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My bucket list is really starting to shrink and I like it. Good Monday to everyone out there chasing the work week, chasing the kids, or chasing the dream. This FLOOD comes all the way from Las Vegas after a whirlwind weekend spent at A1 for the opening round of Monster Energy Supercross, something I have never been to before. I’m betting most that read that will say, “Really?” Yes, it’s true. The biggest race of the year for the biggest series and I’m usually dipping chips and yelling at a TV screen from the comfort of my home. Well, this guy has made changes and that comfort zone has grown. This year is a big year for a load of things in my world so I started it off right, how’s your kicked off?
Before I get into the highlights of the last few days on the road I’ll get a small rant going. I touched on this in the top ten stories of 2017 and I heard and saw a bunch more of it in the last week. For some odd reason, our small community cannot, cannot accept that sometimes things don’t work out the way they were supposed to. No matter what good we do the bad always seems to take over and some folks jump on the train and continue to push it because they feel they got the shaft. Social media gives these folks an outlet like they’ve never had before because they don’t have to be the real person they are which is likely just a simple human that works, struggles to pay bills, and never really shares in the “face to face” world but rather just stumble through the day quietly. Social media is obviously not new anymore and the opinion sharing know it all’s are not either but damn, are they every relentless. It’s like their mentally homeless so when a person like me gives them some “opinion nutrition” they chow down by posting something on their little feed for all to hear them chomp thoughts. It really is becoming something of an annoyance rather than a positive deal. Now, I know everyone is entitled to sharing their thoughts but this do it every chance you get crap is simply irritating. I know this is what you get when you put your word out there like I do here on GuaranteedMX or even in AMO but for how long can someone take the simple-minded flee irritation rather than hear about the good stuff going on? Our little series last year put over $50,000 in cash and prizes into the Ontario race community and some of these folks can still find the little wrongs and exploit them like we’ve stolen their first born. I share these thoughts with some people and the consensus is “just keep plugging because you know what you’re doing is right.” I do realize that after being involved in moto for over 30 years but at some point, something has to give and this little negative community needs to take their dollar and put it into something else. In no way shape or form are the people willing to fight for what’s right trying to snake you into something that will put you in the poor house. The Lottery states “you can win this much money” but do you know the TAX guy comes in and takes a huge some of that and leaves with a ridiculously smaller amount? If you want to know the answer from anything I do call me, email me, or direct message, I will answer more honest than anyone in this industry whether you like it or not. Don’t take that and run with it on your feed, that’s cheesy and an easy way to lose my follow.
Last Thursday I flew into Las Vegas and was picked up by the PulpMX CEO Steve Matthes in the most beautiful Honda Ridgeline limo and whisked away to a weekend adventure that resembled a Golden Ticket into the Chocolate Factory. But, instead of chocolate and sugar, it was endless laughs and Supercross. As I shared up above this was the first time ever I would be attending Anaheim 1. It was everything I expected it to be. I really have had a great 4 days thus far and it doesn’t end there since I get to join alongside with Steve on his “Jankie” (his word) radio show. A1 is MEGA for the Supercross series in every sense of the word. Everything is fresh, riders are ready, teams are excited, announcements are dropped, and SUPERCROSS is alive!! I’ve been to Motocross openers and they share similar hype but Supercross is so different because it’s months prior to the sport taking to its heritage side. I literally wandered the pits for hours just staring at stuff. It was also good chatting dudes I hadn’t seen in a long time who I met years ago in my Arenacross job as well bumping into tons of Canadians taking in the experience just like me. The day went really quick actually considering how much is going. Maybe that’s why because there was never really any downtime. The day started at 9 am with an announcement about Ryan Villopoto moving over and partnering with Yamaha USA to a long drive back to Vegas with a stop at Del Taco at 4 am which did not sit well with my tum-tum. I’ll save all the good stuff in between for the PulpMX Show tonight but if this is something on your bucket list, do it. It’s everything you think it is from a fans standpoint.
There is no secret I’m a fan of Tanner Ward (Yes, the power of Ontario blah blah) and I had a GuaranteedMX buddy John Rachmel to follow Tanners weekend. That report will be up tomorrow but from the looks of things, it didn’t go as planned. Tanner got through the night with solid riding but a few things didn’t go his way. He made the night program and will no doubt build on that and that’s what has to be done. He’s a good rider and a great racer so this cannot be looked at as a failure or a negative. He’s building a career and it starts here. This kid is on the great path and I can’t wait to follow him next weekend at RD2 where chasing the dream continues.
A shout out to Brock Leitner who once again gave A1 a go and it was solid. He missed the night show by nearly 3 seconds so work will need to be done. He does not by any means look out of place out there but rather he’s stacked against tons of good racers. His one Achilles heel I think would be his whoop speed when the whoops are big, which they were before the finish line this weekend. If this is a constant for the next few rounds he’ll need to balls up and just grab another gear and pint it as they say. Every other obstacle he had covered so just a few little things and he can make his first night show of his career.
I literally just wrapped up a Racer X podcast with Jason Thomas, Jason Weigandt, and Matthes so be sure to check that out when it lands on the Racer X site and I’ll share it here as well. Being down here and sitting in with these guys is really cool. I love bantering about Moto in any capacity so to sit with the bench racers gods is almost as good as racing once was for me: almost