Sunday, August 23, 2020

Gate Malfunction - Just Another Bad Luck Moment!

 Even though I am still nursing a really sore shoulder strain I just wanted to get back on my bike and put into action what Vince had taught me at SMX Factory School last week.  I knew that I wouldn't be even close to a hundred-percent but I thought if I rode smart I could finish a couple of motos.

Because of my first couple of days of high school which was mandatory I didn't get to practice the OHC MX track in Willard, Utah but that was okay.  I didn't need to trash the shoulder any more than needed.  We found a spot to park the trailer at the very far back of the track under some high voltage power lines so on Saturday morning I could get a couple of times around the track.

As instructed to do so I took it easy taking in and trying to learn the track as much as I possible could with limited time.  

RMX refuses to give us transponders because we are just beginners.  My grandpa and I as well as the other riders don't feel that's really right.  They don't discount our motos.  They don't give us a break on the price.  We deserve to have the transponder as much as anybody else.  Sure, I'm a beginner but it's good to know your time splits; right?

The first moto was back to learning.  I took my time wanting to make sure I finished the race.  I took a few hard jolts on the shoulder which really hurt but overall felt pretty good for not racing for what seems likes a long time.

I was pretty excited for the second moto.  I knew now what to expect.  They split the 450 Beginner Class into two with over sixty something riders.  I was put into the second group.  I wasn't going to go out gangbusters because the shoulder was kind of sore but I felt like I was going to do pretty good.

Prepped the gate; got ready; my best friend Brigham helped me set my hole shot.  I was ready to go.  Good Form! Engine revving; sounds good.  Here I go!  Oh CRAP! The stupid gate malfunctioned.  Everybody was taking off!  I couldn't!  My gate was still up in the air!  Take a look at the video.  You can see the dog gone stupid gate is still up.  Give me a break; right?

Moto went good though.  Corey Townsend said he thought I finished in the top ten.  Camden Schern's dad also counted me up there as well.  My grandpa and my friend Brigham counted me as well in the top ten. RMX has kids counting riders.  Go figure; no transponders.  Everybody told them their placing was totally messed up.  I agree.  But I did what I needed to do finish the race; race with good form; don't lay the bike down; position my body correctly around the corners and through the ruts.  I'm alive to ride another day!

Tuesday, August 18, 2020



I had an opportunity to train with Vincent Pasdeloup at the SMX Factory School at Glen Helen on Saturday morning, August 15th.  Simply put; AMAZING!  From the time he arrived it was all about me and my bike.  He started out going over every aspect of my 2017 Honda CRF450R explaining everything that I needed to know about the maintenance, the brakes, clutch, tightening this and tightening that.

Then the training started.  Glen Helen has some very steep climbs and then what goes up must come down.  He had me go to different sections of the MX course and practice, practice and practice.  I'm paraphrasing but basically he said "You won't have a lot of fun today but you're going to learn." Yeah, I did.  I was exhausted.  He told me that I had developed some bad habits and he was going to teach me the new correct habits I needed to ride.  One bad habit I had was sitting tooooo far back on my butt on the seat.  To correct this he folded a spare tire tube and duct taped it to the seat so I would feel and know where I should be when I went into the corners.  He then adjusted the clutch handle so I couldn't reach it so I couldn't use it to change gears when going into and out of the corners.  He also taught me when to use and not use the rear brakes.  Until you're taught how to do things right you never know you're doing them wrong!   Some of my training click here [X]

Vincent was the greatest trainer; never got mad; never raised his voice; never embarrassed me for not knowing this or not knowing that.  I learned more in the four hours than I've learned ever before.  I could go on and on but if you want to know more about the school click on this link   and you'll be glad you did.

If you possibly can please remember to look at my GoFundMe page and donate if you can.  Every penny actually really, really helps me.

Monday, August 17, 2020



AWESOME doesn't even start to describe my day when my grandpa surprised me by taking me to ASTERISK in Corona, California!

I knew that we were going to train tomorrow morning at Glen Helen MX track in San Bernadino but when he pulled up and said that he was going to introduce me to the guys at ASTERISK I was really stoked!  I mean I have looked at their website and knew that they made knee braces for all of the great pros that I have read about like Ken Roczen who rides a Honda like I do but to actually go to the factory that produces the knee brace was amazing.

I'm happy to announce that I'm part of the Asterisk family and will do my best to represent them.  Here is their Facebook Page: 

I was fitted for a pair of the all new Carbon Cell knee brace. Here is information about them: 

"Asterisk Knee Brace is proud to announce the ALL-NEW Carbon Cell 1 (CC1). Our dedication to making the finest quality, fitting and performing knee braces in the world has led us to the design and development of the CC1. The CC1 is manufactured from Military Spec and Aerospace grade carbon fiber prepreg that is made in America, the finest in the world. Our focus during the design and development of the CC1 was making the slimmest, lightest, most comfortable knee brace in the world. We wanted a brace that fit so well on your leg, it looks like it’s painted on, and we hit a home run. At roughly 1lb or 454g (+/-depending on size) per brace, we believe it’s the lightest, best fitting and most comfortable functional knee brace in the world, without sacrificing strength and durability. The CC1 is backed up by a 3-year frame warranty. Asterisk is the inventor of the off the shelf carbon fiber performance knee brace, and in the world of knee protection and bracing, this is a game changer. Undersleeves and Tethers are included."

Take a look at these amazing braces If you call them tell them Taylor Thomas sent you.


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Monday, August 3, 2020

It's Great to be Riding Again!

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Just a Teenage MX Rider Covered in MUD!

 I can honestly say that I had one of the most fun days of racing motocross in my life! Who really trusts the weather stations; right?  It w...