Bench Racing Ammo: Lapped TrafficTuesday, August 15, 2006 | 1:50 PM
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Do you remember the first time you got lapped during a race? I do. The first trip I took to Oklahoma City in search of more competition rewarded me with the humbling experience of being lapped by a kid with #67 on his Y-Zinger. At the time I thought I was a pretty fast dude, and I was actually riding my fastest ever at that particular race. Only problem was Robbie Reynard was riding in another zip code.
Being lapped is the most demoralizing thing that can happen to a racer. Or is it? Is the fact that you got lapped the result of you being slow, or is it that the guy that lapped you is from another planet? David Vuillemin and the rest of the 450F class at Millville would argue the latter.
But was it the first time this has happened?
"Ricky actually told me on Monday that he thought me and him and [Roger] DeCoster were the only guys to do that, but I don't remember ever doing it,” Barnett laughed. “I did come close a couple of times [in 125 Nationals in the early 1980s], but I don't think it ever happened.... But we could make something up if you want!"
As for The Man, Roger DeCoster did indeed use his mighty works Suzuki to lap second place way back when. "I did it in '72 at the Austrian 500cc Grand Prix at Sittendorf,” he told Racer X today. “It was also a wet race—really wet. There was one huge uphill and I was the only one who could go up it consistently."
DeCoster almost did it again in 1975 at the super-muddy 500cc Grand Prix of Italy, which was held in Alessandria that year in the northwest part of the country. "I was way out front, leading all the way, and then at the very end my bike broke and [Heikki] Mikkola won. I was so bummed out. That was maybe the deepest mud I have ever seen."
RC has lapped into the top five at Daytona before, and James Stewart and he lapped third-place Nick Wey on their way to one of the most exciting supercross finishes of the year. But what The GOAT pulled off last weekend has apparently not been done in recorded AMA motocross history.
So the next time you find yourself riding among the lapped traffic, don’t get too down on yourself. If you're riding as fast as you can, that's about all you can ask of yourself. It's not your fault that the maniac who put you a lap down eats his breakfast on Mars.
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