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We are truly spoiled in every sense of the word these days; up-to-the-minute race action, news, drama, stories, and everything else under the sun at our fingertips. I’m not sure if this is a good or bad thing because with spoiled comes attitude and a demand knowing you have the info right there. I grew up as a kid just prior to the age of the internet so I can share prior to times of massive information within seconds. It definitely was a similar time; you cared for the info but you just waited till you got it. Now, if it’s not up instantly you’re pissed off. I’m in a role where I try to deliver instant gratification with the news. I enjoy and despise this job equally because I feel at times I’m missing out on life. A life, right now that isn’t just about me anymore but involves a growing family, so how do I find a middle ground ensuring positive growth for the kids and still keep doors open and business steady? That’s a question I’m working on and I’m sure I‘m not the only one out there with this struggle. That was my Monday morning random thought, does it make sense?
I’ve been steadily making fun of everyone that doesn’t have Fox Sports, or the ability to figure out a streaming option for years now about Supercross and I do this because I’m simply a dick to my buddies. Well, one of those moments where I “eat my foot” happened Saturday night when Fox Sports on Rogers decided to run the Daytona Rolex 24hr race. First off, how does a 24 non-stop race get that much TV coverage in this world I talked about in the opening paragraph? That’s another rant I guess. I had to buy the single round from Supercrossonline.com which cost me a cool $40 Canadian. That kind of blew me away since, if you purchased the year package it was about $10 per round. I figured maybe $20 for a single but $40 was a shocker. I still paid and hoped it would work well since I have heard good and bad from others that have used this option. I can honestly say it worked perfectly on my IPad to Apple TV. I really hope this is the last time I have to do this but it got me what I needed and sometimes today it’s hard to say you get quality when you pay. This time I did.
The race itself was easily the best of the year. The most passes made, the most options had, the best track, and the end results were great for the series. I’m as much a fan of the sport as the next guy/girl out there but I’m also an analyst of the sport, not just for GuaranteedMX but also for myself and my passion. What I saw from the top racers like Eli, Roczen, Barcia, Peick, in fact, all top 10 racers was truly awesome. The amount of toughness, effort, and skill it takes to ride a track like that and be able to raise their ability is truly astonishing and inspiring. Yes, we all have our favorite guy and we all bandwagon jump but this weekend showed me something else this weekend. It showed me that when the racers are challenged they will still go past their edge and push the limits of absolute danger to achieve the goal of winning and satisfying themselves. There was zero settling from the top 5 racers on Saturday night. They pushed their machines and themselves to a limit that to me was truly amazing. The way they used their skill and power beneath them to jump 3-3-3 before the finish line was so sick it made me want to play Madskills all night and just launch stuff. It was one of, or maybe the most, technical section I’ve ever seen in Supercross. In fact, the track had more than enough of these that for the first time in a while I wished James Stewart was out there because I feel he could have quad something, somewhere on that track, and made us all go “WOW.” Some will think I’m giving this track too much but if the rest of the 13 rounds match anything similar to this championship will prove to actually be the greatest of all time (as they continually try to sell prior to A1 each year. The track is so important now with how good these racers and machines are. The Glendale track has proven many times to be one of the better tracks and it obviously helps they have much more room being inside a Football dome, but the way to the track is set up is how good the racing will be. The track had so many options and the best racers in the world found them to deliver us entertainment. That’s all we want from every event. It actually won’t matter who wins if we are entertained. I enjoyed my Saturday night watching the best racing product in the world, did you?
The Winter XGames started last Thursday and finished Sunday. Like a total idiot, I forget they put the actual TV shows or time slots on ABC. I followed for years with TSN but they’re delayed and this year didn’t even show what I wanted to watch which was everything to do with Snowbike. Regardless I wouldn’t have been able to watch it live anyway because I was lighting the ice on fire with my Hockey skills at my men’s league game. I’ve since watched it and once again I really think this sport is cool. I mean, at what point in Cody Matechuck’s life or Brock Hoyer’s life they would have ever thought growing up racing dirt bikes they would be lining up against a multi-time world famous Motocross racers named Ryan Villopoto in the snow at XGames? That’s what’s cool about this sport. It brings so many different dynamics into it by being fresh and attractive and the ability for literally anyone who has ridden a dirt bike to join in the revolution of Snowbiking. Now, If I look at the racing side of it it’s a tough sell, but then again I swing back to the top of this blog and chat about how we are all spoiled with action and instantaneous news that maybe even our racing brain goes that way because we are spoiled with so many other great race platforms that this Snowbike thing – even though exciting for fans of the racers and being part of XGames, doesn’t necessarily deliver a very entertaining race. These things are big, kind of slow, and look very difficult to set up lines and make passes on. But, I’m sure the same can be said for SnoCross when it first started and it still has events going strong today. This Snowbike stuff could potentially get extremely big but it has one major downfall: snow doesn’t always fall where you want to have BIG events that draw crowds. Maybe for it to become a national style format like Motocross or Supercross, it will need to jump on tour with Snowboard, Ski, or SnoCross to help it get more mainstream and have the chance to become a great sport rather than a niche sport. That’s my two cents on that but it was still cool watching TV (well YouTube for me) and cheering for Brock Hoyer who you know personally and hoping for a Gold Medal. Or maybe it was because Ryan Villopoto was there that drew your attention, or maybe Josh Hill, or maybe Cody Matechuk who won gold this year? The names this year were solid for this to become very big in the future. Now, it’s up to time to see if it continues to grow and become worthy of our small attention spans.
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The other big reason for the majority of Canadians and most likely fans around the globe to follow XGames this year was the huge project that Rockstar OTSFF Yamaha took on by building a bike for XGames icon Blair Morgan. It has been just under 10 years since Blair’s tragic accident so for him to even muster up the nerve, and want to do this was a story in itself. I could never, ever put myself in the shows of what he’s gone through but damn well know that the last week of his life was amazing for him. I’ve been friends with Blair since 1997 and as I’ve shared before he was a hero of mine even when I raced him. The class he showed on and off the track was second to no one ever. For him to be able to have this opportunity again after his career got cut short is a true inspiration to anybody that has suffered an injury that changes your body and mind. I won’t go on and on here about amazing this guy is so I’ll finish by saying; every photo I got sent of Blair riding just made me smile. It’s one of those things that you thought you would never see again and once I did, I want more!
Tanner Ward and Westen Wrozyna made their way down to AX this weekend – Fourth round for Ward and very first for Wrozyna. Ward has strung together two Lites mains in a row now and sits 7th in points. Wrozyna would miss the Lites main by just a couple sots but showed solid speed. I love seeing these kids down here fighting preparing for what’s to come in Canada very soon.
I’ll end this off with a great conversation I had this AM. I chatted with Estrella Cemovic who is now on a very positive road to recovery. I talked her Dad and got the full story of how it all happened and what a crazy ordeal from a parent’s perspective. He also shared how amazing it was to see all the support. I figured I would ask a few tough questions since I had them on the phone and to my surprise they basically shared that “shit happens.” It wasn’t “this is the end, we hate everything, I can’t believe….” yadda-yadda type chatter you hear when scary stuff like this happens. In fact, Estrella shared how excited she is to get back on the bike. She’s hoping for around June if all her therapy goes well. Her spirit on the phone nearly made me tear up with joy. I’m blown away by her strength right now. Like seriously, what an inspiration. Our sport can be so cruel but with a good attitude and knowing that the danger factor is when it will happen not if it will is such a great outlook on it. I don’t get emotionally caught in many moments but after chatting with this young lady for just a few minutes I can honestly say I’ve never been so full of joy. This feeling only matches the day my kids were born. Hopefully, I didn’t end this too sappy but damn, that was just a great chat.
Hey races fans it’s Monday, you’ve reads the FLOOD brought to you by Honda Moto Canada: be inspired!