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Happy Day after Family Day race fans!! There are not many days I get to take off doing the work I do. Being in the web world, days off is not really supposed to happen I guess. The nerds that do follow are sitting and waiting to get the info, aren’t they? Well, I took it off yesterday and spent the day kicking snow, changing diapers, and pounding cups of tea with the wife. Yes, that all goes together here at the Gauld house. Times have changed for the once known party animal. I used to have a good time with NFG at all. Now, a good time has me passed out on the wife at 8:30 every night; crazy right? I wouldn’t trade it for anything. Hope everyone else out there reading this enjoyed a special day their family.
I’m just over two weeks out from heading down to Florida for a month. Kraig Reinhart will be my co-pilot when the van and trailer venture to Daytona SX, then over to watch Tyler Medaglia at the opening round of the GNCC, then that Sunday head to County Line to begin an MX School for the month with some awesome kids. I’m crazy excited about this. The last time I spent a month down there was back in 2006 which turned out to be one of my best summers ever, on and off the track. The group I’ll be working with is a little different this time. All the kids are 7-12 years of age and all looking to gain some experience and be a better rider/racer. I’ve taught schools/lessons since 1995 and before that went to Motopark School for 5 years spending 2-3 weeks there every summer putting in lap after lap. It was basic essentials to racing, but riding that much, you just got better because of the time you put in on the track. That will be the plan with these kids. It’s going to be so fun and I’m stoked to have the opportunity to help kids reach a high level. Of course I’m getting paid to do this, but I take this seriously and will help these kids reach potential they may not think they have. For me, I’m jacked to get some seat time as well before the summer begins. With this, my family, Atlas Brace, AMO, and GuaranteedMX, 2016 is a very busy year already, but looking to be the best year yet.
Speaking of moto schools, one of the best in the business is having a school at Kamloops, BC at Whispering Pines:
For 20 lucky riders this is a win-win.
I spotted this awesome photo over the weekend of 5-time JSR, his son Nolan, and action sports icon Blair Morgan. It got me thinking back in the day racing these guys. These two dudes have two of the best-storied careers ever in Canadian history and I lined up against them. As you get older, you reach for moments in time to help you remember the good ole’ days in sports or just regular life; It’s the natural way it goes. I’m proud to say I got t line up with these guys, and I’m also proud to say we are friends and it was motocross that made all that happen. The first time I ever met JSR was in 1989 at Motopark for the CMA Amateur nationals. He was this crazy fast French dude in the Intermediate class, but that wasn’t why I remembered him from that day. On his helmet, he had this radio-looking deal that had every person wondering what the hell it was. Then we spotted his mechanic talking into a walkie. We put it all together that JSR and his wrench were in communication. It was like they were a NASCAR team. It was crazy at the time. He would go on and win two titles that year beginning a career that is still arguably the best ever. The first Blair Morgan story for me was in 1991 at Westlock, AB at the Amateur national. The #734 on a CR80 was a distant third behind Carl Kuster and Doug Dehaan (eventual winner), but you could tell he had something special within him. Little did I know over the next few years he would be sort of a ghost being from the middle of nowhere Canada and never really travelling to the pro nationals. In 1996, he won a night at Toronto SX, and then later that summer won a moto at the final round of the Nationals. Then, in 1997, he became the brand name he still carries today. Both these dudes are just s awesome I still find myself in awe of their presences when we get to hang out. These moments are shrinking, but this photo sparked my memories over the weekend which I thought was super cool. Icons in Canadian moto are hard to find, so when you get two of the side by side, take it all in.
The West coast SX run has now ended as the series heads to Texas this weekend. It is another West round for the Lites, but it’s the start of the series heading to the East. I love when SX comes east. The tracks, the stadiums, the racing, the whole scene is just better in my opinion. I have never been to a race on the West, but it just seems like the “poser” side of the series. I don’t know why I think that or feel that way, but I do and I can say whatever I want. This is my column (HAHA). I’d like to say the series really shows who the best are when the East begins, but Dungey is making that not even a conversation right now. That dude is unreal right now. He’s always been good, but now he’s awesome. I wish he was this guy when Villopoto had is reign. I feel as if it could have been a different ending one or maybe two of those four years Poto won. As a fan watching him you see he’s on another level and stealing the heart and soul of the rest of the pack right now. Confidence is a racer is by far the most important to keep pushing to a title. Dungey is winning right now at such a strong rate that the rest of the field has got to be having some confidence issues: BIGTIME. Speaking of confidence, does Cooper Webb still have lots? Things aren’t really going his way since the weird bike malfunction. The racers these days are very odd when confidence is tough to find. No doubt Cooper knows he’s the fastest and should be winning, but small mistakes and issues are stealing all this and likely playing with his head a little. With only three rounds left, he needs a win this weekend in Texas. If he doesn’t win, I suspect he doesn’t win this title, which would seem super strange with how the series started for Webb. I wonder if he’s worried at all.
Joel McDonald is still fighting. Keep on pushing:
Executive Meeting this next week at Shaw! What they do may dictate what Bell will do. I heard something is in the works (don’t believe until we are watching it.)The fight for FOX Racing to be on all providers in Canada is still on! continue to make some noise. Keep pushing please.
The STAR article. http://www.thestar.com/…/heres-how-to-get-shaw-bell-to-carr…
I have been trying to get more through twitter and Facebook, making some more good contacts! Keep pushing everywhere we can. Thank you to everyone! All is helping! Some are sending e-mail blast. All and anything is good! I have been using #racingforcantv with other popular ones.
FEEDBACK FROM ONE FAN! I am hearing this from others. Must talk to an executive or manager/supervisor. Most of the people at the bottom don’t know what is going on.
FAN: I just called Bell and they have had a lot of requests. Make sure you get on with a supervisor first, then get the request into the marketing department. In the last 30 days, they show a 54% request rate (whatever that means) The Supervisor thought it was a good sign. It only took about 7 minutes, so please just do it so we don’t have to wake up on Sunday mornings listening to our husbands watching YouTube Supercross in our beds. Thanks
I am sure Shaw is getting a lot as well. Hopefully, everyone digs deep and we will be watching FOX SPORTS RACING SOON!
Let’s push to the checkers!
These companies, as stated in the star article, likely don’t care about what we think, but, if we bombard them with emails, phone calls, and requests then maybe we can make a difference.
Well, that’s the FLOOD here on a Tuesday brought to you by Honda Moto Canada. Hope you enjoyed it, if not sorry, but you got to this point so it’s too late. BRAP!!