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This will be the final FLOOD of 2017. Reason being next Monday is Christmas and I’m taking that entire week to chill with the kids and play with all the new toys we’ve gotten them. Another reason is my 2018 starts fast and doesn’t really halt until mid-October. I enjoy this time of year because I’m one of those guys that always get fired back up to chase the workload when the New Year rings in. I’m all about re-firing the energy and chasing the job at the start of the year. I can admit that once November hits, maybe more so December I’m over the moto world. It’s a taxing position that only a small group really know so this time of year is a mind full of blah-blah.
Last week we finally got the closure we all have wanted for quite some time. Jetwerx and CMRC have finally made the deal for the public to know. It will sound weird me saying it but it’s a somber day for the industry. Knowing what I know, seeing what I saw, and working alongside the CMRC for so long actually has me thinking of all the good they did. The time before them was the CMA and it was going in such a bad way that what CMRC did was so needed. This was back in 1991 and the takeover of the full country for amateurs was the late 90’s, with a National series for Pros starting in 1994. It’s now 2018, so for nearly 28 years, they ran our country. No matter where you sit that’s impressive to be in the business that long in our sport. With the new MRC announcement, this country should feel a sigh of relief and no doubt excitement. What is left behind is now taken over by racers, enthusiasts’, businessman, and most importantly passionate driven fans of the sport with a vision for the better. This whole new plan is not reinventing the wheel. The sport is what it is. Gates drop and races happen all over the country with a class structure and rule book that matches. It’s the younger demographic this new crew brings: ready to make a change, listen, and communicate more. Getting older means comfy comes to easy and it’s easier to settle which just a natural fact that comes with age is. The commitment that was once there just fades and that’s not a shot at the CMRC, that’s just a reality with any job doing the same thing over and over again. Will Jetwerx last 28 years? That’s a ridiculously tough question to answer but me being the position I am as a worker, and a fan of Motocross in Canada, I’m willing to join, follow, and hope!
As this year ends I always reflect on what transpired the past 365 days. I think 2017 was a good year for me and my workload. The bank account says otherwise over at AMO and it will take time to catch up but that’s the life of small business and always aiming to better you. I get it since I’ve been that way with GuaranteedMX as it took three years before I saw good money making numbers. Regardless of all that there was a lot of positive that came from this year. One part I’m really happy with is the work I did with the MPA. I spent 8 weeks over the course of the year with some of the very best racers in Ontario. I used to teach a lot when I was younger but lost my drive for it because kids at that time didn’t understand the workload it takes to be the best or be part of the top riders in each class. It became more of a frustration than enjoyment. Iain Hayden gave me the opportunity to revisit that skill I used to have and it paid off this year. I really like teaching the skills I’ve honed for the last 30 years racing. Working with the riders I did in 2017 really made me feel like I can give even more back to the sport that already has a strangle on my life. Seeing these kids strive to e better and claim multiple championships shows I’m not just some money collector from these families: I can deliver. I’m confident in saying that. I’m extremely excited to do this again in 2018 and bring even more to help these young kids achieve their goals in the sport. In 2018 I will be running GuaranteedMX, AMO, MP Countyline in March, and MPA in the summer, the Voice for the Rockstar Triple Crown onsite and TV, and lastly and most importantly being a Dad, I would say 2018 looks to be extra busy. Being involved so deeply in my passion as a job and being able to keep the lights on for my family because of it all makes 2018 attractive and exciting.
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to everyone that reads my FLOOD brought to you by Honda Moto Canada. Keep an eye on the site this week for a 2017 year in review from GuaranteedMX: Ho Ho Ho!!