Good day, and joyful Monday! I hope everybody had an excellent weekend and if you happen to stay in Ontario, then precisely what I’m speaking about once I say, we had been actually blessed with how Mom Nature handled us. From Wednesday till late yesterday we acquired a style of some early summer season climate, and it was simply plain superior. The observe at my home went from not being even near rideable every week in the past, to good within the span of some days. Sadly, immediately is again to extra regular temperatures and tomorrow they’re calling for an excellent probability of snow. On a constructive notice, this week my household and I are lastly headed to Mexico for every week lengthy, and well-deserved trip. This journey was initially deliberate for April of 2020, however with Covid-19 it saved getting cancelled and rescheduled every year since. Fortunately, issues have returned to regular and we’re headed south on Wednesday morning.
Being away this weekend, signifies that for the primary time in years, we’re going to overlook the season opener at Gopher Dunes. Truthfully, I’m a bit of upset because the opening race of a brand new season is all the time a particular time to be on the observe. Our Mexican journey was booked lengthy earlier than the Ontario race schedule was launched. I hope everybody has a secure first race of the yr, and by the appears of the forecast, Saturday doesn’t look nice however the solar is meant to be out for Sunday. It sounds as if the professional class goes to have an excellent turnout. Riders like Dylan Wright, Jacob Piccolo, Tyler Gibbs, Sebastien Racine, Dylan Rempel, Tanner Scott, Nate Mason, and Wyatt Kerr (simply to call just a few) all could possibly be in attendance. Truthfully, I can not see anybody beating Wright, nevertheless, the battle behind him ought to be an entertaining one. Sadly, one in style rider who received’t be there may be Liam O’Farrell, who crashed and broke his decrease leg yesterday. I do know he’s been banged up just a few occasions over time, however I don’t keep in mind Liam ever being injured like this earlier than. He reported on his Social Media channels that surgical procedure went effectively, and he ought to heal up simply tremendous. Liam is a good rider and an excellent individual, I wish to ship some constructive therapeutic vibes out to him. I do know I communicate for all of us within the business once I say, we hope he’s again as quickly as attainable. On one other notice, this coming weekend can be the opening spherical of the 2023 Future West MX Championships in Kelowna, BC. As Ryan Lockhart identified on Friday in his Matrix Ideas 3Q’s characteristic story, a lot of the riders love the Kelowna observe so it ought to be an excellent kick-off to the racing season out in BC.
This previous weekend, Spherical 13 of the Monster Power SX Sequence passed off down in Atlanta. For the primary time this season, the primary a part of the racing program was held in the course of the afternoon, because the gate dropped on the opening warmth race at 3pm. I’m undecided why they held this race within the afternoon, as I all the time really feel prefer it takes a bit of of the hype away from the occasion. Supercross is meant to be held beneath the lights, as that’s a part of the sports activities attract. Sarcastically, maybe with the lighting not being the best at Atlanta Motor Speedway, because of this it was a day occasion. Both means, it didn’t appear to have an effect on the racing. Each major occasions had been entertaining to look at, and it was nice to see Chase Sexton lastly win one other race after main so many up to now few months. I’m certain I wasn’t just one who was joyful to see Sexton up entrance, but in addition ready for yet one more mistake from the gifted Honda rider. Fortunately, that mistake by no means got here and Sexton dominated the 450SX major occasion. Behind Sexton, Cooper Webb and Eli Tomac continued their title battle by ending shut collectively in 4th and 5th. I consider it was a wise race by each riders. Neither appeared to have the tempo to run up entrance, so so long as they had been in sight of one another had been on the observe, the state of affairs was manageable. In the long run, Webb made up one level on Tomac and Tomac seemed okay with that. After receiving lots of rain on Friday morning, after which baking beneath the recent Georgia solar all day Saturday, by the point the 450 major occasion hit the observe, it seemed fairly sketchy. I really feel like Tomac had the velocity to try a move on Webb however, with the observe being the best way it was and in addition the resistance that I’m certain Webb would’ve put up, Tomac did the good factor and saved the battle for one more day. Now with simply 4 rounds remaining, Tomac has a slim six-point lead within the 450SX. Additionally, with Sexton profitable on Saturday, he’s put himself again within the title battle, as he now sits 17 factors again of Tomac. It’s undoubtedly going to be an thrilling conclusion to this collection!
Nicely, that’s it for me this week as I’ve to begin packing for Mexico. As I discussed above, I hope everybody has a secure and profitable opening race weekend at each Gopher Dunes in addition to in BC. The primary gate drop of the season is all the time an thrilling one no matter what stage of rider you’re. Lastly, in closing I’d wish to ship my utmost condolences to the household of Canadian Snowcross legend and present Ontario vet rider Ric Wilson. Ric handed away final Sunday in Florida after struggling a nasty crash whereas using along with his son Devin. He was not solely an excellent racer and athlete, however Ric additionally owned the very profitable Wilson Ponds enterprise positioned simply outdoors of Erin, Ontario. Over the previous decade or so, I acquired to know Ric effectively. I used to go using at his observe and I’d see him infrequently on the races right here in Ontario. He was an excellent story teller and a kind of folks that might do something for anybody. He shall be missed, and I want his household all the very best throughout this horrible time. I spoke to his son Devin final week and he talked about that the household shall be doing a celebration of Ric’s life within the coming months, I’ll replace you all on that date as soon as it’s accessible. RIP Ric! I’m going to overlook our annual Walton TransCan conversations about life and using.