(With the Ping in “Ask Ping” on the sidelines with a cast on each arm, DC volunteered to answer this week’s Ask Ping letters.)
I just read about your crash, so sorry to hear! It's too bad that you won't be able to finish up the series, but that's ok, you will be even better next year! I hope you get well soon, and that everything heals up quickly. By the way I love reading the Ask Ping. And your sections in Racerhead are always the funniest! So keep up the funny writing, and get better!
Ping is on the sidelines. photo: Paul Buckley
Wow, being mean is hard than I thought. I guess that does take some real skill. I will send Ping your condolences and best wishes. Thanks for reading our stuff.
Ping is on the sidelines.
photo: Paul Buckley
Hope your wrist is okay. I don't have a smart-ass question or comment for you, I just want to know what happened to Stefan Everts attempt to race the MX nationals in the U.S.? I've never heard anything on this. Was it his KTM contract or something else? With James Stewart's injury this year, Everts might just have added a U.S. Motocross Championship to his collection!
I've been reading your stuff over the last few years. You've gotten quite good. Not to suck up too bad, but I enjoy your commentary on TV also. Thanks.
Stefan Everts and RC at Budds Creek. photo: Simon Cudby
Actually, yes, Everts would have had a great chance to win the AMA Motocross title this year, but racing in America and racing in Europe are two different things, which is something that both Everts and his peer Ricky Carmichael understood better than anyone. It often takes years of adjustment—ask Albertyn and Langston, or even Brad Lackey—to cross oceans and win on another tour as competitive as AMA and FIM are. Even with RC quitting and James going down, it would have been tough for Stefan because the one thing that did not change is the American style of racing: Wide open from the get-go, with big jumps thrown in along with the way. Still, if anyone could have done it, it’s Stefan Everts.
Stefan Everts and RC at Budds Creek.
photo: Simon Cudby
A set of broken wrists had something to do with it, but the truth is, I would not have tried out anyway. I don’t believe in reality show-type competitions (that’s so, like, MTV) where the best rider on that particular day gets the nod over a more methodical, patient and deserving man. I would stand on my merits as an experienced professional, a four-time 125 SX main event winner and standout member of more teams than I can remember (Chico’s Bail Bonds’ Honda, anyone?). Why would I lower myself to the level of some no-talent, no-future wannabe like Carrie Underwood or Tom Brady for the chance to go back out there and vie for a West Region SX title? I will tell you why…
Troy didn’t invite me to tryout. Dang.
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