Wrenching instead of riding also meant I got to spend more time with the people in the pits, socializing and helping them get their own bikes dialed in. It’s great to be part of the M1GP family, which does so much to introduce youngsters (and adults) to roadracing. Based on how quick some of the M1GP kids are, I think it’s safe to say that some professional-grade racers may well be developing within the club’s ranks. Zack and I both commented on what an advantage it is to start so early – I attended my first trackday in my early 20s, and these kids are already dragging knee at age ten. They’re fearless and absorb information like a sponge; after just a few laps behind Zack, young Zeke Rodriguez had slashed seconds off his lap times and was running defensive lines in the infield to keep Zack at bay. It made for some tight, competitive racing, which is what we all look forward to, no matter the bikes’ displacement.