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Austin Politelli has surprised many. He has held off a very strong field, and for most motos has made it look easy. It is going to be hard for anyone to take away the red plate from #102 in 2013.

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For 30 minutes plus 2 laps, fit, determined men battle the track, the conditions and each other for the right to stand on top of the podium at the end of the day. For a few minutes, everyone lets their guard down to be young kids having fun at the races.

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Castrol Raceway in Edmonton is one of the tracks on tour that gets the deep, long ruts in corners. There is something for all to appreciate of a rider with the skill to lay a 200 pound motocross bike over, drag the bars and stay on the gas.

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2. Kyle Keast is always spending time outside the track talking to his fans. Here he signs autographs at an elementary school in his hometown. 3. #newfbeginnings 4. The new dream team – Colt and Donk. Sounds like a great name for a punk band.

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6. 5. Tough first round for this guy, but he’ll be back. No doubt there. 6. The twins, Jared and Parker. Their mom Lorri must be beaming with pride.

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7. Here Travs interviews Jeremy after an epic battle with his brother in the big boys class.


8. Red Bull Rocks and Logs competition in Calgary was a huge success. Both a challenging course and a group of amazing riders made for a grand event. 9. “The� Kevin Tyler. Track guru turned team manager. But the question looms, does he have time to be a hot dog vendor?


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2. One advantage of racing for KTM is the ability to discuss motos with JSR. 3. Daryl Murphy and Kourtney Lloyd. Another work weekend! 4. Metcalfe took some time to clean the banners in Nanaimo.

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>What Drives Us By Brett Lee

otocross racers and most of you are who read this understand that this sport isn’t about being crazy. That is often the first thing people say. “You ride motocross, you must be crazy”. We all feel a little embarrassment at the comment and say no. The truth is that motocross isn’t about being crazy. We all have common threads. We are people who enjoy competition, enjoy challenge, and enjoy the rush of adrenaline. We enjoy achievement, and find pleasure in the pushing through pain or obstacles that make the achievement special. It’s those things and more that draw us into other sports or jobs. They essentially make us who we are. “Those guys know how to suffer.” It was a comment from Tyler Medaglia about years ago. To be honest, I cannot remember where we were when he said it, but it was about this time of year and the tour de France was on TV. The racers were grinding out a hilly stage. Long twisting highs that criss crossed up a mountain. People lining the streets screaming as the riders dragged and pushed the pedal on their bicycles up the mountain. Their mouths wide open, scooping air into their lungs and their eyes watering with the pain in their legs that could only be burning. I looked at Tyler and he continued. “It is what makes me love cycling. Being able to push through the pain in your legs, the voice that says stop, it is kind of like motocross. You have to be able to dig deep and suffer to be successful.”


He was right. I looked up at the TV and watched those men, fighting each pedal forward. The moments I really missed in my racing weren’t the wins, for me, but the accomplishments; the way I felt at the end of a moto, the way it felt to train with purpose, the way it felt to have those things pay off, to not listen to the voice that said to stop, and to suffer to be able to succeed. I also still feel the burn of the times I did stop and did quit. That small conversation somewhere with Tyler really stuck with me. So this spring I bought a road bike, clipped my feet into the pedals for the first time in my life and began to ride to the Walton track, 18 km north of my home. It was easy at first, and I found rhythm that was good for me, like motocross in those early, easy laps. Soon though, it began to hurt. With tired muscles, immediately my mind flashed back to the last minutes of national motos or those long training runs on hot summer Ontario days. The ache and the familiar voice saying “ just take a quick break”. I didn’t. I kept going. As I pulled up to the picnic table in my parent’s backyard, I awkwardly unclipped myself to sit down. I felt the pain in my legs, and I felt the accomplishment. We are not crazy or dare devils. We, motocrossers, are people who need to feel the sting of living, who admire those who can push themselves to their best and compete. It’s something that remains in our character regardless of our age. Finding that place to push and suffer to be better is what helps define us.

It is what makes me love cycling. Being able to push through the pain in your legs, the voice that says stop, it is kind of like motocross. You have to be able to dig deep and suffer to be successful.”

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am assuming you have likely seen the movie Dumb and Dumber. In that movie Jim Carrey says “Hey, you wanna hear the most annoying sound in the world?” and then goes “AAAAIIIIIIIIIIINNNNNNN” (however you would spell it). Anyways, I was just listening to the radio and I heard that this will be the year when the Cicada bug returns. Periodical Cicadas emerge from the ground in groupings of millions every seventeen years. The last time they were out was in 1996. I remember this because I was racing in Ohio for a Loretta Lynn’s Qualifier. It was probably the hottest day I can remember and I had a hard time just getting out of the air-conditioned motorhome, let alone race. The real problem though was these damn Cicada bugs. You could hear them for miles, and they were swarming the area like the plague. You could not walk from the pits to the line without at least five landing on you. They were the size of a big cockroach with wings. Not only were they disgusting but they would land, say on your shoulder, and you wouldn’t know it until they screamed “AAAAIIIIIIINNNNNNNN” in your ear like Jim Carrey and scare the hell out of you. I was on the line on my KX60 along with Mitch Dougherty, Jason Lawrence, Phil Nicoletti, Nick Evennou, Jay Weller, etc. I was starting beside Mitch Dougherty when the 30 second board went up. Mitch (my main rival for years) dumped the clutch and broke through the gate because one of the bugs flew into his mouth. There is nothing worse than swarms of bugs. I remember being at GPF testing for the Montreal SX and MXDN with Stu from RG3 Canada. It was extremely


Mitch (my main rival for years) dumped the clutch and broke through the gate because one of the bugs flew into his mouth. There is nothing worse than swarms of bugs.”

hot and there were “Love Bugs” swarming everywhere (two small black bugs flying around stuck together, “love” attracted to heat) around your head and your bike. It got extremely annoying. That day, Stu crashed and knocked himself back five years. When Josh Woods and I got to him he asked me if we were at Walton and how long we were going to be there. He thought he broke his collarbone, he thought he broke both, and continued to repeat those exact questions for over two hours. It actually scared me. I thought he had turned into a vegetable. I couldn’t believe he would look at me with the exact same expression, ask the exact same questions and forget the answer that I gave him just two minutes before. We stayed at the house for two weeks. He didn’t remember the house, the drive down, what we were doing there, why he was with me, was beyond nuts. The first thing he did remember when he was coming around was the stupid love bugs. As it is Thursday at the moment I will be heading to my friend Kyle Ledwidge’s track tonight to practice in Halifax. Normally when I leave there it takes twenty minutes with all four windows down to flush the black flies out. I think as riders, we can go on and on about places and tracks with bad bugs. We know at what tracks and at what time they will be out; some knowledgeable Entomologists get paid to find out. This weekend I’ll be heading to Kamloops for the second national. Love that track (just sayin’). At least we don’t have to go to Morden anymore and get carried away by man eating mosquitos. Until next time. -TM

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> It has Begun By Brian Koster

ell, so much for an early spring as the goofy ground hog predicted. In most of Eastern Canada, our spring has been a long, drawn out affair. I’ve heard many say our May was our April and our June is our May. I know a lot of the bike shops got off to a later than usual start, but the nice weather and brisk sales in May seems to have things quasi back on track. I say quasi because of all the things you see on the news and read in the newspaper. All one has to do is read between the lines to make your own call on the “State of the Union”. Man, I remember when “Made in China” meant total crap, but try to buy anything these days that does not come from there. Whatever happened to made in Canada or made in the USA? I remember when we were global leaders in design and manufacturing but where are those jobs now? The multi-national corporations have seen to it that not only are the jobs farmed out but they have also sold the tooling off to faraway lands, so even if we want to make stuff again the infrastructure is long gone. China is even offering an electric car at a fraction of the price of a Chevrolet, but hey who cares? It seems there are countries to invade and drones to pilot that are of a much more urgent concern than the financial well being of North America’s residents…but as usual I digress. Before I scramble off and get back to the business of our great sport of Motocross, there is a funny story of a woman in the USA who tried to go one month without buying anything made in China for her or her family. Yeah, you guessed it, she could not make the month because her clothes iron broke and she could not for the life of her find one that was not made in the glorious Republic of China. I’m not prejudice by any stretch and have no ill will towards our Chinese friends and neighbours (hey, they make pretty good stuff these days) but my loyalties lie right here at home. Furthermore, whatever happened to getting small appliances fixed? Oh, I almost forgot, we now live in the disposable world of planned obsolescence. So don’t forget to visit a landfill near you. I hear it’s full of really neat stuff that’s “Made in China.” I was able to attend a few local races this spring in the Southwestern Ontario region and was impressed by the turnout and number of entries. It was fun to watch all the enthusiastic racers back at it. Even though there was not a lot of nice pre-season weather to get ready, the racing was impressive. It’s always nice to see all the familiar faces after a long winter, and to see the kids all teaming up and having a ball playing between their motos. It’s also wild to see the kids whom I have known since they were riding 50s all grown up and flying in the Intermediate class. You know, it takes a lot to stick with the trials and tribulations of this sport so it’s great to see so many hardy families enjoying the bond of amateur racing. Some of these fine young men and women will certainly be making a name for themselves as they reach the Pro class. Anyway, the Monster Energy MX Nationals have kicked


I don’t think any of the stars of today started out in racing to make a living out of it. Like us all, it is a love for the sport that keeps us involved and it’s the same for most of the top guys.”

off and as of this writing the first two rounds are in the books. The riders, fans and teams were greeted with fine weather and the tracks have been prepped really well. The start of the series is always thrilling with so many high hopes and fit riders all ready to break out to show how hard they worked in the off season. As fate has it, many go home injured, feeling empty and disappointed, which is a crying shame. Considering what is sacrificed to get there in the first place, it’s something that never sits well with me. Of course there are great years where many stay fit and healthy, but this year is not one of them. At Nanaimo one of my favourite young racers who I feel was poised to run consistently up front got hurt as did a few other guys I love to see do well. Spencer Knowles who had the cover of MXP two issues ago and won the Arenacross title was working super hard with a trainer in California for a good part of the winter. He dislocated his elbow and will be out for at least the western swing of MX2, so let’s wish him well for a speedy recovery and a good comeback come the eastern rounds. Shawn Maffenbeier, another favourite, especially since making the jump to the MX2 class aboard a two-stroke Yamaha, broke his collarbone at round one so he will also miss at least the western leg of the series too. It’s sad we won’t be hearing him on the pipe until the eastern rounds. Get better Shawn and show us what you can do on the fat piped 250. A few others got banged up including some front runners who were able to rebound in Kamloops. As it stands, Austin Politelli is the man to beat on last year’s MX2 championship bike. Only time will tell if the KTM of Kaven Benoit can find a weakness in the Kawasaki rider’s armour. Speaking of Kamloops, you all know by now that Colton Faciotti broke his leg and his hand while making his second charge at the lead of the first moto. It looked like he may have had the speed to catch and pass Metcalfe, but he miscued and crashed. While getting up Tyler Medaglia just missed him but Teddy Mair did not. The ensuing collision is what put Colton out. What a shame to say the least. It’s like déjà-vu for poor Facciotti who hurt his shoulder effectively ending his title hopes at round two in the Loops last year. Now it looks like the Brett Metcalfe show from here on out, much like the Matt Georke show of last year. Without Facciotti there the rest of the field will be hard pressed to run down a rider of Metcalfe’s calibre, but I know they will try. Brett has an impressive resume and is a venerable competitor who now has the magic of confidence on his side. He is strong and fit, and without the hindrance of Facciotti nagging at him he is breathing a slight sigh of relief no doubt. Aboard the defending championship Monster Energy Leading Edge Kawasakis, he will be the one with the bull’s eye on his back, but the way he is riding right now that’s about all anyone’s going to see of him. I hope the rest of the guys will give him a run for his money. If I were a betting man it would be pretty darn hard not to put the pay cheque on Team Green for another set of titles.

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TRAVIS PASTRANA ANNOUNCES INAUGURAL NITRO CIRCUS LIVE NORTH AMERICAN TOUR Los Angeles – May 21, 2013 – Nitro Circus founder, ringleader and world-class athlete Travis Pastrana will bring Nitro Circus Live (www.nitrocircuslive. com) - the action sports spectacle that has become a worldwide hit - to the U.S. and Canada for the first time in January 2014. Nitro Circus Live showcases over 40 of the world’s best action sports athletes performing daring and often record-breaking tricks in freestyle motocross, BMX and skateboarding, along with heart-stopping stunts on unique contraptions rarely attempted outside of the Nitro Circus family. Featuring the stars of Nitro Circus’ hit MTV2 show and Nitro Circus 3D film, the tour is headed up by Pastrana, a 10-time X Games gold medalist in Freestyle Motocross who has also become a fixture on the NASCAR, Supercross and rally racing circuits. Tickets can be purchased through “This tour is the biggest and most audacious action sports production ever staged,” says Pastrana. “This is truly an exciting, adrenalinecharged, live action sports show featuring an insane

group of athletes who push each other to new extremes every single show.” Check out the action here: Originally a small DVD series filmed in Pastrana’s Maryland backyard, Nitro Circus grew into a successful MTV show with over 46 million U.S. viewers and broadcast in 60 countries worldwide. The next step was Nitro Circus Live, which has captured the imagination of fans worldwide with a string of sell-out shows and record-breaking crowds across Europe, Australia and New Zealand. “I’m so pumped we can finally bring this home for fans to enjoy,” says Pastrana. Nitro Circus Live’s fully choreographed action sports spectacular combines big stunts and outrageous feats on an array of contraptions launched off Nitro Circus Live’s multi-million dollar set and famous 50-ft. Nitro Gigant-A-Ramp. “Fans can expect to see everything from kids’ trikes, snow skis, tandem bikes and razor

scooters to shopping carts, a Barbie car and even a cooler launched with skill off the Gigant-A-Ramp,” says Pastrana. “The live show also features spectacular choreographed freestyle motocross riding, including the outrageous ‘Nitro Bomb’ with 20 riders backflipping in the air at the same time.” Check out the Nitro bomb here: “Nitro Circus Live sold out the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. We saw standing ovations there and at every stop on last year’s European tour; we broke ticket sale records in Australia and were the highest selling tour in New Zealand in 2011, beating AC/DC and U2,” said Managing Director of Nitro Circus Live, Michael Porra. “We can’t wait to bring our crazy antics to cities across North America.” For more information, tour updates and behindthe-scenes content, visit Follow Nitro Circus Live on Twitter: @nitrocircuslive and Facebook:

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About Nitro Circus Live For more background information about Nitro Circus Live, visit: Highly Anticipated Global Action Sports Spectacle Arrives in the U.S. & Canada with a 15-City Arena Tour Beginning January 2014 Pre-Sale for Select Cities Begins May 21 2014 U.S. Tour Schedule* Jan 3 Hamilton, ON Copps Coliseum Jan 5 Boston, MA TD Garden Jan 14 Minneapolis, MN Target Center Jan 17 Salt Lake City, UT EnergySolutions Arena Jan 22 San Jose, CA HP Pavilion Jan 24 Glendale, AZ Arena Jan 25 Las Vegas, NV MGM Grand Garden Arena Jan 26 Anaheim, CA Honda Center *more dates announced soon.

Biro Big Winner in Raymond! At the 2013 Western Canadian Amateur Nationals, Saskatchewan native Kyle Biro took the top honours by winning the Kermaxx Silver Sprocket Award, in addition to several Championships. Biro also won the “Yamaha Factory Ride” earning him a new Yamaha for the 2014 season.

Double Class

Mortorsport MX101 Yamaha’s Jeremy Medaglia rolled up to the line in Nanaimo with both a MX2 and MX1 bike. The experiment ended quickly when Jeremy crashed in MX2 practice but not before it got everyone pretty excited at what could unfold. However, with his success in the MX1 class, the team decided to put their focus on one class.

Rumour Mill

During the western swing of the CMRC Nationals, rumours were flying that Cole Thompson will be riding for KTM Canada on Colton Facciotti’s bike. When the series picks up, it will be interesting to see if a new face appears under the Orange tent. · Motocross Performance  45

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Nanaimo National was tough on riders! Tyler Villopoto, Jeremy Medaglia, and Austin Politelli left the first round limping and they were the lucky ones. By day’s end of round one, Shawn Maffenbeier, Spencer Knowles, Matt Davenport, Zane Wyper and Braydon Stuart all had a premature end to their series. Things got tougher the following week when Colton Facciotti and George DeGraaf all ended their seasons with injuries too.


The Canadian Motorcycle Association has endorsed the team selected to represent Canada at the 67th running of the Motocross of Nations (MXON). The event takes place in Teutschenthal, Germany, September 29, 2013. More than 30 countries will send three rider teams to compete in the event. Germany won last year’s event in Lommel, Belgium, upsetting perennial Champions, the United States, and a very strong Belgian team. With the event taking place in Germany this year the competition is expected to be fierce. Riding for Canada in MX1 will be Brigden, Ontario’s Cole Thompson. The 20 year-old phenom has been competing as a Pro in the US Supercross and National Motocross Series as a privateer with outstanding results. He has won 39 US and Canadian Amateur titles. Canada’s entry in MX2 will be 23 year-old Jeremy Medaglia on the Red Bull MX101 Yamaha. The Kemptville, Ontario native competed for Canada at the 2010 MX of Nations held in Denver, Colorado. He finished 2nd in the MX2 class in the CMRC National series in 2012. The MX3 class will feature Jeremy’s brother, Tyler Medaglia, on the Red Bull Fox KTM. The 26 year-old father lives with his wife, former Women’s Motocross Champion Heidi Cooke, in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Tyler rode for Canada in 2008 in Great Britain and 2009 in Brescia, Italy. The Motocross of Nations is covered by more of the world’s Motocross media than any other event, and is viewed on television in 150 countries with an audience of 200 million. Information on the event can be found at

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One of the great stories to come out of the CMRC Western Canadian Amateur National in Raymond, Alberta was from Jared Stock. Stock is a western privateer Pro motocross racer who has been traveling the National series for several years. At

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For the final round of the CMRC Monster Energy Motocross Nationals in Walton, Ontario, country music star Tim Hicks will be performing. Tim’s soundtrack “Get by” has recently spent seventeen weeks as the number one selling country song and has gone certified Gold in Canada. It has been the number one Canadian song on country radio for six weeks.

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Red Bull Rocks & Logs - Canada’s first urban Endurocross Challenge The most overused one liner in Calgary weather forecasting, “if you don’t like the weather just wait five minutes.” Spring has taken its time getting here this year and the dirt bike community just another victim of the unpredictable weather in the heart of the western prairies. The Red Bull Rocks & Logs first urban Endurocross Challenge was originally scheduled for Saturday May 24th but due to rain it was delayed until Sunday the 25th. After the clouds finally parted for Sunday’s event you couldn’t help but be impressed by what the team of Pro Riders and organizers had transformed the Wild Rose MX Park into for this one day event. Led by Pro Rider Shane Cutherbertson the event was brought to Calgary for the first time, “having Red Bull on board was just huge, we have such a great community of local riders and it’s great to showcase this event in Calgary.” Several technical areas including a couple rock pits, several large logs to roll over, jumps and a pit of firewood had to be setup overnight to pull this premiere event off. The event was focused on the amateur riders with over seventy in attendance. The Pro category included several familiar names including the eventual winner Cory Graffunder on his Husqvarna TXC310R. Despite the great competition from fellow pro racers, Graffunder dominated the event. He took home the $2500 prize and the first place trophy. After winning all his heats Graffunder continued to dominate in the final. “It couldn’t have gone any better, a little muddy this morning and turned into the perfect track, they did a great job.” The amateur side saw Invermere riders Wyatt Hart and his brother Trystan Hart take the podium. Pro Category Results: 1st Place: Corey Graffunder -Clearwater, BC 2nd Place: Bobby Prachnau -Savona, BC 3rd Place: Ben Rego -Kitimat, BC 4th Place: Malcolm Hett -Cherryville, BC 5th Place: Shane Cuthbertson -Airdrie, AB 6th Place: Tyler Murray -Whistler, BC *T he six winners in each category shared a prize purse totaling $8,550 Creating a course like this allows great access to cover the athletes and its conditions, a forum to talk to riders about the upcoming season and getting some tips on the surrounding areas best places to ride.

Nineteen year old amateur rider Brady Kowalchuk explained the conditions “I think the main thing is the heat from the sun, the track is tricky, lots of places for your bike to stall out” he explained. “The rain made it nice and tacky; the logs are fairly slippery so that’s tough too.” The High River native also shared that he and other local riders enjoy the Maclean Creek and Indian Ridge areas just west of Calgary as a place to ride, he is holding out hope that he will get to ride in California at some point down the road. After several heats Pro Rider Bobby Prachnau described the places the riders were losing time to the field. “I don’t want to lose any ground in the double rock piles, that’s where you lose the most ground.” Prachnau won the semi final heat before finishing second overall. Pro Rider Tom Bodrovits was very pleased with what he accomplished “I helped build this track; we put a lot into planning this event, I was happy we didn’t have to delay a couple weeks.” “I would say every obstacle out here is a Pro level obstacle, it is by far the most technical course I’ve ever ridden, and it’s amazing the first part of this track was built three weeks ago. The firewood pit had to be completely filled back up and the track was half the size. Only two of the original areas remain from the original build. Shane and the guys moved a lot of dirt to make this track what it is today. I would help with any track build, I love this sport it’s my passion.” The Pro Riders passionate statement was an example of the dedication that goes into this sport and why it continues to grow around the world; Bodrovits also shined some light into the future of the sport when describing local sensation and recent X-Games rider Lexie Pechout. “She finished second to all the riders except Shane Cutherbertson last week. I think she’s awesome.” When we caught up with Pechout she shared that “everyone around me is super

supportive, they all teach me new things and are very open in sharing ways to ride faster.” As for the X-Games, “it was an amazing experience; it was a completely new ball game. I’ve never seen so many people in one place, all the sponsors I was crazy nervous” Lexie added she always gets nervous but sitting on top of that two storey wall waiting for the gate to drop, the butterflies were flying.” At Red Bull Rocks & Logs she was told the track was really hard and there were a lot of people, “I wanted to have fun”. She was first in her qualifier heat and second in the semi final before having a tough ride in the final. As she turns sixteen she enjoys riding at Fallen Timber outside Cochrane and the next International foray will take her to Italy for the Six Days of Enduro event. Lexie explained “it is on my bucket list. It’s a world class event everything from tight trees to open roads, motorcross, endurocross, road racing. Really a little bit of everything.” “Today was a great day; I was the top women rider.” At fifteen she is already referring to herself as women, while most would still describe her as and ambitious teenager. Amateur Category Results: 1st Place: Wyatt Hart (Invermere, BC) 2nd Place: Trystan Hart -Invermere, BC 3rd Place: Ben Riviere -Pincher Creek, AB 4th Place: Ryan Gadd -Moosejaw, SK 5th Place: Tyler Geigner -Castlebar, BC 6th Place: AJ Prockin -Fort Saskatchewan, AB There is no guarantee the event will return to Calgary next season so those in attendance were the lucky ones. With the success of the venue and the riders it would be tough to argue why not? Most importantly nobody at the end of Sunday’s action was talking about the weather, a victory for everyone involved. Website: Facebook: Red Bull Twitter: @redbullAB #rocksandlogs Instagram: RedBullCanada Mark Payne is a freelance sports journalist based in Calgary, Alberta · Motocross Performance  49

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ilky dirt hung in the air as riders raced by Colton Facciotti. The four stroke bikes thundered in the officials’ ears and everyone spoke loudly to ensure they could be heard. Everyone’s face and body language spoke to the seriousness of the injury. It was happening again for the Canadian Motocross star Colton Facciotti. Injuries were taking away what he had spent a life time chasing, and months grinding away in Georgia away from his wife and family. “It is sort of dream-like when it is happening” said Facciotti. “The bikes and people are in the background going by and talking. I have a broken leg. I can see that. It is a lot going on. The pain in my leg, the thought of what has happened. I remember leaning back and thinking... this is it. I am done.” Injuries in the sport of motocross are unfortunately a passenger of the sport. We all have our time where we get bitten, and luck dictates mostly when and how bad they are. “Those thoughts, they stayed with me in the hospital for a few days even. It was hard, so much for so many people goes down when a rider gets injured” continued Colton. “My team had put a lot of time into the season, my family has made sacrifices my entire career for the opportunity I have now, my wife, it feels really big when this happens.” Facciotti has had a lot riding with him for many years. The talented kid from BC has been the best Canadian motocross racer since he won his first championship in 2008, and been the flagship rider for the two of the most powerful teams in Canada. First for the Blackfoot Fox Canada Red Bull Yamaha, and currently for the KTM Red Bull Royal Distributing Fox Canada team.


“The first Championship in 2008 and walking up on stage in Walton was little surreal. I don’t think that it fully sunk in until a few days later that I had won a championship. I just remember it sort of being like other races; you do your interviews, get your trophies, and thank your sponsors. Then I just remember holding the number one plate and real sense of accomplishment. It is very hard to explain the emotion of thinking about the team, my parents everyone to that point had come together on that day. The other championships were different, but this was a real sense of accomplishment.” The first championship came as a bit of surprise. Many believed for years that Facciotti had the skills to be the best. At 14 years old he had joined the national scene with good support as part of the then powerful Richmond Kawasaki team. Immediately he was near the front of the pack. His long body and natural talent translated into an effortless style. Colton never looked like he was trying, which brought criticism of his desire and people wonder if he was simply tough enough to win a Canadian championship. Facciotti’s age made him shy to respond to the cristism. “In 2008 nothing was really different. I picked up my speed; I was more organized and maybe more focused. I was a year older and had some good people around me. It was not one thing, it was just a bunch of little things that clicked that year”. Winning silenced the critics of his ability to win, 2009 silenced his critics of his toughness. “Like I said, each championship has been different. You face different adversity each year you race.” 2009 would begin a series of

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seasons that tested Facciotti’s resolve as a racer. “In Ste Julie, I crashed hard in practice. I knew at the time I was hurt. You tell yourself you are ok and people around me said I could do it.” Facciotti rolled down to the line, his head low on his bars, and team trainer Todd Schumik and team manager Joe Skidd began coaching their star through his pain. “Those people who judge Colton, how tough he was, his resolve as a champion, were judging a boy. Colton was, what 18 at the time, he still a kid today. They didn’t think about that or pay attention to what he had to work through in the past or what he was working through on the line that day. Colton never talked about what was happening. People just thought they knew.” said Skidd. “I think about that day at Ste Julie, and I get goose bumps.” Facciotti started the moto just inside the top 10 and laboured through the first half of the moto. He told himself, if he can do one lap, he could do two. If he can run top 10, he could win. As the moto wore on, he began to pick at riders. When the checkers fell Facciotti won the moto going away. Second moto would play out much the same and he would end the day 1-1. Two days later, Facciotti learned he had broken his collar bone in the crash. “It got stiff that week, it was sore and we were headed to Gopher Dunes.” Gopher is a relentless sand track and the Yamaha star couldn’t hold on and had to sit out the day. “I knew what I had to do; I had a few weeks to heal, to focus and to win the rest of the way.” The Blackfoot team rallied in around their star, and when the series picked up Facciotti swept the rest of the season on way to his second championship. “That was hard. It was a fractured collar bone, but racing and riding, it just never heals and I had to take a break in the fall.” The fall in

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Canada is a time when Canadian fans begin the battle cries for riders to go south and prove themselves against the Americans. It is as much fans wanting it for themselves, fans wanting the world to see how talented our boys are as it is for the riders. As the champion most of the pressure was directed at Colton, but few fans really understood his injuries at the time. Facciotti decided early on that his focus would be to heal, and defend his number one plate in 2010. 2010 was a continued hard road to the championship. “It started so good. I won two races, I felt great, the bikes were great and then it just turned so quickly in Calgary.” The hard Calgary track was renowned for fast straightaways and a hard clay base that reached up and bit the Yamaha star. “I remember being a bit out of it, and telling my mechanic to get my bike ready, even as they were putting me in the ambulance. It is funny how your mind thinks, but I was only thinking about the next moto.” Colton didn’t return that day, but amazingly he did return the following weekend in Morden, Manitoba. “I thought I would be on the sidelines for a few weeks, I could barely lift my arm to brush my teeth because of my shoulder. In practice and qualifying, I felt ok, so when the first moto started the adrenaline kicked in and I just rode the best I could which worked out. Another 1-1 swept for Facciotti put him back in the points lead. But 2010 was not going to be a replay of the 2009 rebound season. In Ste Julie, he crashed again on a long downhill and was concussed: “Two head injuries, in a short time, we just didn’t think it was worth it, and that is when we shut the season down. It was a hard to accept, hard to walk to end that way”. It was a long time off for the champ. From July of 2010, until June of 2011 Colton never lined up behind a gate. “Funny, I don’t remember a lot of the 2011 season itself. It was a good year, I think I lost maybe three motos to Dusty [Klatt], but I really had a strong season.” There weren’t the hard falls of past years and with confidence flowing there was little anyone could do to stop him. Facciotti returned home and capped off his championship season at Walton by proposing to long-time girlfriend Jocelyn on the stage in front of fans. “Of course it was something like a dream comes true when Colt proposed,” said Jocelyn, now married. There was no doubt in marrying Colton, and also no misunderstanding of what it took to be a motocross wife.“ I have a good understanding of what it takes to do well at this sport and the risks involved. I knew what I was getting myself into when I married Colt, the sacrifices we would have to make and the ups and downs we would have to go through. Day in and day out, I see the

hardwork, discipline and dedication he pours into his training, and even after all these years, his determination and desire to win still amazes me. It’s scary and sometimes makes you think it might be nice if he just had a regular 9-5 job, but that’s part of the sport and motocross is our life”. He also made the fans in Canada happy when he loaded up his truck and competed at Southwick for the AMA National. A cheer across the nation was almost heard when Colton crossed the line 5th in moto one. “It was a great feeling for myself, and I remember feeling like I had more in me for the second moto.” Moto 2 wasn’t meant to be, while running near the front again; he broke a shifter and ended his day. “It was cool thing to do, I felt I was in good shape and the track suited me”. However, the high of a championship and pending marriage was met with the bad news of the Blackfoot Yamaha team leaving Canadian Motocross. “That was difficult for me. Those guys had helped to make me a better racer, had been with me for the past 5 years. We were a tight team, they knew me and at the time I didn’t know where I would end up.” He was a national champion; he had a strong ride in the US, and despite being on tour for many years a young man still. “I was approached by a couple Canadian teams, and a couple US teams but nobody seemed to be able to offer a firm deal. There was always something hinging. I had chosen this as a career that we depended on and that is what guided my decision to KTM.” “I was so nerve racking for me at Nanaimo.” said KTM team manager Andy White. The KTM team had gone out and secured large sponsors Red Bull, Royal Distributing and Fox Canada in the winter of 2011-12. They had hired MX2 rider Jeremy Medaglia, multi-time Canadian Champion Dusty Klatt and the reigning Champion Colton Facciotti. Proven winners. Their bikes were all new, there were two brand new riders and the pressure of being the number one team was new to the most under the orange tent. “It was so different, starting the season off as the favourite, with proven winners, there was a lot pressure on the team and our riders last year” said White. It was a pressure that even Colton felt. “For sure I felt pressure, even some nervousness at the first round,” said Facciotti. “I have to say, and I know everyone does say it but it is true I liked the bike when I got on it. I really did. I liked the team and even though there were small things to work on, they were willing to do whatever it took. Round one it was mud, and Matt Goerke was good, but we were on pace and I was pretty excited about where we were at.” It was a sloppy start in Nanaimo, and everyone looked forward to Kamloops. In corner two of the first moto,

“I was approached by a couple of Canadian teams and a couple US teams but nobody seemed to be able to offer a firm deal. There was always something hinging. I had chosen this as a career that we depended on and that is what guided my decision to KTM.”

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Goerke and Facciotti came together. Effectively it was the end of the season in those moments. “I hit my shoulder pretty hard and it was sore. I knew by the next day I had some damage. I also felt like I could gut this out like I had in the past. In hindsight, I wish I had taken the next couple weeks off. Taken my eyes off the championship, got the break and came out strong at Gopher. It doesn’t matter now I guess,” said Colton. “I felt bad, I felt people were blaming the bike, and it wasn’t the bike. I wanted to prove that.” Once again though, Facciotti was forced from the series to deal with what was finally determined to be a broken bone from his Kamloops fall. Another long year away from the races, preparing to reclaim the championship he kept having taken away from him. “I was worried, but it was different than 2012.” started Andy White. “I have been around Colton for a year. I see how he prepares, how he works and I knew I could count on him. However, I knew Brett Metcalfe was preparing hard too.” Metcalfe was the hired gun brought in by Leading Edge Monster Energy Kawasaki to replace outgoing champion Matt Goerke. Metcalfe credentials included AMA National wins, and rides on several of America’s elite teams. “Brett is a professional, he is traveled and I knew he would not take this series lightly. I knew he would come into this swinging and we had a few bumps preparing so I just was anxious on how it would all go down in Nanaimo.” Those bumps were a training injury to Colton that had broken a couple toes and cracked his shoulder blade. “They werent bad injuries and what happened to me that day can happen anytime.” said Colton. “What I was worried about was usually in the months leading up I usually have over 100 hours of testing in on the bike, and because of the setback I had 35-40 hrs. It wasn’t something that was

keeping me up, but it was in the back of my mind.” Facciotti set all concerns to the side by the end of the first National in Nanaimo. Two dominating moto wins on a jagged rough track. “He barely had a sweat in Nanaimo.” said White. “I mean guys were beat, third place was laying down on the starting line and he looked like just finished a quick moto. The bike was set and we just felt like we were about to build from that point. The hard work by the team, by me, by Colton was worth it.” Kamloops was the following weekend and after a strong qualifying session fans were salivating at the impeding show down between Metcalfe and Colton. “I got an ok start and had to get around a few guys and then I was on him,” started Colton. “I was watching him. I saw him make some small mistakes and I was looking for the place I would make a pass. He is a great rider but I was so comfortable and I stuck my wheel in there a couple times. I felt good, I felt really good. Then really quick, the bike just jumped out a bit on me and I thought it would come back easy. It caught something and high sided me over the bars. Things happened quick then, and here I am.” A season ending leg injury, and another year of what could have been for Facciotti and his team. “I don’t think too much about what could have been now. It doesn’t matter. I am sure everyone wants to hear what I think, but it is done. I would have done well; I would have been in there for the year.” What could have been will be the question the fans can debate over the year as the series moves on. Facciotti is left to decide what is next. “What is my plan now?” said Facciotti. “It is the same as each year I have had to face something like this. It is to focus on my goal, and work towards it. My goal is to be on the line at round one next year, and my goal like every year is to be National champion.”

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Perseverance The Doug DeHaan Story By: Mike McGill

Perseverance (pur-suh-veer-uh ns) Steady persistence in a course of action, a purpose, a state, etc., especially in spite of difficulties, obstacles, or discouragement. erseverance is a word that can be accurately used to describe the career of Canadian motocross professional Doug DeHaan. In the course of his eighteen year professional career, the Thorndale, Ontario native has seen and done just about everything you could possibly imagine within the sport. While he never won a National Championship, his results were impressive. He raced not only in Canada but in the US as well, and also spent time in Europe and even plied his trade in places as far away as Australia. He began his career during the two-stroke era. He finished it off on the four although to this day he maintains that he preferred the two-stroke. He started out racing the now defunct CMA National Series. He’s raced the outdoors, supercross and arenacross all over Canada and the world for a seemingly countless number of teams and manufacturers. His attitude throughout his career was that of a true professional, and because of that he developed a sterling reputation within the industry. A reputation, in fact, that continues to serve him well to this day. Of course things were not always roses for Doug during his career. He suffered his fair share of injuries, lost opportunities and plain old bad luck, just like every other motocrosser does, but in


Doug’s case his outlook always remained positive. You could say that he continued to persevere when perhaps others would not have and for that reason his racing career should be remembered as one of the great ones in Canadian moto history. DeHaan got his start in dirt biking much in the same way that many, if not most future professionals, have over the years. His older brother and cousin both had XR100s with which they used to cruise around the family property, and Doug made it his sole purpose in life to get himself on those bikes as much as he possibly could. The bikes were too big for the little guy but that didn’t matter to him, he wanted to ride. His parents, on the other hand, didn’t think it was all that safe for him to be riding the bigger bikes as much as he was and decided to get him a PW50 of his own. The boys had a great time riding the family property and trails. They would even make up little courses and race each other, although the thought of actually racing organized moto was not in the DeHaans’ plan at the time. That all changed however after an outing to the Toronto Supercross in 1988. Ten year old Doug loved the racing atmosphere so much that he decided right there and then that he was going to race motocross. So without any real

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Above: DeHaan rode for many teams in Canada and was always thought to be a trusted rider who would arrive prepared and be a true professional.

Right: DeHaan at Walton, a track 45 minutes away from where he grew up, but rarely got to race or enjoy good luck and success.

idea of what they were doing, the family loaded up the RM80, which by this time he had graduated to, and headed to Moto Park for the beginning of what would turn out to be a long and successful career in the sport of motocross. Doug recalls that there were only five or six other riders in his class that day but he didn’t finish last. “I think I was second or third”, recalls Doug. “I do remember I got a trophy.” After that it was full steam ahead for DeHaan as he raced the Ontario circuit on virtually every weekend in the ‘89 and ‘90 seasons. It was 1991 when things really started getting serious for DeHaan and his family. Doug notched his first championship in the 80 class at the Canadian Amateur Nationals in Westlake, Alberta. He also made the trip to the two big American Amateur races that year. He scored a 3rd overall in the 80 class at Ponca City and was actually sitting in 2nd overall after two of three motos at Loretta Lynn’s when a mechanical failure caused him to DNF the third moto. Robbie Reynard went on to take the win. “Nobody was beating him that year”, admits DeHaan when speaking of Reynard. Yet had he been able to hold on to the second place position he was carrying going into the third moto he would have bested several future motocross stars including names such as Casey Johnson, Craig Decker and a young Kevin Windham. While the DNF relegated Doug to a 12th place overall finish, this did nothing to diminish his confidence and enthusiasm for his racing career. In fact, he felt so positive about his riding that he decided to forgo the Junior and Intermediate classes altogether and jump straight into the Pro ranks. In 1992, at the tender age of fifteen, DeHaan’s professional career began. This decision to turn Pro at such a young age would be something that Doug would come to regret to a certain degree in later years. While the Junior and Intermediate classes in Canada didn’t hold much in the way of competition for him at the time, by turning Pro he gave up his opportunities to go back to the big amateur events in the US. If he had gone back to

Ponca City and Loretta Lynn’s for a couple of more seasons who knows what might have happened. He could have possibly caught the eye of one of the factory talent scouts. He could have possibly scored himself a solid ride south of the border. Hindsight is, as we know, always 20/20, however Doug has no real regrets about turning Pro when he did. The CMA National Motocross Series was struggling in 1992. The competition was still extremely tough however and Doug battled to a 9th overall standing for the season. Not bad for a fifteen year old kid in his rookie season up against a roster of seasoned veterans. With a small amount of support from Suzuki Canada, Doug travelled the circuit with his mother and older brother Brad who served as his mechanic. Back then your overall standing was based on your results in all three classes, which meant that Doug had to ride an RM 250 with a 350 kit in it in the 500cc class as Suzuki no longer made an Open class bike at the time. The following year was much the same as ‘92. Doug concentrated on the CMA series and his results were beginning to improve. He made the podium at a few rounds and almost won his first overall at the Molson Park round in Barrie, Ontario. The track was a supercross-style, man-made affair, which suited Doug to a tee. “I was in the lead with a couple laps left. I thought I had it,” recalls Doug. Canada’s all-time great motocross racer Ross “Rollerball” Pederson, who was nearing the end of his storied career, had other ideas however. “Apparently Ross didn’t take too kindly to being beaten by some punk kid,” laughs DeHaan. With one lap to go, the Rollerball lived up to his nickname once again and absolutely cleaned out the sophomore Pro in one of the final corners of the race. “He just didn’t shut off”, exclaims DeHaan. “Even when I was on the ground and his bike was on top of me he held it wide open!” Pederson went on to take the win as he had done countless other times while Doug managed to limp home in 10th. Lesson learned.

By 1994 the family coffers were running dry. The support that Suzuki Canada was offering was just not enough and DeHaan was on the verge of taking up a spot on the unemployment line at the age of seventeen. Fortunately for Doug, Chris Morgan offered him a ride for the ‘94 season. It was a season that turned out to be a whirlwind of different series and races for the Morgan Racing Team, who was like the hired guns of Canadian motocross at the time. They had no allegiance to any one series; they went where the money was: CMA Nationals in the west, the fledgling CMRC series in the east, Arenacross in Quebec, Supercross in Montreal, and even the odd

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US Supercross and Arenacross. Doug spent the next few years criss-crossing the country and honing his race craft with the Morgan Racing Team. It was while on that team that he hooked up with the old Pro from Delmont, PA, “Mad Mike” Jones. He actually wasn’t that mad at the time and he set Doug up with some of his contacts for racing overseas. It was through these contacts that Doug eventually got to travel to Australia and Europe to compete. These would prove to be some of the most lucrative years in Doug’s career - more on that later. In 1997, Morgan decided to take a crack at the East Coast 125cc Supercross Series in the US. Marco

Dubé and Jean Sebastien Roy had been hired by Chris Morgan to contest the series but when both of them went down due to injury Doug got the call. “Some of the best racing experiences in my life have come due to fill-in rides” states Doug. That year was the first of many call-ups Doug received over the years. Coincidentally, 1997 was also to be the rookie season for a young Ricky Carmichael in the Pro ranks. Other notables lining up for the East Coast swing of the tour included Timmy Ferry, John Dowd, Stephan Roncada and Scott Sheak. Doug feels that the four race stretch that he did for the Morgan Team could have been the best of his professional career. “It

was just me on the team”, remembers Doug. “I was a fill-in and there was no pressure really. I just went out and rode and had the best results of my career.” Doug nailed four top ten finishes, and even though he only rode four rounds he ended up 14th overall in the final point standings. You would have thought that results as impressive as these would have landed Doug a shot on an American team for the outdoor nationals in ‘97 but that was not the case. “I was definitely on their radar,” remembers Doug. They knew who I was. Nothing really materialized for Doug however and he was forced to scramble for rides wherever he could get them. · Motocross Performance  61

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Perseverance The Doug DeHaan Story Doug even signed on for a ride with the SMP Freestyle Motocross Team. “Yeah I got to wear the baggy pants for a while,” laughs Doug. “I’ve pretty much done it all.” During his brief tenure with the SMP team, Doug would spend most of his non-racing time out in the California desert with his teammate Tommy “The Tomcat” Clowers. “Every day we would just head out to the desert and jump sand dunes,” recalls Doug. It was during this period that Doug crossed paths with many of the luminaries of the freestyle movement, which was just beginning to take off at the time. “That’s when I first met Twitch, Linkogle and Deegan. Even that Seth guy would be out there. Tommy was definitely the best of the bunch at the time though. Most of them were just learning and a few of them were just complete goons,” laughs DeHaan. Doug actually appeared in a couple of the early freestyle videos and sometimes wonders if he should have taken that route in his career. “The money certainly would have been a lot better,” states DeHaan. “I’m a racer though. That just wasn’t for me.” Doug’s desire

to do whatever it took to continue racing helped land him a spot on Ron Ashley’s TwoWheel Motorsport Kawasaki Racing Team for the ‘99 CMRC National racing season. Ashley had assembled a bit of a powerhouse squad for the ‘99 season as Doug would be teamed up with Blair Morgan and Darcy Lange for the summer. Indeed, Doug and Blair would swap moto wins and podiums throughout the summer. In the end, Blair just managed to edge Doug out for the title while Doug slotted into a very respectable number 2 overall spot for the season. This would be Doug’s highest overall series finish for his career. Doug’s excellent results in the ‘99 campaign earned him a contract with the newly formed Blackfoot Motorsport Team for the 2000 season. The CMRC National series was really starting to come into its own in 2000 and the addition of Blackfoot Honda to the mix only helped to enhance the reputation of the series. Teamed up with American Pros Jason Thomas and Sean Hamblin, Doug had a solid season. Interestingly, this would be Doug’s second

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Perseverance The Doug DeHaan Story major encounter with “Rollerball” as Ross had been hired by Blackfoot to be the Team Manager/Coach. Doug remembers Pederson as an extremely intense individual when it came to his management style. “It was his way or the highway,” remarks DeHaan. Unfortunately, or perhaps not, depending on who you talk to, Rollerball found it difficult to work with the younger riders. His old school techniques didn’t quite mesh with the new breed and after three rounds of the series it was Ross who ended up on the highway. Doug’s results were strong however, and while he wasn’t able to equal his second overall placing from the previous season, he finished up fifth overall for the year and made the podium on several occasions. This is of course the season that will be remembered as the year American Vet Doug Dubach came up to Canada on the Richmond/Gowland Yamaha YZ400 4-stroke and basically spanked everybody. Blackfoot was pleased with Doug’s performance and re-signed him for the 2001 season. In a move that can really be considered historic in the annals of Canadian motocross, Blackfoot decided that year to take the plunge and contest the entire US Supercoss season with Doug and Jean Sebastien Roy as their riders. Doug spent his prep time in the fall and early winter that year training in Lake Havasu, Arizona with Heath Voss. Voss had always been known as one of the hardest trainers in the business and also had the unusual reputation as being pretty much the fastest practice rider in the world. It didn’t always work out for him when it came to the actual races but “he was a fantastic person to train with,” remembers Doug.

Below: #9 DeHaan raced some of Canada’s very best in the early ‘90s.

Coming into the season opener at Anaheim in ’01, Doug’s confidence was at an all-time high. He was finally in the big show with a proper team. He was fit and fast and really felt that this was going to be his year. As we all know, motocross can be an extremely cruel mistress and 2001 turned out to be the year that Doug suffered her wrath on more than one occasion. As mentioned, Doug felt totally prepped for Anaheim 1 but in his opening practise session for the event his front sprocket popped off on the face of a big double and he crashed hard. He was able to ride the rest of the night but his wrist was killing him. Upon further inspection, it was discovered that he had torn several ligaments in said wrist and just like that his dream supercross season was over. “It was extremely disappointing,” remembers DeHaan. Doug was able to come back for the summer and the CMRC series, but his wrist was still sore and his results were mediocre at best. Then at the Grunthal, Manitoba round he went down in the first corner of the first moto. Marco Dubé had nowhere else to go and ran right over his head. The result for Doug was a broken jaw and the loss of many teeth. DeHaan and Dubé had a few dust-ups over the years. It seemed like ever since they were rookies they had always been battling, not just on the track but for actual rides and sponsorship opportunities as well. “We didn’t really get along for the first couple of years,” recalls Doug. “Maybe it was the language barrier or the fact that we were always in competition, I’m not sure.” That being said, Doug holds no hard feelings towards Marco for the Grunthal incident. “I know he felt bad about it,” says DeHaan. “And I know it was just an accident.” Doug considers Marco to be a friend today. As for the track itself, ironically, DeHaan now lives a short distance from Grunthal where the accident took place. “It’s funny, I always hated that place when I raced but now I ride there all the time and love it,” laughs Doug. While he may be able to laugh about it now, the 2001 season was no laughing matter for DeHaan. For something that had begun with so much promise, it really went down in flames in a hurry. “It turned out to be a year I would rather just forget,” says DeHann. Unfortunately, at least in terms of his CMRC National performance, the ‘02 and ‘03 seasons were not great for Doug either. He signed to ride Hondas for Manager Andy White and the newly formed Diablo Racing Team. Teamed up with none other than Marco Dubé, the results for the team were what Doug refers to as “so-so.” They just didn’t have the resources to go up against the mighty Blackfoot boys at the time. While Canada was a bit of a struggle for Doug in those years, it was during this period when he achieved his best results in Europe. Racing primarily the German Supercross Series for the Meyer Honda Team, Doug had excellent results with 2nd and 3rd overall placing in the series in ‘02 and ‘03. “It was very lucrative”, recalls Doug. “They paid series money, start money, purse money and all my expenses.” Doug mixed it up on a regular basis in Europe not only with the series regulars but with other North American stars as well such as Jason Thomas, Jason McCormick, JSR and Marco Dubé to name a few. While the Diablo Honda experiment had mixed results, Doug experienced somewhat of a renaissance season in 2004. This was the year that Blair Morgan, with the help of Yamaha Canada, formed his own team to contest the Canadian Nationals and he specifically wanted Doug to be his teammate. “That was just a great year,” recalls Doug. “It was just so much fun.” Since Blair was the boss that year he made all the decisions so if Blair wanted to go to Red Bud to race on an off weekend, they loaded up the hauler and off to Red Bud they went. “The atmosphere was really great,” recalls Doug. The positive vibe around the team also paid off in the form of results as both Doug and Blair had excellent seasons. Unfortunately, the financial pressures of running his own team were a bit much for Blair so he jumped at the opportunity to return to Blackfoot in 2005. Doug was able to pick up a Yamaha Canada ride however and interestingly enough was one of the final riders to race a two-stroke in the MX1 class that season. That was actually Doug’s last year of full-time

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Perseverance The Doug DeHaan Story racing in Canada, and in an attempt to finally get that National Championship that he so badly wanted, and many felt that he deserved, he dropped down to the MX2 East class for Yamaha. Yamaha felt that Doug had his best shot at winning in that class. Blackfoot had other ideas however and brought in US rider Donny McGourty. McGourty dominated the series and went on to win the title. Of course Doug didn’t know at the time that this was to be his last full season of racing in Canada. While he has very few regrets about his racing career, he does admit that it sure would have been nice to have earned one of those number one plates. “I’ve had a few seconds and that’s great,” says DeHann “but a number one sure would have been sweet.” Doug did end up finishing the season on a high note that year by hitting the podium at the final race of the season at Walton. The 2nd overall he scored that day behind winner Damon Huffman could have very well been the last podium for the YZ 250 two-stroke in Canadian moto history, maybe even professional motocross in general. “For some reason Walton was never really a good track for me but it was nice to do well that day,” reflects DeHaan. As the 2006 season approached Doug had no solid rides lined up. The overseas money was still good but things in North America were starting to dry up a little bit for the now veteran rider. As luck would have it, a new outfit in the states, Butler Brothers Racing, needed a fill-in rider. Just as he had on several occasions in the past, Doug got the call. The Butler Brothers situation was really the dream that Doug had been working towards his whole career: a fully sponsored ride for the US Supercross Series and the Outdoor Nationals. “I could have possibly made a bit more money in Canada,” recalls Doug “but that was what I always wanted. To be honest, I was beginning to think it was never going to happen for me. I would fly to all the races, everything was looked after, it was very professional and I was a regular in the best series in the world.” Doug spent two complete seasons with the Butler Brothers but by the end of ‘07 things were definitely starting to wear on him a bit. “It was tough,” recalls Doug. “The competition was just crazy and it was difficult to accept that I was going to be battling for 15-20th every week outdoors and maybe not even be making the mains in supercross. “ Doug also had something else which was pulling him away from the North American racing scene at the time. While racing in Germany he met a girl and they eventually married. The marriage itself was, as Doug puts it, “brief” but it did result in a son being born. As any father would want, Doug wanted to be in Europe with his family. A funny thing happened though once Doug

left the AMA Series and located to Europe full time - he couldn’t get a ride. “Now that I wasn’t a regular on the AMA or CMRC circuits, the teams weren’t interested in me anymore,” recalls Doug. He got work doing some testing for KTM and raced a little bit for a small KTM team in ’08, but there were no longer any real opportunities for him. He was forced to make the decision to return to Canada although he does maintain a relationship with his son Kobe. Today when Doug looks back on his career, he thinks mostly about all of the great racing he has seen over the years. “I was there for McGrath, I was there for Carmichael and I was there for Bubba,” states DeHaan. “I saw it all first hand and it was great.” He also represented Canada twice at the MX Des Nations. “Once was a gong show, the other time we had a good team but it was great just being there.” He has more friends than he can count and connections galore within the industry. “I owe all that to motocross.” When asked if he has any regrets he mentions the lack of a number one plate and also compares his career to that of his friend Nathan Ramsey. “Back in ’93, Nathan and I practised and raced together all the time. We were pretty much equal and then he decided to head to California to be close to the action.” Ramsey ended up securing a ride with the powerful Pro Circuit team and won an East

Below: Canadian Champion Jean Sebastian Roy and Doug DeHaan pose for a photo when they were teammates in Germany.

Coast Supercross title. “I sometimes wonder what would have happened to me if I had made that move,” laments DeHaan. “But all in all I’m very happy with the way my career turned out.” The thing that stands out the most about Doug DeHaan and his career is the fact that he absolutely loved what he did. He loved motocross and he loved to race. He was always willing to do what it took to stay in the game. Be it the training or the travelling, he was always up for it. Any young, aspiring professional today would do well to emulate him. He may not have been the most talented rider out there but he was close, and he was willing to do what it took to achieve his goals. When things got tough, as they always do, he persevered. Currently, Doug resides in St. Anne, Manitoba with his wife Kristen. He works for Fox Head Inc. as a sales rep. He is thirty-seven years old.

“I was there for McGrath, I was there for Carmichael and I was there for Bubba. I saw it all first hand and it was great.”

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White Bus have been a part of the Nationals since 1998, so most people who have been reading this magazine or watching the series on TV know that I did not start my MX career in motocross, but in TV production. This gives me a very unique take on our sport and how it is delivered to the masses. Lucky for me I also had five years of magazine production under my belt before I went racing, so realistically I was coming into my new position with lots of hands on experience, but not a lot of pertinent knowledge. Move quickly 15 years ahead (that’s right folks, 15 years), we now have a summer routine that is made up of cross country plane flights, hour upon hour of time in the edit suite, two full days at the track for each race, and a whole list of details in between, making up one of the busiest three month schedules in the business. Here is a quick glimpse into the seven-day stretch.


Monday 6:10 a.m.: I just landed in Toronto. The Red-Eye. One of the most taxing journeys a body can take, but also one of the most functional. I am always glad when I actually step foot inside my house at 7:30 a.m. on Monday morning, but to be honest, on Sunday night, I would rather relax after the National race day. Having a nice dinner, hitting the pouch, then flying in a civilized manner on Monday sounds like a dream, but as the schedule dictates, Monday is a full production day, so “Welcome to Air Canada’s nonstop flight from Vancouver to Toronto”. By 9:00 a.m. I have arrived home, freshened up and have begun to transfer all of the ENG Camera (E.N.G. – Electronic News Gathering – the footage shot by the hand held camera we run around with all weekend) and POV camera footage (Drift Action Helmet Cams and Lock-offs) from the portable drive to two working drives; one master, one back up - two plus hours. While the footage is being transferred, I take a quick trip up to Hill’s Production Services, home of the post production for the TV series since 2001, to drop off the tapes from the pervious weekend. I also drop off the HD tape deck, which travels to and from the track each weekend; a very heavy carry-on. Back home for a quick bite to eat, then to my office to recap the weekend’s events, and confirm all of the items needed for my edit on Tuesday are where they should be. The post production of the National series works on a three week turnaround. This schedule is based solely on the actual time it takes me to review all of the footage from one race weekend, while actually editing my condensed list from the previous week’s race, while voicing and fonting the race from two weeks back, all in the same week. Yes I know, it’s already a busy week. The balance of Monday is taken up by beginning to sort through what we shot on the previous weekend, writing a column or a story for MXP (as you can see this is an added detail which is throwing a wrench in

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my editing schedule), naps; possibly 1-2 30 minuters just to keep me from nodding off at the computer. I also run my own business, so Monday is paperwork day, invoicing, paying bills, bookkeeping – all the good stuff. By now it is about 4:00 pm. My son comes home and we are off to drum lessons, a quick bite after, then to the ball diamond for a 6:15 baseball game. I’m one of the coaches, so I have to be there or else I would drop the little punk off.

member, we have to get that 30-minute moto down to about 10 minutes on our first pass. This usually takes 2 hours per moto. There is a couch in the edit suite. I nod off occasionally.

8:45 p.m., back home, maybe an hour more of watching the past week’s footage for choice selections. Getting tired - time for bed.

Wednesday 5:00 a.m.: Alarm goes off, feels like Ground Hog Day. I do my best “Phil Connors” and head for the hot tub.

Tuesday morning 5:00 a.m.: Alarm goes off. I’m in a hazy state. Did I mention I work better in the morning? I roll out of the pouch and hobble my way to the coffee maker. Coffee’s brewing, and out to the hot tub for a 20-minute wake-up soak. Sun is just coming up. Out of the tub and feeling fine, coffee’s poured and I’m at my desk. Timing is everything in this business. I have to be at Hill’s for 10:00 am to be ready for my Voice Over for the round from two weeks ago, so I have about three hours of true working time to: do a font pass for the race we are going to voice (all of the on-screen text you see on the show has to come from somewhere!), plus make all of my notes for the actual Voice Over. If there is any more time available, I will continue to review or “offline” my previous weekend footage.

From 6:00 a.m. to 8:30 I am starting to break down each moto from last weekend. This is when I choose the best race footage from the four sources we record during each race; looks like we have lots of options. This is where a lot of the creativity starts to come into play.

10:00 a.m.: Arrive at Hill’s. There are three things going on at this point. Andy Walker is working on the font pass I just sent him, Colin Van Hattem is ready for Brian and I to do our VO and John Luff is finishing his digitizing of the previous week’s footage and is starting to assemble the show into an uncut format for us to work on once the VO is done. The VO takes about two-three hours depending on flow and how bad I am. Brian is always “Fabulous”, he’s a “wordsmith”; I’m the weak link in the chain. Once the VO is done Colin has another eight hours of mixing to do on the show, adding in all of the music and getting the race sound right where he wants it. A little lunch and it’s into the edit suite with John. 1:00 pm: John and I now dive into the fresh timeline. At this point I am usually quite tired from the VO, it’s a workout for sure. We normally start on the first MX2 moto and start to condense the timeline. Re-

5:00 p.m.: Done at Hill’s for the day. Starting to feel weary. Quick supper then off to band practice. Home around 11:00. Have to get to sleep.

Back to Hill’s for 9:00 a.m.: John and I edit all day, taking the previous week’s races down to the 10 minute mark. Colin is finishing his mix, and Andy is finishing his font pass, which means Andy and I proof the font pass before it goes to tape. We occasionally screw things up, but our track record is pretty good. By the end of Wednesday, the previous week’s show is ready for packaging and delivery, and the current race we are working on is very close to the format, although at this point it will be about eight minutes long. John spends an hour or so working through the “Naked Truth” section and we are getting close. 5:00 p.m.: Wednesday night is usually a good night to relax and hang with my wife Monique, all work and no play make Marc a dull boy. Oops, just got a call from my other business partner, there is a problem at the Steel Trading office I also work at (yes, I do a lot of different types of work in my business, one of the new adventures is selling steel). Monique and Marc’s time will have to wait. I get to bed as early as possible. Thursday 5:00 am: Did I mention Bill Murray? Oh yes, “Phil…? Phil Conners!?” – off to the hot tub we go. Coffee is a very important part of my life at this point. Thursday morning is a mirror image of Tuesday and Wednesday morning as I begin to wrap up the “Offline” edit of the previous week’s race. I need to have it done by end of day Thursday, which means

format and shot selections to be delivered to John by the end of the day. It is 9:00 am, time to move. Quick stop off at Perficon (Steel Trading) office to clear up a few problem emails, then off to Hill’s to finalize the current edit. John and I usually have the show to time by about noon, which means it is now trimmed to 46 minutes of actual content. This one is proving to be particularly hard, so it is now 2:00 pm. Damn, I could have used those two hours. John now has three-four hours of work still to do on the show; colour correction, Monster M interstitial and logo additions. Once he is finished he has to put the show to tape so Andy and Colin can access it for next week. This is another two hours, as it goes to tape twice, plus a copy needs to be created so Brian and I can have a dub to view before we go to the VO booth next week. I have arrived home in the afternoon to finish off my “Offline” and email the info to John so he is ready to go on Monday morning. Time to think about flying out on Friday morning for our next round of racing. Most of the flights leave early Friday, so getting the bag packed without forgetting everything is a priority. Dinner on Thursday leads to Jonathan’s second baseball game of the week. Home by 9:00 Thursday night. Time to find my “race weekend” legs. Friday 6:00 a.m.: Alarm goes off, but this time I find myself sleeping beside Andie McDowell, oops, Monique. It is Ground Hog Day no more. Time to get my act together, confirm my packing is done correctly and we are ready to leave for the airport. Forgot to mention I have to take a package from Hill’s for Rob: race tape labels, all of the cards for the ENG camera, extra tape stock, the HD deck, a few copies of Coronation Street, a fresh bottle of Febreeze, and anything else Rob Hill needs for his western journey “On the Bus”. This means two carry-ons and my weekend OGIO bag. My hands are full. A bit of traffic and I arrive at the airport with a just a few minutes to spare. The LINK train from the cheapest parking lot at the airport is not working; I now have to take the bus. This is a pain in the ass and throws me off schedule. I forgot to check in last night, so it’s to the kiosk for my bag tags and boarding pass. The line up to drop off my bag is huge; feeling the pressure. Still

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need to go through security but since I picked up a Nexus card last fall, I get to bypass the big line up. Scores! I breeze through the special trusted traveller line right into the screening process. Bingo! Arrive at my gate to find Gauldy, Kinger, and Danny Brault waiting. They seem relaxed, I seem tired. On the plane we go, and it is time to go out west. Eyes close as we take off. We arrive in Calgary. I am hungry. As a matter of fact I’m always hungry. Stally picks us up and we are off to the track. Friday at the track is a very casual day. Darnell (Race Course Marshall – Darryl Murphy) is now looking after all the on-site organization, parking of rigs, and general problem solving. Kinger (Head Referee – Paul Kingsley) takes a track walk, Gauldy begins to tweet, and I take a deep breath. It is now about trying to figure out how we are going to shoot the changes they have made to the track. This is one of the most important jobs I have. Since moving to HD, we have dropped a camera, so now I have only three fixed positions and Calgary is an enormous track. I have a few favourite spots, hopefully they will still work. I normally draw a new track map each year so that Orten (Track Crew Manager) and I can sit down on Friday afternoon and go over camera placement, talk about ideas of how to dress the track, areas of concern for visuals, where to put the Monster Can, and a few other details to keep his crew moving in a positive direction. Orten has a great disposition; a very even keeled man, just the right person for the job, which may be one of the most difficult jobs at the track; long, dirty hours. By Friday afternoon Calgary time, I am ready to leave the track. I have my camera spots picked out, I have my Sky Jacks and scaffold organized, I know where the White Bus is going, and I am ready for a quick nap; back to the hotel. Friday night is a good night to relax. The past few years we have been going to the Fox Headquarters party hosted by Jay Moore; a very cool event. So everybody piles into the rental cars and off we go. Good food and a few beers, and we are back at the hotel. Sleepy time. Saturday 7:30 a.m.: Because of the time change, I usually wake up early, regardless of how tired I am, but I don’t mind this really. I just readjust and grab another hour or two of shut-eye, but by 7:30 I am usually awake. Saturday mornings have become my morning of rest. I don’t have to be at the track until about 10:30, so I like to drink coffee, watch Sportscentre, text Monique and get ready for my run. · Motocross Performance  49

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Kyle (Scott) and I are basically tied to the hip for the first three hours shooting all of the support footage we need to bolt the show together” Run? Yes. I have been running on Saturday mornings since I started this job. I usually run three-four times per week, but with my summer schedule I do not get the chance. Saturday is my only day but it makes me feel good, so off I go. To be honest, it is one of the things I look forward to the most. I have seen more of the towns we stay in by running around the streets close to our hotels, compared to the monotonous drive from the airport, to the tracks, to the hotel, to the track, to the airport. We go to the same places every year, so I like to mix it up a bit. I arrive at the track at 10:30, fresh and ready to go. The track is already alive with the sounds of amateur day, and the first Moto of the Western Canadian Women’s Championship is ready to go. Gauldy and I look after the podium for the Women’s races so we need to set up the PA, make sure the impound is bannered, and have the trophies and champagne ready. The balance of Saturday is made up of confirming the camera locations, getting the lifts and scaffold in their exact places and set up, confirming with the track crew where we need to cut the track to bury the camera cables, deciding who we are going to interview for the “Naked Truth” segments the next day, picking our Helmet Cam riders so we can get the mounts set a day early, choosing the “Lock Off” camera spots; basically getting all of our ducks in a row for the big day on Sunday. Did I forget to do anything? We’ll know in the morning.

We are usually done by 5:00 p.m. on Saturday. Gauldy and Stally handle the Amateur podium, so they are always a bit later at the track, but basically by 7:00 p.m. we are all cleaned up and ready to go out for dinner. This is one of my favourite times of the weekend. We usually go out on mass so there could be as many as 10-12 of us. Always a good time, chatting about the track, last week’s race, who we think is going to win, busting each other’s chops, and hopefully catching a period or two of the Stanley Cup Finals. 11:00 p.m. - time for bed. That is my personal curfew on Saturday night. Need to be rested for Race Day. Sunday Race Day - 5:30 a.m.: The alarm goes off and I am a bit groggy. I wish it was Saturday so I could roll over. No dice. In order to make sure I am totally ready to walk out the door by 6:30, I have a routine. A cup of hotel room coffee and a little Sportscentre, pack my bag, as we will be leaving that night, get my uniform ready for the day, shower and shave and I am out the door on time. This weekend in Calgary is different than most as we can walk to the track, but since I have all of my stuff, I hitch a ride with the crew or one of the teams. At the track for 7:00 a.m. The day starts off full throttle. Timing is key on race day as things have to be done in a certain order and at certain times and places, so I need to be efficient. Rob and his crew are getting the cameras set up in the three hard

locations and confirming all of the cable runs are complete. This has to be done by 8:00 a.m. as that is when practice starts. 7:30a.m. is riders meeting so I have to have my ENG cameraman ready to shoot. This year it is Kyle Scott, new to the series, but young, energetic and enthusiastic. Kyle has a full list of shots we need in the morning, from riders’ faces at riders meeting, to track shots, to pit B-roll and practice B-roll. Kyle and I are basically tied to the hip for the first three hours shooting all of the support footage we need to bolt the show together. Shooting practice is a very important part of the day because it gives you a good idea where your race ENG positions are going to be. A good ENG shot makes the show that much better so we are always looking for a good start and finish to each location. Brian and Gauldy were the best at finding the right spots when they were directing ENG on the ground. I also have to make it out to each one of the hard camera positions to talk to the cameraman about what I need from them during the races. If they have shot with us before then it is easy. If they are new then we need start from scratch on how I like the racing to be shot. This is a very unique situation for a cameraman. Most of them seem to really like shooting moto and working with me as a Director since a lot of them keep coming back, but it can be stressful because it is make or break. Once qualifying is done we are off to the pits to do our MX2 then MX1 interviews. This a good time because the riders have relaxed a bit once qualifying is done. The Naked Truth interviews

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White Bus are one of the more fun things I do. Setting up the look of the shot takes a bit, but our conversations on camera are funny. I tend to ask off the wall questions, moto questions, or I will hear an answer and go off on a tangent. Most of the riders are pretty young so I enjoy their take on life. I think most fans would love to see the outtake reels from these interviews. It is 11:00 am now and things are really rolling. I need to have a quick meeting with the Monster girls to make sure we are all on the same page for what I need of them and where they need to be; another of the tasks I enjoy. Then Gauldy and I need to do our show opening so picking the right location and blocking it out takes a bit of time. Gauldy is great on camera, very animated, so after I mess up a few times we get a good take. Time for a quick snack as we get ready for our first race. 12:00 p.m. MX2 Moto 1: There are a lot of specific shots we need at the start of each race so the show has the right pace as you come in from commercial. Over the last few years we have developed a formula, which I think is a very accurate, if not a condensed view of exactly what it is like. We all know how important the start of a race is. We need our pre-race shots: out of staging, gate picks, gate prep, out on parade, Monster girl 30 board close up, Monster girl moto board walk and rider pan. Once the riders come back from their parade lap, I need to set the helmet cam on record and quickly get to the “White Bus” so I can get into the Director’s Chair for the start of the race. At this point Kyle is on his own but he knows his program so he is good to go. Back in the bus, sitting in my Director’s chair where I also switch the cameras for the line cut. It’s a good thing I have two hands. Here is where it get’s interesting. Being inside the bus means I can only see what the cameras show me so I need eyes on the outside to enable me to get the cameras in the right position. This is where Stally comes in. Mark Stallybrass and I have directed every national race that has gone to TV since Grunthal in 2000. That was my first race in the “Chair”. Stally is great at knowing how long before a battle will start, keeping his eyes on the leaders, and finding those “hidden gem” battles that seem to come out of nowhere. Our motto is, shoot the best battle behind the leader, as far back as it takes. If there are no battles, we shoot the leader, then 2nd, then 3rd and so on, so we have footage of all of the top ten guys. Kyle, on ENG, shoots in a different manner. He always shoots the leader, plus every rider back to the best battle inside the top ten, in a different spot on every lap. Therefore we acquire as much variety as possible. The checkered flag is out. The moto is over. I now have to run out of the bus and get my ass to the stage. This can be a long run or a short jog. In Calgary it is usually a long haul. A quick stop at the CMRC trailer on the way by to pick up the stage goodies: swag, holeshot cheque, camera mic and we are ready to go. Gauldy and I switch off between TV interviews

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and the stage so we each end up doing two sets of TV interviews and two podiums with each of us taking a final podium of the day. Each rider in the top three gets a TV interview. At least one interview per rider will make it to the TV show. Okay, the podium is over, but I hear Kinger blowing the horn. 20 minutes to staging. Here we go again. Of course each race is different and holds it own set of challenges, but as you can see we have developed a nice routine for each so we don’t miss any details. The final podium of the day is done, the champagne has been sprayed, time to relax. Nope, not yet. Back to the bus to make sure the footage is transferring to the portable drive. We also need to take down the scaffold and bring the lifts back off the track. The camera crew is breaking down the gear and bringing everything back to the bus. At the same time, I am getting my bag ready from the bus, which contains all of the tapes we shot that weekend. Did I mention I have to take the HD deck? Time to find Stally and get our asses to the airport. It looks like Jan has us on another red eye. Just enough time to sit down for some dinner and a few beers before we fly. Finally, a chance to relax. Before you know it, we are called to our gate and on the plane. Before you know it we are touching down in Toronto and the circle is complete. What day is it anyway? There is no doubt we all have a busy schedule during the Nationals. Mine is just a little different than most: lots of hats worn, lots of details not to miss, and not nearly enough time in the day. I still have a lot of work to do on last week’s race. Back to the tapes. We’ll see you at the races. Travers, OUT

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aspect about racing in Calgary is just how unpredictable the weather can be. It can go from sunny skies to heavy rain in a matter of minutes and then just as you are running for cover, the sun reappears and the cycle starts all over again. This was the case on Friday and Saturday as Mother Nature couldn’t make up her mind again. But all the moisture was doing wonders for the track and for the amateur racing on Saturday. It couldn’t have been any better. Many people who had been to the track a lot over the years were very excited for Sunday’s racing as they felt the track looked better than it ever had been. One of the really cool things about the Saturday schedule of the 2013 Nationals has been the Women’s racing. Each Saturday at Kamloops, Calgary and Edmonton at approximately 11am and 2pm, the ladies had at it to decide the CMRC Western Canadian Women’s National title chase in a well-orchestrated, three round series. On a day that is usually reserved for sign up, tech inspection and socializing, the exciting women’s races have been a refreshing spectacle at these rounds. The racing on Sunday in Calgary was amazing on a track that was rutted, rough and not for the faint of heart. With a mixture of big jumps, elevation changes and great dirt, the riders loved the challenge that the Calgary track presented to them. In the end, the day belonged to Kawasaki as Austin Politelli and Brett Metcalfe each took home vic-

Above: Politelli has been chased by many riders including Brad Nauditt (#16). Right: Teddy Maier showed in Calgary how fit and prepared he is. On a choppy track, his fastest laps came with two laps remaining in the final motos. In Edmonton, he snared his first MX1 moto win of the series. Momentum is with Teddy as he heads east.

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tories in the MX2 and MX1 classes respectively. Both riders were on top of their game in Calgary. For those in attendance, they witnessed great racing from a world class field of riders. After an exciting third round in Calgary, all the teams had to do was drive three hours north to Castrol Raceway located just adjacent to the Edmonton International Airport. Even though both tracks are in Alberta, they couldn’t be any more different. While the Calgary track had big jumps, lots of hills and some loamy sections, the track in Edmonton is as hard as a rock, completely flat, and while there are jumps on the track, they aren’t very big. The really exciting thing about the Edmonton track (if you were a spectator) was the high speeds that the

riders were getting on the back straight. Rumour had it that someone had a radar gun back there for fun and they clocked Teddy Maier at 77mph. That’s crazy speed on a dirt bike! Thankfully, everyone stayed up during the day because you wouldn’t want to crash at that speed. Once again on Saturday the ladies took to the track for their third and final round of the 2013 Western Women’s Series and it was USA rider Hailey Larsen who took her sixth moto win in a row for a clean sweep of the series. Larsen rode an almost perfect series and was by far the fastest rider on the track. Her aggressive style was very entertaining to watch as she took control of the series in Kamloops and never looked back. The Women’s Series provided 85 · Motocross Performance  49

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great action at all three rounds. Denaye Giroux and Camille Baker really deserve a lot of credit for getting it rolling this year. On a sad note, our thoughts go out to Sierra Roth who was severely injured at a local Alberta race in June. Hopefully the support she received from the Canadian Motocross community since her accident will go a long way in helping her healing process. We wish you all the best and hope you get well soon Sierra. As the MX2 and MX1 riders took to the track for the final western round, all eyes were on points leaders Austin Politelli and Brett Metcalfe. However, in the MX2 class it was Kaven Benoit’s turn to shine as the frustrated KTM rider finally broke through and won his first overall of the season. With the series heading east and Benoit a distant second in points, he will need to have a perfect second half of the series if he has any hope to win the MX2 Championship. In the MX1 class Brett Metcalfe put on another amazing charge in moto two and came

Right: Ross Johnson had his starts dialed in Calgary. Double holeshots gave Ross the chance to race at the front of the pack. Johnson is capable of being a top ten rider each weekend, however, Edmonton was his first top ten overall of the series. Below: #313 Kyle Swanson showed everyone the quick way around the tight, fast, hard packed first corner in Edmonton.

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from way back to win the moto and the overall. Metcalfe has been great since his arrival on Canadian soil. He has done great on the track, obviously, but off the track he has been terrific with the fans, the media and his fellow competitors. Although everyone wants to beat him, no one seems to dislike him. As the series heads east with the heat, humidity and some really rough tracks, the one thing that is clear is that only the strongest riders will find success in the remaining five rounds. The 2013 series is really shaping up to be one of the best to date with battles all over the track in every moto. Fans are really getting treated to some great racing. Hopefully this continues for the rest of the summer.

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ne day, one race. That’s the big difference between a motocross/supercross championship and the Montreal supercross. One day, one chance to be the hero. For some riders that pressure is pure motivation, for others it’s just too much. Riders like JSR and Ross Pederson both handled the pressure pretty well with a record of five wins each at the event. If these two won almost 1/3 of the main events in the 35 year history of the event, it means that most riders never got the thrill to win a race in front of nearly 50,000 people. Marco Dubé, Blair Morgan, Colton Facciotti and all the other fast Canadian riders will never know what it›s like to win a race in the Olympic Stadium because following Matt Goerke›s win last year, and after 35 years of success, the Montreal Supercross will no longer exist.


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Here›s the story of one of the last privately owned supercross. The Montreal Supercross, like the Paris-Bercy and Geneva Supercross, is one of the big shows of the off-season. Right after the motocross nationals and before the supercross season, few events kept the riders busy. After 36 years (one was cancelled because the Olympic Stadium’s roof collapsed the week prior) of hard labour, promoter Pierre Corbeil decided to retire from the racing scene. He devoted his life to motocross, but at 66 years of age he decided he had enough. And the Montreal Supercross team decided it was time to move on as well and not to promote the race in 2013. Like many races in Europe, the Montreal Supercross was no longer profitable. Over the years many riders raced supercross in Europe before the AMA supercross season. As was the case in Germany,

Italy, and Greece, many of the races shut down in the last 3-4 years. The economy is not what it used to be and it surely affected those events, just like the Montreal Supercross. The truth is that many motorsports events are suffering these days. For example, last year was not only the last Montreal Supercross but 2012 also marked the last Nationwide NASCAR event in Montreal, plus the Edmonton Indy. These are all major motorsports events that just couldn’t survive. Is it the economy or the lack of support from the manufacturers? Does racing still bring people outside of their houses? Frankly, I don’t know but believe me I’d be a rich man if I did! The Montreal Supercross group did everything in their power to keep the event alive. Now the big question is what happened? Is it because JSR retired? Is it because they never brought up Villopoto,

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Reed and Stewart? Is it because it’s not a supercross-only race? Obviously, JSR retiring from racing didn’t help. We French Canadians loved cheering for one of our own. It was great to see JSR race and win in front of many super fast American riders. In fact JSR’s last race was so emotional that it would be hard to match. We sure had a great show the past few years after he retired, but the stars were freestylers. Scott Murray’s double backflip and Tom Pages’s volt sure brought the fans to their feet but not enough to keep the show alive. What about bringing up top American riders? Well there are two things you need to consider before you spend money on a rider. How much does he cost? How many tickets will he sell? And those top American riders a not cheap! After many focus groups, the average fan only knew a couple of them. Actually, Travis Pastrana and JSR were the only names most fans could name. Of course die hard motocross fans would love to see the top guys go at it but how many people would that be? Do you fill up the Olympic Stadium with die hard motocross fans? Is it worth the investment? The only reason to hire a super expensive rider is to sell more tickets, isn’t it? Of course you always want to put on a good show for the fans but we had some great races the last couple of years without any of the top American riders. If it was your money, would you put it all on that one horse? To be honest, you need more than one horse to make for an exciting race. Do we really need a parade by one top American rider? Do we want our

It’s easy to speculate on what should’ve/ could’ve been done. All I can tell you is that the promoters of the Montreal Supercross sure tried to make it work the last couple of years.”

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Far Left: Montreal tried to change up their program introducing Endurocross as part of the night show. Middle: Freestyle was always part of the show and Montreal fans loved to see their local stars pull out the big tricks. Right: Amercian riders, Teddy Maier, US supercross star Nick Wey and troy Adams aways added excitement to the event. Below: Montreal Supercross was the last big indoor stage that Canadains were able to be showcased and able to compete. It will be a missed event.

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top guys to be lapped, or do we prefer the see them dicing with some high level international rider? It’s easy to speculate on what should’ve/could’ve been done. All I can tell you is that the promoters of the Montreal Supercross sure tried to make it work the last couple of years. We brought in Endurocross, Side by Side racing, freestyle legend Nate Adams; we did everything we could to keep the event alive. One thing we need to keep in mind is that for what is a one day event for racers and teams it’s a full time job for the promoter and a part-time job for a number

of other people. I was lucky enough to work on the event for 11 years, at first with TV then over the years I got the chance the take care of the FMX riders and even motocross riders with my good friend JSR. I sure miss the event and the Montreal Supercross team. Pierre Corbeil retired after giving his life to the sport that he loved, and believe me when I say this: he did his very best every day to put on a great show for you, the motocross fans. We should all be proud of what he accomplished. Running a show for 35 years

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is enormous! He sure can be proud of what he accomplished. Without Corbeil’s vision, riders like Ross Pederson, Carl Vaillancourt, Ben Milot and of course JSR would never have got the exposure they did over the years. The Montreal Supercross was always the last race of the year. It was also one of the biggest races in the country and surely the one with the most media attention, which is in our day and time a priority. I’ll sure miss the Montreal Supercross. Thanks for the memories.

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To recognize the efforts of moms around the world, Procter and Gamble released a commercial leading up to the 2012 London Olympics. The ad produced a great deal of chatter - positive chatter. The commercial was clearly an amazing marketing strategy mostly because it resonated with those who had truly been there; those who had been on the sidelines cheering for the person they love most. Procter and Gamble paid tribute to the mothers of athletes who have supported their children every step of the way.

f you’ve been to the motocross track, you’ve met those mothers. Not only were they thoughtful enough to carry us for nine months and sacrifice their body image, they also spent many years getting us on and off the bus, helping us with those tricky math problems and driving us wherever we wanted to go. Not to mention all the times they’ve picked us up when we fell and wiped away our tears. But moto moms get to add one more monumental task to their list: Countless weekends spent travelling the province, country and world to get us to the track. Piles of laundry washed, dried, folded and packed away in the gear bag, followed by long hours and thousands of miles spent on the road are all too familiar for many moto moms. Pam Jeffrey, mother of three racers, Eric, Lucas and Alex, takes on many roles to see that her kids are off safely to the track including driving the eldest, professional motocrosser, Eric, in their rig across Canada to race the CMRC Monster

Energy Motocross Nationals. Pam recalls many great memories of her kids and says “I believe that because of racing, it has allowed Scott, my husband, and I to spend more time with our boys as a family. Motocross is a family sport with amazing people.” Travel It may not be common to spend weekends in the hot sun or the rain or the filth that is associated with a motocross event – using less than prime porta-potties and becoming way too familiar with blue garage towels and hand-sanitizer—but for some moto moms it’s just another way to spend time with their kids. Sarah Keller, mother of two young racers, Ashley and Kayden, says “We travel with our trailer so we can enjoy a mini-vacation every time we are at the track.” The enthusiasm and dedication that Sarah’s young children have shown for the sport has taken her family camping across Ontario and the United States. Sarah, like many moto moms, takes on the role of navigator, · Motocross Performance  109

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Sometimes I think I am more nervous than they are,” agrees Sarah Keller, “and I really don’t know why… I have no regrets letting them participate in this sport.” promoter, web administrator, sponsorship seeker, photographer, cheerleader and tear wiper. While many moms look forward to sleeping in on the weekends once their kids are older, that is not the case for mothers of extremely ambitious little racers. Nearly every weekend is spent rising early, packing the truck and trailer, and heading to the scheduled race, whether it’s a local event, provincial, national or across the border to qualifiers and regionals in the hopes of making it to Loretta Lynn’s Amateur National Championships in Tennessee. Tracey Grey travelled the road to Loretta Lynn’s ranch on more than one occasion to watch her young star compete - for the first time in the 50cc class in 2003. Over the years, side by side with her son, Richard, she’s played an integral role of his success, continues to be his biggest fan and is passionate about the sport. Richard now proudly wears #20 in the CMRC National series. Cheering Squad Behind every great rider or racer there is a great mom. This stands true for even the most seasoned Pros. Today’s top riders may have long lists of sponsorships and endorsements, but they too relied on their mom to provide the basics and encouragement needed to reach that level. Kyle Keast, 2013 Pro National #37, who has been ranked as high as National #4, admits that “races are just more enjoyable and less stressful when my mom is there. Whether she is making everyone lunch or is just a cheering section, it’s important to have mom at the track.” Carolyn Keast started out attending races supporting her husband as he traveled to Hillclimb events. Since her son Kyle followed in his footsteps, she’s spent over 35 years attending races and supporting motocross. It takes a strong, loving woman to care for a man so involved in motocross and an even stronger woman to support her child as they eagerly throw their three-year-old leg over a motorcycle. Nervousness overwhelms Mrs. Keast and she paces when the 30-second board goes up, but after Kyle rounds the first turn, her anxiety is replaced with a huge smile—a rewarding reaction as she follows her son around the track watching every lap of every moto. As Kyle has progressed, her fear and anxiety have been replaced by pride. That nervous anticipation is common among moto moms. “Sometimes I think I am more nervous than they are,” agrees Sarah Keller, “and I really don’t Lorri Allison

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know why… I have no regrets letting them participate in this sport.” Mrs. Keller and her family have made motocross their life and wouldn’t have it any other way. She believes that motocross is truly a family sport and it’s the life they choose as a family. Not many people would open their doors to over 50 pro motocrossers for a week but that’s just what Lorri Allison does between the Calgary and Edmonton CMRC Nationals. Those who stopped by the Allison farm between rounds got a taste of the integral role motocross plays in the Allison family. Lorri is a mom to some quick Pros – Jared, Parker, Bryton and Brad, and already has her hands full yet she doesn’t hesitate to open her door. While creating feasts and providing a haven for many racers and industry folk, Lorri says “This is always the best week of the year! 50 of the best people camped out in my yard. You’ve gotta love the motocross family.” Great Distances Imagine being on the other side of the globe after watching at the track for years? That’s the new reality for Elaine O’Farrell. Unable to attend the Canadian races her son is in, Elaine, mother of South African (newly Canadian resident) 2013 Pro National #31, Liam O’Farrell, follows live timing during the race day to keep up with what is happening at the track and awaits Skype and telephone calls from Liam for the full race report. Though it’s tough being more than 8,500 miles away from her son, Elaine knows that Liam is achieving his dreams and is very proud of what he has accomplished thus far. The only thing that makes a mother put aside her protective instinct is the pure joy their child gets from riding. Despite her fears, the smile on her son or daughter’s face makes it all worthwhile. Bravely, she’ll put aside her fears, wish you good luck and tell you to have fun out there, never admitting that her stomach is churning. “One of the most important things to me as a mom is that they are safe,” explains Lisa Snider. Mrs. Snider is the mother of Linda, Aaron and of Josh Snider, who currently manages Redemption Racing and provides devotionals at riders’ meetings at the races. Mrs. Snider is always encouraged and challenged by these devotionals and is proud of each of her child’s accomplishments, seeing their dreams come true. Lisa

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has had the opportunity to travel the CMRC Monster Energy Motocross Nationals with Team Faith/Redemption Racing for the past six years, plus assists with office administration while at the track. Working Track Moms Many MX women, moms in particular, at the track are not just there to watch their children rail berms and hit jumps. Many have made an even bigger commitment to the sport, taking on jobs that allow the race day to run smoothly for everyone. When they are not cheering for their children out on the track, Sarah Keller and Lisa Snider are assisting with sign-in and registration. Mrs. Keller can be found helping with computer set-up, data entry and scoring races. Pam Jeffrey is on-hand as you take your bike through tech inspection at the Monster Energy Motocross Nationals. Donna Stephens, mother of Kyle Stephens (one of the youngest Pros to qualify for a CMRC National at 14 years old in 2007) has taken on many tasks to assist CMRC and track promoters on race weekends. Donna spends long hours setting up the computer, lap scoring and tearing it all down, just to move on to the next weekend to do it all over again. Though her son, Kyle, may not race as frequently as he once did, the hard-working Donna and her daughter, Chelsea, are always at the track getting their hands dirty. That’s what happens when you’ve created a life around such an amazing sport. You continue to be a part of the motocross community, part of your second family, even if your child isn’t always on the gate. Often going unnoticed, moto moms are perhaps the biggest yet most silent influences in our lives. They are unselfish and passionate, willing to give up everything and anything as we chase our dreams. They are our greatest critics and our strongest supporters. Next time you see a moto mom standing at the fence lap after lap, eyes glued to her rider, leave her alone … but only until the moto is over! After that give her the props she deserves, buy her a drink, lend her your umbrella (although I’m sure she’s packed five), offer to wash her rider’s sweaty gear, whatever it takes to make sure she knows she’s appreciated! No job is more difficult than a moto mom’s never-ending role. Whether she’s scoring motos, driving the big rig, shooting photos or cheering trackside, Canadian motocross is stronger because of this committed community of women.

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“The original idea for a skate/ bike park came from Greg Fox when the Canadian facility was just beginning to take shape. He said two things were needed in the back distribution center: a mini ramp and a ping pong table,” said Marketing Director Jason Moore.

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n Canadian motocross, the community is tight. It is often a comment made by racers visiting the National series, that the racing is world class but it still has a more personal feel. The industry shares resources, shares customers and finds marketing traction where they can. As a company or a brand finding a role in the Nationals, it is sometimes a challenge because there is a fixed number of on-site opportunities, plus set budgets by the brands mean creativity is often their best ally. The Fox Canada industry party at their Canadian distribution center is a great example of a brand that uses an alternative way to support the sport. In 2010, Fox centralized their headquarters in Calgary. Fox’s roots are deep in motocross. From their California base, the Fox Head has been a part of the motocross culture since 1974. For many decades, seeing a person with a Fox sticker, hat or shirt was a calling card that they raced. As action sports grew through the late 1990s, so did the brand. When Mountain biking, BMX, and Skateboarding adopted the gear, moto swag was soon a lifestyle as opposed to a sport. For Fox brand leaders Pete and Greg Fox this was a natural transition, because as California kids they were involved in several action sports. When doors opened at the new Calgary location, distribution was a priority but so was creating a space for the lifestyle. “The original idea for a skate/bike park came from Greg Fox when the Canadian facility was just beginning to take shape. He said two things were needed in the back distribution center: a mini ramp and a ping pong table,” said Marketing Director Jason Moore. “Those hobbies, along with surfing, are what the Fox brothers used as an outlet away from Motocross.” It was a priority that


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naturally the staff, most of who are involved in action sports, loved and it became an added bonus when working at the headquarters. “When we approached our friends at Joyride150 with the idea of building of a legit ramp set up, they put their heads together and within days developed a park draft that had transitions accommodating for both BMX bikes as well as skateboards,” continued Moore. “We couldn’t be happier with how ridable the whole park is. From beginners to local pros, the set is perfect for everyone. The crew from Joyride150 are wood wizards and build world class ramps. The park gets used by staff during the day and on weekends by local skate and bike shops. It’s the only indoor park in Calgary so during the winter months, BMX, MTB and Skaters are always trying to book in and stay warm.” The original plan was to be primarily a hospitality event for the dealer base of all channels (Lifestyle, MX, Bike) in the surrounding areas. Fox would bring them into the Canadian HQ and entertain them, show them how they lived and really engage them with the Fox brand. However, as the annual operation’s anniversary fell on June 1st, which is always near the date of the Wild Rose National, Moore, who was a good motocrosser himself and passionate fan, started thinking of ways to connect the two. The event offered a perfect opportunity to encourage dealers and the industry to tie the two together. “I grew up in the Sand Del Lee area and have raced and attended Nationals for many years. When I moved to Calgary a few years ago, the National became the only opportunity to connect with them again. With the headquarters and our back area design, it seemed like

the perfect place to host a party.” The idea also developed into a great way to encourage dealers and industry to come to Calgary and support the National. “We support many riders, and of course the KTM Canada Red Bull Royal Distributing Fox Canada team and the RM Motosports MX101 Red Bull Shift team, but we also wanted to support the series.” The exclusive access to the Fox den has become a date to circle on the calendar. Visitors are checked in at the door and escorted into the main office area that features race bikes, new and old, gear, posters and magazine covers. Inside there are cubicles used as work stations with backs of chairs decorated with rider jerseys, plus decorated spaces with stickers and posters that lend to the environment of not only the lifestyle business but the work place and passion. Through the hallway, guests enter the back distribution center. To the left are tall racks of gear and apparel. As a fan, your mind immediately dreams of a shopping spree. Directly ahead, a DJ is cranking out music as people mingle around tall bar tables. To the far end some of the best mountain bike and BMX riders in the country enjoy a casual freestyle session. Food and drink stations are placed around the entire space, a photo booth, and the feeling that you are in one of the hottest bars in the country as opposed to a warehouse. It is a cool, unique experience that all lends toward motocross and the National weekend. “This party isn’t just for Fox teams and Fox dealers,” said Jacques Daigle, the business leader at the Fox company. Daigle mingles through the crowd, talking racing and catching up. That is much of the vibe you get at this event, that it is

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a company showcase in many ways, but their first intention is to have a good night. “Of course we want something special for our team, but we want everyone to feel welcomed to this event and to enjoy the national weekend. I think Jason (Moore) has done a really good job with this, and it really it is his baby. “It is something special for our team to be included in this event here,” said new team manager Kevin Tyler. Tyler manages the RM Motosport MX101 Red Bull Shift team, which includes homegrown talent Shawn Robinson and series surprise Jeremy Medaglia. For the patrons at the party, walking through the front to the back warehouse took them past the pristine Team Yamaha riders’ gear. “Walking in and seeing the riders’ bikes and the gear is a great feeling. It makes you proud,” continues Tyler. “We are a new team, but like all teams we put a lot of work into our program. Coming in here and seeing that effort on display, well it makes the riders feel great, and makes the entire team feel part of something special.” Moore feels like this type of event needs to be adopted by more companies. “Our situation with Fox Canada is unique. We have a great National here in Calgary, which is where our headquarters are located. We have some great companies and riders we work with so what we are doing is unique in many ways to Fox. However, supporting the National series, teams and riders is something everyone can work at. Whether on the weekend of the National or leading up to it, there are ways to promote the sport and brands.” It is this strategy that has made Fox a leader in the action sports industry. There is still room for the night to improve and grow for everyone. Moore says he sees it growing into a dealer weekend where dealers can come into town, learn about Fox and spend their weekend at the National motocross race. “I really see this as an opportunity for everyone. We want dealers to come to town, and we want it to be worth their time and investment. We can continue to work at tightening the relationships so we can perhaps offer national ticket incentives, maybe team tours, and rider meet and greets so fans and customers can really have this cool weekend experience.” Motocross, for most, is the core of their passion. The industry night is just the perfect kick-off to a fun weekend of riding and racing. The idea of a weekend in one of Canada’s most beautiful cities, hanging with some of the industry’s most passionate people and fans is something more people are finding appealing. The planning for 2014 for the guys at Fox has begun. As the Calgary National closed in 2013, the series stage announcer, Ryan Gauld, said it perhaps best. “Same city, same people, same party. In 2014 at the same time we will be back here in Calgary for another good time.”

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f you’re lucky enough to be from Ontario and have been involved in Motocross for any length of time, then you most likely got to watch Jolene Van Vugt grow up before your eyes. For years, Jolene and her family were a fixture at every Ontario race. First Jolene was a young girl watching her father race then eventually she began to race herself. In the last few years, Jolene’s life has taken her from the local Ontario racer that we all knew to one of the most famous female extreme athletes in the world. MXP caught up with Jolene on one of her very rare quiet mornings to find out what exactly has made her so successful.


MXP: Hey Jolene, how are things going? JvV: Really good actually, I am in a new sport now so my life is just training and preparing for that. Everything is good though, just busy as usual. I am assuming that you’re referring to the sport of Endurocross. How is that going? It’s going well. It’s a huge challenge for me because it’s a pretty gnarly sport. Coming from a motocross background, Endurocross is pretty tough. It’s kind of like trials where you have to ride really in control even though you just want to charge. It’s very demanding but fun at the same time. For most of us who have never ridden an Endurocross track, what is the hardest part? I would say just trying to find some sort of consistency with each lap. One lap can be perfect and then the next lap you’re upside down. That is for sure the hardest part, but it’s the same for everyone so you just have to deal with it. Also, the proper bike set up has been a pretty steep learning curve for me but I’m slowly figuring it out, so it’s fun. There is definitely a lot of falling down and getting bruised up, that’s for sure. Looking at Endurocross from the outside, it looks as though there are a lot of hidden secrets that you can only get from doing it? Oh yes, for sure. At each race that I do and the more I practice, the more things I pick up. Being at the races and getting advice from other riders has been really helpful. Things like throttle control, balance and picking the correct lines are very important, as they are in motocross also, but it just seems like in Endurocross the obstacles can bite you quicker. When I went to Brazil for the first round I was basically riding a motocross bike with a motocross set up and that really didn’t work very well. I finished okay but the bike was a handful. If I follow through with this next year I am definitely going to get a full on Endurocross bike and go from there.

So right now you’re in California training for Endurocross? Yes, I was doing it all on the east coast. I built a track behind Travis’ house and at the time it was great, but I put so many laps there that I had to find something new. Here in California there are a lot of Endurocross riders so it’s a good place to train. Can you take us through what it is like jumping a double jump made out of logs? Well, it’s pretty scary. I still don’t think I’m comfortable with it (laughs). At first I wasn’t sure how the logs were going to make my bike react. I didn’t know if I was going to get kicked or if I was going to get wheel spin. I had a lot of different thoughts going through my head. So far it has worked out and I haven’t had any huge crashes. I guess the best way to describe Endurocross is that it’s way out of my comfort zone. In fact I don’t think it could be further from my comfort zone, but I’m learning and having a blast. With all of the extreme things that we’ve seen you do over the last few years, would it be safe to say that you enjoy getting out of your comfort zone? I’ve never really thought about it actually, I just seem to look at the new opportunities that have come my way as challenges and I just go after them. It’s not like I stop and think that this or that is out of my comfort zone, so I just go and try it. I’ve always seemed to have to ability to face tough things and do my best at them, even if I may not know what the outcome will be beforehand. That’s how I was with racing, with Nitro and now with Endurocross. I’m sure that’s how I will be with the next thing that comes along. You raced motocross from a very young age then you stopped to pursue other things that we’ve all enjoyed watching. Did you miss racing? Yes, very much. I think that is one of the reasons I started racing Endurocross. I just missed racing. Even though I was travelling the world and doing crazy stuff, without racing and competing there was certainly a void inside me. When these Global

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X-Games came up, I really jumped at the chance to compete. Although it’s been hard work, I’m glad I did it. I actually have a funny story: at the first round in Brazil when I was lining up at the starting gate for the first time, it had been so long since I’d seen a gate drop that I wondered aloud to my brother that I hoped I’d remember what to do. Do you get bored if you have nothing going on? I’m not sure. It has been a while since I’ve had nothing to do. We went from the tours to filming Nitro Circus 3-D and then I recently did some stuff on the new Batman film. I don’t think I get bored because when I do get down time, I really cherish it. What type of things do you do when you get time off? I’m like most people. I just go and do stuff that I normally don’t get to do. I’ll go to Canada and see my family and spend time in the house I bought there that I rarely get to see. When I am home I just like to do stuff around the house and enjoy the time there, but after about a week or so I start to get restless and I want to hit the road or go and do something. Do you get that restlessness from your Mom or Dad? Definitely from my Dad. He has trouble sitting still and he always is doing something. Honestly, since I started doing Nitro Circus I have a harder time sitting still. I don’t know if it’s because my body just got used to moving and being on the go all the time or what. Being busy is fun though, especially with some of the things that I’ve done and the people that I’ve been lucky enough to be involved with.

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Obviously you’ve travelled to all the corners of the globe so this might be a tough question. If you could pick one place that is your favourite to spend time, where would that be other than home? That is a tough question, but I would have to say that Australia is on top of the list, for sure. I really love it there. The scenery is beautiful, the people are great and there is so much to do there. It’s actually been a while since I’ve been there, too long! Okay, let me take you from Australia to Walton in 2007. Is that moment near the top of your list of crowning achievements? You know, I still think about that moment all the time, for many reasons. Obviously it was the first time that I won a Walton TransCan title, but it was more than that. My family and I had been going there for so many years. Even before I started racing we went to Walton Raceway because my Dad was racing. I worked so hard to win a title there and for a few years I had come up short, then in 2007 I finally did it. I was very happy, to say the least. It was also great to go back in 2008 and repeat as the Ladies Champion. You know that you and your Dad are currently tied for Walton TransCan titles at two. Do you think there is any chance that we might see you back at Walton to try and break the tie with your Dad? I didn’t know that we were tied, that’s awesome. Well, I know I won’t be there this year but I’ve learned that you never say never in life. I’d love to go back there one day and race again. That place means a lot to me. I can tell you about a pact that was made a few years ago. Heidi, Jessica, Kristina and I all made a deal with each other that one day we’d all go back to the Walton TransCan and race the Plus 30

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class, just to say we did it. So maybe one day you will see us girls there; kind of like a high school reunion of sorts. That would be very cool to see, and I can’t think of a better place to do it. All you girls have so much history there. You have certainly come a long way since 2007. What advice would you have for someone who is sitting at home and is interested in going down a similar path that you took? I would just tell them what has worked for me so far. I’ve only gotten to where I am out of sheer determination, I don’t give up and I’m not afraid to try new things. I think in life you have to take opportunities that come your way, even if you don’t have any clue what the outcome might be. Sometimes you fail and sometimes you succeed, but you’ll never know unless you try it. That is honestly how I have tried to live my life and it has worked so far. That is awesome advice Jolene, for all of us. Okay, let me ask you one last question. What is scarier, jumping the natural double at Walton or jumping a Barbie car? (laughs) I can tell you that both are pretty scary in their own right. While jumping the natural double was really tough the first time I jumped it, jumping the Barbie car is pretty scary. Not only am I dropping in from a pretty good height, but I have no brakes so I’m completely committed to it. I couldn’t stop if I wanted to, so I’m going to go with jumping the Barbie car, but it’s close. I know you’re busy but thank you for doing this. We wish you all the best and we can’t wait to see what is next for you. Thanks for calling. I’m never too busy for someone from Canada. Hopefully the rest of the summer goes well and I can see all of my Canadian fans soon.

“I can tell you about a pact that was made a few years ago. Heidi, Jessica, Kristina and myself all made a deal with each other that one day we’d all go back to the Walton TransCan and race the plus 30 class, just to say we did it. So, maybe one day you will see us girls there, kind of like a high school reunion of sorts.”

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rince George, BC is known for a lot more than motocross. With an abundance of natural resources and a very long winter season, sports like motocross sometimes take a back seat. Thanks to one local dealership, Cycle North Kawasaki, young riders like Jess Pettis have been given an opportunity to become shining stars in this sport. In some ways Pettis is just like every other 16 year-old Prince George kid; he loves the outdoors. Often times when he’s not racing, he and his Dad head out into the bush to go hunting or to just to be at one with nature. When Jess puts his helmet on and throws his leg over a dirt bike, the beast within him appears and the quiet surroundings of Northern BC are a distant memory. Riding dirt bikes came naturally to Jess at a very young age. When he was seven and the snow finally melted that spring, he was let loose on a two wheel machine and the rest is history. The Pettis family learned quickly that if you wanted to race motocross in BC and you’re from Prince George, then you’d better like driving, as most of the big races are at least


ten hours away. They didn’t mind at all, in fact sometimes the long drives to the races were the best part as the long hours spent on the road brought them closer together as a family. As Jess paid his dues on the BC circuit it became clear very quickly that there was something special about this kid. His style, his speed and the quickness at which he was learning to race put him ahead of a lot of other BC riders. Soon the border of his home province wasn’t big enough to hold him because Jess headed into other parts of Canada to show everyone what he was made of. The first stop outside of BC was the Province of Alberta and the Western Canadian Amateur Nationals in Raymond. Jess was instantly drawn to this track. Over the course of a few years he won numerous championships. With a lot of momentum behind them, the Pettis family continued east. The next stop for them was the TransCan in Walton, Ontario. If you’re a fast amateur and you want to measure yourself against the best, the TransCan is the event to go to. In 2011, Jess not only travelled to Walton and competed, but he proved that he was the fastest 85cc rider in

In 2011, Jess not only travelled to Walton and competed, but he proved that he was the fastest 85cc rider in the country as he took the Super Mini National Championship.”

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When Jess puts his helmet on and throws his leg over a dirt bike, the beast within him appears and the quiet surroundings of Northern BC are a distant memory.” the country as he took the Super Mini National Championship. His family and his main sponsor at the time, Cycle North Kawasaki, were all so proud of the kid from Prince George. With his Amateur career almost behind him, Jess in now in his second season as a member of the powerful Leading Edge Kawasaki team, a team that has won numerous Pro Championships that wants to help guide Pettis to the same success in the future. If it wasn’t for a silly injury suffered off the bike in the spring, Jess would be lining up in the MX2 class for the western rounds of the 2013 Monster Energy Motocross Nationals. But in life and in motocross, everything happens for a reason. So when the Nationals head east this summer and Jess is on the line, perhaps he will be that much more prepared to do battle with his older, more experienced competitors. Whatever happens this year, Jess has already proven that a kid from rural BC can do anything he puts his mind to. The success he has had so far in motocross has made the long hours spent driving to the races the last few years seem well worth it, and at just 16 years old, the best is no doubt yet to come for Jess Pettis.

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jake tricco Amateur Spotlight

Jake Tricco has not only successfully qualified for Lorretta Lynn’s in the USA for both 65 and 85 classes, but has big dreams of winning a couple of the small bike classes at the Parts Canada Walton TransCan. This kid from Collingwood Ontario is sure to turn heads in the coming years.

Hey Jake, how are you? I’m good. I just got back from the USA so I’m a little tired. Where do you call home and how long have you lived there? I live in Collingwood, Ontario and I’ve lived here all of my life. I love it up here. There are a lot of things to do in the winter, and in the summer it’s a great place to grow up, for sure.

“We do it as a family, which is pretty cool. Every weekend we’re off somewhere to race. Not many kids get to do what we do and see the things we do.” MXP staff sits down with Jake Tricco Jake Tricco from Collingwood, Ontario is one of Canada’s top young riders. Not only is he really fast but he is very well mannered and has great style too. Later this summer he is off to Tennessee to compete in the biggest Amateur race in the world, the Loretta Lynn’s Amateur National. We caught up with Jake just a day after he returned from his final Loretta Lynn’s qualifier.

What do you like most about the Collingwood area? I like that we live in the country. We have lots of land and lots of places to ride. We also live close to Blue Mountain and Georgian Bay. It has to be one of the best places in Ontario to live. My family and I are always busy doing something. You’re right, that area is so nice. When and how did you get into riding dirt bikes? My Dad has ridden dirt bikes for a while so when I was three he bought me a PW 50. He put training wheels on it and I have been riding ever since. I guess just from watching my Dad ride, it really made me want to do it. My younger brother also races; it’s a family sport for us. What is your favourite part about racing or riding dirt bikes? I like going fast and hitting big jumps. It feels pretty cool to be flying through the air on a dirt bike. We do it as a family, which is pretty cool. Every weekend we’re off somewhere to race. Not many kids get to do what we do and see the things we do.

You mentioned that you just came back from the USA. Talk to us a little about what you just did down there? I just got back from a Regional Qualifier for Loretta Lynn’s at Unadilla. I had a great weekend. I ended up second overall in 85cc 9-11 Limited class and I also got second in the 65cc 10-11 Limited class. So at the end of July we’re off to Loretta Lynn’s. I can’t wait. Also, back in March we raced at Daytona in the Ricky Carmichael Amateur event and I finished 5th in the 65 class and 8th in the 85 class. That race was so much fun. It was so cool to race at the Daytona Speedway. Well, congratulations Jake, that is awesome that you made it in to Loretta’s. What are your plans for the rest of the summer? I have a month left of school and then I can start riding and training every day. One of

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That does sound good. What types of things do you enjoy doing outside of motocross? I really like to do a lot of things actually, but my favourite is downhill skiing in the winter and mountain biking in the summer. Seeing as we live where we do, it’s easy to do that stuff and it’s really fun.

my sponsors is Moto Park. That track is not too far from my house so I will be riding there a lot to prepare for Loretta’s. If I can go there and finish in the top ten then I would be so happy. It’s such a tough race. After that, we will come home and ride the Parts Canada TransCan in August. I really want to win a title or two there. If I keep riding the way I have been then hopefully Walton will go well. Well, good luck in both events. Who is your favourite rider? I really like Ryan Dungey and Ken Roczen.

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They’re both very smooth and fun to watch. If I had to pick a Canadian rider then I would say Cole Thompson. He’s pretty awesome as well. I like those riders too. What is your favourite track? My favourite home track is Moto Park and my favourite track in the USA is the Lusk Training Facility in Georgia. That track is amazing. We all know how important it is to eat well, especially while you’re racing. What do you like to eat the night before a big race? Barbecued, spicy chicken, rice and corn.

Unfortunately motocross can’t be everything in life; kids need to do well in school as well. What is your favourite subject in school? I actually really like school, although it’s sometimes a little tough on Mondays to wake up. I like science, language and gym. Those are my favourite subjects. Alright Jake, thank you for doing this and good luck this summer. Who would you like to thank for supporting you? I would like to thank my Mom & Dad, my brother Luke, Scott, Forma Boots, Mission Cycle, Race Tech Suspension, FMF, Moto Park, Fennell Motorsports, Motovan, Shore Power Services, Accrue Contracting, Subway, Brass Knuckle Therapy, Clearlite, Climatizer Insulation, Everything cleaner and Tric Carbon Racing.

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Wyatt Waddell Amateur Spotlight

One of BC’s fastest amateurs will be traveling across the country this summer to let the rest of the country know who Wyatt Waddell is.

Where do you call home and how long have you lived there? I live in Ladner, BC on a small farm, five minutes away from the Tsawwassen ferry terminal. I have lived here my entire life and I really enjoy it.

“I really like how it’s just you and your fate is in your own hands, unlike team sports. Whatever effort you put into it is what you’ll get out of it.” MXP staff sits down with wyatt waddell Wyatt Waddell is one of BC’s hottest young amateur riders in Canada. Waddell started making noise this winter at the BC Arenacross Series, and now plans to hit the Western Canadian Amateur Nationals in Raymond and the Trans Can in Walton. By summer’s end, everyone may hear a lot more about Wyatt Wadell.

What do you like most about where you live? Well, Ladner is a pretty small town so it’s nice knowing most of the people in it. Out on the farm is great! I live on a dead end road so I enjoy not hearing vehicles all day, just noisy tractors (laughs). It’s also nice having a little bit of land to build jumps and ride pit bikes. When and how did you get into riding dirt bikes? Back in the day, my Dad used to race so I guess you could say I was born into it. I got my first bike (old PW50) when I was just 18 months old. I started racing it when I was 4, and I’ve been loving it ever since. Wow, you’ve been riding since you were 18 months, that’s crazy Wyatt. What is your favourite part about racing or riding dirt bikes? I really like how it’s just you and your fate is in your own hands, unlike team sports. Whatever effort you put into it is what you’ll get out of it. Ryan Lockhart keeps telling me how good of a rider you are. What are some of your recent accomplishments? During the fall and winter I won both the 250 Junior and Open Junior Canadian

Arenacross Championships. I was really happy with those results because there were so many ups and downs during that series and so many challenges I had to overcome. I had to start the series with a broken wrist, I hadn’t been riding the 250F very long, and of course the stiff competition from other riders. That does sound like a very satisfying series win, sometimes those are the best. So, what are your plans for the rest of 2013? My plans for the rest of the season are to go to Raymond and the Parts Canada TransCan. I really want to do well at those two big events. Other than that, I am just going to train hard and shoot for a top three at all the races. Sounds like a busy summer, we can’t wait to watch you race in Walton. Who is your favourite rider Wyatt?

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bike, pit bike, hang out at the lake, wakeboard, snowboard... basically anything I can do to stay active and fit. We all know how important getting an education is, what is your favourite subject in school? My favourite class in school would have to be my digital media class where I do a lot of filming, editing and picture taking. What is your favourite track? I really like Washougal because the ruts there are so fun, the track is so natural, and it flows really nice. I also don’t mind the new Kamloops track. When there is some moisture in the dirt the conditions are so nice.

It’s hard to pick out just one rider because I have a lot of favourites, but I’d have say either Jason Anderson or Tyler Bereman. I love both of their styles and Bereman throws some sick whips. I also got Bereman’s jersey at the Seattle SX so I was happy with that.

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What is your favourite food to eat the night before a big race? I love eating a bowl of spaghetti with a ton of parmesan cheese on it the night before. What things do you enjoy doing outside motocross? I like doing a lot of stuff actually. I love to ride my BMX, build dirt jumps, mountain

Okay Wyatt, thank you for taking the time to speak with us and good luck this summer. Who would you like to thank for supporting you? I’d like to say a huge thanks to Cycle North Powersports, Kourtney Lloyd, Kawasaki Canada, Ryan Lockhart, Atlas Braces, 100% goggles, Matrix Concepts, Parts Canada, Thor Racing, FMF, CTI braces, Maverick Distributing, GoPro Cameras, Risk Racing, Frontier Excavating, Canine Country Pet Resort, my motor guy Khoi, John Bowman, Chris Bu, and mostly my Mom and Dad for supporting me my entire career. Also, a big thanks to the guys at MXP for giving me this opportunity.

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> High Octane Human Performance

>The Nationals are Coming – Are You Mentally Ready? By Craig Stevenson B.P.E. (Hon), Founder and CEO ACTIONETIX™

wise man once told me that in motocross, it’s not the speed that hurts… it’s the sudden stop! And for all of you who have experienced your own “sudden stop” you know just what kind of mental focus it takes to put that all behind you and perform at your best when you hit the track the next time. You have to overcome the natural desire to look back at what went wrong, at the same time as getting back on the saddle to clear the double that’s in front of you. This type of mental recovery is just one aspect of the incredible mental challenges that racing dirt bikes presents us with. Normally, in this column, I discuss physiological strategies to improve performance, but with the Walton GNC fast approaching, I felt it was time to help with mental preparation as well. While in the pursuit of higher learning at University, I had a great professor who was really a pioneer in the world of sports psychology. In class, Dr. Terry Orlick talked about things that could really take your performance to the next level, but at a young age, we probably didn’t give the lectures the attention they deserved – we lacked focus. He discussed things like commitment, visualization, distraction control, positive imagery, and other things that when practiced lead to exactly what he expected from us in class - focus. As time passed after my university years, I could slowly see exactly what Dr. Orlick was talking about. The strategies he preached to help athletes become their best continued to get clearer and clearer. How you eliminate distraction, drive routine and create positive images really dictates your focus on the task. Competing in Motocross has to be one of the most mentally demanding sports on the planet and the ultimate test on focus. It’s not like tennis in the respect that if you lose your focus on a MX track the end result can be catastrophic. Lose your focus in tennis and all of a sudden it’s 30:Love. You have to have a mental plan and strategy to maximize your results and ride “in the zone” at the peak of your potential. Here are my top 4 mental preparation tips to focus on as you drive to maximize your performance on the track:


You have to have a mental plan and strategy to maximize your results and ride ‘in the zone’ at the peak of your potential”

4) Organize your routine: Repetition and routine can establish a positive performance pattern. Training consistently, eating a stable diet, dedicating specific times to riding and performing a regular routine at the gate will create a familiarity and calmness… which translates to positive performance. 3) C ontrol external distractions: This tip is directed at not only the day of the race but the weeks and months leading up to important races. The world’s best athletes are exceptional at filtering out or avoiding distracting situations. As a race like Walton approaches, you may have to sacrifice some of the things you would normally partake in like parties that disrupt your sleep patterns and throw your routine off track. You need to be focused on the end goal. 2) P ractice positive visualization: This is a technique that you’ll have to practice regularly. Close your eyes and try to visualize yourself on the starting gate… hold that image. Open your eyes and close them again. Now visualize yourself again at the gate but now watch the gate drop. Focus on how your bike feels as you time the start perfectly and rocket out smoothly to the first corner. Repeat this process and add another section of the track each time you visualize your performance. The repetition of this positive visualization becomes very clear and will eventually transfer to the actual physical performance of a race. 1) F  ocus intently: Even the weekend warrior will say that they are completely focused at the race… this is after a few beers the night before, no warm-up before heading to the gate, not checking if all the bike controls are working properly and of course not drinking at least 8 liters of water each day. This focus comes from preparation and routine – it comes from filtering out distraction and negative thoughts. You have to be organized with a plan to maximize focus because if you’re not, this sport can be unforgiving. Practice these techniques and I would also suggest picking up a copy of Dr. Orlick’s book In Pursuit of Excellence for a much deeper look at how to mentally train for maximum performance and enjoyment. As always, if you have any feedback on this or other articles I have written, send me a note at And make sure you go to for more performance articles to help take you performance to a completely different level. Ride fast, ride safe.

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> Evolved Nutrition

>Youth Training - Part two

With Drew Robertson

ello MXP readers, hope everyone is enjoying the race season that is now in full swing and taking advantage of all the hard work they put in over the winter!! Before I get into the discussing the second phase of youth training, I just want to mention the Fourth Annual Challenge Camp taking place at Motopark in Ontario, August 26th through August 30th. This camp is designed to help you find a different level, push you to a new comfort zone, so before you start prepping for next year, learn how to take your physical and mental game to a whole new level. Contact me for further details and how to get signed up. Now in my last article I started discussing youth training and had given you a brief over view of the first phase of training young athletes. A brief overview, foam rolling, a great way to deal with tightness not just in young athletes but athletes of all ages, dynamic warm-up, prepares the body for activity and workouts, helps improve co-ordination and dynamic flexibility, agility ladder work, again helping build co-ordination as well as improving agility, then finally core work. I had provide some basic core exercises, some guide lines and a couple of examples of how to put it all together. Now in the second phase I’ll discuss how I expand on all these same principles and combine some elements together to increase the difficulty and complexity of the movements and workouts but also keeping them fun. Just a quick note on the agility ladder, I’ve received some emails in concerns to finding a good agility ladder; don’t stress to much on getting an elite ladder, you should be


Do today what others won’t, so tomorrow you can do what others can’t.” - Mark Divine (Cmd. Navy SEAL - ret)

Workout 1 · double leg hops through the agility ladder, there and back 4 times · 10 push-ups · 20 jumping jacks · Rest 30 seconds · Complete 4 to 5 rounds Workout 2 · Split squats x 15 per side · Single leg hops through the agility ladder, start on your non-dominant foot go there and back, switch feet and repeat, do this a total of two times · front bridge hold – 30 seconds · rest 45 seconds · complete 4 to 5 rounds

Workout 3 · 10 burpees · Stack outs through the agility ladder there and back 4 times Side bridge – 30 seconds per side · Rest 45 seconds · Complete 4 to 5 rounds The workouts sound fun right?!?! Maybe not fun like balloon animals and cake fun, but I like to get young athletes moving, truth be told all of the athletes I work with regardless of age and ability I like to get them ‘moving’ it helps fight the boredom of traditional workouts. Now put this all together into a week of training;

able to find one at Sport Check for 30 dollars, I’ve even had clients tape a ladder pattern on a floor. Second phase, well we increase the intensity of the workouts, either by increasing the time under load or decreasing the rest in between sets. So lets say you were doing front bridges holds (with good form of course) for 30 seconds and taking a 30 second break you can now increase the time to lets say 45 seconds or try resting for only 20 seconds, also if you were doing three or four sets do four or five. When doing the ‘workout’ portion, in the first phase we would stick to simple movement patterns like squats, jumping jacks, push-ups, pull-ups, focusing on teaching correct form and body position, now we move on to exercise like lunges, split squats, burpee’s in and outs, travelling push-ups, inch worm, push-up walks, exercise that require more unilateral movement and control. The first three of four workouts in the second phase are teaching correct movement patterns and control when performing these new exercises, there is no point making things more complex if you’re not going to do things properly. I had mentioned keeping things fun, well so far this might not all seem like so much fun, but here’s how you can put things together and keep things ‘fun’ for our younger athletes. First foam roll for 5-10 min, then go through the dynamic warm-up, keep the pace up and by the end you should have a light sweat going. Having fun yet? NO?!? Ok next spend 10-15 min performing various agility ladder drills, this is of course the start of the fun!! Now for the workouts: Monday · Foam roll · Dynamic warm-up · Workout 1 Tuesday · Stretch of try a beginners yoga class Wednesday · Foam roll · Dynamic warm-up · Workout 2 Thursday · Relax Friday · Foam roll · Dynamic warm-up · Workout 3

Please let me know if you have any questions or need more information regarding this or other articles. Next time I will move on to phase three of youth training and like this and my last article provide some examples and show you how to put it all together!! Till next time, train hard and smart, eat well and don’t be afraid to rest. Drew Robertson Twitter: @EvolvedMX

Saturday / Sunday – racing most likely at this time of year, if not, try another yoga class.

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t is interesting how we talk so much about athletes and their mental and physical preparation for the season, but do we ever take into consideration the support players in our series and what it takes for them to be prepared for Round 1? I find it quite amazing how taxing Round 1 has become. I know I seem to be going on and on about how old I feel these days, and maybe that has something to do with it, but to be honest, at around the second MX2 moto this past weekend in Nanaimo, I was whipped, both physically and mentally. I’m not surprised. The trek from the gate up to the bus for the start of each moto is a big one, almost like climbing up the side of a mountain. Well, I suppose it is, but just a little mountain. There is also a lot of adrenaline flowing at round one, which when it exits the system, at least for me, it knocks me around a bit. I was thinking before I left on the plane for Nanaimo that I should be getting myself in game shape, for example, getting up early a few days during the week so the shock to the system come edit time and the early rise won’t be too stressful, or making lists for race day so I’m not running around trying to shoot something last minute because I forgot. You know, the usual stuff. I am in pretty good shape, so I thought I had that covered, but if we as elite workers get tired mid-day and have to find a way to overcome to perform at our best, can you imagine what it would be like to be an elite athlete and the stress they are under? My hat goes off to them. All said, Round 1 was a huge success, especially because we got great weather for race day, the crowd was the best I’ve seen in a while , and for the most part the race day went off with out a hitch.


...until you actually stand trackside and feelthe power and the excitement, only then do you get a real appreciation for how over the top this sport is.”

Injuries… There was a rash of injuries at Round 1 this year. It doesn’t always happen but I’m not surprised when it does. Riders always want to do well at the first round. It sets a good pace for the season, works to the “JSR” plan of getting a good jump early in the series. There is always a lot of “measuring” at Round 1 along with expectations, hype, and stress. So as sorry as I was to see a few of our pilots go down, I suppose it is something we should expect. There is no doubt this is a violent sport and injuries are a huge part of the game, but that doesn’t mean we want to

see them happen. To be honest, I am always blown away when I get back to the racing scene and get close to the track to watch the Pros. The speed, the aggressiveness, the attack; it’s quite something. I spent a lot of time working with Kyle Scott, our new ENG cameraman this weekend. He’s going to work out well, but I think Kyle was a little blown away by what it actually feels like to be trackside for a pro race. You can tell them, you can watch the shows, pour over the footage, but until you actually stand trackside and feel the power and the excitement, only then do you get a real appreciation for how over the top this sport is. A Family Affair… Round 1 is always one of my favourites. I am glad we are back in Nanaimo and I hope that round is here to stay. I know Nanaimo has its disadvantages but for me the plus column is full. What an absolutely gorgeous place Nanaimo is. The fresh air, lakes and ocean everywhere, a very relaxed atmosphere and really nice people. It reminds me so much of our Moncton round in a lot of ways, which has long since been one of my favourite race weekends. One of the other nice things about Round 1, regardless of the destination, is seeing old friends again. Motocross has always been and will always be about family, and our motocross family is a good one. For me, it is a pleasure to catch up, laugh, hang out, swap stories, bench race, eat, drink and be merry with one of the finest collection of people on the planet. I feel lucky to be a part of the scene. Cheers to the whole F’in lot of ya.. Getting ready to pack for Round 2 in the ‘Loops, but first a quick trip to the ACC for the Rolling Stones’ 50th anniversary tour with a guest appearance by Mick Taylor…”Can’t you hear me knockin’….!” Travers OUT!

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