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Well, this has been one of those days for sure. Do you ever wake up and wonder or feel like, “Yep, this is gonna be a spray day.” I have a feeling like people that work in the government have this morning/day feeling on a regular basis; like an all-bran diet. I am by no means into politics or even follow them other then what I would see on a social media platform. The stuff you see is mind blowing from these people inside the rooms that make decisions. The situations that are even being brought up over important issues are almost so hilarious when I watch them I feel like I owe money for the show. It’s actually quite scary to see this stuff.
The Supercross series has swooped in taking riders on a whirlwind ride thus far in 2018 and spit them out like trash leaving many injured, sad, crying, wondering why, and some, likely thinking retirement. Motocross no matter inside or out, can be the best thing and in that same breath steal everything you have worked for and make you an emotional wreck. Just this past weekend we saw Justin Boegle, who had just returned, get landed on and likely now out for a long time, again. Jake Weimer, also just returning to action, breaks his wrist and will also be sidelined for an amount of time that won’t sit well with him. If last year wasn’t enough for Ken Roczen and his horrible crash, which he has made a full recovery from making for one of the best stories in our sport ever, made a silly mistake (maybe personally induced) Saturday night and got sucked into the swingarm and rear wheel of Cooper Webb and chewed his arm, hand, and back. Then, even closer to home our Canadian hero Jess Pettis after a few get-offs last weekend was still dealing with a sore shoulder which didn’t seem to have much effect in qualifying but once the heat came it kept popping out and ended his night prematurely. There were, even more, crashes and likely riders will not be able to line up again this weekend or even next which sucks, but damn well known it’s PART OF THE SPORT. I saw so many tweets simply asking, “why” but there is no answer to that. You cannot control the outcome of your passion when you put everything on the line. That’s why it becomes your passion. It takes over your mind, body, and soul to where nothing can stand in your way till you reach the limit of no return or your goal. They usually don’t intersect very well. The resilience of these racers is something that inspires the standards of today’s athletes. In SX/MX/AX we are not like stick and ball sports at the pro level where minimum contracts are $250,000 and up. We are made up of athletes that love doing what’s needed on our own, love risking everything, love making days so hard you don’t want to get out of bed, love fighting back, and love the never knowing what could be. I’ve been doing this a long time. Almost to the point where seeing stuff like this doesn’t even make me flinch or blink. It’s natural sight for a person that has been through it. It’s a super shitty feeling but it doesn’t have that give-up sense of it. I think that’s a silver lining or some crazy strange beauty about motocross or any other non-team sport. These athletes are cut from a cloth that is so different than others or maybe those are called “normals.” No matter what you do in life you will get injuries to the point where giving up feels like the only option. If you do then hopefully that is satisfying to you. If your one of the special ones, like the small group of names above, then by god you are respected in my book. Take the injury and learn from it. Getting hurt doing something you are truly passionate about is so much better than getting hurt or worrying about getting hurt just leaving your house.
In 12 days the face of Canadian Motocross will change forever. The Rockstar Triple Crown kicks off Saturday night in Abbotsford, BC to start the change so many asked for. It’s has been one hell of a process just getting to this point for Jetwerx and their crew. Nothing is easy to change and nothing changed will make things easier, but what Jetwerx has done thus far will no doubt bring our little Canadian moto market into a place that is better for everyone involved. I’m involved and yes I get paid well to do the job with TV and announcing and trying to be part of the entertainment side of it all so my chirpers will throw the bias flag at me. But, if I was on the outside of this looking in wouldn’t you be excited? Are you excited? For as many years as I can remember at campfires all around our nation I have heard countless grassroots voices ask for change, ask for better, ask for new and now, we have it. In 12 days Canada will see a newborn moto baby called the Rockstar Triple Crown. Now, just like any newborn, they will poop on you, they will pee on you, they will steal sleep from you, but being the parent of that baby you will realize you will never love anything more than that baby. Life itself will never be the same and Canadian moto just got the same feeling to it.
Go have a good week race fans.