Faces at the Races: Florida Mini O's
Most of the cotton fields had already been picked, but this is what greeted us when we stopped in at GPF before we got to Florida.
Cooper Webb will be tough to beat this year. I mentioned it before, but he was racing his 250F in all of the A and Pro Sport races. Look out when he jumps on a 450!
This is what it's all about, no? Moto may be dangerous but it's the best family time I can think of.
Matt Crown hanging on the fence thinking about the titles his son, Joey, was forced to miss out on after a bumped head kept him out of his mx final motos.
Ramyller Alves had the speed to challenge for titles in Supermini but suffered some bad luck. You can see his chain dragging here.
My buddy, Harold Martin, from Motoplayground.com. They posted videos of every race! It took a small army of workers, but they got it done.
Another rider to watch is young Florida rider, Jazzmyn Canfield. She was a stand-out in the Girls (9-11) classes all week.
Jammi Robertson from Thor (left) and Jacqueline Ross taking in some motos. I tried to get a shot of J-Ro with her dad at the Honda rig but it just never worked out. I think they saw me first.
Remember this guy? The 'Troy Adams as a Nurse' experiment has come to an end. He now works for BPM (the guys who do Cole Thompson's motors) and calls their practice facility in Alabama home.
Count the broken bones in this All-Canadian photo. That's Mitch Goheen (left), Kieran Doherty (centre), and Brent Feeney watching motos from their cart.
Canadian, Dave Gowland, is now a honcho at One Industries. He says the economic health of the moto industry is improving, but slowly.
We met these guys at GPF the Saturday before the Mini O's started. She's the only one I got a shot of though.
With the door of the Loudmouth Intakes rented rv open like this, the reflection in the side window was even freakier than this!
That's 'MXers for Jesus' minister, Kevin Cozad, and his son, Austin. Yes, he saw me taking the photo and went with that face. I have 4 others to prove it.
If you want to rile up Dave Smith from racedaypix.com, starts talking about the current political scene in the U.S. While you're at it, bring the topic up with Jacqueline Ross too. #duckandcover!
Young Branden Walther is another name to remember in the future. He won the 65 (7-9) Stock class on the mx track.
I love this shot of Brent Feeney standing beside the chair it was feared he'd be confined to. He suffered a spinal cord injury racing road bikes last year.
Thanks again to Jay Thompson of MXSchools.com for the use of his truck which got me to internet each night.
Brendan logged the most time of anyone on the mechanical bull. He has the strained forearm muscles to prove it.
Brian didn't fare as well as Brendan...and please don't even ask me to post the photos of what this looked like from the other side! Say no to crack.
Neither of these kids could finish the mx portion of the week. Tyler Pantley crashed in a sx start and managed to break his arm and Joey Crown crashed on the mx track and banged his head. Both are extremely fast!
#486 Chase Sexton won 3 titles on the sx track. Jackie Ross attributes it to his 'stand-up' style and predicts great things for him. I can't argue that.
Barry Carsten is a legend and still goes very fast. This photo shows you why you always take more than one shot when taking pics of a person's face. Sorry, Barry.
Reece Rendall (was that a character in the Ramone's movie, Rock and Roll Highschool?) watches as his son, Thomas, heads out for a moto.
Also, remember the name Hannah Hodges. She's got style for days and will win a pro women's title one day.
Canadian Ken Essex is the Account Manager at Next Level Sports Management and works for Kawasaki Racing in the U.S.
I'd have to say that this guy pretty much runs the show. I also think he has a superstition where he has to actually point at every single rider before each moto.
Unfortunately, A-Rod's week was cut short when he crashed hard on the sx track and tweaked his neck.