Jesse Wentland earns his second MX2 moto win of the summer at Moncton

After a tough weekend in Deschambault, Quebec, the MX101 Yamaha Talent Factory Team regrouped and came out swinging at Round 8 of the Rockstar Energy Drink Motocross Nationals in Moncton, New Brunswick. After three races in the sand, riders and mechanics adjusted setup for the harder, red, clay base terrain of River Glade MX. The change suited MX101’s riders just fine, with Jesse Wentland earning his second moto win of the season, Dylan Wright recording his fourth top-10 of the series and Shawn Robinson riding well in the first moto with a 15th place finish. A great day overall on the beautiful East Coast of Canada!

Minnesota North Star
Jesse Wentland continues to prove he’s the unofficial leader of the MX101 team, first because of his prior AMA pro racing experience and Loretta Lynn’s results, but now because he’s the only one to stop the duo of Kaven Benoit and Vince Friese in the MX2 championship hunt. Wentland recorded his first win at Gopher Dunes four weeks ago, and this past weekend took another win in the second moto at River Glade. After coming around the first turn inside the top five, Wentland quickly moved his way into the lead and never looked back.

“I’ve always prided myself on the fact that I can ride in any type of condition: sand, mud, hard pack, and supercros,” said Wentland in an interview following Moncton. “It honestly just feels great to win a moto again. I won at Gopher Dunes and I felt like I could’ve won the second moto if I hadn’t gone down in the first turn. I don’t know, we have four motos left in the series so hopefully I can keep it going and finish the summer strong.”

Had it not been for a mess of lappers in the first MX2 moto, Wentland may have had a shot at a podium as he was riding in the top five when he got tangled up with a slower rider. It’s part of racing, but the MX101 team and Wentland feel things could be improved with getting the lead-racers through lapped traffic more efficiently.

Read a great interview with Jesse here by MXP magazine:

Nowhere to go
Shawn Robinson’s day started all right, working past a few guys to finish in 15th spot in the first MX2 moto. Things went a little sour in the second moto, unfortunately. When asked what happened exactly, Robinson replies, “Bike worked great today, but in the second moto, I was jumping off the middle step-down and there was another rider and his bike laying on the landing. I had nowhere to go and cartwheeled over him.”

Ouch! Certainly a painful end to Robinson’s day, but he says he’s ready to rock in Ulverton, Quebec this Sunday for Round 9.

Rookie Rebound
Dylan Wright was smiling after Moncton and he should be. After a difficult time during the last three nationals – which should be his strongest considering his experience in the sand – Wright wrote and posted an honest and transparent look at the emotions involved in pro racing.  A great view of the struggles these athletes go through trying to reach the highest level of success. (You can read it all here:

While removing some of his mental bondage, it allowed Wright to relax and just ride in Moncton. The 16-year-old bounced back with a very respectable 7th overall (7-7), his fourth top-10 finish of the season. A solid ride for the rookie in a class that features one of the deepest fields of talent in years.

The Big 5-0
Young Tyler Duffy is on pace to hopefully earn his first Canadian National number. He finished 28th in Moncton and sits 50th overall in the MX1 series. To achieve this accomplishment however, Tyler will need to step it up in the final two races at Ulverton and Walton. He needs a few more points to secure a top-100 number in 2014, which would be a great deal for a first-year pro.

The MX101 Yamaha team now travels to Ulverton, Quebec this weekend before finishing up the year at the grand finale of the Canadian motocross, the Walton TransCan on August 17th.

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The Team wants to give huge thanks to our sponsors who are right there in the trenches with us.  Our Engine Specialist Al Brown of Allan Brown Motorsports and our Suspension Specialist Joe Skidd of Superior Suspension Settings (SSS) have been essential to our performance this year.  All of our sponsors go that extra mile, so make sure you support Yamaha Canada, DeCal Works, Fox, Dunlop, FMF, VP Fuels, Sunstar, Works Connection, Atlas, Guts Racing, Evans Cooling, Matrix, Odi, Drummond’s Fuel, GYTR, Yamalube, Robinson Bros. and Centre Du Camion RB.
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About MX101
MX101 operates Sand Del Lee MX Park and has been teaching people to ride dirt bikes since 2001.  MX101 also hosts the 6th round of the Rockstar Energy Drink MX Nationals for 2014, the 9th year they have hosted a National Round.  Sand Del Lee is arguably the oldest MX Track in Canada, hosting its first race in 1970.  MX101’s Talent Factory Leadership Program has produced Four Alpinestars Bronze Boot recipients in the last 5 years including Dylan Wright in 2013, as well as the Rick Joseph Award winner Tyler Duffy.  MX101 Amateur Riders dominated Walton in 2013 proving the success of the Talent Factory Program.  Please go to to find out more about MX101.