By Billy Rainford
*technical difficulties at my sister’s place in Kamloops this morning. Afternoon coffee?
Welcome to a very rare Monday. Over the weekend we had Shelby Turner become the 5-time Endurocross Champion and Dylan Wright finished higher in an MXGP race than anyone has done in many, many years, taking 9th in Italy.
Shelby was in Denver, Colorado, over the weekend and won the Women’s class at the final round of racing for the 2021 Endurocross Championship. SHe’s also a former Canadian Motocross Champion and will likely race our series again, assuming it’s split onto East/West in 2022.
Here’s how she summed it up on her Instagram page:
Congratulations, Shelby. See you this summer.
Across the Atlantic, Dylan Wright is continuing his attack on the MXGP series, racing the final 5 rounds in Italy. He finished 9-10 for 9th overall in the most talent-packed 450 class we’ve seen in a long time.
We did another podcast interview with him when the day was done. You can listen to it here:
Let’s have a look at how the day went:
Dylan learned quickly that the place you qualify determines your gate pick for both the first and second motos. If you get 10th in moto 1, you don’t get to choose 10th when you line up for the 2nd moto, it’s still your qualifying place that puts you on the gate. Dylan qualified 14th at Round 16 on Sunday.
It was a cold and cloudy day and Dylan lined up between #3 Romain Febvre and #91 Jeremy Seewar, two great starters. The start at Pietramurata is a left-then-right S turn, making things interesting in the second turn. As Dylan pointed out, it gets pretty rough as everyone is desperate to get to the front as soon as possible.
He managed to make moves and came around the first lap up in 10th place behind #303 Alberto Forato, who is on the SM Action team that Team Canada pitted out of for the 2021 MXON last month. Dylan said it took him some time to make a move on him because he didn’t want to put a slam pass on him.
10 minutes in, Dylan was in 11th spot ahead of #19 Thomas Kier Olsen and #919 Ben Watson and behind #`16 Benoit Paturel. Dylan and Paturel had a nice battle at the halfway mark of the race.
With 10 mninutes left to go, Dylan found himself 7 seconds behind #77 Alessandro Lupino but had found his way around Paturel.
Dylan now had some breathing room on Watson behind him and was 35 seconds behind the leader, Seewar.
At the flag, Dylan had caught right up on #61 Jorge Prado, who grabbed the holeshot, and Lupino for a tight battle for 7th. Dylan was 9th.
When the gate dropped for moto 2, it was, once again, Prado out front ahead of #222 Antonio Cairoli and #243 Tim Gasjer. Gasjer made quick moves to take over the lead and was never challenged to the checkered flag.
Dylan didn’t get such a great start in moto 2 and charged through a few riders in the second turn to be clocked in 17th early.
He made a couple more quick passes to get himself into 15th, just 10 seconds off the leader.
With 10 minutes left, Dylan had made it up to 13th place and was in the middle of a tight group that included, Lupino, #32 Brent Van Doninck, Wright, Olsen, and #89 Jeremy Van Horbeek.
At the half, Dylan was still in the mix and in a fight. He found his way to 12th place, 4 seconds behind Lupino in 11th. Olsen was still on his rear wheel in 13th. You could put a blanket over 9th-14th place!
With just 5:00 to go in the moto, Dylan was all over Lupino and would make the pass for 11th and was then on #172 Mathys Boisrame, challenging for 10th.
Dylan made the pass and headed out onto the final lap in 10th place, which is where he’d finish the race.
9-10 put him 9th overall, with his best finish, so far, in this 3 MXGP events.
We now head over to Mantova MX in Mantova which is where the MXON was held and where Dylan looked so good in the dry, qualifying race.
Carl Bastedo and I will be in attendance for these final two rounds, so be sure to check in with us for updates throughout the final week.
MXGP – GP Classification
MXGP – World Championship Classification
ÈVE BRODEUR JOINS THE GASGAS/COBEQUID MOUNTAIN SPORTS/CALLUS RACE TEAM!
CHAMBLY, QC – Expanding the presence of GASGAS across Canada, we’re stoked to announce the joining of Ève Brodeur to our GASGAS/Cobequid Mountain Sports/Callus Race Team for the 2022 WMX race season! The multi-time Women’s Motocross Champion will pilot the MC 250F in the Canadian WMX National Series Championship, in addition to mixing it up in the Men’s 250 Pro Class division for the 2022 Canadian Triple Crown Series.
With six Canadian Women’s National Series Championships, five Walton TransCan Grand National titles and an impressive career #72 in the 2020 Canadian Triple Crown Series Men’s Pro class, Brodeur has long list of great accomplishments behind her, and she promises the best is yet to come. The Laval, Quebec native has already begun riding and testing with the team and is ready to GET ON THE GAS in 2022!
Ève Brodeur – GASGAS/Cobequid Mountain Sports/Callus Race Team Rider: “This opportunity came to us at the end of the 2021 season to join the GASGAS/Cobequid Mountain Sports/Callus team and we just couldn’t say no! We’re super excited for this new opportunity and we believe that this partnership will bring many great things to our team and my career. We’re ready to #GetontheGas.”
Alex Parker – GASGAS/Cobequid Mountain Sports/Callus Race Team Manager: “I’m very excited to have Ève join our team as we have been working to put this deal together for a while now and it’s nice to finally be able to share it with everyone. Ève, who has won multiple titles in many aspects of Canadian Motocross will take our team to the next level. Not only does it show that we are committed to winning with GASGAS here in Canada, it shows our commitment to growing the sport as a whole! 2022 is going to be a very exciting year for our GASGAS/CMS/CALLUS/ Race Team”
Be sure to follow Ève Brodeur, Cobequid Mountain Sports and GASGAS Canada Instagram channels below to keep up to date with all the action!
Visit GASGAS.com for information on 2022 GASGAS MC line-up
Well, that’s all I have time for this week. Watch for an interview with both Shelby Turner and Eve Brodeur as soon as they are available to chat.
Have a great week, and I’ll see you next week from ITALY!
With as much effort and creativity displayed by Donk this Halloween, he gets the final word this week: