Michael Medina - AFM Racer #885
Motorcycle road racing... the sights, sounds, and excitement are unlike anything else. The speeds that are achieved at the track can be staggering. Maintaining that pace consistently for full race distance takes stamina and intense focus. Racing is both a physical and mental challenge.
Racing itself sounds glamorous, and to a certain extent it can be. The not-so-glamorous aspect of it is getting a race bike ready and being mentally and physically prepared to complete a race and moreover an entire season of racing. It is not an easy task. Solving technical issues, conditioning your body and mind, repairing crash damage, and balancing the club racer's average-joe budget are all phases that would not be possible without three key ingredients. One: family and friends who support the racers. In my case it is my wife, Andje, remains my most honest critic and my biggest fan. This also includes my teammates, JP and Eric. Not to mention the rest of the Thompson Race Team (TRT), who play a big part in making each race weekend a smooth process. Two: Racer support and sponsors. Racing is costly. Support and sponsorship contributions go a very long way for the average club racer. Three: Community. There is a bond and respect between all of us, and the amount of selflessness and generosity within the AFM community never ceases to amaze me.
Some people question the risks that racers take, and even our sanity. I can appreciate that, but can you really feel alive without pursuing your passions and taking calculated risks? My answer is no.
The video below was created for the AFM by 4theRiders. It is a perfect illustration of why I love this sport.