Team Faith Race Report - Edmonton

July 28, 2008

The 6th round of the Nationals took place in Edmonton, Alberta.  It was the first time a national has ever been held at this location and it proved to be a great choice as the facility and track were that of National caliber.

Sunday morning at the devotional following riders' meeting, I shared an email that I had received about how we, as a society, have pushed God out of our government, schools, and personal lives along with the accompanying consequences.  I also shared statements made against God from celebrities and influential people in our society, and the result for mocking God in their lives. 

This week, I chose to ride both bike classes again.  In the first MX2 moto, I got a bad start.  I steadily worked my way back up to about mid-pack when my front tire slid out of a rut and I fell over, causing me to lose a few positions.  Remembering what I learned last week, I tried to save my strength for my main class by picking a pace and just riding out the moto.  I finished in 19th position.

In the first MX1 moto, I got a bad jump out of the gate, which actually turned out well because I was able to cut to the inside and pass a pack of riders, putting myself in the top 10.  I put on a good charge for the first half of the moto staying in 15th position and keeping with some big name riders.  For the last half of the moto, I had a fun battle with a local rider, passing and gapping him for 14th position, where I finished.

I opted to sit out the second MX2 moto and rest for my second MX1 moto, since that is my main focus.

In the second MX1 moto, I had a start similar to the first moto, bringing my KX450F around the first turn and into 11th position.  I kept with the front pack of riders but was unable to put on a charge and pass them.  Around the halfway point, I had nothing left in me in order to push harder, so I settled into a pace that I could maintain, finishing 12th.  This is my best career finish and overall finish, earning 12th overall.

Joining us again this weekend was lady rider, Kim Emery, along with her dad, Steve.  This was the 4th round for the ladies National series, as well as the second last.  Kim was tied for 9th in the points coming into this weekend.  She finished 13th and 14th in her motos, moving her into 8th in the points.

Also, Team Label IT's rider, Davey Fraser, was still with us for the weekend.  Davey rides the MX2 class and his second moto did not go well.  He was involved in a first turn crash leaving him in last place.  He went on a charge, he was catching up to the pack when he crashed again, leaving him in last place.  The result was a broken wrist, along with a few ribs and a concussion.  Davey is having surgery on his wrist in Edmonton and will be flying home after.  Please pray for Davey as he goes through this tough time.

Also in need of prayer is CMRC track builder, Matt Lee, who came out this weekend to help build the track but started to feel sick and was hospitalized with meningitis.  Matt is doing much better now, but has a long way to go still.

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.