I don’t race nearly as much as I used to but I always try to make it out to Gopher Dunes for the weekend of the National to watch the Pros go at it and do a little racing myself. And this year was no exception. The family and I headed out Friday afternoon for the Gopher Dunes Round of the Rockstar Triple Crown Outdoor National Series and got to the track around dinner time. The place was already pretty much full and looking very impressive. The Schuster family has really done a nice job over the years in developing this facility into a top-notch venue for a motocross National. Their continuous efforts to make improvements and willingness to make changes, even if they don’t always work out according to plan, are commendable, in my opinion.This year was no exception as a totally new track design and layout greeted the Pros when they arrived. I guess the biggest difference from years past is the amount of new and massive jumps that have been added to the circuit. The start had been changed as well, which gave the spectators a great view of all the stars as they queued up in the staging area, and the starts as the gate now drops right in front of the fans, not back in the corner of the track as it had previously. It was awesome watching Liam O’Farrell battle his way to a top ten finish at Gopher Dunes. Photo by James LissimoreOntario summers can be extremely hot and humid. Those of us who live here know it well and those who don’t find out quickly when they come to Gopher Dunes for the National. The forecast for the weekend was looking gnarly, for sure. Temperatures in the low 30’s with humidity factored in making it a potential 40 plus degree steam bath. The riders were in for a tough go, for sure, and the teams knew it as every semi had a kiddie pool full of water sitting behind it waiting for the guys when they got off the track. The racing itself wasn’t great but it was certainly an eye-opening performance by Jess Pettis in the 250 class as he completely decimated the field in both motos. Pettis led every lap in both motos, and I was told he had a 45 second lead on 2nd place by the end of Moto 2. Wow! Nobody else was even close so I’m thinking this must tighten up the decision-making process for 250 riders for the Canadian MX of Nations Team as well as the points chase in the 250 class. Previous red plate man Shawn Maffenbeier had an okay day but wasn’t close to Pettis’ pace in either moto.It was fantastic to see Tyler Medaglia win the 450 overall. Who doesn’t love this guy as he’s all heart and pure moto. My son and I were doing the math in the second moto after Matt Goerke went out with a mechanical issue and figured Tyler had the overall as long as he could bring it home in 1st. No problem as he looked smooth and fast for the whole moto. I must say I was a little surprised at how long it took for the 2-lap board to come out as I was expecting it to be a couple of laps sooner, but Tyler, to his credit, kept it pinned right to the checkers and brought it home in style. Everyone was pumped for the guy as it was his first 450 National win in ten years, his last being Gopher Dunes 2008, and only the second of his career. Some things really do get better with age.All in all, it seemed like a great National for Gopher Dunes. Attendance seemed very good to me. I’ve been to pretty much every one here and I can’t really remember seeing too many more cars in the parking lot than there were Saturday. They’ve opened up the infields a bit more now so there are a lot more viewing areas other than the surrounding berm, which is cool. I was critical with the change to Saturday for the Nationals this year at first but it seemed to work out quite well in this case, and I did learn on the weekend that there is some method to this madness in regard to live TV next year, so it makes more sense now. The new back drop for the starting area with the scaffolding and viewing area above is really cool too. Very professional looking. Very Euro, in my opinion. Jess Pettis and his 1-1 finish at Round 6 was one of the smoothest Gopher Dunes rides of all time. Photo by James LissimoreIt clouded over and rained a bit Saturday afternoon, which no-doubt helped the Pro riders as the temperature seemed to drop by about 10 to 15 degrees when the sun went behind the clouds. No such luck for the Triple Crown Amateur Series riders on Sunday however. It was stinking hot by 8:00 am and didn’t let up all day. There were not a tremendous number of riders in attendance so I was kind of surprised that there were actually 15 classes. Perhaps a few could have been combined to shorten up the day but everything went off without a hitch. I rode 40+ and had a great day for my first race of the year. Solid first moto, but unfortunately I had a tip over late in the second moto and my cross-bar pad came off. There was no way I could continue after that so I called it a day and popped a couple cold ones. It would have been nice to see a few more of my vet buddies out on Sunday but the word on the street was the higher than normal race entry fee for this event and the higher than normal size of the jumps kept a lot of them away. Too bad as it really was a beautiful day for racing motocross and having a couple of post-race beers and bench racing. After watching the pro riders battle it out on Saturday, we ended up having a great family day racing the Parts Canada Amateur Open on Sunday. Thanks to Gopher Dunes and the Jetwerx crew for an awesome weekend.Once again, the National Weekend at Gopher Dunes did not disappoint. On a side note, for those of you who are into cycling, as I know many of you are, my wife, who is training for her first Ironman, which takes place in August, tells me that the country roads surrounding the track are fantastic for a nice long bike ride. So, there you go. One more reason to make this National a must see event.
Press Release – Wheelsport Nihilo Racing team July 18, 2018This past weekend had Thomas left their Ottawa base with their Wheelsport Nihilo KTM’s and headed 7hrs each in different directions and for different reasons.Taylor headed West 7 hrs for the second round of the 2018 Rockstar Triple Crown on the rough and tough Gopher Dunes track in Cortland Ontario. Taylor has a love hate relationship with this tough track as he injured his knee there last season and ending his season, but had decent success there in past.Well Taylor was able to treat it just like another day for a Pro, as he showed up and was ready to race! Taylor posted the 9th fastest qualifying time which provided him with a great gate pick for Moto 1 and confidence especially on this Hot and Humid 40C (104F) day in a Sandbox. The 250 Pro Moto 1 gate drop was not the best start for Taylor as he came around Lap 1 in 24th position, but then was on a charge to pick off riders as fast as possible. Six laps in he moved into 14th and could not gain from there. Taylor suffered a crash on the ever changing track and his bike landed on him, but he quickly re-mounted with the adrenaline pumping only to discover later that he had a 3rd degree burn on his arm. Taylor was not going to let a burn stop him and he showed up on the gate for the 2nd drop – Moto 2. Immediately the outcome was different with a very respectable 14th place start, but was in for a tough fight and quickly moved to 10th and then 9th by lap 3. For the rest of the race it was fight for 12th or 11th lap after lap, and when the checkered flag came out it was a solid 11th just shy of the top 10. Taylor’s left GD with a little question mark as to who got who at GD, Track or Taylor and his 14 – 11 Moto scores gave him 11th overall for the day!Thomas headed 7 hrs east to the Maine State Motocross Championships to seek new competition and another rough and tough track – MX207! Thomas was racing Supermini and Schoolboy (125s and 250F) classes over the 2 days of racing a 4 moto format. He decided to skip the optional Friday practice in better preparation for US Nationals where you only get a short practice to memorize the track. Schoolboy racing was really tight and the KTM 125 proved it could pull decent starts against the 250 four strokes. The motos were longer than most at 6 laps and Thomas handled that well, despite a few falls that put him back at 10th overall for the weekend. Supermini was another story as Thomas was able to pull off some great starts and fight through the riders ahead on the early laps, he did have a few tip overs in some tight corners but also avoided some big pile ups also. Thomas came home with a nice trophy for 3rd overall in the Maine State Championships!Overall a great weekend of racing 14hrs apart for the Wheelsport Nihilo Racing Team!
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McThoughts | Women’s East MX Nationals | Gopher Dunes – Round 2 By Jeff McConkey Photos by Bigwave The women did well Saturday in the rough Gopher Dunes conditions. They had to deal with the extreme heat, rain in moto 2, gnarly track all day, and big, scary jump faces. All in all, they put in a solid show and had some entertaining battles throughout the pack. They had a fantastic turnout with 36 girls on the line and now take a week off before heading to Moncton and then Deschambault. Here are the top 10 and my thoughts from round #2 at Gopher Dunes: 1st Eve Brodeur 1-1: I am going to be sad when Eve hangs up the boots. The young multi-time champion is fun to watch and has a great personality off the track. Once again, she rode pretty flawlessly and took home the overall. We will need to find a gig for her father Sylvain Brodeur, because we need him around to enjoy a beer with after the races. Eve leads the series with 117 points. 2nd Isabelle Thibault 2-4: Isabelle is one of our favourite riders at DMX. Her “I don’t give a sh*t” attitude on the track is fantastic to watch. She rides with a ton of aggression and should be higher in the points standings than her 12th place and 50 points due to her bike issues at Sand Del Lee. 3rd Taylor Miller 5-2: Taylor looked much more comfortable this round. You can tell the talent and speed is there, she just needs to blow the dust off of them. I think the Moncton track will suit her style and she should be closer to the leader. She currently sits 2nd in points with 98, 19 behind the leader. 4th Brittani Majcher 3-8: Great day for Brittani. She rides the sand real well and just missed out on an overall podium. She is now off to Lorretta’s, so, hopefully, we will see her maybe in Quebec. 5th Liz Burke 7-5: You would honestly think Liz was a local sand rider after her great rides from behind. Luck has not been on her side in the early part of the season, but Liz is not giving up. I would be shocked if she doesn’t hit the podium in Moncton. Liz now sits 4th in points with 84. 6th Julia Krzemien 6-6: Another consistent and solid weekend for Julia. I was expecting her to be fighting for a podium spot, but she is healthy and smiling, so it’s all good. Julia is now 5th in points with 81. 7th Megan Brodeur 13-3: Oh what could have been, had Megan stayed on 2 wheels. Her speed and starts are there this season and she looks to be strong for the entire motos. She hit the ground pretty hard in moto 1, but rebounded nicely in moto 2. I bet she wins a moto in Moncton. Megan is now 3rd in points with 95. 8th Eden Netelkos 10-7: Eden rides the soft stuff pretty well and has been super-consistent so far this season. Not sure if we will see her farther East, but she is sitting 6th in points after 2 rounds. 9th Mariah Gauthier 8-10: I keep waiting for the breakout ride for Mariah. She has the speed and rides the 2-stroke well. Maybe the Moncton dirt will be good to her. They have her listed as 8th in points, but she raced the West, so I’m not sure what the ruling is this week. 10th Sarah-Kim Villenuve 4-16: Sarah-Kim looked great in practice and had a few of us talking about her. She had a great first moto, but had obvious problems in moto 2. Heading into the break, Villeneuve sits 7th in points with 71. Biggest Stud: 36 girls on the line! That is great considering that Gopher is not always a favourite to most. Great job, ladies. Biggest Dud: Gnarly Ontario sand track and we only have 1 Ontario girl in the top 10. Where do the Ontario girls ride, because I don’t think it is in the sand. Biggest Surprise: Sarah-Kim Villeneuve surprised me the most. She was absolutely flying early on. MC’s ‘G’d Up from the Feet Up’ Award: I am going to have to go with my friend Carrie Davis. Carrie and I are very similar — we like to look fast, but not necessarily like to go fast. Carrie always has the freshest bikes, gear and custom painted Cat helmets and is our clear-cut winner this week. Thanks for reading.