“It really opens up your mind,” Reed said. “When you’re sitting at a funeral and you’re looking at highlight reels, you just remember all the good times. None of the low points ever get brought up. So I’m just happy to be out there and be enjoying it. I just went through so many different emotions. Within a couple days, after I really just considered stepping away, I was just like, ‘Why am I doing this?’ And after a couple days, you really realize it, and going to Andrew’s funeral really made me realize that motorcycles have been my life – my whole life. It’s all I know, and it’s what I do. It’s who I am, so I’m excited to go through all those emotions and really find out that this is really what I want to do and this is who I want to be. I’m ready to win races and more championships.”
You know how sometimes it seems like things come and go in groups? Well, Chad and Ellie had Tate recently, and Trey Canard’s mechanic, Brent Presnell (aka “Big B”), and his wife, Lyndsey, had their first baby boy this past week as well. Beckham Presnell was born last Sunday night at about 9:30 p.m. and weighed in at 6 lbs, 5 oz. Little B and his mom are healthy and happy.
And obviously, this weekend features the birth (get it?) of the 2010 Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship at Hangtown, where Reed will attempt to defend his title against last year’s 250cc MX champ (and this year’s 450cc SX champ), Ryan Dungey, and a host of other contenders. Check out our Racer X Preview of the series right here.
And before we go any further, make sure you save this link: http://www.allisports.com/motocross/live. That’s the direct link to the part of AlliSports.com where you’ll be able to watch the first motos live, then listen to the audio of the second motos, and keep tabs on the living timing and scoring, all for free.
Oh, and for those who missed it, check out this interview with Greg Schnell that went up yesterday. He was featured on MTV's Made yesterday, and it will be re-airing this Saturday at 2 p.m. Eastern on MTV. It's a really cool episode where he actually takes a kid (Cameron) and, in one month, gets him good enough on a dirt bike to graduate from a CRF150F to a CRF150R, and then Cameron goes out and races. Don't miss it.
Before Pingree began preparing his team for battle, he sent this in:
The MTA Four Stroke World Championships needs a name change. Aside from that, it’s a good chance for riders to shake down their motocross setups and gauge their speed and fitness on a national-caliber track. Ben Townley holeshot the first moto and walked away from the rest of the field. With about a twenty-second lead, Ben got a rear flat and had to return to the pits for a wheel change. On a related note, I made a rather sizeable order of Moose tubes on Monday morning. Weston Peick came from the back of the pack to win the first moto over Trent Pugmire, Austin Howell, and Dan Reardon. Moto two saw Townley go from fifth to first in about four turns and march away for the moto win. Dan Reardon was a solid second and Peick was third in the moto, which was good enough to give him the overall.
In the 250 division, Tyla Rattray got the overall, but only after grinding Max Anstie into the ground physically. The first moto, Max got out front early and absolutely checked out. Tyla battled with a small group of riders for a few laps, and by the time he got into second, Anstie was gone. Even then, Max was pulling away from Tyla a little bit every lap. The second moto, Tyla got to the front much quicker and started to pull a lead. Anstie passed into second, closed the gap on Rattray, and appeared as though he would go by and take off. But the former world champ remained solid, and before long Anstie tired and faded off the rear wheel of Rattray. Decotis would finish third, Lance Vincent put in a sold 4-4 effort for fourth, and Chris Gosselaar rounded out the top five.
Daron Rahlves is also making the trip, along with Winter X Games hero Nate Holland and a long list of BMX, skate, and snow athletes. Practice starts at 7:00 a.m.-ish for the crossover and media classes with races following.
I saw this photo of Davi Millsaps working with his riding coach posted on a message board and thought it was telling.
In other news:
If you’ve never played a Fantasy MX League, there's no time like the present: ProMotoFan.com and DeCal Works (www.decalworks.com) are offering up to twenty-four chances to win a cool $50,000 cash. It’s a fast and easy Pick Em’ game that should be a ton of fun, and there are a bunch of other prizes they're awarding for each race. Check out www.ProMotoFan.com before Hangtown to get in on the action.
Here’s a cool Honda commercial we dug up on YouTube this week:
Ricky Carmichael headed to Charlotte for the week and had a chance to test am 800+ horsepower late model for the upcoming Prelude to the Dream race, which is run by Tony Stewart. It’s a charity event where many top NASCAR and other celebrity drivers team up and raise money for a bunch of good causes. RC is on Team St. Jude with Denny Hamlin, Ken Schrader, Carl Edwards, Aric Amirola, and Ray Evernham. For more on the Prelude, click here. The event is shown live on HBO PPV.
My 17-year-old daughter, Katie Cyr, is on a cross-country motocross adventure with her dad, and WMA Pro Julie Parizek. They’re hitting practice tracks all over the west coast, and will be attending most of the AMA Nationals. Katie started a blog of their trip a few weeks ago, and will continue it until they come home at the end of July. It’s a great perspective from an amateur racer, and she has photos to accompany it. I think it would appeal to a lot of your readers.
If you’re interested in using it, please go to www.katiegoesbraap.blogspot.com. She’s got 6 or 7 blogs written now. It would be so cool to be able to share them with your readers, as she works her way up through the amateur ranks.
So that about does it for Racerhead. Thanks for reading, and we’ll see you at the races.