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kdub_14 In the upcoming weeks and months, safety will be so strongly on my mind that I'm gonna start posting some stuff. I just read http://gloryhog.com/jooma_new/index.php/features/285-this-just-in-freund-observation-detroit-supercross Some of that stuff blows my mind! To say that these guys know what they are getting into as pros, so let them go is absurd. The top guys are getting 3+ million dollars to race not because they make a big jump. It's there ability to move product that gets them the money. Win races! But what happens when we get to Vegas and 50% of the riders are out? Nobody cares to fly out and watch the other 100 guys that want to take the top injured guys spot. No appeal. There are so many issues that I am starting to uncover that the answer is unattainable! This post, I want to start with little jumps! Little jumps you ask? Why? Today I feel like posting on bike characteristics. It's either power or engine breaking. @kdub_14 in Vegas MEC in 2012. Crashed on a 20 ft double. Concussed. @wilhahn_ A-1 20 ft double. Too many injuries to list. @westonpeick Detroit 20ft double. Not sure any injuries. @jakeweimer12 40ft jump Detroit did his arm, head, throat. @smitty.126 20 ft double. Detroit Minor or no injury. Any of these jumps could have either had no injury or substantially worse injuries. Let's take the focus off injury for a sec. 20 and 40 ft double aren't what puts fans in the stands! What does it say when the sports very best can't navigate the most routine section? When you're on bikes like the pros, the margin of error actually shrinks. Too strong on the gas, too much break or drag off the gas. This list is gonna be long for potential changes, but is there anything we can do? Can the OEM's change these characteristics. Why can't our top guys, including myself, jump a the easiest jump consistently? There would be more fans in the stands if @treycanard and @justinbarcia and @jakeweimer12 and @everyone else who is injured were out there. Injury bring entertainment down, not up! Never can be an injury free sport but we can do better. 22h
  •   j.ferguson_gold 22 bull riders/horse jockeys riding side by side across 80 foot triple jumps for 20 minutes is bound to have its fair share of injuries. 22 MMA fighters on motorbikes is certainly a sure fire way to get a concussion. 22 Red bull rampage mountain bikers running 3 wide will have plenty of crashes. Full body airbags should solve the injury issues. Otherwise, simplified tracks will cut down on the DNS list. 7h
  •   ricardoschuttmann It seems to me that sx tracks have been getting tighter this year. Track builders should use all the space available so that riders don't have to follow each others lines,if the guy in front of you misses the rhythm section there is enough space to sneak by or not to follow. This would also allow for more passing, and that is good racing 2h
  •   ababin15 My dad likes where your are going with your discussion. Thx for speaking up! 50min
  •   carter_9_ Its at the local level also. Jumps getting bigger and bikes getting more powerful. Injuries are a part of the sport and we accept that. But there needs to be a limit to the bigger and better. We have awesome tracks here in Kansas and all of the track owners do keep our tracks fun and exciting but safe. At the national and pro level its about making money. Why do we need to have 65 ft doubles or 80ft triples. For the ahhh factor for the fans. But faster bikes and 38min
  •   carter_9_ Bigger jumps are a big reason why we have so many injuries and deaths. I want to become a pro rider myself but not at the cost of my well being or life. I think it is awesome that @k_dub14 is wanting to make the sport we all love safer for us all. 32min
  •   alex_marsha_clark Seems like the track builders are doing everything they can to slow racers down to make the race longer...the only problem..racers aren't slowing down. 12min

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kdub_14 Mr. @toddpotter1 you got me beat sir. You the man. Very nice whip #PicFrame 2d

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kdub_14 Enjoying my Sunday evening watching my son and @brady_jett887 ride their bike while I reflect, sitting by @kimblejett887 with a broke leg from his dirt bike. I absolutely love the amount of comments that are coming in about safety and our sport! Love them all, or at least most! I will be on @pulpmx tomorrow to discuss. Safety equipment, horsepower, track safety etc. Would be cool for peep to call in for the show to chat. Comments have been all over the board but I'm thinking about 4 things right now. 1) four strokes allow people to ride with less momentum. So when you come out of a corner to hit a jump your either on the gas which is very strong or backing off the throttle which has tons of drag. This results in a potential loopout or a nose dive. Instead of saying get rid of 4strokes, can we soften these characteristics? Momentum makes riding easier. It takes a good rider to ride with momentum. Therefore, it's a compounded problem for the novice rider. Can it be fixed. 2)track safety. How many of us have a local track that has that one obstacle that takes someone out every weekend, but the obstacle is still there! There has to be a reason why some obstacles take riders out more than others. Is there something we can do about it? 3)equipment. Helmets, neck bracing, chest protectors or whatever. Can we make them better? Can ama make you use them? I agree more testing has to be done on safety equipment so let's get to testing. One more note, you think nascar cares if a driver don't like their HANS device? No, you wear it or park the car. 4)does anyone know how many wrecks are swap's, or how many are over the bars, or collisions of some sort? No, because we don't document them that I know of. We need to have a database of crashes that have injury or fatality, to see about trends and are there things or area's we can fix. You fix every issue, assuming there are some issues that need fixing, and you will still have injuries and deaths. That's not the point, the point is how many could we save from a catastrophe if we start discussing and looking for reasons why! Looking forward to the chat tomorrow on Pulp 5d
  •   chess923 On point @kdub_14 ... I have to say I don't think less power is going to help anything, the lites are just as fast on those tracks with the top guys on them, in many cases the extra power helps you get out of a sticky situation... The tracks are getting pretty crazy the sport has been pushed so far there's no more room for pushing it any further, the winner is the consistent one that doesn't wreck and up injured or worse.. Dial those tracks in! We still love our sport, sad season this year. God speed to our fallen comrades 2d
  •   chess923 Keep thinking about that HUGE case you had practicing your transfer a while back can't remember where but you walk away! Over 100 feet to a straight framer.. Crazy how the bad injuries don't look like bad wreck's, tough to pinpoint what to fix 2d
  •   gfunk683 It also has to do with consistency in amateur racing. Theres no reason for amateurs to not go balls to the walls at a championship race bc if they crash out there is another amateur national in 2 weeks for them to go try and get another championship. It leads to people riding over the edge bc championships are one weekend not multiple races where taking safer and being consistent throughout the year is better. 2d
  •   jteamracing Spot on Kevin, I totally support your ideas. As a MX Park operator for 5 years and former Pro we also offer training for all ages to establish good riding/racing habits early. Our tracks are challenging but above all safe and injuries not a common weekend trend as some other tracks have around Oklahoma do. AMA has limited concern it seems and none of the Manufacturer s have a real safety program. We have teamed up with Yamaha to offer bike rental and training to beginners and has become a big success. Learning the ropes without instruction and the poor kids jumping from 85 to 250 is most of the problem as I see it. Let's bring back a real 125 cc class!! Count us in if we can help promote your effort!! 2d
  •   bloomoutdoor Speed on the track is there and No One wants to go slower. Sometimes track builders will make the track more technical to slow the pace down, but more technical = more dangerous. This really started to come about in the mid 90s as bikes, suspension, and overall technology increased. Why not go to more of an "old school" style track? Rolling hills, rollers, whoops, tabletops, step-ups, that are strategically placed on a TT style of course. Timing/rhythm sections are definitely dangerous for amateurs being scared and forcing the attempt to stay competitive is a recipe for disaster. 22h

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kdub_14 Did I qualify 14th @arenacross #AMSOILAX I could maybe do the bracket racing. I'm into that amount of laps!!!! 6d

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kdub_14 Ahhhhh. That's better. Man that feels good!!!! @arenacross #AMSOILAX 6d

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kdub_14 Getting better @arenacross #AMSOILAX 6d
  •   courageousdad Is that the wind In the jersey or corn bread and chicken? 6d
  •   dekdefphotos Why were you not at Tampa? I still need your jersey. 6d
  •   arsenal909 Back at it 6d
  •   atvmxracer48 Why? 6d
  •   garyalbrechtjr @courageousdad you are a rude idiot! You should be ashamed of yourself. 5d
  •   courageousdad @garyalbrechtjr im sorry your right
    I'm a ashamed. I'm sure it was just the wind. Go Windham 5d
  •   jarrod458 @kdub_14 I listened to the @pulpmx show last night and can't help to think one subject wasn't talked about as much as it should have been, and that's the fact that all of the riders you talked about that died from racing these last few years have all died from head trauma. I don't own a 6d helmet but you can bet your ass I'll be buying one soon! Before a 900 pipe I'll have a 6d helmet. I've done a little research and NONE of those riders had one on!!! Would it have helped them with the injuries that causes their passing??????? I don't know. But right now with the 6d helmet the odds are in your favor to walk away. Another issue that could be addressed IMMEDIATELY is track changes! @mxsports @lorettalynnmx could set up a small comity to make sure all ama tracks that are holding LL qualifiers meet the requirements to hold a national qualifier. Some of these changes could be jump size, jump length. This is amateur racing. Let's remember that! The jumps don't need to be that big or that far. This change could start very soon with minimal cost for track owners! Another issue id like mention. This one has been bothering me for years!!!!!! The 450 C class!!!!! If you are a C rider the class should be limited to 250cc. A C rider on a 450 motorcycle is ridiculous. This is another issue that the AMA could change effective next year!!!!! I'm done ranting. Hope someone reads this and considers my points I'm making. #supercross #motocross #motofamily #gnccracing #llaq #timcotter @dcracerx #ama #letstakeastand 2d

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kdub_14 Little rusty @arenacross #AMSOILAX 6d
  •   larryhaddock221 Might to hit the treadmill kdub_14 starting to look like Ricky bahaha 6d
  •   _tortuga Is there a passenger in your jersey?!? Lmao 6d
  •   leroy_trapp @kdub_14 good to see you back it 6d
  •   caymanadam That Jersey looks like it has not fit in a while. Carmichael Beer & Wings Cleanse? 6d
  •   phyllis_mason Mean people suck. 5d
  •   hybridplumbing People are fucked 5d
  •   hybridplumbing @kdub_14 great to see you riding 5d
  •   sabrinalh1969 @kdub_14 ~ I'm so bummed. My son did Arenacross last year. Couldn't afford it this year and you (my favorite rider EVER) has been there this year? Aw Man :( 4d

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kdub_14 We lose another one and we all say RIP @tylerhoeft_. I feel for the family so much being I just went through it with my dear friend @cb887. We all know that this tragedy is the last one until the next one. I appreciate how difficult it is to find the reasons why this happens and that life is not a guarantee, but IMO the numbers are rising with catastrophic injuries in our sport. Something has to be done. We will never have cages, or safer barrier's, but let's not pretend that our sport can't be tons safer with the same entertainment level. It truly concerns me so much that I'm thankful my son doesn't want to race at this point of his life. That's a hard statement to make when talking about a sport that you love and has given me so much!! I just hate losing people and truly feel we can do something! Tyler's wreck was on a 250 I believe. Would it have happened on a 200cc? A 175? A 150? You get my point. Anybody remember @wilhahn_ Crash from A1? The bikes are so strong that it takes so much to stay on them that when they don't go for whatever reason, the rider is over the bars and yard darts him/herself to the ground. I never get on the soap box, but I hate thinking that in 2015, this industry will have another fatality. Anyone agree or have ideas? I'm retired and have nothing to do. I would love to lead the charge. My heart to Tyler, his parents and brother Justin who is so close to his pro career 6d
  •   scott_agostini435 I couldn't agree more @kdub_14 my heart broke when I saw the news. 1) We need to first make the tracks safer with an instant flagging system just like on the triples at SX but everywhere on the track. 2) More safety equipment MUST be required to race. 3) tracks need to be made easier for the riders NOT harder for the fans. 4) bikes need to be toned down and more focus needs to be on handling instead of horsepower. 3d
  •   scott_agostini435 Also 5) we should create a smart phone app that allows for rider feedback on track layouts, conditions, and problem sections. All tracks can make an account and upload their current track layouts by running on foot a lap around the track with video and people can comment on the parts of the track that need attention by the referencing the time and section the video was on. Let's put the power into the hands of the riders and NOT the people deciding what kind of tracks we ride. E.g. --- the AMA should not have that power. The riders should have that power. 3d
  •   scott_agostini435 Actually they can just GoPro the track with their motorcycle and cruise one lap. This will also allow for references for alerting track maintenance of danger zones like rocks, trees, tough blocks, or where flaggers stand. 3d
  •   zchadme @kdub_14 I know this post comes late in the scheme of things, I am family friends with the hoeft's and this accident has hit home. I am a trained and certified paramedic and I am curious as to the effect there would have been with higher medical care on other crashes as well as with this one hitting so close to home. Interested in what you would have to say on that topic or if you have any questions for me feel free to contact me via e mail cmernsdorf@yahoo.com 2d
  •   shelleyfisher69 I think some of the responsibility needs to be placed on the trainers and mechanics. These kids are under so much pressure to go faster than their rival for fear of losing sponsorship $$ that their forgetting techniques. It's all about making the bike go faster. My son has the talent but I'm not willing to sacrifice his safety or the impact moving him from Iowa to live at a training facility would have on the rest of my family. I don't want to be like Buddy Wentworth ' s parents who get a phone call about my son being in a bad crash and I'm not even there. I love motocross and the great people we've met all over the US, you Kevin being one of them, but I love my son so much more. Thanks Kevin for addressing this issue. 2d
  •   nutrod78 You got my vote! I am all for you! 2d
  •   blain1a I believe it is the sheer speed factor that is responsible for the major crashes. I have raced both moto and snocross and i eventually stopped racing moto because i wasnt willing to hit jumps 5th gear wide open. You either land perfect or you are seriously injured. take what happened to reed in millville, ive hit that jump a hundred times but not once since i witnessed that. In snocross, the machines are just as powerful, but the tracks limit the speed and the risk. I have always loved moto but now that my son is old enough i find myself thankful he doesnt race. Thanks for bieng an advocate and a leader in our sport Kdub! 2d

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kdub_14 Dottie and I were the recipients of the @road2recovery Main Jet award. Such an honor. This award was for all the good things we have done with party in the pasture. Thanks to all who have attended! And here's to doing it again and helping great folks like road to recovery who help all these action sports athletes! #amazingsports #amazingpeople 1mon

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kdub_14 Ole Bob still got it. 1mon

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kdub_14 Got a little emotional on this one tonight listening to Bob Seger. Remember way back when? 1mon

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kdub_14 Driving to my outdoor track!#countrylife 2mon
  •   yamagirl I think she got the hole-shot on ya 😀 2mon
  •   makeeven That's the coolest @kdub_14 2mon
  •   50ksmith @kdub_14 hope you have a extra battery for that ride 2mon
  •   dedmike Love ur spot down there... cant wait for the opportunity to come back... @kdub_14 2mon
  •   jason_covey Hook up an 18 or 24 volt drill battery and it will do 10-15 mph. My daughters motor would drain the batt. In about 20 mins and the motor would barely even be warm. What ended up breaking was the gearing stripped out once she was about five it lasted two summers tho doing doughnuts in the driveway ;) @caseycurrie @offroadnation 2mon
  •   airtek181 Geez how long is that drive way? 2mon
  •   kayne465 Are u going out to the track in Louisiana tomorrow @kdub_14 2mon

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kdub_14 Kind of a cool night. I miss racing but it's cool to see all the other stuff going on in the world. Tomorrow night will be filled with round 4 of Sx from Oakland. #whoisnext 2mon

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kdub_14 So thankful to meet FGL tonight. Entertainment at it's best! Go see them! @thubbmusic @b.r0d @playbkplay 2mon

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kdub_14 Travis Tritt and Dottie Windham sang to me last night. Off to kids BBall game then ready for round 3 of supercross. #greatdaytobealive 2mon

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kdub_14 My Favorite restaurant is opening another location in Baton Rouge http://www.nola.com/dining/baton-rouge/index.ssf/2015/01/roux_61_baton_rouge.html 2mon

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kdub_14 Watching supercross from home tonight. Was such a joy to watch my girls play ball today. Miss racing but my girls made my day today 3mon
  •   blt2drive Have a great weekend!! I remember you guys road tripping from home to Phoenix in the Ford van... when you roll up...you all are ankle deep in "Popeye's" to go bags... :) 3mon
  •   emergencymedicaltechbitchin We miss seeing ya on the track bud:( 3mon
  •   mdew1967 Like those numbers 3mon
  •   lizreynard They grow up fast....enjoy the moments! 3mon
  •   courageousdad Good job girls. 3mon
  •   nightpoacher @kdub_14 as it should be! Any good hunting this year? 3mon
  •   martyparty11 Sweet!! 3mon
  •   khayess34 Love that your girls are hoopers! That's our life - From our family to yours - We are #14 fans 4ever!! My husband and son were the guys that always caught you in Phoenix with a 7 hour drive. Much love to you and your family. 2mon

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