So as you read this know my friends
Id love to stay with you all
Please smile when you think of me
My body’s gone that’s all
Hello, everyone, and welcome to the Rev Up. I used the title of this week’s column for a couple of reasons. A Tout le Monde is a Megadeth song and in French it means, “to all the world”. Given the current events in the motorcycle industry, I figured it applied pretty well to this week. The Weege just returned from a “JNCC” in Japan, DC just flew out for France, and my boys Jason Berry, Matt Ware, and David Brozik have all traveled to England for vacation. This knowledge really got me thinking how much our sport has turned into a global affair and how the internet has just made everything so close together.
The 2008 Toyota AMA Arenacross series got off to an exciting start last week in Des Moines, Iowa. It had all of the elements a good arenacross race should. Tight racing, take outs, and tight-assed trophy girls. Arenacross is so cool. It’s so much lower key than supercross, but still a really great show. Live Nation has done a tremendous job minding the tiller and, man, the talent pool just gets deeper and deeper every season. As the boys speed off to New York for round two, all eyes are on Chad Johnson. The 2005-'06 champion produced a stealthy but lethal weekend and looks on track for another title run as he carries the early points lead. Then you have defending champion Danny Smith, who is really impressive in these bullring-sized races. I’d keep a look out for Robbie Reynard and Kelly Smith to pick it up this weekend as well.
Meanwhile, I’m catching a plane tomorrow night for Phoenix. We’re 181 points out of the championship with two to go.
What do you do? Grab a knee with me and I’ll tell you what you do. You throw the best equipment that RCR has in the barn into chassis #212. You shove dynamite down the driver’s throat and set the bastard on a pace the devil himself can’t chase down. If you get those Hendrick boys down you stick the knife in, twist it, and show no mercy. That’s all you can do.
I just thought that was super random. How the hell did I sit down in West Virginia between two people that will be neighbors in Missouri next week?
Anyways, a tout le monde, to all the world, I tell you this: Get the hell up off the couch and do something this weekend. There is so much going on all around the world that the man on the moon is going to see nothing but a giant dust cloud when he looks down upon us. Get up and do your part to help send this mud ball spinning a little faster.
Thanks for reading, see you next week.