By Billy Rainford
Another Monday raises its ugly head. Can you even really tell what day it is…or month, for that matter?! As we continue to hunker down in or close to our homes, fortunately, Supercross has been racing. It’s been a shining light in a dark time, for sure.
We were at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, IN for the first of 3 rounds on Saturday night. The racing at the front was as good as we’ve seen in a long time in the premiere class. It would have been even better had #2 Cooper Webb been able to stay with the battle at the very front between #94 Ken Roczen and #1 Eli Tomac. That would have been epic!
Ken took the win and now has a 6-point lead in the series over Webb, followed by Tomac, 9 points back in 3rd.
In the 250 class, #64 Colt Nichols got out front and was able to lead every lap in the 250 Main. Behind him, all eyes were on #18 Jett Lawrence as he had a hard time getting out of his own way, but put on an amazing charge coming through the pack. In fact, he should have made it all the way to 2nd place, but #29 Christian Craig had that weird situation with 2 corners to go and stood Lawrence up and off the track and into a Tuff Block, dropping them back to 4th and 5th.
#42 Michael Mosiman took advantage and grabbed 2nd while #30 Jo Shimoda landed on the podium in 3rd.
Here are the results and the point standings:
Instead of typing much more than that, Hammertime, The Fish, and I sat down on Sunday and did a podcast where we meandered all over the place, but definitely covered all the happenings at Round 4. These two are never short of opinions, and that’s why they’re so much fun to bench race with.
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We also touch on the video that was released on Bell Let’s Talk Day this past Thursday.
When Greg approached me with his idea for the video project “REVIVAL,” I imagined how good it could possibly be. Once Joel Kim let us see the final edit, I couldn’t believe that he had actually surpassed my highest expectations. The message is something that really does need to be seen by as many people as possible.
I’m not even just saying that because of our involvement in the project. Greg’s dad, Patrick Poisson, bared his soul to discuss what they went through as a family, and I don’t think there’s a dry eye anywhere when it gets viewed.
I’d like to take this time to thank everyone involved in this project for stepping up and allowing us to get this done in such a professional and touching manner. Great stuff, guys.
If you’ve got some time, be sure to check it out from start to finish:
Sky Racing Signs Jake Piccolo
Some news out of the Sky Racing team camp. Al Dyck and the gang have signed 18-year-old Jake Piccolo to race the 2021 Canadian Nationals for Motocross and Supercross in the 250 class on a KTM.
Jake is heading down to Club MX to prepare for the season and will be ready to improve on his results from 2020. Jake won our DMX Total Devotion Award two years ago and will be able to put his free week at the Chesterfield, South Carolina, training facility to good use, as the plan is for him to stay there for 3-4 months.
There are also a couple other things in the works for the team and we’ll be sure to announce them as we receive more information.
Sky Racing KTM Team sponsors include:
Vesta Properties, Park Ridge Homes, MH Holdings, MIKA, DT1, LRX, Dunlop, SSi, SSS, ACERBIS, TUSK, MOTOSEAT, WORKS CONNECTION, Ride Engineering.
When I spoke with Al during the 2020 Future West Moto Canadian Arenacross Championships in Chilliwack, BC this past November, he mentioned he was hoping to sign a couple BC riders to the team for the future, and it looks like he’s coming through with that.
Young ripper Julien Benek was another rider on his hit list, so we’ll have to wait and see what they’ve got planned for this coming race season. It’s cool that not only in he trying to stay with Canadian riders this season, but he may actually put together a team from his own back yard!
Dylan Kaelin’s New Project | Tear Off Gaskets
We’ve known Dylan Kaelin for a long time. He’s been a top-level traveling Pro racer, an industry insider, and now an entrepreneur. His new business is his passion with Tear Off Gaskets.
Good luck with your new venture, Dylan.
2021 Provisional OAT List!
MONACO (Principality of Monaco) 26 January 2021 – Infront Moto Racing is delighted to share the provisional OAT (Officially Approved Teams) list for the 2021 FIM Motocross World Championship!
The provisional list gives a breakdown of all the teams that have currently entered to contest in the 2021 season of racing, along with the riders who will represent them. At present, the list features over 30 teams that will take part in the MXGP and MX2 Championships next year.
With more than 30 teams entered, a large group of the fastest riders in the world and a packed 20-round racing schedule, the 2021 MXGP season will no doubt showcase more of the best action that motocross has to offer!
The 2021 Provisional OAT MXGP & MX2 Lists can be viewed in its entirety below:
Speaking of the MXGP, the FIM held their Board of Directors meeting in Switzerland on January 31st.
FIM Rejects the Expulsion of the CMA as Canada’s FIM Affiliate
FIM ANNOUNCES 2020 GENERAL ASSEMBLY DECISIONS
On the first picture:Zoom screen from top left: Marco COMANA (FIM Africa President);Peter DOYLE (FIM Oceania President); Stephan CARAPIET (FIM Asia President); Jan STOVICEK (Board Member); Robert DINGMAN (FIM North America President); Tony SKILLINGTON (FIM CEO); Giovanni COPIOLI (Board Member).
Geneva Studio From left: Pedro VENTURO Jr (FIM Latin America President); Abdulrahman AL MANNAI (Board Member); Jacques BOLLE (Vice-President); Jorge Viegas (FIM President); Ignacio VERNEDA (Board Member); Håkan LEEMAN (Board Member): Martin DE GRAAFF (FIM Europe President) © FIM
The National Federations affiliated to the FIM took part in the very first digital edition of the FIM General Assembly, broadcasted from Geneva (Switzerland) on 29 and 30 January as part of FIM Family Week, regrouping the 2020 FIM and CONUs Board meetings and General Assemblies, as well as the 2021 Commissions Conference.
The following topics were submitted to the delegates of 80 national federations present during this online General Assembly which featured an electronic voting system:
FIM President: The report from the FIM President was unanimously approved. The main items addressed included the following: financial assistance provided to the FIM members; adaptation of sporting calendars; contracts signed with FIM Championships Promoters; information regarding the 2021-2022 seasons; Trial-E at European Games in Krakow, Poland in 2023; active participation in the FIA High Level Panel (HLP) for Road Safety meetings and postponement of « Euro 5 » standard implementation (European Commission); new promotional plan for Touring.
Election of three Board Members: 6 Candidats presented their candidatures. The delegates of the National Federations re-elected Mr Ignacio VERNEDA put forward by the Confederación Argentina de Motociclismo Deportivo (CAMOD) and the Real Federación Motociclista Español (RFME). Two new members were elected, namely Mr. Håkan LEEMAN, President of the Swedish Motorcycle and Snowmobile Association (SVEMO) and Mr Abdulrahman Al Mannai, President of the Qatar Motor and Motorcycling Federation (QMMF).
Sports: The General Assembly agreed to create the FIM MiniGP World Series, FIM Vintage Motocross World Cup, FIM Trial Vintage Trophy, FIM Veteran Bajas Trophy, FIM Sand Race World Cup, FIM Enduro Vintage World Cup, FIM Hard Enduro World Championship and to make the FIM Enduro Women World Cup into a World Championship. The contract with WESS Promotion GmbH was signed and FIM and WESS will join forces to launch the FIM Hard Enduro World Championship in 2021. The e-sport Working Group presented its first report.
Insurance: The international rider’s insurance programme was extended for 2021.
Finance: The General Assembly approved the 2019 Financial Statements and approved two versions of the 2021 Budget, i.e., one drafted assuming that a return to a normal situation would be possible and the second one taking into consideration the possibility that less sporting and non-sporting events would be held due to the COVID-19 pandemic impact.
Affiliations: The affiliations of Mozambique (FMAM) and Iraq (IQAMC) were approved. Israel is now represented by Israel Motorsport Federation (IMSF) following the expulsion of Automobile & Touring Club of Israel (MEMSI). The expulsion of the Canadian Motorcycle Association (CMA) was rejected as the majority of the two thirds votes cast was not met. To date, 115 FMNs are affiliated to the FIM.
Marketing and Communication: Launch of the new FIM website under the URL FIM-moto.com regrouping the FIM-Live & FIM-Family websites. The FIM Social Media Plan including inter alia a strategy plan and content planning was introduced to the General Assembly.
Amendments to the FIM Sporting Code: The General Assembly unanimously approved the amendments to the Sporting Code.
Amendments to the FIM Statutes and By-Laws: All amendments to the FIM Statutes and By-Laws were approved except a proposal put forward by the Hellenic Sporting Motorcyclists Federation (AMOTOE) relating to Regional Associations.
IFM (International Foundation for Motorcycling): The constitutive act of the Foundation was signed on 30 November 2020 by FIM President Mr Jorge Viegas and FIM Deputy CEO Mrs Françoise Emery. The first ever meeting of the IFM Board, composed of FIM and IFM President Mr Jorge Viegas, FIM Europe President Mr Martin De Graaff, FIM CEO Mr Tony Skillington, FIM Family Legend and former FIM CEO Mr Guy Maitre and multiple time FIM Grand Prix World Champion Mr Giacomo Agostini, will take place on 31 January 2021.
In addition, the CONU Presidents, the Commission Directors and the departments of the Administration presented progress reports on their respective activities.
FMN Anniversaries and FIM Awards and Recognitions: Eight FMNs were congratulated on their anniversaries: 10 years for Lebanese Motorcycles Club (LMC); 30 for Chinese Taipei Motor Sports Ltd (CTMS) and Federação de Motociclismo de Portugal (FMP); 50 for Federación Colombiana de Motociclismo (CFM) and Guam Motorcycle and ATV Corporation (GMAC); 70 for Federación Motociclista Venezolana (FMV) and Polski Zwiazek Motorowy (PZM) and 90 years for Latvian Motorcyclists Federation (LaMSF). Four Honorary memberships were also approved by the Assembly, namely Ms Nina Birjukova from CMS; Mr Graham Brodie from CCP; Mr Chris Ceyssens from CTL; Mr John Chatterton-Ross from CAP.
FIM Family Solidarity Trophy 2020 Winners: FIM ASIA; Autoklub of the Czech Republic (ACCR); Hellenic Sporting Motorcyclists Association (AMOTOE); Avto-Moto Zveza Slovenije (AMZS); Bulgarian Motorcycle Federation (BMF); Estonian Federation (EMF); Federación Salvadoreña de Motociclismo (FESAMOTO); Federacio Motociclista d’Andorra (FMA); Federazione Motociclistica Italiana (FMI); Ikatan Motor Indonesia (IMI); National Motorcycle Sports & Safety Association (NAMSSA); Nepal Automobiles Association (NASA);Polski Zwiazek Motorowy (PZM); Real Federación Motociclista Española (RFME); Turkish Motorcycling Federation (TMF).
FIM President: “I would like to express my solidarity to all Members of the FIM Family affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. This first online General Assembly was a real success despite the technical challenge, in particular for the voting system, which worked perfectly. I thank the participants from all over the world for their collaboration. To conclude, and on behalf of the Board of Directors, we would like to salute the efforts made by the FMNs, CONUs, Directors and Members of the Commissions, Officials and the many Volunteers as well as the organisers, riders, promoters and all other FIM stakeholders who made motorcycle sport possible in 2020.”
Canadian Troy Horbaty from Manitoba Continues to Impress in Amsoil SnowBike Cross
The Amsoil USAF Snowcross Nationals were in Deadwood, South Dakota, over the weekend.
|1||Jesse Kirchmeyer||Arcade, NY||Polaris||42|
|2||TROY HORBATY||TYNDALL, MB||Other||57|
|3||Keaton Ward||Bozeman, MT||Other||195|
|4||Robert (Bobby) Pagel||Eau Claire, WI||Yamaha||891|
|5||Jacqueline Riess||Eden Prairie, MN||Other||27|
|6||Austin Radinzel||Houlton, WI||Yamaha||408|
|7||jorgen dahl||brookings, SD||Other||94|
CSRA SnowBike Series
We’re back in action on Tuesday night for Round 5 for Indy #2. Have a great week, everyone.