Good day, and welcome to another edition of the Yamaha Motor Canada Monday Gate Drop. It was definitely a successful season for the Blu Cru. Not only did their pro riders ride well in the 2020 Rockstar Energy Triple Crown Series, but Yamaha’s amateur contingent was at the front of the pack also. From Marco Cannella finishing second in the overall 250 Triple Crown Series to Julien Benek winning the Yamaha Factory Ride Award at the Walton TransCan, Yamaha riders enjoyed a great season.
As I mentioned above, MX101 FXR Racing Yamaha rider Marco Cannella had a very successful season of racing this year. After starting the MXTour Series with podium finishes at the opening two rounds, Cannella kept building momentum throughout the remainder of the Triple Crown Series. With numerous podiums and even a few runner-up finishes, the only thing missing from Cannella’s 2020 results was a moto win. In both the MXTour and SXTour Series he came close, but in the end, he just wasn’t able to add a win to his repertoire. Cannella is an extremely smart rider who I don’t think does anything without thinking it through first. This is a great attribute to have if you want to have a long and relatively injury-free career. However, sometimes to get race wins you have to push the envelope, takes chances, and get out of your comfort zone. In recent years we’ve witnessed Jess Pettis find that balance and his results have spoken for themselves. When Pettis was younger he was the opposite of Cannella as he used to be a little wild. He had to learn to rein things in and pick his spots better. As Pettis matured physically and mentally he began to make better decisions, his confidence then began to flourish and he started to wins races. As I said, for Cannella it’s the complete opposite as he now needs to learn that at certain times in a moto he can let it all hang out. As it’s been proven so many times in the past, the road to the top can be such a long and arduous process. Marco Cannella is so close to the next level that he must be able to taste it! The big question right now is what colour of bike he will be on in 2021?
According to one of his Instagram posts last week, Jess Pettis has a 450 in his garage and he’s now officially a big bike rider. This is great news for everyone involved as the both KTM and the Triple Crown Series needs Pettis in the 450 class. With the large amount of skill and determination that Pettis has, as well as the resources that his team has, I’m assuming that the transition to the 450 is going to be fairly seamless. During the past four years, I’ve spent a lot of time riding this current generation of the KTM 450, and trust me when I say the bike is very easy to ride. Also, of all of the brands, I feel like the KTM (and Husqvarna) 250’s and 450’s share the most similarities and handling characteristics. Pettis should have no problem adapting to the 450 and he’ll be a great addition to that class in 2021. In the coming weeks, Pettis is going to have surgery to fix the injured Meniscus in his knee, and then it’s time to recover and then the preparation for 2021 begins. I know from recent conversations with Jess that he does want to race a few rounds of the 2021 Monster Energy Supercross Series in the 250 class. Hopefully, he’s able to do this as the prospect of that is exciting to everyone I’m sure. But considering the 2021 SX schedule is still so up in the air who knows when and where the series will begin. I’m told that the 2021 Monster Energy Supercross Series Schedule will be released in the next few weeks so we’ll keep an eye on that.
Late last week the Triple Crown Series released the pro-national numbers for 2021 and it was good to see some of the riders improving on their rankings for next year. One of the most notable names on the list was Eve Brodeur who will wear #72 in 2021. This is a great accomplishment for Eve as no rider rode more laps this summer than she did. Between racing the WMX Class, as well as the 250MX class, on average Eve was racing five long motos a weekend. She was quite the iron woman this summer and it was great to see her earn a national number. Also, the Walton TransCan released their stats from this summer’s event and it made for a very interesting read. If didn’t get to see here is the link to the story: https://www.mxpmag.com/the-2020-walton-transcan-report/
So what does everyone have planned for Thanksgiving weekend? With the weather looking nice in most parts of the country, I’d say that riding looks like a great idea. Motocross and turkey always seem to go together like peas and carrots. I hope everyone has a very Happy Thanksgiving and a safe weekend of riding. Finally, did anyone catch the second 250 moto from Lakewood Colorado on Saturday? There have been some entertaining motos during the 2020 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championships and this was definitely one of them. To see Justin Cooper hold off a hard-charging Jeremy Martin for the entire moto was very cool. With just one round remaining in the series, Dylan Ferrandis and Zach Osborne hold the points lead in the 250 and 450 classes respectively. Have a great week and thanks for reading.