Honda Canada Racing Presents the Monday Gate Drop

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Good day and welcome to another edition of the Honda Canada Racing Monday Gate Drop. This past year GDR Fox riders Dylan Wright and Colton Facciotti both had great results in the Rockstar Energy Drink MX Nationals. With multiple race wins and many trips to the podium in both the MX2 and MX1 class, it was a very successful for the red riders. With a busy off-season ahead, Dylan and Colton are both looking forward to 2018.

I cannot wait to ride the new 2018 CRF250R on Wednesday in California.

Well after a month of planning, tomorrow is the day that a few of us Canadian media head west to California for the much anticipated press launch of the all-new 2018 CRF250R. First thing tomorrow morning, myself, Dylan Wright, Doug Dehann and a few others will board a plane for Los Angeles to ride the new Honda on Wednesday at the Zaca Station MX track. We are part of the first wave of media riding this new bike so the very first laps will be ours. I’ve been lucky enough to have been to the Zaca Station track a few times over the past few years so I know it very well. With it’s unique location just north of Santa Barbara, the track has a little bit of everything and it’s really the perfect place to test a new bike. The riding will begin early on Wednesday and will last all day long. Obviously I’m very excited to try out this new Honda, but I also looking forward to watching Dylan Wright ride, as well as to hang out a little with former pro Doug Dehann. It should be a great few days and I will keep everyone posted throughout the trip.

It was great to see the gate drop on the 2017/18 Future West Canadian AX Championships this weekend in Armstrong, BC. Photo by Courtney Bowman

This past weekend the Future West Canadian AX Championships kicked off in Armstrong, BC. With the MX101 FXR Racing Yamaha Team there in full force with Jess Pettis and Shawn Maffenbeier, Jeremy Medaglia, Adam Enticknap, Carson Brown, Davey Fraser and Ryan Lockhart, the racing was pretty intense all weekend long. There was also a large amateur turnout with over 200 entries lining up in the tight confines of the Armstrong arena. By all accounts it was great two days of racing to begin the 2017/ 2018 Canadian indoor season. Rounds 3 and 4 will be in one months time in Chilliwack, BC. Here are the main event results from both Friday and Saturday in Armstrong:

Friday Pro-Am Lites:

  1. Carson Brown (Kawasaki)

  2. Shawn Maffenbeier (Yamaha)

  3. Jess Pettis (Yamaha)

  4. Jeremy Medaglia (Honda)

  5. Ryan Lockhart (Kawasaki)

Open Pro:

  1. Shawn Maffenbeier (Yamaha)

  2. Jess Pettis (Yamaha)

  3. Adam Enticknap (Honda)

  4. Carson Brown (Kawasaki)

  5. Jeremy Medaglia (Honda)

Saturday Pro-Am Lites

  1. Carson Brown (Kawasaki)

  2. Jess Pettis (Yamaha)

  3. Jeremy Medaglia (Honda)

  4. Ryan Lockhart (Kawasaki)

  5. Kraig Riese (Yamaha)

Open Pro:

  1. Jess Pettis (Yamaha)

  2. Shawn Maffenbeier (Yamaha)

  3. Carson Brown (Kawasaki)

  4. Adam Enticknap (Honda)

  5. Jeremy Medaglia (Kawasaki)

Points Standings (After 2 Rounds)

Pro-Am Lites 

  1. Carson Brown (50 points)

  2. Jeremy Medaglia (38 points)

  3. Shawn Maffenbeier (37 points)

  4. Ryan Lockhart (34 points)

  5. Kraig Riese (30 points)

Open Pro:

  1. Shawn Maffenbeier (47 points)

  2. Carson Brown (38 points)

  3. Jeremy Medaglia (32 points)

  4. Ryan Lockhart (26 points)

  5. Davey Fraser (25 points)

    The infamous Ronnie Mac raced the Red Bull Straight Rhythm and almost won the two-stroke class. Photo by Frank Hoppen

With the Monster Energy Cup going on a week ago in Las Vegas, this weekend was all about the Red Bull Straight Rhythm in Pomona, CA. With top riders like Red Bull KTM riders Marvin Musquin and Broc Tickle lining up, it was a pretty good night of racing without corners. The most hype of this event came from the newly formed two-stroke challenge featuring riders like Chad Reed, Ryan Villopoto and the infamous Ronnie Mac. Unfortunately for fans, Chad Reed overjumped a section in practice and hurt his ankle and was forced to sit out the rest of the weekend. Reed will now have to heal up for a few weeks before beginning his 2018 training program. Reed also announced in an interview with Vitalmx.com and he will indeed be racing a Husqvarna in the 2018 Monster Energy SX Series. I think this will be great for Chad, as well as for the Husqvarna brand as the two appear to go really well together. Husqvarna has branded itself around history and pioneering excellence. No current rider has more history in the sport of SX than Chad Reed so what a cool match this is going to be. Hopefully Chad can heal up quick and come into 2018 in very good shape. When all was said and done on Saturday evening, Marvin Musquin was the big winner in the four-stroke class, and Stankdog took home the two-stroke challenge, beating Ryan Villopoto and Ronnie Mac along the way. It was definitely an entertaining event and next year should be even better.

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With big changes announced today for the 2018 Monster Energy Supercross Series, we cannot wait for Anaheim 1 in just over two months. Photo by James Lissimore

Speaking of the 2018 Monster Energy SX Series, today Feld Motorsports announced some very cool changes to next year’s series. The first change is with regards to the format of the night time program. Gone are the semi races, and now the riders will only have a chance to qualify from a heat race, and then the LCQ. There will also be a full class amateur race at Anaheim 2, Glendale, Tampa, as well the Atlanta rounds of the 2018 series. This will give riders of all ages and abilities a chance to race in these large stadiums. The 250SX class will have one more East/ West showdown during the series as the Indianapolis and Las Vegas rounds will feature the best riders from the east and west racing in front of the fans. There will also be a new points system which will be less penalizing for riders who have a bad race one weekend. This new points will also make it harder for a rider to pull away from the field and will keep the points chase closer throughout the series. Finally, the most exciting news come in the form of the new Triple Crown series within the 2018 SX series. At three rounds, Anaheim 2, Atlanta and Minneapolis, the riders in both the 450SX and the 250SX will all qualify in the afternoon, and then race three separate main events during the night show. This will be very exciting for the riders as well as for the fans and I cannot wait to watch all of this unfold. Well, these are the changes in a nutshell as we begin to think about 2018.

If anyone is looking for a mint 2017 KTM65 please message me at chris@mxpmag.com

 

Even as we begin this off-season in our sport, there are still a lot of things going on. I hope you all have a great week and hopefully you’re able to get a few more rides in before our weather stops co-operating. Finally, if anyone out there is looking for a very well maintained 2017 KTM65, please contact me at chris@mxpmag.com. I live in Ontario but I am able to ship the bike anywhere in Canada so please let me know.