That Time Again
By Dylan Wright
Photos by James Lissimore
As many of you may know, I had an injury to start off the off-season. Unfortunately, at the last round of supercross, I had a weird little crash coming out of a corner. I clipped the tough block with my rear wheel exiting the turn and it pitched me in a weird direction. I fell onto my leg awkwardly which resulted in a minor tear to my MCL. I was forced to be on the mend for quite a while trying to get mobility and strength back. My trainer, Rob Mouland, did an amazing job getting my knee back to 100 percent.
While I was rehabbing, I did a lot of research into real estate and found a house that I thought would be perfect for my fiancé and me. For me, paying rent seemed pointless when I could invest in something long-term instead. The only catch was the house needed some need work. But with Covid-19 restrictions and all businesses closed, I had nothing else to do but keep training and do some renovations. This is basically what I have been doing up to this point and I am super happy with where I’m at physically and mentally heading into the new season.
With a longer off-season, I was able to let my body rest up and make sure that I will be fully ready to go down south. I know the team has been working hard behind the scenes getting everything ready for the upcoming season. It is very motivating as an athlete when the whole team is working their butts off, and it makes me want to do everything I possibly can to win! Now that my bikes and parts are all together to head down south, I’m loading up to start the road trip for some warmer weather. This year, I have decided to switch up where I am going again. I feel like it keeps everything fresh for me. It is also nice to see some different tracks and facilities, and to see where some may be better than others. This way it never gets old or boring for me and I feel like it just makes me a more well-rounded rider because I am always riding something totally new.
I am happy to say that I will be going to Club MX this off-season to train with Phil Nicoletti. That may come as a surprise to some, because of how the motocross season ended. But over the series last year, he and I had become good friends and there were no hard feelings between us. He is a great guy and a great competitor, and I have a lot of respect for people that race hard on the track, but have the same attitude as me, what happens on the track stays on the track sometimes.
I think this will be good for both of us, as we will be able to push each other and make each other both faster. Both of us work hard on and off the bike and I’m looking forward to riding with him. I am also really looking forward to riding the all-new CRF450R. It is a new chassis, so I know I am going to have to do a little extra work and find some new settings. But this excites me because testing is something that I am getting better and better at and any practice that I can get working and testing is good for me for the future.
And now I’m off to hit the road for some warmer weather. Hope everyone stays safe and I’ll see you all at Gopher Dunes in the spring!