Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Freestone MX Pictures

I recently got to attend the Freestone MX National in Wortham, TX last weekend and it was a hot hot race day!  I got to borrow a nice Nikon D40X camera with a sweet 300mm lens on it, so I decided to grab some photos to share on the blog.  This was my first time shooting mx with this camera so I did have some learning to do (I got a LOT of blurry shots), but I ended up with some good shots at the end of the day.

I won't do a race recap, as there are plenty of sources online that can do that much better than me (racerxill.com, transworldmx.com, allisports.com, etc.), but there were a few things that impressed me:

-Eli Tomac is FAST!  He did not have the endurance through the heat for the entire race, but watch out for that kid, he is going to be a force to be reckoned with for anybody who wants the title.

-Metcalf was fast at the beginning but faded pretty hard about half-way through each moto.

-Kyle Regal was the surprise of the day with a 3rd overall, let's hope he can keep up his speed and hang with the big boys for the rest of the season.  

-Ben Townley looked good but had some bad luck in Moto 2 with a 1st turn crash that set him far behind.  I hope he shows up to High Point next week at 100% and ready to spank everybody.

-Dean Wilson was hauling the mail in the second moto but got delirious on the last lap and let 2 people pass him on the last straightaway...everybody at the track was SO confused...poor kid, I hope he can redeem himself next week.

-Alessi was definitely off his normal pace.  I think he crashed a few times in each moto and didn't come anywhere close to landing on the podium.

-Dungey seriously looked like RC the way he pulled ahead and gapped the field.  I wonder if the Hangtown Dungey or the Freestone Dungey will show up to High Point next week.

-Last, Reed was pretty solid, he did what he had to do in order to keep the points lead and stay safe.  He was the only one I saw who would seat-bounce over the big sand wall in front of the whoops, it was insane, nobody else even came close to his speed over that obstacle.  I love it when riders get creative on things that seem to only have one way over it!

So, here are some of my favorite shots from the day:

Monday, May 24, 2010

The Psychology of an Injury

I invited my younger brother Trent to share his experience and thoughts on a recent major injury that set him back for a few months.  He has gone through a few major injuries in the past and never fails to get back on the bike and break himself again.  Trent is much like me and loves motocross and all action sports and you can get a taste of his passion and sense of humor (mildly crude...be warned) in the following paragraphs:

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Supercross--The Most Fan Friendly Sport in the World!

I always tell my friends that dirt bike racing (motocross/supercross) is the greatest sport in the world.  Of course, I am incredibly biased and do not deny how awesome other sports can be, however, I have many points to rest my case!  The sport of motocross is the most pure blend of talent, courage, athleticism, and technology all rolled up into one sport, and on top of that, it is one of the most fan friendly sports in the world!  Over the past few weeks, I've had the chance to go to the Houston and Salt Lake supercross races with my wife, and we got to meet nearly all of the top guys in the sport without having to wait more than 10 minutes for an autograph and a picture!

In this post, I want to show some photographic evidence of how fan friendly the sport really is!  There is no other sport in the world that gives its fans so much access to the top riders in the world.  The following pictures are of me and my wife with many of the top supercross racers !