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Hey Ping,

I simply completed watching the Southwick Nationwide and have a query. The Southwick monitor has to have the fewest jumps of any nationwide monitor, and the jumps that it does have are removed from supercross obstacles. It appears just like the monitor might stay unchanged for novice degree racing. I believed the racing was simply as enjoyable to observe as every other race to date this yr, regardless of its lack of 150 footers. Why do not the opposite tracks comply with this similar format of old style pure MX? Having a structure that the locals can experience all yr really makes the racing higher. What number of instances have we seen no-name locals present up close to the highest in qualifying? If different tracks adopted swimsuit, I predict we might see extra of that sort of factor.




Actually, I couldn’t agree with you extra. Nationwide motocross has taken an odd flip and appears to be making an attempt to be extra like supercross. I simply need to inform motocross that it’s okay to be your self … individuals such as you for you. Pure terrain with hills, bumps, ruts, and off-camber sections are what make motocross enjoyable and thrilling to observe. One or two massive jumps [as long as they are safely built] aren’t an issue however once you begin placing in rhythm sections and one-lined chicanes in at Unadilla you’ve misplaced your approach. Let supercross be supercross and follow what makes you distinctive. The insecurity is discovering its technique to native tracks as effectively. Final yr among the finest pure motocross tracks within the nation, Mammoth Mountain, added a wall and part of whoops. Huh? That’s like George Strait placing out a hip hop album. And virtually each native monitor within the nation is now plagued by huge jumps, whoops, and primary supercross obstacles. Possibly these monitor house owners will notice they will nonetheless entertain followers with conventional monitor layouts and preserve everyone safer within the course of.


Pricey Ping,

I simply acquired out of a long run relationship and now I am having a tough time shifting on. There have been indicators our relationship was winding down, after which it turned apparent in the course of the supercross season. I knew it could be over quickly. However when Golden Rod retired after the conclusion of the 2017 supercross season, he broke greater than his contract with KTM… He broke my coronary heart. That stated, I want him effectively in his future endeavors. It wasn’t me; all good issues come to an finish (that is what I preserve telling myself). Little doubt we’ll all see Ryan Dungey as much as good within the sport someday quickly. However the place does that depart me now? I am misplaced in a sea of riders. It has been so lengthy since I have been ‘in the marketplace.’ I do not bear in mind find out how to date anymore. I do not know what sort of new man I need to let in my life. It could actually’t be simply any ‘ol rider! 

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Watching the 2017 motocross sequence and not using a rider to cheer for is like counting sand on the seashore. What is the level? I am unable to root for ET3 as a result of a majority of his followers are actually nothing greater than RD haters in disguise. I have not been in a position to get severe with Marvin as a result of he, like so many others, is a mere mortal. Being stood up for a primary date for an injured meniscus, sprained thumb, concussion, ‘banged up’ and many others. and many others. is just exhausting. 

I’d respect any relationship steerage or suggestions on find out how to transfer on after a breakup with the person of my desires. I would like goal in moto life once more. I do not need to be alone anymore. 

-Sleepless in Salt Lake, Jay. 


I hear you. Whereas the tattoo’d bro crowd thought Ryan Dungey was too vanilla, I feel he was one of the best ambassador this sport has ever had. I don’t see a transparent alternative, however there are some good guys on the market you can simply begin “relationship,” if that’s the time period you need to use. Dean Wilson has confirmed an unimaginable quantity of tenacity through the years along with his accidents and he discovered the rostrum for the primary time in a very long time final weekend. He’s additionally a great child with an amazing humorousness. Justin Bogle, although he seems like he’s perpetually recovering from a bout of bronchitis, is a very good man and a rider with a variety of potential. I’ve been pulling for him for the previous couple years. You may additionally dip within the youthful “Excessive Faculty” crowd and discover a 250 rider you want. Zach Osborne is just like the 22 year-old senior who’s the beginning quarterback for the varsity soccer workforce. He’s additionally an amazing man and has lots of the similar traits as Dungey did. Adam Cianciarulo, Alex Martin, Jeremy Martin, and Shane McElrath are all younger “hotties” who could be a great match for you. Get again on the market and begin relationship, bro.

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Hey Ping,

Love the column, as at all times. Two questions for you:

1) What’s your opinion on how lengthy Trey Canard has till he hangs it up? I really like the man, assume he is a superb individual and ambassador for the game in addition to an actual badass on the bike when he’s at his finest. However let’s be sincere right here, it has been a very long time since he is been at his finest, he is on a premier bike and he continues to rack up accidents.

2) May somebody please advise the rostrum guys within the post-race press convention on find out how to current themselves, their workforce and the game professionally? All I see is a complete lot of uninterested nail biting (see: Jason Anderson) and nostril selecting (see additionally: Jason Anderson). If my enterprise was sponsoring these guys and that’s the press I noticed I’d not be a contented camper. I believed I learn that supercross employed a specialist for this, do these guys simply neglect all that when open air comes alongside? And on that word, are the entire press conferences run utilizing a 20 yr previous generator, some shoddy pop-up tent and the promoter’s daughter’s karaoke machine? Positive feels prefer it’s time for MX Sports activities to scrape a pair bucks collectively and have a correct setup for these occasions.

– Tim in CT


I’ve at all times been an enormous fan of Trey Canard. His expertise, mixed along with his persona and integrity make him one among my favourite riders within the sport. However his tendency to get damage rivals Ben Townley and makes me simply as unhappy. After all it’s as much as Trey to make the choice, however I hope he calls it earlier than he’s so beat up he can’t operate usually for the remainder of his life. I understand how my knees/shoulders/wrists really feel and he’s in all probability acquired extra scars and than I do. Once you’re 42 years previous and you may’t play soccer along with your youngsters as a result of your knees swell up, you begin to surprise if it was all price it.

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I’ve seen some fairly odd press convention habits this yr as effectively. Selecting your nostril, slouching, and performing such as you don’t need to be there are actually not acceptable at that degree. I fully perceive that these guys are drained they usually should placed on a smile each weekend in there, however that’s a part of the job. Motocross racers are younger and groups do NOT make it a precedence to coach their guys in media relations. That may be a mistake, with out query. Shout out to Zach Osbourne for his press convention facial expressions final weekend. He seemed like a Hillary Clinton tremendous fan on election evening. I haven’t laughed that arduous in a very long time … in all probability for the reason that night of November eighth. 


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