Billy’s desk is empty because he jumped on an airplane yesterday and flew across the Atlantic Ocean to Great Britain. Billy is a normal kid who grew up on a farm and spent his weekends racing motocross. His riding career didn’t lead him to Anaheim 1, but it land him at Racer X. Today, Billy’s involvement with motocross landed him in a different country to see historic sights and the 2007 Motocross des Nations. While his path and story is truly exceptional, it’s just another—and my most recent—example of how cool motocross can be. There are so many educational opportunities if you make the most out of the motocross experience. Let's talk about how cool motocross is for while, and hopefully along the way you may have an epiphany of your own as to why the 2007 Motocross des Nations mean so much.
You are in the middle of a heated battle. You are three laps away from the finish of the first moto at Fat Whip Raceway. All of a sudden, the kid in front of you hits the kicker on the finish-line step-up and you see his feet rise off the pegs and hear his bike panic rev. Out of the corner of your eye, you see the ensuing calamity of riding gear and broken fenders crash off to the side of
Do you know what it’s like to be hit with a 70 mph fastball playing high-school baseball? How about being a 130 lb. freshman running back and running up the middle against 180 lb. linebackers? Hey, I don’t know what it's like, because I was out practicing turns behind my dad’s shop. But I hear both of those instances are no disco and are akin to casing a triple or swapping out in a high-speed sweeper.
Billy Ursic’s motocross involvement has him getting ready to watch the greatest motocross event of the year in a country he likely would never visit if he had pursued his early interest in the school debate team. (Just kidding, Bill!) Like I mentioned, he is truly an exception. Guys like him and Davey Coombs, David Pingree, Ryan Clark, and Jeff Emig are very unique in what they can do other than go fast on a dirt bike. And earlier this week I received word that Tommy Hahn will be moving into the factory Honda big rig. I met Tommy at a shanty track in Kansas when he was a squeaky, curly-haired kid, and now he's racing as a member of the most elite team in the sport.
I want to extend my personal well-wishes to Team USA. Good luck, RV Park, just go out there and pretend there's a #800 on the back of everyone in front of you. James, just win, baby. Don’t try to spin the world off its axis by going ludicrous speed. Just win. Ivan, just be the man you were last year. And Ricky, if you can ride, kick their asses! Good luck, boys.