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This Monday FLOOD comes from the west side of Canada. I’m currently on my annual road trip for Future West Moto and working out of my second home office here at Atlas Brace. It’s always a nice breath of freshness coming west mainly because I don’t see my buddies as much anymore and everything is just a little different then the comforts of home. I enjoy stepping out of my comfort zone every now and then. I get complacent easier as I’m getting older so these trips spike the interest and fire inside me for the sport and my job. Plus, it’s a brand new chirping circle which I really enjoy. There is really nothing quite like making fun and getting made fun of with a good group of buddies.
It’s a must to kick this off with the update and way to support of our fallen family Estrella Cemovic. This update is from her Mother who is by her side in Florida:
This is my pretty girl. We had great news for her yesterday with her trying to breathe on her own and fight to come back. They had to put the ventilator back on her yesterday evening not because she’s taking a step backwards but because precaution that if she did get tired she would be safe. The doctors here at the University of Florida are absolutely amazing in the neurology department they spent an hour with me yesterday night explaining that Estrella’s brain needs to rest however if She is showing signs that she wanted the ventilator out of her airway that is why they wanted to give her a chance to breathe on her own. They said that when the brain wants to remember and do stuff they want to give the patient a chance to let them remember and do what they want as long as the brain can handle it and there’s no pressure on her brain. They also said to me that the reason that they want the brain to work and do what it’s capable of doing is because there usually are small windows of opportunity to do so. They said that if the brain is actually left to rest and take it’s time to heal by this time the brain even though healed now has to start from the beginning to remember and rehabilitation possibly takes longer. They said there’s a lot of evidence and research done to support this. Every case is different and in most cases that they’ve done research on they found that exercising the brain when it presents the opportunity to do so it’s a lot better than letting it rest than trying to remember and start all over again when the brain is fully rested. Yesterday when she was breathing on her own all her vitals were good including the pressure on her brain however the only reason they wanted to put that vent to later back on was because of the fact that she was trying very hard to breathe on her own and they could see that she was getting tired. But they assured me that it’s not a step back. She still has a long way to go but she’s getting stronger I believe that she is. Again everybody your prayers your love your support I’m sure means everything from her calls from Canada, South Africa New Zealand prayers from everywhere around the world: Dubai, Holland, everywhere in the states amazing support the love that she has and how many people care about her thank you all for all your positive thoughts xx
There has been a GoFundMe as well to help ease the cost of it all: https://www.gofundme.com/estrella-cemovics-recovery-fund
This is an awful feeling for a parent to go through but also something they know is a possibility once they allow their kids to throw a leg over a dirt bike. I hate seeing or hearing about this from our sport but it’s such a possible reality that sends chills down the spine. It’s so amazing to see the support from our small racing community and even more amazing reading these updates from the family sharing how strong a person Estrella really is. The strength she is showing says she may be down but there’s no way she it out!
Unfortunately an incident like this overshadows the actually racing that went down at Mini O’s. There was a pretty decent sized group of Canadians that made their way down to the final big race of the US Amateur schedule. Looking at the results I see a few kids did decent but nothing that really sticks out. I know Quinn Amyotte won a title but I’m sorry, I will never be able to give credit to a C class title when in my yes the racing winning it is not a C class racer. Our regular top gunners like Marco Cannella, Tanner Ward, and Preston Masciangelo had some decent races but the rest were just out there racing. I don’t know if I’m too hard on these kids or I just want more but I see not much value in the majority of these racers going when they get finishes that seem “shitty” for lack of a better word. I get the experience and being able to watch the Jet Reynolds, or Seth Hammaker and say “I raced with these guys” type attitudes but is that enough for you? The cost for that seems a little much in my eyes. Yes, I get that I’m old school and the mentality of today’s racer is “everyone’s a winner” but when do you draw the line? Maybe my attitude comes from being a promoter and a supporter of local bike shops and tracks where the 3-5 grand you just spent on the US market could have made more sense to stay at home and put it into our family and community. Maybe that’s selfish but I think like that these days because of where I stand in my job and this sport. Regardless, these racers did it and I’m sure are proud. Me, I would just want more.
This weekend I spent inside Heritage Park in Chilliwack BC for RDs 3-4 for Future West Moto AX which was an absolute blast from start to finish. I love being at the track because that’s where I’m at my best on “deliverables” to this sport. Whether it is social, hands on, on the mic, or just providing another super fan in the stands, I bring it all to my max. I have to applaud the crew at FW for their hard work. There are many people and I can’t name them all but as I was announcing Saturday night I was thinking of how solid their team is. Like anything little mistakes are made and things misfire but they always get the pieces back together and run a solid event for their customers and fans. The stands were packed both nights for racing and the entries were the highest they have ever been in the past 15 years. It’s easy for me to pump FW because they put money in my pocket for the job I deliver but no matter if I was paid or not you can’t argue with the stats and product delivered. It’s damn good and being great is not that far away.
The pro racing this weekend was a bit of a yawner as far as action goes but the speed that Carson Brown, Shawn Maffenbeier, and Jess Pettis currently have is blowing my mind. I am usually one of those guys that can watch and think “I can still go that speed.” There is not a fricken chance I want to go that fast anymore. Their corner speed alone is unreal. It is truly impressive to watch first hand and I’ve watched a crap ton of races in my time. Impressing me is not the easiest but right now these three have for sure. The turnout for Pro’s wasn’t huge but just behind these top three guys was decent with names like Colin Jurin, Chris Howell, Adam Entiknap (who actually podiumed Saturday after Brown and Maff went down on lap one), Newf, Kraig Kreise, Kyle Springman, Karl Normand, Jared Petruska, Jonah Brittons, and Parker Eales. As I said the top three were on another level but the battles these above names mentioned gave some great excitement at every gate drop.
The fact that Pettis will be at A1 has me extremely excited. Watching his Instagram and then seeing what I see in person I have no doubts he’ll be a main event guy and could even wager a top 10 at one of the West rounds he attends. I don’t think I’m way off here at all. I haven’t been this excited about a Canadian going racing down there since Kyle Beaton nearly 6 years ago. There’s just something about Jess right now that has me all warm and fuzzy inside about what the future holds for this young talent. I will actually be going to A1 this year so I may have to paint his name on my chest or something to really show how much a fan I am.
Some cool industry news from Jetwerx and Amateur Open:
2018 Women Motocross Pro Series to race on Saturday with the MXtour National!! Jetwerx is proud to announce that Women’s Pro races will be on the Schedule for the Motocross portion of the Rockstar Energy @triplecrownseries, and will be racing their Motos on the Pro day. Swipe for full schedule, and stay tuned for full Press Release on the Series. . . . . #wmxcanada #mxcanada #supercross #arenacross #mxtour #motocross photo by @jeffwhaling
2018 Amateur Motocross is going to reach new heights. 7 Amateur Opens, Live broadcast, Podiums, major prestige, big time awards, Championships and much more. 2018 will not disappoint, from Amateur to Pro, Canada will be brought to the World Stage!! . . . #amateurmotocross #mxcanada #motocross #triplecrown photo courtesy of @directmotocross
How can you not like this kid; humble, grown up, and honest.
|I’m getting over the typing thing so I’ll close this out with how my Sunday went. As I shared above about coming out west is all a little fresh shot to the system that’s always nice. My buddies out – just like anywhere when you get older – have a hard time all getting together and just being buds. I get it, I live 5-10 minutes away from some of my closest friends and I never see them. Kids and family take over and then mix that in with work as well-being tubbed out and lazy, you just never make the time for the bros. Well yesterday we not only made time, we played Ball Hockey. It WAS FRICKEN AWESOME. We ended up playing about 10 games more then we wanted but the fun took over. Mix it all in with some beers, fireball, laughs, bloody knuckles, sore backs, legs, and egos: good times had by all!! My message here is from a nearly 40 year old dad and workaholic; never stop making time for your buddies and don’t limit it to the comfort zone. If your buddies are being lame hound then to do something like this. The laughter during and pain after is well worth it!|