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Well, I had to make a decision today that totally sucks. My family was all packed up Sunday and ready to head out early in the AM today to go to the great event at Deschambault but it just wasn’t to be apparently. All the planning and organizing to do things I guess just sometimes gets trumped by the reality of general life and its ups and downs. Oh well, I wish everyone good luck and be sure to try the poutine.
Also taking place this week is the biggest Amateur race in the world and one I finally checked off my bucket list last year: Loretta Lynns. This year’s list of Canadians are a few less than last year I believe, but all great racers in their own right and looking to make a statement in some way at this historic event. One rider I really feel will make a statement and has before is Marco Canella. I worked alongside him at MPA for three weeks and I must say I have never met a kid at his age that dedicated to his craft. Much like Watling (who is at LL), and Ward (who’s racing East Coast nationals) all have this edge I have never, ever seen before in Canadian talent. As I said Ward has already made the move and all but forgotten about the Amateurs races (still Madoc for him at years end) but both Watling and Cannella will join Ward at RJ’s as Amateurs making the jump into the Pro’s (Again, both Watling and Cannella riding at Madoc but they’re basically black and whites now). I have been around a long time and I can honestly say I have never had so much belief or willing to bet a solid amount of Money that these three will change the way Canadians are viewed around the globe. Mark my words and if I’m wrong, well it won’t be the first time but I’m damn sure I will not be. As for the rest of the racers at Loretta’s like Kyle Keast, Ross Thirnbeck, Preston Masciangelo, Estrela Cemovic, Seth Hughes, Sebastian Racine, just to name a few, I wish you the best of luck and if racing ain’t going well, find the experience well. It truly is a memory you will never lose no matter the outcome with race results.
The last round out East has come and gone this past weekend at the famous Riverglade MX track. Now, the racing was a full yawner for the top 5 spots, but it’s the story behind that that intrigues me. After this event Shawn Maffenbeier, the dnf’d rider from RD 2 at PG, Boot gate in moto 1 at Regina, and the 24th finisher in moto 2 at Pleasant Valley now sits 46 points up in the MX2 class after his perfect 1-1 score at the Glade. I can’t make this stuff up. He was so far out of this title chase that nobody would have thought today he would be sitting where he is. He deserved and deserves to sit there but the cards didn’t go his way at those few rounds mentioned above. There is only one time in the history of this sport where a rider as far down as Maff was, and was able to return claiming the title (by my numbers and memory of useless moto knowledge) and that was Steve Lamson in 1995. This was also a 12 round AMA series not just 10 like the Canadian series. Now, there are still 4 motos to go and maybe my dumb ass just cursed this comeback, but I doubt it. This will mark the greatest comeback in the history of Canadian moto in my opinion.
Let’s move over to MX1 and the chase for the title is still on but a 19 point gap is big the way both Matt Goerke and Christopher Pourcel riding right now. There have been moments of involvement from others like TDags, Alessi, Epstein, and Facciotti but not enough I believe for these last four motos. Plus, no matter who has made a stab in between these guys, Goerke has been on the podium at every round but RD1 so it’s very hard to think that will change. It’s crazy to think that Goerke has only won once overall to Pourcel’s four. Both these stories share one final thought in my mind: always believe and stay in it. Maff was out, like “I’m 75 years old and hate Canadian snow so I’m off to Florida for shuffle board and lawn bowling” out. Goerke has been just super cool like, “Alright, alright, alright” – Matthew McConaughey in the movie Dazed and Confused. It’s the stories behind these red plates that keep me invested in the series as a fan.
One of my best buds Ryan Lockhart was able to make his way into the 125 Two Stroke Dream race at Washougal this weekend and it couldn’t have gone more embarrassing. He gets 34th gate pick, holeshots the race, and then like a rookie throws it away and hits the ground hard three turns into the race. The poor fella went hero to zero in the quick blip of a bike that has 30 horses less under the hood than his current mount. I chatted him this AM and he’s crushed but you know what, he laughed it off with me and knows it was all for a show. I’m hoping the boys at the Atlas Brace office poked fun further than ever today because that’s why we grow old and take risks: for our closest friends to make fun of us if it fails!!
Sadly, as I end this, I’m still bummed at not attending the ECAN as I have chatted Daniel Thibault a ton prior and he is truly a good dude that runs a quality event. I was supposed to have a BIG meeting concerning future plans for his event, AMO, and Jetwerx that I guess will be pushed back. Needless to say, no matter me being there or not, you can rest assure all racers will get treated to a first class event with crazy amounts of confusion if you don’t speak French and super-hot chicks smoking mad cigs, LOL.