Photo Report | 2016 Mini O’s | Wednesday SX Finals
By Billy Rainford
It was one final after another today on the last day of racing on the Supercross track at Gatorback Cycle Park. The weather has been warming up steadily as the week moves on and the morning was actually above freezing for the first gate drop of the day. I’m sleeping in a tent, so I really appreciated the rise in temperature.
37 main events were run, so let’s get to the action…
It was the final day of SX racing and probably the last time I’ll be standing on this side of the banners.
Every race was a main event today.
The day started with the national anthem and then the gate dropped on the 250 A class.
Is it OK if we start now, Tim Bennett from TCD?
They do an optional sight lap for anyone who wants it at 7:30am ant then the racing start. Jordan Bailey was ready.
Would #71 Challen Tennant be able to hold off Sean Cantrell?
Tennant got out to the early lead and didn’t look back. Actually, he gapped the rest pretty well for the win.
Behind him, #37 Cantrell and #133 Bailey battled it out like this to the checkered flag with Cantrell taking 2nd and Bailey 3rd.
#402 Brandon Hartranft raced RJ’s this year and was way at the back at the start of this one. He pulled off for a DNF in this one.
Remember #44 Nolan Heppner from Regina this year? He was leading and then crashed his brains out in the whoops and that’s when all that kerfuffle about the red cross flag. He’s an A class rider full time now and took 11th.
#50 Austin Winslow took the 250 B LTD win.
Hannah Hodges was in that 250 B Ltd. final but pulled out after crashing and hurting her wrist a bit. She was in the very next moto, anyway!
Canadian #25 Estrella Cemovic was in this one too, the Women 14+ final.
Cemovic had some troubles but got up quickly and finished 12th.
Following the script, Hodges took the win pretty easily.
The 85 (9-11) final hits the first turn with Canadian #22 Preston Masciangelo being forced well wide.
Preston is scored a 30 in this one.
#329 Matthew Leblanc took the win.
#75 Evan Ferry (yes, that Ferry) was 4th and looked solid.
That’s #70 John Grewe and #31 Barry Carsten bar to bar for a change at one of these things. Grewe took the win. Carsten took Vet 35+ though.
Earl May was 3rd.
#122 Carson Mumford with the holeshot in the Supermini 1 final.
#101 Canadian Matthew Cemovic moved up a few places to 25th.
Remember Ethan Mann from the TransCan? He was 10th.
Mumford was untouchable and took the win.
Actually, #510 Seth Hammaker was pretty close to him in this one.
Cemovic takes the checkers.
Luke Fauser took 51 (7-8) Ltd.
#930 Seth Dennis took the youngest class.
Hang in there!
Can’t you just picture the high side that should follow this position? He hung on.
This little rider had to be the smallest racer of the week. And check out the cool name: Kayky De Pinho.
#99 Lance Kobusch was up next in Schoolboy 2. He held off #382 Tanner Stack for 2nd.
Canadian #184 Tanner Ward battled to a 13th.
Kobusch and Stack.
I missed #343 Max Filipek earlier in the week.
Here he is with Austin Watling.
#343 Max Filipek on the motocross track. Max finished 21st in 450B and 15th in 450B Ltd..
He was in some good bar to bar racing.
Nobody could touch Muh-muh-muh….Jo Shimoda. (The Knack reference. Sorry)
Holeshot, check out. That’s how you do it, Jo.
450 A was next. Hartranft was on Cantrell in his heat so he was hoping for another shot at a win.
Tennant had his pre-race game look on lockdown.
Shameless sponsor plug!
Let’s cut to the chase. Cantrell won it…and I’m not too proud to scoop someone else’s photo set up.
#2 Parker Ross was 3rd in the 65 (7-11) final.
Haiden Deegan took the win ahead of #12 Kyle Smith.
Tim, there’s more!
85 (12-13) Ltd. hits turn 1.
That always sucks.
Canadian #494 Thomas Rendall was in this one and took 19th.
He got better and better as the week went on, looking much more comfortable.
#79 Jett Reynolds was solid, taking 2nd in this one.
#428 Nathanael Thrasher took the win.
#73 Hardy Munoz is an exciting rider to watch. He was 2nd in Schoolboy 1 but 1st Hardy.
Marcus Phelps was out front and looking good but suffered bike problems and took a DNF.
#352 Jalek Swoll took the win.
Jalek gets his time on the mic with Kevin Kelly.
Phelps when his bike slowed on him.
#12 Kyle Smith won the 65 (10-11) Ltd. class.
As the week wears on at the Mini O’s, you always see a growing number of establish Pro superstars on hand, like Malcolm Stewart.
The 450B Ltd. final was next but there was a short break for track maintenance…Stephan Watling really should have gotten more comfortable.
Hey look, it’s Robert Filipek!
The short break became something else.
Sorry, you’re not the Herb we’re looking for… (old commercial reference)
I actually shot video of this one, so I don’t have any pics. Austin Watling (left) was 17th and Max Filipek was 14th.
Thrasher also took the Mini Sr. title.
Rendall was 16th.
#22 Preston Masciangelo was 24th in 85 (9-11).
250 Pro Sport hits turn 1.
Cantrell took this one with Tennant on him the whole time.
Tennant got around Bailey and went after the lead.
Bailey took 3rd with Hartranft behind him.
That’s how close it was!
Baby Haven Chisholm with the happy parents. Kyle is still working on his Supercross program for 2017.
I always joke how it’s a bad idea to talk about politics down here…and then we start.
#128 Carter Halpain has had a solid week so far. He took the 250 B class title.
Watling got out to a top 15 start and was charging in the 250 B final.
But then a rider fell right in front of him and took him down.
Like a true Canadian, he got his number.
Then stood up and almost took Tanner Ward out!
Tanner was way at the back off the start and fought up to 14th at the flag.
Marco Cannella was up in 5th off the start and had a good battle going with Tanner Stack.
Stack eventually got by him.
I had Marco down for a top 5 in this one, but they’re showing him in 9th?
Halpain was pretty happy about the win.
Matthew gets set for his Supermini 2 final.
Carson Mumford took the Supermini 2 win…and Mini Sr.
Even wheelying like this, he grabbed the holeshot!
Matthew was 19th.
Tanner Ward was 25th in 450 B.
Marco had a solid ride and took 6th.
#327 Brandon Gourlay said he enjoyed the Supercross for his first try.
He was 13th in the College final but said he felt much more at home when he hit the mx track for practice.
Hey, I forgot to tell Kyle Regal he missed his Frid’Eh Update week.
It’s all about the motocross track for the rest of the week. See you at the races…