Monday Maniac #17
by Ryan Gauld
I absolutely hate to lose. I think most people are that way. I guess if you’re not that means you just like being a regular Joe. I for one do not like to be a regular Joe. Whatever the challenge is, I usually jump at the chance to see if I can do it. Now this does not mean I’m going to try a backflip on a dirt bike or roll a car, you know like Jack Ass stunts. I’m saying I am willing to try to put myself out there all the while knowing it could make for a disappointing ending. This past weekend was our Men’s League Hockey Playoffs. We lost; didn’t even make it to the finals on Sunday. Fate would throw us a bad call from one ref and it ultimately helped us not move on. This tourney took place over the course of three days. I really realized how much I hate losing still and how I remembered as a 14 year old kid, playing hockey and racing moto at the time, getting so frustrated with my team. Team sports are awesome but once you have done a sport where no real team is involved and all the blame gets put on you, you realize that team sports can sometimes be awful, leaving you questioning “Why did that just happen?”, knowing that maybe you could have changed the outcome if that “Guy” didn’t cause the problem. You figure as you get older this desire to win would go away, like your skill, your memory or your conditioning. Nope, not me! I hate to lose and team sports are still BS because there are too many variables that can happen that are out of your control. That’s why, when I was 14, I chose moto over hockey. I love hockey now more than I did as a kid, but I guess I will never be able to handle the fact that sometimes you just don’t have control and you have to believe in others to control it for you. I really find that tough, just the reality of it for me. Wonder if I will ever grow up past this? HA Not Likely. I hate losing!!!
Last week was a good one for MXP. We launched our brand new website. It was a slow launch to start because we had to get the bugs worked out. We have had nothing but amazing feedback so far. I wrote the press release today, which can be seen HERE. MXP has really made leaps and bounds above the product that was produced 5 years ago or so. I really feel that we do a great job with what we have. We all know news is tough in a country that really only has about 6 months of newsworthy items, but we, along with others in the media, do our best. This website change cost us a lot of time and money. We know you have to spend money to make money. This year is huge for us with our programs such as “MXP Leads The Way” in September and the “MXP Charity” event taking place in October this fall with all the proceeds to go to the Injured Riders Fund; now the website. You will always have critics no matter what you do. That’s part of life. If you’re one of those fools that believe we only do this for the money, well, you’re right. We are in business to make money. If you run a business and you’re not in it to make money, well then I’m pretty sure you know something is wrong or you’re just an idiot. So ya, we make money but we also give back because we want Motocross to grow in Canada. So far, 2012 is a great year for the company and the sport. Let’s keep the trend going.
Last week we had our next cover shoot. The cat’s out of the bag, I guess. Our racer columnist and all around good guy, oh and two time MX2 Champion, Tyler Medaglia will be on the cover for our second issue of 2012. The Viral Oils/Troy Lee Designs/Powersports Honda/Gopher Dunes Racing rider is looking to make things happen in MX1 this year. We got a chance to see Tyler ride at the first race of the year at Gopher and he didn’t disappoint by taking the overall win in MX3 Pro. The very best portrait shooter this sport has ever seen sent us some epic stuff from the day of shooting. Thanks Marc Landry for your amazing eye and helping MXP look all the better with your amazing photography. I am a little pissed at the poaching some people did on this day. When we set something up it’s for us, not plugs looking to mooch on the shots. Luckily I wasn’t there or I would have went “Gauldy” on this guy and explained that if you want the shots, pull out the wallet. Till then, beat it goof!!!
The CMRC High Point/ANQ gets back on track this weekend at Motopark. The crew from CMX were there this past Sunday and by the sounds of it the day was amazing. It was a beautiful day yesterday and with pros like Kyle Keast, Richard Grey, Dylan Kaelin, and Zeb Dennis to name a few, I’m sure everyone was treated to a solid day at the track. I for one am really looking forward to this weekend. Iain Hayden and his band of merry men at Motopark have been proving that hard work pays off by having the best facility this country has seen. It rivals many of the American places we all would like to go to each winter. Well, now we have our own. See ya Sunday.
Interesting news right here regarding Dean Wilson and the MXON:
More cool news for this summer just outside London, Ontario:
Two-time Daytona 500 Champion Michael Waltrip along with current NASCAR Sprint Cup star Clint Bowyer and X-Games star Travis Pastrana will make up the celebrity entrants list for the third annual APC Summer Showdown at Delaware Speedway. The race takes place on Wednesday, July 18th. In the past two seasons Kyle Busch has competed at the track bringing brother Kurt along to the event in 2011.
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A little teaser from the first stop of the 2012 Amnesia Milot Land Tour. Thanks Felix Trepanier
Last on the news hit list:
Canadian Tire Jumpstart is a national charitable program that helps financially disadvantaged kids participate in organized sport and recreation. We help cover registration, equipment and/or transportation costs.
Colton will be featured in the 2013 Calendar along with other prominent Canadian Athletes. The 2013 Calendar will be on sale in Canadian Tire locations across Canada with proceeds going to the Jumpstart program.
Very cool for the sport of Motocross and our Champion Colton Facciotti
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TWITCH’S 420% ALL NATURAL – Official Trailer
That’s all I have for this week. My good bud Ryan Lockhart is finally in town wrenching for the “Manger Du Moto” Kyle Keast. We got a chance to hit the links last week. I’m proud to say that I am 1-0 so far. Hope he steps up his game. I feel bad whipping him that bad. Boo Yaaa!!