Welcome to Woz Up. Wow. What a week it has been. Starting off with last weekend in Colorado. Before I get into what happened at Colorado, watch my press day video from High Point yesterday. Lots of cool activities the riders did before they hit the track for their 30 minutes. Check it out!
Here are some cool images from press day in Morgantown yesterday:
Back to Colorado. If you follow me on Twitter/Instagram or even watched the race on TV on NBC Sports, you may know that my clip of James Stewart going down in the 1st 450 moto made it to TV as the TV crew missed it. From what I hear so far, GoPro obviously got it as well as one from the Great Outdoors crew got the crash (as well as a shot behind the fence from a fan at the scene). I just happen to get the interest of MX Sports and Lucas Oil TV production crew when word got around that I got the fall. If you haven’t seen it, I posted it this week with a slo-mo look of the crash and the aftermath. Check it out below:
It was pretty cool to see the Twitter world flood my phone (and making the battery go super low) for that bit as top names out such as Chad Reed and Dean Wilson were asking who got the clip since TV missed it. Everyone that mentioned me that I saw replied back to them saying I got it. As well as more tweets and posts on social media that sure got my name and MXPTV’s name out there. I’m not all about taking advantage of people’s downfalls but for me, in my position, being at the right spot at the right time is the name of the game I’m in.
But this clip ended up also on Speed and other videos and will probably get played throughout the year since it was such a turning point and pivotal moment in the 450 championship. Knowing to have got that clip is pretty awesome and has given me opportunities with TV and other areas as I met people who are looking for a video guy like myself going all over the track. So, from the title of this column, thanks JS7 for the clip!
Also, there was a photographer who ran across the track to where James Stewart landed off a blind double jump that can be seen on James’ GoPro helmet cam view. In my opinion about the whole incident, the photographer crossed the track in the completely wrong spot. Near the landing of a blind jump is a huge NO NO when deciding to cross the track, even if the track is hot or not. I wouldn’t even cross the track if there was no one on it. You just never know what’s on the other side. But did this mess up James’ focus? I would say yes. Well, James said so and he’d be the one to ask since he had the first hand encounter on the whole situation. At that speed going into a technical, deep, rutted section, if you enter the wrong line or just a different on they are used to, it can mess up your groove and flow trying to dodge a photographer in the middle of the track. It’s just unfortunate to have this happen for James when everyone invovled in the sport has been looking forward to have him back outdoors. All I know is that the media WILL have another meeting in the AM before qualifying starts up but as Tim Cotter put it yesterday to me, “Expect some harsh and loud words this time.” I might have to bring a helmet and Leatt brace to this one…..
The track at Thunder Valley was very impressive. Location wise, it’s the best and most convenient national I have ever been to. The 45 minute drive to civilization for Unadilla is like eternity compared to Thunder Valley, which is like a driveway compared to Unadilla. It was my first time to the track and will definitely not be my last.
Here’s some fresh content from the past week:
Check out Scott Lukaitis’ photos from last weekend’s Spring Thunder In The Sand beach race in Wildwood, New Jersey at the image below!
I caught up with both Gareth Swanepoel and Martin Davalos in my time in California before Hangtown. Check out the 2 Alli Sports videos below:
I also had some footage of mine captured in the 1st of many reality series videos from Alli Sports, which are focused on the GEICO Honda and Red Bull/KTM race teams. Check out the 1st video for the KTM team below:
This past week has been all about going east toward home for the first time since I left for the Vegas SX on April 30th. It has been a truly memorable trip and I met some amazing people and seen amazing places along the way. For me having a geographic niche for things, it was always interesting where I went. I’m happy to be back closer to home and look forward to going back to Delaware on Saturday night/Sunday. To all the people that have helped along the way:
- Michelle and everyone at Alli Sports
- The Covington Family
- Jessica Patterson/Eddie Ray
- The Wharton Family
- John Ayers/MX Sports
- Dennis/Lucas Oil TV
- Brian Pierce/Seat Time
- Bobby Hewitt/Rockstar Suzuki
- Ben Lynn for everything at Vegas SX
- And the classic “Everyone I forgot, thanks!” line.
Check out more shots from the road back east below:
My brother, Tyler Wozney, makes his return to the nationals, along with a whole host of Northeast privateers tomorrow at High Point. Best of luck to all and look forward to see new names in the top 40 on Saturday!