I was able to be given the privilege to race in Mexico a few times. I had nothing but great experiences over there. Crossing the border sucked…But that was the only piece that was not extremely Overwhelming! Fans get more into the racing and they do here in America. After the race is over the crowd will break down the fences and run out onto the track!! It is absolutely crazy! But, I was lucky enough to experience three different races in Mexico. Here is a story of one of my favorites..
Beginning out… To get through to Mexico with our bikes we always drove a truck so we had to cross the border… You know where I am going with this. This is the crappy part. So we get through the border patrol with our bikes and vehicle legally… Thank God!! And we head to Fresnillo to go racing. It was like a southern California Feeling to the mountains and dry terrain all around you. Even though California was always the toughest thing for me to race in because I always crashed, I loved it there! And at the moment I trained every day, so I went out and jogged accross the day before and then the morning of the race and then once I jogged through the park I went into town and back. I like the living and fast-fast pace they had. It's someone I would want to go back to even in my Wheelchair. It would be dangerous, but fun!
My friend kept telling me that this place was going to fill up with fans. I did not believe him. I thought they could get no more than around maybe… 1 to 2000 people. Boy was I wrong! There were people lined up down all the streets trying to get in. They had to have cops directing traffic. This place was crazy! And people just kept coming, coming and coming! There's no telling how many thousands showed up!
Practice was a lot of fun for me. I rode really well and I like the track layout and terrain. The track was kind of ashy so it got chopped up really fast. But I love that and did really well in those types of Circumstances. Then the races came and I was last gate pick because you went to the gate by your points standings. I had zero points. The Holeshot was extremely tight so I knew I had to be overly aggressive. I came out in around fourth place. I worked my way into second shortly. Then out front, w Vallejo behind me. I continue to lead while Vallejo continued to slowly catch me. Then out of nowhere I did not see him. I was in the clear and expecting to lead the rest of the race and win.
All of a sudden I was stuck in third gear… Then I was stuck in second gear… Then I finally got stuck in neutral. As soon as I got stuck in nuetral it was the last lap and while I was fixing my shifter because it had halfway fallen off, Vallejo rode around me laughing! I got second place on the day but had a blast racing in Mexico and the fans were absolutely going crazy!! It was nothing like I have ever experienced in America.
The reason I chose this to be my most memorable moment of the week is because the fans had enthusiasm that I have never seen or heard of. It was what you dreamed of as a kid. It was everything… What we eat, breathe and live for. It's what every motocrosser dreams of. Being the best there is. And there is nothing that can compare to that feeling.
Hey what's up guys. I am headed to a doctors appointment this Monday morning. I am trying to get my spasms under control so I have to see a physical therapist before taken place the pump inside my spinal column to help with the spasms. The doctor wants to have a plan of action for after or post op. When I had the trial afterwards, my upper body was not working well with me at all. I was extremely tight.… But what's new? This pump should help my mobility and independence as well! Independent almost sounds impossible in my dictionary! Ha ha
I am taking off to the doctors office now. I will update you guys when I get back. Thanks for reading and have an awesome day! God Bless
I raced one of my last 85 faces that really stands out in my mind. Out of all the starts antilapse that I have ever again, this one I remember like yesterday. It was bittersweet and something I wish a lot of other top riders would have been there for. I think I would have turned some heads that they had more, bigger noticeable names at the event.
This story is from Tyler Texas… Or Swan MX park. It was the supermini class and it was beginning to raining For a while that day. They did not even know if they would be able to hold that race. But just like things happen… This goes from an awkward beginning to a great story ending.
The gated drop and we all sprint out of the starting gate. I get out about 10 to 15 feet and my bike dies. I look back at my father to see what is going on and he holds his hands up because he has no clue what went wrong with the bike. So I started to back up, not knowing what the mechanical problem was and began my charge forward. It took me around one lap to even catch the last rider but once I passed him I began to get on a streak. Then it became unstoppable. I was not thinking of anything besides.. GO!! GO!! GO!!
The mud and sloppiness was affecting everyone. It was affecting me but there was something chemically inside my brain that did not let it effect anything on the racetrack. It looks like I had a clean smooth prepped track and everyone Else rode a rough nasty dry hard packed track. It seemed effortless in before I knew it when I looked up I saw the leaders. We were on lap three. I had made up approximately 30 seconds while coming through the pack. Even though we were all rivals at the time, I just wanted to keep my own pace and go around both of them. I passed Nathan Davenport and the following corner and then I passed Colt Humphrey down the next straight away. I was leaving by the end of lap 3.
There was one lap left. I did not change my pace or anything on the motorcycle. On my part, fortunately, I embarrassed the competition. But then again it was my most memorable race!
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I call Anaheim 1 a test of "all" areas. But getting through it is the biggest aspect and challenge of them all so that's why I called this section "Survival."
It was funny because even Ricky Carmichael's quotation marks keys to the race "Just get through the weekend". Survive the Main Event and leave the weekend with some points. You don't have to necessarily be the winner but you don't wanna attempt pushing over your head and leaving with no points. This is something that happens way too often to a lot of good riders. Riders that are very experienced, smart, intelligent and can adapt to different situations very fast. In most cases faster than most of the riders. But the biggest thing we are facing is human nature. And once again we still all are human. We all make mistakes!
But then again if you would have asked me two weeks ago if Davi Millsaps would be leading the points going into the second round in Phoenix Arizona, I would tell you you were crazy!! I love Davi evenly be on a riders stand point but I did not think he would beat Stewart and Chad Reed And Kevin Windham and the rest of the pack. Now that I think about how deep the talent pool was, the deep end was deeper than ever!! Then there was Barcia, Dungey and Villopoto and a few others not to mention. It was one heck of a weekend for Mr. Millsaps!
So his test of survival gives him the outstanding performance award, in my book at least and an A+. Now he heads into Phoenix the points leader and the entire field on his back. Now is the real true tough test of survival. And that Is backing it up. That may sound a little cocky or arrogant, but it is true. Racing is a very tough sport….that's the truth about it! And I'm not picking on him individually But it is just the nature of our specific sport. That is racing.
And that I was also the nature of preparation. Millsaps showed how much he prepared for this years Supercross season. He worked his tail off. His conditioning showed even in his face!! He looked more fit than ever and it showed on the last few laps because of months towards commitment! Discipline, sacrifice, and hard, smart work lead him to winning the biggest Amp'd energy filled excitement Supercross ever.
But I know if he would have been in Ryan Villopoto's position he would have had to just make the best of it and get out of Southern California and back on the east coast where the series picks up in February 16th in Dallas Texas. But then again we cannot go back and change anything. What Ryan did what's the best that could have been done from him that night. It was just not his night. Hands-down. And I'm sure there were no excuses.
What's a few more days and then we Find ourselves all reminiscing on Saturday. We highly wait to see them all lined up for the second time this year!
After a few days in the gym and at the test tracks… See you in Phoenix!
With A1 only a couple days away and the holidays in the behind us, teams are doing their last minmute double-checks, riders getting gear bags packed, some driving across the country to get there, trainers getting their things to each riders final touches, etc, etc. Either way, we as fans shoiuld be proud to even be in this era of such beautiful talent. Meaning each rider has unbelievable riding style in today's time, am I correct? It's unbelievable what top guys like Chad Reed, James Stewart, Ryan Villopoto, etc. ride all out on a Supercross track!! They make it like poetry. But now that we will see them all on the line together in 2013.. Wow! This'll be some sort of show!! And the fireworks will be going off all night long between these Ultimately Greatest Dirtbike Racers in The World!
And just incase you're unaware, it views Live this Saturday Night on the SPEED Channel at 10 est/9 C p.m.I will be feet kicked up, relaxing watching SX with the rest of y'all! This will be something Pour 'ol Ray Charles (R.I.P.) would've wished he'd seen. But the piece a lot of people don't see is what's behind the riding, i.e., interviews, press conferences, living out of a suit case, almost 16 straight weeks of traveling, flights, California getting REALLY old.. , practicing, off-bike training and the list goes on.
So who's gonna win?? We'll know Sunday morning early!! #452KrewGeneral