Working for Transworld Motocross is the biggest accomplishment I have ever had in my life. It’s a magazine I’ve always read since I was a kid, and it was always a dream of mine to work for them. When I was given the opportunity to work for the best magazine in the world, I was extremely excited, but I was also extremely nervous. I knew it was a job that was filled with a lot of responsibility, but I knew I was ready for it. I couldn’t say I knew 100% what I was going to do, but after two weeks of working for Transworld, I got a text from Donn saying, “You ready to write the Las Vegas race report?” I looked at my phone with wide eyes, and I sent him a message back with my shaking hands saying, “You know it!” Three weeks later, I was sitting in the press box at the Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas, Nevada, freaking out. So, with that said, this is exactly what went down at the final round of the Monster Energy AMA, and FIM World Championship, through the eyes of a highly freaked out intern!
Friday morning came super early to me. When my alarm went off at 6:00am that morning, I had already been up for two hours staring at my ceiling. I knew setting my alarm was completely redundant, but I thought that maybe I was going to actually get some sleep. I had to be at the airport in an hour, so I jammed to get ready, and the next thing I knew, Donn was at my house. After a very short flight, Donn and I landed in Vegas, and reality started to really set in. I just thought to myself, “Oh $&#@, this is it.”
Friday was press day, and we drove our sweet rental car to the Sam Boyd Stadium. When we got there, it was go time. I instantly got my assignment, so with that, I started to scour the pits looking for pictures for Monday Kickstart. At about noon, some of the riders were able to practice on sections of the track, and I was actually able to be on the stadium floor taking pictures. Being able to take pictures from the floor was crazy because I always took pictures from the stands, and I always thought about how lucky it was for the photographers to be down there. As soon as I finished up that, and Donn finished up his interviews, we took off to our hotel to grab some food, and then we had to edit and publish our material from the day. At about 6:00pm, we finished our work, and Donn, Lutes, and I were off to go to Steve Matthes’s house to do the PulpMX radio show. The show lasted about two hours, and it was just complete comedy from the start to the finish.
After another sleepless night, Saturday was the big day. The only thing that I could think about, and stress about, was writing the race report. We got to the track at around ten in the morning, and we all kind of did our own thing. Brendan killed it with taking pictures of all the practices, qualifiers, and the racing, while Donn and I interviewed riders for the site. When the race was about to start, all I remember is Donn asking me if I was nervous. I told him no, and then he said, “Good, because I’m really counting on you for a good race report.” Then he just laughed and walked away. Now, if that doesn’t play with someone’s head, I don’t know what will. However, once the race started, the feelings of being nervous just flew away, and it was replaced with the feelings of why I love this sport. It was easy for me. After the race was over, Lutes wrapped up the pictures, while I wrapped up the race report, and it was published to the web by midnight. It was a long day, but at the end, it was all worth it.