The Hill People remain at Unadilla, but with a far more watered-down demeanor. All the same, you can probably count on more than a few sunburned waffle bellies with bloodshot eyes spinning their T-shirts over their heads during the 450F class, screaming “Han-nah! Han-hah!” as Ricky Carmichael rides by. Things are changing and the sport is evolving, but Unadilla remains one of the last places where we can squint our eyes and see the sport the way it used to be. So let's go ahead and get Revved Up for another Thrilla at Una-freakin’-dilla!
What we do need is to get Reed, Windham, and Millsaps on the throttle! Windham beat Ricky straight-up in both motos here at the 2003 event, and Reed kept RC at bay for quite a few laps in moto 2 last year. But you know what? Nobody rides Unadilla quite like James. There is a good chance that #7 may show everybody the taillight this Sunday, and that’s just what we need: a few more battles between Ricky and James!
Well, Broc Hepler is going to be there, and I say keep an eye out for Hepler because he simply laid wood on everybody here in 2005. (And if you missed Matt Ware’s really cool Racer X Film of how this East Coaster lives, check it out here.) Of course, Brett Metcalfe and Andrew McFarlane have been podium threats every weekend, and Josh Grant is due for a win, Andrew Short wants revenge from Red Bud, J-law is suddenly knocking on the door, and Nathan Ramsey is overdue.… Wow, this one is going to be good!
On a personal note, I have to tell you that I am really Revved Up right now. The first motocross video I ever had was a VHS tape of the 1985 USGP when Johnny O’Mara ran out of gas and handed the win to The Hurricane. I wore that tape out watching it over and over. I’ve been in the sport for 25 years, and I have yet to step foot on the sacred grass of Unadilla. This weekend I am going to stand in Gravity Cavity for the first time and finally get to yell, “The other side sucks! The other side sucks!” I’ll tell you all about the race come Sunday night after the race!