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I was sitting and talking with a young up and comer today here at Motopark for my last week of MPA camps. He was sort of staring into the distance looking lost and unmotivated. I began to ask if something was wrong and he shared he just felt empty today, like what’s the purpose of going riding. I asked if he enjoyed riding. He replied “yes.” I asked if it was still fun for him. He replied “yes.” When I asked him why he started riding/racing altogether and he said, “Because my dad made me.” I was puzzled for a second and countered back with a “So you were forced to ride/race and then you loved it? Again I got returned with a, “Yes.” We chatted for another 5 minutes about the reason you fall in love with the sport of motocross: fun, family, friends, but the majority is because we love competition. That in some ways has faded and more kids share the same blank stare like this little guy. Riding/racing is super fun no doubt, but without competition what in the hell is the purpose? What’s the goal? Do you need a goal? At some point, the feeling of bettering you or beating others has to come. It just has to, right?
Well, the rumors are now true. The 26th running of the Walton TransCan will be a no go. I have missed 1 TransCan in the 26 years. It has been the staple of Canadian moto for everyone to reach towards or immolate from day one. Of course, in every passing year changes were made bad or good so the event would always be under the spotlight. “oh, the Lees are ripping everyone off” or “this race will never last” or “If I was doing this it would be done this way instead of that way” but in the 26 years it ran smooth, saw the fastest and most talented races come through the gates, took on the dream that is Loretta Lynns and made it for Canada, and for 25 years gave a place for families, friends, and racers from across this country a chance to meet and see who is the very best of the best. Now, it’s done just like that. It’s a number of factors why and not one single person is to blame, or maybe there is. Really, who cares who is to blame right now? Save it for the drunken camp fire banter. We have just lost the most significant reason we all race in Canada or the majority of us. The FrankFits, MPA, MX101, or even some at GPF, Real Deal, or any other training facilities gear their programs towards TransCan for Canada. Visions of young kids with a dream of becoming the best dreamt about winning the TransCan. It was the biggest, most hyped, and most notarized event this country has ever had. So now what? Well, The ECAN at Deschambault because of no CMRC license requires is the first best bet. Motopark has offered an event that weekend which sounds super fun. Lastly, Madoc National under the AMO/MMRS banner seems to have the majority of industry support as well bringing the GPF Rebound award and the new “Different Breed” offered to the rider that dominates the event. I’ll personally be on hand at all of these for both GuaranteedMX and AMO/MMRS for media and racing support. There is more to come from this as well so stay tuned. This is the biggest shocker in Canadian moto history and nothing good can be done about it. It is a sour taste for everyone involved and the hard work put in for all the racers and families seems like a waste of time, but if you can look beyond the present and aim for the future there are choices and the ability to chase the awards and accolades you so desire. I could go on and bash the few people I think responsible for all this, but what’s the point? They know how big a loser they are and should also know there will be people hunting them for years to come and their face is not welcome anywhere at the motocross track. Ya, it may get more of you reading this article but I don’t need the hits. Just know people, the good ones, behind the scenes are working to help fix or smooth out this horrible news the best way and most cost effective way for all involved. There is nothing else more to say I believe, July 24th, 2017 just became a date that will be marked as the saddest day in the history of Canadian moto.
According to some that were on hand in Truro, NS said, “This was the most drama filled race we have ever been a part of. I had phone calls and text messages swamping after the event yesterday telling story after story about the “soap opera” that was RD7. Where to start? I suppose we start at the top with the no racing for Cole Thompson for the rest of 2017 which totally sucks. Fan or not of the Brigden, Ontario native he’s a champion and not having the #1 on track and chasing the repeat sucks for the series no matter who you are. I have my own up and down emotions towards Cole but I’m not a fan of him not racing. Jess Pettis was welcomed back and would you believe that the little man from PG won the overall? We lose the champ but see the future. Jess Pettis is an absolute beauty from top to bottom and to see him win his first race back only means he’s an animal as well. I have to think that Colton Facciotti is not a fan of Truro since both times racing there he’s hit the dirt in the first turn. Luckily, this time, unlike last year, he was able to race and get decent points on a track he doesn’t seem to fare so well on. Shawn Maffenbeier takes home the red plate to bring to Moncton but does it with 1-24 moto scores. Talk about a roller coaster day for him. In the second MX2 moto the unbelievable moment between Dylan Wright and Josh Osby crash that could have been so much worse I feel has really gotten people talking. Even a select few in the impound area that felt swearing, and telling Dylan he was number one more than once while screaming how much of a dirty rider he is and doesn’t belong on the track. I wasn’t there but on the CONX2Share app, it looked as if both riders got squirrely simultaneously and a bad accident ensued. The blame pie from these couple fans apparently was quite disrespectful and not really their place to even share but opinions fly like birds these days. Lastly, and likely the biggest of it all is the Pourcel-missing-impound-getting-docked-5-spots situation. So, as the story goes from many sources that all share the same thought so the truth of this seems way more clear now then what was initially said Is this. Pourcel was pissed about something that happened on track late in the second moto and instead of going to impound after the moto (impound is for top three in front of podium) he ventured over to his rig where a little fit took place from this anger built up during the moto. Many teams and staff saw all this going down until Kinger (Head Ref) came by and explained that he needed to get into the impound or be DQ’d. This is when Pourcel and his lovely GF fabricated a story about him being sick and puking unable to attend the podium. Yet, not long later he was fine and even doing interviews sharing his disgust for the series. The guy is just a top notch beauty, LOL. This all happened at one race. I thought 2016 had its fair share of drama but 2017 has really started to pick up steam.
I will finish this up with my final thoughts today on the sadness of TransCan. There is and never will be a replacement for this. There will be events that can mirror, or be as healthy but nothing can carry what these folks did for 25 years. It was the heart and soul of the sport for a quarter century. For all the sadness this brings maybe it’s a blessing in disguise for us to really make changes. People are doing it and about to do it. The TransCan will forever be remembered for producing the best talent this country has ever seen and will always have a story in the hearts of millions that attended in those 25 years. Yes, it is gone, but will never be forgotten!