Doug Dubach and brood.
Dubach Racing and Development.
Pro Circuit’s Mitch Payton says that the cost of racing a 250cc four-stroke versus a 125cc two-stroke is four times greater—and he is just
talking about engine development. In today’s racing
scene, it takes an army of personnel to get a rider on
the track. Pro Circuit went from seven support people
(team manager, assistant team manager, suspension
guy and four mechanics) in 1997 to 14 support
personnel in 2014 (including an engineer, test
engineer, two test mechanics, dyno operator, team
managers, riders and suspension guy). And those
are just the guys in Pro Circuit’s employ. They get
additional support from Kawasaki, Dunlop and GET.
In the pits and on the road, it is the support people
who make up the traveling circus. The riders may
be a very important part of racing, but they are not
considered part of the motocross industry. Why? They
are temporary. Not only do they fly home every week,
but in a few years they will be gone. Some team
personnel have been on the circuit since 1975. These
are the power elite of motocross—the invisible men
who spin the wrenches and care for the day-to-day
needs of the stars.
MXA wants to be able to put a face with every job
in the sport. Here are the faces behind the races. ❏
+ BEHIND EVERY GREAT RACER IS A SUPPORT CREW
THAT STRETCHES ACROSS THE CONTINENT +
Red Bull KTM mechanic.