It is once again that time to get back at it, wide open for the Monster Energy Motocross Nationals. We have had our three weeks and two weekends off, and for me they were pretty good: Few parties, lots of boating, the weather has been unreal, finalized two magazines, and pumped content through the website. There really is no rest at this point in the year for most that are involved with the series. I don’t know if it is fortunate or unfortunate but I have to work a few jobs to make sure food is on my table. For the month of June it was crazy busting ass at the nats then trying to recoup from red eye flights and long days to ensure mxpmag.com and MXP magazine get the time they deserve. It was tough, I’m not going to lie. There were times I was ready to quit because of frustration or mental fatigue (what’s that? that’s for the weak lol). Then I just grabbed a Monster and I was back on track. LOL Maybe that’s all the riders will need in the heat of Gopher Dunes this Saturday, July 14th for the first eastern round.
In one week the best riders in Canada will be hitting arguably the most demanding motocross tracks in the world at Round 5 of the Monster Energy Motocross Championships at Gopher Dunes Raceway.
Here is all the information for you and your family to see one of the most exciting races of the year!
Gopher Dunes Hours
July 9.2012 Closed July 10-11.2012 ONLY THE TRAILS will be open to leisure riders July 12.2012 Closed
July 13.2012 Move In day for National July 14.2012 Round 5 of the MONSTER ENERGY MOTOCROSS NATIONALS
July 15.2012 CMRC Women’s Eastern National Championship/Hi Point Championship Race/ATV Championships
July 16.2012 Closed July 17.2012 Open
Reminder: There is FREE Supermini and 50cc GP class support motos on National day. Simply sign up at the National series trailer.
Gate Admission: Tickets sold on-site
Adult – $40, Under 12 – $25, Pre-schoolers Free!
Pro National Day
Adult – $25, Under 12 – $15, Pre-schoolers Free!
Amateur Day Adult – $15, Under 12 – $10, Pre-schoolers Free!
Overnight camping is allowed at a weekend rate of $25 per vehicle or
$15 for one night
MXP Films edit from Gopher Dunes last year. What a scorcher it was.
In addition fans can interact with the hosts in real time through Twitter following @mxpmagazine, @gauldy107 , @gopherdunes , @cmrcracing , @directmx and the hashtag #mxcanada .
Comment on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/CMRCMX
- Saturday Race Schedule:
- 8:00am MX2 Pro Practice – Group 1
- 8:17am MX2 Pro Practice – Group 2
- 8:35am MX1 Pro Practice – Group 1
- 8:52am MX1 Pro Practice – Group 2
- 9:10am Track Maintenance
- 9:20am MX2 Pro Timed Qualifier 1
- 9:40am MX2 Pro Timed Qualifier 2
- 10:00am MX1 Pro Timed Qualifier 1
- 10:20am MX1 Pro Timed Qualifier 2
- 10:40am 50cc/Superminil Practice
- 11:00am MX2 Pro Timed LCQ
- 11:15am MX1 Pro Timed LCQ
- 11:30am Track Maintenance
- 11:50am Opening Ceremonies
- 12:00pm MX2 Hot Lap
- 12:10pm MX2 Moto #1
- 12:55pm 50cc GP support
- 1:20pm MX1 Pro Hot Lap
- 1:30pm MX1 Pro Moto #1
- 2:05pm Track Maintenance
- 2:30pm MX2 Pro Hot Lap
- 2:40pm MX2 Pro Moto #2
- 3:20pm Supermini support
- 3:40pm Track Maintenance
- 3:50pm MX1 Pro Hot Lap
- 4:00pm MX1 Moto #2
Riders thoughts from 2011
You will find complete details on the Pro National Series by
visiting: www.cmrcracing.com under the Pro MX Nationals link outlining daily schedule, competitor information, rules, rates, hours, etc.
Round 5 – Gopher Dunes, Courtland, ON
From Hwy 401 Exit Hwy 59 Woodstock/Delhi and turn south onto 59.
Travel for about 10 min. until you come to a small hamlet called Holbrook. You will see an Al’s Tire on your right and a sign for Oxford Road 13. You must veer off to your right onto 13 (do not follow
59 which makes a sharp curve to the left).
Follow Oxford Road 13 for close to 10 minutes until you reach a small village called Springford and you come to a dead end stop.
To continue traveling south, you must make a quick jaunt to the left and a quick right. After another 5 minutes you will come to stoplights. This is where Oxford Road 13 ends, and you cross over Hwy.
3 and will be back on Hwy 59 South.
From the stoplights you travel 5 km. further and Gopher Dunes will be on your right hand side.
For more detailed directions please visit www.gopherdunes.com
No ATVs or side-by-sides allowed on premises (with exception of security staff & race team pit crews)
Absolutely no pit motorcycle riding, pit bikes, golf carts, etc. Race bikes at walking speed only to get to & from race track.
No ground campfires allowed. Only BBQs & raised fire pits allowed.
All dogs must be on leashes.
There will be concession booths on-site for both Saturday and Sunday.
There will be a Beer Tent on the premises on Saturday only, organized by the Courtland Firefighters.
It is MANDATORY to use sealed containers to properly dispose of your oil and gas.
All noise levels at minimal after 11pm, including generators! At Pro Pits by 10pm.
No hydro hook-up or shower facilities available.
A water truck will be making rounds at posted times on both Saturday and Sunday for those requiring to purchase a tank fill-up.
Absolutely no dumping of your sewage on Gopher Dunes property; anyone caught doing so will be fined up to $500 and made to shovel up and take home their mess!
A sani-dump location is available 5 minutes south of Gopher Dunes at a fee of $20 or by calling ahead to 519-875-4440 and they will come to collect your sewage at a fee of $30.
Please help to keep our environment green & clean and use the garbage bins.
We wish all our MX racers, support teams, family and enthusiasts a safe drive and an amazing experience at Gopher Dunes!
For more details visit: www.cmrcracing.com or call Brett Lee at 647
212 5607 or Mark Stallybrass at 905-640-6686 or www.gopherdunes.com or call Frank & Barb Schuster at 519-842-2781
A very cool little edit from Mitch Goheen who will be in attendance for the AX World Finals in Las Vegas. Good Luck Mitch!
The most important news on the break was the announcement of the TV show. I know that there have been some heated debates about the TV show, where is was playing, what time it was coming on, whether it was in HD or not. Well, I’m not sure why but Canadians can’t seem to realize where they live. We are always behind people, ALWAYS. Not matter if it’s the CMRC, TSN, Sportsnet, NHL, NBA etc. In Canada we are always the last to know or get the information on the final hours before most events. It’s just the way it is. By now you would think that all of us would figure that out and just roll with. We’re not curing cancer here folks. Motocross in Canada is not saving the world. Relax on the drama and just wait till you get the info needed. It’s been on the same channel and basically the same day for the past 5 years or so. Here is the info for the first two rounds starting this Saturday, July 14th, all in HD.
Monster Energy Motocross Nationals’ Television Coverage Steps Up!
The best television coverage in the sport of motocross racing will now be available all the more for both Canadian and US viewers.
Rogers SportsNet is continuing their partnership with the Monster Energy Motocross Nationals and will premier the first round of coverage from The Wastelands in Nanaimo, BC this coming Saturday, July 14th. A new “home slot” has been added to SportsNet’s list; HD cable subscribers can now find each round on SportsNet 1 on Thursdays at 7pm (local time) starting July 19th.
We’re back with SPEED. New for 2012, CMRC’s Canadian Nationals can be found on www.speed2.com via streaming video. This is for US cable subscribers only and will allow US viewers the opportunity to watch all the excitement from north of the border by visiting Speed’s website.
Following are the broadcast times for each of Roger’s SportsNet’s regions:
|Monster Energy Motocross – 12-01/Jul-14 The Wastelands, Nanaimo, BC|
|Date:||Start Time:||Slot Length:||Station:|
|Monster Energy Motocross – 12-02/Jul-21 Whispering Pines, Kamloops, BC|
|Date:||Start Time:||Slot Length:||Station:|
Check www.cmrcracing.com for future broadcast times when they become available.
I’m pretty pumped that our American friends will be able to watch us once again. Our show is oodles more popular than anything they have ever done in the States (including SX). I’m not just saying that because I work for the show, just ask any US motocross fan, they’ll tell you. We just got word that the first round of the series will be available on www.speed2.com on Friday, July 13th via streaming video. Each round will be posted on their site every Friday. With streaming video you will be able to watch in any time, any place, exclusively in the US. Very cool!!!
Wow, no wonder Chad reed is so sick. His place is a dream land for motocross. Hey @bermbuster75, don’t watch this you crazy stalker!! LOL
So it’s round five this weekend at the tough, deep sands of Gopher Dunes. Last year was one of the hottest nationals on record and it looks like it may be around the same type of temps this year. I’m all for the heat (especially since I’m not racing Ha) but I can’t stress enough to each racer, track worker and fan that if the heat is here this weekend – prepare for it. We watched the coverage of Red Bud this past Saturday and what Red Bull did along with the medics and safety crews for everybody that was there was unreal. Cooling chairs, ice tents, easy-ups, coolers for flaggers, just anything and everything to ensure people had help to deal with the heat. Kudos to MX Sports and their staff of supporters and volunteers for stepping up. So for everyone that is planning on attending the race this Saturday and Sunday, bring the necessary things to keep cool and hydrate, hydrate, hydrate. I cannot stress this enough for not just the racer but everyone!!
I thought this was a cool video of Sebastian Pourcel. It kind of ends boring but the story at the beginning is good. Fan or not of this guy, he has been through a lot.
Highlight video from Red Bud.
Okay, now to end this with my thoughts on Cole Thompson. First off, great ride kid and you knew it was coming. With all the injuries and inconsistency of the top runners, there are slots for great riders to fit in and Cole took advantage of that this weekend. It was pretty cool. They even gave him some good play in moto one on the TV show, which never happens for any Canadian rider down there. if you remember Colton Facciotti last year at Southwick scoring a 5th in moto one, he was never seen once. So Cole got some good love and deservingly so, since he was the best story in the moto after Justin Brayton. Everything else was a yawn fest. I actually got an e-mail from a huge fan that said he fell asleep from the coverage. Haha. Now the question is, can Cole back it up and keep it going for the next six stops? Then my next question is – Should I reconsider what I wrote last week about the “MXP Leads the Way” money and Cole not really being eligible? It’s $500 bucks and I’m sure he could use it or does he deserve it? Or should I keep with the trend I have of giving it to Canadian racers that race in Canada. Send me your thoughts at email@example.com. I would like to hear from you and your thoughts on this.