Swizcorner

I have something to admit and I’m not at all happy about it.

 

Lead Photo By: James Lissimore

 

I tend to fancy myself as a hard worker who puts everything I have into everything I do. I preach it to my boys and feel I do a “one-percenter” quality of effort in that regard. An often heard explanation for my high level of effort is that every breath and every waking second of our existence is unique, we don’t get a second chance at any moment so why not spend those moments at 100% capacity? 

 

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I have access to a lot of moto info that isn’t publicly available but with a full time job, 3 kids and a busy life outside of moto, I don’t ask many of them. Today that changes.

Photos By: James Lissimore

 

I’m going to skip the opinions and pondering that Swizcorner is usually made up of and simply tee up the untended-to questions which have been swimming the seas of my cranium over the past few weeks. But who to go to for the answers? That’s easy. The first person I thought of asking was Weege but he just had a new baby so right now he’s not exactly in his “I am Southwick” frame of mind. Next on my list was the people’s champ, JT. He’s been too busy...

It’s the “off-season” and we’ve got a week buffer before the MXdN so I’m going to write outside the lines of specifically moto this week.

 

A few rounds into the 2014 MX series we caught wind of a top racer having tested positive for a banned substance during the SX series. The wolves were unleashed on this topic as we all focused in our sights on the culprit and wanted blood, or at least swift justice and an actual punishment to be handed down to him. I was in this group of people who felt this was a simple process of “here’s the rules” and “here’s the punishment for infringing upon them”. But no, as with all things in the American legal system both public and sporting, there is a protective barrier put in place for the guilty, even the...

One of the beauties of writing for PulpMX, I can subtitle my column with cult classic movie quotes with only a modicum of relevance and not get flack for it.

Photos By: Simon Cudby

If there is a single person who is reading this and confused on the subtitle on this weeks column, I pity you. After reading the rest of Swizcorner, not before, your next task is to Red Box, Netflix, iTunes, Blockbuster or Family Video yourself a copy of Point Break. Like watching “Rudy” or playing high school football, it’s a right of passage on your way to becoming a man.

Last year the Utah track had it’s debut and in the words of one Jason Thomas, it resembled “Chernobyl” during the absolutely amazing sandstorm during the second 250 moto. Not exactly an awesome condition while bouncing your 40 horsepower race-steed off the rev limiter in traffic (luckily there were no Camels navigating this common desert condition). Even with this...

Pro riders are picky.

Photos By: Simon Cudby

Calling the top gun’s picky isn’t a slight toward them, they know it as well as anyone. It’s embedded into their DNA as they rise through the amateur ranks. Riders who not only have the resources to cater their machines to their personal tastes but also possess the ability to dictate those desires to the specialists, are in the best position to excel and rise above. Given that the 40 rider gates at the Lucas Oil Nationals are comprised of many of these type-A personality racers, the tracks are rarely given a necessarily optimistic report card by said racers. Red Bud has long been the standard track on the National schedule that the majority of racers will openly voice their love for. It’s got elevation changes, big air, insane fans and the most important factor, great soil (albeit with some artificial manipulation; which in itself is another reason riders appreciate it: The...