Tuesday, September 20, 2016

On the Radar...Jesse Wentland.

We call it silly season. As the industry and fans look forward to who will be where in the 2017 season, focus goes to the big names like Ken Roczen, Cooper Webb and Jeremy Martin making big moves. As the factory spots fill up, we look at support teams that normally host more riders and what privateers deserve a shot at the next step of their career.

Earning points week in and week out leaves a rider wanting more. It can give that feeling of what will it take to get noticed? It's been referred to as privateer island. This season Jesse Wentland is one of those riders who is paddling his way towards a ride with more support. 

Photo: Diffysmooth
Wentland began his professional career in 2013 with support carrying over from a successful final amateur year. Without factory support and racing out of a box van he's been able to put himself towards the top of the results sheets on multiple occasions. Hoping that he's turned some heads, Wentland has parted ways with his team and is looking for something new in 2017. The national numbers were released today and the Elk River, Minnesota native has bettered his number by one spot and will run 62 next season.
This past season may not have shown us all of what Jesse is capable of, but he would show flashes of what he has to offer. In 2016 he'd put in impressive performances not only in supercross and motocross but in both the 250 and 450 classes. Racing the Monster Energy Supercross series in the 250 East Championship he'd finish 19th overall with 41 points. Cracking the top 10 is very impressive and Wentland would do it in back to back to back weeks with an 8th in Daytona, 5th in Toronto and 10th in Detroit. Jesse would battle injuries late in the season and be forced to miss a few rounds. Switching to the 450 class to race the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championships he'd again see good days and injuries. Wentland would go on to score 48 points and finish 26th overall. His best result coming at his hometown race, Millville. He'd go 12-14 for 13th overall. Again he'd miss rounds at the end of the season with a broken collarbone.

Just wanting to catch the eye of teams like Geico Honda, Pro Circuit, Star Yamaha, Rock River and teams on the next level is something he knows can elevate him to consistently being a top 5 guy. Teams, Jesse is on the market! He's had flashes of what he can bring to the table and is a name we feel should be on everyone's list. 

Privateer Island is a tough place to be and even tougher to get off of. Some guys just deserve a chance.

Photo: Diffysmooth
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-Kyle Pesci

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Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Edge of Summer pays out big for Nicoletti.

Just an average Saturday night in mid Michigan. Gamblers take to Soaring Eagle Casino and Resort looking to win big. Though it was outside where the stakes were high and top names in motocross showed up for their shot at $10,000. The third annual Edge of Summer event put on some very good racing.

Pro podium: Cunningham, Nicoletti,  Weimer | Photo: Michael Flavell
The event took place over the weekend of September 9-11 just outside the casino. I was expecting a mudder as the area was pounded with heavy rain through the week and during the day of the event. Just hours before the 6:00 practice, the sun would come out and the RedBud MX track crew would work their magic to provide perfect racing conditions. The air was a little cold but the racing would heat things up.

The Saturday night program offered five classes. 50cc, Supermini, A/B Allstar, Vet Pro and the Pro class. Braydon Johnson from Florida took the 50 class win, Supermini was won by Carter Biese of Wisconsin. Local boy Joey Crown would dominate the Allstars and it'd be RCH test rider Ivan Tedesco winning the Vet pro that many thought would go to Ricky Carmichael.

What we all came to see, did not disappoint. The pro class was deep in talent and some made long last minute drives for their chance at the cash. Payout was BIG. $10K for the win. 2nd=$8500, 3rd=$6500, 4th=$5000, 5th=$4000, 6th=$3000, 7th=$2000, 8th=$1000. The heat races got started with a win by Texan, Kyle Cunningham on his Motorcycle Superstore Suzuki. Heat two went to RCH|Soaring Eagle|Jimmy John's own Jake Weimer. The top 8 would transfer directly to the main while the rest would go to an LCQ. The last chance would be won by Michigan's Marshal Weltin. Weltin had great speed all night but a few bobbles held him back.

Gared Steinke. Known as Stank Dog. The two-stroke specialist would show up on a KTM four-stroke and make good by taking the last payout spot. He may not have been on the 125 but the fans still showed their love. Gared's pit area was crowded all night and people flocked to the fence for a chance at a high five every time he'd ride on or off of the track. This guy doesn't stop smiling and should be an example to all that this sport is fun at all levels.

Darryn Durham. This guy had fans pacing the fence near the rhythm section after the finish. A few rollers leading to a 50 foot table followed by about 8 large rollers. Durham was launching from the table into the third roller and jumping out. It was HUGE. A quick video can be seen on my Instagram @killercustomz. Weimer and Cunningham would be the only others to jump this during the main event.

Rider: Durham | Photo: Michael Flavell
Nick Wey. He showed up in a sprinter van and set up shop next to his buddies at Mandingo Pickles. The Michigan native didn't have to travel far from his Dewitt home for a night full of racing. After taking part in opening ceremonies Wey would race both the Vet Pro and Pro classes. He'd come out swinging in Vet with a heat race win over Ricky Carmichael. That performance would be followed up with a 2nd in his Pro heat. He'd sit out the Vet main and just miss the money by finishing 9th in the Pro main event. Michigan fans were excited to see their mafia boss racing back home.

Rider: Wey | Photo: Michael Flavell
The main event. When the field was set it looked to be anyone's race. Gavin Faith and Daniel Herrlein are Arenacross champs. The entire Motorcycle Superstore team made the trip and made the main. When the gate dropped it'd be the JGR Yamaha of Phil Nicoletti getting out front and getting an early gap. Durham challenged early but would be caught quick by the number 12 of Weimer. Florida's Kyle Chisholm was aggressive early to get towards the front and Cunningham would make a hard charge from the back of the pack. He'd be the fastest guy on the track this night but as time ran out on the 10 lap main he'd only get to 3rd. Nicoletti was able to hold off the push behind him and as he crossed the finish line he'd make the motion of making it rain!

The podium was filled with emotion. Nicoletti celebrating with his mechanic and smiles from ear to ear. Meanwhile, Weimer sat on the steps with a look of knowing he just ran out of time. He wanted it bad. Cunningham looked spent. He left it all on the track and looked to be the most impressive rider of the night. His run from near last to 3rd was very solid.

Take a look at these results. The pro class was stacked with big names and some privateers cashing in on some well earned money.

Pro Results
1. Phil Nicoletti
2. Jake Weimer
3. Kyle Cunningham
4. Darryn Durham
5. Kyle Chisholm
6. Jimmy Albertson
7. Daniel Herrlein
8. Gared Steinke
9. Nick Wey
10. Josh Osby
11. Marshal Weltin
12. Cameron Mcadoo
13. Joey Crown
14. Jacob Williamson
15. Scott Champion
16. Jerry Lorenz
17. Logan Karnow
18. Austin Haught
19. Gavin Faith
20. Austin Wagner

Keep your eye out for the 2017 event info to be released. This is a don't miss event that offers everything from gambling, a top notch resort and some very intense racing. Thank you to the Ritchie family and the RedBud MX staff along with all those involved from Soaring Eagle and RCH. See ya next year.

-Kyle Pesci

Friday, September 9, 2016

Edge of Summer...Be There, This Weekend!

Calling all Mideast moto fans and privateers. It's not to late! Grab the kids and head to Michigan's Soaring Eagle Casino. It's the Edge of Summer and it's going down this Saturday in Mount Pleasant, Michigan.

Soaring Eagle Casino along with the RCH team headed by Ricky Carmichael and Carey Hart will play host to a $60K payout event that has seen past winners Ricky Renner and Broc Tickle. This year confirmed riders Nick Wey, Mike Alessi, Scott Champion, Ivan Tedesco and Jake Weimer look forward to battle next to the casino for their chance at taking home the winnings. We are expecting many top privateers to raise the odds.

Don't miss your chance to meet the pros tonight at the Casino's Entertainment Hall at 6:30pm and again tomorrow before the racing, trackside from 5:00-6:00pm.

The race spreads through the weekend and offers Friday ATV, Vet and Sunday amateur racing as well. Enjoy a weekend at the Soaring Eagle on a track built by the legendary RedBud Mx crew. Tickets start at just $25 with kids 5 and under FREE.

Ricky Carmichael salutes the Soaring Eagle Casino fans.
Local privateers to look for include:
Jerry Lorenz and Marshal Weltin who have been successfully qualifying and earning points at this seasons AMA Pro Motocross Championships. In the vet class we look for John Grewe to fight for the W.

Do not miss an action packed weekend of family fun and top racing in mid Michigan this weekend, September 9-11.

For more info see
www.redbudmx.com or www.soaringeaglecasino.com

-Kyle Pesci