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The Monday Gate Drop Presented By Yamaha Motor Canada

Good day, and welcome to the Monday Gate Drop column which is once again presented by Yamaha Motor Canada. This coming year is the 50thAnniversary of the Yamaha YZ line up and to celebrate this historic occasion they’re offering some of their new models in a very cool looking white colourway. These new 2024 models are arriving as we speak at dealerships right across Canada. Congratulations to Yamaha Motor Canada on 50 years of excellence. 

Cole Thompson finished 4th overall at the Newcastle Supercross.

There has been some exciting news regarding a few of our Canadian riders during the past week. Down in Australia Cole Thompson rode solid to finish 4th overall at Round 2 of the Australian SX Championships in Newcastle. Cole just missed the podium in the SX2 class after suffering a poor start in the second of three main events, and was unable to make up much ground. Cole will finish up the series in two weeks at the very popular Melbourne SX. This event features a double bill of Australian SX on the Friday evening, and then the final round of the World SX Series on Saturday. Cole will be competing in both events on a Yamaha, before returning to the USA to begin his preparation for the 250SX West class in the 2024 Monster Energy SX Series. 

Ryder McNabb is taking his talents down south in 2024. Photo by James Lissimore

Jess Pettis is back with the KTM Canada Red Bull Race Team for 2024. We can’t wait to watch these two battle again next summer. Photo by James Lissimore

In other news, Jess Pettis and the KTM Canada Red Bull Race Team made it official last week as they announced that Jess will be back for at least one more season. This deal came as no surprise as I feel like Jess is a great fit under the orange tent, especially these days with him calling Quebec home. Since returning home from the MXON last month Jess has been staying fit, and doing some training with former Canadian Champion Carl Vaillancourt and his family. I’ll catch up with Jess later this week to see what his off-season plans are, however, last time we spoke he told me that he was going to remain in Quebec until early in the new year before heading south to start riding. Also, Ryder McNabb officially thanked the KTM Canada Red Bull Race Team for all their help on his Social Media channels, so we know that he is headed south to chase his dream of becoming a national champion in the USA. Ryder’s deal with the AEO KTM Team will see him race the SX Futures events in 2024, also the Pro Motocross Championships in the 250 class. Good luck Ryder, we will all be watching and cheering you on in 2024. Finally, we haven’t heard official confirmation of the Josiah Natzke/KTM deal yet, but with Kaven Benoit and now Pettis signed, I’m assuming the Natzke news will be the next to drop. Oh, and one more bit of KTM news. I’m hearing that multi-time WMX Champion Eve Brodeur will be switching back to a KTM for 2024. Eve began her long and successful WMX career on a KTM, and with 2024 potentially being her final season of full-time racing, it’s going to be very cool to see her finish up on a KTM. 

On Wednesday I will be one of the first to test ride the all-new 2024 KX450 at the iconic Glen Helen Raceway.

Okay, it’s time to switch brands and talk about Kawasaki, and their new 2024 KX450. As I write this, I am on an Air Canada flight to California for the official media launch of Kawasaki’s newest motocross weapon. The 2024 KX450 is pretty much new from the ground up, and this week will represent the first-time that anybody outside of Kawasaki has ridden it. With a new chassis, multiple engine modifications, a new ECU mapping system that allows you to make quick changes with your phone, Brembo front brakes, and many other new features, the 2024 KX450 is the most anticipated bike of the year, This is going to be a very cool few days, and it all begins tonight with a welcome reception at the Kawasaki USA head offices in Irvine, California. While there this evening, me and my fellow journalists will not only get an introduction to this new bike, but we will also get a tour of the Monster Energy Kawasaki Team’s race shop. Tomorrow, I have been invited to Glen Helen Raceway to spin some laps on the 2023 KX450, so the feeling of the older model will be fresh in my mind for the big day on Wednesday. That is when we get to ride the 2024 model at Glen Helen, one of the most iconic tracks on the planet. Having raced a KX450 quite a bit over the past few seasons, I’m quite familiar with what the older model does well and doesn’t do well. This model was due for a major overhaul so I cannot wait to spend Wednesday riding this all-new 2024 model. Also, as part of the festivities on Wednesday, we will also get a chance to watch the factory Kawasaki 450 riders, as well as the Pro Circuit riders train on their SX track. As you may recall, I was able to do this a year ago at the Goat Farm with the Star Racing Team and watching them spin lap after lap on their SX track was fantastic. Beginning tonight, I will be posting content to our Social Media Channels (@mxpmag) so please check it out. Of course, when it’s all over I will be writing a complete review of the 2024 KX450 right here on 

There are some big races coming up on the calendar starting with the Paris SX this weekend. This iconic race will feature the Lawrence Brothers, Cooper Webb, and was supposed to have Justin Barcia on the starting gate, but he announced this past weekend that he just wasn’t ready to race yet. It should be a fun race to watch, and my money is on Jett Lawrence to win. Coming up in two weeks is the first weekend of the AMO AX Championships in Chilliwack, BC. It’s good to see AMO Racing exporting their events to other provinces, and taking what has worked so well in Ontario during the past several seasons and expanding on it. This past summer AMO Racing assisted in running the Deschambault ECAN, and that endeavour worked very well. This four race AX Series in Chilliwack will be AMO Racing’s first indoor events so it will be interesting to see how it all goes. This series has been a well-oiled machine for many years, and I think with AMO Racing taking over, it might just take it to a next level. There is certainly a lot of excitement heading into next weekend, especially at the pro level, as it sounds like there is going to be a solid pro turn out on the opening weekend. Also, I mentioned the Deschambault ECAN, the dates of that event are set for 2024 and they are July 23-27.

We will be back in Deschambault next summer as the 2024 ECAN will take place from July 23-27

Well, that is it for me this week. I hope everyone has a great week as we move into the middle of November. Now that we have celebrated Remembrance Day everyone is free to put up your Christmas lights and go full steam ahead for the holiday season (my wife will be happy to read this). Thank you for reading and if you have any questions or comments, please email me at


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