Team Faith Race Report - June 15th

June 19, 2008

Submitted by:  Josh Snider

Morden Manitoba was the venue for the third round of the series, last year it was a mud fest. This year it looked like it was going to be a repeat in the morning but it actually turned out to be a perfect day.

Saturday during practice I felt good and confident on the bike and loved the track. The only thing that hindered me was a head cold that I woke up with on Friday morning. How convenient?  Morden is a track where Team Faith is well supported by local friends and Churches.  Saturday night illusionist Greg Wood came and preformed some magic tricks, one involved me volunteering to get my head chopped off. His tricks were very impressive for evening entertainment. Greg's act was centered on a message of salvation, where he explained how Christ saved us.

Sunday morning chapel was held under the start line canopy as it was raining. I talked about commitment and shared verses from 2 Chronicles 16:9, John 12:25, Luke 13:30, and Mathew 10:39 and explained about when we serve Christ fully we are not only entitled to rewards in this world but in the next one also.

For qualifying I was in the 2nd group and placed the fastest lap time of the group giving me 20th gate pick.

Moto1.  At Morden they have a cement start and usually I have no big problem with this type of start but I could not get off the cement well at all. I was so slow getting off that I was last going into the first turn. Thankfully I was able to take some inside and outside lines in the first few turns and got by a bunch of riders. About mid way I was riding in 18th position and tipped over in a rut, I got up quick but 2 riders got by me.  I spent the rest of the moto going back and forth with these guys sadly finishing behind them in 21st place.

Moto 2. I was able to get off the cement better but nothing great. Again after half way I was in 17th but made a mistake and got crossed up in a rut and crashed. I bent the handlebars, twisted the forks in the clamps and bent my clutch lever so that it would not release fully. I was in 20th position still but it was very difficult to ride with a slipping clutch and twisted front end. I later fell over in a rut again and finished the race in 24th position. The cold I had was hindering my mental endurance after half way through the race. 

In all it was a great weekend, I never got hurt and the ministry is continuing to grow. Next weekend the race is in Regina, Saskatchewan.

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, Enzo Racing.