Hello, everyone, and welcome to The Rev Up. We have a big race on our hands with the Red Bull FIM Motocross of Nations taking place in Brescia, Italy. How important is this event now a days? I suppose that is a relative question. I did a little research on the web and GP reporter Geoff Meyer claims the race is "...without question, the biggest most followed race in the sports season." Does America look at the event like that? As a whole, I'd say that is questionable. But every American rider who has participated knows how special it is to be a part of the race and hear the Star Spangled Banner while they stand on the top of the podium. Ask guys like Jeff Stanton, David Bailey, Jeff Emig, and Ricky Carmichael what it feels like to win. Ask Fro the feeling of losing the MXoN while another country basks in the glory of their particular song.
This year we are sending two MXoN rookies and Ivan Tedesco, who has been on two winning teams, but didn't end his season setting the world on fire. In addition, 2009 Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross 250 champion, Ryan Dungey, will be racing a 450 for the first time in a major outdoor race. I still consider Ryan to be one of the top-three fastest riders in America on a 450, and his Rockstar/Makita RM-Z450 is arguably the best outdoor machine he could throw a leg over. He'll be carrying the weight of the #1 plate and have a lot of pressure to choke down. Dungey has been in pressure situations many times in his young pro career and I'm confident he'll take care of business.
What about Jake Weimer? If you've listened to Jake's interviews you know that he is one of the more intellectual riders on the AMA scene. He's a "thinker." Also, one our secret weapons is that we are sending one of Mitch Payton's bikes over. RV Park banged holy on one at Budds Creek in 2007 and used it to dust the field by 30 seconds. I don't think Weimer is as salty as Villopoto, but homeboy is very much a gasser. I'm sure Tyla Rattray and Tommy Searle can testify to that. If you are looking for a weak link on our team, don't look at the talented Mr. Weimer.
I think we have a great team. Ideally, James Stewart, Ryan Villopoto, and Mike Alessi would be making the trip. But, if you look at that group as a "team" I don't think they mesh nearly as well as the group making the trip to the country shaped like a boot.
Speaking of the boot country...I saw something that made me want to offer a Tony Lama to the backside of whoever made the image of Antonio Cairoli posing as Uncle Sam.
Yep, I'm one of those "Flag Waving American" types and seeing Tony in an I WANT YOU ad with some weird language used as text made me grit my teeth.
"I want you," huh? Tell you what, Jackson, you got it!
So, here we go. It's the ride for five, baby! Five in a row that is. Good luck boys, show them why. Stretch those throttle cables and go show them why.
Thanks for reading, see you next week.
If you haven't signed up yet, don't forget there's still time to enter this week's TGI Freeday contest. Tomorrow one lucky reader will win a new ONE Industries Trooper 2 helmet worth $299!