On the Radar: Devon Arnemann
By Jeff McConkey
Name: Devon Arnemann
Birthday: May 24, 1990
Hometown: Barrhead, AB
School & Grade: Grand Prairie regional college, motorcycle mechanic apprentice 3rd year
Bike: 2013 Honda CRF450R/2014 RMZ250
Race Club: CMRC/Alberta old timers
Classes: MX1 Intermediate, MX2 Intermediate, GP PRO/AM, Under 30 Expert
How did you get started in racing?
When I was younger and finally mounted my first big bike, a 2004 CRF250R, I had made a deal with the local Barrhead Honda dealer for a sponsorship which required me to attend a set amount of races.
What is your favourite track and why?
Temple Hill, Raymond, Alberta. The track is sandy with many elevation changes. The track itself doesn’t have a whole lot of jumps, which I like because it brings out more of the riding the bike as opposed to just having to be able to do all the jumps.
Who is your favourite rider and why?
Right now I’m rooting for Trey Canard. He’s been knocked down hard and always gets back up, which we all know is not an easy thing to do. I respect that, and how proud he is of his faith. I can relate to that myself as well.
What Canadian Pro do you look up to and why?
Colton Facciotti. I’ve been fortunate enough to be able to have watched a couple of his races and how smooth his riding style is blew me away! That someone could link all those sections together so seamlessly.
Who is your hero?
My dad. His passion for this sport has been so strong! It’s because of him we started, and because of him we keep going!
What were your goals for this season?
Originally, to advance to Pro, but because of unforeseen circumstances, that changed and I turned to really building my riding technique, getting out of bad habits and really learning to ride.
What are your biggest accomplishments?
Advancing to the Intermediate class and achieving 3rd overall in the championship my first year as one.
What is your favourite part about going to the races?
I have several. Seeing everyone I know and all my riding buddies is always awesome! Also, the environment. The environment of a race day is something special.
What would you like to when you grow up?
When I’m old? Hopefully, still kicking butt on the trails.
What do you like to do when you aren’t racing?
Not a whole lot. Usually just waiting until I can either go riding or racing again!
Who do you want to thank?
So many people! My family, for sticking by me and motivating me, and helping me go further than I ever thought possible! My sister, Megan, for being my permanent riding buddy, always being with me even if our focus and goals aren’t the same. My girlfriend, Maria, for always pushing me to succeed and keeping my dream alive! All the people who attend the races, my friends and people I don’t know. They’re what make the experience so positive! And all the supporters of the sport, brands, dealers, companies and businesses who, without your support, what we do wouldn’t be possible! And of course, special thanks to my 2014 year sponsors: Barrhead IGA, Barrhead Bumper to Bumper, Lucas Oil, Decal Works, and the Suzuki dealer I’ve recently signed with, C.C. Cycle in Westlock, Alberta.