Ask Ping!

December 15, 2006 9:13am | by:

Dearest Ping,
I don't know if you were at this year's running of the Maxxis Endurocross but I do know that you know people who know people so I was wondering if you could answer this question for me. It appeared as though David Knight had a confederate flag painted on the top of his helmet. Is that the case or is it something else?
Thank you.

Peter Sundell

Dear Peter-

Check out the helmet!

photo: Steve Bruhn

I was at the Endurocross this year and I did see the helmet in question. It is a Dukes of Hazzard inspired lid but he has little men with three legs all over it. I heard that it’s some type of marking from his Isle of Man birthplace. Or maybe he just has a leg fetish… Either way, it’s weird and it doesn’t make any sense to me. Now, if each of the legs had on a pair of Daisy Dukes; then we’ve got something I can understand!

My name is Kara. I have a question to ask. I was wondering how a girl like me that's young could race without any finical support. I'm only 13 so I can't get a job yet but I do have the determination to be a motorcross CHAMP! I really want to race quads but I have no idea what to do to achieve that goal. I know if I had the opportunity to race I'd take full advantage of it. Please help me figure out what to do.

Dear Kara,

Quads, really? I mean, I don’t want to rain on your parade here, but do you really want to be a quad racer from Kentucky? That’s so stereotypical—it’s like the beginning of a bad limerick… Just kidding. . I’ve come to learn that quad racing is hard work, and those guys are real athletes. In fact, I think I have a big crossover deal coming up with one of the top ATVA riders, plus John Gallagher has been daring me through DC to come and race a GNCC for years. After that, I will have a better idea of what you might have up against you. I just hope they all don’t run me over… Wish me luck, and I wish you luck in the meantime.


Dear Ping-a-Ling,

What did you think of James Stewart’s antics in Toronto and especially right after crossing the finish line? What about Preston’s? Who’s fault was it?
Ontario, Canada

Dear Jim,


photo: Carl Stone

I didn’t see the incident between James and Ivan in practice but I know that James didn’t do anything on purpose. Still, it was the second lap of practice at the first race of the season and it sounds like it was an aggressive move to say the least.
     The incident at the finish line is a tough call. James was amped up (no pun intended) and was frantic to get back on the track. It certainly wasn’t Preston’s fault, as he couldn’t do anything about the situation once he was in the air. It all happened so quickly that the flagger didn’t have time to do anything—and no one had fallen at that point anyway. It was just a bad situation for everyone (and I really hated all of the drama afterwards) and it’s just very fortunate that nobody was seriously hurt.