Photos by Clayton Racicot
Two rounds down and seven to go! This past weekend, Whispering Pines Raceway in Kamloops, BC hosted the second round of the 2012 Monster Energy Motocross Nationals. The weekend had a full slate of mixed emotions when leaving the track. Racing was good, the crowd was okay, track was tough, but the most emotional part of all was seeing so many big crashes which have led to several riders forfeiting the remainder of the season. Motocross is tough, we all know that. Lately, the toughest part, not just in Canada, is watching our heroes carted away in an ambulance. This sport is not for the weak or sissy. You need to be an animal that doesn’t feel. It’s hard to watch and hard to do, and that’s the biggest reason why the people that have the passion for the sport keep coming back. The uncertainty of what could happen just makes you love it more. So here are some great photos from Clayton Racicot in Kamloops.
Royal Distributing KTM Red Bull Fox 2011 Champion, Colton Facciotti, has yet to win a moto so far in 2012. That's something that hasn't happened since 2007. This past weekend in ‘The Loops’, Colton injured his shoulder in a crash with Matt Goerke just after the start of the first moto. He would DNF that moto but rebound in moto two like the champion he is.
Dusty's 5-6 moto scores are not what he or the Royal Distributing KTM Red Bull Fox team were looking for. Team Manager Andy White says. "He will be back on top this weekend."
The dominance of Teddy Maier in the last three motos has been just that: dominant. His double moto wins this weekend showed that unless he crashes out, he can move through the pack like a hot knife through butter. The competition is worried.
This is what you don't like to see, but as we say, it's part of our sport. Machine Racing Yamaha TLD hero Kyle Keast suffered a broken femur this past Saturday and will be out for the rest of the year. Heal up fast "Dozer".
Monster Energy Leading Edge Kawasaki’s Matt Goerke has yet to lose a moto. In fact, he has lead all but about 7 laps in all four motos. Each and every time we chat with him he stresses how much preparation he has put into this year. It's safe to say we can all tell he has. When will Goerke lose is the real question.
SMX Schrader's Yamaha TLD young gun Shawn Maffenbeier had a scary crash on Sunday. He hit neutral on the finish line jump and was ejected over the bars. He looks out cold in this picture, but as of right now, he is in good shape and looking to race this weekend in Calgary. Now that's one tough kid!!!
Bobby Kiniry scrubbing and smashing his way through the tough track en route to getting his Rockstar OTSFF Yamaha Motovan.com bike on the 3rd step of the box for the second straight weekend.
A very impressive rebound from Nanaimo, or maybe we'll call it the "Bounce Back Award”, had to go to GDR TLD Honda's Tyler Medaglia. He led laps and scored 2-3 moto scores for 2nd on the day and is now 3rd in the points.
Younger brother Jeremy looks to be getting swallowed by the sand section at the Whispering Pines track. His Royal Distributing KTM Red Bull Fox ride had no issues all day as he went 2-2 behind Maier in MX2.
US rider Bard Nauditt has been riding really well so far this year. I'm betting a podium is not far away.
Scott Racing's Topher Ingalls sliced his way up onto the box in the second moto, which helped him grab 3rd overall as well. He is one of these kids that when he gets the ball rolling, look out.
It is hard to tell but this is Yamalube BlackfootdDirect.com TLD's Jared Allison blasting a berm on his way to 8-7 moto scores. The scores are not the highlight though; this kid came from dead last in moto one to 8th with a dislocated shoulder. Just more proof that a motocrosser is a real athlete.
Hully Gully Orthoflex Atlas FXR Yamaha's Dylan Kaelin is a soldier. He is never the fastest rider but the kid just works hard and keeps moving forward. Look for Kaelin to hit the box soon.
Parker Allison showing perfect form and aggression on his way to 10th for the day in MX2.
Privateer Morgan Burger eating some roost but hauling butt to grab 7th in MX1
GA Checkpoint Yamaha's Spencer Knowles didn't have such a good weekend like in Nanaimo. Crashes in both motos gave him 12th overall in MX2. He still sits inside the top 10 in points.
Fox Shox Shift Racing Kawasaki's Brock Hoyer is one solid dude on a bike. He muscled his way to 8th for the day in MX1.
Holeshot Honda's Kevin Lepp hasn’t had the best start to the season but this kid will not give up.
Rockstar OTSFF Yamaha Motovan.com's Richard Grey rode well this weekend but knows he has better finishes in him. He has never seen or ridden the Calgary or Edmonton so it will be interesting to see how he manages the new battle grounds.
Redemption Racing's Eric Jeffery had his best overall result ever in the Loops with a 11th. This kid is working hard and it's starting to show.
MX101 Yamaha's Shawn Robinson had a good weekend considering he also got injured. He looks to be okay and will likely line up in Calgary.
Kyle Beaton has the Monster Energy Leading Edge Kawasaki WFO in the deep sand of Kamloops on his way to 3-5 moto scores.
Another Yamaha rider that had a tough weekend was Kyle McGlynn. Suffering a collapsed lung and broken collarbone, Kyle will be sidelined for a while. Big bummer as Kyle was just making a comeback to racing after a few years off from the Nationals.
I think the majority of the people were voting against Tyler Villopoto even finishing motos in Canada. We all figured he was just collecting the rewards his brother Ryan has given him. Well I will say this – he has proved us all wrong so far. In two out of four motos, he has come from near dead last to top ten when he could have just thrown in the towel. This kid is all heart and has shown that there is more than one Villopoto that can go fast.
It is so good to see Gavin Gracyk racing again. One of the prodigies from the US has had a rough go of it the last few years, but now he's back in Canada under the Redemption Racing tent with smiles and good times ahead. Gavin rode well on the weekend and grabbed 8th in MX1.
At the end of the day, Kris Garwasiuk, Kris Foster and Bruce Cook put on a fun FMX demo for Monster Energy Canada and the Kamloops crowd.
5 time Women’s Champion Heidi Cooke and son Talon hanging out to watch Dad, Tyler Medaglia.
Apparently the riders can't remember their sponsors. Good Job Pam and Iain. LOL
Your MX2 podium: 3rd Topher Ingalls, 2nd Jeremy Medaglia, and winner Teddy Maier.
The MX1 boys: 3rd Bobby Kiniry, 2nd Tyler Medaglia and 1st Matt Goerke.
Kyle Beaton on his C4MX moto grabs his third holeshot of the year. Only Jared Allison has taken home the $200 from Royal Distributing so far.
Ummm…. rrrr… see you in Calgary!!