Frid’Eh Replace #11 | Davey Fraser Interview | Delivered to You by Husqvarna Bikes Canada

Frid’Eh Replace #11 | Davey Fraser Interview | Delivered to You by Husqvarna Bikes Canada

By Billy Rainford

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Week #11 belongs to Davey Fraser who now calls the west coast residence. | Bigwave picture

Welcome to Week #11 of the DMX Frid’Eh Replace this week delivered to you by Husqvarna Bikes Canada. Greg and I are on our approach residence from Press Day at Ford Subject in Detroit, Michigan, for Spherical 10 of the Monster Power AMA Supercross Sequence. There weren’t as most of the high manufacturing unit riders right here this week, for some purpose, however it was nonetheless a superb likelihood for individuals who had been right here to get a really feel for the monitor.

We grabbed Canadian RRCZ KTM rider #551 Guillaume St Cyr from Quebec for a fast chat to speak about getting his new journey and we additionally spoke with New Zealand Partzilla PRMX Kawasaki rider #86 Josiah Natzke earlier than they hit the monitor. We additionally shot video and photographs and can get to that as quickly as we get residence.

Davey Fraser is the very acquainted #11 within the Canadian Triple Crown Sequence. Davey has been a Professional since 2006 however really raced his first Nationwide in 2004. Of all the present riders nonetheless racing the sequence, solely Tyler Medaglia has been racing at this stage as lengthy.

Davey is initially from Halifax, Nova Scotia, however now calls the decrease Mainland of British Columbia residence. In reality, Davey simply had his first youngster, a boy named Jack out in BC. Congratulations.

Right here’s what Davey needed to say after we contacted him this week:

Davey Fraser River Glade 2007
You gained’t discover a Professional racer at the moment that has been at this stage for longer than Davey. That’s him at River Glade in 2007. | Bigwave picture

Direct Motocross: Whats up, Davey. Clearly, we’ve to start out together with your massive information. You’ve joined the New Father membership! Congratulations. What did you title him and the way did all of it go?

Davey Fraser: Hey Billy. His title is Jack William Keith Fraser. It went superb. My fiancé Brooke was an absolute trooper and pushed by way of an extended labour, however it couldn’t have been any higher.

There are such a lot of of our high professional riders having children proper now. Do you see a day when the identical names as now are battling for Professional titles? I assume it’s at all times been that approach.

Yeah, that appears to be the development. It’s such a household pushed sport that it solely is sensible that the generations preserve biking by way of.

When you’ve got issues your approach, what sport would you prefer to see Jack doing as a profession or severe passion?

Something on wheels and I’m certain we’ll get alongside nice.

OK, let’s discuss you for a minute right here. Does having a new child make you need to race the Nationals roughly?

Can I say each? It makes me need to keep concerned within the sport for certain. I like racing my dust bike and I’ve plenty of enjoyable racing the Nationals. It makes me need to be on the monitor extra and if I can line up, nice, and if not, no massive deal. I just about grew up on the monitor and would love my son to have that very same expertise.

Davey Fraser Kamloops
The 2022 season began out tough for Davey in Kamloops. He was already nursing that unhealthy ankle and this didn’t assist. | Bigwave picture

Can you are taking us by way of how your 2022 season went? You probably did the primary spherical after which we didn’t see you once more till the top.

2022… It’s been an ongoing battle with the unhealthy ankle. I lined up once I may. I ended the season robust with Calgary Arenacross. It was a enjoyable and profitable weekend of racing.

Are you continue to working for the Carlson household? What have you ever been doing all winter?

I’m nonetheless working for the Carlson household but additionally working for myself. I’ve spent my winter doing the carpentry factor, and spent a while exterior doing a little driving, mountain biking, and a good bit of path constructing.

I do know you’re an avid mountain biker as of late. Have you ever bee getting out a lot? Do you journey with James Lissimore? Who’s in your MTB crew?

I do get out to the native trails a good bit. Nowadays you gained’t catch me driving except it’s on my e-bike. I’ve been on a pair rides with James. He really lives simply down the highway from me. I’m attempting to transform him to driving e-bikes.

The quantity of nice folks to journey with out right here is limitless, however I get out a good bit with Kevin Lepp, Kyle Springman, Parker Eales, and shortly I get my predominant driving companion again, my child mama.

Davey Fraser Walton
A part of me is disillusioned that he now rides an electric-assist MTB, however I assume it makes good sense contemplating the place he lives. | Bigwave picture

So, you’ve joined the ranks of electrical help riders? Are you able to clarify why?

I’m on group e-bike. Acoustic bikes have their place and are tremendous enjoyable. You possibly can simply get a lot extra driving in on an e-bike.

As a result of I don’t know what your racing plans are for the long run, let me ask you to return over your most-lengthy profession of all energetic professional riders and ask you what your most memorable second is?

I’d say there’s been just a few hometown nationals on the East Coast that will be up there. Simply throughout nice days with superb assist.

And now you must inform us what your racing plans are for this summer season.

Winging it at this level. There’s one factor I at all times do is race my dust bike. My physique is comparatively wholesome and I really feel alright. I’m certain you’ll see me lining up just a few occasions.

And looking out again, what’s one piece of recommendation you’d give a brand new Canadian Professional rider?

Ensure you’re having enjoyable and do it for the best causes.

Davey Fraser Triple Crown
The large query is whether or not or not we’ll see Davey in 2023. | Bigwave picture

You don’t stay in Vancouver however you’re fairly shut. Do you like it or hate town?

Hate it. To be sincere, I don’t like leaving residence. Lol.

OK Davey, I hope we see you someplace quickly. Thanks for chatting with us this week and good luck with little Jack. Do you need to thank anybody earlier than you go change that soiled diaper?

I’d prefer to thank everybody that has been supporting me alongside this journey: Brent and Trevor Carlson, Mike at Worldwide Motorsports, Matrix, Husqvarna Canada, 100%, Mobius, my lovely fiancé for being so supportive of all of those adventures that I drag her on, and final however undoubtedly not least – you, Invoice. Thanks once more.

2022 DMX Awards – The DMXies

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By Greg Poisson and Billy Rainford

It’s time for our annual DMX Awards – The DMXies. The OSCARS have been handed out so it’s time to observe go well with and crown some riders. Now seize your robes and tuxedoes and let’s get to it.

Most Dominant Professional Rider 

Dylan Wright. Dylan additionally gained this award in 2021 however how can we not decide the rider who simply gained each moto within the 450 MX class?! We are able to’t, so no massive shock to start out off this yr’s awards. Congratulations, Dylan.

Greatest Shock 

Marco Cannella. 2022 was Marco’s yr to shine within the 250 class however issues didn’t go nicely for the likeable rider from Waterdown, Ontario. The kids within the class have undoubtedly upped their recreation after which Marco’s elbow damage took him out of competitors. We’re nonetheless listening to rumours however for now we’ll say he’s determined to step away from the game for a minimum of this yr. We want him nicely in no matter he decides to do sooner or later.

Most Improved Rider 

Daniel Elmore: Daniel has at all times been quick however we predict final yr he confirmed he has the potential to change into one in every of our elite 450 guys. He’s now acquired the prospect to shine on the TLD SSR GasGas group and is once more down at Membership MX preparing for the season. With all the mandatory instruments and assist in place, we look ahead to seeing what Daniel can do that season.

Greg was pushing laborious for Quinn Amyotte for this award this yr, so we have to make point out of him right here.

Really feel Good Story of the Yr

We now have to go along with Westen Wrozyna on this one. Westen stepped away from Professional racing and gained himself a pair FXR PreMix titles for enjoyable on the 2-stroke. He stepped up and in for Kevin Tyler on the MX101 group and did very nicely, ending eighth in 450 MX, third in 250 AX/SX and 2nd in Open Professional AX/SX. He did regardless of the group wanted from him and did it with a smile on his face. What the long run holds for him remains to be to be determined (he’s stepping away from Professional racing), however that was enjoyable to look at final season.

Greatest Interview

Mitchell Harrison: Pretty much as good as Mitchell is with the followers on the races, he’s simply pretty much as good with us at any time when we ask him for a while. He’s sincere and forthcoming and understands that individuals need to hear what our professional riders should say, so he takes the time to provide us nice interviews. Thanks, Mitchell.

Greatest Model – The Jeff McConkey Award 

This award is a tribute to the late Jeff McConkey. As Jeff at all times mentioned, “Trying good is 4 quarters of the battle!” Nothing was extra necessary to him than wanting good on the monitor and within the pits. He was a personality that may by no means be matched. So, with Jeff in thoughts, we’re giving the Greatest Model Award to Jake Piccolo for 2022. As a photographer, you at all times have to preserve one eye on no matter Jake is doing on the monitor since you don’t need to miss a factor. His oppos are actually legendary and a fixture in gradual movement video clips from wherever he’s coaching. Trying good whereas going quick had been the 2 issues that impressed Jeff probably the most and we predict he’d be proud of our selection this yr.

Greatest Intermediate 

Tanner Scott was the dominant yellow-plated rider this yr. He went undefeated in his Junior yr on the TransCan in 2021 after which was in place to do it once more within the Intermediate class this yr, however got here up simply brief. We nonetheless suppose he was one of the best of the up-and-comers in 2022.

Monitor of the Yr 

Whispering Pines in Kamloops, BC. It was nice to be again within the Mountains and it was the primary nationwide with followers and no masks! 

Greatest Nationwide 

We’re going to provide this one to the gang at River Glade this yr. Each time we head east so far as Moncton, the entire area appears to be abuzz. This previous summer season, I keep in mind commenting that I used to be really bumping into folks as I walked round and had a tough time discovering a spot alongside the fences once I tried to look at from inside them with the spectators. We get to see the numerous totally different cultures as we cross Canada and it’s at all times an important weekend within the maritimes. Certain, they’ve toned down The Klattapult to the purpose the place it doesn’t deserve the title anymore, however we gained’t maintain that in opposition to them…an excessive amount of. See you in 2023, everybody!

Greatest Battle 

We favored something #22 Tyler Gibbs was concerned in throughout the Supercross/Arenacross portion of the season in 2022. He grew up racing the tight confines of the Future West Moto Arenacross sequence and introduced that aggression to the Triple Crown Sequence. So far as we noticed it, he by no means did something to attract as a lot consideration as he did at every spherical, riders simply didn’t appear prepared to guard the within strains and acquired upset when Tyler made what we noticed as basic indoor strikes.

Congeniality Award

This man has been given Most Improved Rider a pair occasions and now he’s getting the Congeniality Award for the second yr in a row, however I don’t know how one can argue in opposition to it. It appears he’s pals with each different rider we speak to and has enjoyable racing and hanging out in each state of affairs. Quinn Amyotte can at all times be counted on for a smile and a few optimistic remarks, even about his rivals.

Newbie Rider of the Yr

Tanner Scott: Tanner proved he’s acquired the potential to take his skills to the Professional stage and we’re going to search out that out when the sequence begins this yr. Tanner was at all times the favorite to win at any time when he lined up in 2022, so he will get the nod.

Rookie of the Yr 

Sebastien RacineWyatt Kerr, and Zach Ufimzeff all turned full-time Professional riders in 2022. All three of them did very nicely and ought to be pleased with their efforts and enchancment. Having mentioned that, Sebastien stood out from the others and will at all times be counted on as a podium menace (he acquired 3!) at each spherical. Seb will get Rookie of the Yr for 2022.

Feminine Rider of the Yr

(Copy/Paste) Is there any query? Eve Brodeur. This award possible has her title etched onto it till she decides to hold ’em up. Waiting for this coming season, Eve may have the returning Jamie Astudillo and Avrie Berry to cope with, so this might be her hardest problem but.

Professional Rider of the Yr

Dylan Wright: We strive to not duplicate winners in our DMXies, however we’d look foolish if we didn’t decide the rider who gained each moto (and not using a good ACL!) and led Staff Canada on the MXON once more. He turned heads throughout the globe and we hope to see him proceed this development transferring ahead. His come from final journey on the Sand Del Lee nationwide needed to be some of the spectacular rides we’ve ever witnessed in particular person. We thought for certain the streak was over. Congratulations, Dylan.

Individual of the Yr

This award is at all times a tough one as a result of it may well come from any variety of angles. So many individuals give this sport their all and selecting one one that gave greater than the others is typically a wrestle. For 2022, we’re going to provide the award to Derek Schuster. Derek is co-owner of the Gopher Dunes facility. After he allowed his star rider to race the MXGPs in 2021, he let each of his riders race at Crimson Bud for the MXON this previous yr. He travelled over to Europe twice in 2021 and hosts what you would argue is one of the best MX Nationwide of the yr on an annual foundation. Behind the scenes, Derek voices his opinion within the managers’ conferences and tries to do what’s finest for the game and its riders. Congratulations, Derek, now hop within the DMX Van and let’s go to the Detroit Supercross!

Congratulations to all of the winners in 2022. Be at liberty to voice your opinions within the remark sections within the numerous locations. We notice there are numerous tales that happen all through the season and we do our greatest to concentrate and make these decisions with the knowledge we’ve. We simply need to inform everybody that we recognize your whole efforts and look ahead to one other stellar yr of racing in 2023.

We’ll have to go away this week as it’s. We’ll have a bunch of issues up on the positioning from Press Day as quickly as we get again to London. Thanks for studying and benefit from the racing this week.

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