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I made it; I made it to the plus 40 club. Let’s just say the very first day in the club was a complete waste as the cocktail train may have gotten the better of me. The boys I stay connected with on the west had a sweet little plan for me to enjoy the celebration but as it were I was totally failed as the celebrator. In fact, I did not even make it to the Superbowl gathering and see one second of it. I believe this is the first time since I starting watching Football I missed the entire Superbowl. Apparently, when you turn 40 you don’t just magically become more adult. Remember that kids: age doesn’t always bring wisdom.
The anticipated debut of Jess Pettis finally came to life this past weekend at Oakland SX. The hype surrounding this guy was the highest for a Canadian since Darcy Lange when he landed the last minute deal with Pro Circuit. Unfortunately, the hype was delayed after a big crash Pettis took in the final round prior to Christmas at Future West AX. The balloon was deflated and most likely thought he would not get his chance till 2019 to get his Supercross experience. Well, Jess Pettis drinks his milk and his bones heal because he was totally awesome on Saturday for his first ever Supercross. I chatted with him yesterday (somewhere in the middle of my 20hr sleep) and he shared that he felt awesome all day but the track was better than his experience. It wasn’t a case of backing it down or settling but rather when he wanted to charge and keep his speed on point with his peers the track made that extra tough. There was not much room for error so errors occurred, frequently. Jess Pettis is a great racer and he lined up against racers better than him who made similar mistakes so this was not a case of inexperience or him riding over his head. He is part of the best and the track took down some of the very best on Saturday and he was part of that group. A group with names like Seely, Roczen, Grant, Peick, Craig, Cianciarulo, and Mcelrath, to name a few. This weekend in San Diego there will be no doubt, I will not have one spec of doubt Pettis doesn’t make the main event. He has all the tools and skills to do it and he will this Saturday night and I will bet on this. Jess has now got the first one out of the way; it’s only up from here.
The Future West AX series wrapped up over the weekend. It was a solid two-night moto bender full of solid racing in every class but the pro. There were four pros to start with and after night one there was two. Poor Dave Fraser had a crash in his heat and injured his hand. Carson Brown – who would become champion without riding Saturday – had a big first turn crash leaving him with a broken nose and slight concussion. In a matter of seconds, we lost half the pro field; it sucked. On Friday a few intermediates lined up and made things interesting but they couldn’t stop the oldest man in the field – Ryan Lockhart. In the crazy tough 6 lap 250 main the experience kicked in and he just wore down the kids. We discussed this win on Sunday (before my 20hr nap) and we figured this has extended his career in the pro class another 5 years. A win is a win and what it does to anyone no matter their age or discipline, confidence always takes over and extends their reasoning for doing anything. After the races they through a nice little banquet with prizes and food but no cocktails. This upset some and understandably. A celebration is usually better with adult beverages (unless it’s your 40th birthday and you attack adult beverages like a rabid dog) in my opinion. Other than that person enjoyed the ending to their AX series out west and look towards the great outdoors. I was a part of the series from RD1 and can’t thank FW enough for hiring me to announce a great family atmosphere.
There seems to be a rather repetitive message in this blog: Adult beverages. Well, this weekend was full of celebrations: Supercross, Superbowl, Jess Pettis, Banquets, and Birthdays. It`s hard not to discuss the reality of what goes on when I travel because that’s how I write stuff. I’m always a little too real but I believe this is why I have been around so long and have a solid following for this sport. I mean why fluff stuff. Why constantly be politically correct? That’s boring and for the most part never really right. We`re all beginning to get just a little sensitive or our feeling gets hurt over the smallest things now. Look what they just did to the Canadian anthem. Are we seriously changing this now as well? This is just wrong in my opinion and if we continue to fluff everything the world as we know will just blow up from over the top emotion and struggle with just being normal. Maybe I’m wrong here but this just doesn’t seem right.