Faces at the Races|Regina National Round 4
By Billy Rainford
“You’ll have to forgive my tardiness, I had to kill a man…”
If you can tell me where that quote is from, you get a free sticker. It’s time for our weekly look at the people under the helmets and around the race track. I had to leave Regina, eventually, so this week’s ‘Faces’ is a little later than we would have liked. It doesn’t matter which way you go when you leave Saskatchewan, there’s a lot of open space to cover! Remember, this is all in good fun, so here’s ‘Faces at the Races’ for round 4 of the 2016 Rockstar Energy MX Nationals at Moto Valley just outside Regina.
Let’s Start with Saturday and the final round of the Women’s West Nationals. Congratulations to #50 Shelby Turner on winning the #1 plate for 2017.
There’s your top 10 overall: Danika White, Kristin Tse, Courtney Stelter, Kate Lees, Madi Watt, Brittany Danyluk, Dominique Daffé, Lexi Pechout, Sara King, and Shelby Turner.
The podium for the final round that included #44 Kennedy Lutz who was in a league of her own in Regina.
Lexi Pechout will be tough to beat when she gets the whole ‘jumping’ side of moto figured out.
Nobody really likes to get the Hard Charger Award because it rarely means you got the holeshot and checked out…
The winning scooters for the day.
They may not be getting rich, but the women always get the coolest trophies and prizes!
Both Shelby and Courtney blasted off after the races and headed straight to ‘Red Bull Rocks and Logs’ in Calgary, which Lexi won…again.
Getting a bird’s eye view from atop the Honda Canada GDR Fox Racing rig.
Cycle North’s Kourtney Lloyd giving Sara King some final encouragement.
Kennedy Lutz looks even faster this year after spending so much time at Real Deal MX. Did I mention she’s racing Loretta Lynn’s in the Ladies and 450 C classes?
The colours of pre-race tension and anxiety.
#93 Jamie Routley and Courtney Stelter before a moto.
“I said Captain, he said Watt…” Anyone?
Sara went down hard in the first moto and was a little shaken up heading into the final one.
I wish I could say Dave MacGregor didn’t see me taking this shot, but…
Some nice product placement here.
“No, I’m trying to get a shot of you putting it on…take it off and do that again!” Wink, wink.
You know those graphics that show a caveman developing over the eons? Well, this, I’m afraid, is now the final one in the sequence.
Well, I guess everyone will see this poster at some point in the day, right?
Yes, we actually were keeping Darryl Danyluk up.
Past champion, Denaye Arnett, is due to be a mom very soon!
There is some serious moto history in this conversation.
Lexi with the game face.
Madi likes to keep things a little lighter.
Jared Petruska with a near smile before a moto.
“Wait, did you just call me old?”
Take a bow and a break, Kristi Moore.
Hey, you were at the FXR ride day!
John is one of the last guys whose last name should be ‘Meaney.’
Let’s see you dislocate almost every finger on your right hand in the first moto and still line up for moto two! That was impressive, Kristin Tse.
A few pre-race smiles…
Brittany Danyluk keeping things serious.
Hey, I’m old school, so you can just imagine how high Shawn Robinson’s clutch lever looks to me!
Kennedy, you can’t show up at the final round and NOT think I’m going to chase you around for a photo!I showed Emily this photo and she asked me, “What’s in Yorkton?” I replied, “Hey, I’ve been there and I can’t answer that question.” Sorry, Yorkton, but I thought that was funny. Oh wait, Schrader’s! Schrader’s is in Yorkton, Saskatchewan.
He’d better get used to people snapping pics if his sons, Connor and Taylor Arsenault, keep improving the way they are.
Isn’t this how OJ got off?
Headed for the prize table.
Hurry up and get the new hose done so we can have some Biros in Walton!
“Rollin’ in my 25.0. Ragtop down so my hair can flow…” Vanilla gets another reference!
Kevin Thompson made the trek out to Regina.
Brett Metcalfe showing some intensity in Regina.
Colton Facciotti cuts a mean profile!
Nobody likes a kiss-up, Cade Clason!
#800 Mike Alessi having a serious discussion with the gate and start straight. It worked, because he pulled the 2nd moto holeshot and broke the goose egg.
Unfortunately for the rest of the field, #118 Davi Millsaps had the same conversation before the first moto and led wire to wire.
#1 Matt Goerke is NOT happy watching as Millsaps takes control of the MX1 class.
Brad Nauditt getting his TV interview after the first moto.
Riley Brough with the classic over the head of Dusty Humphries. Good luck tomorrow at Red Bud.
#33 Eric Jeffery before a moto.
Davi Millsaps might just be thinking of what’s for dinner, he’s been that dominant so far.
A little product placement shot.
#18 Brad Nauditt getting set to head out for qualifying.
Hey, Kyle Springman, how many motos are we having in Regina this year?
Hey, McCoy Brough, can you answer the same question but look cooler when answering it?
Eric and JC Bujold made the trip out to Regina.
“Who IS this #44 guy, anyway???”
Dylan Delaplace before his first coffee Sunday morning. He probably doesn’t even drink coffee, but…
You don’t HAVE to be named Dylan to be a fast, young mxer, but it seems to help these days.
Josh ‘Squishy’ Cox. It makes it easier with 2 Joshes in the Redemption pit.
Fast American B rider, Nolan Heppner, and the Minnesota gang.
Nolan was leading the first MX2 moto but crashed hard heading into a rhythm section and was done for the day. Hope you’re feeling better today, Nolan.
Is that something over there I should be shooting?
I dare you to ask Shawn Maffenbeier how his day went Sunday… Oh well, that’s his ‘off day’ out of the way for the summer.
Kaven Benoit is the real deal in the MX1 class. He was the only one who kept an eye on Davi in the first moto. A random rear wheel mishap took him out of the 2nd.
#28 Keylan Meston.
Like his teammate in the MX1 class, #4 Cole Thompson is proving tough to beat in MX2.
I don’t know whose bike this was in the back of a truck, but it was cool.
And then a Doug went through a tunnel…
Unfortunately, this is how #32 Michael DaSilva watched the races in Regina. His broken scaphoid will keep him out for a while.
I didn’t get to spend as much time as I would have liked with these two Regina gems! Next year…
Davi getting his onstage interview for the crowd.
Mike was pumped to finally get a Royal Distributing Holeshot Award in Regina. It’s hard to believe it was his first one.
Davi’s mechanic, Paul Delaurier, had a rough start to his morning when the KTM 450 wasn’t cooperating. He obviously got it sorted out.
Ooh, that’s nice stoic moment from Donk.
I knew he couldn’t hold it!
Remember in ‘The Princess Bride’ when Fessic was told to go faster and he said, “I thought I WAS going faster?!”
Well then don’t point behind him, Steve Simms!
In retrospect, this was a TERRIBLE place to stand!
“Go that way really really fast. If something gets in your way, turn.” Name that movie.
Brad’s 2017 pink Shift gear was a big hit in the second moto.
#69 Ryeley Gallup snagged a huge holeshot in the second MX2 moto.
There were a lot of MX101 FXR Yamaha guys in the winner’s circle.
Dylan Wright is looking forward to heading east where he expects to frequent the podium.
Steph LeBlanc is already comfortable on the podium.
KTM’s Claudie Lapointe gets ‘Top Traveler Award’ for her crazy time out west.
#20 Jess Pettis looked solid at Moto Valley.
See what I’m saying? He was easy to spot out there.
OK, last one.
Matt Goerke is hoping for some luck as we head to the sands of Gopher Dunes.
We’ve seen too much of this pose from the defending champion, so far.
Andy White gets ready to shoot our ‘DMX Weekly Wrap Up Show Presented by FXR,’ and says, “see you at the races…”