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Faces at the Races | Kamloops – Round 1 | Presented by OTSFF

Faces at the Races | Kamloops – Round 1 | Presented by OTSFF Photos and Captions by Billy Rainford I wait a long time for this time of year to come around. I’ve never really claimed to be a top notch photographer, so when the column is based around people standing around, not moving a whole lot, it’s feeds more to my strengths as a photography ‘hobbyist.’ To be honest,

Monday Morning Coffee

Monday Morning Coffee By Billy Rainford The time for guessing and speculating is done. We have an answer: Christophe Pourcel could win this thing. No, it shouldn’t surprise anyone – he’s the 2006 World Champion and a 2-time East 250 Supercross champion. He’s got, probably, the best credentials we’ve ever seen in Canada to race our series. But let’s start with the MX2 class. #12 Shawn Maffenbeier won Kamloops in

Monday Morning Coffee | Presented by Race Tech

Monday Morning Coffee | Presented by Race Tech By Billy Rainford Well, this is it, the last Monday Morning Coffee we’ll have for a couple months that doesn’t follow a round of the Rockstar Energy MX Nationals. It seems like forever, but we’ll finally be back at it this weekend at Whispering Pines in Kamloops, BC. My plan was to actually already be on the road today, but I have

Monday Morning Coffee

Monday Morning Coffee By Billy Rainford Happy Victoria Day Monday. We didn’t get the weather we were hoping for here in Southwestern Ontario. In fact, I was up on the roof again laying bricks on top of the blue tarp that was needed to keep the water from entering our kitchen through the skylight. Temporary fix, yes, but it was all I could do! The sun has finally come out

Monday Morning Coffee

Monday Morning Coffee By Billy Rainford Good morning and welcome to another new week. If you’re reading this from anywhere in the mid-to-eastern part of the country, you’re pretty happy to see the sun this morning. What is going on with all the rain, so far this spring?! It has been coming down in biblical proportions lately. According to my iPhone weather app, we have made it through the bleakness

McThoughts | East Rutherford SX | 450 Class

McThoughts | East Rutherford SX | 450 Class By Jeff McConkey What a crazy race! Eli Tomac went into the 2nd-to-last round of the season as the sole points leader, up by 3 points on Ryan Dungey. Dungey had to go for the win, no more Mr. Consistency, he needed every available point. There are always thoughts of team tactics, when championships are this close at the end of the

McThoughts | East Rutherford SX | 250 Class

McThoughts | East Rutherford SX | 250 Class By Jeff McConkey On Saturday night, we were treated to a great 250 East SX race. It was the second-to-last round and it looked like Joey Savatgy was going to cruise to his first professional title. Well, this is SX, and anything can happen. Just when you think something is a given, it’s gone in an instant. While riding comfortably in 2nd

Monday Morning Coffee

Monday Morning Coffee By Billy Rainford “The silicone chip inside her head gets switched to overload…” Yep, as I sit here typing, the rain continues to fall in my neck of the Canadian woods. Southwestern Ontario is getting bombarded with spring rain lately. I realize it’s supposed to be wet at this time of year, but this seems to be a little excessive! In fact, Motopark actually had to cancel their Amateur

McThoughts | Salt Lake SX | 450 Class

McThoughts | Salt Lake SX | 450 Class By Jeff McConkey Going into Salt Lake City tied in points, Ryan Dungey and Eli Tomac had all eyes on them. Dungey has been the super consistent one, while Tomac has had the incredible raw speed. Early on in the season, Tomac was getting awful starts and Dungey was starting well. Eli trailed Ryan by as many as 29 points, and when

McThoughts | Salt Lake SX | 250 Class

McThoughts | Salt Lake SX | 250 Class By Jeff McConkey Justin Hill can now add his name to the list of 250 SX Champions. It was going to take a huge mistake or a mechanical failure for Hill not to win this championship. He started off the season well, and then a 4 race win streak before the break, really cemented his title hopes. Justin was able to secure