Team Faith Race Report - Walton

August 25, 2008

Submitted by:  Josh Snider

The final round of the Nationals was in Walton Ontario. Brent Carlson from Mainland Sand and Gravel, and his son Trevor came out from Surry B.C. to experience the event with us for the week.

Sunday morning at the devotional I talked about the importance of fellowship. To neglect Christian meetings is to give up the encouragement and help of other Christians. We gather together to share our faith and strengthen one another in the Lord. True fellowship combines social and spiritual interaction, and it is made possible only through a living relationship with Christ. I used verses from Hebrews 10:25 and 1 John 1:3-4.

First MX2 moto I got a mid pack start and was in 16th position for most of the race. I fell in a rut with a few laps to go but passed back to 16th and finished there.

First MX1 moto after the first lap I was in 14th position then got passed by a few riders that put me back to 18th place where I stayed for most of the race, but I fell in the same rutted corner as the first MX2 moto and was passed by a bunch of riders putting me back further to 22nd. I was feeling very confident still and put on a charge for the rest of the race and passed them all back and tried to stuff one last rider for 17th place in the last corner but I was unable to get by.

Second MX2 moto I was asked by the T.V crew to wear a helmet cam for the race. No one has ever worn it during a race before so it was a great opportunity for me. All they really wanted was to capture the action on the first lap. I got a good start and was in the top 10 for a few corners until a rider fell in front of me across a bunch of ruts in a corner.  I was still inside the top 20 so I kept going. At about the halfway point of the race I lost all my energy and had to slow up finishing 22nd.

Second MX1 moto I showed up at the line feeling like I had nothing left for a fight. I had to get a good start and hold on to it if I wanted to finish in the top 20. Coming in to the first turn I was in good position until around the sweeper a rider in front of me fell and I just bearly hit him causing me to go down as well. I picked up my bike and got going again thinking that it's not over yet. I started to put on a catch up charge when after a high speed straightaway I almost crashed again. At that point I realized I actually did have nothing left and I needed to play it safe and finish the race, which I did in 24th position.

In some ways I think I should of pulled off part way after my second MX2 moto to save energy to score points in my MX1 class. But I set out with a goal of finishing all 4 motos and I did, which only a handful of riders have ever accomplished in this series.  Overall in the MX1 points I finished 20th.

There is a large amount of people behind the scenes that have put a lot of effort into helping this team, in many ways, be a success both as a ministry and race team. To everyone who has helped us out even in the smallest of ways, thank you very much for your commitment and support. We look forward to what God has in store for our future.  

Also I would like to say thank you for the support given by Mainland Sand and Gravel ltd. New-Way Motorsports, Canadian Kawasaki Motors, Friesen Plastic Products ltd. Wild West Fencing inc. Fly Racing, Enzo Racing.