Eduardo Gutiérrez Torralba 2014
4. SAVE NEW PARTS FOR WEDNESDAY
If your bike ran last week, it will run this week. Race
day is no time to be switching to race gas, trying out
new fork valving or switching oils. Never, never, never
test new parts on race day. That’s what they have
5. DON’T JERK WITH SLOW GUYS
Sport is about sportsmanship. When fast riders jerk
with slow riders or lappers, the fast rider looks like a
bully picking on the fourth-grade chess champion. It’s
boorish behavior. If none of that sways you, then don’t
do it for this reason: you aren’t the fastest guy in the
world (and even if you are, you won’t be for long), and
that means that somewhere there is a guy who could
scream, roost and glare back at you. You wouldn’t like
that, would you?
6. NEVER LOOK BACK
Three things happen when you try to sneak a glance
behind you: (1) You lose a nanosecond of time (you can’t
go fast and do the Exorcist gig with your head at the
same time). ( 2) You distract yourself. Motocross is a
concentration sport and your attention should be focused
on forward momentum. ( 3) You show weakness. A rider
who looks back displays a lack of confidence.
As a side note, it is okay for the last-place guy to look
back. That could be the only way he’ll ever get to see
who won his class.
7. NEVER SURRENDER
Surrendering is contagious (look at the French army).
Once you start giving up, it is easier to give up the next
race. Eventually, you quit showing up at the starting line
for your second moto, then the first moto and, eventually,
you take up golf.
Never quit. Never give up. Never surrender. Today’s
race is practice for next week’s race and so on for as
long as you live.
8. NEVER TAKE YOUR GOGGLES OFF
You may think that your goggles are too roosted to
see out of, but the roost that covered your goggles could
have put your eye out. Ask yourself this question
before removing your goggles: “How many motocross
championships has Stevie Wonder won?”
9. LET MIKEY DO IT FIRST
Only a fool is the first to jump the big double. Don’t be
a fool. Let Mikey try it first. If he doesn’t make it (and
he’s a better jumper than you), you can send him a
thank-you card to his hospital room. What if nobody
jumps it? Then you’d be a fool to try.
10. ENJOY DRESSING YOURSELF
Motocross gear has advanced from black leather to a
cacophony of colors. Enjoy it! There are few places in
our society where grown men can wear knee-high boots,
purple pants with lime stripes, a court jester’s shirt,
plastic padding and mirrored goggles without being
mistaken for a member of the Village People. ❏