I am an American US Air Force Active duty veteran stationed overseas in Germany. I have been racing quads and dirtbikes for about 14 years ranging from MX, Arenacross, XC, Endurocross, Minimoto World Championships, Flattrack and Dragracing. Until I PCS'd overseas I ran a not for profit MX school on my property in Wa state and hosted annual charity events for kids. Now that I am overseas I have the opportunity to race the best of the best in Europe. The German Cross Country series is the largest quad racing series outside the US and hosts over 100 quads per event, typically the 25 fastest quad riders in Europe in the XC Quad Pro class. At 35 years old I am easily the oldest guy in the pro field, but I somehow manage to keep up. Since the birth of my son in 2010, I have spent the past 5 years in semi retirement. I raced Minimoto in the local Wa area as well as the MiniMoto World Finals in Las Vegas. This year after we moved to Germany I came out of retirement to give quad racing another try. I didn't know what to expect or how I'd do but I broke the rust loose and went after it. I was very happy to consistently finish in the top 10 every race and managed a 5th overall in the German championship, against the top European factory quad racers. I feel like I still got it so I'm going after it!
I am already preparing for next year, rebuilding our team, adding riders to our roster as well as a pit manager since my wife will also be coming out of retirement next year and racing the GCC series. My goal is to remain consistent and finish in the top 3 in the XC Quad Pro class. Securing rider support will be a huge part of our racing plans for next year. Parts and supplies are hard to come by over here for an American who doesn't speak very good German. Things we will need are as follows:
Entry fees, Gas.....lots of Gas! Riding gear, helmets, gloves, goggles, boots, graphics, tires, oil, motor parts, chains, wheels, bolts/nuts, sprockets, grips, cleaners, tools,
As an American racing in Europe, I seem to get more attention from other racers and the media. In 7 races, I have holeshotted 3 and started no further back then 2nd in all of them. Because of this, I have been featured in every issue of Germany's Quad & ATV Magazine since May '14. Good starts are crucial to good results, and with increased rider support I hope to continue this trend.