AMERICA’S NEWEST MOTORCYCLE AND PRODUCT SHOW IS IN ORLANDO THIS WEEKEND
If you're looking for the biggest and most mainstream motorcycle show in the U.S., it just might be the new kid on the block—the AIMExpo which is being held at the Orange County Convention Center in Orland Florida this week. The American International Motorcycle Expo (AIMExpo) is modeled after Europe’s enormous EICMA show. Over 300 exhibitors have been announced and, unlike many American show, which are limited to authorized motorcycle dealers, the AIMExpo is open to the public starting at 2:00 p.m. Friday and running through the weekend. For more info go to www.AIMExpoUSA.com
MONSTER CUP: ALL BETS ARE IN
The first year of the Monster Cup Ryan took home the Monster million.
Ryan Villopoto-2:1 odds
Nothing in Vegas is a sure bet, but Villopoto is the closest to a sure thing you will find. He has the total package. He has the intimidation factor, willingness, guts, and talent to get the job done.
Can Barcia make it two in a row?
Over the last year Justin has been flying under the radar, but don’t count him out for the win. With Justin being the 2012 crowned Monster Cup winner, taking 3rd in the 2013 Supercross series and being picked as a member of the Des Nations team, he is ready for another break-out ride.
How will Tomac fare on the 450?
Do not count Tomac out. When Eli is mentally focused count him in on fighting for the win. On Tomac’s good day and Villipoto’s bad day Tomac will take the gusto. This is the beginning of his full-time 450 career, so he will have something to prove in Vegas.
At any time Stewart can be a threat.
The wild card. We still feel he is able to pull off a win, but it is a long shot. Once the fastest man on the planet, but with each passing year he is starting to show signs of wear.
By Daryl Ecklund
By definition perseverance is the steadfastness in doing something despite its difficulty or delay of achieving success. If one wants to succeed at anything in life, perseverance is an essential ingredient. But for me this definition just doesn't portray a big enough meaning. I came across a quote that I felt suited the word better and brought it the fire it deserved.
"Perseverance is the hard work you do after you get tired of doing the hard work you already did." Newt Gingrich
This quote excites me. You know why? Because I can just taste the victory after I accomplish a goal. Have you ever had that great feeling after working your butt off for months on end trying to accomplish what seemed impossible at first, and finally made it a reality? It is a euphoria that cannot be duplicated. Happy is an understatement. You feel as if you are on the top of the world and no one can stop you. After all the times you wanted to quit, and all the suffering that came with it, you immediately forget about the struggles along the road.
I think everyone has felt this feeling somehow or another. Getting that new job, winning a race, finishing school, or losing that extra weight. Whatever it was, try to remember how much joy and fulfillment it brought to your life. Really think about it and try to bring those feelings back. If you are having a hard time remembering the feeling, then I am speaking directly to you–because it has been too long. This feeling lingers with us, but if you wait to long it will eventually fade away and become dormant within us.
So what am I getting at? Challenges are what keeps life interesting. They allow you to grow as a person and with perseverance you can turn those “cants” into “cans.” If you are not pushing yourself or growing as an individual, life becomes stale and shifts the focus on things that will just bring you down. You will either get depressed from your bored mind wandering and worrying about unnecessary hoopla or become sedentary from the must-see TV shows that are on every night of the week.
So start with one thing. Whether big or small and preserve until the end. Allow that dormant feeling to come alive again and get a taste of the great feelings of accomplishment and confidence in yourself. Anything worthwhile is hard, but remember those hard times will be forgotten and embraced once you reach the top of the mountain. This is what successful motocross racers do!
MXA FITNESS TIP
When pumping iron, always do multi-joint exercise first, such as squats or dead lifts. This will get your blood pumping and allow you to produce better results when you start your single-joint exercises like bicep curls or leg extensions.
MINI-VIEW: DOUG DUBACH
Doug Dubach wants to win his 21st World Vet title on November 2-3.
MXA: Doug, you had a scary crash at the Mammoth Motocross this year. Tell us about that.
Doug: It was something out of the blue. I had won three motos before this one and I got the holeshot and led every lap until my crash. I think I just hit a rock that I didn't see causing the front end to step out and launched me into a wall. I went from about 40 miles per hour to a dead stop.
What did you end up injuring?
I ended up having 21 rib fractures. which caused a condition called "flail." This condition occurs when you break a lot of ribs all the way through and having floating members. My floating members just happen to be my lungs, heart and soft tissue. Over my career I have had quite a few broken bones and have had surgery here and there, but this was by far the worst injury I have ever had. I ended up being in the hospital for nine days!
After a severe injury like this long long did the doctors tell you to stay off the bike?
I go to a doctor that is very aggressive and deals with a lot of the top motocross and Supercross riders. He knew that I want to get back on the bike ASAP. With saying that, he said that an injury like this can take anywhere from six to nine months to heal. He knew I was physically fit and healthy before the crash so I was hopefully that would lead me to a speedy recovery.
The doctor recommended a recovery time of six to nine months. How long did you actually take off?
I felt that my body was recovering quickly and I had already committed to race the Veterans Motocross des Nations in England. I tried to find another rider to replace me, but it didn’t pan out. So I went over anyway to test the waters. I had some minor pain when riding, but I could live with it. I was not able to ride even close to 100%, but I got the job done and Team USa won. To answer your question I only waited 3 months. My country needed me!
So what is next on your list?
After the race in England I took a month off. It was obvious to me after that race that my body wasn't ready. I promised my wife I would heal up. My next big race will be in November at the MTA World Vet Championship at Glen Helen. Although I won't be where I would like to be, I will be on my way up and hopefully can still be a threat to take the win.
NEW FEDERAL POLICY COULD CREATE DE FACTO WILDERNESS
The U.S. Forest Service is proposing a new "ecological restoration policy" that the American Motorcyclist Association fears could be used to arbitrarily limit access to motorized trails. The proposed policy, "has the potential to create de facto Wilderness by administrative fiat," said Wayne Allard, AMA vice president for government relations. According to the AMA the goals of ecological restoration have the potential to directly contradict the Multiple Use Act of 1960, which specifically states "the national forests are established and shall be administered for outdoor recreation, range, timber, watershed, and wildlife and fish purposes." The policy of restoration will not do this says Allard. "Instead, it has the potential to limit the available areas of USFS land and prevent the USFS from being able to 'best meet the needs of the American people and, if not applied judiciously, has the potential to arbitrarily close trails to responsible off-highway-vehicle recreation."
GP MOTOCROSS: ABSENCE MAKES THE HEART GROW FONDER: QATAR, THAILAND, BRAZIL, BRAZIL AGAIN AND MEXICO HARDEN IT
The new GP schedule includes two separate overseas trips for a total of five events out of 18.
The latest version of the 2014 Grand Prix schedule is out and races that were on the previous list, but are now missing are Bulgaria, Portugal, Spain and Lierop, Plus, there are three “To Be Announced” (TBA) races in the 18-race schedule (although one of them will most assuredly be held in Belgium on August 3). Where in Belgium is undecided? We bet on the first TBA (April 20) to eventually go back to Bulgaria. But, what accounts for going to Brazil twice? It’s not like a drive through the country to get there. And, on top of that, the women have to race in Qatar where they are being used for a political message.
2014 WORLD MOTOCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP CALENDAR
March 1......QATAR (Women support)
April 13.......ITALY (Women & 125 support)
April 20.......TBA (250EMX & 300 two-strokes)
May 4.........HOLLAND (Women, 125 & 150 support)
May 11........TBA (250EMX & 300 two-strokes)
May 25........ENGLAND (250EMX & 300 two-strokes)
June 1.........FRANCE (Women & 125 support)
June 15.......ITALY (250EMX & 300 two-strokes)
June 22.......GERMANY (Women, 125 & 150 support)
July 6..........SWEDEN (Vets, 250EMX & 300 two-strokes)
July 13........FINLAND (65, 85, 250EMX & 300 two-strokes)
July 27.........CZECH REPUBLIC (Women, 125 & 150 support).
August 3......TBA BELGIUM (125, 250EMX & 300 two-strokes)
August 17...UKRAINE(125 & 250 EMX)
6D HELMETS MAKE THE NEW YORK TIMES
To see the article go to http://www.nytimes.com/2013/10/13/automobiles/a-two-level-approach-to-protecting-riders-head-in-impacts.html?_r=0
A NEW MEMBER OF THE RATTRAY FAMILY
Samantha, Kai and Tyla on day one of along and fruitful relationship.
Name: Brody Kai Rattray. Weight: 7.3l pounds. Length: 20 inches. Dad: Tyla Rattray. Mom: Samantha Rattray.
REM OCTOBERCROSS ON OCTOBER 26 AT GLEN HELEN RACEWAY
The Octobercross will be held on the World Vet track and will be the first time anyone races on the new layout. For more info go to www.remsatmx.com