As it is with life there are ups and downs, good times and bad in motorcycle racing as well; Oh what a waste it would be to go through life not learning from our experiences. With the close of one year and the start of another, I thought it would be a good time to reflect on the good, the bad, and the ugly of 2017. Making sure to learn from what has already happened. So here it goes:
Blake competed in and won the 2017 Frostbite Series Championship at the Herrin Compound, he received a letter from WERA saying he would be in the expert class for 2017, he was given the opportunity to train with Danny Walker at American SuperCamp. Blake traveled with MotoAmerica again this year to do demo’s on his motorcycle in the Fan Zone, he got a new scooter for using in the pits, for the first time he had suspension designed for his weight on his motorcycles, he made goals and met them, he and Anthony Maziatto won the N2 Endurance series. Blake had help from great motorcycle racers like Miles Thorton, Travis Wyman, Geoff May, Josh Herrin, James Stroud, and others. He won the F3 National Championship along with multiple regional championships, saw himself in Roadracing World magazine, was invited to the AMA riders banquet, and received his largest sponsorship ever from Track Day Winner. To say 2017 was a good year for his motorcycle racing is an understatement.
The Bad & The Ugly:
With all the good there were some hard times in his motorcycle world. Blake missed most of his peers’ birthday parties because of his traveling, went through three motorcycle helmets because of hard crashes, had a ton of make-up work because of the weeks missed from school. With all the goals set and met there were plenty that were were missed. He learned that not everyone leaves battles on the track. Learned of Nicky Hayden’s death, Blake was told no 10 times more than yes when soliciting sponsors, he totaled his Grom motorcycle, learned some people will lie without remorse, and that life isn’t fair.
But you know what? I’ve watched the hard times grow and stretch Blake. I’ve seen him depend on his heavenly Father, appreciate his brother and sisters along with other family and friends for the sacrifices they make for his motorcycle racing. He’s humbled himself to make things right with others. Of course, as his mom I don’t want him to hurt but I wouldn’t trade the lessons learned and watching how God is molding him.
Hope for 2018:
As any parent would, I want Blake to grow spiritually, physically, emotionally, and professionally. He has been blessed with great Sunday School teachers and pastors. A Dad who helps him exercise and train (with help from the folks at AXcess Racing, LLC). Family and friends who are encouraging through the good and the bad times. Sponsors like Track Day Winner, RS Taichi, Shoei, Lucas Oil, Pilot/FlyingJ, Fast Bike Industries, Racer Design, and others, giving Blake a world of opportunities on the race track.
Blake couldn’t be better prepared for a good 2018 motorcycle racing season. We are excited to see what is in store and are glad you, our supporters, are behind him. We would love for you to come to a race, ride a motorcycle, watch a professional race on TV, buy products from our sponsors, or spread the word on social media. All of which will help will grow the sport of motorcycle road racing. Here’s to a great 2018 for Blake and for you! Cheers!