Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Gobble Gobble Gobble

Happy Turkey day fellow Americans and Happy whatever it is in your country day to anyone else. I don't know about you guys, but I am ready to be a typical American on Thursday and gorge out on some good eatin'! I really can't believe it's Thanksgiving already. I mean dang, it seems like just yesterday I had a Turkey leg in one hand and a throttle in the other when I raced the annual "A Day in the Dirt" race last year along with my good friend Shaw "Uncle" Dunkel.

I think it will be my 4th year in a row of heading to "A Day in the Dirt", which is always changing venues. This year it goes back to its original track, LACR Raceway near Palmdale. Also, I am normally teamed up with Shaw, who cannot make it out from Florida this year (HE'S A WORKAHLOLIC). This year, I'll be riding the team races with my little brother Ricky Renner, who some of you may have heard of as he did pretty well this year in his rookie season on the AMA circuit, earning National #75. I am really exited to go and do this race with him, even if it makes me fell like a geezer that my baby brother is 18 and all grown up. Whatever the case, I am his biggest fan!

Anyhow, if anyone gets a chance to come up, it is a really good time and there are a lot of celebs in the house riding and just having a good ole time on there holiday weekend. Practice Friday and racing Saturday/Sunday, with Sunday hosting the Moto-a-gogo team race and the "Coup de Grace" endurance race... hope Ricky doesn't lap me!

Happy Holidays peeps!

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Bonjour and Stuff

Howdy, I mean Bonjour! I just got back from the twentieth something annual Paris Bercy Supercross and am pretty beat up. It was my 5th year in a row and at 3 shows a night, 3 nights per weekend, I decided to splat myself on the ground during my final show #45! I'm ok, but it was sure as hell a close one. It all started at the first show on Friday night: I realized that I was obviously the veteran old guy that was definitely gonna be relying on my showman skills and hopfully big whips if I wanted to impress this crowd. Luckily I have been back to work on my backflips or I would most likely gotten boo'd off the floor after they saw my tricks in comparison with the other riders. Never a claimer on the big new stuff, I was surrounded by guys that push the envelope: Eigo Sato from Japan, My Red Bull KTM teamate Mat Rebeaud (Swiss), The new bad boys of France the Paget Brothers, Thomas and Charley and their mentor and mega FMX o.g. Manu Troux, who would be making his last Bercy appearance and then making a full fledged retirement at the end of the year. I realized I was out of my league with tricks when I noticed that I was the only guy without the flip "antlers" as I call them (the added bars that lock your arms on the bars to do Superman backflips). It was a long weekend, but I suprisingly fealt good in the mix with these guys. I still have a couple of unique tricks that let me stand out. But it was the Paget Brothers that stole the show, for sure. I won't start a list of all the crazy things these guys were doing, but I will however mention that I am really stoked to know these guys and will definitely help them out if they decide to give er' a go in the u.s.. Thomas Paget once again raised teh FMX bar on Saturday night when he pulled a Backflip Double Grab (fully extended I may add). It was off the charts and I still don't beleive it!
With all that energy transfering to our final show on Sunday, we went buck wild out there. I was having one of the best times ever before I got bitten. It was a full on rebelious FMX free for all as we all went crazy doing whatever we pleased. Rebeaud and I buddied up and were doing little mini trains with the same trick. We agreed to do back to back Backflip whips and I never normaly follow people. Now I know why, since Mat hauls butt at the ramp and I am a turtle, I timed the thing sooo bad. As I landed about 1/2 a bike short and a bit sideways on the landing, my feet ripped off of the pegs and in a flash, I was doing a double side saddled superman whisky throttle into the tunnel and directly at Mat! Just before impact, I laid her over and did a slide t-bone into him, he luckily lifted his leg just before impact. It was intense! The crowd went nuts as we both rolled out of the tunnel with two mangled bikes. Fortunetly we were both ok, unfortunetly I wiped out my whole parts allowance in one crash!

Now I am starting a 2 week mx training cram session to get prepared for the Day in the Dirt race in Palmdale, California that I'll be racing in with my Little Brother Ricky as a teamate. I can't wait. I think Ricky will come out here and suprise some people. Hopefully hes not embarassed of his OLDer brother!

until next time, RR out

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Dust Boogers, Big Air and plenty of Red Bull

Trying to stay true to my word, here I am again in a time crunch trying to jot down a note on my crazy adventures in life. As per normal, last week went by in a flash as i headed to Californias Imperial Valley, to be exact, The Glamis Sand Dunes. The big to do was based through Red Bull as the helped launch a 2 night Movie Premeir for Travis Pastrana and Crew's (includes me) next movie release dubbed "Thrillbillies". I pulled into Glamis Thursday night and my jaw dropped. It was wild to see how much effort red Bull had put into it. We had our own little tent city that included some of the top riders in the world; Tommy Clowers, Jeff Tilton, Tarah Gieger, Robbie Maddison, newbie Lance Coury and some unknown named Travis Pastrana. Once the word was out, more non-red bull ridrs came out, such as Josh Grant, Todd Potter and Danial Sani. I even spotted sictor Victor Sheldon riding a quad! Travis decided to ride his Suzuke 4 fitty without oil in it, which resulted in a kaboom. (I personally think he did it on purpose so I wouldn't show him up). To date, Josh Grant is the baddest dude I have ever ridden the dunes with. We buddied up and sessioned the hills every day and never hit a jump that wasn't wide freegin open. Every night after the premeir (which was a huge sucess), we rallied the troops out to oldsmobile hill and closed drove the wheels of of our buggies. Tomcat has an awesome sand rail, and was gracious to give everyone rides. Even though my Polaris Ranger rides were a hit, sand cars are where its at, I am hoping to work myself into one of those before its all said and done.
At the end of the weekend, at the same time that I can say I was over it and ready to get home to see the grommets, it was tough to leave camp and all of the new friends that I had made. Looking back, I really had a good time. Especially for coming home with half the desert in my nose! What a dust bowl!

Well its wednesday the 7th and I fly out tonight for Paris, France for the infamous Paris/Bercy Supercross. My friend Manu Troux (from france) and i are claiming this as our last ride in Bercy. It should be a great weekend as usual. The racing is always good and this year should be even better as Chad Reed and Grant Langston will be coming to spice things up.
I'll post up when i get back. ya heard.