SixSixOne Photo Report: Montreal Supercross

 

Montreal Supercross Photo Report Presented by SixSixOne Canada

 

 

The Montreal Supercross offers an atompshere unlike any other race in Canada--or North America, for that matter. 

photo: Tim Dailey

 

Report by Danny Brault


The Montreal Supercross always promises one of the best, if not the best, race of the year. For 2007, the Montreal SX promoters made the event a little more memorable with lasers, a smoke show and opening ceremonies featuring the top FMXers and racers, to celebrate the event's 30th anniversary. They also brought in a great cast of riders in the MX1 class and before the main event began, there were at least eight riders in position to take the win. JSR, Colton Facciotti, Doug DeHaan, Bryan Johnson, Sean Hamblin, Jiri Dostal, Jake Marsack, Ryan Clark, Eric Sorby, Jeff Northrop, and Daniel Sani were just a few of the names showing great speed on the Dirt Wurx track all weekend.

The MX2 class was filled with talent as well--pure Canadian talent. Suzuki OTSFF's Tyler Medaglia was fresh off his third overall in the MX2 East series and had spent two weeks training down at the GPF supercross track; Tyler's younger brother, Jeremy, had just signed on with Suzuki; Ryan Lockhart dropped down to the small bikes; KTM Canada loaned Marco Dubé's KTM 250 SX-F to Ryan Millar; Kyle Beaton and Brock Hoyer flew in from BC; Facciotti was on his Blackfoot Yamaha 250F; and then there were local riders Simon Homans, the Benoit brothers, Marc-Antoine Genereux, and Timmy Tremblay.

Let's take a look at what went down inside the Big O this weekend ...


 

 

Ronnie Renner was invited back to Montreal after a winning--and entertaining--performance last year. Renner entered the opening ceremonies aboard a KTM 50 SX with all 15 of the KTM Mini-Stars cheering him on.

photo: Tim Dailey

 


 

After hurting himself at X-Fighters in Mexico in March, Ben Milot has returned to the freestyle scene, better than ever. Milot had the crowd screaming with his chopper entrance, and again when he won the FMX contest. The Montreal Supercross also marked the release of Milot's DVD, Invasion 3, which was sold throughout the stands. This Thursday in Montreal, Milot and director, Felix Trepanier, are holding a party for the release of the new video.

photo: Tim Dailey

 


 

As predicted, the MX2 class provided battles from first to 25th. Suzuki OTSFF's Ryan Lockhart (6) pulled the holeshot, but was soon passed by his teammate, Tyler Medaglia. From there, Medaglia opened a comfortable lead while Yamaha's Simon Homans (4) battled by Kyle Beaton (20) and Lockhart to move into second. Homans kept pushing, and with some help from lappers, he was right on Medaglia's rear wheel through the final corners. It was too late, however, as Medaglia crossed the finish for his first ever Montreal win. Homans was second and Colton Facciotti charged through the pack to finish third--his fourth consecutive MX2 Montreal podium. Beaton was showing speed in the first few laps, but he made a mistake and was unable to catch back up to Homans. Lockhart finished fifth, followed by KTM Canada's Tim Tremblay

photo: James Lissimore

 


 

Tyler Medaglia is turning into a supercross rider. I've never thought of TM as an indoor specialist, but with two solid rides in WSXGP last winter (he was top Canadian in Toronto with a sixth in the Lites class), months spent training at the Georgia Practice Facility, and now a win in front of 50,000 fans at Olympic Stadium, he's proved me wrong. Medaglia drove down to London, Ontario, for the annual Suzuki Canada Dealer Meeting, but he is now at GPF training for the Rockstar Energy Drink U.S. Open of Supercross on October 12-13.

photo: James Lissimore

 


 

Yamaha Canada's Kyle Beaton was fast as usual inside the stadium. Beaton was all hyped up before the race, and he told me that he really, really wanted to win the race. Unfortunately, "Beets" slid out while running second or third, and he just couldn't make up the lost time. While a fourth-place wasn't what he had in mind, it was definitely better than the DNFs he's suffered the last two years in Montreal. Don't be surprised if you see Beaton on the line at the U.S. Open, too!

photo: James Lissimore

 


 

Eric Sorby (917), Bryan Johnson (256), and JSR (2) had a good battle in their MX1 heat race. JSR blocked passed both riders in the second corner to take over the lead, but the next lap, Sorby returned the favour and then whipped it up over the triple for the crowd. Sorby had a mid-pack start in the main, but moved his way up to third on the final lap, but then, in the final corner, he slid out and lost a position to Johnson. When he remounted, he grabbed a handful of throttle to clear the finish line double and when he landed, he bumped into Jeff Northrop. Not paying attention, Sorby crossed into oncoming traffic and was then hit head on by Andy Mathieu. It was pretty scary and you could actually hear the metal-on-metal impact from the press booth. Fortunately, both riders walked off the track.

photo: James Lissimore

 


 

Montreal Supercross hero, JSR, was riding well all weekend. JSR came through the first corner around seventh, but then dropped back a position when he bobbled on the third lap. From there, The King was stuck behind a freight train of riders and he was never able to make a pass. He still held on for a respectable sixth. 

photo: James Lissimore

 


 

Jason Thomas takes the Montreal Supercross seriously. After winning the event in 2005, and finishing second to Dusty Klatt last year, Thomas was pushing hard in the MX1 main event for another win, coming from seventh to second. He was only two seconds back of Ryan Clark at the checkers.

photo: James Lissimore

 

 

I predicted big things for Team Toyota/ Yamaha/ BlackfootDirect.com/ Fox Racing's Colton Facciotti (I'm sure he did as well) in Montreal. He consistently set the fastest lap times in MX2 and since he's won here before, I figured he was a safe bet for the win. But, like his teammate, JSR, Facciotti was stuck in the pack off the start and he struggled to make passes. In MX2, Facciotti managed to work his way up to third, but he could only manage a 13th in MX1.

photo: James Lissimore

 

 

Yamaha of Troy's Tyler Bowers was one of the bigger names in Montreal this year. Bowers, who battled with Darcy Lange in the BooKoo AX Series last winter, didn't have the best of luck at his first Montreal SX. In the main event, Bowers and Gavin Gracyk tangled up down the start straight and Bowers ended up dragging Gracyk's CRF450 into the first corner. Gracyk walked off the track, while 16-year-old Bowers charged all the way up to 12th. 

photo: James Lissimore

 

It really was anyone's race in the MX1 class. Just look at how many major players were in this heat race: Thomas (31), Michael "Bench Press" Sleeter (111), Sorby (917), Bowers (911), Michael Willard (11), Facciotti (10), Jake Marsack (29), and Gracyk (273). Like race winner Ryan Clark said in his interview, everyone was here except Bubba, RC, and Reedy.

photo: Tim Dailey

 

 

Stoneridge/ KTM Canada's Matt Barnes suffered a rough weekend in Montreal. After trying to quad a small whoop section, Barnes lost control and his bike went flying into the stadium wall, nearly taking out two photoraphers. Barnes was okay, and his bike just needed a new set of handlebars. I thought the Ohio rider looked fast all weekend, especially through the whoops, but things just didn't come together for him in the MX1 final. 

photo: Danny Brault

 

 

The Big Winner: Team Solitaire's Ryan Clark won his first ever Montreal Supercross. Clark rode a smart and patient race, waiting until the final laps before taking over the lead from Bryan Johnson. We caught up with Clark for this Monday Conversation

photo: James Lissimore

 

 

Renner performs his trademark "sprinkler" for the French fans. 

photo: James Lissimore

 

 

To qualify for the all-Canadian MX2 class or make the night show in MX1, you need one real fast lap. Team Label It's Jason Burke (34) was posting times inside the top 10 all weekend, and eventually finished ninth behind Brock Hoyer in the MX2 main.  

photo: Danny Brault

 

 

Hey, It's Ryyyaannn ... Ryan Millar! The ever-smiling Miami, Manitoba kid received help from Andy White and KTM Canada to compete in his first ever Montreal SX. Millar didn't disappoint; he set the 14th fastest time and come back from a terrible start to finish ... 14th! Ignition Racing/ RXC Factory Rider for a Day Team Manager, Brett Dailey, was going crazy in the stands for Millar's performance as well as our other team rider, Karel Benoit, who finished 11th.  Benoit missed out on his Factory Rider for a Day spot at the Sand Del Lee national after breaking his arm just two weeks before, so it was awesome to see him healthy and in the mix. His older brother, Kaven, hurt himself during practice and was unable to race.

photo: Danny Brault

 

 

With a weekend as wild as Montreal, you need a large supply of Red Bull to keep everyone vitalized.

photo: Danny Brault

 

 

KTM Canada's Mini-Stars was a hit this year, as 15 Canadian kids were given the full factory treatment with bikes, helmets, gear, and even a custom Leatt Brace! Leatt's Geoff Paterson was on hand to make sure each kid's brace fit properly.  Val-Senneville, Quebec's Jeremy Beauvais took the Mini-Stars win, followed by Isaac Fazackerley, and Carter-Joel Nadkrynechin.

photo: Danny Brault

 

 

ATV ace, Jasmin Plante (91) grabbed the holeshot in the ATV/ VTT main event, but he cased a jump on the first lap and pulled off the track. Greenville, Texas's Cody Miller (22) took the win, followed by Canadian Greg Gee (10), and #1 plate holder, Richard Pelchat

photo: Tim Dailey

 

 

See you at Montreal next year! 

photo: Jason Moore