By John Knowles With Christmas now approaching, you may find yourself at a loss when trying to come up with gift ideas for that hard-to-buy-for motorcyclist in your life. Most gear-heads research to find exactly what they want and then they buy it. So what’s left to give to someone who has it all? My
By John Knowles Round 3 of CVMA started off on the right foot. I was actually prepared for once, unlike the first two CVMA rounds. I had hoped to get a little bit of practice in on Friday, but the A group was so full that they didn’t have space for lil ol’ me.
By John Knowles I think we can all agree that the Moto Gp season finale was epic. So much happened in those 30 laps. Zarco lead most of the race, Jorge wouldn’t move over, Marquez crashed without crashing, both Ducatis crashed for real, including Dovi, and many of the teams had their test riders
By John Knowles Most road racing championships are wrapping up this time of year. In fact, they all are except for CVMA, it’s just getting started. I went and raced at round 2 of the CVMA series back to back with the Wera grand national final at Barber Motorsports Park in Alabama. The week
By John Knowles The season finale for AMA Supermoto was set for October 7, 2017 at Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola, Florida. I road tripped it out there with Toxic Moto Racing. Rain was on the forecast for the weekend but nobody thought much of it until it started getting closer to race day.
By John Knowles It was a cold day at Utah Motorsports Campus and the view of the mountains was beautiful in every direction. UMC has one of the best Supermoto tracks in the country and it’s home to Utah Supermoto. Utah Supermoto is a great club series with a great family atmosphere. This weekend
By John Knowles MA Supermoto round 4 is the legendary streets of Sturgis race. I got to the track early Thursday morning while they were still turning down town Sturgis into a track. I helped out a little bit with making the dirt sections. Clay was trucked in and dirt jumps were made in the parking
Sometimes I think about all of the money I spend racing. And I don’t get upset about it, I just kind of marvel at it. Once my mom told me I should write out a will, you know, just in case. My mom thinks about things like that. It surprised me. Not in a morbid
Besides racing motorcycles professionally, I work part time and I’m a student. This semester I’m taking a public speaking course for transfer credits and recently we were given kind of an odd prompt: Deliver a speech about your best moment ending with the line “…and that’s when I knew I was at my best”. Weird.
I’ve been wanting to do this race for years now. M1gp is a mini bike endurance racing series and they put on a 24 hour race once a year that draws teams from around the world. 24 hours of world class mini bike racing! Sign me up. The last two years it’s conflicted with other
What do motorcycle racers do in the winter time? Do our fans think of us like kids think of teachers? To them, we probably only exist at the race track. Our teams hang us up in a closet at the end of each race weekend and wake us back up at the beginning of the
Can you think of how cool it might be to have bionic body parts? As a fan of racing, do you think it’s fair for athletes to surgically modify their bodies to better suit their sport? What advancements might be reasonable in the near future? Let’s let our imaginations run wild for a minute. How
Saturday was brutally hot and the air was harsh due to a nearby fire. Despite the conditions, lap times were already in the 1:39s by the second round of practice in the morning. But as the temperature continued to rise, the lap times did as well. Sunday was slightly less harsh but still not what
Round 6 of the Wera West road racing championship. It was a warm weekend in the Southern California sunshine at Auto Club Speedway. First race of the day. Christopher Carron is the points leader in A Superstock. A stalled bike on the grid made for a hairy start but the front row got away clean.
A lot of people questioned my decision to compete in the 390 cup. And why wouldn’t they? I only had one year of road racing under my belt from a background of jet ski freestyle and canyon riding and here I was planning on traveling with a national series. Other people saw me putting unfair
It’s funny how your perspective changes while you grow as a racer. I remember when I first started doing track days and I thought the A Group riders were so fast. I was really intimidated when I signed up for A Group the first time but I was already throwing around the idea of racing
Most people know me from racing in the MotoAmerica Ktm Cup. Now that I’ve made the move onto a 600 I get asked frequently what the difference is between the 390 and the R6. My 390 was a spec cup bike, so I didn’t have as much horsepower as a regular 390 and I was
At this point I can’t think of anything more meaningful than racing. I guess that would be great if everyone else felt the same way. It’s hard for me to grasp how road racing isn’t the most popular sport in the world. My opinion is biased but it actually brings on negative emotions when people