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What a crazy week here in the wonderful province of Ontarable. Last Monday it was like 12 degrees outside and then four days later -17 and 5 inches of snow. Now, I’m not sure how most of you handle that shock to the system but this portly fella was not happy. Semi t-shirt weather to full long-johns, thick socks, snow boots – basically the full Arctic kit – and snow/ice brush to clear off the super van. Today, it’s 9 Degrees outside and all that snow is now wet sloppy stink everywhere. My feet never seem to be warm at these times of the year and it’s frustrating because I can’t find the answer. To wrap the week it was a great day for remembrance on Saturday. Having a couple of Grandfathers who fought in Wars I have always had a soft spot for this day. I couldn’t imagine being part of a time where we had to go to war. Now you can choose but back then you were basically forced unless you were disabled or found a great place to hide (maybe not so much in Canada but basically). To those who served and currently serve: Thank you! By chance do any of you currently serving know a good way to keep my feet warm?
Of course, I come across biased when I pump the tires of the Rockstar Energy Triple Crown Series but they’re making it so damn hard not to right now. I remember some 10 plus years ago I sat with my former boss and begged that we should have permanent numbers. It got shot down quicker than a kid eyeing up a pigeon with a Beebe gun. In fact, many mind-blowing ideas I had got the same treatment……. Ok, my tears have shed. This may not be the biggest move in MX Canada history and some may disagree with how it works but not me. I think this is simply put: cool! Here are the riders thus far that have taken permanent digits for 2018 and beyond;
Brand new for 2018, The Rockstar Energy Triple Crown will introduce a Career numbering system. To start off the revealing we have none other than the 4 time Canadian National Champ @coltonfacciotti. Colton picked the number 45, a throwback to 2014 when he powered his @gdrhonda to his 4th title. We think 2018 could be another one of those years for the #Colt45 Honda. . . #triplecrown #arenacross #supercross #motocross Photo by @lissimorephoto
2018 Rockstar Energy Triple Crown Career number reveal is the Two time Canadian National Champ Kaven Benoit. KB picked longtime amateur number 26, which served him well as a youth Champion from 1993 to 2005 before he landed into the Pro ranks. In honor of the new number we included a throwback pic of a young KB26 in the early stages of his career. We are excited to see the digit make its return on his Factory @ktm_canada machine for the 2018 season. . . #triplecrown #motocross #mxcanada #arenacross #supercross Photo by @bigwavebilly145
2018 Rockstar Energy Triple Crown number reveal continues with the three time Canadian National Champ, and reigning 2017 450 Champion @mattgoerke. Matt picked his lucky number 2, although we will only see that digit for the likes of Arenacross and Supercross, as he will try to defend the #1 plate for the Motocross portion of the series. Their is no doubt that MG2 will be gunning for his fourth title, along with chasing down that $100,000 pay cheque. . . #triplecrown #mxcanada #motocross #arenacross #supercross photo by : @bigwavebilly145
2018 Rockstar Energy Triple Crown career number reveal. The 2 time Canadian National Champion @t_medaglia picking a familiar number 5, the same number Tyler used to win his first title in 2010. T-Dags has been a fixture in the Top 5 for the last decade, and with his well rounded skill set on a dirt bike the Triple Crown series is right in his wheelhouse. Look for big things out of the @hubermotorsports Honda rider in 2018. . . #triplecrown #motocross #arenacross #supercross #mxcanada photo by @bigwavebilly145
2018 Rockstar Energy Triple Crown Series career number reveal. And with no surprise the 2016 Canadian National Champ @colethompson16 picked his long time Amateur number 16. Cole rode with the #16 from age 3 to 17 and was able to build up numerous Amateur championships both In the US and Canada. Look for some big things out of the number Sixteen @ktm_canada machine in the 2018 @triplecrownseries, as he seeks some redemption from last years injury. . . #mxcanada #ct16 #tommygun #motocross #supercross #arenacross #triplecrown photo by @jackjaxson
2018 Rockstar Energy Triple Crown Series career number reveal is your 2017 Canadian National Champion @shawn_maff. Shawn has had a fleet of top numbers on his bike since jumping on the scene as a teenager, but non of those numbers will compare to the #1 he will be running for next summers nationals. And with that #1 SM has slotted himself a Career number 3. Shawn is a household name in Canadian Motocross and his @mx101racing Yamaha will sure to be in the hunt to track down more championships and possibly the Triple Crown title for 2018. . . #triplecrown #supercross #motocross #arenacross photo by @bigwavebilly145
With the way the system works I believe other names like Jeremy Medaglia (4th in 2013 MX1 Series), Mike Alessi (2nd in 2014), Christophe Pourcel (2nd last year in MX1) could choose permanent numbers Racers not likely ever coming back but could take permanent numbers Teddy Maier, Austin Politelli, Davi Milsaps, Brett Metcalfe, Bobby Kiniry to name a few. Regardless if they do or don’t this is just cool for the sport. Having a permanent number shows you’ve made it even further. Just getting a two digit was a highlight for so long for some. Now with this system, if you are a lucky racer that earned the right to take a permanent digit means at some point you were “Bad Ass.” I believe – just like in the US – this will help the teams merchandise better. They can actually plan future types of promos now because of the number. Or maybe it’s the rider that markets them better to make a buck off the track. If you’re one of these guys and is a go-getter then feel lucky that you now can try and be better for the sport, and for yourself in a marketing capacity and turn that effort into profit for yourself. No longer are the days where just results and a sticker on the bike is enough to make a dollar. With this, more effort can and will be put in (if it isn’t I will scratch my head) from the racers to market themselves. Now we’ll really see who’s in the sport for the pose or for the passion.
More sick news last week released was the deal with Blair Morgan getting a snow bike with support from OTSFF. Here’s the post:
Some very exciting news! I will be riding in the snow bike adaptive class at Winter X Games! Really happy to get back on a bike after all these years! A big thanks to Andre Laurin and Steve Simms at OTSFF for already getting this rolling for me. Now I’m searching for sponsors… Anyone? Sorry @brock_hoyer I stole your photo… But it’s the nicest one I can find and you’re the champ. @rockstar_otsff @andre_laurin @stevesimmsracing #winterxgames #snowbike #adaptive #7c
Ok, now there are not many people still working in the industry that knows Blair quite like I would. I raced him for the first time in 1992 and the last time in 2005. He was the poster boy for professional. He worked hard, got the job done, never whined, and made us all cheer (even competitors) loudly for him. In 2008 when his accident happened in Montreal Supercross it crushed the community. It was as sad as when the world shook from the David Bailey accident some 20 years earlier. He was the type of guy that shit like that was not supposed to happen too. I know since then he has gone through tough times but whenever I crossed paths with him he still smiled and showed nothing bothered him. You could never tell when Blair Morgan was struggling because he just never did. He is such a great dude and to hear about this is simply amazing. I have never been to X-Games but I swear I want to now just because of this. Being able to see it personally, when he crosses the line, would no doubt be one of the most iconic and inspiring moments to ever happen in our sport.
This week I bought my very first dirt bike. I’ve been fortunate enough to have great support and never actually cut a check or cash for a dirt bike in my racing career. This week I bought one for my kid who turns 4 in March. This could be the best thing ever or maybe nothing but I’m crazy excited. He really seems like he’s into riding so racing is the next thing for him. For sure there is a part of me that wants this more than him but I’m giving him the chance. If it goes well we’ll continue. If not, disappointment will be in mind but I’ll do whatever he wishes. The best part of this is I paid with my money. I didn’t mooch favors, beg industry support or try to sell an ad for it. My kid will earn his way if he chooses this sport. It won’t be handed to him. This will be the path in everything we do together.