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Team Faith Race Report - Moncton

August 5, 2008

Submitted by:  Josh Snider

The 7th round of the National series was in Moncton, New Brunswick at River Glade Motocross Park. It rained throughout our entire drive to Moncton, as well as at the track.  It poured until Saturday morning, the track mud soaked. For the remainder of the weekend, however, we were fortunate because the rain seemed to fall everywhere except at the track, aside from a sprinkle, which left the track in prime condition for Sunday racing. An answered prayer.

Sunday morning at the devotional, I talked about having complete joy in our lives. I talked about how allowing worries, broken relationships, stress, being absorbed about the past or future and having discontentment in our lives will keep us from having joy. But true Joy transcends the rolling waves of circumstance. Joy comes from a consistent relationship with Jesus Christ. The joy of living with Christ daily will keep us levelheaded no matter what the circumstances are. I used verses from John 15.

Before the first moto of the day, for the past 3 years, along with opening ceremonies, there has been a Brian House memorial moment of silence followed by a prayer from Team Faith for the riders' safety. As I prayed the prayer ending with amen, my mom, holding my bike on the starting line for the first moto, said she heard many of the riders at the line agreeing with me by saying amen. This event has always been very welcoming and supporting of Team Faith and our efforts. This weekend we were able to be witness to many through a simple prayer during opening ceremonies.

In the first moto for MX2, I got a poor start but made some ground in the first few corners, running in 18th position. Before the halfway point in the race my throttle cable started messing up, causing it to be hard to turn and revving the motor randomly. So I did the best I could and rode safe. On the last lap, I was passed by a rider in the 2nd last corner, finishing in 19th.

The first moto of MX1, I got a poor jump out of the gate but it worked to my advantage. I was able to take some inside and outside lines allowing me to get by riders in the first few corners, moving me into a top 10 position. I rode a consistent race at a safe pace; a few riders got by me but I kept with them trying to pass until the end of the race. In the end, I was unable to make the pass and finished 15th.

For the 2nd MX2 moto, I felt like I had enough energy to race, but with the throttle acting up and not having enough time to change it, I chose to sit it out and rest for the last moto of the day.

In the final MX1 moto, again I got a bad jump out of the gate, and from there the race went almost the same as it had in the first MX1 moto; I finished in 15th. With 15th and 15th moto finishes I earned 16th overall, moving me up one position in the points and into 18th.

Next weekend is the 2nd last round of the series in Richmond, Ontario, and it will be the final round of the Women's Pro Nationals. As usual, Kim Emery will be joining us as she battles the deep field of competitors for her national number.

Again I would like to thank my sponsors who make things possible for Team Faith: Friends and family for their prayers and donations. As well as: Mainland Sand and Gravel ltd. New-Way Motorsports, Canadian Kawasaki Motors, Friesen Plastic Products ltd. Wild West Fencing inc. Fly Racing, Enzo Racing.

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