MX101 Yamaha Team wraps up Canadian Motocross Nationals at Walton Raceway:
A year of moto wins, podiums and ‘first-times’ for the Talent Factory!

With the Canadian Motocross Nationals coming to a close last Sunday at Walton Raceway, an hour north of London, Ontario, it’s now a time of reflection for the MX101 Yamaha Talent Factory Racing Team. Certainly there were wounds to our racers and machinery during the highly competitive 10-round national championship. That’s to be expected in the demanding sport of motocross – we don’t do it because it’s easy. Of course, the sweat, pain and tears were not all for nothing; all four of MX101’s pro national racers left something to be remembered in 2014.

The tenth and final round of the Rockstar Energy Drink Motocross Nationals in Walton was of mixed emotions for MX101’s riders Jesse Wentland, Dylan Wright, Shawn Robinson, and Tyler Duffy. Results wise it was up and down, but guys still worked their butts off and still put MX101, Yamaha and all of our sponsors on the podium and in front of the cameras at end of the day.

Minnesota’s Jesse Wentland led the charge in Walton. In MX2 moto one, Wentland rounded the first corner outside of the top-10 but made his way up to 6th at the finish. Starts haven been a struggle for Wentland this summer, but when he gets one, he makes good use of it. That was the case in moto two at Walton. After jumping off the line in the top five, Wentland quickly made his way into third-place and stayed there until the checkers. A 6-3 on the day gives Wentland 5th overall at Walton, and 4th overall in the MX2 championship – only 11 points out of third.

The “Rookie” Dylan Wright came into 2014 looking to win races; even though it’s only his first year as a pro, the 16-year-old is very competitive and expects the most out of himself. After ten races, Wright didn’t get a win, but the Yamaha rider did earn two top-5 moto finishes, nine top-10 moto finishes, five top-10 overalls and he finished 9th overall in the MX2 series. Wright won’t tell tell you this, but a top-10 overall for a first-year pro is more than respectable. In fact, just to make it through an entire 10-race national season, happy and healthy, is a feat in itself. Dylan also wrote a few gripping articles that got a huge amount of hits in social media entitled “Broken Dreams”, and was the on the cover of the August 2014 issue of MXP.

In Walton, Wright went down on lap one but fought his way back to 12th, until midway through the race his clutch let go and he was left pushing his bike back to the MX101 truck. The deep, thick and muddy conditions really put a lot of stress on the bikes and riders. Looking to end his year on a high note, Wright shook off his DNF from moto one and went on to finish 7th in moto two, after working way back from a mid-pack start.

Following his first-ever top-5 finish at Ulverton a week ago, Shawn Robinson was looking to carry that momentum into Walton. Unfortunately, while riding inside the top-15 in both MX2 motos, Robinson pulled off each time with mechanical issues. It was a trying season for Robinson, who went back to MX2 after racing the MX1 class for the last few years. That said, Robinson did achieve his best ever national moto finish – a 5th in moto two at Ulverton – and he also had seven top-10 moto finishes, in what was considered one of the toughest championships ever.

In the MX1 class, Tyler Duffy showed strength and resilience. After going down in the first corner with a few other riders, Duffy and his YZ450F got back up, dusted things off and picked off seven riders to finish 33rd. The Walton track bit him again in moto two, deep enough that it prevented Duffy from finishing the race. Fortunately, he’s healthy and anxious to begin preparing for 2015 and another run at the MX1 class.

Thanks to our racers, mechanics, team staff and all of our sponsors and supporters for your help in 2014!  We couldn’t do it without you!

2014 Canadian Motocross Nationals
MX101 Yamaha Motor Canada Talent Factory

MX2 RESULTS
Jesse Wentland
Series finish: 4th overall (11 points out of third)
Highlights: 2 moto wins (Gopher Dunes and Moncton), 7 moto podium finishes, 4 podium overalls

Dylan Wright
Series finish: 9th overall
Highlights: Nine top-10 moto finishes, five top-10 overalls, and two top-5s

Shawn Robinson
Series finish: 17th overall
Highlights: Best ever moto finish – 5th place in moto one at Ulverton; seven top-10 moto finishes

MX1 RESULTS

Tyler Duffy
Series finish: 62nd overall (only raced five Eastern rounds)
Highlights: Scored points in Deschambault with 20th in second moto MX1 moto
close to top 20 3 times

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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.

Team MX101 Yamaha supports the OneMatch Bone Marrow and Stem Cell Registry. Please register and you could save a life.  
Go to www.OneMatch.ca to learn how you can help!  Please help us support this vital program for all Canadians.

MX101 also supports Big Brothers and Big Sisters.  The OTTAWA MOTOCROSS NATIONAL was thrilled to have BBBSO as part of the event.  Please support this great cause.  Please check out this great organization at www.bbbso.ca.

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 MX101Life.com to find out more about MX101.