To finish of the 2017 season I accepted and invitation to race a Supercross in India. I've tried to go to India and race for years but the timing never worked out so I was glad that I could finally make it. My good friend Dennis Stapleton organized all International riders for this event so I knew it was going to be a fun time. Dennis and I have been friends for a while now. I met him back in 2011 at a race in the Philippines and after that we crossed paths all across the world from Kuwait to Europe and now we are both in southern California racing and running our Motocross related businesses. Along with us came Brian Medeiros and Justin Muscutt two professional privateers that just finished the AMA Nationals. After almost two full days of travel with a quick layover in my old home country of Germany we finally arrived in Pune. Day one was all about setting up bikes and checking out the track. One of the most adventurous things about fly away races are always the bikes you are racing on. In India we were handed 350 KTM's that had a couple years on them. After some minor problems on the first day we all had our bikes figured out and were ready to race. The event consisted of three nights of racing with two main events a night. The track was hand made by local workers and turned out to be a lot of fun. I was impressed with the entire set up. Over the last couple of years I have done a lot of events like this one in all kinds of different countries but non of them had a professional set up like this one. The races were fun, all of us international riders treated it as a fun weekend away and didn't get too aggressive with each other. After three nights it was Kerim Fitzgerald from South Africa who won the overall. Brian Medeiros had a bit of bad luck on the last night breaking his finger after he went down early in the first main event. Other than that all of us made it out healthy and happy. I hope I will be able to see a lot more of India in the near future the country has a huge motorcycle market and a lot of potential for a motorcycle enthusiast like myself.
Travelling overseas always requires a lot of planning and packing even more so if you are planning to ride or race overseas. I’m getting ready to head to India to race the Pune Invitational Supercross there next week and I’m giving you a little inside on what it takes to get there.
Luggage: I’m a big fan of Ogio bags. I’ve been using Ogio products for many years now and I’m very happy with the durability and space they offer. I’m only going to India for one week with a total of four days of riding so I decided to pack light and only travel with one checked bag.
Gear Bag: Ogio 9800
Carry On: Ogio Layover
Backpack: Ogio Gravity Backpack
Four days of riding requires four sets of gear (jersey,pants,gloves,goggles) a set of boots, knee braces, chest protector and a helmet. I use my gear bag for all my riding gear. I protect my helmet by putting it in an extra helmet bag to make sure it gets to my final destination in one piece. I also pack my jersey in that helmet bag to give it some extra padding and also to save some room for the rest of my stuff.
I also bring a couple tools to make sure I’m able to set my bike up once I get there. A set of T-Handles, a couple wrenches and a small screw driver are always coming with me.
The top pocket of my gear bag is for snacks. Travelling to far away places and not knowing what you will eat can make a race weekend very long and difficult. I learned this the hard way when I first started travelling 10 years ago so nowadays I always pack energy bars, a bag of trail mix and a couple small protein snacks to give me some energy in case the local cuisine only serves crickets and fried lizard (It happened before).
Lastly I always bring a couple posters and stickers from my great sponsors. For this trip to India Top 1 Synthetics hooked me up with some really cool key rings that I will be handing out over the race weekend.
My carry on luggage has all my casual clothing, underwear, deodorant and a tooth brush. It’s always nice to have your every day clothes with you when you land. There is nothing worse than finding out that your luggage didn’t make it after you’ve been travelling for 24 plus hours so it is good to know you will have some clothes to wear when you get to the hotel.
My backpack carries my laptop, my camera, phone chargers, my note pad and a sweatshirt in case it gets cold on the flight.
That’s it. That is my packing list for next weekends race in India. I’m excited to go see a new country that I haven’t been to yet and I’m looking forward to meet many new Motocross enthusiasts over there.