Faces at the Races|Calgary Round 3

By Billy Rainford

Photos by Bigwave and Jeff McConkey

It’s time for our weekly look under the helmets in our favourite column, ‘Faces at the Races.’ Here’s round 3 of the Rockstar Energy MX Nationals at Wild Rose MX Park in Calgary, Alberta.

Remember, this is all in good fun. No animals or feelings were hurt in the production of this column.


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20160619- Derek Schuster

GDR’s Derek Schuster was down a rider Sunday, but that didn’t stop him from working on a 250. He and Adam Turner headed to Brad Nauditt’s pit and did a motor swap and set.


We had the rare opportunity to snag a photo of two Canadians with the red plates early Sunday morning.

20160619-Cole Thompson Colton Facciotti

What do you think Colton is saying to Cole here?

20160619Dylan Wright

#17 Dylan Wright getting a bit of foot relief before putting his boot on.


Checking out the riders’ meeting.

20160619-Davi Millsaps

Kevin Tyler put me up to taking this shot of Davi Millsaps watching as Paul Kingsley goes over the flags. Too soon? Just a joke, people!

20160619-Davi Millsaps

Someone ISN’t laughing.


Lets see YOU get a normal shot of Shawn Maffenbeier!

20160619-Alex Eric Jeffery

Team Jeffery.

20160619-Paul Kingsley

Paul Kingsley leading riders’ through the race day morning meeting.

20160619-Ryeley Gallup

We wanted to get #69 Ryeley Gallup to slowly ride past us without a helmet again for the video but were too embarrassed to ask. “Rag top down so my hair can flow…”

20160619-Morgan Burger

#19 Morgan Burger heading back to the pits.


“Do you know that guy with the camera, cuz I don’t!”


Casey Keast and Kyle Springman.


Idaho/Utah invasion.

20160619-Dylan Kaelin

This was not to be #324 Dylan Kaelin’s day.

20160618-Jamie Munro

It’s great news that #6 Jamie Munro doesn’t have anything broken after her rough crash Saturday.


Lot’s of great giveaways at the Women’s West Prize Table.


Sometimes, 300ml is all you need to make it through.

20160618-Lexi Pechout

#151 Lexi ‘Fo-Sho’ Pechout.

20160618-Sara King

#1w Sara King.

20160618Shelby Turner

#50 Shelby Turner.

20160618-Shelby Turner

She grabbed both RTR Performance holeshot cheques.

20160618-Lexi Pechout



Kourtney Lloyd helping Sara…read a book??!!

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20160618 Dominique Daffé

#5 Dominique Daffé is usually smiling.

20160618- Jamie Burmey

#447 Jamie Burmey turned a lot of heads Saturday.

20160618- Rod Matechuk

Just give me photo credit for your new FB profile pic, Rod Matechuk.

20160618- Doug Pettis

Tracey Biro and Doug Pettis yukking it up.

20160618- Kyle Swanson

Kyle Swanson is helping out #551 Mitchell Bradbury and vice versa.

20160619- Vince Friese

#55 Vince Friese and Robbie Feder looking like an old married couple.

20160619-Brett Metcalfe

#3 Brett Metcalfe getting ready for action.


#27 Shawn Robinson pre-race.

20160619-Vince Friese

Vince becoming one with the start gate. It worked in the first moto and he pulled the Royal Distributing Holeshot.

20160619 Mike Alessi

You heard me, your teammate pulled a holeshot!

20160619-Davi Millsaps Brett Metcalfe

Two happy dad’s on Father’s Day.


Canadian red plate photo op. Thanks for setting this up, Kevin Thompson.

20160619-Robbie Feder

Rock ‘n roll is the hard life!

20160619- Mike Smith

Mike Smith gives us this look a lot.

20160619-Marcus Nilsen

Florida’s Marcus Nilsen in the pits.

20160619 Steph LeBlanc

Steph LeBlanc quietly keeps the big orange machine ticking on race days.

20160619- Steve Simms

Steve Simms made a mess of his shin with a very sharp foot peg. Yes, that needs stitches, Steve!

20160619-Adam Turner

Why isn’t Tim Horton’s involved in moto at some level?

20160619- Cole Thompson

Not sure what Cole Thompson calls this look, but it’s definitely NOT Blue Steel.

20160619-Derek Medaglia

Derek Medaglia is still hands on in the Husky pits. One more year, Derek?

20160619-Cade Clason

A combo Blue Steel/Duck Face from Cade Clason.

20160619-Davey Fraser

If it doesn’t fit, you must acquit!


“Did someone just make an OJ reference?” Too soon?

20160619-Kevin Tyler

“Sorry, can’t talk right now. These hotdogs aren’t gonna vend themselves!”

20160619-Josh Cox

Josh Cox definitely had the busiest weekend of anyone. Ask him!


These Arsenault boys are poised to make their splash very soon.

20160619- Dylan Kaelin

Dylan Kaelin was feeling it early in the day.

20160619- Damon Back

That’s #486 Damon Back from Utah. Yes, another rider from Utah.

20160619-Cole Thompson

Cole Thompson with a quiet moment before the action starts.

20160619- Davey Fraser

It’s fun to watch riders prep their concrete start pads.

20160619-Jess Pettis

#20 Jess Pettis putting the finishing touches on his.

20160619- Jess Pettis

Then took time for a little hand jive…jazz hands?

20160619- Casey Keast JSR

I hope they’re talking about what I hope they’re talking about…

20160619- Brandan Leith

#70 Brandan Leith will be in Regina, and then…

20160619-Tyler Medaglia

#5 Tyler Medaglia nails the Blue Steel.

20160619- Paul DeLaurier Davi Millsaps

Paul DeLaurier and Davi Millsaps.

20160619-JSR Kaven Benoit

JSR and Kaven Benoit talk start strategy…and it works!

20160619-Mike Alessi

You’re allowed to use things you find around the start area.

20160619- Matt Goerke

“I was coming in like brrrraap, and he just came in and was like brrrraap straight into me!”

20160619- Mark Worth

#101 Mark Worth wondering who exactly Jeff McConkey is. We all have the same questions, Mark.

20160618- Ross Thompson

Gotcha, Ross Thompson!


Clear vision is a priority.


Well, this isn’t gonna be a very exciting dirt bike race!


I remember when we all had the can-shaped WD-40 stickers on our bikes because they sponsored EVeryone!

20160618 Derek Medaglia

When Derek Medaglia has to resort to a little handbook, look out!


Maybe it was instructions on how to apply the red Locktite?

20160618- Kevin Tyler

Kevin Tyler checking out some racing.

20160618- Shawn Maffenbeier

Maff as 30-second guy.


It’s holeshot time!


Conversely, Dominique’s BF, Jared Petruska, is tough to get a smile out of.

20160618 Madi Watt

Madi Watt and her support team.


Helping #30 Courtney Stelter.

20160618 Brittany Danyluk

Team Danyluk.


Nervous anticipation.


Kourt and Maff cruisin’.


20160618- Paul

Paul was quick to keep me on the straight and narrow as far as content was concerned.


Adam Turner and Derek Schuster helping out in Brad Nauditt’s pit.

20160619 Johnny Grant

MX101’s Johnny Grant made the trip to Calgary.

20160619 Kevin Tyler

“I’d better Tweet that!”

20160618 Kourtney Lloyd

2016 Team Canada MXON meeting.


Oh ya, you said no profile shots, Mark Stallybrass.


Pretend that didn’t happen…


Keep an eye on #551 Mitchell Bradbury in the future.


Julien Benek and Jacob Piccolo are another two to watch for.

20160618- Jacob Piccolo

There will be a lot of 1st’s beside this guy.


Jared Stock was racing and working retail in Calgary.

20160619- Cole Thompson

#4 Cole Thompson.

20160619- Todd Minnie

Todd Minnie gets told to smooth things out.


I thought you said pull over to watch this fight?!


Three capitals and a small letter. Lemme see what my Psych 101 tells me about that…


Ya, I’ll focus when you get me a pit board with my name on it!!!


They must be short staffed at the Springman’s place.

20160619- Mike Alessi

#800 Mike Alessi wandered over and picked rocks before a 250 moto.

20160619 Dylan Delaplace

#47 Dylan Delaplace.


Mike also took time with Dylan Wright before his moto. Mike is still ‘oh-fer’ on holeshots, believe it or not.


Some product placement.

20160619- Matt Goerke

Matt Goerke won’t smile until he gets some better luck. Maybe this week, Matt.


Davi Millsaps getting his TV interview.


Pull my finger.


Royal Distributing holeshot sward for Vince Friese.

20160619- Mike Alessi

Ricolaaaaaaa…. You have anything better?


The face of a guy who needs a bit of luck.


Rockstar gals through the trees.

20160619 Matt Goerke

Matt Goerke picking his gate.


There looked to be a pretty good crowd on hand in Calgary.

20160619- Jeff McConkey

Jeff ‘McThoughts’ McConkey was in charge of the DMX tweets, and he goes with a one-thumb-only technique!

20160619- Kevin Thompson

“You got to have a wrist band, wrist band, my man…” (Google it, Bowker!)

20160619- Tallon LaFountaine

#259 Tallon LaFountaine.

20160619- Brandan Leith

#70 Brandan Leith.

20160619 Mark Worth

#101 Mark Worth.


Tearing down the FXR booth.


Tearing down the KTM pits.


Cale Foster holding court.

20160619 Derek Medaglia

Oakley AND 100%. Ya, well I was sponsored by Champion and NGK at the same time!


The MX1 podium: Davi Millsaps, Mike Alessi, Brett Metcalfe.

20160619-Davi Millsaps

It was a Happy Father’s Day for Davi Millsaps.

20160619- Brett Metcalfe

Another step onto the podium for Brett Metcalfe.

20160619- Kaven Benoit

#11 Kaven Benoit grabbed the 2nd moto holeshot.

20160619- Davi Millsaps

Anyone else see a little Dan Stenning in there?


Thanks, Royal Distributing!


MX2 podium: Cole Thompson, Shawn Maffenbeier, Mark Worth.


Thanks again.

20160619 Shawn Maffenbeier



Mark gives Cole some congrats.

20160619- Jared Stock

Jared actually captioned this one on his own: “Action Shot.”


That will do it for 2016 in Calgary. It’s time to head east to Regina with the rest of the carnies! See you at the races…

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