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The constant theme or thought of a Monday is crappy or hate. I never thought of this about 10 years ago when I began writing a blog on Monday’s. I’ve never thought of a Monday as a crappy day but again my Monday’s are usually tamer than the majority of the working population. I’m an early riser but the time spent Monday morning is digging for info, checking on facts, or just trying to come up some fake BS to keep you folks interested. The numbers don’t seem to lie so for the past 10 years I’ve done alright with crappy writing while making smiles happen or simply ruffling feathers of the ultra-sensitive readers. My Monday’s aren’t tough but trying to stay creative and entertain sure is. Plus, who likes reading nowadays when you just skim or look at pictures?
Taking your racing skill and attempting to get out of that local comfort zone is a huge accomplishment. Yes, for basically as long as I can remember all you really need to do is pay the money to get into a Supercross, Arenacross, or National race outside of Canada but no matter the ease of that you have to believe in yourself a little to even want to try. Embarrassment or injury at the race can come just as easy as pulling out the cash to get into that race. Right now we have two Canadians – one in AX and one in SX – going for broke, chasing the dream, spending their money, and gaining experience. Tanner Ward and Brock Leitner (Jess Pettis if he wasn’t hurt and Westen Wrozyna will ride some East) are doing what so many other Canadians should. Now, in the past I have used the word “chicken” or “scared” or whatever other word leans towards a racer just not going for it and those times the sensitivity got high and people raised hell. These two are by no means the toughest dudes to ever come out of Canada but they sure are dudes willing to give it a shot. This isn’t me saying all of racers are scared or chicken but rather maybe when they look at the overall picture of their goals this risk just doesn’t sit high anymore. I know for a fact that one of our top racers in Canada, one of our heroes, only does this for the money. I heard it right from his mouth as well as the team manager. Does this mean he’s lost the passion? The willingness to take risk? Is the effort still there? Regardless of how I feel, it’s this racer’s right to do what he wants to do for what he wants. Whether he gets that is another topic but when you win titles you get bargaining power. I look at what these names I mention above and I wonder if the risk Vs. reward they are doing is getting noticed because really, they are doing it all for passion and chasing their dreams. In my eyes I believe they should be getting rewarded in some shape for form and maybe they are where we don’t see. Brock Leitner made his first ever night show on the weekend and I can only imagine the feeling he had when he found out. Tanner Ward is yet to make a main in AX but he’s so darn close he can taste it and when that happens, a bucket list item will be checked off. When I was sitting in the press booth at A1 and it was obviously all US media I watched the #497 and continued to share with my peers he was Canadian. For the first round of AX, GuaranteedMX had a team of guys that went down to share that same positive vibe for Tanner Ward. We are a proud group in the small community of moto but sometimes we get jaded by the mighty dollar, or the fancy ride, or the hero that just does it for the money. When, sometimes heroes don’t always wear capes, or win titles, but help bring a country together with simple hard work and passion. I hope our younger generations see it the way I do.
I’ve watched the Houston main events about 5 times now and feel I have a good take on what we saw on Saturday night. Watching on TV is nothing like being there, I can finally admit that. The other thing to take from watching TV is Ralph and Jeff, as good as they are, they miss a ton of good stuff for a true fan watching. At one point in the 250 main, they completely missed when Sexton went by teammate Craig and Red plate holder Mcelrath. That was hard to not get a little excited about. How about both Eli Tomac and Marvin Musquin not getting any points? Like, how in this world can two premiere class racers score no points in a title chase millions of people picked them to battle for? How can millions of people be so wrong? There is no way in the world that more could go wrong for the door to open for both of them to get back into this series. This sport is just so gnarly that this stuff happens to the very best racers. It’s not mental, it’s not pressure, and simply put it’s just how hard this sport is. Now swing the other direction how can you not think that Jason Anderson, Ken Roczen, Justin Barcia, Justin Brayton, Cole Seely, and Weston Peick not all think they can win a main event this year, especially with the unique format coming this weekend at A2. The door is so wide open right now and the surprises that have taken place nothing but James Stewart showing up would blow my mind anymore. As fans, we want parody and excitement. Well, welcome to the 2018 450 class. Lastly, I’m a definite superfan of Adam Ciancarulo, I mean how can’t you be? From his days of dominance in the Amateur ranks to his first 5 races as a pro to his amazing social networking skill fans just adore this guy. But for #@$% sakes AC quit throwing away points and wins. He was no doubt the fastest guy on the weekend but crashed twice in the main event. As I wrote above our sport is so tough and gnarly and these guys are pushing the edge but for me, AC is a “basket case” to quote Ryan Villopoto when talking about Kyle Beaton on PulpMX Show last week. How, how does he continue to do this? I saw some Steeler fans (on Facebook) threatening to kill themselves after the huge loss yesterday to the Jaguars which is insane obviously over a football game. But as fans sometimes our passion for our hero gets out of hand. I screamed at the TV Saturday night when AC when down not once, but twice. You know there is no way it’s not weighing on his mind either because he knows he’s fastest but can’t prove it. We’re only two rounds in and the highest amount of uncertainty ever for this series is upon us. I love it!
Last week we started a new column on here ranking the “Top 5 Best Provincial” racers. I started off with BC and it got people talking. Now, this is why I do articles is to get people chatting and bench racing. Sometimes it evens gets heated but that’s awesome because it shows that readers have a stance or maybe have a favorite rider that they think is better than my list (I didn’t do this list alone as I have chatted with a bunch of industry old-timers and present racers). I’m not going to lie it’s been hard coming up with interesting stuff the last few months but this article has me fired up. GuaranteedMX is not a results site. I’m not a press release site unless it’s big news. I’m an opinion site which wants to get readers thinking, not getting info already known. This week is the Province of Saskatchewan and it’s not easy to name a top 5 from that one. It’s almost as tough as Manitoba, almost.