Having recently moved, a fond old friend passed back through my life, my Honda ATC 70. While this isn’t the original 70 that Santa brought back in 1983, it is the same year, and conjures up incredible memories. I acquired this 70 through trading a set of Flexx Handlebars for it. Having spent every day since my Father took me to the 1983 Barstow to Vegas committed to a life behind handlebars, the little 70 was a big step in the direction my life would take. At times being immersed in the sport you love for so many years can leave one a little jaded. This jadedness fades as soon as I see this or any 70 for that matter, the joy, love, and naivety of the time are brought back upon sight. I’m sure your first bike brings back similar feelings.
My DirtWise Academy report,
What a awesome experience assisting Shane Watts during his Utah stop of “The DirtWise Academy”. Shane arrived Thursday morning at Fasst Company, while I was in the shop packing orders. Luckily, I have some awesome bosses that let me off work a little early to take Shane out riding right from our shop. Shane and I hopped on the bikes and scouted out the St. George desert for some good spots for his “skill sections”. I thought to myself, “Yeah he’s pretty good” as we were just putting around the trails. Then, he asked if I would do a few demos to kind of test my skill. I gladly got right to it and hit the obstacles to the best of my ability. As I was finishing he waved me over and said, “This is how I want you to do it.” Then he took my bike (seriously he just jumped right on my bike) and made me feel like a beginner through the section we were working on. Everything he asked me to do such as wheelies, corners, ruts, starts and stops put me back to ground zero, showing me how it’s really done. I have been working really hard to improve my riding and this short afternoon some one on one session with Shane showed me a lot of areas I can improve my riding. His knowledge, skills on the bike and practice drills gave me a lot of great insight on how to go faster and ride the bike better. Now I need to put in some time working on what Shane showed me.
Early Friday morning we started the class. I was really surprised to see the variety of riders enrolled in the class. Right from the start Shane almost had everyone’s name memorized, something I was struggling with the whole weekend. It just showed another element to the professional level of Shane’s Academy. A lot of people wondered why we were doing some of the drills, however, Shane made every rider realize how important simple skills like front braking are as the day continued. Every point Shane made always came back around full circle to the message he gives at his Academy. Which was great for me to see that everything you do on the bike makes a difference. With each demo Shane or I did it taught me more and more about bike control. In just two days with him I learned so much more about riding dirt bikes. Those little things everyone seems to look over are some of the things that will help improve your skills the most. I cant give away all the secrets Shane gave, but I would strongly encourage anyone reading this to check out www.shanewatts.com and sign up for one of Shane’s Academies.
Thanks for reading,
The month of January is one of my favorites times of year for the Motocross community. It marks the start of the season or just about everyone except the GNCC guys back east. January 21 marked the opening day of WORCS Quad along with Round 3 of the Supercross series at Dodger Stadium. First up was WORCS at Glen Helen and weather was not making this event easy. I was one of the last people into Glen Helen as the rain washed out part of the entry road with mud. The rain was coming down and they had to cancel the mini quad race for Saturday and push it back to Sunday. Finally about 10:30 the A and B riders lined up, at least the few who where willing to try and make it about the shortened Glen Helen course that was covered in mud and yes it is still raining. Here is a photo I took from the starting line:
The rain finally stopped about 1:00 in the afternoon but the damage had been done and the course was a mess. The riders continued racing for the day and a cancelled pro practice allowed the amazing Glen Helen crew to work on the track and do they best they could to get it ready for the afternoon. It was now after 2 in the after noon and I had got a text saying they had to minimize the afternoon schedule for Supercross and practice started at 3:45. I left Glen Helen and they had the road fixed and I was off to Dodger Stadium. I made it just in time for practice to find our own Chris Johnson had crashed on the opening lap and knocked himself unconscious and that caused for a red flag. I spent the next hour trying to find Chris and check on him to make sure he was ok. I finally found him in the Asterisk rig and they said he had broken his wrist and knocked a few teeth out. Back to the seats I went to watch the rest of practice where RV2 set the fastest lap of practice!
The Dirt Wurx crew did a great job with the track at Dodger stadium and the rain stayed away for the night. Some great racing went down and also a bad crash for a few racers. I want to close by asking everyone who reads this to put a prayer in for Trey Canard, Ryan Morais and Ivan Tedesco. All riders had a rough night and experienced some bad crashes that will keep them out of action for a few weeks.
One of our favorite events every year is coming to LA! The X Games! We will be down there all weekend hanging out and watching all the events. As well as supporting all our Fasst Company athletes. We are very excited about the newest event at X called Enduro X! We have several Fasst Company athletes competing. Here is the schedule of events below. Make sure you get tickets ASAP as you do not want to miss this event.
Determination is a huge factor in racing. Some racers have it and some search their entire careers trying to find it. The sad part for racers who struggle to find it is that it’s not a desire that can be found. It is a deep intrinsic motivator that has to come from within the rider. There are only so many times you can get beat and blame external factors like equipment or the track. The reality is it comes down to the determination of the rider. How bad do you really want it?
The two weeks before the Motocross Nationals are some of my favorite. Southern California becomes the hot spot for testing and training for all the top motocross guys. Now with the USGP at Glen Helen it brings some international talent over as well. Every Thursday Glen Helen holds open practice and with the upcoming nationals and USGP the track was packed! A plethora of top pro’s were out including, Marvin Musquinn and Christophe Pourcel. By the way it is incredible to watch those two guys ride practice. A sight I can’t really explain, Continue
I have become a huge fan of Endurocross over the last few years. Having tried to ride it a few times myself I know how much bike skill it takes to make a lap around the course. About 2 years ago I met Colton Haaker and instantly became a fan. I wanted to have him on board with us since that day. I am excited to say we signed him for 2011 and today I got to test with him. He did a few warm up laps and I was already in awe of what he could do on the bike. Watching him just ride over the rock turns, matrix sections, Continue
How could I pass up a chance to go to Lake Havasu for back to back WORCS race weekends? No way I could pass that up. For this weekend I took one of our riders Chris Johnson with me. Chris is still recovering from a crash at the last round so he was unable to race. Chris came over late on Thursday night, but we decided to man up and head out for a late night mission to Havasu in the Fasst Company WarWagon. We stayed at my family’s place in Parker, Arizona rolling into about 2am. We were both wide awake when we got there after talking moto for 4 hours. Continue
This has been a crazy year between prepping for moving our operations from California to Utah, keeping the Flexx Handlebar Experience Tour on the road along with all the other components of driving our business forward, organized chaos would be the best way to explain it. Enter my good friend Ryan Orr, the So Cal playboy, test rider extraordinaire and bicycle jockey was going to join me on a quick trip to Utah to check out a possible building for Fasst Company’s new world headquarters then quickly head back to Stateline for a Big 6 GP stop of the Flexx Handlebar Experience Tour. Continue