You Know What I Did Last Summer…BRAP!

ManFriend.  That’s what I did.  I was a ManFriend.  I know it sounds weird, huh?  But I did it.  And not just with one dude, but three!  Now before you get your panties in a bunch, let me explain.  Some friends of mine run a news/information website that follows motocross racing in Canada.  It’s called Directmotocross.com.  This past summer they brought back a program originally made famous by Brett Dailey & Racer X Canada; Factory Rider for a Day.  The premise was to give one lucky rider (and in some cases two) a “factory like” experience when the pro national circus came to their home track.  The original program was amazing.  Brett bought a FunMover and traveled all nine rounds of the CMRC’s Monster Energy Motocross Nationals giving a great experience to each rider that pitted under the FRFAD tent.  From that original program there have been quite a few success stories as well.  Ryan Millar was on a Factory KTM Canada ride this year, Jeremy Medaglia has made quite the name for himself and Kaven Benoit podiumed at the Montreal SX just to name a few.

This year, things were run a little differently.  I guess you can blame the economy, but the budgets just weren’t there for a full nine round program.  It was decided to run a three rider program.  One at Gopher Dunes, notorious for being Canada’s roughest track, one at San Del Lee in Canada’s capitol region, and one at Walton, the grand finale for the season.  Visitors were asked to nominate themselves or a rider they felt deserved a spot on the FRFAD Team on DirectMotocross.com.  From there the list was dwindled down to three riders.  Kyle Ward would race his local track of Gopher Dunes for FRFAD, Nick May would race his home track of San Del Lee for FRFAD, and westerner Jared Stock would race the Walton round for FRFAD in his first ever visit to Ontario.  Where do I come into this equasion?  Well, the folks at DirectMotocross.com needed someone who could be in the pit to help out.  Someone who was comfortable with being around bikes.  Someone who could friend these rider’s and make sure they were comfortable on race day.  Someone who could make sandwiches, clean goggles, helmets and boots, prep the riding gear, put up the pit tent, make funny jokes, make dumb jokes, and just about anything else that needs doing on race day.  You see, that’s what a manfriend is.  A friend who is willing to do what it takes to make his rider ready for the race.  A-ny-thing.  I really had a blast doing this and really enjoyed meeting all the riders and their families over the summer.  I definitely got some new buddies out of this that I’ll be able to share a laugh with at future races.  I’ve put together some photos from each round to share some of the good times that were had.

A special thanks should go out to the sponsors behind the program.  Ignition Racing, Roost Clothing, FXR Racing, CTi, Maxima, IMX, Podium Graphix & Dunlop.  Thanks for reading.

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One Comment

  1. Posted October 26, 2009 at 3:54 pm by Kyle Carruthers | Permalink

    Awesome Report Buddy!

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