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I swear these Monday blogs are getting harder and harder each and every time. I’ve never dedicated this column to results, or lame nothingness but rather give a solid opinion good or bad for people to use throughout the week how they see fit. I love a good read where it keeps you thinking of that never-ending question, “what if.” I’m a sucker for that stuff. I constantly try to push that through my writing and feel I do a decent job with it. I mean, analytics speak for themselves but the txt’s from time to time I get afterward shows the odd time I hit home with the words I share. I did get one semi-death threat one time that was really wild so sometimes the words I write go from “What if” to a “WTF” – LOL
This past weekend I spent two days in the Sandstorm of 201 held at Gopher dunes for the 9th annual event. It was absolutely beautiful for being in the middle of September. On Saturday it was the AX races which surprisingly didn’t have the turnout you would have thought. I’m surprised by this as the “New Plan” for racing the last two years and heading into the future has AX as part of the future. Being a promoter in moto right now is the oddest job you can do. The Risk involved in it is big and tough to figure out exactly how to get races out on the track. The Gopher Crew couldn’t have done a better job, asked for better weather, or added in more fun events alongside the racing. This style of circus these days is getting tougher and tougher to figure out what races want. The worse part if becomes harder and harder to understand it, there will be fewer people taking the risk and doing events for motocross in general. Maybe it’s just the time of the year and folks switching gears into other sports, back to school, or just over racing, but it got us talking yesterday and planning for the future.
Wikipedia says: Risk is the potential of gaining or losing something of value. Values (such as physical health, social status, emotional well-being, or financial wealth) can be gained or lost when taking risk resulting from a given action or inaction, foreseen or unforeseen. Risk can also be defined as the intentional interaction with uncertainty. Uncertainty is a potential, unpredictable, and uncontrollable outcome; the risk is a consequence of action taken in spite of uncertainty.
Motocross is 100% a risk sport. No matter how much you train, how much you spend, how good you are, how much money you have, or how much luck you have. It’s not “if” you will crash and be hurt in moto, it’s “when” you will. It’s the absolute worst part of our sport but it’s a reality that can never be denied or hidden from. I remember the first injury I had and it wasn’t even from a crash. It was at RJ’s in 1994 when I was an Intermediate rider. I swapped really bad causing me to lose the grips on my bars and they basically stabbed me in the chest breaking some ribs. It was the worst pain I had ever felt up to this point in my racing career, and I didn’t even crash. Since then I’ve racked up 14 other breaks with my Femur in 2000 being the biggest or worst. None of these have ended my ability to ride or deterred me away from the risk of the sport I’ve chosen. Today I’m much more reserved but that is just age now. I still understand the risk involved. The even shittier thing about injuries is that they can happen even if you’re not going fast. In fact, some of the worst ones have happened at the silliest moments. Unfortunately, last weekend a family here in Ontario now has a Dad who will be in a wheelchair for quite some time, maybe for the rest of his life. Last Sunday out practicing with his son Deegan, Jeff Hauck crashed and is now not able to feel from his chest down. The road ahead will be one of the toughest roads taken in life for Jeff and his family. There is nothing good from all this with this type of injury. Jeff is a positive guy, his family is fighters, and they will get through this together and put their best efforts forward to get Jeff comfy and manageable for the rest of his life. I know Jeff quite well and I ask the same question I did when a superhero of mine Blair Morgan suffered the same injury back in 2008, “What the hell, like why?” These dudes are great people and now they get their lives turned upside down by the hobby/sport they chose to do for fun. Risk can be a nasty B with an itch sometimes. Are we idiots for choosing risk over normalcy? I mean what’s normal? Normal to me is racing dirt bikes, and taking risks in everything. I’m normal when I pay my bills, choose my food, watch my movies, but I love risk or chance taking with my work and writing. With Risk comes that off chance of something really bad happening. So many of us have slipped through the cracks per say and some have not. I hate begging people to support or help others because I know everyone has issues with something, but if you can spare anything for this Family then below is the info.