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Each and every Monday I wake up, I do the family thing in the AM; I leave my house and head to the office with a good plan in mind for the FLOOD which always gets sidetracked. Highlight videos from races, Reading articles I missed on Friday because I’m at a track somewhere. Do my emails that I skipped over from the end of the week or over the weekend. Then next thing I know I’ve been up since 5:30-6 and it’s 10 am and I’ve got not that much done. I swear this is every Monday as of late. Maybe I should switch the days for this column? But then what would you do every Monday without me, Ha!
A sold hero status for Dylan Wright on Saturday at Budds Creek MX being a Canadian kid with the NFG attitude and trying his hand at some US MX. I was definitely the biggest critic of Dylan at the beginning of the year and rightfully so. He was NOT doing what he was paid to do for his new team. It was a combination of things but that has disappeared in a positive way because since the end of June he’s been nothing but exactly what he got hired to do. In Canada and then we add in this sold weekend at Budds Creek going 13-13 for 13th in the deep field of the 250 class. I’ve been in that sport where Dylan was on the Factory team and basically sucking where the media was hard on me (even though media was way smaller back in the 90’s), silently the team was frustrated, and old teams were also, silently, doing the Mr. Burns hand motion saying “excellent.” The kid overcame all of that this year and that’s pure awesome. I don’t take back the hard words or storyline created at years beginning but no matter what he does for the rest of 2017 he has earned my respect as a former pro, a media meathead, and a fan.
The 2017 HuckaBucka Slam took off this weekend at Motopark Racing. Now, it did not get the turnout it was hoping for but the damn weather once again proved to be a problem. I swear Ontario is cursed for Motocross this year and the first ever event got more than wet enough Friday and Saturday. You have to applaud the effort by Motopark for trying to give something in the wake of TransCan death. It didn’t work out for them at all and they will have lost a good chunk of money for being the nice guy. The whip contest was unreal though and that really highlighted the event.
This weekend is the 7th annual Madoc MMRS national. Now that AMO and MMRS have aligned we get to tag our name along with this highly successful event but up until 2017, it’s been all MMRS and their crew making a great weekend for fun just before the kids go back to school. Last year this event was just shy of 800 entries. I’m as well as many others are expecting that or more for 2017. It will be a jammed pack 3 days with the plan to end around 5 pm on Sunday afternoon (including the awards). I’m crazy excited about it and the support has been given from plenty of good people that see the value in it. Gates open Thursday!
My phone rang off the hook last week after the Jetwerx release. It’s funny how we react these days with news. No matter the news good or bad we want answers to the immediate questions. Our patience is pretty much zero with how today’s info is slung out in the world for us. It’s our own fault the majority of times because we build plans or ideas that always have openness to them for uncertainty. Our little world of Canadian Motocross is full of so many opinions’ that when the risk takers (promoters, sanctioning bodies, track owners, sponsors etc) make decisions or announce future ideas that don’t necessarily give what’s needed or make racer/racer parent scratching their head asking “Why did they do it that way and why not this way?” This is what I say to these types of folks. There are not too many managers/owners people at the top making decisions looking to just screw the customer base or the racer. There are some for sure that are in for sheer greed and the color of money, but they are fading or have faded pretty fast over the years as the sport has grown. That kind of Cancer can be beat. The people that have made change in the last two years are doing this for the right reasons for you, the people that matter: our families. If you have questions right now concerning it all they will get answered but why do you need the answer this minute? There will be racing to go to in every province across this great country for motocross. There will be gate drops for every level and discipline, you can guarantee that. With anything new comes confusion and that’s the risk taken when attempting to make change. Like anything new you have to trust the people making the difference. If you have issues with trust or would rather be one of these folks “This is all bad for the sport. This changing does nothing for us” then take your dollar and go elsewhere. I really don’t have any other answer for you. I can only assure you that, again, the right people are now involved and pushing for the right things to happen for all tracks, clubs, and most importantly for the racers. If none of them can see that then so be it and we’ll continue to shrink as a sport because of the opinioned social feeders instead of the hard work get shit done people. To end this paragraph off I want to suggest to every family out there. The window is small to make a career out of this sport. It can be done but not by many. This sport can do more for yourself, your little racer, and your family over and above some monetary gain. It builds memories and family growth together like no other sport in world. This is how you attack motocross: for you and your family. Screw this political shit, even if your kid is good or dominating. Again, the chance of making a career out of it is super slim so if that does happen, it’s just a bonus. Go to the races knowing your racers or yourself that race is happy knowing how fricken good it feels to race dirt bikes against your peers. Look at the massive amounts of beauty it brings instead of the little amounts of bullshit.