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Previewing 2024 Daytona Supercross, Steve Matthes in Florida, Triumph Testing, & Extra

It has been a number of years since I did the entire keep in Florida factor earlier than Daytona SX. I do not even actually like attending the Daytona SX. It is robust to search out someplace to look at from, credentials are a ache (I imply they did not even let DC in a single yr!), parking, the expense of it, and all of it. However I am again this yr! We’ll strive it once more however what sort of actually sealed it for me was an invitation to come back out and trip the brand new Triumph on Monday earlier than Daytona at Gatorback Cycle Park. That was a reasonably cool alternative and I have been driving currently far more than lately. So, Monday we had been on the monitor with Jeff Stanton, Ivan Tedesco, RC, Clement Desalle, and extra. Heck, there was even a Yogi (Ezra Lusk) sighting! So, attending to trip two prime tracks on a brand new bike was fairly cool, by now you have most likely watched the video of Keefer and I speaking about it. From the take a look at riders that had been there (I’m not a take a look at rider BTW), all of them thought the bike had a strong likelihood to win shootouts which for the primary yr is spectacular, proper?

That night time we had a reside PulpMX Present on the lodge with Kellen, Keefer, Very important MX’s Michael Lindsey all co-hosting after which RC, Tedesco, Stanton, and Triumph USA’s Rod Lopusnak all approaching visitors to speak about this new enterprise. 

Subsequent morning it was out to the Sandbox, Jason Baker’s facility, to look at Ken Roczen, Shane McElrath, Lorenzo Locurcio, Levi Kitchen, and Hardy Munoz amongst others do their factor in preparing for Daytona. Effectively, Kitch wasn’t however he made me submit on IG a photograph of #47 black numbers on white plate to inform everybody he was. Additionally, Levi was very spectacular on the market and was pushing it onerous. Watching Roczen do his factor, properly that is all the time cool. He makes it simple man. Additionally, Hardy, wow. ICYWW, he additionally sends it through the week. 

That night time I met up with KTM’s Seth Rarick for dinner after which we went again and recorded a Re-Raceables Podcast with Weege and Denny Stephenson speaking Miami SX 1989.

Wednesday AM went out to Chad Reed‘s outdated place in Dade Metropolis the place Jett and Hunter Lawrence prepare. It has been a number of years since I used to be there additionally and wow, that place has actually expanded. Talked to Darren Lawrence a bunch, watched the brothers do some motos and each Darren and I laughed at a few Jett’s passes by the whoops the place he acquired a bit squirrely however did not run out of expertise. Additionally, each Sandbox and Lawrence’s place had additional “Daytona” sections added to the SX tracks to try to get into that black sand that they will see this weekend. In some unspecified time in the future Tim and Evan Ferry confirmed up and yeah, that was superior! Dylan Ferrandis additionally rides there however he wasn’t on today neither was Canadian MX legend Dylan Wright. SAD.

After that, Dan “the person of 10,000 jobs” Truman took me mountain biking and that was nice. We rode for an hour and climbed like 53 toes! #Florida

Again at lodge and I recorded a PulpMX Fantasy podcast with the same old crew speaking Daytona and who we like for our groups, and many others. 

Thursday, I drove out to PAX Monitor nearer to Daytona the place I took half in a Suzuki RM-Military trip day. They have been doing all of it yr lengthy throughout the nation, Roczen, McElrath, and Kyle Chisholm got here out to hold with followers, do a Q&A, tour the Twisted Tea HEP Motorsports rig, Larry Brooks was there additionally. The followers I met appeared to actually benefit from the hold. Additionally, group proprietor Dustin Pipes and Suzuki’s Chris Wheeler let me trip Roczen’s SX take a look at bike a bunch, like, most likely 45 min or so! It was the bike Kenny practiced on when he was up in Mesquite, Nevada, for the primary few weeks of the yr. So, yeah that was superior, enjoyable monitor and Ken’s bike was good. The SX spring fee was fairly good for my “husky” construct and motor was pleasant. Good instances they usually gave me a hat, shirt, and a few RM-Military canine tags. Do not inform the BLU CRU guys. 

As you learn this, I will be out on the AMA Arenacross doing a webcast with Denny Stephenson Friday night time. We’ll have a bunch of visitors on, and you may take heed to Kyle Peters and Ryan Breece go at it for this title on AX web site or the AX app. Needs to be a good time certainly.

So, yeah. SX tomorrow after which house. What per week it was, broad open with tons of driving but additionally, tons of enjoyable and distinctive experiences as properly. I ought to’ve written a Racer X function on this or one thing. 

Time for a nap. 



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