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We’re back!! I took a little time off last week out of the office just doing the few small things that were necessary. Our AMO/MMRS season just wrapped at Motopark, I got married on Friday, and I literally just wanted to do nothing for a week after not having that opportunity for quite some time. Usually, when the FLOOD brought to by Honda Moto Canada doesn’t go up I get a few messages from some buddies that like to poke at me wondering why I’m slow at FLOODING them with a great read. Weird thing, I didn’t get one message at all. Maybe these buddies felt I deserved a break or just needed one and took time off from chirping me? Whatever the case it was a nice week with my family just lounging and enjoying the beautiful weather we had here in Ontario. With a solid lounge week it’s time to get back to it with Moto Camp this week, Vet Race, then Vegas for MEC, then out to Armstrong for Future West AX, and add in the fact I’m married now: the work never stops!!
The 71st Motocross of Nations took place this past weekend at Matterley Basin in England. Team Canada was poised to better their 10th place team result from last year with a stellar lineup of Canadian champions. With all the tools and everything needed to make it happen the weather swooped in and turned a great weekend in a mudder ad bad luck for Team Canada. Crappy first laps, bad starts, tip over’s, and never really to show their true selves held them to a 13th. This is not bad at all but the team was better than a 13th. We still showed and rode our hearts out for our nation because that’s what Canadians do. Tyler Medaglia carried the team with the best results but both Colton Facciotti and Shawn Maffenbeier shouldn’t be bummed or felt like they let us down. The conditions were unreal and they never stopped fighting. The result is a failure from last year but the growth and effort from riders, supports, and staff doesn’t go unnoticed and only sets us up better from year to year. Next year the race will be held in the US at Red Bud so you can be sure Team Canada will have the biggest support crew ever for this race and will no doubt come back with a vengeance after a tough trip to England.
Team France claims their 4th in a row at MXON and with nothing spectacular but rather just solid rides. Two notes from the event as many others will share as well: Max Anstie and Hunter Lawrence. I figured Anstie for the bomb on the GB team as he is crazy inconsistent but he didn’t blow up. He had one brief moment in moto 3 but recovered like some seasoned vet champion. He won both Moto 1 and Moto 3 helping GB get on the podium for the first time since 1997. It was awesome to watch and especially in front of his home country. The feeling he must have had when crossing that finish line is something that will last forever. Hunter Lawrence is a name we should all keep close in our minds. He has exploded the last few GPs and now carried his country of Australia by winning the MX2 class with 4-8 moto scores (1-3 in classification). He would have gone 1-1 but a tip over on the last lap of Moto 2 saw him drop from 3rd to 8th. Regardless, he was a beast in these conditions and will no doubt be a racer that teams will be fighting for. It was impressive to watch.
Team USA shit the bed completely and to see Cole Seely break to shocks is unheard of. He DNF’d both motos. That has to be embarrassing for Team HRC to see the same problem happen in both motos. The timing of that is just strange. Zach Osborne was really good in Moto 2 where he finished 3rd in the race and 1st of the 250’s but he needed more magic on Sunday for Team USA but it just wasn’t there. Red Bud next year will no doubt have the USA back o top. I’ll bet on that!
As we all awoke this AM and turned the news on we see that a huge tragedy has happened in Las Vegas. Some single gunman unleashed a fury of bullets into a crowd of 30 thousand killing 50 and injuring over 200. As of late these types of stories haven’t been surprising really. The world is a crazy place right now but this had no terrorist links to it, it has nothing to do with the weather, as it stands it was some dude that just emptied a few clips of bullets into the crowd. I just don’t understand the mind of a human that can do that. Like how that morning does this guy get up, brush his teeth, put on clothes, head out the door, pack a weapon and a peanut butter sandwich, head to a hotel, set up said weapon, eat the sandwich and then start shooting people. I don’t even like killing bugs so I just can’t understand how you can just start shooting random innocent folks? What in the hell is wrong with some folks? I don’t care how sad you are, how life can do you know right, how broke you may be, or how upset you are at someone else; no way should happen. No way should this even be a thought in a human mind. I’m going to eh MEC with a huge group of people and 11 days before that this happens in the same area. That’s scary. This dude is now dead by the cops so we never know why this happened. He was 64 years old, retired with no criminal record but on this day he was the worst of the human race we can imagine. My heart goes out to the losses of life, the injured, and the ones that will never be able to shake this awful memory.