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  1. Great article Keefer. I watched the race on tv and seen J Mart laying there grabbing his back and with that look of fear in his eyes, so scary. I think you are right about the whole “ send it “ attitude. It’s a bad signal to be sending the youth in our sport and not how true champions race. Get well soon J Mart.

  2. Kris, great article and a much needed read coming from a mom who has seen my son struggle for the last year trying to get back on a bike from a serious injury. The fear, the risk, the pain, the uncertainty is always on your mind and as a parent it seems so easy to say…. just stop riding. Try and tell that to a kid who has grown up his entire life on a bike. It’s not easy to watch the struggle, but being around people in the sport has made me realize it is something he has to decide.

  3. Great insight Keefer- I think about “it” too often. If “it” gets in your head and you can’t concentrate that is a problem. Because you are what you are thinking, think crash, you are going to crash. Think fast and smooth and you will be fast and smooth. I believe that. And sometimes “it” is not in our control at all. Just by being on the track we are accepting certain risk.

    I appreciate you writing about this, it should NOT be a taboo subject. We all should be well informed and aware of the dangerous realities of our sport. We should be able to openly discuss how these incidents affect us. It is part of processing trauma in a heathy way. I feel that posting ugly crash videos as humor is unacceptable behavior. What is the character of a person that gets off on seeing others get hurt or killed, not someone I want in my orbit. I have seen too many injuries and deaths live and in person. One way to get banned for life from my social accounts is for someone to send or post crashing videos, unless it is your crash. I don’t think they are funny and they deeply affect my psyche. I have lost dear ones in the race game as well. It hurts. It hurts me to see their families suffering through time. And I don’t buy the “they died doing something they loved” bull shit. They don’t want to be dead. Their family miss them dearly every single day. We miss them. It’s a harsh reality of our sport, but we should process it by not blocking it out but discussing it in open awareness.

    I know sometimes we have to put “it” out of our minds when shit goes wrong and lap after lap the medics are tending to your homie on the side of the track. These difficult times also illustrate the amazing brotherhood of the racing community. It is strange being on the injured side of the crash, the camaraderie that happens after you get transported from the track. The love that flows to the injured and their families. The majic that happens like how did my van get home? Who packed up my pit… my bike… and who called my wife to tell her what hospital I’ll be at (That she won’t come and pick me up at if I got hurt riding, AGAIN).

    I have a strange relationship with motos, I love them, I hate them, I love them, I hate them. I have had many injuries like yourself. It doesn’t keep me from eventually returning to this sport that we enjoy. I always think I’m done with it for a few weeks after a bad one, then time and selective memory take over and I’m riding and racing again. Kris thank you for keeping the conversation open and all the great down to earth work that you do. @onethomasbaker

    *Heal fast and strong Jeremy Martin, and everyone else think fast and smooth.

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