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With all that went down in the World of motocross this past weekend, where do I begin? Well, let’s start with the 2015 Monster Energy MXoN over in beautiful France. With no Team Canada to stand up and cheer for, my hopes were all on Team USA to dethrone Team France in their own backyard. I grew up in the 1980’s and 1990’s when it became almost a given that the USA would travel to this event and completely dominate. I remember like it was yesterday the stories of Rick Johnson, Johnny O’Mara and Danny ‘Magoo’ Chandler heading over to Europe and beating the established and somewhat arrogant GP stars. Then in the 1990’s it was another group of stylish American riders that dominated this event and in the process made the USA the clear cut home to the best riders in the World.
Well, fast forward to 2015 and although I still believe that the USA has the best all around riders in the World, they’ve now become underdogs at the yearend MXoN. Because of this and because the USA were heading over to France without their best rider, Ryan Dungey, I was hoping that they would pull off the upset and bring the trophy home to North America. After three hard fought motos and a few very intense battles, Team USA came up just short and lost by two points to the team from France. On the scenic but short Ernee circuit, the French team was just simply too strong and when they made just one less mistake then Team USA, for the second year in a row, the title was there‘s. Here are a few photos from yesterday courtesy of MXGP.
While it definitely seemed a little weird not having to follow what Team Canada was doing this year in France, I think all eyes were on the AgriPlex in London, Ontario as the opening rounds of the new 2015 Monster Energy Canadian Arenacross Tour kicked off. Although a few top riders pulled out of this event at the last minute, a great line up of riders were still on hand Friday for the inaugural round. Fast riders like Jacob Hayes, Chris Blose, Bobby Kiniry, Dylan Wright, Nathan Bles, and of course Cole Thompson were all ready to battle in front of the London crowd. Now I won’t go into the details of who finished where, but I can tell you that the action was incredible every time the gate dropped. Whether it was Kiniry’s all out no-holds-bar style, Jacob Hayes speed or Cole Thompson’s unexpected aggression, there were a lot of moments that brought the crowd to its feet. All in all this event was very cool as it not only looked professional, but it also ran like a well oiled machine. The program was quick and easy to follow, and I also loved how they ran the 20 lap Clash for Cash main event at the very end of the night. The build up to this final race of the night was pretty cool and the fact that it was a long 20 lap race was exciting. On Friday night, Cole Thompson fell early in this race and then had time to remount and pass everyone for the win! Much to the delight of his hometown crowd. It was a great two nights of racing and the big winners were Bobby Kiniry, Cole Thompson and Jacob Hayes.
As it is at both Arenacross Series in Canada, during the day on Friday and Saturday there is a very busy Amateur program. While the riders in BC have reaped the rewards of racing indoors for many years, this past weekend was a brand new experience for most Ontario riders. I must say that for the riders that did attend the London AX this weekend, congratulations to each and every one of you. To see some of the riders who have never ridden indoors before evolve and improve throughout the weekend was amazing. Racing on these tight tracks is never an easy task, things happen very quickly and there is zero time to rest. The races are short but very intense, every little mistake is amplified and when things go wrong, they can quickly go very wrong. However, having said all of that, the riders in attendance handled the conditions very well and the improvement from Friday to Saturday was very evident. This series is exactly what this region needs and I hope the weather holds and to see even more riders at rounds 3 and 4 in Sarnia.
With the London AX in the books, Ontario riders found their way up to Walton Raceway for the next to final round of the 2015 AMO Provincial Series. Although there wasn’t a massive turn out, the weather was perfect and the racing was great as Walton Raceway wrapped up yet another successful season. This weekend the Provincial series moves to Gopher Dunes for the big Sand Storm finale and the final AMO race of 2015. It’s hard to believe that the Ontario racing season is almost over, where the heck did the time go? It honestly seems like last month that we were all excited for the season to begin, and now it’s almost over. I think when we sit back and access the 2015 AMO season there won’t be too many people that aren’t happy with how things went. It was a large improvement over the past few seasons in Ontario, I think we can all agree on that. Right from the 50cc classes all the way up to the vet classes, smiles were put back on the faces of the riders and their families. Win or lose, that’s all us motocross riders can ask for when we travel to races and spend our hard earned dollars. With a solid program in place and a good year under their belt, I can’t wait to see what AMO and the Ontario tracks have in store for us in 2016!
So from the beginning of one AX series to another, the Canadian Future West AX Championships kicks off this coming weekend in Armstrong, BC. With riders like Ryan Lockhart, Ross Johnson, Adam Enticknap, Brad Nauditt and Jess Pettis all set to compete, the action will no doubt be exciting inside the arenas of BC. Our own Brent Worrall will be on hand to call the action, so stay tuned to mxpmag.com for a full report on what happens this weekend in Armstrong.
Well that is it for me this week. I hope everyone had a great weekend and I hope you’re able to get out and do some riding this week. I also hope to see everyone from Ontario at Gopher Dunes this weekend for our final race of what has been an awesome 2015 season.