If you've got a factory contract locked down right now, you should be smiling. Because it doesn't get any better than, well, right now.
Think back to the days when it was just the “Big Four” and maybe a KTM guy, racing out of box vans. It really wasn’t that long ago. People kind of scoffed when factory Kawasaki showed up with their 18-wheeler in the pits. Now, think about the casino we’ll see in the pits at A1 in a couple months. It has to be some kind of feeling to be a pro motocrosser and see yourself throwing pan along the side of a brand new Peterbuilt and Featherlight trailer. Look at how many teams and sponsors are in professional motocross today. Attendance is way up, and we’re live on SPEED. From amateur racing to pro supercross we have a great program going, and people are noticing. There is a lot to enjoy if you have what it takes.
It ain’t no disco though, my friends. These men live the most dangerous lifestyle in motorsports. For nine months out of the year they take the big risk every time they throw a leg over. It can come on lap five at the practice track just as easy as lap 17 in the main event. One of the most underrated aspects is the travel schedule of the tour. They have to weather 18 rounds of supercross and then comes 12 rounds of outdoor motocross. Their flight pattern across the United States (In some cases the entire globe) during those months looks like a spider web.
That’s why I think the month of November is so special to them. I imagine that when Trey Canard is driving out to the factory Honda test track recently he is smiling. Lord knows he’s earned that smile. In addition, riders on both coasts are getting to spend as much time with their families and home team as much as they will all year. All of the bad noise is over for now. They get to breathe a little and enjoy the fruits of their success. With all they have gone through to get there and what they have to do to stay there, I hope its going awesome for all of them.
Chad Reed during less stress full times. Right now, he gets to hang with mom and dad down in Australia.
You have to love what you do. Those factory boys love them some motocross. It isn’t about new helmets, big houses and fast cars. It’s about #1 plates while kicking ass week in and week out. It’s about the growing responsibilities of being a professionally marketed athlete. It’s about struggle, fights, and poor finishes. All of them arrive for every single racer. But not now. Right now, it’s “You’re the man.” Right now, everything is as positive as it will get all season and that’s a very great thing.
Thanks for reading, see you next week.