Waiting takes time, such that there’s a saying in racing, in motocross especially: “Hurry up and wait.” At the races, we arrive early to sign up for our class(es). Then, we go out for practice – a good 30-45 minutes – and come back to scope out our competition at the rider’s meeting. After that, we return to our truck to slam a sandwich and then we wait for our race to start. For some people, this could take hours, but for me, it was usually less than 30 minutes ’til race time. Of course, after my race, I watched and waited for everyone else to finish, so there was always that matter of waiting.
Mike Alessi waits at Hard Rock Cycle Park
Stephen Stella in staging at Gatorback Cycle Park in Gainesville, Fla.
Fans wait for the national anthem
Chase Couture and Robby Renner wait for their moto at the former Lakeland Motorsports Park
A race mechanic waits for something to break
Fans watch for their favorite riders, and wait
Lowell Spangler in staging at Gatorback
Fans wait in the woods for the leaders
Pro ATV racers share strategies while they wait
Women wait with bated breaths
Hundreds of racers wait for the green flag
Team managers and mechanics wait for their riders at Unadilla Motorsports Park in New Berlin, N.Y.
Riders wait for the bottleneck to clear
Riders even have to wait to play golf!
A young Jordan Bailey watches while he waits for his moto
Riders look on while they wait