National Pride 2010

Suzanne Howie

books; the 2010 edition of World Enduro Canada/Royal Distributing’s Canadian Enduro Championship, presented by Parts Canada is over. Boy was it an amazing ride! Bigger and better than last year, once again, I was lucky enough to be along for the ride again. It started at Machine Racing, in Sharon, Ontario, where the Captain, aka Yamaha/Machine Racing’s Brian “Wojo” Wojnarowski, and I set out on our 50 hour journey from Ontario to Blairmore, Alberta. Between Blairmore and Penticton, BC, I accompanied another group of Ontarians, Lockhart’s Suzuki rider Chris Van Hove and Machine Honda rider Bryan “Swampy” Marshall. Parry Sound is the “local” round, a mere two and a half hours from home, it was an easy solo ride up Thursday evening. For Labelle, Quebec, I was reunited with travel buddy Swampy. We must be cursed. Last year, while travelling to Labelle, we got lost and almost ended up on the Oka Ferry (except it was midnight, and the ferry was closed). This time, on the way home, we were stuck in an extra three hours worth of traffic! These photos were gained from the eight rounds of the series, and there are pictures that span the Pro and Amateur classes. I hope you enjoy these photos as much as I do.

Well, another one is in the

Blairmore

Lovely Ladies:

Left to Right: Victoria Hett, Jillian Bolso, Karla Brandt, Almeda Rive and Suzanne Pelletier, with seven month old baby Jacob.

Rounds 1 & 2

Marty -The Party- Halmazna:

Marty “the Party” Halmazna rode the big Husqvarna E3 bike in Alberta and BC. And whether he was busting a move in the pits (left) or busting out some smooth moves on the track (right) he rocked the TLD gear, unique to the Husqvarna Team.

Adam “-Cheeseburger- Millson:

The 2009 CEC Eastern Amateur A Class Champion, Millson moved up to the big time, joining Yamaha/Machine Racing’s Brian Wojnarowski in the big rig. Blue 22 had a pretty good rookie season, finishing 11th overall.

Ryan -ThunderGraffunder

Seeing

The name “Graffunder” has been getting a lot of press lately, and while cousin Cory might be partially to credit, brothers Ryan and Nick are doing their bit on the home front. While Cory is out exploring the Carpathian Mountains and battling in the bar to bar action of the AMA Endurocross series, these two brothers have been ripping it up at home.

Double

Nick Graffunder -the Lumberjack
Older brother Nick puts the power to the ground in the E1 class, while Ryan represents the family name in the E2 class, taking home the Inside Motorcycles Top Junior award in 2009. Coming into 2010 he had his eyes set on the prize for the second year in a row. After a phenominal run in Alberta, he was well positioned to claim that prize.

Shane Watts - the Man from Oz:

Last year, fast Aussie Jake Stapleton tore up the E2 class aboard a Yamaha/Machine Racing ride, this year Shane Watts ripped it up in Alberta aboard his kangaroo KTM.

Factory Phil - Philippe Chaine

Philippe Chaine came all the way from Quebec to compete in the E1 class, with his eyes set on the Championship. He wasn’t alone. Chris Van Hove, Ryan Durkee, Jared Thomas and Nick Graffunder were also chasing that dream.

Eric Demoulin

Adam Millson

Chris Van Hove

Ryan Graffunder

Brian Wojnarowski

Jack Sawatzky

Ryan Durkee (left) and Ryan Graffunder (right) both came into the series with the intention of putting their names on the podium, as well as earning the title of Top Pro Junior, and the $500 prize put up by Inside Motorcycle magazine.

Legends in the Making...

Jack Sawatzky - Little Bike; Big Fight

Alberta is known for being home to big bikes. The E3 riders are the big boys on campus, with the E1 class populated mostly by eastern riders who made the trek. Jack Sawatzky is one of few E1 riders to ride out of the Prairie Rose province.

Geoff Nelson - King of E3

Geoff Nelson, former ISDE competitor, is no stranger to the big bikes. In 2009 the British Columbia native raced E3 and came second to then teammate Jason Schrage. In 2010, Schrage signed with Honda and moved to the E2 class. Nelson swept the western E3 podiums, but was unable to push Schrage off the top spot at home.

Mark Cahill - Vet Pro Champ

Mark Cahill was the only defending Pro Class champion racing in the western rounds. Jason Schrage, who won E3 in 2009, had moved to E2, Patrick Beaule, the E1 champion, could not make the trip out, and Bobby Prochnau, reigning #1 plate holder and E2 champion was out with an injury. Cahill, a former trials champion, rode to his first truly national championship last year. He was also known for saying “We’re Pros too!” when the often over looked Vet Pro class was just that, over looked.

Ben Rego

Jason Schrage

Shane Watts

Bryan Marshall

Cody Bykerk

Kevin Pelletier

Stephen Foord

Adam Millson

Brian Wojnarowski

Ryan Graffunder

Nick Graffunder

Mark Cahill

Guy -G-Rox- Giroux

The firy Frenchman from Quebec didn’t have the best of finishes in the west. His short legs didn’t seem to be condusive to the rocky terrain of the ruggesd Rocky Mountains. That said, he still had fun.

1 - Jason Schrage, HON 2 - Ryan Graffunder, HSQ 3 - Ryan Durkee, KTM 4 - Shane Watts, KTM 5 - Geoff Nelson, KTM

Top Finishers Rnd #1

1 - Jason Schrage, HON 2 - Shane Watts, KTM 3 - Ryan Graffunder, HSQ 4 - Geoff Nelson, KTM 5 - Ryan Durkee, KTM

Top Finishers Rnd #2

Penticton

Rounds 3 &4

Whip It Out!

The whip is the oldest trick in the book, and here we see three different variations on it from an enduro rider’s perspective.

Chris Van Hove

For 2010 Van Hove traded in his 450f for a 250 and took on the E1 class aboard his Lockhart’s Suzuki.. The young rider from Delhi, Ontario, enjoyed much more success in the E1 class than he did the previous year, earning himself a spot on the podium in six of the eight rounds.

Ask riders what they think of when they hear the word “Penticton,” and you’ll get one of two answers: Moto Test or Extreme Test. The moto test was mostly unchanged from the previous year. There were a few rerouted parts, but the ski jumps and double were the same. “I don’t know, people say these Hondas like to fly, I’m inclined to disagree,” said series leader Jason Schrage. Apparently Yamahas have no issue jumping; Yamaha/Machine Racing’s Adam Millson even did a heel clicker off the ski jump!

A Tale of

Two Tests

For 2010 the crew changed the location of the Extreme Test, putting it in the old dumping grounds. Riders came down through the trees, over the infamous teeter totters and jersey barriers, through some more trees, over the concrete culverts that were such a hit last year, through a debris pile, into a mud filled tire pit, into a water section, before finally reaching the rock “garden.” After the rocks it was a quick shot to the finish of the test through some tight trees and sticky mud.

Tire Trouble

Enduro riders are up for any challenge you put in front of them. A tire pit? No problem. Mud hole? Sure! Child’s play. Put them together? To make things interesting, and to keep their reputation as having the toughest Extreme Test in the series, the men behind the Penticton round dreamt up a special kind of horror for the riders. The mud filled tire pit was only one part of a very tough test.

Brian “-Wojo-” Wojnarowski:

Also known as: Captain Stress, the Captain, Wrinks, GottaMinute? and any other number of aliases. Wojo is the front man for Team Yamaha/Machine Racing Off Road. An experienced rider, Wojo has raced moto, enduro, hare scrambles, the ISDE, enduro cross, trials and Xtinc-

Brent Shane Eric Kroeker Cuthbertson Demoulin

Clint Riviere

Bryan Marshall

Marty Halmazna

Mark Cahill

Ryan Graffunder

Ryan - Wonder Boy- Durkee

In 2009 Ryan Durkee took the E2 class by storm aboard his Suzuki RM250. For 2010, the fast 17 year old rider mounted an RTR KTM and charged the E1 class. Mentor and good friend Bobbyt Prochnau, expected big things from hte young BC native, and he didn`t disappoint. Durkee competed in all four western rounds, sweeping the E1 podium, and was the only E1 rider to break into the top ten overall in the mountains.

Shane -Moose- Cuthbertson

One of the original off road riders who put Canada on the map, Shane Cuthbertson has had a long and distinguished career, having raced Romaniacs, Erzberg, the ISDE on several occassions, Red Bull’s Last Man Standing and, of course, the prestigious Canadian hare scramble, Corner Grass and the first running of the Canadian Extreme Enduro, Xtinction.

1 - Jason Schrage, HON 2 - Geoff Nelson, KTM 3 - Shane Cuthbertson, HBG 4 - Ryan Durkee, KTM 5 - Ryan Graffunder, HSQ

Top Finishers Rnd #3

1 - Jason Schrage, HON 2 - Shane Cuthbertson, HBG 3 - Geoff Nelson, KTM 4 - Brian Wojnarowski, YAM 5 - Julian Cerny, KTM

Top Finishers Rnd #4

From Left to Right: Jared Thomas, Paul Andratis, Bruce Moffatt, Chris Donald, Rob Hewitt, Ben Rego, Paul Lachance, Dave Nelson, Kevin Cockayne, Geoff Nelson, Clark Peters, Jean Pellerin, Phillipe Chaine, Adam Millson, Chris Van Hove, Alexander Lagault, Ryan Gauld, Jason Schrage, Bryan Marshall, Guy Giroux, Clint Riviere, Ryan Graffunder, Nick Graffunder, Paul Petrin, Shane Cuthbertson, Lee Fryberger, Brian Wojnarowski and Julian Cerny.

Parry Sound

Rounds 5 & 6

World Enduro Canada: Behind the Scenes

There is a lot of work involved in putting on a national enduro series. Not only do the clubs and organizers on a local level put in countless hours on their individual rounds, there is also an incredible amount of work at a national level required to put together the event. The WEC crew, Lawrence Hacking, Stephen Able, Sean Wiesner and Trevor Wideman, work tirelessly with national sponsors, working on logistics and timing equipment. Trevor Wideman: the Voice Sean Wiesner: the Face Stephen Able: the Brains Lawrence Hacking: The Name

Fighting Fire with Fire

Jason Schrage is a man of two personalities. By day he’s the hero of many, a fire fighter for the city of Lethbridge, in Alberta. On the weekends he’s Honda’s top ranked off road rider, looking to trade that #8 in for a #1.

Take
Julian Cerny comes off the log jump a little low in the nose. As always, though, Cerny scores points for style. Elbows out, head up, looking where he wants to go.

Two
Ben Rego lands heavy on his front wheel too, but Rego is able to power his way out of a crash.

Swelling in the Ranks

Team Yamaha/Machine Racing might have lost Vet Pro rider Craig Kennedy for the eastern rounds, but it gained an E1 rider (for Parry Sound), an A rider and a B rider. Left to Right: Brain Wojnarowski (E2), Adam Millson (E2), Ryan Gauld (E1), Mark Koens (B) and Patrick Gesualdi (A).

Mechanical Wings

The Honda motorcycle’s logo might be a wing, but Jason Schrage stood by the fact that his red rocket did not like to fly. “People say these Hondas, they like to fly,” the points leader said after the Western rounds. “But not mine!” In Parry Sound, it looks like his little red tractor found its wings and finally took flight, easily clearing the log double in the Extreme Test, to the shock and awe of the audience, including Schrage’s wife, Rochelle. “I can’t believe he did it!” We all knew you could, Jason!

Hail to the King!

Clint Riviere was dubbed “King of the Rednecks” in BC, when he led the “Redneck Minute.” In Alberta the term “redneck” is used as a compliment. A redneck is a hard working man/woman, who works hard for their money, plays harder and would give you their very last dollar if you needed it. Clint certainly embodies these traits. The King finished first on Saturday and second on Sunday in Parry Sound.

Fueling Dreams: Feeding Performance

Marc Coffin and his FP Husqvarna team, comprised of Ryan and Nick Graffunder, Guy Giroux and Marty Halmazna upped the ante at the nationals this year. FP/Husqvarna, along with the Yamaha/Machine operation, had a professional set up and a large presence at all four venues. Coffin hopes to set an example for the rest of the manufacturers.

Kevin Cockayne

Last year there were three #7 bikes racing at Parry Sound, and they were all KTMs. Bobby Prochnau, Scott Bowes and Kevin Cockayne all wore the white #7 on their red plates. This year, Cockayne was the only one who of the three who made it back to Parry Sound, and he was no longer wearing the #7. Instead he wore the #11.

Lee Fryberger

Lee Fryberger is a member of the Corner Grass Race Team, multiple ISDE competitor, and for the last few years has been team manager for the Canadian Trophy team. To say he’s an experineced rider is a bit of an understatement. Fry normally finds himself on the opposite side of racing, organzing the famous Corner Grass race in Compeer, Alberta, as well as the 2010 Blairmore CEC round and the very first Canadian extreme hard enduro, Xtinction, near Patricia, Alberta.

History in the Making?

Jason Schrage (left) and John Nelson (right) shake hands. Nelson helped set up support for the Honda rider when he came east, including bringing a spare bike for the racer should he need parts. Nelson is known for offering tremendous support for the off road riding community. His generosity didn’t stop at Schrage, he also brought an extra YZ450f for BC brute Ben Rego. Will Schrage be running Machine Racing and LGS stickers for 2011? Only time will tell.

Moto Media Madness!

For Parry Sound the editors of Canada’s two motocross publications, Jeff Morgan of Inside MotoX and Off Road magazing, and Ryan Gauld of MXP magazine, put their money where their mouths are and saddled up. Morgan (left) competed in the B class, finishing 8th on day one and 6th on day two. Gauld (bottom right) competed in the E1 class, part of the expanded Yamaha/Machine team, but was unable to finish due to mechanical problems (top right). Gauld smashed the chain guide clean off the swing arm and sent it into the case during lap one, day one, and was out for the count.

The Best Laid Plans

Jason Schrage hoped to repeat Bobby Prochnau’s perfect season, but Guy Giroux put an end to that pursuit in Parry Sound. After a less than stellar performance out west, Giroux came home, trained hard and upped his game, jumping on hte Husqvarna 300 for the final four rounds. It appeared to be the ticket, as G-Rox rocked the Pro class day one in Parry Sound, taking home the top spot in E3 and finishing first over all, effectively ending Schrage’s run at a perfect season.

Julian Cerny

The Original Hurtin’ Albertan, Julian Cerny is a one of the few who can make the transition from off road to moto and back. Cerny competed in the Wild Rose MX round of the CMRC nationals and finished 12th overall in MX1; he finished 5th in E2, and 8th overall, in the CECs.

1 - Guy Giroux, HSQ 2 - Brian Wojnarowski, YAM 3 - Jason Schrage, HON 4 - Geoff Nelson, KTM 5 - Chris Van Hove, SUZ

Top Finishers Rnd #5

1 - Jason Schrage, HON 2 - Guy Giroux, HSQ 3 - Geoff Nelson, KTM 4 - Brian Wojnarowski, YAM 5 - Shane Cuthbertson, HBG

Top Finishers Rnd #6

Labelle

Rounds 7 & 8

L’Extreme

There might not have been tires, or water pits, but there were rocks and bottomless beach sand, the likes of which is normally only seen at the CMRC’s infamous Gopher Dunes moto track in Courtland, Ontario. The LaBelle Extreme Test was much the same as the previous year, with the addition of a longer woods track cut into the start and some extra logs thrown into at the end. Riders agreed: it was one of the best tests of the year.

It’s not about how many times you fall...
It’s about how fast you get up!

Double Take!

Yamaha/Machine Racing riders Brian Wojnarowski (above) and Adam Millson (below) share a lot of similarities on the outside, but that’s where the likeness ends. Yes, both ride YZ 250s, Wojo’s number is 2, and Millson’s is 22. They both wear the same Fox helmet and have the same sets of Shift gear, but while Wojo is a more fines rider, Millson’s style is more laid back and laid out.

At the beginning of the series, Ben Rego was deemed the “toughest man you’ve never heard of” by several media outlets, but now, that title seems to need some editing. Rego has made a name for himself. From Kitamat, British Columbia, the tough rider drove 56 hours to race the eastern rounds. Rego finished 6th in E2, 7th overall.

Ben Rego: The Toughest Man you HAVE Heard Of

1 - Geoff Nelson, KTM 2 - Brian Wojnarowski, YAM 3 - Jason Schrage, HON 4 - Guy Giroux, HSQ 5 - Ben Rego, YAM

Top Finishers Rnd #7

1 - Jason Schrage, HON 2 - Geoff Nelson, KTM 3 - Brian Wojnarowski, YAM 4 - Guy Giroux, HSQ 5 - Shane Cuthbertson, HBG

Top Finishers Rnd #8

At the end of the year I’m always left with dozens of pictures that aren’t action shots, and don’t really fit anywhere else, but for whatever reason I still really like them. Sometimes they’re funny, sometimes they’re serious, but usually there is just something about the shot that makes me love it. So, without further ado, I give you the loose ends!

Tying up Loose Ends

1st Place: Jason Schrage

Vital Stats:

2nd Place: Geoff Nelson

Name: Geoff Nelson Date of Birth: June 25, 1984 Height: 6’2” Hometown: Abbortsford, British Columbia Bike/Brand/year: 2011 KTM XC 300 Sponsors: KTM Canada, Royal Distrubuting, Thor, Alpinestar, Maxima Oils, Mitas Tires, Holeshot Motorsports, Scorpion Racing, CTS Suspension, RTC Composite Racing since: 1997 Pro Since: 2005 Favourite CEC stop: All of them have been fun, however I am partial to my home stomping grounds in BC Favourite Test: This would have to be a tie between the MX test in Quebec, and the Enduro test in BC. Most memorable racing event: This would be the 2007 ISDE in LaSerena Chile as I was the Top Canadian. This meant that my name would be added to the Jim Kelly Perpetual Memorial Trophie, along with all of the past Canadians that have won the Top Canadian Award at the ISDE. I also received the Bert Irwin Memorial Cup for being the Fastest Canadian. This was a true honour.

Vital Stats:

3rd Place: Brian Wojnarowski

Name: Brian Wojnarowski Date of Birth: April 5, 1979 Height: 6’2” Bike/Brand/year: Yamaha YZ 250 Sponsors: Yamaha Canada, Machine Racing, LGS Suspension Development, Podium Grafix, Orthoflex, Electrosport, PerformX Motocross Training, Bondi Engines, Trail Tours and Rekluse. Racing since: 1995 Pro Since: 2006 Favorite CEC stop: Labelle Favorite Test: Parry Sound MX test Most memorable racing event: ISDE 2008 in Greece. There was a great deal of logistics and expense involved with this race. I met some really nice people. Rode with some really fast guys. It was the first time I had ever ridden in the mountains which was a great experience. I also got smoked which is hard to forget.

E3: 1st: Nelson

2nd: Giroux 3rd: Kroeker

E2: 1st: Schrage

2nd: Wojnarowski

3rd: Cuthbertson

E1: 1st: Thomas

2nd: Van Hove

3rd: Chaine

5th Gear Media Suzanne Howie 2010

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