Monday Morning Coffee Presented by PR-MX | KTM Canada Road Trip Edition

By Billy Rainford

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Hello from sunny and hot Southern California! Like I ask myself every time I’m in BC, why doesn’t everyone live out here?! Seriously, I wonder what people are doing living through winters in Wisconsin when people are out here cycling, surfing and riding dirt bikes all year long. You want snow? Head to the mountains. Yes, I realize this is being said by the guy who lives in Ontario. Anyway, maybe there really is such a thing as too much of a good thing, after all, but I can’t see it.

Huge thanks to KTM Canada for getting Chris Pomeroy and I out here to cover all the cool things going on this week. In fact, as I’m typing this, the KTM Canada-supported riders in the Orange Brigade are out tearing up Cahuilla Creek. James Lissimore and I will head out there a little later this afternoon to catch riders like Canadian Jacob Piccolo and a whole host of young America rippers.

This adventure started last Saturday when we got out to Santa Clara and were able to hit the Supercross. Did you give Jeff McConkey‘s ‘McThoughts’ a read yet? Jeff has given his one-of-a-kind recap on this past weekend’s racing that is always sure to please most and leave a few wondering what’s up with this guy. I challenge anyone, when they see Jeff next, to name a rider and ask him what gear he wears. Jeff is probably at 100% on his answers. It’s uncanny.

A famous Jeff statement: “That rider cares more about how he looks than how he finishes…and I respect that.”

I won’t dwell too much on the Supercross action here because I was on the floor shooting photos and will post a bunch of action shots and our usual ‘Faces at the Races’ column as soon as I get back to my laptop later today. This time zone sure puts a lot of pressure on a guy!



Our first stop after landing at the airport was over into San Francisco. I’m still not really sure how these things work.


This guy started crisscrossing North America 11 years ago. He said he had a two-minute set to do and yet he was still at it after we had lunch.


The inescapable Alcatraz Prison…that now has a triathlon where they swim to shore.


Of course, we had to check out Fisherman’s Wharf. If this was ‘Smell-o-vision,’ you would not enjoy it so much.


That’s KTM Canada’s Florian Burguet and Claudie Lapointe escaping.


We went looking for Dirty Harry.


Golden Gate Bridge.


I tried for a period piece shot here.


My goal this whole week is getting Florian to make time for a group surf Tuesday evening. Come on, Florian!


It’s all about social media these days.


The drive south changes every five minutes.


I’m not really sure what this is.


Sorry, Jacob Piccolo.


And I thought I liked coffee!


We stopped in at Maverick’s Surf Company and bought up the place. This is where the famous wave is that actually only goes off a select few times a year.


That’s Max when we arrive at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara. He’s the one shooting all the cool video for KTM Canada this week.


Max, Claudie, and Tanner Ward Saturday morning.


We had no Cole Thompson to cheer for on the Slaton team but Zach Commans (right) was back in action.


Yesterday, we made the long drive from Santa Clara south to Temecula with a lunch pit stop at Pismo Beach. That’s ‘Joe Cool’ checking his likes.


Pismo Beach.




Another attempt at making things look old.


James Lissimore acting out that time Brock Hoyer walked right into a light pole and basically knocked himself out.


Claudie drove the whole way. This is passing Zaca Station.


Seriously, when does NorCal become SoCal? Is there a MidCal? What’s the boundary?


The Talking Heads’ song ‘Road to Nowhere’ came to mind.

Supercross Results and Point Standings

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Amsoil Arenacross Results


AX Class Overall (Friday)
1. Chris Blose 1-2 Kaw
2. Gavin Faith 3-3 Kaw
3. Ben Lamay 7-1 Hon
4. Jace Owen 2-7 Hon
5. Jacob Hayes 6-4 Kaw
6. Chase Sexton 8-5 Hon
7. Gared Steinke 5-8 Hus
8. Travis Sewell 4-10 KTM
9. Kyle Regal 9-6 Hus
10. Kyle Bitterman 13-9 Hus
AX Class Overall (Saturday)
1. Chris Blose 3-2 Kaw
2. Gavin Faith 1-3 Kaw
3. Jace Owen 4-1 Hon
4. Jacob Hayes 2-4 Kaw
5. Travis Sewell 5-6 KTM
6. Gared Steinke 6-7 Hus
7. Ben Lamay 14-5 Hon
8. Jon Ames 8-10 Yam
9. Kyle Regal 12-8 Hus
10. Jared Lesher 10-9 KTM
AX Lites West Overall (Friday)
1. Cheyenne Harmon KTM
2. Cody Vanbuskirk KTM
3. Ben Nelko KTM
4. Jared Lesher KTM
5. Scott Zont KTM
6. Dylan Rouse KTM
7. Dave Ginolfi Kaw
8. Parker Fleming Hus
9. Dillon Cloyd Hon
10. Blake Green Yam
AX Lites West Overall (Saturday)
1. Stone Edler Yam
2. Cheyenne Harmon KTM
3. Cody Vanbuskirk KTM
4. Jared Lesher KTM
5. Carlen Gardner KTM
6. Ben Nelko KTM
7. Dave Ginolfi Kaw
8. Scott Zont KTM
9. Dillon Cloyd Hon
10. Blake Green Yam
AX Class Series Standings
1. Chris Blose 68pts Kaw
2. Gavin Faith 66pts Kaw
3. Jace Owen 59pts Hon
4. Jacob Hayes 57pts Kaw
5. Travis Sewell 50pts KTM
6. Ben Lamay 46pts Hon
7. Gared Steinke 45pts Hus
8. Kyle Regal 36pts Hus
9. Cody Vanbuskirk 15pts KTM
10. Daniel Herrlein 1pts Hon
AX Lites East Series Standings
1. Daniel Herrlein 105pts Hon
2. Dylan Walker 63pts Hon
3. Jacob Williamson 49pts Kaw
4. Sean Cantrell 46pts KTM
5. Steve Roman 43pts Suz
6. Justin Cooper 42pts Yam
7. Lane Staley 39pts KTM
8. DJ MacFarlane 38pts Yam
9. Tyler McSwain 35pts Yam
10. Henry Miller 34pts Hon
AX Lites West Series Standings
1. Cody Vanbuskirk 86pts KTM
2. Ben Nelko 85pts KTM
3. Cheyenne Harmon 77pts KTM
4. Scott Zont 63pts KTM
5. Carlen Gardner 58pts KTM
6. Jared Lesher 57pts KTM
7. Dave Ginolfi 56pts Kaw
8. Dylan Rouse 50pts KTM
9. Brandon Marley 29pts KTM
10. Dillon Cloyd 26pts Hon

Jess Pettis



Monster Energy Alpinestars Kawasaki

OK, we’ve got to get out to Cahuilla Creek now and shoot some photos of blistering fast KTM amateur riders. Thanks for checking in, and have a great week. I hope that was enough to get you through another cup of coffee. Oh, one last thing…

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“I wouldn’t exactly say I’ve been missing it, Bob.”

See you at the races...

See you at the races…