Photos from Opening Ceremonies at the 2018 Walton TransCan By Billy Rainford We’re back! Here are some photos from the Opening Ceremonies at the 2018 Walton TransCan GNC. The crowd gathered for the outdoor ceremonies at the podium. Entries are around 550, and everyone is pretty happy to see it. Tim Lee is the Head Referee and went over the rules. A lot of Pro riders are already here. Jay DaSilva. Kyle Beaton is a big part of getting all the western kids here to race. Chris Lee is “retired” from the TransCan. Ya, right… Ron Cameron and Jamie “Barnsy” Mitchell are back in action on the medical side. Try your best NOT to see them this week. Mike Parliament from MP1 is on site to help people with any suspension needs. It’s going to be a long week for the Ufimzeffs. Mel’s new profile pic. Brett Lee calls…strikes and balls? Heather Bennett from TCD is also here with Tim to handle suspension needs. Chris Williams from Cobra. John Roney from Xtreme Toys. Has Bill Van Vugt ever missed a TransCan? Harvey from Wiseco has definitely not. Kourtney Lloyd announcing the 3 riders on the Team Canada MXON Ambassador Program. The 3 riders are: Julien Bennick, Sam Gaynor, and Jake Tricco. JC Seitz from Fox Canada. Remember to sign up for the Shift Holeshot Challenge on Wednesday. Brett Lee takes the stage and welcomes everyone to the TransCan. Kourtney presents this retro poster to Brett, Mel, and Harper. 6 riders came up on stage to address the crowd. Julien Bennick from BC was one of them. 4-time champion Eve Brodeur. Dexter Seitz from Alberta. Ryder McNabb from Manitoba. Intermediate phenom Jake Tricco from Ontario. Tanner Ward won our last Total Devotion Award at the TransCan back in 2016 and enjoyed a week at Club MX. And now the sun has set here at Walton. The next time we see it, it will be accompanied by the familiar sound of the rooster! See you at the races…
This article was in the March issue of the 1998 Motocross Action Magazine. “About 5pm yesterday, I was out at the HPCC track when I got the call to drive down to Glen Helen to meet the MXA test crew,” said Scott Sheak’s mechanic Tom Watson. HPCC is Honda’s top secret test facility, located out in the middle of nowhere (actually ten miles beyond the middle of nowhere). No one in a sound frame of mind would want to be at HPCC in the dead of the winter (even if Honda is paying him to be there). So the smile on Tom’s face couldn’t have been broader as he pulled into Glen Helen (which is not only warmer, but 100 miles closer to civilization). Why had the MXA test crew summoned Tom from the desert? To bring Scott Sheak’s new Team FMF/Honda CR125 to us. WHAT’S THE FMF ENGINE LIKE? With factory support from Honda, you would think that Honda’s resident engine builder Cliff White would have had his hands all over the FMF team’s engines. Well, you’d be wrong. Starting with Cliff’s best engines from ’97, FMF’s Terry Varner dove into the CR125 mill headfirst and came out with a engine that oozes usable horsepower. “Last year, Reynard’s CR125 engine produced a lot of horsepower, but it wasn’t easy to ride. It was all peak. Terry Varner came up with a engine that makes incredible numbers on the dyno and delivers usable power on the track,” explained Tom–who should know since he was Robbie Reynard’s mechanic before moving to Sheak in ’98. The worst part about the stock 1998 CR125 is it was a disappointing engine. The best part of the Honda/FMF bike was its impressive engine. This was the first Honda that had some bottom (albeit very little), tons of midrange and enough top end to get to the next corner. What else can we say, we liked it. On the racetrack, it was clear that Sheak’s bike wasn’t a stock ’98 CR125. The stocker is all midrange, with no top end and no bottom. Sheak’s bike was what every CR125 should be. The FMF bike had just enough bottom to get the engine into the midrange, where it makes the meat of its horsepower (by meat we’re talking T-bone not dog food). Then once into the middle, the FMF CR125 did something that the ’98 stocker doesn’t want to do–rev. It doesn’t rev to the moon like older CR125’s, but with the amount and quality of midrange the bike has, catching gears will have you going faster than you ever wanted to go. The stock CR125 falls off the pipe at least twice a lap, which requires a hardcore rider to fan the clutch to keep the bike going forward. Not Sheak’s CR125. It has enough midrange and top-end to pull every gear in the five-speed box. Equally noteworthy was that Sheak was not going for a hard hitting-style of power. His CR125 delivered its power in a very controlled, well-timed and manageable manner. Can you buy the same motor that Scott Sheak uses? Yes. FMF plans to sell the engines right out from under their team riders. However, each of Team FMF/Honda’s four riders has his own unique likes and dislikes when it comes to power delivery. FMF plans to advertise what each of their riders likes and sell it to the consumer as a Pingree, Sheak, Sellards or McCormick model. WHAT’S THE FMF SUSPENSION LIKE? Surprise, the CR125’s stock Kayaba parts magically turned into Showa pieces. The stock Kayaba units are missing on Sheak’s FMF CR125 and in their place are Showa Kit components. These are the same forks that Factory Connection sells to the general public (only Sheak’s forks have been slightly altered by FMF’s suspension guru Rob Hendrickson). The forks start as stock ’98 CR250 forks, but the internals (cartridge rods and all) are replaced with the Showa aftermarket kits. How do the Showa kit forks work? Superbly. They are plush, not only on the big landings that supercross delivers, but also over little bumps. The MXA test crew tested the Factory Connection kit last year and raved about its overall performance. They are stiff (because they have Supercross valving in them), but even then they still move. Some things that factory teams do they do just because they can. Take for example the stock 1998 CR125 shock. Sure stock its to soft for Supercross but with a revalve by FMF’s Rob Hendrickson it would work just fine. Then why switch to a Showa shock? Because they could, nothing else. Stock Honda CR125 forks suffer from a mild case of midstroke harshness, which rears its ugly head in the form of headshake (and at fourth gear wide open, no case of headshake is mild). With the Showa forks, the CR125’s headshake disappeared. Maybe it was better valving or the correct spring rates, but whatever it was we liked it. These are the best Honda forks made. Why did FMF switch from Kayaba to Showa? FMF said they asked the same question of Honda team manager Wes McCoy and he replied, “Factory support”. Can you do it? Yes, but it’s hard to imagine your average 125 pilot ripping his Kayaba’s off and replacing them with a set of ’98 Showa kitted forks. What would the forks cost? About $1500. That’s why you sign up with a factory team. For riders on a budget, FMF will offer Kayaba fork and shock mods priced for the average consumer. What about the shock? It too was a Showa kit shock. Sheak’s shock was valved on the stiff end, but surprisingly not enough so that you couldn’t ride around a normal motocross track on it. WHAT’S IT LIKE TO RIDE SHEAK’S CR125 Factory-backed bikes really shine (especially for the rider they are hand-built to suit). Scott Sheak’s personal set-up isn’t as off-the-beaten path as many big name rider’s bikes, but he does have his peccadilloes. FMF took the flaws out of the stock 1998 CR125, improved all the pluses threefold without creating any new flaws, pretty impressive. Bars: The first thing you notice when you sit on Sheak’s bike is that his handlebar position has more in common with a stock pair of 1973 Elsinore 125 handlebars than with anything current. They are swept back on the ends, rotated back in the clamps and downright different from what most people are used to. Besides moving his handlebars 5mm back in the clamps, Sheak runs a set of cast works footpegs that move his footpeg position back 5 mm. It’s common for the factory boys to move their handlebar position and footpeg to fit their stature. What’s uncommon is that Sheak didn’t move his shifter back to compensate for the new footpeg position. The setup may work for Sheak but for us the new peg/shifter position made the Honda into the worst shifting 125 of the year. Levers: Despite the fact that the clutch and brake levers are stock, the extra care Sheak’s mechanic Tom puts into them is evident in how strong the front brake is and how easy the clutch pull is. These things may not seem like much, but after pulling in the clutch lever and using the front brake during a thirty minute moto, every little bit helps. Scott runs his levers fairly high up on the bars. We had to reach up to grab them. Shifting: The big shocker was that none of the test riders could get Scott Sheak’s bike to shift very well. After scratching our heads wondering how the best shifting 125 could become so bad, we noticed something amiss. Sure enough, Sheak doesn’t run stock footpegs (although he does run a stock shift lever). Scott’s 5mm wider works footpegs are moved back on the chassis. Why would Sheak want to move the footpegs back? That’s easy. Since Sheak isn’t the tallest rider on the planet, he has trouble getting back on the bike when going through whoops. Honda built special footpegs and works triple clamps that mount the bars five millimeters back (without changing the steering angle) to ease his transition to the back of the bike. It didn’t work for our feet, but it must for Scott’s. Handling: The new CR125 alloy frame has a considerable amount of understeer, but Scott’s bike didn’t. It tracked straight, turned on a dime and didn’t have an iota of headshake. Most of these benefits come from the superior suspension components. CAN YOU HAVE SCOTT SHEAK’S BIKE? Want to make your bike a Sheak replica? Here’s what you’ll need: (1) Start with N-Style team graphics. The quickest way to have a Team FMF/Honda bike is to make your bike look like one. (2) After you ride with your new-looking FMF/Honda team bike, you will realize your gearing is all wrong. Time to buy that FMF Cobalt sprocket in the 52-tooth variety. (3) With that new big rear sprocket, it’s best you get a new chain–FMF opts for EK Chain. (4) After your first crash and bent set of handlebars, you’re ready for your next piece of the FMF/Honda puzzle–a set of FMF’s 909 handlebars. Most of the team uses #1966 (McGrath) or #1971 (Lammy) bends. (5) Now you’re ready to dive into the pipe and silencer department. Pick up an FMF Fatty pipe and a “Bad News Barker” carbon fiber Power Core II. (6) Next, have FMF tackle your forks. Sorry, they won’t be Showa’s (you’ll have to call Factory Connection for that), but the stock Kayabas can be made to work very well. (7) Last, but not least, pick the engine tuning of your favorite FMF/Honda rider’s engine. If you follow these seven steps, you can own a Scott Sheak replica. The post TWO-STROKE TUESDAY | SCOTT SHEAK’S 1998 HONDA CR125 appeared first on Motocross Action Magazine.
2018 UNADILLA NATIONAL | FULL COVERAGE The 10th round of the 2018 AMA National Championship in Unadilla was a full-on mud race. The French riders of Marvin Musquin and Dylan Ferrandis were dominate in the mud. The points leaders of Eli Tomac and Aaron Plessinger were consistent and did everything they were suppose to do in order to keep their red plates. The surprises were out of the factory Husqvarna semi with Phil Nicoletti and Mitchell Harrison both getting on the podium. Here is your race recap of the 2018 Unadilla National from New York. The post 2018 UNADILLA NATIONAL | MUD RACE HIGHLIGHT VIDEO appeared first on Motocross Action Magazine.
(1) Consistent program. Preparation and execution of the right fitness and nutrition program are key, and not just for racing success but for success in life. A steady training and nutrition program developed over time will allow you to create consistent gains in health and fitness. These gains will cross over when you are on the bike, and you will have more endurance and stamina each time race day hits. (2) Over-training. Avoid over-training the week of race day. Don’t try to catch up before race day when it comes to fitness. Fitness takes time to build. So, if you’ve missed a day or two of training, don’t stress. It won’t ruin your race-day performance as long as you have been consistent in the weeks and months prior. Trying to play catch-up will overly fatigue and exhaust your body. If anything, you should be taking it easy so you are fully charged and ready to race. (3) Support. Support and accountability create consistency and quicker progression in the sport. Whether it’s trainers, nutritionists, mechanics or mom and dad, they are all an important piece of the puzzle. Everyone needs a dedicated team making sure all the pieces are in place‚ especially on race day. Your focus should be on the race and not worrying about anything else. No one can be successful in the sport of motocross without help. (4) Stay focused. There is a huge mental battle that a lot of riders face. They head to the track and spend a lot of time comparing themselves to other riders. This can motivate some riders, but for most it gives them anxiety that can be mentally draining. Focus on developing and improving your own skills. Comparing yourself to others is a waste of mental energy. The results are the only comparison that matters. (5) Sleep. Sleep is extremely important. During sleep, your body produces hormones that help your muscles recover and produces more white blood cells to boost your immune system. Also, your oxygen intake during sleep will support recovery, mental focus and mood. (6) Nutrition. Pre-pack your race-day food. What you eat can make or break your race-day performance by having a direct impact on your energy, focus and recovery. Make sure you fuel up in the morning with a hearty breakfast and have lunch and snacks handy throughout the day. Consistent fueling helps you avoid “hitting the wall.” (7) Fluids. Make sure you’re getting enough water and electrolytes every day, not just on the days leading up to a race. Even mild dehydration can lead to problems such as muscle cramping, slower muscle response and increased fatigue. All of this can result in as much as a 20-percent drop in performance. We recommend mixing your water with an electrolyte powder, like Ryno Power’s Hydration Fuel, to help you retain the water more efficiently. (8) Mindset. Motocross is a mental sport, more so than most people think. What you choose to focus on plays a critical role in your success, especially what you think about on race day. Don’t worry about negative things that might happen; instead, remember all the hard work you have put in and focus on bringing your best. (9) Warm up. Doing a warm-up before heading to the gate is a great way to get your body temperature up. Your body isn’t as responsive early in the morning as it is later in the day. A short warm-up just before heading out for practice and the motos will stimulate your brain, kick up your cortisol and loosen tight muscles. (10) Stretching. Stretching is something even the most sedentary human can benefit from. Everyone should make it a regular part of their lifestyle. Stretching not only helps with injury prevention, it improves recovery during and after racing. It increases blood circulation throughout the working muscle groups, not just the ones that body builders focus on. Flexibility is just as important as strength. The post TEN THINGS TO FOCUS ON BEFORE GOING TO THE STARTING LINE appeared first on Motocross Action Magazine.
ICYMI | Catching Up with Jesse Wentland By Billy Rainford Catching Up with… Jesse Wentland. | Bigwave photo In case you missed it, here’s our conversation with American racer, Jesse Wentland. We’ve gotten to know Jesse very well over the years, as he raced out series a couple times and is probably one of the nicest, most polite riders you’ll ever meet. I’m going to refer to a moment that stands out in my mind about Jesse: Kyle Carruthers and I were standing around at the end of a MMRS Madoc National. All of the awards had been given out and everyone just wanted to get the heck out of there and on their way home. Kyle looked at me and said, “Watch this, Jesse will make a point of walking over to John Maguire and thanking him.” Sure enough, no sooner had Kyle said it, Jesse walked up to John, extended his hand, and thanked him for putting on a great event and offering up a whole bunch of cash to the riders. That little story pretty much sums up what I know of Jesse. Last summer, he showed up at the final round at RJ’s and raced Mike Parliament’s Honda 450. He had a solid 10th in moto 1 but then took a DNF in moto 2. He earned the #32 for 2018, but we never got a chance to see him run it. We caught up with him at home down in Florida for a conversation to see what he’s been up to. Here’s what the friendly rider had to say: We caught up with Jesse from his home in Tallahassee, Florida. | Bigwave photo Direct Motocross: Hello, Jesse. We haven’t seen you in quite a while. Like always, let’s start at the beginning. How old are you? Where are you from? And how did you first get into Motocross? Jesse Wentland: Hey, Billy. I am 24 years old, from Elk river, Minnesota, and am currently living in Tallahassee, Florida. What sparked my interest in racing was going to my first Supercross race back in 1999 or 2000 and seeing the KTM Challenge kids rip on the big SX track. Shortly after I got my first PW 50 and loved riding ever since. What was your first race number, and how did you pick it? I can’t really remember my very first number. I believe it was number 6 or 9, but growing up through amateurs I ran number 26 and that was the number that stuck for some reason. I just really liked that number. What was the highlight of your amateur career? I would have to say winning a title in Open Pro Sport and a 2nd in 450A at Loretta Lynn’s in 2012. It was my last year of racing amateurs and I felt I went out with a bang. Who did you come up racing against? Who was the top of your A Class year? I grew up racing guys like Joey Savatgy, Zack Bell, Jessy Nelson, Justin Bogle, Jeremy Martin, Mitchell Oldenburg and quite a few other fast guys that no longer race, but the guy that I was faced with battling the most and was the top guy at most races was probably Jeremy Martin. Jesse raced the final round at RJ’s in 2017 on Mike Parliament’s Honda 450. He finished 10-DNF. | Jeff McConkey photo How and when did you first decide to head north and race in Canada? I first decided to come up to Canada to race in 2013 for Andy White and the KTM Canada team filling in for Kaven Benoit in the 250 class. How did you like racing up here? What was your favourite part? I really enjoyed everything about racing in Canada. So much that I decided to come back and race with the MX101 Yamaha team in 2014 which led me to meeting my now fiancé Katelyn Pettis. Canada has become my second home now and you might be seeing some more of me in the future racing some Canadian rounds. What was your favourite track up here and why? Gopher Dunes, hands down. You earned #32 up here for 2018. Can you tell us about your races up here in Canada last summer? Yup. I was sad I wasn’t able to come up this year and rep the number at some rounds. Last year was a huge struggle for me. I finally felt comfortable at the last round at RJ’s, racing Mike Parliament’s Honda 450. I absolutely hated that Suzuki 450 I rode and struggled so dang bad, but it was all I had at the time and I just wanted to race so I made do with it. One of these guys will soon marry the sister of Jess Pettis, Katelyn Pettis. Can you guess which one? | Jeff McConkey photo We haven’t seen you since, but you’ve definitely been in the MX News. You took a stand against the status quo down south. Can you tell us about that and what the results have been from that? (Laughs) Yeah, I felt I had to say what I thought and how I felt at the time, and I still stand by it. Unless a good opportunity or change comes my way, I’m not risking my life to race Feld or MX Sports events. I would much rather support a Canadian series like the Triple Crown series or a smaller series here in the US like the Nitro Arenacross Tour. As for results, there haven’t been any. Nobody cares enough to make a change, no other riders want to stand up and say much. I didn’t expect to make a change. I just voiced my opinion and why I’ve had enough for right now. What have you been doing/racing lately? I’ve currently been working as a concrete pump operator, racing and riding on the weekends as much as I can. Kissemmee Motorsport hooked me up with a Demo Kawasaki to rip when I want. What are your future racing plans? Man, I would love to come race in Canada again, maybe rip with my brother-in-law, Jess Pettis! As of now, I don’t have any racing plans, yet, but I sure do miss it and feel I still have the passion and drive to be able to win races. So, we could possibly see you back here in Canada? Possibly. I would really love to make something happen for next year. We may not see Jesse in another Feld event any time soon (shown here (#26) at the 2011 RC Amateur SX in Daytona), but he may make a return to Canada! | Bigwave photo What’s next for you, after racing? Right now, Katelyn and I started a house and office cleaning business, so we are busy with that, along with our wedding coming up in less than 2 months and my concrete job I have now. I want to stay riding and racing for as long as I can. It will always be in my blood. I’ll be racing the vet classes some day. OK, thank you for taking the time to do this today. Good luck, and is there anyone you’d like to thank? Thanks, Billy. It’s always good to chat with a friendly Canadian. Take ‘er easy. I have to thank Kissemmee Motorsports, Renthal, Twin Air, and Fox. They still treat me good. All the best to you, Jesse. It would be great to see you back on Canadian soil in the near future, showing that smooth speed again.
Every line on the deeply prepped Glen Helen National track is ours and made by our TM MX300 two-stroke project bike. TM’s Ralf Schmidt wanted to built a TM that addressed everything the MXA wrecking crew had ever complained about on the exotic Italian-built smokers. That included Pro X pistons, Faster USA wheels,VHM heads, GPM suspension, Ohlins shock, Brembo brakes, Excell rims, TM Designworks chain guide, Renthal bars, VP gas, Galfer brake hoses, Pro Circuit pipes and much more. To read the full story head over to motocrossactionmag.com The post MXA FIRST RIDE VIDEO: THE ULTIMATE TM MX300 TWO-STROKE PROJECT BIKE appeared first on Motocross Action Magazine.
By Billy Rainford Yes, we say this every year, “I can’t believe this is the final week of the Nationals!” Time flies when you’re having fun, and we only have this one week left for the Rockstar Triple Crown MX Series. But, hold the phone! We have a little something called the Walton TransCan GNC to get to, first. That’s right, the granddaddy of all granddaddies is back this year. Once again, racers and their families will congregate at the little slice of heaven about an hour north of London, Ontario, to battle for Canadian Amateur supremacy. The event disappeared for a time due to political heavy handedness and internal strife, but it’s back and, hopefully, as strong or stronger than ever. I have to think it will take a year to get it back to the same level it had reached in its hay day, but it has got to be regarded as the single most important event on the Canadian schedule. All summer long, riders vie for a position on the gate to see who is the fastest amateur rider in the country. Not only that, but the industry has always rallied around the event and, as soon as you enter the gate, you know something big is happening. Unfortunately, there have been some recent injuries that will keep some of our top B riders from racing this week. Names like Sam Gaynor, Nick Cryer, Quinn Amyotte, Dakota Yaskow, and Jake Piccolo, and Supermini sensation Preston Masciangelo. I don’t know who’s going to step up to challenge Jake Tricco in the yellow plate class. I ahven’t heard that Rylan Bly has made the trip east, so it could be a long week for the B riders. Eve Brodeur is racing the Women’s class all week and should be the one to watch there. In the Supermini class, it’s going to be tough to beat Ryder McNabb from Manitoba, but I’m sure there are some other fast kids who will want to push him off the top spot. I’m really looking forward to the Junior and Schoolboy battles between Cameron Wrozyna, Jamie Powell, and Jeremy McKie. These 3 will be going at it bar-to-bar all week. In the Vet classes, we have Ryan Lockhart, Chris Pomeroy and a returning Matt Crown to watch. It’s rider sign-up (2-6pm) and then the Opening Ceremonies at 7:00pm which will include a Press Conference and a mandatory riders’ meeting. We turned the week’s schedule into JPEGs for anyone who wants to keep these in their phones for reference this week: Online registration was closed this morning at 10:00 but I see there are still a few classes with openings in them. If you’re still interested in racing, give them a call or show up between 2-6 today and get yourself on the line. We’ve kind of done this before, and we’re going to fire up the live broadcasts each night at 9:00pm to go over everything that happened that day. We’re calling it the ‘Direct Motocross After Hours TransCan Recap Brought to You by FXR’ and it should prove to be a really good time. If everything goes the way we have it planned, we should even be able to do live call ins from people across the country. It’s a bit of a risky proposition, but let’s go for it and see what happens. I’ll post my cell number on the screen during the show and we’ll see if anyone calls in. It will be a pretty rudimentary method of listening to a phone call into a microphone, but it should be fun none the less. We’ve invited a ton of guests to hang out with us each night and we’ll also wrangle up some racers, crew members, and maybe some parents to sit in, too. We chose the 9:00pm slot because the gang at Walton Raceway have a ton of things planned to keep riders and families entertained throughout the week and we’d like everyone to be able to do those things and then check out our “show.” Anyway, we’ll be doing it through Facebook Live and we have a pretty sweet little studio on the go. We’ll be on the air from Tuesday to Friday. Don’t worry, we’ll spam the link each day to get you there without any trouble. We’ll be raffling off an FXR helmet and goggles and all proceeds will go directly to the Team Canada MXON effort. $5 gets you a ticket. Find me at the races this week. We’ll announce the winner on Friday night’s show. Sign up at the track! Unadilla Results and Points I don’t want to toot my own horn, but I called this French 1-1 before qualifying. Given the conditions, I’m sure I wasn’t the only one, but I’ll still cling to this small victory. With this being a week off in our schedule, riders hit races in their home Provinces or took a weekend off to prepare for the final round this week at Walton Raceway. I saw that Tim Tremblay, Chris Fortier, and Dave Blanchet went 1-2-3 in the Pro Class at a Challenge Quebec race at Franklin. Unfortunately, the Speed Hive site is “under maintenance,” so I can’t post the results here. Rockstar MX Nationals Standings With just one round remaining, the 250 class points are close at the top and the 450 points are close for the podium positions. Here’s a look: 250 Pro Place – Name Number – Hometown 5/26/2018 Finish 6/2/2018 Finish 6/9/2018 Finish 6/16/2018 Finish 7/7/2018 Finish 7/14/2018 Finish 7/28/2018 Finish 8/5/2018 Finish Total Points 1st – JESS PETTIS #15 – PRINCE GEORGE, BC 1st 1st 10th 1st 11th 1st 3rd 2nd 394 2nd – JOEY CROWN #335 – METAMORA, MI 3rd 4th 3rd 3rd 2nd 6th 1st 1st 391 (-3) 3rd – SHAWN MAFFENBEIER #1 – KAMLOOPS, BC 2nd 2nd 5th 2nd 3rd 22nd 4th 7th 370 (-24) 4th – JOSH OSBY #18 – VALPARAISO, IN 4th 3rd 2nd 16th 4th 2nd 2nd 16th 334 (-60) 5th – DYLAN WRIGHT #12 – OTTAWA, ON 14th 13th 1st 12th 1st 4th 5th 3rd 325 (-69) 5th – MARCO CANNELLA #66 – WATERDOWN, ON 6th 5th 4th 4th 6th 7th 6th 6th 325 (-69) 7th – TANNER WARD #27 – WOODSTOCK, ON 8th 6th 8th 5th 7th 3rd 11th 4th 306 (-88) 8th – JARED PETRUSKA #43 – CALGARY, AB 5th 9th 17th 6th 10th 13th 13th 13th 227 (-167) 9th – HAYDEN HALSTEAD #19 – WATERFORD, ON 9th 19th 6th 17th 5th 5th 8th 224 (-170) 10th – CASEY KEAST #17 – KELOWNA, BC 7th 7th 7th DNF 17th 17th 9th 14th 202 (-192) 11th – TEREN GERBER #58 – CORONATION, AB 10th 10th 9th 7th 18th 18th 150 (-244) 12th – JASON BENNY #23 – JOLIETTE, QC 40th 8th 19th 10th 22nd 15th 15th 19th 147 (-247) 13th – JONAH BRITTONS #35 – PRINCE GEORGE, BC 12th 20th 23rd 13th 14th 20th 16th 22nd 145 (-249) 14th – CHRISTOPHER FORTIER #33 – LEVIA, QC 13th 8th 7th 5th 140 (-254) 15th – ANTHANY SPADACCINI #98 – CUMBERLAND, ON 15th 12th 16th 8th 24th 24th 24th 112 (-282) 16th – JAKE TRICCO #527 – COLLINGWOOD, ON 15th 10th 10th 9th 111 (-283) 17th – TAYLOR ARSENAULT #36 – , 8th 11th 12th 12th 109 (-285) 18th – QUINTON ROBIN #60 – ECKVILLE, AB 18th 16th 12th 9th 25th 93 (-301) 19th – TEE PERROTT #737 – HIGH RIVER, AB 13th 18th 15th 14th 83 (-311) 20th – GUILLAUME ST CYR #40 – VICTORIAVILLE, QC 20th 14th 18th 11th 79 (-315) 20th – WYATT WADDELL #157 – DELTA, BC 16th 15th 28th 15th 28th 21st 35th 79 (-315) 250 Triple Crown Points 450 Pro Place – Name Number – Hometown 5/26/2018 Finish 6/2/2018 Finish 6/9/2018 Finish 6/16/2018 Finish 7/7/2018 Finish 7/14/2018 Finish 7/28/2018 Finish 8/5/2018 Finish Total Points 1st – COLTON FACCIOTTI #45 – AYLMER, ON 1st 1st 7th 4th 1st 3rd 4th 2nd 406 2nd – COLE THOMPSON #16 – BRIGDEN, ON 4th 4th 4th 2nd 5th 4th 1st 1st 384 (-22) 3rd – KAVEN BENOIT #26 – BON CONSEIL, QC 7th 8th 1st 1st 4th 5th 5th 3rd 379 (-27) 4th – MATT GOERKE #1 – PANAMA CITY BEACH, FL 2nd 2nd 2nd 3rd 3rd 11th 2nd 5th 372 (-34) 5th – TYLER MEDAGLIA #5 – BROOKSFIELDS, NS 3rd 6th 3rd 7th 2nd 1st 7th 4th 367 (-39) 6th – DILLAN EPSTEIN #7 – THOUSAND ISLANDS, CA 14th 7th 5th 6th 6th 2nd 3rd 14th 313 (-93) 7th – KEYLAN MESTON #10 – CALGARY, AB 5th 10th 9th 10th 10th 10th 10th 11th 264 (-142) 8th – CADE CLASON #9 – CHESTERFIELS, SC 8th 17th 16th 8th 8th 8th 16th 7th 236 (-170) 9th – RYAN LALONDE #21 – VICTORIA, BC 10th 20th 12th 14th 12th 12th 13th 19th 187 (-219) 10th – MIKE ALESSI #800 – HILLIARD, FL 6th 5th 6th 5th 165 (-241) 11th – CHEYENNE HARMON #645 – NEWARK , TX 35th 9th 11th 11th DNF 16th 11th 12th 163 (-243) 12th – GRAHAM SCOTT #63 – NORTH SAANICH, BC 11th 12th 13th 17th 11th DNF 15th 152 (-254) 13th – ERIC JEFFERY #39 – COURTICE, ON 15th 18th 15th 19th 17th 12th 13th 140 (-266) 13th – KYLE KEAST #72 – LINDSAY, ON 12th 11th 8th 12th DNF 18th 140 (-266) 15th – DAVEY FRASER #20 – HALIFAX, NS 20th 13th 24th 20th 15th 25th 14th 17th 121 (-285) 16th – RYAN DOWD #46 – LUDLOW, MA 7th 19th 9th 9th 120 (-286) 17th – YANICK BOUCHER #52 – HEARST, ON 19th 15th 19th 22nd 14th 20th 18th 27th 106 (-300) 18th – JACOB HAYES #90 – , 6th 6th 81 (-325) 19th – CHRIS CANNING #376 – COVENTRY, CT 7th 8th 71 (-335) 19th – JEREMY MEDAGLIA #4 – , ON 9th 8th 71 (-335) 450 Triple Crown Points With 60 points up for grabs, this should be a pretty exciting finale in both classes! OK, I don’t have time to spin any yarns this week. It’s time to load up the #DMXVan and head to Walton Raceway for the week. I’m going to actually try staying on site this year, instead of going back and forth to London. It should be a fun week! See you all there. Who will step up to fill the 2016 boots of “The Fab 3” at this year’s TransCan? We’re about to find out! See you at the races…| Bigwave photo
Good day and welcome to this week’s edition of the Honda Canada Racing Monday Gate Drop. I hope everyone had a great weekend and I hope all of you are ready for these final three weeks of the summer of 2018. As everyone in this industry knows, this week is the return of the Walton TransCan, located in the tiny hamlet of Walton, Ontario. If you’ve never been to Walton, Ontario let me give you a brief description. The little three corner town is situated in a rural setting with miles and miles of corn fields surrounding it. Walton is just far enough from Lake Huron that the sand from some of the nicest stretch of beaches in Ontario had to eventually give way to dark clay. This soil is perfect for two things, one is growing corn, which is obviously why you see so many corn fields, and the second thing this soil is perfect for is ruts…deep Walton ruts. With the track located just a stone’s throw from the middle of the village, Walton Raceway is and always will be famous for its deep ruts. Even as far back as the 1970s when Walton Raceway first began holding dirt bike races, the track had ruts like no other in Ontario. I know that some people feel like Walton is in the middle of absolutely nowhere, but for Canadian motocross this week, and for the local farmers the rest of the year, this is the center of the universe. Walton Raceway is ready for our National Championships. Photo by James LissimoreAfter taking a year off in 2017, the Walton TransCan returns this week as both the Canadian Amateur National Championships as well as the final round of the 2018 Rockstar Energy Triple Crown MXTour Series. Both should be entertaining as I think returning to Walton has the industry excited. To help get involved this year, MXP put together the Walton TransCan event program so I hope everyone enjoys reading it during what little down time you may have. I personally don’t know what to expect this week as no one seems to be able to predict what the rider entries will be. It’s hard for any event to take a year off and then return to the size it was before. With this in mind, I think you’ll see a much more compact Walton TransCan this year. I know from doing the program and being a little involved with the Walton crew these past few weeks, they’ve been working hard and they definitely haven’t cut any corners as far as trying to make their customers happy. We might see a smaller than normal 2018 Walton TransCan, but it also might be one of the most enjoyable. Of course, a lot of that is dependant on Mother Nature. If you want to do well at Walton you have to be smooth. Just ask Kyle Keast. Photo by James LissimoreOne area that will set the Walton TransCan apart from any other events on the Canadian motocross calendar is that it will be a true national championship for our riders. With entries from the east coast, the west coast and everywhere in between, almost all of Canada’s best riders will be there this week. In each class, you will most likely be lining up against riders from Nova Scotia, Quebec, and even British Columbia. You may not know much about these riders but I guarantee that you’re going to have fun racing against them. After our amateur national champions are crowned on Friday, the pro riders will take to the track on Saturday. With just three points separating Jess Pettis and Joey Crown in the 250 Pro/Am class, and 22 points separating Colton Facciotti and Cole Thompson, both championships are headed for a final moto showdown. All four riders have won Walton titles over the years so it’s impossible to predict what will happen. All that is for sure in all classes this week is that the gate will drop and the best riders will more than likely be successful. One of annual events at the Walton TransCan is the KTM Canada spaghetti dinner that will take place this Wednesday evening. Photo by James LissimoreI apologize for this Monday Gate Drop being so short but I have to wrap this up and head to Walton Raceway. If you’re reading this and you’re at Walton, and if you’re a KTM rider, today at 4:30 myself, Eve Brodeur and Tanner Ward are doing a Walton track walk for all KTM riders. Meet us at the starting line under the Walton Giants Banner just prior to 4:30 and we’ll do a fun and informative track walk. I hope everyone has a safe and fun week. Please stay tuned to MXP’s Social Media channels for updates all week long from the 2018 Walton TransCan. Our Instagram is @mxpmag and our Twitter is @mxpmagazine. Have a great week and be safe!
Race Schedule DRAFT – subject to change updated July 20/18 Day 1 – Monday 2:00PM – 6:00PM Amateur Sign In 7:00PM Opening ceremonies, Press Conference & Mandatory Riders Meeting Day 2 – Tuesday 7:00 am Roll Call 7:15 Practice 7:30 Honda Juniors (125cc and above) 7:45 Kawasaki Juniors 8:00 KTM Juniors 8:15 Yamaha Juniors 8:30 Suzuki/Husqvarna Juniors 8:45 65cc 9:00 Intermediate 9:15 Pro 9:30 85cc 12-16 9:45 85cc 7-11 (No 65cc) 10:00 50cc 10:15 Break (30 min) 10:30 Suzuki/Husq JR 11:00 Yamaha JR 11:15 KTM JR 11:30 Kawasaki JR 11:45 Honda JR 12:00 65cc 12:15 Intermediate 12:30 Pro 12:45 85cc 12-16 1:00 85cc 7-11 (No 65cc) 1:15 50cc First moto – Tuesday 1:45 – 1:55 Staging for 1st Moto 1:55 – Heading to Gate 2:00 – 2:05 250 INT Hot lap 2:05 – 2:30 250 INT #1 2:30 – 2:55 VET 30B #1 2:55 – 3:20 50cc GP #1 (Groom GP section of track) 3:20 – 3:40 Break (Heading to gate 3:30) 3:30- 3:55 SUPERMINI 9-16 #1 3:55 – 4:25 450 INT #1 4:25 – 4:50 65cc 7-9 #1 4:50 – 5:15 250 JR #1 5:15 – 5:40 Girls 9-16 #1 5:40 – 6:05 Vet 30A/Plus 50 #1 6:05 – 6:30 65cc 10-11 #1 Day 3 – Wednesday 7:10 – 7:18 Staging for 1st Moto 7:18 Heading to Gate 7:23 – 7:30 Hot Lap 7:30 – 7:50 450 JR #1 7:50 – 8:15 SCHOOLBOY 12-17 #1 8:15 – 8:40 65cc GP #1 8:40 – 9:05 VET 40A/VET 40B #1 9:05 – 9:35 85cc 12-16 #1 9:35 – 10:00 Open INT #1 10:00 – 10:25 YOUTH BEG/JUN #1 10:25 – 10:45 BREAK (10:35 Heading to gate) 10:45 – 11:10 LADIES #1 11:10 – 11:40 YOUTH INT/PRO #1 11:40 – 12:05 85cc 7-11 #1 12:05 – 12:30 Open JR #1 12:30 – 12:55 50cc 4-6 #1 12:55 – 1:20 50cc 7-8 #1 1:20 – 1:50 BREAK (1:40 Heading to gate) 1:50 – 2:15 TWO STROKE #1 2:15 – 2:40 250 INT #2 2:40 – 3:05 VET 30B #2 3:05 – 3:35 50cc GP #2 (Groom GP section of track) 3:35 – 4:10 BREAK (4:00 Heading to gate) 4:10 – 4:35 SUPERMINI 9-16 #2 4:35 – 5:00 450 INT #2 5:00 – 5:25 65cc 7-9 #2 5:25 – 5:50 250 JR #2 5:50 – 6:15 Girls 9-16 #2 6:15 – 6:40 Vet 30A/Plus 50 #2 Day 4 – Thursday 7:10 – 7:18 Staging 7:18 Heading to Gate 7:23 – 7:30 Hot Lap 7:30 – 7:55 Open INT #2 7:55 – 8:20 YOUTH BEG/JUN #2 8:20 – 8:45 LADIES #2 8:45 – 9:10 YOUTH INT/PRO #2 9:10 – 9:35 85cc 7-11 #2 9:35 – 10:00 Open JR #2 10:00 – 10:25 50cc 4-6 #2 10:25 – 10:50 50cc 7-8 #2 10:50 – 11:20 BREAK (11:10 Heading to gate) 11:20 – 11:45 TWO STROKE #2 11:45 – 12:10 65cc 10-11 #2 12:10 – 12:35 450 JR #2 12:35 – 1:05 BREAK (12:55 Heading to gate) 1:05 – 1:30 SCHOOLBOY 12-17 #2 1:30 – 1:55 65cc GP #2 1:55 – 2:20 VET 40A/VET 40B #2 2:20 – 2:45 85cc 12-16 #2 2:20 – 2:45 250 INT #3 2:45 – 3:10 VET 30B #3 3:10 – 3:40 50cc GP #3 (Groom GP section of track) 3:40 – 4:10 BREAK (4:00 Heading to gate) 4:10 – 4:35 SUPERMINI #3 4:35 – 5:00 450 INT #3 5:00 – 5:25 65cc 7-9 #3 5:25 – 5:50 250 JR #3 5:50 – 6:15 Girls 9-16 #3 Day 5 – Friday 7:10 – 7:18 Staging 7:18 Heading to gate 7:23 – 7:30 Hot Lap 7:30 – 7:50 Vet 30A/Plus 50 #3 7:50 – 8:15 65cc 10-11 #3 8:15 – 8:45 450 JR #3 8:45 – 9:10 SCHOOLBOY 12-17 #3 9:10 – 9:40 BREAK (9:30 Heading to gate) 9:40 – 10:05 65cc GP #3 10:05 – 10:30 VET 40A/VET 40B #3 10:30 – 10:55 85cc 12-16 #3 10:55 – 11:20 Open INT #3 11:20 – 11:45 YOUTH BEG/JUN #3 11:45 – 12:15 BREAK (12:05 Heading to gate) 12:15 – 12:45 LADIES #3 12:45 – 1:10 YOUTH INT/PRO #3 1:10 – 1:35 85cc 7-11 #3 1:35 – 2:00 Open JR #1 2:00 – 2:30 Break (2:40 Head to Gate) 2:30: – 2:55 50cc 4-6 #3 2:55 – 3:20 50cc 7-8 #3 3:20 – 3:45 TWO STROKE #3 6:00pm AMATEUR AWARD PRESENTATION Day 6 – Saturday 7:30am – Riders Meeting (Mandatory) 8:00am – MX2 Practice 1 (10mins FREE – 10mins TIMED) **Unseeded 8:25am – MX2 Practice 2 (10mins FREE – 10mins TIMED) **Seeded 9:05am – MX1 Practice 1 (10mins FREE – 10mins TIMED) **Seeded 9:25am – MX1 Practice 2 (10mins FREE – 10mins TIMED) **Unseeded 9:45am – Track Maintenance 10:00am – Pit Party 10:25am – MX2 Timed qualifying (15mins) **Unseeded 10:45am – MX2 Timed qualifying (15mins) **Seeded 11:05am – MX1 Timed qualifying (15mins) **Seeded 11:25am – MX1 Timed qualifying (15mins) **Unseeded 11:45am – Track Maintenance 12:30pm – Opening Ceremonies 12:40pm – MX2 Hot lap 12:45pm – MX2 Moto1 Starts 1:15pm – MX2 Podium interviews / Track Maintenance 1:30pm – MX1 Hot Lap 1:35pm – MX1 Moto 1 Start 2:15pm – MX1 Podium interviews / Track maintenance 2:40pm – MX2 Hot Lap 2:45pm – MX2 Moto 2 Start 3:15pm – MX2 Podium Interviews / Track maintenance 3:30pm – MX1 Hot Lap 3:35pm – MX1 Moto 2 Start 4:15pm – MX1 Podium Interviews / Track maintenance
With Dean Ferris’ MX1 Championship already tucked away, Yamaha has claimed the remaining MX2 and MXD Championship class victories at the final round of the Pirelli MX Nationals. Dean Ferris kicked off the championship spree last week at round nine. With the MX1 championship signed, sealed and delivered to the CDR Yamaha Monster Energy Team, the focus this week was now firmly on the MX2 and MXD classes and Yamaha teams were in the box seat. Entering the final round, Serco Yamaha’s Wilson Todd, had one hand firmly on the MX2 championship trophy and wasn’t about to let it go. He circulated at a moderate pace in sixth place which was more than enough to claim the 2018 MX2 championship win for Yamaha. In a race that must have felt like an eternity for the 20year old north Queenslander, he raced well within himself to finish sixth and claimed the championship victory with a race to spare. He was met by his Serco Yamaha team moments after crossing the finish line to celebrate the win. That’s two in the bank for Yamaha, MX1 and MX2, now it was just MXD that needed the finishing touches and WBR Yamaha team rose to the occasion. Bailey Malkiewicz was 24 points in front entering the final round and, like Todd, didn’t need to win at all costs to secure his first professional championship. Bailey notched up a second in race and gained a few more points towards the championship victory. With a 28point gap heading into the final moto, Malkiewicz went into “championship mode” and rode a smart, yet cautious final race of the season to take sixth and with it the MXD championship for the 2018 season. – The history archives of the 2018 MX Nationals season with now read, 1st – Dean Ferris – MX1 – CDR Yamaha Monster Energy Team (Yamaha YZ450F) 1st – Wilson Todd – MX2- Serco Yamaha (Yamaha YZ250F) 1st – Bailey Malkiewicz – MXD – WBR Yamaha (Yamaha YZ250F) The mood in the Yamaha camp was jovial post-race and Motorsport Manager, Ray Howard, praised his teams on a job well done at a team dinner. “On behalf of Yamaha Motor Australia, I would to acknowledge, congratulate and simply say thank you to all our riders and staff on an amazing 2018 MX Nationals championship campaign. Winning all three major classes is an amazing accomplishment and a true reflection of the hard work and dedication of each and every member of our racing family. Each year as a company we set our goals high and we have exceeded them yet again. “Dean, Wilson and Bailey have done an amazing job this year and we are so proud of their efforts and success. Yamaha has a proud racing history and heritage, it’s the DNA of our company and these riders, along with the teams and supporters, have continued this legacy. “Dean winning all 10 rounds this year is an achievement not yet seen in the MX1 class and is a feat that will take some beating in the future. Wilson rebounding after the devastation of 2017 where he was less than 10 minutes away from winning the championship when he fell, to staying on top this year in a great display of his mental toughness to secure the MX2 championship. And Bailey joined Yamaha this year and proved he is a star of the future with his brilliant performance this year. “Well done to all and while 2018 will be hard to match, we will again set our goals high, work hard to achieve them and continue to be passionate about racing,” Howard said in front of his guests. Add a 125 Gold Cup victory to Cameron Taylor as well as Jake Cannon taking victory in the YZ65 Cup and it was a wildly successful weekend for the bLU cRU. Full race reposts from all teams to follow. Championship Standings MX1 1st Dean Ferris – 629 (Yamaha YZ450F) 2nd Mitch Evans – 503 3rd Luke Clout – 498 4th Brett Metcalfe– 456 5th Dylan Long – 454 (Yamaha YZ450F) MX2 1st Wilson Todd – 611 (Yamaha YZ250F) 2nd Hamish Harwood – 558 3rd Aaron Tanti – 543 4th Jay Wilson – 519 (Yamaha YZ250F) 5th Dylan Wills – 457 MXD 1st Bailey Malkiewicz – 585 (Yamaha YZ250F) 2nd Hugh McKay – 564 (Yamaha YZ250F) 3rd Maximus Purvis – 558 (Yamaha YZ250F) 4th Riley Dukes – 542 5th Brodie Ellis – 497 (Yamaha YZ250F) The post CLEAN SWEEP FOR YAMAHA AT MX NATIONALS appeared first on Dirt Action.