Friday, June 5, 2009


It's the year 2000 all over again, and motocross is growing in popularity. How popular you ask? Judging by the release of Motocrossed, a Disney Channel original movie, I'd say pretty popular. If you don't know the story, well your not missing much. I'll fill you in real fast. (note: the following synopsis of motocrossed is not a joke)

Young Andy Carson is big up and coming racer.

Parents go away for the day, so he decides to race against his twin sister, Andy... err Andrea.

Andy and Andrea bang bars and Andy goes down and hurts his knee.

Now Andy can't compete in the big Factory Cup coming up soon.

Andrea gets her valued N*SYNC tickets, but then learns that the big Cup has been moved up a few weeks, and "Carson Racing" might not get a chance at their factory gig.

Andrea cuts her hair, pretends to be brother, gets roosted by all the guys, cries. yada yada yada.

She falls madly in love with the hot 250 rider. yada yada yada. That whole gig.

Where am I going with all this? In the end, after the points battle has gotten so tight, and the race for the coveted factory sponsorship has come down to the final race, it's up to Andrea to take it home for Carson Racing.

But oh no! The race bike is fried and someone needs to do a full top-end rebuild in between motos. Enter little brother, and ace mechanic, Jason. But surely no 13 year old could do a top end rebuild on a modern 4-stroke race bike, right? But ah, don't forget that this is the year 2000! Suzuki does not make a modern 4-stroke. In fact, no one, excpet Yamaha, does. So Andrea is in luck. Jason swaps the top ends of the RM-125's with time for a "moto-vational" family pep talk.

Of course she wins and gets the boy and they get factory support. yada yada yada.

I had not seen this awesomely corny, yet somehow better and more accurate than "Supercross", movie since I was in middle school. I had forgotten about this part of the movie, and didn't realize the significance it has in today's 4-stroke world. Understand I am not trying to become some 2-stroke advocate, or anything like one. But had this movie been made in the year 2009, this little top-end rebuild scene would have been nothing more than movie magic.

Even the Disney Channel can teach us valuable lessons I guess. Girls who cut their, and pretend to be their motocross racing brothers; not hot.

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