Heart of Racing

Since I don’t have Speed Channel at my apartment, I am forced to read about the race results online and catch up in “racing marathon” when I get to my parents house.  I am now caught up all the way to Jacksonville and the past few weeks have just been insane!  The two races that really caught my eye were a) Blake Baggett’s first win and b) Villopoto’s win.  Now they weren’t “stick out” races because the two won, it’s because they show ridiculous amounts of resilience.

First let’s start off with Baggett’s race.  The kid came out in the heat, had some bad luck and had to go to the LCQ.  From there, he lucked out and got a restart with a good jump.  He dodged a bullet again, avoiding a near wreck in a rhythm section; eventually grabbing the last qualifying position.  The planets aligned just in time for the main and the rookie took his first win.  Now, to go from the last qualifying position in the LCQ to winning the whole thing took amazing mental toughness.  Granted, he did get through the first turn mayhem pretty cleanly, he still rode like it was his last race regardless of how he got there.  He went out did what he had to do and blocked out the previous heat and LCQ.

Now for Villopoto.  He got hurt in the first practice and sat out the second.  He got through the heat and won the main.  Now, if I had torn something and chipped a bone in my foot, I would be done for the night.  However, Villopoto is a champion and did more than salvage the night.  To ride 20 laps under that amount of pain is something that most people should never experience, but because of his mental toughness, he prevailed with much needed points.

Both riders could have easily said to themselves, “my night is over.”  But they didn’t.  To know and consciously think that anything could happen can be an underdog’s best weapon.  Baggett is a rookie that looked like he wasn’t even going to get in the main.  And Villopoto could have easily called it quits for the night, but both knew that anything could happen and they have a chance to win.  And that is the main reason we race, anything can happen.

Posted on Apr 02 2010, under Training | No Comments »

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