Yamaha Motor Canada Presents The Monday Gate Drop

Good day, and welcome to another edition of the Yamaha Motor Canada Monday Gate Drop. On Saturday the gate dropped on the 2021 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championships at Fox Raceway in California. The Star Racing Yamaha riders had a great day as they not only secured two podium spots in the 250 class but also took the overall win with Dylan Ferrandis in the 450 class. This was the first 450 win for Ferrandis and judging by how he rode on the rough track, it won’t be his last. Now the Blu Cru moves onto Lakewood, Colorado for Round 2.

As I mentioned above, Dylan Ferrandis shocked everyone on Saturday with a big win in the 450 class. Dylan won the opening moto by just a few feet over Chase Sexton, and then in Moto 2, he was able to charge back to third after a poor start to secure his first-ever 450 National win. Behind Ferrandis was a smooth-riding Ken Roczen who went 6-1 on the day, and Aaron Plessinger who used a 4-2 moto score to finish in third. It was a challenging day for all of the riders and I’m sure most were happy to make it through the opening round.

It was great to see outdoor motocross back on the track on Saturday.

In the 250 class, it was young Jett Lawrence who took the overall win with a 2-1 moto score over Jeremy Martin and Justin Cooper. Lawrence used his smooth riding style to tame the challenging Fox Raceway track while most of his competition struggled on the rough circuit. I love watching Jett ride as his style and precision are impressive. When other riders are sitting down and trying to get drive, Jett is standing up and floating over the bumps. This was evident on Saturday as the track as difficult as we’ve ever seen. Even though it was rough, Jett glided around the track and almost made it look easy. Behind him, Martin was giving it everything he had, and his teammate Cooper was battling hard to get on the podium. As the series moves to Colorado for Round 2 and beyond, I think we’re going to see these riders battling for podiums all summer long.

Burg Giliomee didn’t qualify for the two motos on Saturday, but he came close and had a lot of fun!

So as the top riders battled for series points, our Canadian trio of Burg Giliomee, Cole Thompson, and Tyler Medaglia all had solid days at Fox Raceway. For Giliomee, he ended up coming just short of making the motos as he battled through the LCQ. Coming into Saturday Burg told us that his only real expectation was to gain experience and have some fun. So while he didn’t qualify for the motos, I think he accomplished both and he had this to say in a text last night.

“It was a great experience and I had a lot of fun. I ended up missing the motos by six positions after getting a bad start in the LCQ. The riders are obviously really fast and the track was not easy to pass on. However, I’m happy with how I rode and now I’m looking forward to the Triple Crown Series in July.”

Cole Thompson didn’t quite have the day he wanted at Fox Raceway, but he rode safe and was happy to be back on the track.

For Cole Thompson, he was a late addition to the opening round as it was only announced two weeks that he’d be racing at Fox Raceway. This is an important year for Cole and I know he’s been training hard and that he’s extremely motivated to win the 450 class in the 2021 Triple Crown Series. So with limited options to get some high-level racing in before Round 1 at Walton Raceway in July, Cole decided to head to California. Even though he had his full race bike there with him, racing the opening round was a gutsy move by Cole and I applaud him for rolling the dice and giving it a go. In the end, I don’t think his 22-24 moto score was indicative of how good he rode on the ruthless Fox Raceway track. Overall, Cole was happy with how the day went and he had this to say regarding his two motos.

“I’m happy with how things went but it was one of those days where it was difficult to find the pace and comfort with the track. I rode a little on the safe side and it showed in my moto scores. I think I could’ve finished a little better but in the end, I’ll take the positives from Saturday and begin to focus on the opening round of the Triple Crown Series.”

Captain Canada Tyler Medaglia had a solid day in California.

The third Canadian rider racing on Saturday was Tyler Medaglia on a borrowed GASGAS EX450 fitted with a 19” rear wheel. Tyler is semi-retired now and since he isn’t committed to racing the Triple Crown Series anymore, he’s free to race wherever and whenever he wishes. Honestly, the legend that is Tyler Medaglia just continues to grow in my opinion as not only does he love to race the gnarliest races around, but when he does he shows up ready to compete. On Saturday, Tyler went 18-21 for 21st overall and in the process, he beat riders like Phil Nicoletti and Brandon Hartranft. Given the level of competition, the difficulty of the track, as well as the fact that Tyler wasn’t riding his normal bike, I can’t begin to tell you how incredible his performance was on Saturday. Not only did Tyler finish inside the Top 20 in Moto 1, but he charged back from a first-turn incident in Moto 2 to secure another solid finish. Tyler was excited with his results and he texted me this last night.

“The track was pretty good and it reminded me of Kamloops but with more elevation changes. In the opening moto, I didn’t have a good gate pick so my start wasn’t the best. I charged hard and actually put in my fastest lap on the final lap of the race so I was happy with my fitness. In Moto 2, I got tangled up with Phil Nicoletti and Jacob Hayes in the first turn. I didn’t go down but it put me really far behind. From there, I made some ground and got back inside the Top 20, but then late in the moto I tipped over and lost some ground. Overall, I’m happy with how I finished, and hopefully, I can race a few more rounds. I’d like to race Round 2 in Colorado this weekend but I’m not sure I can make it happen. We’ll see though.”

Well, as you see our Canadian riders had a good time at Fox Raceway and now it’s time to focus on the upcoming 2021 Triple Crown Series. As you might have seen on the Walton Raceway Facebook page over the weekend, they are planning a massive event for the Canada Day long weekend. Not only will there be two rounds of the Triple Crown Series on Friday and Sunday, but also the opening round of the Parts Canada Cup will take place on Saturday. This MRC/AMO combined amateur event is going to be big and when you consider that not only are the amateur riders going to get to race on the same track as the pro riders, but everyone in attendance will get to watch two rounds of the national series. Also, if you just want to come and watch the pro riders battle then all you have to do is show up as camping is open for anyone and everyone. Finally, for any rider that would like to get some instruction on Thursday, I will be running a motocross school during the day with a selected group of pro riders helping out. There will be more information in the coming weeks on this exciting weekend so please stay tuned. Not only do we all have to support our amateur racing, but we also have to start supporting our pro series again. With no spectators being allowed at any round last year the series and its tracks took a big hit financially. These Parts Canada Amateur Cup events at the opening three round of the Triple Crown Series gives everyone a chance to race, watch our best pro riders, and camp all weekend. It’s a win-win for everyone and I think it’s going to be a great summer at the track.

Here is a post from Walton Raceway:

“Start Planning for Canada Day Walton ONE!

The two-wheel community is prepared to blow the roof off for the 2021 Walton ONE Canada Day MXTour National in Walton, Ontario. A three-day motorcycle vacation (#motocation) in the heart of Huron County, Walton, Ontario — affectionately known as Motocross Town.

This first-of-its-kind event will incorporate 4 different brands of racing, Friday and Sunday Pro National Motocross, televised Parts Canada Cup, and AMO Ontario Provincial Championships Amateur Motocross, Dirt Track Racing, and UTV Racing all in one weekend July 2-3-4 2021. Creating a common scene for the entire industry and attracting some of the Canadian Off-Road industry’s biggest stars.

Broadcasted live on Fox Sport2 and FloSport Network it will be a weekend of celebration and great racing.

Reservations entries will be done online in days!

** Motorsports and Camp Facilities allowed in listed Stage 1 Ontario’s Road Map to Reopening.

** All Stage 1 Health and Safe Space restrictions will be strictly followed.”

Well, that is it for me this week. As it was announced last week, the opening round of the AMO Ontario Provincial Series is now set for June 12, 13 at Gopher Dunes. While the track was closed in recent weeks the crew at Gopher Dunes made a lot of track changes and upgrades to their facility so the first race of 2021 is going to be a good one. I hope everyone has a great week as we welcome in a new month tomorrow. Thank you for reading and if you have any questions or comments, please email me at chris@mxpmag.com