When word got out that three of our Canadian riders would be racing this weekend at Fox Raceway in the opening round of the 2021 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championships, we were obviously very excited. However, of the three riders (Cole Thompson, Tyler Medaglia, Burg Giliomee) the most surprising was Giliomee, a young pro rider from BC who hasn’t quite made a name for himself on the National scene in Canada yet. But there is only one way to change that and Giliomee is using the opportunity this weekend in California to gain experience and confidence and then he hopes to use both this summer in the Triple Crown Series. We caught with Burg last night after he spent the day at Fox Raceway as part of Media Day for the opening round.
MXP: Hey Burg, the last time we saw each other we were at the Red Bull Outliers event in September of 2019 and we were driving in a snowstorm on our way to the second day of competition.
BG: I remember that Palms! I couldn’t believe how bad the weather was in Calgary that weekend. It was only September and we were in a full snowstorm. Thankfully the drive back to BC wasn’t as bad.
That day seems like a long time ago now. What are you up to today?
Right now we’re just driving back home from Media Day at Fox Raceway. We had a good day and it was good to get out and ride with some of the top guys.
I think it’s great that they let you guys ride today on the exact track that will be used on Saturday. Also, it’s cool that they did it on a Tuesday instead of the usual Friday press day. This gives everyone a chance to ride, feel things out and then make adjustments for the weekend.
Exactly, the track was in good shape and they gave us like two long practice sessions so everyone got a lot of track time. I think it was also good to have it on a Tuesday instead of on Friday so we didn’t have to worry about using up too much energy the day before the race.
You have obviously ridden a ton of laps at Fox Raceway over the past few months, how was the track today compared to a normal practice day?
It was definitely a lot different! They brought in some sand and also added a few sections to make the lap times longer. I enjoyed the track today and I’m looking forward to Saturday. With being able to ride there today I think it’s going to make Saturday that much more relaxing. Now I just have to show up on Saturday and not have to learn the track.
I was just going to say that Burg. With qualifying being so important on Saturday morning it’s nice to get those early ‘learning’ laps out of the way. Heading into Saturday what are your expectations?
Honestly, my overall expectations are pretty low. I just want to get through qualifying safe and if I make the motos then all the better. Regardless of how I do I just think this weekend is going to be a great experience and I know I’m going to learn a lot.
It sounds like you have a great attitude heading into the weekend. Was your plan always to race the opening round?
No, not at all! I’ve been down in California since early February and my original plan was just to be down here for a month or so. But with all of the restrictions still going on back in BC, I decided that I might as well stay here for as long as possible. I’ve been working hard and feeling good on the bike so my trainer suggested that I should race this weekend. The more I thought about it the more it seemed like a great idea. As I said, I don’t really have any expectations other than to learn and build some experience for the Triple Crown Series this summer.
You led me perfectly into my next question (laughs). After this weekend what are your plans?
I will most likely start my drive back to BC on Sunday and then once there I’ll have to quarantine for two weeks. After that, I’ll do some riding and then I plan to head east for the Triple Crown Series.
That is great news that you’re planning on coming east to race the National Series. You must be looking forward to that?
For sure, it’s been a dream of mine to race the entire National Series and with it all being in Ontario and Quebec I can drive out and make it happen. I’m excited about it and hopefully, I can get some good finishes. I’ve been working really hard and I feel ready for some long hot national motos.
It’s going to be great to see you out east this summer racing in the Triple Crown Series and riding some new tracks that you’ve never seen before. However, first things first, you have a big race this weekend to get through. I think for every moto person spending time riding in California is like a dream come true. I know you said you’ve been working hard and training a lot, but what are some of the cool things that you’ve been able to do away from the track? Things that would no doubt make us all extremely jealous?
(laughs) I’ve been lucky enough to do a lot of cool things since I’ve been down here. I went Sky Diving which was cool. I mean, I guess you can do that anywhere so it’s not really a Cali thing. I think the most California thing we’ve done is sometimes we head to San Clemente to go surfing. That has been fun as we usually ride and train all week and then go and relax on the weekends.
Okay, now I’m jealous as few things are better than hanging out on the beaches of California. Well Burg, thanks for your time and good luck on Saturday. It’s going to be great to have a few Canadian’s to cheer for this weekend.
Thank you and I appreciate you reaching out to me. I’m really looking forward to racing this weekend and it’s great to have so much support from back home.