Faces at the Races – Canada AX Tour: Sarnia
By Billy Rainford
My favourite part about going to these races is snagging photos of people being people. Sometimes you just point a camera at someone and let the magic happen. In hindsight, I really wish I had more photos with helmets off from back when my family used to frequent races. With that in mind, let’s see what the people in Sarnia had for us when I pointed my camera in their direction…
Guess which mechanic’s area I found THESE in. Here’s a hint: he’s from Quebec. LOL
Ayrton Pomeroy is many things, but camera shy isn’t one of them.
I caught our buddy Mitch Goheen fully ‘Wiebing’ Wes Wrozyna.
Dan Beaton is the Head Referee for the Canada AX Tour.
Jacob Williamson has some pretty trick and expensive stuff hidden on his Kawasaki. That’s a wireless hour meter and air triple clamps. Cha-ching!
And there’s Jacob now.
Hey, Nathan Bles! DO you have that whoop section dialed perfectly yet? Too soon?
Cale Foster with Dylan Wright’s Yamaha 250.
Westen Wrozyna waiting for practice to start.
Cole Thompson tried to find a quiet place to rest, but that’s difficult with me lurking.
Josh Snider checking his Instagram page.
Jarrod, Frenchie, and Scott Champion listening to the riders’ meeting.
See that little box way above the track over there? That’s where we did the LIVE broadcast from.
So, is that lowering or raising the forks, Steph? “I’m lowering the front end but raising the forks.” Gotcha.
Dyan Wright with a pre-race hug from his mom.
Team Goheen. This was pretty cool. The Goheens had all the riders who helped them out at OCMC events this summer. They all pitted and hung out together.
I see a smile hidden in there, Mitch!
A big part of Josh’s weekend consisted of telling Nathan that arenacross is very different from motocross, so stop beating yourself up. It was a common conversation among young Canadian riders and their people.
Jacob Hayes was running the red plates in the 250 class.
Chris Blose was actually pretty sick this past weekend. His performances were impressive.
WCK Honda display in the infield.
Young Preston Masciangelo between motos with his dad.
It was a perfect day to sit around on the picnic tables Saturday.
Kyle Thompson was busy running all over the place again this weekend.
Dan Goheen’s new Facebook profile photo. “What’s this Facebook thing?”
#46 Marco Cannella and the rest of the intermediate riders waiting to hit the track.
He actually beat me to the Captain Morgan caption idea.
Cannella and Goheen.
#14 Kyle Brown getting himself in the zone.
Paul Bingham waits his turn.
I kind of liked this photo op, but this guy really didn’t seem impressed that I snapped a shot. Meh, whatever…
This indoor grandstand got pretty full both nights.
Those are the wheel marks from when young Masciagelo bogged when he went for the finish line double on his 50. He was fine.
He was clearing it easily the rest of the time.
My LIVE broadcast co-commentator, Chris Pomeroy.
Taylor Ciampichini working the electronics at the finish line.
Chloe Metcalfe had a run in with another rider. She crossed the finish line and her rear wheel stopped. That’s Zack Zager pushing it back to the pits with a badly bent rear sprocket.
To the trailer, James….er, Janice.
Jarrod giving Chris Blose a new clutch.
That’s our long lost friend Emile ‘Squid’ Cooper. He won a race or two. Nice to see you, Squid!
Jamey and Kyle Keast both arms akimbo.
Bend at the knees, Mitch, not the neck!
An actual ‘profile pic’ of Dan Beaton.
Jeff Thompson was one of the many Thompsons with a job to do.
Jacob Hayes getting psyched for battle.
Cole Thompson and his mechanic, Steph.
Dylan Wright took a nasty fall in the whoops during practice but he still raced the rest of the night.
All Frenchie needs is a flat-head screwdriver and he can work magic!
Psst, Cale, there’s still a tag on your hat. Someone wake Cale up!
Julien Perrier with Scott Champion’s ride.
Keeping Karl Normand’s bike ready for him.
Drew Roberts waiting by himself off to the side.
I totally stole this angle from Randy Wiebe.
Champion hamming it up.
Just a minor infield crash.
That’s Paige who is the one behind the camera for the LIVE broadcasts.
Were you racing arenacross at this age?
This kind of experience will be very valuable as these kids progress.
I don’t think Preston pulled one holeshot but he won every race!
Dusty Wise was the one to beat in his age class races.
Matthew Desormeux catching up on some social media between races.
Those are some fast young dudes, right there.
Mitch keeping it cool between motos…and before black flags. Sorry, Mitch. See you at the races…