Faces at the Races – A2 Supercross
By Billy Rainford
Photos by Tyler Spikman (@spikman) and Bigwave
Here’s our weekly look at some of the people under the helmets and in the pits at the 2nd Anaheim Supercross in Anaheim, California this past Saturday.
Angel Stadium as the show goes on while we’re out wandering the pits.
There were some empty seats inside, but there weren’t many.
Getting Cole Thompson set up for what would be a very disappointing day.
Cole warming up on the bike, pre-race.
Spikman and I both wandered during track walk and snapped as many shots as we could.
Monster Energy’s 9-5er, Josh Hill.
As the old saying goes, “If it weren’t for bad luck…”
“Gooooooo!” Still no?
Jake Weimer either visualizing the rhythms or taking a quick cat nap.
CT staying hydrated.
We’ll know soon what the damage to Dean Wilson’s knee is. Everyone do a ligament dance for him.
Ryan Lockhart made the trip down to Los Angeles for this one.
Marvin Musquin keeping warm.
KTM Jr SX competitor.
It was all smiles…if you weren’t the ones who had to blitz those whoops!
Apparently, Wil Hahn sees something over there.
Ryan Dungey eyeing up the tricky whoops section. The guy on the right says, “Meh, I’ve seen tougher.”
Chad Reed puts an Australian mind control hold over the whoops.
Mitchell Oldenburg is really close to a breakout weekend.
Sometimes, I’d really like to be a fly on the wall of this pit.
Cooper Webb wondering who this “2016 Spikman” fella is.
Our buddy, Blake Savage, has a new role as training partner for Ken Roczen. Watch for a story soon here on the site.
Adam Entiknap goes swish on a left-handed jump shot.
Jimmy Decotis wondering what all the whoops hype is about.
Sure, Robbie Feder, you don’t have to worry, it’s the other two who are trying to blitz them!
Cole Seely keeping things light during track walk.
Jason Thomas either self ‘slap chopping’ himself or explaining what perpendicular means.
Kyle Chisholm’s bike looked lonely in the pits Saturday night.
The Slaton Racing guys got an early start on packing up, unfortunately.
It’s actually pretty quiet in the pits once qualifying is done.
Getting Brayton’s bike ready for the main.
This is how the team’s watch the racing most Saturday nights.
Watching from the Tomac pit.
Chad Reed getting a little pre-race adjustment.
While Goose gets the bike ready for another great performance.
We actually watched the races from up in the flaccid Churro section.(Blurry photo but I really wanted that caption!)
This young guy tripped and fell and had a nasty stitch line on his forehead…that he could NOT stop picking at!
Donk had the #127 ready for racing.
There were lots of Canadians at A2. That’s Robin Hutchinson and Josh Snider. Our big dinner plans turned into Panda Express in the stands…
The guy on the left is the world heavyweight arm-wrestling champion. He took on all comers and they were offering up $5000 to anyone who could beat him. The money was safe. I only compete for 10!
I don’t know why, but Kyle Cunningham’s bike looks really good to me.
Let’s hope James Stewart feels better for next week.
Adam Entiknap was very busy socializing in his pit with fans.
Double world jump record holder, Washington State’s Alex Harvill.
Alex Ray signing autographs.
Aussie Aussie Aussie!
Cade Clason’s bike in the pits.
Donk heading to work. (It has been brought to my attention that this is NOT Donk, but Donk doesn’t know who it is!)
Longest. Pit. Ever.
You think this is what that hoody designer had in mind?
The game was to keep this Toyota pick up in the middle balancing point as long as you could.
My across-the-street neighbour had this bike. It’s what started my whole motocross fantasy and love.
The Legends of Motocross have a great set up at these things. Be sure to check it out when you get to a race.
Ryan Dungey addresses the crowd during opening ceremonies.
Hey, remember this?
The Slaton Racing pit.
I’m curious to see the results from this guy’s rather technical set up.
Damn, I wish I had more photo skills!
That’s Craig Fortune and Heidi MacDonald.
Robbie getting Vince Friese’s bike prepped for the main.
Hey, look, it’s Rickbradshaw from Schrader’s in Yorkton, SK! He was in town for the Fox festivities.
The KTMJSX kids at their riders meeting.
I’m not exactly sure here, but I think the girl on the right arm wrestles regularly.
Tyler Bowers in the crowd to take in some west coast SX action.
Get back to work, Spikman!
When the bikes are in the tunnel, many riders hit the stands to rest and prepare.
There’s Troy Smith from Maple Ridge Motorsports.
There were big line ups for autographs.
Cole Thompson’s practice ended on the mule, holding his bloodied face.
Cole fell again in the timed practice but still saddled up to try to race his heat.
Phil Nicoletti and Alex Martin.
That’s Fredrik Noren and last year’s mechanic.
Not a whole lot to talk about sometimes.
I must have been standing beside Spikman for this one.
#40 Kyle Peters.
My apologies to legend Jeff Ward but it’s the only one I snapped of him.
Dungey ready for another top night.
It’s all about preparation, kids. People don’t plan to fail, they fail to plan!
“OK, now just relax and walk the track like normal, Chad.”
Mike Larocco telling the guys to just stay smooth.
The Doc and The Man.
No, I was wrong. There’s Jeff Ward again.
Not yet, Andrew Short.
Chad Reed and Michael Byrne.
Cole checking out the track. It was technical.
Can you imagine those whoops on a 50?!
“Um, dad, have you seen these things?!”
“I’ll just rail that berm and blitz these things, k dad?”
Slaton Racing’s Zac Commans (right) checking things out with his team.
Oh, you’re definitely getting in this column!
Seriously, the whoops had everyone worried.
Adam and his brother Tyler Entiknap (shown) live the dream together.
I really wish I could tell you what Noren was saying right at this time. I told him I wouldn’t.
Billy Laninovich. remember when that name gave announcers fits?
Tyla Rattray walking the track with Oldenburg.
Nick Wey on the track but without his bike.
Buddy Antunez was a mini rider phenom back in my day.
#28 Weston Peick was back after his one-week suspension.
Yep, we’ll see you in Canada next summer, boys!
Christophe Pourcel laid back all practice then threw in a fast one to finish 2nd fastest.
Jason Anderson sits 3rd in the 450 standings.
It may be blurry, but that’s how I remember John Tomac’s mountain bike riding anyway.
PG* Steve Matthes says, “See you at the races…”