Team Faith Race Report - Nanaimo

July 22, 2008

Submitted by:  Josh Snider

Round 5 of the National series took place in Nanaimo, B.C.  On the way to the island, we were invited to stay with Brent and Nancy Carlson, in Langley, B.C.  These people are a huge part of the reason that Team Faith is able to complete the entire series this year, and we are very grateful.

Team Faith is always willing to help other teams and riders in need, any way possible.  This weekend, Team Label rider, Davey Fraser, came to us in need of a ride to the Island.  Since Davey's teammate had become injured a couple of weeks ago, his team manager decided to send their rig home with him.  So, with a small trailer overloaded with bikes and gear, we were off to the races with another rider aboard and, bringing with him, a little help with fuel costs.  

Also joining us this weekend was Graeme Nelson, a long time racing friend and previous sponsor from Two-Wheel Motorsport.  Graeme's help wrenching on bikes was very much appreciated, and, since I chose to ride both the MX1 and MX2 classes, it proved to be an asset.  He did an awesome job keeping both the KX250F and KX450F looking good and running great.  

Sunday morning, I talked about how, as Christians, we are to be victorious in the life we live.  We can never be separated from Christ's love, no matter what the circumstance.  Christ has given us victory in all things.  I used verses from Romans 8:35-37, Psalms 118:10-14, Psalms 62:1-2 and Revelation 21:6-7, to convey this message.

The first race of the day was the MX2 moto, which is 25 minutes plus 2 laps.  My hopes of finishing well in this class were not high; I simply entered the class because I had the opportunity and the small bikes are a lot of fun to ride.  Two corners after the start, there was a pile up of bikes that I did not cause, but became entangled at the bottom of.  Needless to say, by the time I got going, I was in last place.  I spent the rest of the moto in an endless battle where I'd pass half of the field, fall, and then pass them all back again.  This happened three times throughout the remainder of the moto.  I finished in 21st, right on the tire of 20th and 19th; I was having a ton of fun, but it was not worth the energy that I put into it.     

In the first MX1 moto, (lasting 30 minutes plus 2 laps) I was involved in a first turn crash, again forcing me to make my way through the pack from last position.  I charged hard the first few laps, falling in one corner while having some great battles with other riders; I finished the moto in 16th position. 

In the second MX2 moto, I decided that if I was not in the top 20 after 5 laps that I would pull off and save my energy for my main class, MX1.  After 5 laps I was in 21st position again; knowing that I only had one more moto left in me, I chose to pull off and save my energy for the MX1 class.

In the second MX1 moto, I had a mid pack start, and, by the halfway point I just wanted the race to be over.  I was feeling very burnt out from all the racing and qualifying; I established a safe, consistent pace and kept the bike on two wheels finishing in 15th and earning 15th overall.  This was my best finish and overall so far this year!

Next weekend we will be in Edmonton, Alberta and joined again by ladies rider, Kim Emery.  Although I would love to race both classes again next weekend, I know it will be difficult without Graeme here helping out.  So whether I opt to race both classes again or just stick to MX1 is still to be decided.     

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, Kawasaki Canada,Friesen Plastic Products ltd. Wild West Fencing inc. Fly Racing, EnzoRacing.