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Parties on parties on parties, this seems to be my theme for the beginning of January. Now, I’m usually one that loves a good party. The entertainer in me comes out so good times and laughter is the goal. These recent parties have been fun, don’t get me wrong, but why does it cost me so much to be part of them? Is this just the old guy coming out in me because lately, my wallet has been opening like revolving door. It’s starting to bug me because the pleasure found in a good party is harder to find when afterward you’re stressing about paying for it. If I have one pet peeve it’s complaining about money. I hate hearing it, I hate thinking it, but it never goes away. Then, I think back at how much fun my two-year-old (actually turns two on Wednesday) had yesterday with his friends and think, who gives a flying #$%@ about the money when my kid is smothered in happiness. It is just paper, right?
This era we live in, this internet, social media, opinionated on everything era has a HUGE issue with change. If it wasn’t their idea it’s an awful idea. Then if it was their idea and it sucks they drown themselves in depression. Change is tough in anything because once the comfort level sets in you find your way and go. Then a change happens and you don’t handle it right or can’t seem to find a way to handle it and all is lost and you venture to the Internet and blast your hatred for this change all over. I applaud anyone that takes a risk to encourage change whether it works or not. In our most followed part of dirt bike racing being Supercross, made a HUGE change to the format at Anaheim 2. This, of course, is the talk of the industry from fan to a worker and it seems the majority is not happy. Here’s why I’m ok and not so ok with it:
1: OK – It shows how crazy the sport can be when we throw the very best in the world into something new and they all feel like they can win. The first main event being a scant 6 minutes + 1 gave every team, every racer, every privateer, basically everyone o the gate the opportunity to shine and give their supporters an even better reason for supporting them already. That uncertainty and “wow” factor is why this idea was amazing.
2: Not Ok – The downtime is obviously way too long. I hear the time is for these teams to prepare and be ready for the next main event but I think 25-30 minutes should be enough for that. Downtime loses audience fast.
3: OK – Seeing all three mains with the very best on the gate all three times is exactly why this format was done: to see our heroes more. Much like the Monster Cup we see the best racer more and give our young fans, drunken fans, or just normal fans more time to see their favorite racer. The more we see these guys the more heroic they become and the more sellable/marketable our sport becomes.
4: Not Ok – This one can be fixed at the others but that could possibly have been the worst race track ever in the history of Supercross. I have no cares to give if they say, “it’s because of the Amateur race on Sunday” as an excuse because Amateurs did not pack Angel stadium. The track was extra lame sauce with a side of weak.
5: OK – Guys like Peick (though he’s been great all year), Brayton, Baggett, Grant, Oldenburg, Sexton (though he has a podium already this year) all got way more “eyes on them” them usual because of this format. That right there is great for the sport because supporters of them get more views on their sponsored products which bring more value and chance for more revenue into our sport.
6: Not Ok – Take not I watched on TV, but how in the hell can FS1 or Feld, Or Monster Energy or whoever is in control of the commercial breaks run the same stuff from three or more years ago? They have shared each week that the TV numbers are up so are sponsors just not buying commercials? In Canada when we do a TV show each sponsor that does the series gets a TV ad if they choose to build it. Are these sponsors just opting out of doing a commercial or is the extra price just too high? Whatever is it is the TV show is crazy weak at every moment other than gate drop to checkers when bikes are actually on the track.
7: OK – The points system. I’m a super fan so it was crazy easy for me to manage from main to main with my attention to detailed information.
8: Not Ok – Again, more of TV deal since this is how I watched it but can someone get a director that follows a battle and not just the same dudes over and over again. I know there was more action then we saw out there.
Here are some takes from others:
Ryan Lockhart – Watched LIVE at A2 from the stands:
Things I liked.
– I liked seeing the guys really sprint.
– Seeing 3 starts was exciting with all top guys
– I like seeing guys have to fight for spots to secure the overall position.
– loved to see Brayton up there.
– loved seeing new winners
– seeing new faces in the mix was better.
Things I didn’t like:
– first main was way too short
– The Lcq’s we’re actually awesome but should have started the night off.
– There were no event points showing anywhere in the stadium so almost impossible to know who was sitting where in the overall.
– Seeing the good guys suffer from a bad start in a short race.
– The track was so gay. No passing. Really tame and I believe they did this for the amateur day.
What I would do different:
– add LCQ into night show
– 2 main events 15min each
Jimmy Decotis Facebook Page:
“That was the best racing I’ve seen in a long time. If you think different you’ve completely lost your mind. Complain about commercials and the time gap but to say those 3 mains were boring last night you are just trying to find something to complain about. They need to figure out something to fill the empty space I agree with that. However the most intense and stressful racing I’ve seen in a while!”
GuaranteedMX Instagram Post with comments:
- josh_armstrong759It’ll attract fans. How often do you see 1st and 2nd battling while 3rd and 4th are battling at the same time? That was good racing 👍
- jaubin28Great racing, to much down time between races 👎
- rickylee166Yay yay yay
- jimmydecotis👍👍👍👍 best racing I’ve seen in a while. Get eat some food during the down time
- zebdennisMeh 🤷🏻♂️
- chels_mxI’m 🤷🏼♀️ the format was different for sure. Didn’t mind the breaks as I was watching via the Supercross online pass but commercials would have sucked. The racing was good and there were a lot of good battles all at once
- chuckmesleyRacing would of been good either way. The track was close racing. But not enough racing to watch. Sucked on TV. There is enough down time with the regular format this was just boring to sit and watch on TV
- jimmydecotisGo eat some food** whoops lol
- hybridplumbingIt’s a terrible format for sx. Leave this for bmx. Let’s hope they don’t do the this bullshit next year
- keylanmestonIt was pretty cool in person. Being able to watch a guy like Seely race from the back to try and make a pass for like 5th for the overall. Or trying to figure out if Braydon was going to get it with consistency. Very cool to watch in person. And it’s only for 3 events so cool to mix it up and do something different.
- innowayfamousI was there live. The racing was solid and it was cool to see the big names more than once… The 2nd 250 main turned into a bit of a snooze fest and it was nice to know there was a 3rd race coming for another try at some good racing… which happened
- rfmotorsportsusaThe racing 👍🏻 the massive amount of downtime with nothing going on was 👎🏻 if I was a first time viewer I would of changed the channel.
- jay.waz.moto@seannacopping 😴
- cody392Best racing ive seen yet this year. Everyone complaining about the downtime obvs didnt even watch the races 😂
- rousymouseawesome when u pvr! Need more classes to really make it work and not have such long breaks. Maybe a 125 class..
- 309photoManaged to watch a whole movie during the breaks… the races were good tho
- jmoto_xTriple Crown of Commercials 👎
- danielmcraeAwesome race action 👍. PVR was great to skip those 5 year old commercials.
- bryarperryLame. It took away from the build up for the main. I duno what races others were watching but it was boring to me. Races arent long enough to get riders tired so everyones fresh and all go similar times.
- magoo935Kinda boring.
So, do we like it, do we not? It’s a tough call from every angle but for sure it was not a fail and did exactly what it was supposed to do: excite us and deliver parody. In 1967 the Big Mac was introduced in 1967 selling for 45 cents. In 1968 it spanned the McDonalds franchise and has since been a burger billions upon billions has eaten. Since that day in 1967, the burger itself has not changed the way it’s built. Now, that’s not saying McDonald’s hasn’t tried so many other things but the Big Mac just worked but they had to try so many other items to see if it would survive. Maybe Supercross will be just like the Big Mac, try some different stuff but eventually stick with what works. The one thing is for sure is if we stay complacent then you just never know.
I throughout a tweet on Sunday sharing that for the first time I was watching the 2017 nationals on TV. I’m likely or close to the biggest fan of our sports bar none. I’m angry from time to time and get pissed at some of the industry issues we have but when that gate drops anywhere in this country I want to know about it because I’m passionately drunk on the sport of Motocross no matter if I worked in it or not. But, not seeing our beloved series on TV or not even knowing when it is on is rather frustrating to a guy like me. I did see some tweet me back saying they had seen it before so I guess my searching was just useless. Still, why no promotion of it? Why no hype? Why so much of nothing? I guess we can attribute this to the selling of the series and the “who cares” now attitude this whole process would have built but it’s still racing and it’s still our sport and damn it, I want to watch it on my damn TV. I know for a fact that the new series will be on TSN, MAV TV (now on Bell and coming to all Canadian providers soon), and Fox Sports (on Rogers right now same channel as Supercross) with over 41 hours of TV coming at ya. I used to fight with our former owner about never knowing and a lot of shoulder shrugging is what I got, even when I was part of the series. Now that I’m back in that similar role and taking on more I will swear to you folks that you will know when it’s on TV. I know the Jetwerx crew is passionate like me so I’m betting the same sort of deliverable approach to the customer is what they want as well.
We need to be able to see this stuff on TV better and more often!
The Future West team decided to go away from the MRC was announced last week and was some surprising news. Over the last three years, politics have taken its toll on the Canadian moto community in certain areas’ Ontario being the biggest and BC the last couple years. “Turf” wars if you will have caused issues and has led to this current and most recent situation. It is a shame for sure that the FW team will not join the new structure in Canada but in the same light, I applaud them for standing up for what they believe. Will this result cost them? Will the customer follow? Does this make sense? Time will tell now if this is correct. The one thing that is certain is BC will once again be split which makes it tough on the racers. Just liking one person or the other is not a great way to decide on where you spend your money.
ATTENTION: All Future West Moto Riders, Family and Friends
It gives us great pleasure to announce our directions, plans and scheduling for what promises to be an amazing year of racing in 2018. Over the years Future West Moto has taken great pride in being a very ‘Broad and All Inclusive Umbrella’ to race under. Please read through this announcement knowing that we have done absolutely everything in our power to accommodate every possible scenario given the recent developments in the landscape of Canadian Motocross. Over the past month we have received many questions and concerns over our and others involvements in the upcoming race season. In our best effort to put any rumours to rest we would like to first say that unfortunately due to circumstances beyond our control, we were unable to come up with a workable solution between Jetwerx and MCQMX. Future West Moto will run solely independent for the 2018 season We have by no means ruled out engaging in new directions for us with Jetwerx/MRC in the near future. Keep in mind this decision has been solely based on what we believe is in the best interest of you all, our valued riders and families. Now that a decision has been made, we can all focus on what is most important and that is having fun in our ’true happy place’ at the races. If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact us as just like in the past, we are always here for you. Thank you all for your patience and loyalty to our efforts allowing us all to continue to create memories to last a lifetime.
A schedule and membership details to follow
Sincerely Lesley Reid
Future West Moto
That’s all for this week but to end I want to give a nod of my cap to Baden Bruning who took over the GuaranteedMX Instagram story following Tanner Ward at Arenacross where he made both main events this weekend for the first time. Congrats to that TW. Lastly, this Thursday the Top 5 All-Time from Alberta drops on the site. So far BC and Sask have really got some folks talking and enjoying this latest column. Alberta will no doubt strike up some great bench racing: good and bad!