From the start of my dream to make a documentary about my favorite sport, I knew that one of the riders I had to include in the film was the greatest of all time. Even though I saw RC at several races before, I was never close enough to ask him for an interview. My journey of shooting was almost over with only a few races remaining. At the MX des Nations in Lakewood, Colorado, I saw him being interviewed near the starting gate. When he was finished with the interview, I politely introduced myself and briefly explained my intentions to make the best motocross documentary ever made. After almost a full year, we set up a date and time.
All the great things you’ve heard about Ricky are true. He is the champion of champions. Gracious, and sincere about the sport, his career, and his role as an ambassador to the sport, he couldn’t’ have been more accommodating. He believed in me, even though I wasn’t NBC, FOX, FOX Racing, or any one of the other big names out there. A year later I shot him racing at the Mill Creek Raceway in Pell City, Alabama…. it was one of the best experiences of my life. Truly a class act.
When I was a kid, Roger De Coster was THE motocross racer in the world. Now he’s known as The Man. While I was shooting the National races, I saw Roger all the time… coaching his riders, discussing strategies with his team members and mechanics, going through everything on the bike to try to make it better. I knew I had to get Roger in my film, but every time I saw him, he was tied up with his racing tasks. Then one day speaking with Tom White, Tom asked me how the documentary was coming. I shared with him that one of the only people I was missing was Roger. Shortly after that, I was on my way to interview one of the most iconic men in motocross. All you know and have heard about Roger is true. He’s a true champion and gentleman. Our interview went great as you will see in the film as he shared his passion for this wonderful sport.
The heat was unbearable at Freestone Raceway in Wortham, Texas. It was the Friday before the race and I noticed a young man with his girlfriend working on his bike. I introduced myself to them and shortly after, we were all walking the track and talking MX. It was Derek Anderson’s second pro race and he was excited to show his stuff. Unfortunately, I didn’t get any footage of Derek that Saturday, as he didn’t quite make the two motos.
I got plenty of footage from the races that followed, as that race was the only one he didn’t make. Derek proved himself by qualifying the rest of the season and moving up to around mid-pack.
In the seasons to follow, Derek not only improved as a racer but had quite a few really cool web series. “Driven to Ride” and “Man vs. Moto” both documented the day-to-day life, trials, and triumphs, of a privateer. I recommend checking them out.
Wherever his journey takes him, I know he’ll be successful because he has a real talent for conveying the sport, in a very real and raw way. He has put his whole heart into living his dream and that makes the difference. He has a real passion and it shows not only in his riding and web series, but in THE ART OF MOTO as well.
It was at Washougal when I first spoke with Nick Wey. As everyone who’s ever met him knows, Nick is not only very articulate, he’s really a cool dude. He couldn’t do the interview that day, but eventually, we got it done at Steel City.
I was concerned he may not want to do the interview. Earlier in the day, he was hit by a rock that broke through his goggle and cut him right below his left eye. However, to Nick, this was just another day at the office. He asked what the documentary was about. I told him that I raced amateur motocross and figured that only about 20 percent of people knew anything about it He immediately corrected me and said it was more like 10 percent. I think he was closer.
A few years later, I ran into him again at my local track, REM. In addition to asking about the film and its progress, he gave me some advice on how to best approach and negotiate one of the toughest turns on the track that day. It was a tough off-camber turn with a pretty steep grade. “Just roll into it, don’t touch the clutch, and roll on the gas out of it.” His advice worked!… I didn’t crash and actually took the turn successfully the whole second moto. Thanks, Nick!
Watch and hear what one of the most talented riders of our time shares in THE ART OF MOTO.
I had been shooting Andrew at the Nationals since the very beginning… knowing I would eventually capture his thoughts about his passion for this grand sport. I was taking some time off in Vail before heading to the National Race at Thunder Valley when I was awoken by a call from Andrew’s PR person. She told me Andrew would be available for an interview an hour and a half from then.
Needless to say, It takes about that much time just to make that trip, but I was determined to get there on time. The 2-lane freeway was busy, but on this day, traffic was flowing in Colorado. Every driver moved over to the right and let me pass… something that would not be likely in Los Angeles! Thankfully, everything fell into place and I was able to get there only a few minutes late. He was gracious and understanding, just as I knew he would be. Most people who race motocross are.
Technically, Andrew is one of the best racers on the track. He’s always focused with sheer determination. His consistent rankings in the standings speak for themselves. What he shared in the film is an integral part of the story and it wouldn’t have been the same without him.
Since then, I have bumped into him several times at Glen Helen, Loretta Lynn, and other races… really a cool guy. Thank you, Andrew!
What can I say about this great sport? It’s hard to put into words. Every rider knows about the passion deep inside that is unmatched by anything else. After a good ride or race, I always have the same conversation with myself… “Wow, I can’t believe I was just out there doing that!” My goal when… Continue Reading