ève Brodeur’s dad, Sylvain. – McClintock photo

DMX presented a couple of awards out to some athletes that we felt showed some mettle and were worthy of recognition:

Jemma Pope won the Young Hard Charger award sponsored by GP Bikes. - McClintock photo

Gemma Pope won the Young Hard Charger award sponsored by GP Bikes. – McClintock photo

our the People's Choice award went to Doug Wright and he received a new Just 1 helmet. - McClintock photo

Our the People’s Choice award went to Doug Wright and he received a new Just 1 helmet. – McClintock photo


Finally, our Total Devotion award that included a week at the County Line facility went to Drew Roberts. - McClintock photo

Finally, our Total Devotion award that included a week at the County Line facility went to Drew Roberts. – McClintock photo

Full results can be found HERE.

All-in-all it was a great weekend and it always seems a little bittersweet after Walton and Madoc Nationals come to a close because it means the winding down of the summer season and a farewell to some of the people you spend most weekends with. For me, I will continue on and hit up some of the fall series with the MMRS crew and maybe find a few cross country events to tide me over until the snow falls. Thanks to MMRS for hosting a great event and I hope to see most of you at the Toronto SX and/or the Nitro Circus Tour in Toronto in October!

Billy Rainford


We won’t be able to hold ‘office hours’ outside in the back yard for too much longer here in Canada. – Bigwave iPhone photo

Thanks, Jeff and Dawn. Well, like they said, we’re heading into fall very soon here in Canada and the days when I can hold ‘office hours’ in the back yard are definitely numbered. It’s a perfect 25 degrees Celsius here in London, Ontario, today and that means the dogs and I are hanging out in the back while we can. Soon enough, this scene will change to the 3 months of deep white snow with a small, trampled down area dotted with yellow snow and little piles of dog poop that need attending to. If you’re reading this from a tropical climate, consider yourself lucky. However, I’ve lived in places without seasons and can tell you, first-hand, that I actually appreciate getting 4 full seasons in a year. Having a shorter riding season may not make us the best riders in the world, but it sure helps make us some of the toughest!

Ironman MX Indiana National

Last weekend, we got the chance to head to Indian to catch the final round of action in the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championships. We had more Canadians there than I can ever remember at an American national. It was really cool to head down there with the goal of seeing some of our own compete at the highest level.

We did a 2015 Rockstar MX Nationals MX2 Top 10 Report Card yesterday here on the site (watch for the MX1 later) and it was a lot of fun to do. With that in mind, I thought I’d go ahead and do the same for our riders who competed last weekend in Indiana.


#626 Shawn Robinson and #330 Eric Jeffery


Shawn and Eric headed to Indiana with hopes of gaining valuable international experience. They knew they weren’t going to win and really didn’t expect to make it into the motos. Like I said, they were there for the experience, and if they’d made it in, it would have been a bonus. There were 89 riders trying to make the 40-man field. And this is not a list of riders that tapers off very much in speed once you leave the top 10. It’s tough!

Shawn and Eric went out and had the 60th and 56th fastest times in the 450 class during qualifying. They then went out and had an entertaining battle with with each other in the consolation race where the top 4 made the motos. No, they didn’t make it in. Sometimes people ask why anyone would spend all the money and travel so far when they know they can’t win the race. Well, guess what, there’s an old cliché that says, “He who dies with the most toys wins.” I say that’s BS. I’ve made a change to the adage and it goes like this: “He who dies with the most STORIES wins.

Shawn and Eric will be talking about this day with their families for the rest of their lives. Period. It’s that simple. Heck, I went and competed at Gatorback when I was 16, had an awful day of ‘racing,’ and my dad and I still reminisce to this day!

There are 3 ways to hit an AMA National:

  1. You’re Ryan Dungey or a handful of others who are there to win.
  2. You’re the next 35 riders who want to get as high up the list as they can.
  3. You’re someone like Shawn or Eric who will forever be able to say they gave it a shot.

For this reason, I’m giving both Shawn and Eric an ‘A.’ You can never take that day away from either of these guys.

#141 Jeremy Medaglia


I had no idea Jeremy was battling a sore back from his big crash with Joey Crown in Walton – I don’t think many of us did. In fact, when he rode off during qualifying and then didn’t show up for the consolation race, some even questioned his heart. Well, I knew there had to be more to the story. Jeremy, himself, was nowhere to be found and I know from experience that when it’s not his day, it’s best to give him a little bit of space. Team owner, Derek Schuster, walked past and I asked him what the story was.

It was Derek who informed me that Jeremy was questionable to line up at all for practice, but, being the competitor he is, he gave it a shot anyway. The team was already going and to throw his bike in and head there was not a big added expense, so he tried. Unfortunately, he was too sore to even give it a fair shake and decided to call it a day.

For even suiting up and riding practice, I’m also giving Jeremy an ‘A.’ Jeremy has raced a bunch of these things and knows what it takes. He’s been there before and will be there again.

#464 Kyle Keast


I have never seen the look of ‘can I do that?’ in Kyle’s face before. You know that when someone like him is wondering about a jump (or jumps) on a track that you’re dealing with one tough track! The jumps were so big in Indiana that it made you shudder every time a rider tried the big uphill triple for the first time. Kyle even asked Derek if he thought he had enough speed to do it. I told him to just hold it wide open and over-jump it the first time. He said he wasn’t worried about over-jumping…he questioned whether he could actually gain enough speed to even make the top!

Seriously, Kyle Keast wondering if he could go fast enough on his 450 to clear the jump. It was that big. I think it might be one of those things that comes with age. You really start thinking about consequences and what it means for Monday at work. You see, Kyle runs a business and can’t afford to have something go wrong that would keep him from his actually work duties. Younger kids will simply hold on the gas and hope for the best. With age comes wisdom. Sure, some may say you get old and lose your nerve, but as someone who has been there himself, it sounds much better to say you gain wisdom! LOL

Anyway, where was I? Kyle qualified and finished up in 28th spot overall. He beat some fast riders. Since I’m in a good mood in the sunshine, I’m also giving Kyle an ‘A.’ Kyle has competed internationally before and know what it takes and also how much he can give.

#926 Kaven Benoit


Kaven looked great on the 450. It is the bike he will be racing as a Pro from now on. He and Jerome Therrien borrowed a Sprinter van and made the 15-hour drive.  I was impressed the announcers didn’t ‘Friese’ the pronunciation of his last name. Great job, guys.

Kaven had a great late-moto battle with Tyler Medaglia in the first moto after falling. He chased Tyler on the final lap and when Tyler chose a poor line, he took advantage and made the pass. It was pretty exciting to watch from the sidelines.

Somehow, in a field that stacked, Kaven ended up riding on his own out there. It was a little surprising to see. He seemed pleased with his performance and gained some invaluable race time on the 450 that will serve him well over the winter and into next spring.

In the first 2nd moto start, Kaven found himself up in the top 5 until Kyle Chisholm‘s start straight crash caused a red flag restart. He still went out and grabbed a top 10 start in it. For this, I’m giving Kaven (you guessed it) an ‘A.’

#903 Tyler Medaglia


Tyler is a rider who will line up anywhere, any time. You know you’re going to get a 100% effort and no excuses from this guy. It’s a breath of fresh air, really. I always tell people in different sports: Hey, you line up, you race as hard as you can, and where you finish is where you finish. It’s as simple as that. Tyler seems to get this. He doesn’t get phased when something goes wrong, whether it’s in his control or not. This is racing and sometimes things go sideways on you.

Tyler was put in the B group for practice and qualifying. He did the huge uphill triple on the second lap (the first lap you aren’t allowed) and didn’t force his brother Jeremy out of the A group when the option arose. His rear fender was slapping him in the back the entire first moto and then he chase Andrew Short and Colton Facciotti the entire 2nd moto.

Tyler also gets an ‘A’ for his performance in Indiana.

#495 Colton Facciotti


Rounding the 3rd corner in the first moto, Colton made a couple passes and put himself into 2nd place for a few corners. It was pretty exciting to hear the announcers say, “And it’s Colton Facciotti from Canada up into 2nd!” No, he didn’t stay there very long, but it certainly gave us something to hold our heads high about.

He stayed up near the front of the pack and took a very solid 13th even after jarring his back. He had to go see the Aterisk medical guys for some treatment and then for a little chiropractic work before lining up for the 2nd moto.

He showed up a tad late for the 2nd and was forced way to the left of the gate. As you could predict, he got fully squeezed off the track as they all headed into the sweeping right then left. He still managed to better his score by placing 11th (ahead of Short this time instead of behind him).

It was a pretty heroic ride, to say the least, and for that reason Colton gets an ‘A.’

Everyone involved in getting our guys to the race also gets an ‘A.’ This is a team sport and a lot of sacrifices and extended open hands were made to make this happen. Was it all worth it? You’re damn right it was!

Canadian MX2 Report Cards

While we’re on the subject, Jeff and I handed out our report cards yesterday in the MX2 class. I’m sure they all ran home to their parents to show them how they did. If you missed it, here’s the article again:

Canadian National Top 10 – MX2 Report Card

By Jeff McConkey and Billy Rainford

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It’s that time of year again when reflection is the name of the game. The 2015 season could be argued as the best we’ve ever seen in Canada. In fact, if this were a debate, it would be difficult to argue the counterpoint.

We sat down and summed up the top 10 from from the MX2 class of the 2015 Rockstar Energy MX Nationals. Here’s a look at the 2015 report card:

10. #134 Cole Martinez KAW 4-13-DNS-DNS-DNS-9-8-4-6-7 (259)


10th place – Cole Martinez.

Jeff: C-

Cole was hurt and missed 3 rounds. His speed looked good when he came back, but he was clearly rusty. I doubt we will see him back in ’16.

Billy: C+

Cole came into the series with limited seat time on his new Monster Thor Kawasaki. He has shown some flashes of speed while competing in the USA. His 4th place in Kamloops had me thinking he was going to be a podium contender all season long. Unfortunately, his shoulder injury kept him out of Calgary, Regina, and Gopher Dunes. When he came back, he was still trying to get back to speed so we will cut him some slack.

We can see the potential there but we aren’t scoring on what someone could have or should have done. However, his good placings after his injury keep him with an average score of C+.

9. #39 Jess Pettis: YAM 11-6-21-9-16-11-6-7-9-9 (301)


9th place – Jess Pettis.

Jeff: B-

I think this was the breakout season for Jess. I think his Monster ride a few years ago was too much, too soon. In 2015, Jess was bigger, stronger and fitter. He is my 2nd choice for the vacant MX2 ride at KTM.

Billy: A

Jess was one of those riders who came up with Westen Wrozyna and Dylan Wright. At first, he looked a little lost when he moved up to the big bikes because he had yet to hit his growth spurt. Since then, he has shot up several inches and now looks like he’s ready to contend for podiums. It could be getting used to the intensity at the front of the field, he needs a little more fitness, or some more support, but there’s only one piece missing that will get him there. Whichever it is, he has really impressed me this summer.

He would receive an A+ from me if he’d been able to stay closer to the front when he found himself there with great starts. He’ll get there and is also one of only a couple on this list without ‘factory-type’ support. Nobody above Jess in the top 10 has their father as their race-day mechanic. Well, maybe Morgan Burger.

Jess definitely gets my ‘most improved’ vote in the MX2 class.

8. #9 Morgan Burger YAM: 10-5-5-5-11-8-15-12-8-15 (320)


8th place – Morgan Burger.

Jeff: C

Morgan shocked us all with his drop to the MX2 class this season. He showed his speed at a few rounds, but had some mechanical issues at others. In the end, he was having fun, so that’s a win for me.

Billy: C

Morgan has been as high as #6 in the MX1 class. When you drop back to the MX2 class, you’re supposed to ride like a man among boys. I thought he was going to be that guy when he rolled off three 5ths in a row. He struggled with some mechanical issues and did very well with the limited support he had.

However, since he’s been up in the pointy end of the MX1 field in the past, I have to keep his score on the slightly sub-par side with a C. If he comes back again next year, he’ll need to get his machine sorted in the MX2 class, or get back to being that consistent 5-8 guy in MX1 to get that single digit number back.

7. #620 Brad Nauditt YAM: 7-4-7-8-7-19-7-6-7-13 (326)

#620 Brad Nauditt had a consistent day with 7-6 motos for 6th.

7th place – Brad Nauditt.

Jeff: C

Brad had a solid season, but not a great season. I still think he struggled with the bike switch, and with another off season, he could get back on the podium. Once he figures out his starts, he is very dangerous.

Billy: C

Brad has been up in Canada a while now and he, himself, expected better of his 2015 season. Whichever number he’s running, you could usually expect to see it up at the front of the pack after almost every gate drop. That didn’t happen this summer.

If you look at the riders above him on this list, he finished about where I thought he would. That being said, a rider needs to keep improving to stay relevant in this sport and Brad needs to gain a little more raw speed if he wants to climb any higher in the standings. It won’t be easy, but we all enjoy having the likable Washingtonian at the races.

6. #20 Dylan Wright YAM: 6-15-4-10-3-4-5-DNS-3-6 (365)


6th place – Dylan Wright.

Jeff: B

Dylan has that ‘wow’ factor. He has amazing speed and skill, but with his style, things can go wrong very fast. 2016 will bring Dylan more podiums and a moto win. He was very good in 2015, he just has to ride with a little less emotion and race the track, not certain competitors. Dylan is my 3rd pick for Benoit’s old ride.

Billy: B+

I think Dylan’s career got right on track in 2015. His scores do still show his ‘checkers or wreckers’ mentality, but that’s what makes Dylan, arguably, the most fun rider to watch every time the gate drops.

If you add, say, 35 points for the round he missed in Moncton, it could be argued he would have been in contention for 4th overall. That’s really good.

Next season, Dylan will have to be fighting for podiums every week if he wants to keep the momentum going. I have a feeling that won’t be an issue for the Richmond, Ontario, rider.

5. #762 Blake Savage YAM: 5-7-11-6-4-6-3-11-5-8 (383)


5th place – Blake Savage.

Jeff: B+

Blake is a hard worker with sneaky speed. Just when you forget about him, he goes out and runs with the leaders. After a few breakout rides, Blake built some serious confidence. He’s not going to win the title in’16, but he will win at least 1 moto.

Billy: B+

Blake went into this summer as a rider we placed as one of the few that could battle for podiums if one of the top 3 had an off day. He won’t like hearing that, but I feel that was the reality as 2015 started.

I think Blake was happy on his team this summer and it showed in his fun-loving attitude at the races. He, too, will need to work on his raw speed if he wants to give Devil’s Lake MX a title. A B+ got you into university in my day, so Blake should be happy with that.

4. #14 Shawn Maffenbeier YAM: 12-3-6-3-13-2-2-3-16-4 (399)


4th place – Shawn Maffenbeier.

Jeff: B+

Shawn came into the season a little behind due to injury. Like always, he picked it up as the season progressed, and by the end he was there every moto. For 2016, I would put Shawn on the MX2 bike for the Royal Distributing Fox Racing KTM Canada team. You know what you are going to get every weekend. His only downfall is that people think he’s too old.  In reality, he is still young, and just looks old. He would be my first pick for Benoit’s old spot. He won’t win every moto, but he could win a championship with podiums every weekend.

Billy: B

The numbers pretty much spell the story here. Shawn proved he had the speed to win this title–he just needed the luck. If you erase the races where the gremlins got him, the points would tell a different story. Unfortunately, they are a big part of motocross. Without them, Shawn is an A rating all day long, but we have to take those finishes in the teens into account here.

Depending on where he winds up in 2016, it will be a big year for the Saskatchewan rider. He expects a lot of himself and won’t be happy with anything less than consistent podiums or wins next summer.

3. #21 Jeremy Medaglia HON: 2-2-3-2-5-3-13-2-1-12 (451)


3rd place – Jeremy Medaglia.

Jeff: A

Jeremy was ‘Mr. Consistency’ in the West. He had some bad luck early on in the East, but he fought hard and was the rider to finally break the ‘Benoit Streak.’ He may have ridden a little frustrated at Walton and lost 2nd in the points, but you can bet your ass he will be thinking Championship and nothing else in 2016.

Billy: B

Jeremy was on everyone’s list as one of the 3 who were going to win this title. He’s been ‘the next guy’ too many times and it must be giving him nightmares. 2nd place came down to the final round in Walton and an untimely pass attempt sent Jeremy down hard on the second lap of the first moto. Without that, he may have been up  a notch in the final standings.

He’s been after this title (and been one of the favourites) for a few years now and it is because of that I give him the B rating, even though he finished on the podium. He wants this title and the industry expects it from him…eventually.

2. #105 Jimmy Decotis YAM: 1-14-2-1-2-5-4-5-4-3 (470)


2nd place – Jimmy Decotis.

Jeff: A

Jimmy came out swinging at round 1. He instantly showed he had fitness to match his speed. Throughout the season, he lost contact with the top guys for a few motos, but he never gave up and he continued to bust his ass. Jimmy ended the season strong at Walton and will be a very serious title contender in 2016.

Billy: A-

A- you ask? Well, it’s that high because he finished the entire series and showed he’s worked hard on his fitness. I added the ‘minus’ because it’s Jimmy Decotis, for goodness sake! He’s supposed to win our series, isn’t he?!

He came into the series as the rider who’s been on a factory team in the US, the guy we’d all seen in the YouTube videos, the guy notorious for being under-trained and unable to finish an entire series, and the guy who was only supposed to be fast on sandy tracks. He turned out to be a very likable guy who works very hard and did well on all surfaces.

That’s how I defend my A-.

1. #1 Kaven Benoit KTM: 3-1-1-4-1-1-1-1-2-1 (568)


1st place – Kaven Benoit.

Jeff: A++

Kaven was the fastest all season long. He got great starts and his fitness was incredible. There are a bunch of riders still bitching about the 2-stroke rule. Benoit followed the rules, rode a bike that suited him, and at times embarrassed the competition. Don’t kid yourself, he’d still be our 2015 MX2 Champion if he rode a 250f. Next season, Benoit will become an instant player in the MX1 class. He’s just so hot right now.

Billy: A+

Why fight it? Kaven gets an easy A+ and I don’t feel weird giving him that score one little bit. That was one of the most dominant series wins we’re ever seen. No, it wasn’t a perfect season, but it was extremely close!

He rode the 250 2-stroke on all track conditions and won on each of them. We have probably just seen the last championship win on a 2-stroke in North American Pro Motocross.

Kaven is fit and looked like he was ready for another moto at the end of every Sunday. It was impressive. Together with his mechanic, Jérome Therrien, and his KTM bike, he was practically unstoppable this year.

MXON Entry List

Although this list doesn’t contain our guys, have a look at the entry list for the 2015 Monster Energy FIM Motocross of Nations:

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Good luck to everyone competing.

Future West Arenacross Schedule

Arenacross Canada Sched

Royal Distributing Canadian Arenacross Championships Schedule

The series schedule:

London, ON September 25-26   Round 1 and 2  Western Agiplex

Sarnia, ON October 2-3    Round 3 and 4  Hiawatha Park

Penticton, BC October 23-24  Round 5 and 6  South Oakanogan Event Center

Calgary, AB November 6-7  Round 7 and 8  Stampede Park

September will be the perfect time to shift focus onto the next National championship up for grabs for both amateurs and Pro’s.  The question is who will be crowned the first 2015 Canadian National Arenacross Tour Champion?  Only time will tell.

Tyler Medaglia | In Depth

Our video guy, Mitch Goheen from Just Giver Productions, sent over this really cool video featuring Parts Canada Thor Husqvarna Canada rider Tyler Medaglia. It was recorded back at the Deschambault National.

Team Canada ISDE

The 2016 ISDE starts in a few days over in Spain. The event will run from September 7-12. You can help support the Canadian effort by clicking the following link for some team memorabilia:

Team gear for purchase in support of the team's effort.

Team gear for purchase in support of the team’s effort.

Club Team – Team Canada

Jean L’Ecuyer, Patrick Tremblay, Thierry Lacombe

Club Team – Tean North America

Philippe Chaine, Jared Stock, Mickey Silger


Earl Scott, Mario Jakowski, Lee Fryburger

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Good luck, guys.

Thanks for reading, and we hope you all have another great weekend, wherever you are riding or racing. Labour Day weekend is a week late this year so let’s all pretend we still have lots left of this summer. We’d like to send our condolences to Kevin Lepp and his family for the loss of Kevin’s mother, Sherry. We’re all thinking about you from way over in Ontario, Kevin.


See you at the races…