Team Faith Race Report - Kamloops June 6

June 12, 2009

Submitted by:  Josh Snider

The first round of the Canadian motocross nationals was in Kamloops, B.C.  The week prior to the national, Team Faith rider and X Games speed and style gold medalist, Kevin Johnson and Team Faith mechanic Chad Goodwin flew in from Texas.  During the week, New Way Motorsports in Lethbridge, Alberta provided us with a shop and great atmosphere to work out of. While Chad was building race bikes, Kevin and I were testing different bike setups.

I was excited to be back at the races again and seeing all of our friends and the familiar faces.  Sunday morning at the devotional, I spoke about what we want to do as team faith at the races.  We are like the church at the track.  I said that we are a competitive race team and like to have fun, but more importantly, we are here to share the message of Jesus Christ.  We are definitely not here to point fingers at people’s faults or wrongs; it is rare for people to be persuaded by arguments, but more likely by experiences.  It is not about proving, but about experiencing this community of Jesus’ followers for themselves.  To treat people differently based on who believes what is to fail to respect the image of God in everyone.

As far as our results, things did not go as imagined.  In the first moto, I got a very bad start but began passing guys and moving forward through the pack.  This ended when I tipped over in a sand corner and re-injured my right thumb from earlier in the week.  I continued riding passing riders, but it was difficult to hold on.  I finished 21st.  Kevin was riding in 11th position until the nitrogen in his rear shock began to leak out.  This forced him to slow down; Kevin ended up finishing in 20th.

In the second moto, 2 laps into the race, something electrical caused Kevin’s bike to quit, forcing him to end the race.  My start, again, was not the best, but I continued to pass guys trying to make it inside the top 20 and earn points.  I tipped over again in a different sand corner, and was passed by some riders.  I passed them back and was in 21st position on the last lap, but I wiped out in some ruts letting two riders by.  Unable to pass them back, I finished 23rd.

Even though our results were not what we expected them to be, it was still a great weekend.  God can always make the best of any situation.  Next weekend is a new event – offering new opportunities. 

Team Faith’s supporting sponsors for the Canadian series are:  Western Power Sports, Fly Racing, Michelin Tires, Pilot Travel Centers, Canadian Kawasaki Motors, New-Way Motorsport, Two-Wheel Motorsport, Mainland Sand and Gravel, Boot Trucking, Wild West Fencing, A Vicious Cycle, RK Engine Works, Scott USA, JJW Designs, Silkolene Lubricants, Hot Cams, Hot Rods, Pivot Works, Factory Tech Suspension, Pro Circuit, RK Chains, QTM Brakes, Tag Metals, P-Lok, K& N Air Filters, Edward Jones Investments, Athena, PitsterPro, ARC levers and UFO plastic, Hinson