Frid’Eh Update #35 Presented by the New WASP Cam
By Jeff McConkey and Billy Rainford
Welcome to week #35 of the DMX Frid’Eh Update, this week presented by the new WASP cam 9906 and 9907 4K. This week’s honoree could easily win ‘Mr. Congeniality’ every year, if that honour were to be given out. Hayden Halstead is a racer who just loves to ride dirt bikes, and it shows every time he’s on one…which is a lot.
The Waterford, Ontario, native has been working his way up through the ranks the past few years and had his best season to date in 2016. He finished 8th overall in MX2 and will be #19 in 2017. Not surprisingly, his best overall finish was an 8th (8-8) at Round 5 at Gopher Dunes. He likes the sand. Here’s a look at his 2016 MX2 results:
We got in touch with Hayden to talk about a few thinks, like how it was to drive the MX101 FXR Yamaha team rig across the country and race. Here’s what he had to say:
Direct Motocross: Hello, Hayden. Let’s start by telling us a little bit about yourself.
I grew up in Waterford, Ontario, 25 minutes away from Gopher Dunes. I started riding when I was 5 years old on a Honda Z50 and didn’t start racing until I was 7 on a KX65. I have my AZ and drove truck at US Steel hauling B trains the last three winters.
I’d like to thank everyone that made this year as great as it was. All my competitors who were all ultra-friendly, especially during the week making some good memories. My huge family!!! Kevin, Cale, Johnny, Pete, Al, Robin and Mitch and everyone from MX101 for believing in me. Joe Skidd for saving me this summer! Andy White with the continued support! R&R Mark and Chris. The Mckee family. Everyone at Yamaha Canada. Ryan Lockhart at 100%, Atlas. Dawn McClintock. And anyone one I’ve forgotten, thank you. And yourself, Billy, and Jeff!
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Team Canada MXON
Hi, guys. Well, it’s a sad Friday. It’s been 2 weeks since the Rockstar Energy MX Nationals have ended. The Walton Super Final was last Sunday, and the last AMA National is tomorrow in Crawfordsville, Indiana. Where has our summer gone? The good news… we actually have a Motocross Des Nations team to cheer for, and it’s a pretty good one. Kourtney Lloyd has been chosen to lead our 2016 effort and I’m sure she will do us proud. I first met Kourtney a few years back at the DMX Toronto Supercross Pre-Party at Houston’s. I instantly liked Kourtney and her love for the sport. Over the years, I have seen her run a very successful amateur program, a successful Pro National team, and countless Arenacross teams. Her track record speaks for itself and I don’t see things changing anytime soon.
Check out Episode 2 of Tailgating with…Kourtney Lloyd
I feel the biggest hurdle for Kourtney will be the fact that no matter what she does, people will criticize her choices. From her riders, to her lodgings, everything and anything will be under the microscope. Yes, we could have sent a few different riders, but I was in the Des Nations meeting in Calgary. The 3 guys she chose, to me, showed the most interest, and looked like they’d do anything to go.
Everyone’s obvious choice would have been to have Colton Facciotti and Cole Thompson on board. Well, unfortunately, Colton’s not going to make the trip as his wife is due with their 2nd child right around race time. Our new MX2 champion, Cole Thompson, has had a very long season. It started with Arenacross, then Supercross, then outdoors, and a few Costa Rican rounds in between. The guy has been going non-stop. Would I like to have him on the team? Heck yeah, but I understand the situation, and I think we honestly have the best team going.
Our MX2 rider, Shawn Maffenbeier, is set for his first Des Nations. Going in, is anyone really ready for their first time? I think it’s overwhelming for everyone. Picking Shawn is a good pick. He’s fit, fast and he’s a no bullshit type of guy. If his bike isn’t perfect, not a problem. Maff will give you his all each and every time, no matter what the stage is. He’s not flashy, and that’s good because we don’t need that. This is a full team effort and this guy fits in perfectly.
Our MX3 rider couldn’t have picked a better time to get hot. Tyler Medaglia has really picked it up as of late, and is another guy that will give you everything he has. Tyler has been to the big show a few times and the bright lights won’t scare him. He’s coming off of his best ride in years at RJ’s and doesn’t seem to be slowing anytime soon. This guy is a racer. He shows up prepared and goes out there and does it to the best of his abilities no matter what. Who doesn’t love that?
And last, but certainly not least is our MX1 rider, Kaven Benoit. This was Kaven’s rookie season in the 450 class. I know, right…you never would have guessed it. Minus a few mechanicals, his season was fantastic. Once we hit the East, Benoit’s speed picked up and so did his confidence. He wasn’t afraid to show Davi Millsaps a wheel, and just think, he’s still getting used to the big bike. Kaven has been to a few Des Nations before, but it will be much easier this time around. He is still getting better day by day and I think he should open some eyes.
All in all, I truly believe that we have a great team, and that this is just a start. No, we aren’t going to win, but in my eyes, putting together a great program and gaining respect year after year, while bettering our results, is the main goal. I’m really excited to see our team and riders compete at the highest level. If you haven’t already, please get in touch with Kourtney and support this great effort.
AMA Ironman National
As I said earlier, the final round of the AMA Nationals is this Saturday at the Ironman National in Crawfordsville, Indiana. I will be skipping my regular trip to the MMRS Madoc National and making the drive South. I won’t be the only Canadian in attendance as we actually have a few lining up. Big Steel Box, Redemption Racing will have Cade Clason and Shawn Maffenbeier lining up. They won’t be alone, as MX101’s Dylan Wright will be attempting his first AMA National, and Kaven Benoit has decided to throw his hat into the ring. It will be nice to see a few of our top riders out there battling with the best in the world.
Before I go, I’d like to give a huge shout out to Brett Lee, Mark Perrin, Barry Hetherington and the entire Walton Crew. These guys absolutely killed it last week on and off the track. It was a great event, but I’m a little disappointed in the poor rider attendance. This is still, and will always be the crown jewel in Canadian motocross. Open your eyes people and embrace it. If we don’t support the people and events that support us, they won’t be around much longer.
Have a great weekend and #smileforBC! See you in Indiana.
Thanks, Jeff. Safe travels to Indiana! It should be cool to see how these 3 Canadians (Kaven, Dylan, and Shawn) do against the best of the Lucas Oil AMA circuit. I went last year and Kaven had a solid day. There are a couple massive jumps on the Ironman track that will test the nerve of any rider. Good luck, guys. I can’t wait to see Jeff’s ‘Faces at the Races’ article from this one!
I’ll be making the drive just northeast of Toronto to Madoc for the 6th Annual MMRS Madoc National. I won’t be racing the Legends race this year, but it will still be a great day at the races.
We’ll be presenting the DMX Full Circle Award again this year. The winner will receive a gift certificate for time at Club MX Training Facility in Chesterfield, SC. If you know someone who has shown perseverance and dedication to the sport this year, be sure to let me know Sunday.
While we’re at it, here’s a look back at Jeremy Medaglia‘s time at the 2012 edition of the MMRS Madoc national when he took home the lion’s share of the cash:
We all did the same thing and scrolled down to see who was the winner of the #69 sweepstakes. John John Pauk gets the dubious honour of running #69 in 2017. Congrats, JJ.
Parts Canada TransCan GNC at Walton raceway
The 25th anniversary event is in the books. I gave Brett Lee a call to get his thoughts on how everything went. We could have just talked about the damn weather and how it did everything it could to prevent the final couple days from happening at all, but we talked about the things that could be controlled instead.
The Numbers: The bad news: the numbers were down about 40 riders from 2015. The good news: 2015 was a record year, so the numbers were actually right on par with the usual. Good to see.
The Concert: Cold Creek County played Friday night despite the monsoon that swept through the Walton area. They played acoustically while the storm raged and it was too dangerous to plug in their instruments. Most people headed home or back to their trailers and tents, thinking the night was over. Nope. The rain stopped, they mopped up the excess water, and the guys rocked out to those who remained. People back in the pits heard the music and slowly wandered back for what I heard was a really good and enthusiastic show. I’m not a country fan by a longshot, but that is pretty cool.
Awards Ceremony: The awards ceremony was held inside the Honda Solar Building and went very smoothly, I thought. In the past, riders 10 deep would slowly walk to the mic and thank sponsors. Although it’s a great way for them to practice public speaking and giving those who helped them some recognition, the fact that it extended the proceedings for hours left most just angry instead of appreciative.
This year, Ryan Gauld kept it moving along quickly and smoothly, interspersing class awards and special awards nicely throughout the evening.
The Track: The Walton gang made a few changes to the track that had very positive results. They tilled it nice and deep and there were, literally, 10 line choices in almost every corner. It was nobody’s fault but your own if you were unable to get around lappers.
The new section that had riders ride up into the middle of the crown and back again was a great addition. It gave spectators a much better chance to get a close look at the action.
They also got rid of some of the extra area that had the riders in and out of the fans’ view in the trees. They really never left anyone’s sight this year. It was great.
The Pits: The Pro and Amateur pits were all on the same side this year. It made for a really great atmosphere all contained in one area. I know I didn’t put in half the walking miles I usually would at this event, and my knees thank you.
The Pro Race: OK, so we really could have had a better turnout for Sunday’s Pro Open races. They only had riders line up on one side of the gate for the MX2 and MX1 motos and then opened it up for the Super Final. Where was everyone? There was cash to be made and riders didn’t take advantage of the opportunity.
I can almost understand some of the big ‘factory’ teams not coming simply because of budget constraints etc., but where were all the local or Quebec Pro riders? I spoke to one rider who finished in the mid-teens and they won $600 for their efforts.
I my opinion, Walton is all about the TransCan and I hope that remains the focus, moving forward. The Pro race could go away for all I’m concerned, as long as manufacturers all get behind and support the amateur week. The TransCan as the TransCan and it’s what all the amateurs across the country (and their families) strive for all year long. It needs to remain the so called ‘crown jewel’ of amateur racing in Canada.
I also understand it’s expensive to have top guys like Davi Milsapps or Matt Goerke show up for that extra round of racing. How about the teams all park their rigs at Walton throughout the week (they were just in Barrie anyway) and they have a few of the top amateur prospects pit under their awnings for the week and give them the full Pro treatment? I think that would be amazing! And then, while we’re at it, pick a couple of your top privateer brand riders and give them the same chance on the Pro day. How cool would that be?! I know, just ask Brock Leitner how cool that would be! He was pitted under the Monster Energy Alpinestars Kawasaki rig all week. Cool deal.
OK, we’ll let Brett and Mark and Barry catch their collective breath before we start firing ideas down their throats. Oh wait, what about the idea of moving the entire proceedings ahead one day so that the amateurs finish on Friday and the Pro race is Saturday, along with the season-ending concert/party? I love this idea! Traditionally, Walton has meant the end of a long season and it was a great opportunity to unwind and have some fun with the people you may not see again until the next spring. This idea would give us that opportunity again. Do it, do it!
Canadian AX Tour is Coming!
FXR | Behind the Fence | Parts Canada TransCan
If you still can’t get enough TransCan coverage, check out this FXR-centric look at the week through the lens of Dawn McClintock: http://media.fxrracing.com/2016/08/behind-the-fence-walton-transcan-gnc/
The Walton TransCan Champions and Special Award Winners
2016 GNC Special Award Winners
- Tanner Ward wins the 2016 Direct Motocross ‘Total Devotion Award’
- Nicolas Cryer wins the 2016 ‘Alpinestars Bronze Boot‘
- Kennedy Lutz wins the ‘Scott Sports Golden Goggle Award‘
- Jesse Kirchmeyer wins the ‘GPF Recovery Award‘
- Casey Keast wins the ‘Rick Joseph Award‘
- Preston Masciangelo wins the ‘Dunlop Top Mini Award‘
- Marco Canella wins the ‘Yamaha Factory Ride’
- Wilkinson wins the ‘Dan Pelletier Memorial Award’
- Bradly Mansfield wins the ‘Wiseco Most Improved Award’
- Austin Watling wins the ‘Real Deal Training MX Award’
- Yamaha takes home the Manufacturer’s Cup
2016 Canadian Amateur Grand National Champions join the Hall of Fame
- Brad Nauditt Plus 25
- Tim Maddox Vet Junior
- Kyle Keast Vet Master
- Chris Pomeroy Plus 40
- Joey Crown Youth (14-24)
- Ryder McNabb 85cc (7-11)
- Casey Cochrane 65cc Pee Wee (7-9)
- Trevor Malley 85cc (12-16)
- Jesse James Shedden 50cc Pee Wee (4-6)
- Mason Tucker 50cc Pee Wee (7-8)
- Mason Tucker 50cc Pee Wee Open
- Kennedy Lutz Ladies (big bike)
- Sam Gaynor MX3 Junior
- Nicholas Cryer MX1 Junior
- Marco Cannella Schoolboy 2
- Landrey Hazen Ladies (65cc-112cc)
- Sam Gaynor MX2 Junior
- Casey Keast MX3 Intermediate
- Casey Keast MX1 Intermediate
- Marco Cannella MX2 Intermediate
- Marco Cannella Schoolboy 1
- Ethan Mann Supermini
- Mitchell Zaremba 65cc Pee Wee open
Team Canada MXON | Raffle Ticket Draw Extended
You can still support Team Canada MX by purchasing your raffle tickets. I will have a handful of them at the MMRS Madoc national this weekend, so bring your $100 cash if you’d like to chip in. You can also get in touch with Team Manager, Kourtney Lloyd, to buy tickets or to support the team.
Draw will now be held SEPTEMBER 10th.
- Trip for 2 to the 2016 Monster Energy Cup in Las Vegas
- $5000 cash
Heading into the final round, both titles have been decided. Here’s a look at the point standings after Budds Creek:
Women’s MX Championship
Quebec rider and 3-time defending Women’s East National champion, Eve Brodeur, will be in action in Indiana this weekend, too. Watch for her to compete in the remaining 5 rounds of the Women’s MX Championships south of the border.
Ironman MX – Aug 28
Baja Brawl – Sept 3
Kawasaki Race of Champions – Oct 2
Budds Creek – Oct 9
Winter Olympics – Nov 26