ERIK “WESTY” WESTER­GAARD

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“I AM IN THE MID­DLE OF THE BAJA PENIN­SULA, FUL­FILL­ING A RAC­ING DREAM AND TRULY EN­JOY­ING ONE OF THE BEST MO­TOR­CY­CLE RIDES I HAVE EVER HAD.”

When I am on a mo­tor­cy­cle, whether it be street or dirt, I find my thoughts wan­der­ing. If it isn’t about my boys, it might be try­ing to work out a prod­uct de­sign I am strug­gling with or stresses I am go­ing through. No mat­ter what, mo­tor­cy­cles al­low me to process thoughts in a way that I can­not do via any other method. I have done a lot of closed-course rac­ing in my life, and the mind­set I am in dur­ing a race is one of ab­so­lute fo­cus, split-sec­ond re­ac­tion, and the de­tails of what is go­ing on with the bike and ter­rain, then deter­min­ing how I can im­prove on the next lap.

Dur­ing the NORRA Mex­i­can 1000, I found my­self in a dif­fer­ent mind­set. It wasn’t about work­ing through an is­sue or the in­ten­sity of a closed-course bat­tle inches from an­other com­peti­tor, but more like be­ing fully en­gaged in the mo­ment. The Mex­i­can land­scape was un­like any I have ever seen, and I thought to my­self, “I am in the mid­dle of the Baja Penin­sula, ful­fill­ing a rac­ing dream and truly en­joy­ing one of the best mo­tor­cy­cle rides I have ever had.” I am pretty sure I even shouted “woo-hoo!” through my hel­met, for only the cac­tus, cows, road­run­ner and Go­pro to hear.

Hav­ing the op­por­tu­nity to be a part of such an am­bi­tious project was a reward in it­self. Be­ing able to race it was a life­long dream and an ex­pe­ri­ence I will never for­get.

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