Frid'Eh Update #19 Presented by Troy Lee Designs Canada
Hey everyone and welcome to another Frid’Eh Update, brought to you by Troy Lee Designs. It has been a great week in the motocross world, between the Supercross Finals in Las Vegas and all the other great racing across the country. We are now exactly 24 days away until the gate drops at Nanaimo and I know the whole industry is excited for it.
This week’s update is brought to you by Troy Lee Designs Canada. If you haven’t already, check out www.troyleedesigns.ca and see the whole line up of motocross gear and casual wear that they offer. It is some of the raddest looking stuff in the industry and TLD has always been an industry leader when it comes to design and quality of their products. Look to see Tyler Medaglia, Kyle Keast, Shawn Maffenbeier, Denaye Giroux, Shawn Robinson, Jared Allison, Parker Allison, Bryton Allison and many more guys debut their new Troy Lee Gear when the Canadian nationals kick off.
Keast is back with Troy Lee for 2012.
This week’s update goes out to Topher Ingalls, who earned national #19 for 2012. Topher was brought up last year by Derek Schuster and the Gopher Dunes Racing team to contest the 2011 season. No doubt Topher came in with some high expectations on himself and likely didn’t get the results he was hoping for but he had some great showings and hit the podium up here. He also took on the west coast SX series this winter and had one of the trickest looking bikes out there! Topher if your reading shoot us an email with an update on your 2012 plans.
Topher Ingalls took on the West Coast SX series this past season.
James Lissimore photo
I went to RJ’s Motorsports Park this past Wednesday to check out the KTM Ride Orange Demo tour. It was a great success and well organized by the KTM crew. There was a big turn out and a lot of people waiting in line to try out the new KTM machines. There are still a few stops left on the tour so if you haven’t checked it out already make sure you check it out and get more details on the tour right here.
Have you seen that amazing video Billy did of Dylan Wright on his YZ125 from MX101 last weekend? It’s amazing to see some of the talent coming out of Canada and it’s good to know the sport is in good hands. What amazes me is that more teams aren’t grabbing these kids when they are young and helping to groom them into the pro ranks. Look at the US, for example, we see programs like Team Green and Gieco Honda grabbing kids out of the amateur ranks like Villopoto, Carnad, Tomac and Barcia and helping them make it with pro success. I understand its different down there with budgets, etc., but we haven’t seen anyone take an intermediate and sign them to a full factory deal since we saw OTSFF sign Jeremy Medaglia back in 2008, where he immediately was battling for podiums and took the overall at Walton. Is it that there are too many pro riders already and not enough rides? Too many big names in the states that are willing to come up and ride? Let me know your thoughts at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Just a quick note for anyone in Northern Alberta looking for riding Lessons. Yamaha Canada/Red-Line/DMX/MXF Racing rider Kyle McGlynn will be doing private lessons May 14-17 in Grande Prairie, AB. If you're interested you can contact Kyle directly at 780 887 3149. You can definitely increase your corner speed learning from a guy like Kyle!
I caught up with Andy White of KTM today, as well. Sounds like stuff is really falling into place over there for the Orange guys. Andy says everything is ahead of last year and their race program has reached a new level. The photo shoot as well as testing were done last week at Motopark and Colton, Dusty and Jeremy are all very happy with their bikes. Andy says each rider has been great to work with so far and he is looking forward to a great season. Look for a full podcast with Andy White next week right here on DMX.
Andy loves the look of the teams new bikes and I must say I agree with him!
Photo courtesy of KTM Canada
Andy also wanted me to extend a thank you on to Carl and Iain of Motopark for doing a fantastic job on the facility and allowing them to do their testing and photo shoot there. In Andy's words, "I would like to thank the guys at Motopark - Iain and Carl. They offered their track to the team to test at and to do our photo shoot. I haven’t been there since the early 80s. They have done a great job of setting it up as a real race/training facility. The KTM Red Bull Royal Distributing Fox race team will be back there again in the future. Thanks guys." Once again, if you have not been to Motopark yet, you are missing out!
The DMX Moto Picks Fantasy League is back this year, presented by Parts Canada. Get your bench racing and predictions ready as somebody out there, somewhere has to have the talent to dethrone our champ, Brett Dailey, from New Zealand. The guy hasn’t seen a Canadian national in a few years or even one of the riders ride at a local track, yet he remains the champion!
Parts Canada is once again offering some great prizes for the Moto Picks League this summer.
The DMX Canadian Motocross Weekly show is also returning for 2012 with our presenting sponsor Gamma Sales. If you’re interested in also getting involved with the show shoot us an email and we can provide you with more details.
Ok here’s Billy. Good luck to everyone racing this weekend and stay safe!
Thanks, Kyle. Ok, so how cool is this?! It comes from a news report from Otumoetai College in New Zealand. Collegiate motocross reports?
College Sport: Motocross sparks fierce contest
Thursday, May 10, 2012 9:32
Our motocross team took 8th in the intercollegiate competition at Huntly last weekend. With more than 200 entrants, competition was fierce and exciting.
Highlights included Matt Kenyon and Cameron McCaskie qualifying 9th and 10th. Christina Cameron finished 23rd in the Pro 85cc class, and third overall for the Top Girls trophy. In the beginner classes, Matt Nielsen came in 14th.
In the intermediate classes, Brad Holmes came in 11th in the 250cc, Cameron Farley was 35th in the Intermediate 125 class with Adam Greenslade 37th.
Pro classes brought Christina Cameron in at 24th overall in the Pro 85cc class, Matt Kenyon came in at fifth overall in the 125 class, and Cameron McCaskie third in Pro 250cc and Tristan Tolley 24th in the same class.
Margaux Tolley qualified but crashed out after a spectacular, but unexpected wheelie off the line. Unfortunately, she hurt her knee and was unable to continue.
Coach Cliff Tolley said he was proud of the team. "It was a great result for our first point-based event. Everyone did really well, had fun, rode safely, and gave it their all. I keep hearing people say that they didn't realise we had a motocross team. Well, I guess they know now. We are definitely looking forward to more events."
No, of course I don’t know any of these people, but I thought it was cool that there is an actual write-up in a school paper about their moto team.
The elephant in the room is, obviously, the James Stewart story. Now, you can say whatever you want, but to question someone at that level’s commitment to a sport that is the only thing he’s ever known is silly. Actually, maybe if that’s all you’ve ever known it might make you a little tired of it but not know how to get out of it. Hmm, did I just flip-flop as I typed that last sentence? Anyway, no matter what side of the fence you sit on regarding James Stewart, I don’t think anybody can say that the AMA outdoor season just got more boring. With only Ryan Dungey (of the top 5) potentially racing Hangtown, I was about to write the 450 class off as a ‘cake walk’ this summer, but now I will be glued to whatever coverage of the series I can find! The guys over at Transworld Motocross got the jump on interviews with Stewart and you can read it here. Eight more sleeps, folks!
The World GP series makes a stop in Guadalajara, Mexico, this weekend. Damn, that would have been the cheapest flight of the year to get to one of these things! Next year…
I think it’s cool that a few of our younger riders are taking the time to realize the importance of promoting themselves. Recently, we received updates from both Dylan Wright and Eve Brodeur. Dylan is a 14-year old rider who rides for MX101 on a Yamaha YZ125 and Eve is a Quebec rider who just competed in Las Vegas at the arenacross championships. Well done you two. That’s the kind of proactive thinking that will do you well in an expensive sport that relies heavily on support and sponsorship. Other riders should take note.
In case you didn’t get a chance to read either of them, here are the links: Dylan Wright and Eve Brodeur. If you are hitting some cool events and take the time to send us a well-written update, we’d be happy to post it for you. It’s just a few mouse clicks for us and the benefits to you and your sponsors are huge.
I saw this message to Green River Motocross Club riders on their Facebook page:
GRMX Riders - Please take a moment this weekend to send out positive thoughts and well wishes to Aaron Chadwick and his family. Aaron crashed last weekend and remains in VGH in ICU. He is stable and in a chemically induced coma to allow for his wounds to be dealt with and be able to begin the healing process. It's a long road ahead for him and I know we are all pulling for him to recover. He does not have spinal injuries and everyone is hopeful that he will make a full recovery. He cannot receive visitors as yet but we will keep you updated. Huge thanks to his friend, Eric Peterson, and everyone at the track that helped to insure that Aaron got the proper care and attention. Motocross can be dangerous and it's so nice to know that we are all looking out for each other - Please, ride safe, and take the necessary safety precautions seriously. Could you be due for a new helmet, chest protector, or boots?
We want to wish Aaron a speedy recovery and let him and his family know that we are all thinking about them.
Check out the merchandising technique over at Schrader’s in Yorkton, SK. #1 plates look good with any décor! You could even wear plaid and stripes on this thing. I’m guessing Denaye Giroux will be tough to beat in the west this summer.
Denaye Giroux's #1W bike decorating the floor of Schrader's in Yorkton, SK.
Denaye Giroux photo
I spoke briefly to Billy Whitley today and he was quick to say how much he misses everyone up here in Canada. I told him the easy fix for that is to grab a team and hit the road! I even promised we’d save a parking spot for him. I asked him for his predictions in the US and up here. He figures “Bubba will win here in the states and, in Canada, I think you will see multiple moto winners, but Colton (Facciotti) will come out on top. “ He helped Tyler Medaglia out with a few things for this season and hopes to make it up here for a round or two. I think I speak for all of Canada when I say that I hope things are going great for Billy these days and that any series is better when he’s involved.
Oh, in case you missed it this week, here’s the ‘Rough Cut’ video I took of 14-year old, Dylan Wright, at Sand Del Lee last weekend. No dub-step music or series of 100, ½-second clips, just the sweet sound of a 125 2-stroke being squeezed within an inch of its life like it’s supposed to be. To me, that’s moto—hyperactive, high-pitched, aggressive, and sweet-smelling!
I wanted to have a chat with Jolen Van Woot (see what I did there) to catch up on all the cool stuff she’s been up too lately, but I left it a little late and didn’t have a chance to actually talk to her. Let’s sum up her latest escapades:
· Set speed record for motorized toilet. Why, you ask? Well, I guess it’s the same answer as to why someone climbs a mountain—because they’ve completely run out of ideas! Haha just kidding.
· Stunt double for the new Cat Woman in the new Batman movie.
· New home-owner near my hometown of London, Ontario (thanks for the invite).
· Just started the Nitro Circus 2012 Australian Tour in Brisbane last night. This one probably explains why I didn’t hear back from her…maybe.
I’m sure there are lots of other interesting things going on in her life these days and, hopefully, we can find out all about them in the very near future here on DMX. She’s wandering all over Australia right now, so we may not get a chance to talk with her for a little while.
I was just trying to find out how all our Canadians did last weekend at the Amateur Arenacross Championships in Las Vegas and came across this interview with Canadian rider, Kieran Doherty. Check it out from arenacross.com:
Have you raced in the AMA Amateur National Arenacross Championships before?
Which races did you qualify for?
What are you doing to get ready for Las Vegas?
What is more exciting last day of school or racing in Las Vegas?
What got you to the AMA Amateur National Arenacross Championships?
What is favorite thing to do at the race?
Who is here from your family?
Did either of your parents or siblings race? Do they give you advice?
Do you have a good luck charm?
How did you come up with your number on your bike?
What part of the AMA Amateur National Arenacross Championships track are you MOST looking forward to?
What part of the AMA Amateur National Arenacross Championships track are you LEAST looking forward to?
What is your MOST memorable moment of the AMA Arenacross season?
Which sponsors would you like to thank for helping you with this Championship round?
Cool. That’s some nice coverage, Kieran! I still couldn’t find out how everyone did though.
Last weekend, I headed to Sand Del Lee for the chance to see Jeremy Medaglia and Kyle Keast do battle on the big bikes. Jeremy was on a KTM 350 and Kyle was on the Yamaha 450. The racing was great in all 4 motos they competed in and when Jeremy got amped-up heading into the final race, he proved he should be one of the ones to beat in MX2 this year, for sure. It’s almost time to stop all the guessing and get the real racing started and I can hardly wait!
Just to get the ball rolling, I received this photo this week:
The original caption was something along the lines of, "Team Canada 2012?" The team will be announced on Canada Day weekend, as usual, but this looks like a pretty solid effort, in my opinion.
Last week I mentioned that Tyler Sjoberg was coming up again this summer to compete in the MX2 class, but I heard that it isn’t 100% yet, so we will have to wait and see if the fast California rider makes his way up here or not.
Ok, that’ll do it for me this week. By the time we do this again next Friday, we will have been up at Motopark trying out all the Yamaha bikes for some sort of Media Day thingy. Hopefully, they have a 125 there for me to roll around on and dream of the days when I could actually wring its neck! Have a great weekend, everyone.
What a week! With the summer outdoor season fast approaching, last weekend marked the final round of the 2012 AMA Supercross series and that meant another flight, down to Las Vegas, to wrap the series up. Being the series finale, and the fact that it’s in Vegas, there was plenty of stuff on the go.
Welcome to Las Vegas!
James Lissimore photo
Our own Steve Matthes lives in Las Vegas and he picked me up from the airport Thursday night. Friday was Press Day and though normally we don’t go to that, Vegas is a little different. All the top guys are there for it, with both Lites champions and the top 4 in the Supercross class, so it’s actually worth attending. From there, it was back to Steve’s, as with everyone in town for the race, he hosts a special Friday edition of his PulpMX.com radio show. Dropping by the home studio for the show were David Pingree, Jason Thomas, Kyle Chisholm and his wife Brittany.
David Pingree(l) and Jason Thomas dropped in to guest host on Friday's PulpMX show. JT is not happy about the headphones messing up his perfectly manicured mohawk.
James Lissimore photo
Then it was on to the race on Saturday. Vegas is always a good round to run into Canadians, as who isn’t looking for an excuse to go to Las Vegas for a few days? I saw east coaster, David Estabrooks, OTSFF’s Andre Laurin and Iain Hayden, our own contributor, Pam Moore, plus some of the Canadians who now call the US home, like the Sorrenson brothers, Derek and Darrin”Rookie”, plus many others.
Iain Hayden(l) and Andre Laurin were just two of the many Canadians I saw in Vegas.
James Lissimore photo
By now you’ve watched or read all about the racing but I’ll just say this – With all the titles wrapped up, I wasn’t expecting much and boy was I wrong. There were solid battles all over the place and for once, the East-West shootout really lived up to it’s billing with a killer race between the Champs – Barcia and Tomac, and Martin Davalos. Also, the race for 2nd to 5th in the 450 main was pretty epic; those guys were all going for it.
Josh Grant was throwing the biggest whips in practice.
James Lissimore photo
It was also good to see Alberta’s John John Pauk qualify for his first Lites main event in the East main. Though he did look a bit like a fish out of water during the race, you got to start somewhere. Congrats to him and hopefully he can build on that.
Congrats to John John Pauk on his first career main event, at Las Vegas.
James Lissimore photo
It’s not a Vegas Supercross without a trip to the Circle Bar at the Hard Rock and that’s where we ended up after the race. It’s always good seeing everyone there and getting a chance to catch up outside of the hecticness of race day. Despite a certain industry guy trying to fight Steve, a good time was had.
It was back to the Hard Rock again on Sunday night for the annual Supercross Awards Banquet. I’ve never bothered to go before but it was actually pretty fun. The open bar didn’t hurt either. I didn’t bring my camera but VitalMX’s Guy B did so hit up this link if you want to check it out: http://www.vitalmx.com/photos/features/2012-Monster-Energy-Supercross-Awards,36853/2012-Monster-Energy-Supercross-Awards,58360/GuyB,64
Myself, Angie Matthes, Steve Matthes and Jason Thomas at the Supercross banquet.
Guy B/VitalMX.com photo
Vegas wasn’t quite done yet for me, as Monday night was Steve’s regularly scheduled PulpMX show and it ended up being a doozy(is that even a word anymore?). At first we thought we’d struggle to find guests as everyone would be either hungover or flying home but soon enough, Ken Roczen, Ryan Villopoto and former Blackfoot Honda rider, Ryan Morais, had all responded to texts to be on the show. The big news of the day was the not surprising at all Press Release stating that James Stewart had moved over to Suzuki and Steve tried to get him but he said he was too busy that night and he’d do it later. Then, former 125 Supercross champ, Brian Swink, left a voicemail saying he’d like to be on the show and the guests kept coming.
Co-host Kenny Watson strolled in at showtime with his shiny new “Innovation Award” that his Hart and Huntington team had collected the night before. It would end up being a source of comedy throughout the show. Finally to top off what was already shaping up to be an epic show, James Stewart texted Steve back to say he actually did, in fact, have time to come on the show and with that, the guests kept coming.
Kenny Watson showed that he's an innovator by bringing his Innovation Award to the most Innovative motocross show on the internet.
James Lissimore photo
Finally, after an action packed four days it was time to come home and now I’m getting ready to head back out on the road for another week. The summer busy season is here and I guess I can look forward to seeing my couch again sometime in September. With a week of nice weather ahead, I’m going to make the six-hour drive north up to Williams Lake tomorrow to shoot some stuff with Brock Hoyer. I haven’t been to Williams Lake in 10 years so it will be cool to make the drive up to the Caribou and check out how Brock is doing with his new deal. Then on Monday, I’ll make the drive down to Kamloops to start my yearly shoot with the Monster Energy Leading Edge Kawasaki team before heading home on Thursday so I can fly to Hangtown on Friday for the kickoff of the AMA Motocross season. Then it’s back home so I can head to Vancouver Island to do an ATV shoot and before you know it, we’ll all be in Nanaimo for the start of the 2012 Canadian season. Time is really starting to fly.
K, that’s it for me this week. Going to enjoy this last day and a half of nice weather here at home before the real craziness begins…