Ask PingFriday, August 31, 2007 | 8:47 AM
Hey Ping, I have a question for you. What is your take on guys like Windham and Reed whining about the grueling schedule that they have? I mean come on they are riding motorcycles for a living and whining about it. How long would these guys last if they had a real job? You know, one that you have to be there on time, do what your told and have a two-week paid vacation if you’re lucky. Didn’t their parents sacrifice a ton of time and money to get them where they are to be living a dream making a living racing motorcycles? Give me a friggin break. If you don’t like what you are doing guys, please don’t whine about it to the press, it makes you and the sport look bad.
Thanks, Dion Covina, CA
I’ve got to take their side on this. Consider this: back in the day there only used to be a handful of Supercross races and a shorter motocross series. There was no US Open, McGrath Invitational, X Games or World Supercross rounds in Canada in December. The 450 guys are riding year-round now. There is honestly not any time off for them anymore. As soon as the last round of the nationals ends at Glen Helen they are at the supercross tracks testing for the U.S. Open. And if you get picked to race the Motocross of Nations then you really don’t have any time. That rolls right into the World rounds and that turns into the opener in January. Sure, they are doing what they love but don’t discount the pressure of racing, especially in today’s high-dollar version of the sport. Trust me; two weeks paid vacation would sound pretty good to most of the top 450 riders. And consider that doing something as dangerous as racing motorcycles takes an emotional toll, if not a physical one, on these guys as well. Yes, their parents sacrificed plenty to get them there but remember that they sacrificed much of their youth as well. I’m sure none of them would trade it for the world but try putting yourself in their boots before you judge.
I loved when you did the announcing for the Nationals on TV. Fro does an okay job. But he seems like he’s always trying to remind the viewers that he was a champion at one time too. Even with the great racing we’ve had this year I can honestly say that I haven’t enjoyed this season as much since you’ve been off the mic.
I’m just wondering what happened. Are you hard at work with the Supermoto thing or the Mag or what? Anyway, we miss your funny comments.
Ping helps out with the Racer X Motocross Show on Motocross.com photo: Matt Ware
P.S.- Did you know Jeff Emig was the 1997 SX and MX champion?
Ping helps out with the Racer X Motocross Show on Motocross.com
photo: Matt Ware
Ping-Is it true you're the Grandfather of the Supercross only deal for the 125/Lite's class? And also who would win in a outdoor moto, you in your prime circa 1995 or Josh Hansen ? Thanks Moto-frog
Dear Moto Frog,
The Godfather of Lites SX-only contracts. photo: Steve Bruhn
And, for the record, I would’ve kick Josh Hansen’s ass nine ways to Sunday at a national motocross race. Sorry, Hanny.
The Godfather of Lites SX-only contracts.
photo: Steve Bruhn
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