Bernard Kerr: World Cup DH racer wants to race SX

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12/12/2019 7:09 AM

https://www.pinkbike.com/news/interview-bernard-kerr-on-racing-anaheim-1-and-being-a-ridermanager-on-the-world-cup-circuit.html

https://www.pinkbike.com/news/video-bernard-kerr-picks-up-his-new-bike-for-the-anaheim-1-supercross-race.html

This one bugs me a bit. I understand having a dream and all, but SX is way harder than people give it credit for. Its an insult to the sport and potentially dangerous to the other riders. Is it really this easy to get a Pro AMA SX licence?

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12/12/2019 7:27 AM

The dude is insanely talented on two wheels. I would not be surprised if he makes a night show.

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12/12/2019 7:46 AM

scootch wrote:

The dude is insanely talented on two wheels. I would not be surprised if he makes a night show.

Unless he already has a pro license, he's not even lining up for practice.

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"Sorry Goose, but it's time to buzz the tower."

12/12/2019 7:50 AM
Edited Date/Time: 12/12/2019 7:54 AM

Well, seems like the license process is flawed.



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#prAy1 ... just one minor feature to go 👀 #whoops #A1

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This is honestly the hardest thing I’ve ever tried to do...at least there’s 53 days to go... 🤷‍♂️🤦‍♂️

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We’re gonna need a miracle...or rain?! 🤷‍♂️#prAy1

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"Sorry Goose, but it's time to buzz the tower."

12/12/2019 8:05 AM

Looks like he has a lot of work to do, that's for sure

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12/12/2019 8:09 AM

talent on 2 wheels is talent on 2 wheels. I do feel like it usually works better the other way around though....moto guys catch on to mtb better/faster than mtb guys catch onto moto. While alot of it is transferable its a lot easier to go from wrestling 230lbs to 30lbs than it is 30 to 230. It worked out good for Aaron gwin anyway..

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12/12/2019 8:10 AM

This is actually an interesting experiment. The guy clearly has the feel and timing down. I'm sure he's technical enough to sort out of the whoops. If he can learn proper riding technique and how to carry a decent amount of speed in the corners, I don't see why he couldn't make a night show. Getting through the rhythms and whoops are what separate the privateer dudes, not corner speed.

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12/12/2019 8:12 AM

If A1 is total mudder he can make it.

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12/12/2019 8:30 AM

I always thought they (AMA)(FELD)(FIM) should have a Standard SX track, Have the top 10 450 and 250 guy's compete and make lap times.

Then develop a percentage over that average time that has to be met more than once maybe lets say twice in a session and one other time.

Then decide if the rider is skilled enough to advance and be allowed on the track with qualified riders.

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12/12/2019 8:33 AM

250 or 450

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12/12/2019 8:44 AM

Did Shaun Palmer get it done?

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12/12/2019 8:52 AM
Edited Date/Time: 12/12/2019 8:53 AM

Saw this young man race with us a couple days ago. He started after everyone because he loaned his boots to another rider(?). He was buckling them up on the line when the flag waved, slipped his goggle on and took off. He was a minute down and ended up second. He putted around as a little kid on bikes and dabbles now 2-3 times a year on a dirt bike. He was on his uncles borrowed YZ250 smoker. So this bike is not set up for him and was bogging a little off the bottom. I have no doubt he would absolutely blaze if he switched to moto. He was super smooth, especially on a slimy and rough Glen Helen GP track. I don't see why Kerr wouldn't have a legitimate shot at a night show.
https://mbaction.com/how-i-did-it/

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The older I get, the faster I was.

12/12/2019 8:54 AM

Bernard Kerr is a great talent at what he does but he shouldn’t be allowed to compete.

He has never even entered a motorcycle race of any type. A1 is not the place to start.

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12/12/2019 8:56 AM

captmoto wrote:

Saw this young man race with us a couple days ago. He started after everyone because he loaned his boots to another rider(?). He was buckling them up on the line when the flag waved, slipped his goggle on and took off. He was a minute down and ended up second. He putted around as a little kid on bikes and dabbles now 2-3 times a year on a dirt bike. He was on his uncles borrowed YZ250 smoker. So this bike is not set up for him and was bogging a little off the bottom. I have no doubt he would absolutely blaze if he switched to moto. He was super smooth, especially on a slimy and rough Glen Helen GP track. I don't see why Kerr wouldn't have a legitimate shot at a night show.
https://mbaction.com/how-i-did-it/

Why would he not be on his KX450 if this was a couple days ago?

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12/12/2019 8:58 AM

Kerr to every Vitard...

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12/12/2019 9:00 AM

bayodome wrote:

Kerr to every Vitard...

Not after he bombs

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12/12/2019 9:06 AM

So many snow flakes in here

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12/12/2019 9:14 AM

I don't think he'll make it, but I hope he does. Dude is a riot.

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2019 so far...enjoy!

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12/12/2019 9:21 AM

That pass through the whoops scared me.

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12/12/2019 9:22 AM

I think the intention is cool, but it does make a mockery of the sport that he can get a licence and show up to ride C practice at A1. Meanwhile kids with low national numbers (Masterpool for example) have to go through SX Futures (as per DMXS this week with Wil Hahn).

Can Justin Brayton just show up at a UCI MTB World Cup and try to qualify? Right, didn't think so....

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Old MXer turned Superfan.

12/12/2019 9:28 AM

For a lot more on this, Swap also did a podcast with Kerr this week:

https://www.swapmotolive.com/bernard-kerr-on-the-fly-racing-swapmoto-podcast/podcasts/swapmoto-podcast/

Don't get me wrong, the guy is talented on 2 wheels and if given enough time and some proper racing, he could probably succeed in moto too, but I still think it is Mickey Mouse that he can somehow get a licence from the ACU and do some WADA paperwork and show up at A1. I blame the Brits.

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Old MXer turned Superfan.

12/12/2019 9:31 AM

woodsgoon wrote:

talent on 2 wheels is talent on 2 wheels. I do feel like it usually works better the other way around though....moto guys catch on to mtb better/faster than mtb guys catch onto moto. While alot of it is transferable its a lot easier to go from wrestling 230lbs to 30lbs than it is 30 to 230. It worked out good for Aaron gwin anyway..

I find it’s the opposite. Tons of MTB guys I know are now riding. One of my buddies picked up a DRZ two seasons ago and first week of riding I could not shake him in the woods. He is now beating everyone in the plus 40 Expert class for hare scramble.

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12/12/2019 9:33 AM

scootch wrote:

So many snow flakes in here

And at least one poster who is far too confident in his ability to pivot from DH mountain biking to Supercross

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12/12/2019 9:38 AM

Needs Brett Metcalfe as his mentor...

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"Are you kidding me guy? You know how hard I grease it"

12/12/2019 9:39 AM
Edited Date/Time: 12/12/2019 9:40 AM

Hell, even if he were trying to qualify for and outdoor I think he'd have a very small chance. But SX, absolutely no chance.

Someone should ask Gwin how he would feel about Dungey racing a World Cup after a month of practice. Although I think Dungey would be humble enough not to even try.

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12/12/2019 9:43 AM

captmoto wrote:

Saw this young man race with us a couple days ago. He started after everyone because he loaned his boots to another rider(?). He was buckling them up on the line when the flag waved, slipped his goggle on and took off. He was a minute down and ended up second. He putted around as a little kid on bikes and dabbles now 2-3 times a year on a dirt bike. He was on his uncles borrowed YZ250 smoker. So this bike is not set up for him and was bogging a little off the bottom. I have no doubt he would absolutely blaze if he switched to moto. He was super smooth, especially on a slimy and rough Glen Helen GP track. I don't see why Kerr wouldn't have a legitimate shot at a night show.
https://mbaction.com/how-i-did-it/

luckyguy19 wrote:

Why would he not be on his KX450 if this was a couple days ago?

Perhaps one in the UK and the yz state side?

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12/12/2019 9:44 AM

luckyguy19 wrote:

Hell, even if he were trying to qualify for and outdoor I think he'd have a very small chance. But SX, absolutely no chance.

Someone should ask Gwin how he would feel about Dungey racing a World Cup after a month of practice. Although I think Dungey would be humble enough not to even try.

Lots of MX guys train year round on mountain bikes, how many mountain guys ride MX year round? I bet the transition from MX to DH would be easier if for only that reason

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12/12/2019 9:49 AM

misterwaterfallin wrote:

Lots of MX guys train year round on mountain bikes, how many mountain guys ride MX year round? I bet the transition from MX to DH would be easier if for only that reason

Except that guys like Roczen, Tomac, etc. ride XC and not DH. But I still mostly agree with you

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12/12/2019 9:51 AM

He is gonna freak out when there are guys all around him and flying past him. He should try Arenacross first!

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12/12/2019 9:53 AM

Looks like he will do better than that Ford guy that tried the last couple of years on the 2 stroke.

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