Hello, everyone, and welcome to the Rev Up. Boom! Supercross is back on the attack, another incredible A1 is in the books, and now everyone is on the edge of their seats wondering what Phoenix, and the first dry track of the season, will be like. There are still a lot off questions to be answered and more than a few riders with something to prove. We’re going to get Revved Up for Phoenix here in the paragraphs to come, but I also need to insert something special into this column as I have just experienced an event that gave me a renewed and strengthened appreciation as to how powerful our sport is.
Hold that thought and those feelings for a moment, I’ll bring it together at the bottom. For now, let’s take a look at this Saturday night’s main events.
Then you have Dan Reardon, Tommy Hahn, and Broc Hepler who all have race winning speed. That’s what is so great about this group. Absolutely anything can, and usually does happen.
Well, well, well things didn’t turn out quite the way we thought they would, did they? Then again, the poll on Racer X had Chad Reed and James Stewart almost neck and neck. And with what I saw last weekend, even without Bubba’s first turn crash, those two would have threw down, toe to toe, for 20 laps. Was it the mud? Was it first race jitters?
Now I want to see him and James get out together and chuck it for 20. Let’s get Tedesco in there in the middle. Let’s get #800 out there with a holeshot, and have Langston, Ferry, Cobra, KW, Short, and ‘saps trading fork guard paint.
The conditions will be perfect. No excuses. Just good, clean, racing.
That’s what it’s all about. And that’s what I’ve seen for most of my years in this sport. It’s what’s kept my interest and my passion all these years and makes every race so special. And this weekend is very, very special for one particular Supercross racer and his family. This Saturday night will mark the first race of Gavin Gracyk’s career without his father, Gary. A little over an hour ago I listened to Gavin talk in the church about the times he and his Dad spent together racing as he said goodbye. It was extremely heart wrenching, but it was beautiful at the same time. Gavin talked about how grateful he was for his father getting him into motocross, and spoke about the great times they shared across the nation and in different countries. It was just astonishing to see how much motocross had enhanced their lives. It reminded me how simple life is. We get so wrapped up in menial politics, grudge matches, and bickering that sometimes we forget what matters.
I want to wish good luck to everyone racing this weekend, but send a special nod to Gavin. And I want to ask all of you attending the event to scream as loud as you can for #273. That is a good, strong, proud, racer right there, folks.
Thanks for reading, see you next week.