Video: Bernard Kerr Picks Up his New Bike for the Anaheim 1 Supercross Race

Dec 12, 2019
by Ed Spratt  

bigquotesThis is the first lifestyle doc LSD if you will of day 1 on the prAy1 train in California where we pick up the bike! Enjoy! Bernard Kerr



125 Comments

  • 171 23
 Next video, Bernard Kerr grocery shopping and picking up the mail. Would be about as exciting as this.
  • 2 1
 Yep.
  • 6 7
 As much as I want to believe he's going to prove everyone wrong and that there's a chance he can pull this off...every video I watch of him it just doesn't seem possible. Shit I feel like I personally know mx riders who would stomp him, and they are literal nobodies.

The event is in less than 30 days isnt it? Gnarly.
  • 45 9
 I'm finding myself randomly commenting on semi-interesting articles again, just to kill time until the field tests of the Enduro bikes are finally released.
  • 9 4
 I really hope pb learns from this, and never does this to us again.
  • 1 9
flag ReformedRoadie (Dec 12, 2019 at 11:58) (Below Threshold)
 @Ktron: shame...

shame...



shame...
  • 7 6
 @Ktron: sorry guys, we'll tighten up the release schedule next year but it'll still be one bike per day. It's nice to have one bike to focus on and debate every day, rather than just the most popular models (or the really unpopular ones) getting all the attention.
  • 3 2
 @brianpark: The lull between the DC summary and Enduro starting might be a bit much but I think it's great that you have everyone chomping at the bit! Myself included.
  • 1 2
 @brianpark: and will we finally see a review of a *GULP*.....EVIL??
  • 4 3
 @brianpark:
I agree. People need to be patient. If primo content is released all at once, it will be a binge fest that will leave us wanting more...like blasting through the latest season of your favourite show over one weekend, just to reallize on Sunday that you should have paced yourself.
  • 22 3
 Really hope he is successful as top dh riders tend to be labelled failed mxers
  • 13 1
 Maybe he can do a reverse-Gwin...
  • 23 1
 Unfortunately his chances of making the night show are about as close to 0 as you can get. Tons of dudes who have lived and breathed moto since they were 3 feet tall try and fail to qualify for SX's all year long. Even recently it looks like Kerr has been spending equal or more time on his mtb, this is a cool idea but probably impossible, even if he had put the work in.
  • 12 1
 @seanharanmtb: well if living and breathing it since age 3 doesn't work for those guys he should be set
  • 2 0
 Kerr isn’t an MTB nobody so doing the reverse Gwin would be tricky.
  • 9 1
 This reminds me of riding everyday after school when I was a kid in high school. Loamy dirt after the rain and all my buddies hanging out riding turn tracks and just having a blast. So much fun. Great video.
  • 11 1
 XXX wheels...
A1 for Kerr...
Is it April already?
  • 8 2
 Someone tell Kerr not to read these shit comments. Guy has skills, let him try before you knuckleheads try and bring the negative and entitled vibes. Besides 10,000 hrs always apply, always (even when your foundational skills are birthed and/or nurtured from your environment).
  • 9 2
 There are hundreds of 11 yr old kids that will wax Bernard. Not a chance he makes any night show.
  • 7 1
 oh boy, he's in for a rude awakening if he actually goes through with this and shows up at A1. the group c guys are going to be smoking him.
  • 8 1
 Bernard is a rad rider and insane on the moto but that vid did not show it. Good luck in Anaheim, smash it.
  • 6 0
 Best way to practice for SX is by getting comfortable on a bike on a natural terrain TT style course. His handling of the simple task of unloading the bike made me cringe.
  • 3 0
 Typical Pinkbike armchair critics, hating while they sit on their computer eating Doritos. How many people have actually raced a World Cup or lined up for an ama event? how about both? Not the keyboard warriors on here, we call this tall poppy syndrome here in Aus.
  • 2 0
 He’s definitely got the bike, but unless he’s holding back his riding skills in this video, he’s got a ways to go. Put him on one of the factory practice tracks as opposed to this backyard track. Waist high whoops and near vert jump takeoffs!
  • 2 1
 well you see.... he hasn't exactly cleaned a set of whoops yet. he kind of flopped around in the "whoops" in this vid...
  • 22 20
 There is absolutely no way he will make the night show. It's an insult to Supercross and potentially dangerous to the other riders. I have not seen one video where he looks competent on an actual professional level SX track. What a bummer. I'll have to link this on Vital, see what those guys have to say.
  • 11 4
 agreed, he's a safety risk on the track. but, he'll be in with the group c guys, who are all going to be much faster than him, and he may get weeded out in practice.
  • 43 12
 He probably won't make the night show, but get off your high horse with the "insult to supercross" nonsense. Theoretically it would show how challenging supercross actually is, unfortunately Moto guys tend to have their noses way tooo high to accept it might be a good thing
  • 13 13
 @Onetrakcmind: I would not expect an SX racer to go try to do a world cup or hard line with a couple months of practice. To think after racing a few MX races that you have the "stuff" to qualify for a professional AMA SX race is insulting and laughable. He's making a fool of himself.
  • 42 2
 @luckyguy19: If Eli Tomac showed up at a World Cup race I can promise you about everyone on this site would be rooting for him
  • 11 15
flag novajustin (Dec 12, 2019 at 8:32) (Below Threshold)
 @Onetrakcmind: here's the thing though, tomac is a 3x MX champion and a world class rider at the top of his game who can win a SX race on any given night. he's not about to throw that away and risk his career to race a world cup. when is the last time bernard won a world cup race? he has A LOT less to lose than tomac. also, bernard is obviously not treating this whole experience very seriously. A1 is 3 weeks away and he's just now coming to the states to ride? every other pro rider has been in SX mode since october. this is absolutely an insult to SX when a rider doesn't take his training very seriously and expects to come out and race at A1.
  • 9 3
 @Onetrakcmind: I would not root for him, It's not at all realistic.

You have to understand, there are guys that put years of work and practice to race SX and they go nowhere. I've seen it first hand, we have a local guy that has been racing MX and SX for years. I've been on the track with him many times, he smokes every local fast guy I've ever seen. He only made one night show last year. The more you ride MX, the better you get on a dirt bike, the more you realize how incredibly difficult SX is. AMA Professional SX is not the venue for a one off "bet" race.
  • 12 1
 @luckyguy19: Agree to disagree I guess. My only concern is the safety aspect, would be horrible for him to wad in the whoops and take an up and coming racer out with him, but if he can do it safely I don't see what the big deal is and the worst he can do is fail. The Moto industry does frustrate a lot of people though, everyone has such a chip on their shoulder about things.
  • 11 4
 @Onetrakcmind: probably because no one on the outside takes the sport seriously. the amount of physical training, focus, drive, coaching, and dieting doesn't even cross most people's minds. i don't see world cup riders out there pounding out 4 30 minute motos, then hit the road bike for 2 hours, then hit the gym, then fulfill their sponsorship requirements, and then get enough sleep to do it all over again. bernard is just solidifying this fact by coming in on a whim thinking "i can do that" with no training other than what he does during his free time.
  • 3 0
 @Onetrakcmind: that is because people don't realize how difficult it is. If you have not competitively raced a dirt bike on some level it is very hard to understand how hard it is. We watch as every season injuries start taking out the stars of the sport before the season even starts. Two big hitters, Musquin & Savatgy are already out for the 2020 season.
  • 1 1
 Based on his insta stories he has ridden MTB a lot more since being over here too. Looks like maybe 2 days on sand tracks and maybe a total of a couple hours on SX tracks here in CA. Night show not gonna happen against dudes who have lived and breathed moto since they were 5.
  • 31 2
 "get off your high horse"

*Gets on an even higher horse*
  • 1 2
 @cuban-b: haha, hell yeah
  • 6 8
 @cuban-b: Truth is; he has an extreme lack of respect for the sport, he is not humble, and he does not appear to be taking it very seriously. If he was humble and had respect, this whole charade would never have even started.
  • 5 0
 lol Vital forums are definitely the place to go for sound, level-headed banter. Those forums turn into cancer real quick.
  • 1 0
 @luckyguy19: for sure - i hear ya. i generally agree with yall. just f*ckin around lol.
  • 21 4
 @luckyguy19: You're probably the guy that lines up at autograph sessions and gets excited about seeing the riders. Bernard's not disrespecting moto, he's having fun. Plain and simple. He never once said he was going to go out and crush any of the top riders lap times.
  • 5 1
 @Onetrakcmind: Sorry you feel that way - think of it this way: most of us that ride and race motorcycles, *love* to ride our MTBs too, not just for training but for fun. Most motorcycle enthusiasts have tons of respect toward pedaling. How many MTBr's do you see show lack of respect to the moto side? Quite a few unfortunately - I see it all the time when I'm on my motorcycle using shared trails. I don't get it, but in-no-way are we arrogant about it. And as far as it being a good of bad thing, it won't even be a blip on the radar; no one will care one way or the other. I follow both sports fairly closely and I really don't know much about Bernard to be honest. At the pro level, motocross is a lot bigger.
  • 7 7
 @flembake: No fan boy here, I couldn't care less about autographs. If you can't see how trying to race an AMA Pro SX with no experience and very little prep isn't disrespectful, then you're extremely ignorant. This is not all about fun, this is the livelihood of these riders and they take it very seriously. If you are not on their level, then you don't belong. The stands is where he should be.
  • 5 2
 NPC's never seem to grasp how vast the talent difference is from even semi-pro to top-tier pro...its really exponential. It's like thinking a Rugby player could even make a NFL team (and vice versa). It takes years of dedication, at the highest levels.
  • 1 0
 @Onetrakcmind: I would really like to see this. How does one start a social media movement to make this happen?
  • 3 0
 @Onetrakcmind: The safety issue is less to do with him crashing and more so the difference in speed. There are few things more dangerous than having multiple riders on a track with dramatically different speeds. If he for instance backed out of a triple that'd be a good way to have a much faster rider land on top of you.
  • 7 1
 @Onetrakcmind: Eli may be the wrong choice for this analogy since it's not as far-fetched as Kerr making the SX night show. His dad is the legendary Johnny T, who may be the best all around bicycle rider ever and is Aaron Gwin's trainer. He and Eli regularly ride mountain bikes together. I'd bet Eli could qualify for a WC DH if he really wanted to.
  • 12 2
 Think you lot are all taking it way to seriously and are frankly also talking bollocks.

Him having a go at the SX was a drunken bet which fair do’s he’s having a go at.

Have you thought that maybe he knows he’s not going to go anywhere at the race and that’s why he’s spent more time on the mtb than the Mx, after all one is his job, the other the result of said drunken bet.
  • 5 0
 @SvenNorske: This exact scenario happened a couple of years ago. Jarryd Hayne left his million dollar a year Rugby League contract in Australia to chase his dream of playing in the NFL and ended up getting a run for the 49ers. He didn't last long, but he made the team and played a few games.
  • 2 1
 @fpmd:
This PLUS 1!
  • 6 1
 @luckyguy19: jeez you lads are a real bunch of fun-sponges eh? He's having a bit of craic, get over it.
  • 2 1
 @SvenNorske: a bunch of rugby players have switched to NFL. Just sayin
  • 2 1
 @AlanMck: yo BRO, this is 'Merica where we take extreme sports to the [clears throat] extreme Facepalm
  • 6 1
 I come from reading your post on VitalMx, turns out people seem cool with it, even tho some agree he has no chance. You seem to be only outraged dude speaking of respect, being a danger and insulting SX just by showing up for practice. Chill out and enjoy the show, man.
  • 1 1
 @JamesR2026: Yes, I was thinking of Baker or Hayne. Between the two, unfortunately its casts a favorable hand towards American Football, given how mega a player Hayne is, yet couldn't hack it in the NFL...whereas Baker is a nobody in football and dominates in rugby. I think Hayne should have stuck with it though...he could have been good. Regardless, it just takes time and more than just talent to cross-over.
  • 1 0
 Lol
  • 2 2
 It’s all fun and games until he blows out his ACL or get landed on. Hope he has enough footage socked away to keep his social media going for a long time.
  • 3 0
 @novajustin: you’re an idiot. You literally just complained about how people don’t take MX seriously and then did the exact same thing to professional mountain biking. You’re right though, if you’re trying to do base cardio training, not pro mtb athlete would go for just two hours on the road bike; that isn’t nearly long enough. At least it wasn’t considered a solid training block for me, a guy who almost never even qualified at World Cup downhill races. So I guarantee on the fitness side mtb athletes are on par with pro MX riders, you just think MX is cooler and can’t appreciate both for some reason.
  • 1 0
 @wibblywobbly: the same could be said to every racer, doesn't it?
pretty sure everyone's aware MX is not the safest thing...
  • 2 0
 @luckyguy19: okay bud.
  • 1 1
 @ismasan: would suck if you missed an entire season and set back your actual career while undertaking a stunt of questionable value. But yolo
  • 5 3
 Sorry, Not going to happen for him. Even expert riders get intimidated by the size of a pro supercross track. Way bigger and steeper than it looks on TV. I can tell by the sound of his bike he doesn't have the speed. Shaun Palmer did this years ago and I think he did qualify.
  • 12 1
 Most W.C downhillers are intimidated by hardline
  • 2 0
 I worked at an mx practise track in the uk for a while and from all I've seen from Bernard, it looks like we might have let him out with the group A riders, we had the ktm euro mx team turn up one day and annihilate everyone. Good on him for trying but seems woefully unprepared.
  • 2 0
 There are real MX tracks in LA. A large number of them. Not sure why they didn't go there. Also there is an outdoor SX track north of Santa Barbara usually factory guys ride it but if thats really McGrath's old bike I would guess a call could have been made....
  • 5 2
 I wish he wa racing more than Anaheim - just found out I won 4 tix for SX stop #2 in St. Louis on 1/11 in a lottery draw last night!
  • 4 0
 Typical of all riders, be it MTB or MOTO X, the first thing we do with a new bike is squeeze a lever.
  • 1 0
 its instinctive
  • 3 2
 They don't just let people sign up and try to qualify for sx. You have to earn a pro license by earning enough points by placing well at specific events. But either way,. Based on that video. No chance in hell of making the night show if he even somehow got a license to race.
  • 5 0
 There's a loophole for euro riders, was easy for him to get a license. That was the whole basis for the idea
  • 1 0
 @ianmp: seems like it was all a publicity stunt and he never actually had approval to ride....????‍♀️.
  • 1 0
 What actual supercross prep looks like;

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  • 4 0
 He built himself a set of whoops and triples in UK to practice on - this video is him doing a shakedown on a new bike. Not saying he is any good and his posts all suggest the whoops and course he is going to have to ride terrify him so the whole thing is probably a bad idea but there you go.
  • 6 5
 This is what you do when you get on a new bike. You go out and just get used to just like he is doing. He probably won’t be on this time of a track again leading up to A1.

IF,IF, he doesn’t get hurt up until the race, I think he has just as good of if not better shot than 90% of “C” group guys that are showing up. He will be getting help from a lot of insiders. I think it will be really close, but if he gets comfortable on the track,he can do it by just staying off the ground and doing all the obstacles without crashing. It might be squeaking in at 38-40th times, but he has basic skills that transfer right over and he obviously rides a fair amount.
  • 6 0
 LOL you made me laugh. 99% of the group c 450 guys can make it through a whoop section. he's got MILES of ground to make up on those guys.
  • 2 1
 @novajustin: the dude obviously is not a novice. He will be getting help and SX track time or he wouldn’t be doing it. I saw some video of him on a SX track and he looked as good as any C group guy I have seen.
  • 1 0
 Him trying to race is kind of meh to me, I'm not going to hate or fanboy about it. Having ridden trail on dirt bikes after two decades riding mountain bikes at a fairly high level, the challenge was the mental load I felt. There were no "rests" where you could get lazy and look around and cruise. That and I never fully got the clutch and gears into my automatic response part of the brain. I told my brothers after our first trail ride that "Dirtbiking is like permanent DH'ing." Going up is as challenging and fast as going down on a mtb.
  • 4 0
 Good luck to him, but there at 10 year olds on 85s who are substantially faster.
  • 1 0
 No safety issues anywhere guys. He first has to qualify. Plus pay $1000 entry fee. Plus have everything scruteneered. They won't let anyone ride with the pros until they have proven they are fast enough. So he will just practice with the slow guys then try to qualify. And if he does, then he is fast enough and NoT and safety risk.
Bet this video is joke a joke to catch you guys all out out anyways. Maybe it's a cover for another e-bike video. ????????????????
  • 6 3
 will be very interesting and impressive if he qualifies fo rthe main event , those tracks look seriously gnarly
  • 7 1
 @jerseyjinx: I wish he could, but it doesn't look like he can.
  • 5 0
 I seriously hope he has ridden some supercross before, lol. He does look better than 99% of mtb guys I have seen ride moto, but a gravel pit is a far cry from a supercross track.
  • 1 0
 It’s cool for him and all, but there isn’t a hope in hell that he qualifies for the main. He won’t even come close to the night show, let alone the main event. I hope he days safe is all...
  • 6 0
 The C practice at A1 has one of the highest mortality rates of probably any sporting event.
  • 3 0
 he'll be lucky if he even makes it out of the group c practice and into group c day qualies. i doubt he can put in a fast enough lap time in the day qualies to make it to the night heats. they're not going to let you go around the whoops during your hot lap...
  • 5 0
 Wheres the LSD???
  • 1 0
 This gives me flash back to my trainer yelling, “get your elbows up! Quit dabbing your foot in the turns! Ride higher in the RPM range... you’re barely using any of the power!”
  • 3 0
 While he’s no Jeremy McGrath, I do like Bernard’s chances in a race against Mark McGrath.
  • 1 0
 @Iccomz: I haven’t watched the vid but I bet he could beat Mark McGrath. Hell, I’m pretty sure I could beat Mark McGrath!
  • 1 0
 I haven’t watched the vid but I bet he could beat Mark McGrath. Hell, I’m pretty sure I could beat Mark McGrath!
  • 1 0
 Most Supercross racers started preparing when they were around 3 years old. Some of those guys aren’t fast enough to qualify for the main event. Kerr has no AMA supercross Racing experience. I doubt he will qualify.
  • 1 0
 Does not look like ideal training ground for Super cross!
Plus will need a race tuned bike too qualify, not looking hopeful so far?
  • 3 0
 At least these new ebikes are finally getting fast
  • 4 0
 Someone warn Eli!
  • 2 0
 Why is he practicing on MX tracks when he is trying to race SX? Different world.
  • 4 2
 Seems to be a mullet motorbike...
  • 12 0
 @arno762 Aren't they all?
  • 2 0
 @pdxkid: LOL. Yes.
  • 1 0
 tall seat foam, lower peg and a hi rise bar would help the fit a lot. good luck BK
  • 1 0
 Try listening to Bernard on this podcast before posting your next comments:

Bernard Kerr on
swapmotolive.com
  • 1 0
 Having raced in world cups and ama's all of us are in a great position to comment of course
  • 2 1
 "Are you with the environmental people ?" LOL
  • 3 2
 we definitely need hire more motor bikes douche trucks and Mopeds
  • 2 0
 three weeks yall
  • 1 0
 Raha needs to give em a few pointers...kick some arse Kerr.
  • 3 1
 2 stroke 4 lyfe
  • 2 2
 All i hear is whine whine whine, lets see if any of you have the balls to go for it like he is..
  • 1 1
 Now we have to deal with G-bike content. At least it's better than E-bike content.
  • 1 0
 If Palmer can do it, why not Kerr?
  • 1 0
 That’s a whopper
  • 1 0
 hey everybody its joeys world tour im backkkk iykyk
  • 4 4
 First e-bikes now this,,,
  • 1 2
 never ceases to amaze me that some new mountain bikes cost as much as a new dirt bike..
  • 6 0
 But the mountain bikes that the top pros ride are basically the same ones that you're buying (if you check all the options). Supercross bikes are 80-100k for what's being ridden in competition.
  • 1 2
 @MarcusBrody: Still. A new consumer available mountain bike can cost as much as a consumer available dirt bike.
  • 2 2
 @MarcusBrody: nowhere near that dude..
  • 3 0
 @Kimura: From supercrosslive.com (the series' official sight):
"Supercross motorcycles may look the same as the ones on the showroom floor, but the similarities end there. Completely “tricked-out” supercross bikes cost as much as $80,000 and are built from the ground up with custom components. "
  • 11 12
 How do I filter out this Non bicycle content
  • 9 12
 Thanks, thought it was just me. What's next, professional mountainbikers all have to do tax returns, so here's an article on public accountants. (that was a sh!t example, but you know what I'm sayin'),
  • 20 4
 The best way to not view content like this is to NOT click on the article and then definitely don't read/scroll down and comment on it.
You're welcome.
  • 3 0
 You don’t click on it or comment maybe?
  • 1 0
 @modelcitizen: great, thanks for the constructive insight. Now if I just ignore these will more keep showing up until Pinkbike becomes an ebike and Moto website as well, I’m not interested in that so I’ll voice my displeasure at having these articles and topics forced into the website content.
  • 1 2
 Ok, we'll see...

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