Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Motivated...Bubba Pauli.

Have you ever had the chance to walk a supercross track? Technical, challenging and intimidating to most. You can barley walk up the face of a triple and the whoops would swallow my 4 year old.

Edwardsville, Illinois' Bubba Pauli is up to that challenge. The 21 year old considers St.Louis his hometown race and as he improves weekly, it was at that race where he'd put in his best ride so far this season. He'd miss the 450 main by 5 spots. 

Photo: Michael Flavell

Bubba doesn't look to hard at the struggles and is grateful to be living his dream. "The feeling I get inside, even just thinking about achieving some of my long term goals is unexplainable." That alone is all the motivation needed to keep the number 282 going. "It's just one of those things I can never get off my mind." 

Just a guy who enjoys racing his motorcycle, Bubba deals with injuries, illness and finances with a smile on his face. Extremely grateful for the fans, he hopes when you watch on tv, "remember what 75% of those riders go through just to make it to each and every race." Racing because they love to do it. Dumping all their money right back in to the sport. Working week jobs and sleeping in vans cuddled up next to a can of race gas.

As one season comes to an end, another is about to start. Excited for the outdoors, Bubba credits the long motos as a strength in his program. Unadilla was his first national and he scored a 23rd overall at High Point in the 450 class. 

Sponsored by K1 Speed, BWR Engines, SSi Decals, FHK, Rekluse, Fly Racing, Arai Helmets, Performance Electronics, Race Tech, TuBliss, Works Connection, No Toil, Motoseat, Evans, Dunlop, Yoshimura, RK, Excel, St. Louis Tattoo, Big St. Charles, Novik Gloves, Ryno Power, Club 57 and of corse his mom and dad. 

Bubba Pauli may see a main event yet, with 4 races left in the 2015 Monster Energy Supercross Championship and he will be a strong force during the outdoor nationals.

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-Kyle Pesci

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