The most important thing about setting up a long-term career in professional racing is to start early in life. To make it into international levels of racing, it is key that you start young. The more time a kid spends riding a motorcycle, the more it becomes second nature to them. Most of the skills that you and I are trying to perfect even now will become reflexes for them, leaving them room to focus on racecraft and sheer speed. Most of the MotoGP and WSBK stars we admire today began racing/riding from as young as five years old; ripping around local events on minibikes. If putting a five-year-old on a motorcycle is too much of a stretch, then have them on one at least when they hit their early teens, in closed conditions, of course. That said, we do not mean to discourage any aspirants who may be beyond this age group but if you choose to get into this sport you must understand that you will always have to work harder than the rest of your competition. Younger talent will get a lot of opportunities in terms of factory contracts, sponsorship deals and invites to bigger motorsport events. So, if you are on the ripe side in terms of age, prepare to choose from a thinner spectrum of opportunities.
You’re as surprised as we are that the biggest annual event in Utah is a celebration of drinking beer. But even at under four percent, Oktoberfest can be a great time. The Snowbird resort proves this every weekend from mid-August to October with a big, family-friendly festival full of food, live music, a bratwurst-eating competition, and all the state-sanctioned beer you can handle.