Join Date: Oct 2016
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Aprillia Cup side note
Back when the Cup race was full on I was racing at Pocono around 1998??Gary Rothwell was tearing up the front straight while I was drinking a beer with Dave Sadowski.
There was a Cup race there and had a lot of young kids ripping on them. There were two standout's there. 1 and 1A #1 was a 15yearold Ben Spies and the only way I know that is because I watch him race with his mother. 1A- She was the real standout at the time. Great woman to be hanging out with at a track, and better to gawk at too. She was hot and had a Texas accent that made a full package.
2nd standout of the Aprillia Cup at Pocono was a kid there that had a write up in a motorcycle Mag after the fact.I say that only because it made me laugh when I read it. It said from what I can recall from memory something like... (His name here) was racing the Aprillia Cup Challenge in Pocono Pennsylvania. He was doing very well till he had a bad crash in the Busstop turn. The good news of the crash was he did not break his back and become a quadriplegic. The bad news is he was already a Paraplegic.
This was true he raced with Velcro rearsets that were flat sq plates with his boots Velcroed to the rearsets. He had an air shifter setup for the up/down shifts. He started at the back with his crew members holding him upright till the flag waved. Ya remember flags being waved. It was truly one of the best weekends I've had racing.
It's the storylines like that, that really matter and stand out showing just the true nature of what it is to be a biker. Ride no matter what and it will make your pain leave you while you ride. After is a whole other can of worms. I also raced with Doug Henry at Loudon after he broke his back but before he broke it again. Look up his gyro bike on you tube.
I love the sound of the wingding and the blue puffs of race gas and oil purifying the racetrack air before morning practice. The death of the 2 strokes is sad. Now back to my cookies for my offseason
Last edited by ShaLaMae; 11-23-16 at 00:49.
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