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    I'm a Motocross racer for life! It's been my passion ever since I was a little kid. I strive for excellence in all aspects in my life, whether it is racing, college, or my personal being. I also enjoy good food with great people, paddle boarding (and the beach in general), and physics. As an elite athlete, physical training is just another part of my life, however I do enjoy a good workout session and being physically fit. I also enjoy writing about my experiences as a racer, and being able to share what I have learned from my experiences with others, whether it's simply for reading pleasure or if it helps give someone a realistic look at what Motocross is for a grass-roots racer.

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    I remember a time when I used to not even think twice about changing my foot pegs. Until about 4 years ago, I rode what came on the bike… Man, was I missing out! Now, I feel that over-sized pegs are a necessity. Being that I was wearing a size 10 boot in Super Mini class, the need for bigger, sharper pegs was real! Since then, I've ridden on the offerings from a few of the top brands, but overall, Fly's Gator Foot Peg takes the cake. Believe me, I was skeptical for a few reasons… First, the idea of an arch on foot pegs made me think it would be an awkward feel; second, I had no idea that Fly made foot pegs, and I was curious about running a gear company’s foot pegs compared to a company that focuses solely on parts like this. Despite my initial thoughts, I am honestly quite blown away with the comfort, durability, and enhancement of control that they bring to the bike. I say this with zero bias, even though I've been a Fly gear sponsored rider for a few years. #141 Scott Meshey - Video by NDA Action Sports I wear a size 11 boot, so having a larger platform to grip and the arch, it feels more natural than the stock Kawasaki KX-F foot pegs. The Gator foot pegs also provide better control of the shifter and rear brake lever. As you reach and move your foot up and down, the peg’s arch keeps constant contact with the boot, rather than a “hanging off the edge” feeling of a flat foot peg. Tampa MX Top Gun Dealer Cup Round 3, Photo by WFO Action Shots What’s the reason for the awesome performance? Well, there’s a few, actually! One would be the pyramid teeth as well as the material the foot pegs are made with… 17-4 stainless steel. This offers incredible strength, along with resistance to corrosion. What sets the Gator Foot Peg apart is its 2.32X3.54" (58X90mm) over-sized arch design. This allows for more surface area as well as contouring to the rider’s foot, allowing for a better grip. Of course, nobody is perfect, so you won’t always have your footing just right on the foot peg going around a corner. Gator foot pegs give you a larger area to put your foot on so you can keep pressure on the pegs, keeping your foot from slipping off and getting into sketchy no-footer situations! Also, the durability of the teeth is something to note. Even after having the foot pegs on for practice and racing for over a month, they still have an impressive bite. I got to test the Fly Gator Foot Pegs in all kinds of conditions and got a full spectrum of use. As far as slick conditions go, the foot pegs really help to make a difference when there isn’t a rut to rely on by allowing extra weight on the outside foot peg to prevent sliding. They also excelled with helping keep the bike stable on the long, rough, and sometimes muddy downhills of MillCreek. Believe me when I say that I’ve had a few sketchy moments where I thought for sure the bike was going to swap out from under me, but I was able to keep my feet planted on the foot pegs and straighten things out thanks to the larger, grippier platform that seems to offer a customizable weight distribution. Also, the open cleat design prevents mud from packing in your foot pegs, definitely great for places that get thick mud *coughs* Loretta’s. To sum it up, for $109.95, you’re getting an awesome product that is a must-have for any serious rider. With these foot pegs, your ride will not only give you a competitive edge, but they can also help keep you safer. If you’ve never had over-sized pegs, these will make you want a pair for every bike you own! They’re available for all major Motocross bike brands of almost any size. More @ http://www.flyracing.com/category/hard-parts/controls/footpegs
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    The unique arched design of the Gator footpegs allows for a wider footbed without compromising control. Your foot can roll on the arched cleats while shifting and/or braking so you stay in contact with more of the peg instead of just the front or back edge common with most wide flat foot pegs. Features: 17-4 Stainless steel 58mm wide x 90mm length construction Open cleat design prevents mud build-up Easy to install with no modifications Made in USA
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    What’s up ThumperTalk readers! I’m back with an update from this past weekend at the Southeast Loretta Lynn’s Regional Championship at MillCreek MX as well as some thoughts going into Loretta’s prep. When I say that it was a long weekend, I mean that for more than just one reason! Between the drama of Open Pro Sport, 10 long and hard-fought motos, and some personal strifes, I was ready to leave the track with my tickets in hand. Of course, at the end of the day, I got what I went there to get… tickets to the ranch. With that being said, I will be going to Loretta’s in the 250A and College (18-24) classes. Before I start, I just want to say how awesome it was to return to a high-profile race and be welcomed back by good people as well as fellow competitors. While Motocross is a highly competitive atmosphere, we all like to see each other in good health. Loretta Lynn's SE Regional Championship at MillCreek MX, Photo my Martha @ MEPMX While there was some foul play among the races in the Open Pro Sport class, in the form of riders jumping the gate, leaving us to run 4 full motos instead of 3; I certainly did not make things easy on myself in most my race scenarios. I was trying to reacquaint myself with the old scenario of a full gate with some of the top racers in the class. It is very different racing local A races compared to racing almost 40 guys who are gunning for the top 6 positions in order to guarantee their spot at one of the most prestigious motocross races in the world, and they will do almost anything to get there. It took a few motos to get myself together, all the while working my way through the pack and making some rookie (but costly) mistakes. As far as speed goes, the lap times don’t lie… the speed was there, despite racing a 250 against 450s on a track that eats horsepower and will allow you to go as fast as you want as long as you have the cajones to twist the throttle. That’s why it’s one of my most favorite tracks of all time! However, in this sport, if you aren’t winning, there’s always a story. I will note though, it’s been since November of 2015 that I’ve been on an MX gate drop like that. That reality hit me pretty hard sometime this past weekend. However, I am proud of myself for gaining tickets in the A class, only riding for 3 months after a year off, in one regional compared to others who run two and three regionals to gain their ticket. Loretta Lynn's SE Regional Championship at MillCreek MX, Photo my Martha @ MEPMX There were things I needed to learn about my riding, some things that I needed to have reinstalled in my mind about racing at the top level, and things that I need to focus on going forward. I believe “reinstalled” is an appropriate word because I knew going into the race what I needed to do, but there were things that I forgot, as far as the level of importance. Probably the biggest thing is the importance of the start. At the top level of amateur racing, the top racers are all very close together as far as speed, usually within a second or two. If you get caught in a group of guys on the start, the top racers are already a few seconds ahead by the time you are able to make your moves. The start is the only place you can pass 41 other guys in a few seconds. While many already know this, understanding it is another thing… the race can be won or lost in the start. While I didn’t exactly nail all my starts, something I’ve always seemed to do well with is first-lap intensity. It’s easier to pass when racers are out-of-sorts compared to when they are comfortable, have a rhythm, and are using the main lines. I will give credit where credit is due and say thanks to Alex and Mr. Dan Frye for that valuable information. Going into Loretta’s prep time, I know where I stand, how to improve, and how I plan to make myself better. My costly mistakes from the weekend help shed light on what needs to change and the direction I need to go. I am a firm believer in learning from every experience. I was rusty! But I got the job done and continue to do what many never achieve for the 10th year. Something that may change however, is my path. Like I said in the first blog, nothing is certain in the world of Motocross. Stay tuned for more! Loretta Lynn's SE Regional Championship at MillCreek MX, Photo my Martha @ MEPMX Check in for content along the way and come along for the ride, tap/click the "Follow" button! I’ll see you at the races. Scott Meshey #141 I definitely want to thank everyone who helps me along this journey. Wouldn’t be able to do what I do without you all! Jimmy, Mike, and Eddie at Cycle Springs Powersports, Chris and the whole crew at Race Tech, Erik at Boyesen, ThumperTalk, Mike at FLY, Brad at EVS, Dien at Acerbis, Rich at EKS (X) Brand goggles, Rob at Dunlop, RoostMX Graphics, Simon at Mika Metals and DT1, MotoSeat, Kevin at Tamer Holeshot Hookup, Gregg at Lynk’s Racing, Andrew Campo, Ricky Renner for stealing my candy, Amish Sam, Momma Meshey, Keith, Amanda, Adam, and Lauren. Also, a huge thanks to everyone at USF Health, especially Dr. Tabatabian and Dr. Welsh for bringing me back to good health! Big thanks to Martha at MEPMX for the awesome shots!
  3. Hello ThumperTalk readers! I’m back with a small entry before my regional qualification race for Loretta Lynn’s. While most regionals are over, and many have qualified or just missed it by that much… there’s still a select few left. Whether you made it to the big show, are still waiting to make it, or didn’t make it, I would encourage you to read on. First off, I’ll be direct when I say if by chance you did not receive a ticket to the ranch because you missed it by a couple spots, send in your money as an alternate. Between the power ranking system and the uncertainty of regionals and pre-Loretta’s prep, you may earn a spot on the gate. I tried for about 4 years to make it to Loretta’s, missing it only a spot or two, not knowing that I would’ve gotten in if I sent my money in. Don’t miss out an awesome opportunity. Tampa MX Top Gun Dealer Cup Round 3, picture by NDA Action Sports Personally, I’ve only entered in one regional. As someone who has raced for 15 years, nationally for 10, doing something like that doesn’t stress me out. Sure, it’s ballsy, but I know I have the speed and the confidence to do what I need to do. At this stage of the game, I concern myself with something more than just qualifying. I’m focused on winning. Every race, no matter how big or small. However, it’s important to temper this mindset with the idea that winning a regional doesn’t mean as much as winning Loretta’s, and it’s better to earn a ticket and settle for less than to try too much and put my spot in jeopardy for a better position at a regional. Learning to pick and choose your battles is pretty important in this line of work, look at most points championships. Tampa MX Top Gun Dealer Cup Round 2, photo by NDA Action Sports While I’ve only been back on the bike for just over 3 months, I feel faster and more confident than ever. I credit this to the confidence in my health being 100%, on and off the bike training with awesome people, the maturity gained from my year off, knowing that I have awesome equipment that is mechanically sound, and working with people who listen to my feedback to make the bike as fine-tuned as possible. Specifically for regionals, getting plenty of gate drops in at races in the local area and having proper time to prep for what comes next is my key. Doing the day-before readiness program won’t garner much success. Tampa MX Top Gun Dealer Cup Round 3, photo by David Lando: WFO Action Shots Regional mindset to me is no more than just another race but with a little heftier competition (I don’t underestimate other’s abilities). For me, avoiding unnecessary stress at these races is much easier than before. Mainly, sticking to your routine, with a slight increase in attention to detail helps one’s mind stay on what needs to be done and away from worry. Use your lucky race goggles, do your usual gate prepping technique, put on your awesome music playlist… whatever works best for you, just replicate it. Recognizing what helps bring success can help bring further success because it gives the mind a sense of familiarity and comfort, and when we are comfortable, we race better. Personally, I like to put on a certain number of tearoffs on my goggles, prep my gate a certain way; start my bike, activate my holeshot devices, put my goggles on, and put my bike in gear in a certain order at a certain time, along with a small pre-race thought process. Another great thing to remember when it comes to regionals, is to always make the best of your worst race. Consistent, good finishes is usually rewarding, but that’s not the easiest thing. Most importantly though, keep it fun! Tampa MX Top Gun Dealer Cup Round 3, photo by David Lando: WFO Action Shots I’ll have a post-regional/pre-Loretta’s prep entry up sooner rather than later! Check in for content along the way and come along for the ride, tap/click the "Follow" button! I’ll see you at the races.
  4. Be sure to tune into NDA Action Sport's live Facebook show tomorrow at 8pm! I'll be a guest on the show, talking about my journey as well as my recent races in the Florida area.IMG_0584.thumb.PNG.3ff884e5eff2171ffc94ea41e8bb1570.PNGIMG_0583.thumb.JPG.4124fb06a554602e5982d36205ce22f9.JPG

  5. TP199 was a real MVP for staying a people's hero and interacting with the fans as much as he did. It seems like there are very few who can see racing as more than just a "show" anymore. It's nice to see that some pros, guys who are idols to the up-and-comings, staying humble enough to not be above interacting with all fans, remembering they were once the kids lining up just to even be in the presence of their heroes. I know when I have people, no matter their age, coming up to me to talk, I take my time to have a good conversation. When kids come talk to me, I take the time and give them my full attention, because I remember what it was like to be that age and to look up to someone. When I first started riding, I looked up a local A guy named Casey Clark. I actually decided to use his number, 141, for myself... and I still continue to run it today. The reason the top guys get paid is because of the locals. Kudos to Deven. I know the feeling of being just outside of the unpopable bubble, trying to break in.
  6. Hello ThumperTalk readers! Welcome to the second entry of my blog series, following my journey exiting the amateur ranks into pro status. For more information about the blog series, check out the first entry, The Beginning of the Journey. For now, I’ll be taking a dip into my approach to the Loretta Lynn’s qualification process and preparing myself for regionals and forward. In the past, I’ve had a bit of a “just wing it” approach to what I did as far as racing went. While it has garnered me some success, it does not yield what I am truly capable of. Before I was released by my doctor to come back to racing, my family and I made the decision that we would change things up a bit. Of course, changes in plans isn’t uncharacteristic in a sport where there isn’t a whole lot that is certain. Like any racer, sometimes we have to switch up our lines in order to achieve the same goal. Wildwood MX, Picture by Bobby Bammann My approach is this… be as prepared as possible and do not rush the processes that take time. It wouldn’t be very wise to rush into the first regional event with semi-adequate preparation, not only in the sense of myself, but also my bike. Instead, I am giving myself plenty of time to continue riding, becoming faster on the bike and becoming stronger physically and mentally through gate drops and training with great people who know the process and know what it takes to reach where I want to go. Every time I am on the bike, I strive to learn something new about myself, the bike, push myself to try new things, and if I am unsure about something, be open to the advice given. With that being said, big thanks to those in my company that are making my journey to make myself great more possible than ever; Ricky Renner, RJ Hampshire, and DJ MacFarlane. I personally believe that the best form of training is to race. If you fall in a moto during training, you can rush to get up and get back going again to simulate a race. However, the environment of actually being in a race where everything you do has a real consequence can create a very different mindset. Gate drops are key in order to have your important race days on lock *insert key-and-lock emoji here*. Obviously, having A class payback is always a nice incentive to go racing… getting some gate drops in and make a couple bucks in the process. On the other hand, experience, and of course fun, is what it’s all about. If you can’t keep it fun, then it’s not worth pursuing. Dade City MX, Picture by Erwin Ziegler I’ve never lived at a training facility, so my efforts have required a different level of mental toughness where no one is forcing my hand at being “mentally tough”. My efforts are self-imposed and they require the want and drive in myself to achieve success. Most of my competitors at the top level of amateur racing have spent months and years at training facilities with the constant intensity of daily and hourly practice and training sessions, being pushed beyond what I have ever experienced, other than my few weeks here-and-there training with professionals. After a year off, my hunger and desire to get back and surpass my previous standing in the racing community pushes me to aggressively attack my riding and training time with a new level of determination and maturity to quickly reconcile mistakes, figure out why I goofed it, make necessary adjustments, and find the best course of action for me to be the best I can be. Lazy River MX Loretta Lynn's Area Qualifier, still shot from a video taken by Ricky Renner By this time next month, regionals will be finishing up and it’ll be time to prepare for the big show. Check in for content along the way and come along for the ride, tap/click the "Follow" button! I’ll see you at the races. Scott Meshey #141
  7. 2018 honda

    Glad to see that they went to an electric start, such a lifesaver! If only they would do some much needed updates on the 250...
  8. I would keep the 80. He will only get bigger and he will become more comfortable with a bike he knows and learn to use the power more and more.
  9. Unfortunately with Vurbmoto's shutdown, none of the content that I had posted will display. Thanks for the interest! I'm excited to share the journey.
  10. I’M BACK! Hello ThumperTalk readers! My name is Scott Meshey. If you’re from the Motocross community there is a good chance you might know me through my blog series from Vurbmoto “Life with the Mesheys”, if not, please check my profile. Get to know me, and I hope you follow along with this blog series. For this entry, I’ll dish out some background and where I am headed right now, kicking off the start of the series. So let’s get to it! My blog series for Vurbmoto ran for 3 and a half years until their recent shutdown. The opportunity to share my experiences through Vurb and now on ThumperTalk is something I truly enjoy. This blog series will follow my progression, good, bad, and everything in between to the pro ranks, sharing my experiences and wisdom I gain along the way. Whether you ride the trails on the weekends, hit the back roads after work, are a serious racer, or a parent of a racer, I hope my experiences give insight not only to just Motocross racing, but I hope they give a unique perspective of the challenges behind the goggles. I want readers to enjoy reading my experiences, but I also want others that aspire to achieve the same goals as myself, particularly the youngsters of the sport, to learn from these blogs in their quest to be the best. I’ve been riding since I was 4. I started competing at amateur Motocross nationals when I was about 9 or 10 years old, contending at the Loretta Lynn’s Amateur Motocross National 9 years in a row, the Winter National Olympics or “Mini O’s”, the RCSX at Daytona, the Lake Whitney Spring Championship, the Mill Creek Spring Classic, and the JS7 Freestone National Championship. I’ve ridden for several amateur teams, and had the privilege of working with some legends of the sport. In 2016, I jumped into the pro Arenacross series for a few rounds to get experience in the pro ranks. Unfortunately, my experience was cut short by unresolved health problems from a bad case of pneumonia in 2015. Loretta Lynn’s 2015, Picture by Sarah Behrens Photography This brings me to where I am today. After hitting the reset button and off the bike for a year, I’m back home in the motocross scene, eager to continue sharing my story and experiences with the dirt biking world, back to good health with amazing people behind me. I’ll be going to Loretta’s for my 10th year in the 250A and Open Pro Sport classes, and jumping into the pro Motocross series thereafter. Come along for the ride and tap/click the follow button! I’ll see you at the races. Scott Meshey #141