Good day and welcome to another edition of the Yamaha Motor Canada Monday Gate Drop. As I write this it’s 10:30 on Sunday night and I just got home and unpacked from three days at Gopher Dunes. Not only was Friday and Saturday the opening rounds of the 2020 Rockstar Energy Triple Crown SXTour Series, but on Sunday Gopher Dunes also hosted the final round of the AMO Ontario Provincial Series. With entertaining racing on Friday and Saturday and over 600 entries on Sunday, it was most certainly an incredible weekend of racing at Gopher Dunes. With the AMO season starting at Gopher Dunes back in June, it was only fitting that it ended there in such style. Even now it’s hard to believe that we actually got some racing this season in Canada. Before I go on any further I really want to say thank-you to everyone who worked so hard this year to get our talented riders from the practice tracks to the starting gate. To all of the tracks, all of the Organizations right across the country, and of course to all of the riders who lined up. Obviously racing wouldn’t be racing without the riders. Thank-you and we’ll see you all in 2021.
As I mentioned, I got home from Gopher Dunes an hour ago so I’m going to do this Monday Gate in two parts, one now and one tomorrow evening. This is because on Monday Morning I’m headed to Moto Park for the 2021 Yamaha YZ Media ride day. For the past few years the awesome folks at Yamaha has done this ride day for the Canadian Media, but this year (due to Covid-19 it’s been scaled down considerably. So tomorrow morning at 10 am I will be spinning my first laps on one of the new 2021 YZ’s. I’m really looking forward to riding the 2021 YZ250F as it’s the bike that has the most changes. Stay tune for my thoughts on the new YZ line-up. Moto Park always does a great job hosting this ride day so I’m sure this year will be much of the same.
I’m not going to go into too much detail about the opening rounds of the SXTour as I will save that for Part 2. What I will say is that the racing was good and there was a lot of crashes, even by some of the top riders. It’s such a big ask for these riders to go from racing outdoors two weeks ago to racing a mini SX. Most had only a few days of testing and practice before Friday night, so it was no surprise that a few riders ran into troubles. I don’t think the track was overly technical, but at the same time it wasn’t very forgiving. Anyway, I think with a different track design for this coming weekend the racing will be even more exciting and hopefully a lot safer. As I said, I will go into more detail in Part 2 as well as talk about the new Yamaha’s. I will leave you tonight with an interview I got with Dylan Wright moments after his big win on Saturday night. Thanks for reading and I hope everyone had a great weekend.