Photo Report – Round 7 Canadian AX Championships
By Billy Rainford
We’ve only got one round left to determine the champions in the 2015 Future West Canadian AX Championships here in Chilliwack, BC. After what was an extremely cold weekend last week for rounds 5 and 6, the return of the rain was welcomed as it meant the temperature would be a much more reasonable 8-9 degrees.
Cycle North FXR Honda’s Ross Johnson is the defending champion and had a pretty good lead in both classes when the racing began last night, but there were 16 fast Pro riders to try and get in his way. Here’s a look at Friday night at the Chilliwack Heritage Park.
Huge thanks to Cycle North.
The night started with some great national anthems vocals.
#18 Brad Nauditt had a 3-7 night and is a rider who can still win the Pro Open title.
#474 Jake Anstett from Washington got out to an early lead in the Lights but went down in the under portion of the over/under. He finished 6-6.
#87 Kyle Springman had a strange rear brake issue earlier in the night. Ruben and John got on the case right away and sorted him out.
#55 Keylan Meston and #819 Todd Sewell had a nice battle going on.
As always, there was a full docket of amateur racing.
Some last-minute encouragement.
When just one X won’t do.
#313 Kyle Swanson had an 8-12 night. He had 250 issues and was forced to borrow a bike.
I was first to run over to Todd Sewell (and basically do nothing)…after I was sure to snap a photo or two. He was fine.
Meston finished 4-9.
#47 Dylan Delaplace is still feeling the effects of a long layoff. He finished 13-14.
#1 Ross Johnson and #476 Collin Jurin battle it out in the Open class.
#101 Ryan Lockhart had both a 250 and a 450 to race. He sits tied for 2nd in Open points. He finished 5-4.
#402 Ryan Abrigo was back in action. He only brought a 450 and finished 8th in the main.
This isn’t the official mascot, Sprocket, but he got the kids’ attention.
Patiently waiting their turn.
Noah McConahy made an unusual outside pass in the final turn to take the Husqvarna Dash for Cash $100 over Ross Johnson.
He was happy. Stay close to him tonight when the bill comes to the table…
The Lights podium: Ross Johnson, Collin Jurin, Brad Nauditt.
The Pro Open main heads out.
Jurin has the speed to win. He finished 2-5.
#782 Kris Foster tries an inside move on Abrigo. Foster finished 10th in the Open main.
Johnson had rear brake issues in the Open main but still held on for 3rd.
#222 Chris Howell took 2nd in the Open main. He had an ‘interesting’ Lights main.
Ross checks out the brake on the podium.
Pro Open podium: Noah McConahy, Chris Howell, Ross Johnson.
Ross gets a congratulatory hug from Cycle North’s Kourtney Lloyd after clinching the Lights title.
#132 Kyle Beaton was up in the mix early in the Lights main. He said he simply got tired and moved his way back to 15th at the flag after falling.
#217 Casey Keast won both Intermediate races. Here is his pass on #177 Carson McQueen for the lead.
The halftime show kept the crowd entertained.
Casey Keast at the flag.
Teammates, McConahy and Howell, came together twice in the Lights main, forcing them back to 7th and 9th.
Ross Johnson takes the Lights win and the title.
Beaton crawling back to his bike after a late fall.
McConahy with the one-footed Open win.
I was really impressed with #313 Brittany Danyluk’s 450 indoor skills. Kyle Swanson hinted that maybe she’ll ride it outdoors next summer. She easily won the Ladies class.
Congratulations to Ross Johnson and the Cycle North FXR Honda team on the Lights title. Sorry about some of the pics, I had a major Lightroom issue this morning. See you at the races…tonight.
Canadian AX Round 7 Pro Results
Chilliwack Heritage Park
Friday, December 4, 2015
1. 1 Ross Johnson HON
2. 476 Collin Jurin KAW
3. 18 Brad Nauditt YAM
4. 55 Keylan Meston YAM
5. 101 Ryan Lockhart KAW
6. 474 Jake Anstett KTM
7. 96 Noah McConahy HSK
8. 313 Kyle Swanson YAM
9. 222 Chris Howell HSK
10. 87 Kyle Springman YAM
11. 728 Austin Breda HON
12. 584 Austin Wurster YAM
13. 47 Dylan Delaplace YAM
14. 819 Todd Sewell YAM
15. 132 Kyle Beaton YAM
16. 89 Ryan Lalonde YAM
1. 96 Noah McConahy HSK
2. 222 Chris Howell HSK
3. 1 Ross Johnson HON
4. 101 Ryan Lockhart KAW
5. 476 Collin Jurin KAW
6. 474 Jake Anstett KTM
7. 18 Brad Nauditt YAM
8. 402 Ryan Abrigo HON
9. 55 Keylan Meston YAM
10. 782 Kris Foster KAW
11. 87 Kyle Springman YAM
12. 313 Kyle Swanson SUZ
13. 819 Todd Sewell YAM
14. 47 Dylan Delaplace YAM
15. 176 Colby Wellings HSK
DNF 89 Ryan Lalonde YAM
Canadian AX Championships Point Standings (after 7 of 8 rounds)
1. 1 Ross Johnson HON 162 *Clinches title
2. 18 Brad Nauditt YAM 128
3. 474 Jake Anstett KTM 127
4. 101 Ryan Lockhart KAW 113
5. 313 Kyle Swanson YAM 100
1. 1 Ross Johnson HON 152
2. 101 Ryan Lockhart KAW 134
3. 18 Brad Nauditt YAM 134
4. 313 Kyle Swanson SUZ 99
5. 474 Jake Anstett KTM 90