July 24, 2011

Motocross giveth and motocross taketh away

Last week it seemed the whole world was amazed by Chad Reed's survival of that horrific crash at the Spring Creek National. This weekend at the Washougal National, Trey Canard's crash served to remind everyone of the dangers inherent in competing at the highest levels of the sport.

GuyB at Vital MX snapped this photo right before Trey (41) would lose control over this jump and hit the ground hard enough to re-fracture his recently-healed femur.

A deeply disappointing turn of events for Trey.  Hang in there friend, and get well soon.

July 17, 2011

Chad Reed takes a licking... and keeps on ticking

In any other instance, using that played out line from the old Timex watch commercials would be unforgivable.  But in this amazing case... ,well, let the videos (courtesy VitalMX and AmericanMotocross) speak for themselves:

Wow.  This crash was an incredible mixture of bad luck, split-second decision-making, great awareness, advanced athletic ability and extremely good luck.   He was able to "downside" the landing, a real heads up move, but look at the divot he takes out of the grass!  Chad hit the ground pretty hard, but he got up and finished the race!  The speedy (and smart, strong, etc) Australian came back to finish 14th in the moto, scoring enough points to maintain his lead in the title chase.

But we always knew that Chad Reed has heart.

July 08, 2011

Ahhh, Mammoth Mountain motocross...

When your friends ask you why people love motocross, show them this video...

July 02, 2011

Chad Reed is showing them how it's done

Good grief, Chad Reed has won 6 out of 12 motos, captured 4 out of 6 overall wins, and now has a 16 point lead over the Ryans in the Lucas Oil AMA Motocross championship.   With 6 rounds to go, there's a lot of racing left in this series.