For over 20 years, Future West Moto has been committed to promoting and providing a safe place for our riders and families to enjoy the sport of Motocross. Through our outdoor Motocross and Indoor Arenacross riding schools, we are bringing top athletes in the sport to share knowledge, riding tips and instruction to the younger levels and new riders. From the ‘New Kid Beginner’ class to top National level Pro’s, we strive to ensure that our track officials, first aid, and all Future West staff are knowledgeable, friendly and offer an all around good experience while maintaining a high standard of professionalism and competition. Future West Moto and its winning team are now partnered with MRC Racing as the main sanctioning body for Motocross in the province of British Columbia. With five rounds of a nine round provincial Championship now in the books, seeing well over 1,700 entries in total, 2019 is proving to be a breakthrough year for Future West Moto. This years MRC Racing, Western Canadian Amateur National June 27th-30th will also be hosted by Future West at the newly revamped Whispering Pines Motorsports Compound in Kamloops B.C. Future West Moto now has online sign up available prior to all racing events. All you need to know for the upcoming Western Canadian Amateur National and more can be found at www.futurewestmoto.ca
Hello again friends and race fans, welcome aboard another edition of the Friday Flight. For the first time in a month, we head into the weekend with a much-needed break for the Rockstar Triple Crown’s MXTour. Keep in mind this is a pure assumption on my part after what transpired last weekend in Manitoba at McNabb Valley MX. First off, let me air this out. As a race fan back at home, I was personally disappointed to see the day cut short; this coming from a guy that raced in the mud out west in my younger years, seemingly every other race weekend. The mud races never seemed to hamper my results but that end of the day, take it all home and deal with it feeling was never any fun at all. I hated the mud races, and today, looking at some of the images from the past weekend as well as the aftermath points dockings etc., I am quickly reminded of why. In today’s era of racing, much like my colleague Chris Pomeroy pointed out in his Monday Gate Drop, the decision that was made last weekend was the right one. There is way too much at stake for most financially these days. Trying to grind out another Manitoba ‘Mud’ Moto would have had a huge impact in that regard. At the end of the day, I believe the right call was made to cancel all of the day’s second motos. The McNabb family gets full marks for their efforts from where I sit. Let’s all remember, they have to clean up the mess and keep the doors of their business open as well.
The racing in the Western rounds so far this year has been some of the best our series has seen. Last Saturday was no different. In the 250cc class, GDR Honda Dylan Wright looked to continue his winning ways on the result sheet. That he did do, at least until this past Monday where he and four others were each assessed a five-position penalty. These were very stiff penalties handed out, in my opinion, considering what everyone had to deal with when the gate dropped. I will admit that throughout the Live broadcast, I too was gunning many alternate line choices. I also noticed a few other riders (not mentioned or penalized) with, let’s just say, some very creative line choices of their own. Wright rode very comfortable and relaxed looking in Manitoba. Confidence certainly does that for a rider but I believe that there is more to Dylan’s increased confidence level. There is no candy coating the fact that Dylan can and does often ride his bike with some very serious aggression. I am still seeing the aggression, but he has been a little more selective as to when in the moto he unleashes it. Saturday, under the most deplorable conditions imaginable, was a perfect example of Dylan’s newer look composure. Wright rode loosely and in full control of the GDR Honda that hit the day’s top step of the podium. As I watched the moto unfold, I was again reminded of how much riding in the mud is not a lot different than riding in the sand.
MX101 Yamaha rider Luke Renzland crossed the finish line with second step honours. Lady Luck and Mother Nature have not played well so far this season with the MX101 camp. I am including Mother Nature here as I do empathize with the issues Kevin Tyler, Johnny Grant and the gang have had with weather back at the home track just outside of Ottawa. They have had some serious bad luck in the weather department this spring and into the early summer. However, after Dylan Wright’s point docking drama last weekend, Renzland now sits 20 points out of the points lead, a lead now held by Marshall Weltin. Weltin was bumped up to 3rd overall in Manitoba. Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Tyler Medaglia did not leave Manitoba with his first series victory, however, coming from as far back as he did to hit the podium has to have him feeling a whole lot better as we head into the home stretch of the East. If nothing else, Manitoba, in a true mud race fashion, was an equalizer round for many. I am sure those who were impacted cannot wait to get back behind the starting gate. There are now eight riders still within 31 points of the series lead. Given that there are 30 points awarded for a moto win, any one of them can still win this title!
In the 450 class, in almost as fitting a fashion as his stablemate Medaglia, Matt Goerke was again seen smiling on the top step of the podium. His Manitoba win was not a big surprise as we all know Matt is fond of the softer race track surfaces. With that being said, most (myself included) can often forget how the sand skills can pay themselves forward in a knee-deep mud race. Matt did a masterful job on the front end winning in Manitoba, broken finger and all. About mid-moto when he looked up just in time to see a rider literally parked right in front of him on a jump face, he did about the only thing that he could. That was to stretch the throttle cable even further, by gassing it even harder while hanging on for the impending impact. The camera angle I watched from was a head on shot of the jump. I could see he had no choice, other than to do what he did by committing and making contact. He stayed up on the bike, and I believe it was the opposite hand and not the one with the broken finger that hit the parked rider first. Either way, it was an incredible save by Matt Goerke. Nice work by the whole Monster Energy Kawasaki team in righting their ship before it sets sail for the sands of Gopher Dunes. Colton Facciotti’s second on the day in Manitoba helped him maintain the red plate advantage by 8 points over Phil Nicoletti heading East. Nicoletti, however, despite his not so great Manitoba day of 6th, will take a 10-point, $100,000 Triple Crown point advantage East over KTM Canada’s Cole Thompson. Cole, who had an awful time getting a very heavy motorcycle restarted, left Manitoba with an 11th. If you are anywhere near one of these races in the East, I certainly envy you, this year’s war is far from over.
In the WMX West Series, a congratulations shout out to KTM Canada’s Eve Brodeur as she was the top step achiever last Saturday. In fact, the top five Pro Women last Saturday all piloted the ‘Race Ready’ brand of KTM. Second on the day went to Barons, Alberta’s Shelby Turner, followed by series points leader, Washougal, Washington’s Avrie Berry. Berry’s advantage over Turner heading into the final round on June 29th at this year’s MRC Racing Future West Moto WCAN is only seven points. Currently sitting third is Lexi Dyekman, followed by Calgary’s own Danika White. Future West Moto rider, Oriana Fraser from Vancouver Island, completes the top ten Pro West Women’s class after three rounds. Congratulations to all who made the trek to Minnedosa. No matter where you finished, you have every right to hold your helmet high! Please note that the sign-up protocol is a little bit different for the final round at this year’s WCAN, and the details can be found right here. https://secure.tracksideprereg.com/futurewest/index.asp?event=16&l=1#eventselect&fbclid=IwAR0-EN8abc6kvkj_lhQIc_Fh9OZC0PvaSYh2j2uJGPmtk1blW7pTcgRPWMI
The year’s Western Canadian Amateur National, hosted by Future West Moto and the Whispering Pines Motorsports Compound, is now just a week away. The feeling out west is that this could be the biggest event our parts have seen in years. The Yamaha Motor Canada ‘Factory Ride’ is again back at the WCAN. This is a great opportunity for any rider of the ‘Blu Cru’ brand, to win a brand new Yamaha and more. Transponders are mandatory for this year’s WCAN. Future West Moto does have a limited supply available for $130, and it does come with the annual subscription. There is a limited supply available for rent but one can avoid any problems by ordering yours here now, https://squareup.com/store/future-west-moto/?fbclid=IwAR3HtkWXBciqEoKyB4iW1cQCk-05KAic-anoFE0B806Th2-WgtP_FMYSs-U
There will also be many ‘fun for all family members’ events held over the course of the four days at this year’s event. This is one of the most accessible race tracks that I have been to anywhere. There is pretty much everything one could want in the way of amenities, including running water and brand new bike wash stations. Sage Deverell, Willie Watchell and the gang have it incredibly well groomed and ready for action. The fun begins on Thursday night with a kids’ sports day, which includes a scavenger hunt, three-legged race, tug of war and much more. This will be followed up by a live band on the brand new stage shell, which will also be used as an awards amphitheatre. Saturday night, after the day’s events, there will also be a ’Shift Racing’ Holeshot Challenge. Future West Moto is putting their final signature touches on this family-first type event as I write. There will be many intermittent draws and random give-aways over the course of the four-day event. One of them is actually quite big, and they are still figuring out how it will play out. Future West Moto is continuing to look for a few more flaggers and bodies to fill other event related positions. This is a great way to make a few bucks and offset some of the weekend’s costs while enjoying the racing. If you are interested, email firstname.lastname@example.org
I am hopeful that I can spend a full three days at this year’s WCAN to cover the event for MXP Magazine. I do hope to see as many of you there as possible. If this event is not in your geographical wheelhouse, you are in luck. The Eastern Canadian Amateur National is July 31st – August 2nd, 2019 in Deschambault, Quebec promoted by Challenge Quebec and MRC Racing.
Also, the 27th running of Walton Raceway’s Grand National Championship (Trans Can) goes August 12th-17th in Huron County promoted by Walton Raceway and MRC Racing. Regional amateur national qualifiers are well underway and sign up is now open.
I should also mention that MRC Racing licenses are required for all Amateur Nationals mentioned. Wherever you are lining up, friends, have a great weekend while keeping safety one of your top step priorities.