Rearview Mirror: 2018 Season

AFT GNC Mile, East Rutherford, NJ  10-6-2018
AFT GNC Mile, East Rutherford, NJ 10-6-2018

The 2018 season is in the books. I am sure you can assume by now that it didn’t go even close to how I envisioned it at the start of the year. That is the beauty of motorsports. You can train hard, spend a ton of money on all the latest and greatest equipment, dot all your I’s and cross all your T’s, but sometimes things just don’t go according to plan.

I started off the season great, but after being involved in a couple of crashes and having some unforeseen issues with my motorcycles at various times throughout the season, I slowly started to lose my confidence. The mental aspect of racing is huge. Everyone at this level is talented. The “X” factors are what separates the riders who win races from the riders who finish 15th.

With that being said, everything happens for a reason and things often fall apart so better things can come together. Although it wasn’t an ideal season, we were able to finish in the top-5 multiple times riding the AFT Singles class. I won some heat races, won a handful of AMA All-Star events, and moved up to the AFT Twins class where I earned my national number for the tenth straight season. More than anything, I am proud of myself for continuing to show up each weekend and give it all I had. There were many times this season where I wanted to give up, but I kept digging.

In addition, I was fortunate enough to get invited to my fourth straight X Games where I am only one of eleven riders to have competed in all four X Games Flat Track events.

I want to thank all of my sponsors for sticking with me through a tough season. Also want to thank all of my family, friends and my fans for giving me some added motivation on days when I struggled to find some.

I am not sure what my plans are for next year, but I know I can still compete up front and be contend for race wins and podium finishes.

-CT