TEN THINGS WE’RE MOST LOOKING FORWARD TO WHEN THE RONA FINALY F@#KS OFF

RIDING TO THE RONA WONT LAST FOREVER

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The Rona is a bitch but it wont last forever. Let’s think on the positive side for a second and dream about the day coming when we can all push our bikes out of our sheds and release a little frustration on the dirt.   

GET OUTA THE HOUSE!

Wheeling out that freshly serviced bike. You know, the one you’ve had weeks to work on because you couldn’t ride it anywhere, so you used your time constructively and cleaned and oiled your pride and joy. You’ve done this right? There’s still time…pamper your motorcycle. Let it know it’s loved.

WAITING FOR A MATE

Catching-up with mates. A huge part of why riding is everything, is the company you keep. We’ve had no BBQs, no parties, the pubs are closed, and we haven’t been riding together for too long. Hitting the tracks with your mates will be one of the absolute highlights of riding again. If nothing else, this whole thing has re-enforced this fact. The fun of riding has a lot to do with the friendships built around and through being on the motorcycle.

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Yeah the boys…

THE GOLDEN ARCHES

That Maccas feed on the drive home after a ride. You know you shouldn’t but you’ve been working hard and you’re starving. The golden arches call out to you from afar and they somehow know that nothing goes down better than a 10 pack of nuggets. Do we wish we were pure of mind and body and just craved the natural goodness of fruit and rabbit poo? Not really…no.

LET’S GET PHYSICAL

If we can forget the nuggets for just one second (if only we could), the fact that riding a bike is physically demanding at any level and probably the most strenuous exercise any of us do in a given week, it’s gonna be so good to get a regular workout again. 99.9% of people who swore they’d come out of isolation fitter than when they went in are full of shit. We need to ride.

ELI V KEN

Seeing whether Tomac beats Roczen.
Really Rona? Now? In the middle of one the best supercross series for years? One pass by Eli on Ken may decide what would be a horribly abbreviated series. Nobody wants that.
The plan to run more races isn’t perfect but damn, we need to see a conclusion to this battle.

NATURE PEOPLE

Never again will we dismiss or undervalue the interaction with nature that riding offers. We miss the birds, the lizards, the sun and the landscapes. We don’t miss the snakes…the death noodles can get stuffed.
But to be amongst the trees and fresh air again for a full day is something we crave and will take a moment to appreciate when the opportunity arises.

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The smell of nature…and two-stroke. This is living

BECUASE OF COURSE…

The smell of two-stroke in the morning.
If this needs to be explained you’re probably in the wrong place.

MAKING MEMORIES

That one thing we get right on a ride that we won’t forget and will tell stories about till our mind lets go in old age. We say one thing because that’s the average for us…you may do better and well done to you if that’s the case.
That one corner or rut, jump or hill. It doesn’t have to last long – it sure as hell won’t be a full lap for us. If got it right and the action actually matched what we think we look like (Jeremy McGrath), then our ride was worth it and that memory will never leave. Granted it may get a sprinkling of bullshit added on year after year to make it a bit more dramatic.

GET ON THE GRASS

AMCROSS! Based on a poll conducted in our home office with me and my two cats as the participants, Amcross is clearly the world’s greatest grasstrack race series. Everyone is welcome, nobody needs the latest and greatest and the vibe is all about family, friends and having fun.
When we can go racing again the entries will fill fast so keep a watch here for announcements in regards to dates and fingers-crossed the Rona lets us run again soon.

Amcross Opener
Amcross – officially the greatest grasstrack series on the planet – you know you want to

FOUR WHEELER WIPEOUT

A wholesale reassessment on the banning of ATVs Australia. Horses kill more people; shall we ban them as well?
The damage to the industry will be enormous and reinforced by the irony that cheap and inferior imports will likely replace quality products. This hurts farmers who don’t need this kind of hit and dealers who are struggling to survive dwindling sales and now the effects of people thousands of kilometres away eating wild animals.

Damien Ashenhurst
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Managing Editor of DIRT ACTION magazine. Damo doesn't like cheese or ISIS. Can often be found riding in mud because it's closest to the natural environment of a squid.