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Once again friends another race weekend is upon us in Canadian Motocross. One indoor series comes to a conclusion and the other will hit the halfway mark. I was unable to chime in last week and give my thoughts firsthand on my AX-Tour experience in Penticton, B.C. Before I do that I would like to thank my colleague Chris Pomeroy for taking over the controls of the weekly segment and as always performing admirably. As a result of my ongoing complications, I was under the knife once again three days previous to the Penticton round of the AX-tour. Following the Doc’s orders to stay off my feet until at least Saturday, I headed to Penticton. As always I was greeted upon my arrival by many smiling faces, some of which I have not seen since departing the final round of the Pro Nationals. The racing was everything a race fan could hope for in the sense of the on-track drama along with seeing an up and comer, Vernon Motorsports rider Jess Pettis, hit his first ever AX-Tour podium. By now most of the details have been hashed thick and thin as to what happened between Cole Thompson and Jacob Hayes. I am sure to the point where my even bringing it up again has a hairy eyeball or two directed my way as this is being read.
What will we see in Calgary this weekend? I personally believe we have seen the last of any of the kind of moves we saw in Penticton but what do I know? I am not sure exactly how it will play out but I guarantee you from what I have seen of the venue and the appetite for Moto related excitement building up to this event in Alberta it should be a good one. Some of the Albertan locals made the trek out west to test the waters of this tour in Penticton including Pro national regular Keylan Meston. Keylan looked good in Penticton and he is a rider that I give a huge license to improve after the South Okanagan Events Centre round. By the end of Saturday evening he looked to have his timing down pretty good. I am sure Keylan knows what I am talking about when I mention his hard over jump landing in the triple/double, which looked painful bro! Another rider that I feel is getting better and better with each indoor gate drop is Red Line Powercraft Kawasaki rider Brock Leitner. Brock informed me yesterday that his bike went in with series heavy weights bikes of Chris Blose and Jacob Hayes in the Leading Edge truck to Calgary. Good luck to Brock and everyone else this weekend who lines up to put the first, of what likely will be many well written chapters of the AX-Tour, in the history books. Friends, if you are near or in the Calgary area, this venue looks sick. Get out and support the series as I am sure you will not be disappointed.
Moving a little further West I will once again be trackside with my friends, colleagues and extended Moto family in Cloverdale, BC for Rounds 3 & 4 of the Future West Moto Arenacross Series. Cloverdale is a super clean and fun spectator and rider friendly venue that is always well supported on the race track and in the seats. Last year’s action saw one of the softest, most technical Arenacross tracks I have ever seen. It provided a great equalizer, plus it warranted a rider’s full attention throughout each lap. Ryan Lockhart, a veteran of Arenacross, validated that last year’s event was the most technical and demanding indoor race he has ever ridden. I mentioned above a couple of riders that plan to contest the AX-tour race this weekend in Calgary, and I have been on the phone here the last few days to get a take on who will be riding where. It looks like Jess Pettis and Ross Johnson’s AX-Tour plans were a one-off and they will jump back into their fray of foes in the Future West series in Cloverdale. I have confirmation from no less than 12 Pro riders who will contest the Cloverdale rounds this weekend. Top AMA – 100 number rider, Spokane native, Noah McConahay, who is national #96, will add his name into the mix in quest of the big money on the line this weekend. Also making their first Pro appearances of the series are Kyle Springman, Dylan Delaplace and Wyatt Waddell. Brad Naudiitt, Ross Johnson, Ryan Lockhart and Jake Anstett will also ride as pre-race podium favourites when the gate drops on all the action here Friday night. I am expecting full gates at all levels this weekend in Cloverdale, and pretty much verbatim of what I said above, if you are not there you are going to miss out. If for one reason or another you cannot make it out to Cloverdale this weekend. I will be broadcasting Live both nights starting at 7:00 pm Pacific from my Canadian Moto Show platform www.canadianmotoshow.com.
I have been speaking with a few of the up and coming heavy hitters here in the west as we at MXP are as always hard at work on something cool behind the scenes. Jacob Piccolo has been recently signed by KTM Canada for the 2016 season. He is very excited about reacquainting himself with the brand he rode a couple of years ago. He will receive top level support from KTM as he will carry the small bike flag across the country and beyond for the brand. Jacob will not race this weekend but he will spin some laps in the scheduled practice sessions in Cloverdale. Jake Piccolo is still only 12-years-old until December and is a name I am sure you will hear often in the years to come. One of the other up and coming high profile riders in the West, Casey Keast has just picked up a brand new yellow YZ-250F from his connections at Kelowna Yamaha. Casey is very anxious to get some seat time on the new bike before the snow flies here in the West. Keast will not ride in Cloverdale this weekend but will likely see Arenacross action once the Future West series hits Chillwack. My colleague Chris Pomeroy will be in Calgary this weekend with the AX-Tour. I will be holding the MXP flag high in Cloverdale. Make sure you follow @MXP Mag on Instagram and Twitter, and Chris will bring you a unique, behind the scene look from Calgary. I will broadcast Live action on the Canadian Moto Show’s Periscope account, as well be sure to follow our Instagram @canadianmotoshow. This weekend will only mark the midway mark of our Future West Moto series with plenty of action still ahead at the best indoor venue in Canada of Chilliwack’s Heritage Park. The all you need to know details of everything from sign-up, track rentals, accommodations to the Motocross Schools hosted by Ross Johnson, Ryan Lockhart and Jess Pettis can all be found at www.futurewestmoto.ca/arenacross.
Wherever you get to this weekend Canadian race fans, be sure to by a Poppy in support of our veterans. Until next ‘Friday Flight‘ …….Airmail’ out………………