Bernard Kerr Refused Entry to Anaheim 1 SX Race

Jan 5, 2020 at 3:41
by Ed Spratt  

Bernard Kerr has announced on social media that he will not be taking to the track to try and qualify for the Anaheim 1 Supercross race after being refused entry by the AMA.

Despite securing an FIM licence and being told this would be enough for him to try and qualify he was later told that he would not be allowed to race. Kerr says he has been told multiple reasons why he was not allowed to race, but even though the reason might not be clear his A1 journey has come to an end for this year's race. It has been great to watch Kerr's progress over the past few weeks and it is such a shame that he missed the event based on a technicality.

bigquotesI hate to say it but unfortunately I will not be rolling out into the stadium today to try and qualify at Anaheim 1. I’ve been told a bunch of different reasons why by the AMA and the FIM but all I really know is that even though I do have an FIM license they won’t let me.

So thank you so much for all the support it’s been unreal! I will do a full video after the event explaining as much as I can and thanking everyone that has supported this! It’s been one hell of a journey and experience so thank you again!
Bernard Kerr



242 Comments

  • 188 3
 Get ya downhill bike out lad.
  • 21 145
flag endurocat (Jan 5, 2020 at 5:55) (Below Threshold)
 A bunch of reasons?
What that supposed to mean?
Sounds like an excuse.
  • 10 1
 @endurocat: Ask AMA.. Its a few steps guys usaly have to qualify before they can race in pro category and SX.
  • 17 24
flag vikb (Jan 5, 2020 at 6:27) (Below Threshold)
 Bernard start your own e-bike SX series!~ You don't need no stinking FIM! Wink
  • 42 4
 @endurocat: they’ve probably seen him ride and thought “who the fxxk does that limey effing son a bxtch think he is just rocking up here , get on ya boat and row”!
Bit harsh but oh well !
  • 18 1
 @Matt115lamb: I was thinking same! The publicity this stunt generated is probably responsible for its demise.
  • 75 8
 They did him a huge favor. He is skilled but very far from pro SX status, like many years behind.
  • 5 176
flag Rider656 (Jan 5, 2020 at 9:31) (Below Threshold)
 Hope he is not married. Feel bad for his wife if he is. Also you need to THINK I know if very hard for people these days, but to think and plan accordingly does wonders. I have lost all respect for this guy.
  • 2 0
 What was the technicallity? Does anyone actually know?
  • 18 0
 @Rider656: pretty deep haha, I bet he's devastated.
  • 6 7
 @maffy:

Maybe he’s devestated and had the “reality slap in the face” but who cares. The skills he has on an mtb make up for it big time. Kerr makes 98% of us Pinkbikers look like asses on our bikes compared to his riding. In a couple weeks most people have forgotten about his A1 venture which unfortunately didn’t work out like it should have.....
  • 162 27
 @makripper:
Google 'how to qualify for an AMA SX license'. You'll see how long it takes. What you gotta do to demonstrate that you're qualified to race an AMA SX track takes years to accomplish. Someone checks up on a 150ft triple, they can get landed on by a 230lbs bike with 200lbs of rider and gear on top of it. You not only gotta be able to clear this shit, you gotta be able to do it at speed surrounded by 30-40 guys. The level of bike control you have to posses both on the ground and in the air isn't something you gain by attending a SX 'school' a couple weeks before a race.
This was a joke from the very start.
It's funny that PB took dude's word as gospel and posted this crap like it was reality
  • 51 8
 @YoKev: actually kinda an insult to riders that train their whole life to race supercross!
  • 29 1
 @mini: You mean a couple hours of practice ain’t enough...
  • 17 97
flag freeridejerk888 (Jan 5, 2020 at 11:12) (Below Threshold)
 You are a class A douche @YoKev:
  • 9 3
 @YoKev: I don’t think many people on here thought he would ever make “the main” or whatever it was.
  • 22 21
 @YoKev:
So you think an aspiration like that is a joke? Harsh man, what is the worth in getting angry about him trying
  • 39 6
 @DutchmanPhotos: I think based on the videos of his supecross attempt....he'd make most 'upto national' motocross riders look like asses on mx bikes. A lot of solid motocross riders won't do supercross and he's being slated on here for having a go at it. I think it worked out as it worked out and that is all. He's a multi-faceted athelete and I guess there's a lot of negative people out there commenting and taking life a bit serious....but for me that takes away nothing from the skills and balls of Kerr putting himself out there. So I'll remember it.
  • 7 1
 @maffy:

Yeah I’ll remember it too because I’m a big fan of both Bernard Kerr, and supercross. But a lot of people are just whining and will be onto the next thing before you know it.

One thing. Jeffrey Herlings ain’t even smooth on an SX track. You either have it or you don’t.-
  • 5 4
 @makripper: Lack of skill and race experience.
  • 1 2
 @DutchmanPhotos: I doubt he needs your passionate defense.
  • 3 1
 @YoKev: I really like your attitude. Awesome!
  • 2 4
 Don’t quit your day job! Clean up on isle 5!
  • 2 5
 @DutchmanPhotos: This Bernie fellah should stick to mtb. Who knows he might get better at it.
  • 8 0
 @freeridejerk888: name checks out
  • 7 1
 @jorgeposada: dudes qualify for the night show jumping whoops. Bernard was skimming. I’m not saying he would have been a lock but he wouldn’t have been the worst guy in C group.
  • 7 2
 @YoKev: Unfortunately I have to agree. The whole thing was doomed from the start. Wanna get into SX? Do the work like everyone else...
  • 36 3
 @YoKev: Lolz - I'm going to assume you've never seen a Supercross race in your life. 150 ft triple? Try 70 feet. Surrounded by 30-40 dudes? Again, lolz. 22 at most, in the main (which he wasn't making) and 20 in heats and qualifying groups. It's unfortunate the rest of the lemmings here took your word as gospel.
For anyone else still reading these posts, the rules on entry for international riders are different than those for Americans (which I've posted below). Kerr fulfilled them. It might be a loophole, but he DID follow the rules. I expect they'll be changed by this time next year.
450SX Class Eligibility:
o The international participant submits to the AMA a rider release from their FMN (Home Federation).
o The participant must submit the Confirmation of International Rider Eligibility from their FMN (Home Federation)
o Upon approval, AMA will issue the FIM World Championship MX/SX License.
o The participant is responsible for all fees including AMA membership, entry fees and the submission of all required forms.
  • 2 1
 @typx:

No but it’s just that everybody assumes that BK should’ve been racing the night show. That would’ve never happened.
But looking at the bet he had going, it could’ve been possible for BK to have shown up in the stadium to ride C practice.
And yes it would’ve been damn risky to ride there with no experience. I even told him believe it or not. But like many guys say, there’s way more dudes in C who aren’t ready for it. I’m looking more at it from where this whole thing initially came from, the bet.
He would’ve never in the universe have lined up next to the big guns for a night show, come on.... But seeing the progress he made it’s a shame he hadn’t had a few more months to train and the chance to do a few smaller races to get the feel of riding in traffic.
Again, all to show up in C practice and win the bet.
  • 2 0
 Hmm pretty sure after all that training he wouldn’t try and get out if doing it, it’s not the 8th grade @endurocat:
  • 2 11
flag headshot (Jan 6, 2020 at 1:08) (Below Threshold)
 Not sure what the big deal is with SX - I watch MXGP - far more like MX racing is meant to be - speed and jumps and endurance. SX looks like a bunch of guys riding a jump trail rather slowly. Boring actually. Imagine if DH tracks looked like SX tracks - nothing but rollers and big air? Bernard would have been more than up for it.
  • 3 1
 @powderturns: Exactly. This was never about not having enough skill. From what I saw from his footage, he had more than enough to safely get around the track. This was an entirely political decision.
  • 3 0
 @endurocat: stop posting negative comments that literally no one wants to see. proven by almost every single one of your comments getting downvoted
  • 3 3
 So can someone please post his motocross racing results for me? I've hunted everywhere to see where he's raced and his results and can't find anything.

Also, no FOKKING WAY WOULD I NOT FIND A RACE over the weekend. If I had the insider support he's been gifted, I'd get my butt to the closest local track and sign up ASAP. My entire body would explode if I didn't get into a start gate that weekend.

Am I the only one that thinks that? I mean..."Got this bad ass bike. Got all this training in. Got all my fitness in. I gotta find a start gate!!!"

Bernard...you gotta race somewhere and you need to race ASAP!!!
  • 2 2
 @maffy: Not sure how competitive the MX scene is over the Pond. But any national level Intermediate rider here in the states would likely leave him on most tracks from the 30 second video clips I have seen so far. I have shot many MX riders and many outdoor Nationals over the years.
  • 9 5
 @downhillnews: You can't tell armchair riders anything. I'm on board with you. I've been on the same small track as Mike Brown, Damon Bradshaw, Todd Bennick, Jim Chester, my next door neighbor bud Greg Nelson and other pros. I've been trackside watching the 1st 3 win or lead mains,others handle their business mid-pack, some barely make the main or seen their dreams brought down to reality the moment that Supercross gate dropped.

Supercross is not outdoor motocross. It's the pinnacle of precision, power and lunacy and you can't appreciate it until you've been through and/or to all the other ones and witnessed even the practices leading up to qualifying. Most of you've never seen the dozens of guys who can dominate an entire region of the country show up at Loretta Lynn's and not even make the finale there.

Hundreds of guys who can burn a city down on a moto can't even finish both motos of an AMA Outdoor National. Then, you take the top 20 at all of the US Nationals & those guys can't last through even 1 qualifying LAP of a Supercross. Now...take all the dudes that CAN qualify for a Supercross. Put them at Anaheim 1, the big show. The BIG NASTY!!! Most of the guys that hit the entire circuit all year long and made mains...they're not even making more than 1 set of the monster kickers at Anaheim.

Geez...it just sucks for us who know how much it takes to even BE at A1....to think he committed this stupid stunt. No 2 ways about it...a pure stunt. The ignorance to not even put in ANY race time prior?

Most of mountain biking is clueless as to why him racing isn't possible. To the rest of us...it's hard not to be insulted by it. The "insult" comes from knowing just how much dedication, sacrifice, punishment and humility it takes to get it done in moto.
  • 1 0
 @DutchmanPhotos: I'm curious, he bet someone he could qualify for a supercross?
  • 1 0
 @lowdrag: the bet was that he would try - just that he’d go to California and try. It morphed to a second bet with someone else that he’d qualify.
  • 1 2
 @YoKev: Well said! Just goes to show how many kooks/ fakers there are on here to give you 23 down votes.
  • 5 1
 @blowmyfuse: "Then, you take the top 20 at all of the US Nationals & those guys can't last through even 1 qualifying LAP of a Supercross." Really? Name 3 current MX riders that have scored points at an outdoor national that can't make it around 1 lap of an SX. You do realise that the majority of the guys that finish in the top 20 at outdoor nationals are on full factory teams or factory supported satellite teams under contract to ride both motocross and supercross right?
  • 2 1
 He could double his practice time and try and get in A2 !
  • 1 0
 @powderturns: I'm down to see it just don't believe it.
  • 2 1
 @twd953: So...read this top 20 & tell me which ones made it around a lap of the next SX event.

promotocross.com/2019/budds-creek/results/450
racerxonline.com/results/2020/anaheim-1/450sx/combined-qualifying

I was off by a few spots. Bit of an exaggeration. Also, I did forget that I was talking about 450's where you're right, most are on full rides because they've been at it so long. Point being they are 2 very different sports and where as most pull out of an outdoor moto for exhaustion, in SX most pull out due to the features themselves. Wink

I really wish I was stat junkie. I'd love to compile the actual list head to head to see how far off I am. Just using Budd's creek alone, 7 of the top 20 didn't qualify for A1, granted that could be due to injury or funding.
  • 2 0
 @blowmyfuse: I agree with you 100% that MX and SX are different disciplines, and SX is gnarly AF. But your post was a bit over the top, and you're trying to move the goalposts.

You said the top 20 guys in outdoors can't last through 1 qualifying lap of an SX, not which guys specifically qualified for A1. If you said some of the guys that have scored points at an outdoor national dont even qualify for the night show or regularly make the main at SX, your statement would have been fine.

Let's look at your Budds Creek example, which is a late season east coast national where the likelihood of local mx only privateers finishing in the top 20 is at a maximum. That is due to factory guys being out injured and its distance from Southern California which is the epicenter of SX where privateers have more options to ride an SX track. I count 17 of the top 20 who have made supercross main events in 450SX or 250 SX (they race the same exact track). 1 guy, Coty Schock, is a rookie this year under contract to ride 250 East SX, so surely he can get round 1 qualifying SX lap. Tomita is a bit of a special case as he comes over from Japan to ride outdoors only. That leaves Jacob Runkles finishing in 20th, who is from Maryland so Budds Creek is his home track and that was his first ever top 20 ovetall at a national. Dont know if he's attempted SX or not, but I bet he could make it around 1 lap of C practice if he tried. I count 9 more guys finishing outside the top 20 at Budds Creek that have qualified for SX main events, which far exceeds the bar of making it around the track 1 time in qualifying.
  • 98 38
 When you think you’re fast and popular. But you get shot of reality.
  • 48 15
 Everyone needs a slap in the face by the cock of reality every now and then. Its healthy or else you might wind up like Shawn White or Ryan Sheckler or even Ben Boyko.... *shudders*
  • 5 0
 @scott-townes: Remind me why Ben Boyko needed it? Not a rhetorical question, genuinely can't remember what his issue was.
  • 54 2
 @scott-townes: Didn't Shawn White end up a millionaire and three times Olympic Champion? I can think of worse fates.
  • 4 0
 @mackster23: overwhelming arrogance I think? Could be wrong
  • 3 3
 @Fix-the-Spade: And I believe he did it all wearing a fancy dress leather jacket, looking cool as hell or funny as hell depending on your opinion.
  • 3 2
 @mackster23: He was getting dropped by sponsors and filmers due to his behavior and eventually disappeared out of the industry spotlight. If that's real, who knows but he wasn't getting blacklisted due to his insane skills or lack of interest in riding bikes professionally. People could say it was due to freeriding dying out, the recession, not placing well at comps, etc. but the rumors are way more entertaining.
  • 11 2
 @jaame: Thats just Whites style. I mean the man in down in history as a great rider for a reason. Hes earned it. At least he is not like Brian Lopes.
  • 1 0
 how in the world would all the t's and i's not be crossed and dotted?
  • 4 2
 Horrible examples. Ryan sheckler may have been cringe on mtv, but he was arguably the best street skater in the world, especially on big stuff. Kerr is not a top tier SX racer @scott-townes:
  • 6 0
 @scott-townes: Eddie the Eagle! That guys’s a hero!!
  • 14 1
 @scott-townes: it’s become a thing to hate on Shaun White now, mainly because he went pretty mainstream with his Olympic success and clothing line at Target, etc. But I’d say the dude ended up just fine. Won three gold medals, millionaire a few times over most likely, and one of the most recognizable people in action sports history. Like him or not, you can’t argue with his success.
  • 18 1
 @sino428: I was out in a burger joint at Christmas probably in about 2010, and they happened to have the winter Xgames on tv. I have never watched it before or since. I just remember this bloke coming out with long hair, one of those bandanas over his face like a Mexican drug cartel enforcer, and this black leather jacket - when all the others were wearing big baggy ski clothes in bright colours. He said he was going to tear it a new arsehole, and then he tore it a new arsehole. Then he proceeded to tear it a new arsehole again in the second run.
I have to admit, I thought he was cool as all hell. Totally f*cked shit up and looked awesome doing it in that garb. And to this day, I have never read or watched anything else about snowboarding.
  • 8 5
 @sino428: any straight male who wears a leather vest and no shirt underneath deserves at least a moderate amount of ridicule.
  • 3 0
 @scott-townes: I've met the dude and he tells a completely different story... Gave up professional riding because sponsors wanted to pay less for the same effort. He got in when salaries were solid and after a few years wasn't going to take a pay cut to keep risking his life.
Super humble guy just riding the Airdome trying to relearn stock tricks he had on lock years prior
  • 3 0
 @toast2266: of course he is open to whatever ridicule you people want to give him. Everyone is entitled to their opinion of the guy. But for someone to say “you might wind up like Shaun white”, and say it in a negative context is kind of silly. The guy is the most dominant park/pipe rider the sport has seen. On top of that he was also one of the best (if not the best) very skateboarders in the world as well. Even if people think he’s a tool, you can’t not redirect what he’s accomplished.
  • 2 0
 @scott-townes @Phil-rides-a-bike: He also messed his back up pretty good over rotating that big 360 drop at Chatel and from what I understand is still dealing with the some issues from that crash. Probably a combination of that and the realization that the risk vs reward wasn’t worth that and future potential injuries.
He lives nearby and run into him from time to time, he runs his own landscaping biz now and rides once in a while.
  • 1 0
 @giantwhip: I was thinking that at first but now I have come to believe he was testing the system and himself more than an arrogant undertaking or publicity stunt. The rules will be adjusted accordingly, i'm sure.
he's going to have to buy a lot of beers for his Boyz back home. I want to see that video.
  • 28 1
 The worst part about this is that Bernard followed the rules that he was told to follow. He contacted the AMA directly and did what they told him to do, spent the money to travel to the US, put in time and money out of pocket, and was then told no. I understand not letting in average riders off the street because pro supercross is no joke. But saying yes, then saying no, is not cool. Bummer all around.
  • 30 6
 Would’ve been great to see, but would’ve been a kick in the balls to the guys who went through the proper channels to get a chance.
  • 25 30
flag iiman (Jan 5, 2020 at 5:52) (Below Threshold)
 well, Kerr went through the propper channels too.
Another issue is if the propper chanels are different depending on where you're from.

100% politic move, would've made it had he been an annonimous guy instead of a superstar of other sport on the media.
  • 19 17
 @ismasan: with all due respect to him and his skills, he’d make News only if he did well, which there’s no bloody way he would. It sucks he wasn’t given a chance since it was surely a big boy dream of his and who wouldn’t cheer to that
  • 14 3
 @WAKIdesigns: he's on the news weeks ago dude, aired discussions here and on Vital mx, thousands of views on YouTube, supported by McGrath... probably every one in the start list and the AMA knew that a dh guy who's never raced mx was trying to qualify for A1 and some people were angry about it.
Again, I think it wouldn't have been a problem for a announimous guy, cause he was complying with the rules.
  • 25 3
 Outside of the pink comments BK is not known to anyone. The 100 or so comments on here don’t make anyone outside this website popular.@ismasan:
  • 5 1
 @GatoGordo: and I'm not saying that, but don't you think that Kerr's popularity in mtb helped spreading his story to mx media? (cause yes, his story is on mx media)
  • 14 2
 @GatoGordo: it’s not about Bernard Kerr, it’s about an “outsider” rocking up to an event and just walking in the main stage. If you think this hasn’t grabbed attention of the Moro guys, go check the message boards, the Vital MX forum is full of wrist turners that are pissed that some cyclist thinks he can do this. I read the comment about being told multiple reasons meaning that there isn’t really a single solid reason they are banning him, but they are nonetheless.
  • 10 8
 @VwHarman: I agree 100%. No one likes someone just rocking up to their party and tuning the hottest girl there. They've put the brakes on it for political reasons, no question.
  • 13 12
 @VwHarman: and so what? They are idiots, nowhere less stupid than Pinkbike commenters, or worse, because chance of a Pinkbiker being able to relate to riding a DH bike on WC track is much higher than a moto head with middle aged crisis fighting for life/ACL in each corner Can reate to MotoSX.

They shouldn’t worry at all since he is incapable of delivering any result. How exactly can a mountain biker or BMX racer or even F1 driver, who never raced MX try to go head to head with folks who do it from the time they learned to walk. In one of the most risky events out there. It’s a legitimate safety concern. Doing a lap alone is a completely different story than racing other folks.

He made News because News channels clench to anything sounding even remotely exciting that goes outside of business as usual. And he obviously did the great job for MX News Outlets.

And those comments here assume some grandiose “politics”. The situation is surely pretty simple and comes down mainly to safety. Inexperienced racer entering world class event with common start is a hazard already in a sport like BMX racing, let alone 120kg motorcycles flying 30-40m in the air several times during a lap. He gets a moto on his back after such flight, he’s fricking deed and the bloke that landed on him is possibly out of the game for the whole season and has some mental sht to go through.
  • 2 12
flag WAKIdesigns (Jan 5, 2020 at 9:30) (Below Threshold)
 @jaame: get Hamilton to race WRC - wow bravo, yes clap for the special kid with loads of cred from elsewhere. Try to put a guy like Gronholm on the Grid and other drivers including those consistently not scoring a single point theough 5 years will tell him to fk off.

Eli Tomac on DH race - yaaaaaaaay! Loic Bruni on RB rhythm - yaaaaaay! Loic Bruni on MX race, hey hey, take it easy buddy
  • 5 0
 Downhill isn’t too different. You can put the work in, get National results, earn UCI points, and get to a World Cup. Or a top SX racer could send an email to USAC and be on the start list for a World Cup tomorrow
  • 4 0
 @WAKIdesigns: So what is correct. My comment was merely a perspective on an earlier comment about this not being a story within MX, when there is plenty to show it is.

It has nothing to do with relating to the challenge, the fact that you went there shows your more interested in tying your broad generalizations about different groups of people hoping to get a troll response, but I’m not the guy. This is about how the community that forms around anything like Mx, mtb, hell even competitive paintball, can be very protective of something that gives them a positive Emotional response. They don’t want something that shows that what they love so much is might not be the be all end of all physical or mental pursuit, and someone could possibly “just rock up and race”. It’s about how people in general are protective of things that they get an emotional response from, and the pressures that creates for organizers and industry in general.

Besides, when @wakidesigns starts disparaging the discourse within forums and comment sections we have reached a level of meta which I have not experienced since the show Community.
  • 3 7
flag jaame (Jan 5, 2020 at 12:57) (Below Threshold)
 @WAKIdesigns: Hamilton would do all right in WRC and you know it. He’s pretty much the most talented driver to ever get behind a wheel.
  • 6 9
 @jaame: that’s not the point. Off course he would. But of you are a race driver and race organizer of a time trial race, the risk of letting in someone who’s skills are theoretically translateable, is a low risk. But doing the same thing in a common race sport where risk of vehicles colliding with each other is high, is a no no. It took some time for Loeb to enter track racing. BK can surely send the whole BMX SX track, but he would be a hazard to himself and other racers if he didn’t go through preparation that involves racing at lower grade events. I don’t think he would be accepted to an event where 7 other guys are there for getting the best possible result because they make living out of it, not because they are there to “have a go”. Events for people who “want to have a go” are lower category events on national level. In top events, all people who are there, are there to kill. In BMX and MX races most crashes are serious and in MX they can easily be catastrophical. Compared to coming in contact with another racer in the air, Crashing on a DH course is like a toddler stumbling on a carpet. You fall into a face of a whoop or a roller, you stop from 30km/h near instantly. That’s how Willoughby gone down, Tara Llanes, Add a 120kg motorbike and if you happen to be conscious, you may ask someone to shoot you in the head on site,
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flag WAKIdesigns (Jan 5, 2020 at 13:24) (Below Threshold)
 @VwHarman: I didn’t disagree with you. Wanted to have a fired up bar discussion like two soccer supporters after 3 pints of piss
  • 5 3
 @GatoGordo: Bernard has 206,000 followers on Instagram. People outside of PB know who he is.
  • 4 4
 206,000? Wow! How does he walk in public without being stop every 10seconds.@Hogfly:
  • 2 1
 He’s story is no different then anyone else trying to show up to the main event because they feel they can compete and have no experience or results to back it up with. MX athletes who put in the work and training would be chocked on anyone just showing up and wanting a spot. @ismasan:
  • 2 0
 Exactly! They would be Upset with anyone or team just wanting a spot in the big show because they rode a dirt bike on a track by themselves and think they can compete. Nothing against BK I enjoy watching him race his mountain bike. @VwHarman:
  • 2 1
 @ismasan: "announimous" ... I think you may mean a noun mouse
  • 28 6
 Hate the comment all you want. But this was a joke from start. ASX ain’t a game for newbs to just show up after riding a few weeks!
  • 2 1
 It is no joke, but telling him he can do it, and then telling him he cant, after he spend the money and did everything that was demanded is.
  • 23 4
 hope he comes back next year and gives it another crack
  • 55 4
 He'd better do some domestic MX racing first and some second tier supercross ( I believe it is called supercross future ) like all rookies if he ever wants to have a crack at it. Not sure how that would fit inside a complete World Cup calendar though.

He tried to shortcut its way to the biggest supercross event with the fastest riders for a start, that wasn't very sensible as it annoyed the f*ck of many people as well as put a big safety questions mark.
  • 15 6
 @opignonlibre: if you had ever watched a sx race you would know that safety wouldn't be a big concern if BK had raced. Pretty much any of the low qualifier is cooked after 10min and rolls whoops and doubles. Much like BK would do
  • 20 4
 @opignonlibre: My thoughts exactly, dude has never raced before and he wants to just show up and race the best in the world? Yea pump the brakes, Bernard is a little naïve for thinking he could just roll up to the gate. Great he can make his way around a Supercross track with NO ONE ELSE ON IT. Let alone with 21 other people who have been riding and training their WHOLE LIFE for that moment. Meanwhile he comes out and thinks 2 weeks will be enough lol. I liked Bernard but I knew from the get go he did not have what it takes. At the end of the day he doesn’t have the Race Craft to even be out there. That takes years of experience, not 2 weeks.
  • 3 3
 @yuroshek:

True words.-
But I think 80% of the people are forgetting it was a bet......
I honestly think if he’d a have a year to train and do a series of gate starts / races, he’d make a damn good chance seeing the progression he made in 4 weeks.....
  • 4 1
 @yuroshek: So, why not let him try to qualify, since he’ll never make the cut, who cares?
  • 2 0
 Would be cool to see him line up at straight rhythm on his CR500 and have a crack
  • 2 2
 @FuzzyL: liabilities.
  • 3 1
 @thebradjohns: He wouldn’t stand a chance.
  • 2 0
 @yuroshek: Yeah maybe but would be entertaining nonethless. Also a whole lot safer than competing in an SX qualifier but still getting to put his skills to the test.
  • 1 0
 Hope he comes back in 10 years...
  • 14 0
 Maybe pivots going into the moto game. $18k DW Link SX bike with a first ever SX water bottle mount & next level graphics where the brand name graphics actually extend from the bike to a 6 or 9 foot radius via hollogram. Think I saw a proto close to production in the pits. Still to have regressive suspension and be air shock only too!
  • 7 2
 Cheaper to buy a MX bike than a new E-Bike!!
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 @curendero: 4300 for my new yt decoy. Show me a new 2 stroker 250 for that money....
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 @pargolf8: High end not low end...
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flag pargolf8 (Jan 5, 2020 at 10:12) (Below Threshold)
 @curendero: ok bud. Di2 and some kashima about the only difference. Valid argument idiot
  • 5 0
 @pargolf8: Specialized expert Levo models, not S Works, are $750 more then a new YZ250. The YZF250 4 stroke (2 strokes are the 26er of MX these days) is actually $24 more then the Levo. Just sayin...
  • 2 0
 @oldschool43:

Most of the pro enduro racers run 300cc 2 strokes.
They’re like the 29ers in offroad racing.-
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flag pargolf8 (Jan 5, 2020 at 12:49) (Below Threshold)
 @oldschool43: very specific example. Just sayin..
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 @oldschool43: lol two strokes are like 26ers huh? Give me more of your factual knowledge, guy
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 @pargolf8: Trek,Norco etc.not some ghetto YT...Go practice your putts you putz.
  • 2 1
 @pargolf8: Well, we are talking MX/SX, so that is totally factual. Last 2 stroke win in Pro MX/SX was when again? Question: With a dentist's handle, why didn't you spring for the S-Works?
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flag pargolf8 (Jan 5, 2020 at 15:26) (Below Threshold)
 @curendero: that play on words was almost as bro as putting enduro in your username. Ill bet you send it hella hard, pheasant
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 @oldschool43: yes factual indeed.. and because i have other hobbies and s works are for people im definitely not friends with
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 Well this is not surprising, yes it sucks, but a lot like showing up at a World Cup event & be allowed to qualify!
So does that mean he lost the 5K bet?
As he never qualified?
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flag jono21 (Jan 5, 2020 at 5:13) (Below Threshold)
 Hear what you're saying, but its like showing up to a world cup that doesn't have enough entrants anyway, what would be the issue if someone (half descent) entered if there's still vacancies? Thats the way I see it.
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 @jono21: I think the issue might be only doing half the descent.
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 @jono21: The closest thing I can think of to what Kerr's tried (trying?) to do is Le Mans, where amateur drivers can race if they've got the right license. But for that amateurs have to compete and finish in smaller events before they're allowed to enter, they're not allowed into LMP1 either. They only make exceptions for 'rookies' like Hulkenberg and Alonso. I suspect that's the root of the denied entry, whatever Kerr's skill on a bike he's got no racing record on motos and that will make other riders antsy.
  • 2 0
 Except that you CAN show up to a World Cup MTB event and take a qualifying run without any prior results. You just need to apply to your national federation and ask for a spot (this is why you sometimes see riders at WC events wearing a national jersey rather than a sponsor's one).

As I understand it, this is a similar process to what BK went through to get to Anaheim. He had the FIM licence required as the UK authority granted it. AMA had other ideas...
  • 3 1
 @Fix-the-Spade: Is exactly the right answer. In all forms of motorsport certainly in the UK you need to start at the bottom and work your way up through the classes. For example to race the IOMTT you start off in club racing as a novice, you then need to finish 10 race meetings to get a Clubman Licence, you then need to do another season as a Clumbman and work toward your National Licence, to get this you need another 10 meetings, but you need to finish in the top 50% of finishers. You can then have a national licence, you then get to race at the Manx GP, which is the 'lower' version of the IOMTT, you then do OK in that and get points towards qualification for the TT.

What you cannot do is "Buy bike, go race the TT".

I can't see why it should be any different in this example for Kerr either. He has to prove he can do it, week in week out... It's a very very dangerous sport.

Lets say for example he'd been allowed out, done the first lap and then shattered his spine and been put in a wheelchair for the rest of his life.... Would the Fanbois still be saying he should be allowed to race ?
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 @thebrucetrail: Not true - unless you are from a country with a fed that has no legitimate riders and then it is unlikely the fed would approve you anyway.

In the UK the jersey's are given to Elite cat riders who have't amassed enough points. They are racing in Elite cat, which means they are in at least their third season of racing.

Oddly enough, the original rule was that if you applied for a trade team license you could race WC DH. This was stopped after the top riders got the rider rep to successfully lobby to the UCI about dangerous riders being on track and it was stopped.
  • 1 0
 @Fix-the-Spade @tobiuaximum:
I still disagree, which is fine. I think the A,B,C practice sessions ensure the neds are separate from the pros. If bernard was top 40 in that then he could go to the night show and try to get to the main. Ive seen guys get lapped 3 or 4 times in 20+1, not an issue for me but im not riding alongside him.
  • 11 0
 Best thing for his and everyone else’s safety. He could just about make it around the practice tracks, but nowhere near professional race pace. (...You cant show up to an event like a top tier SX race needing a tow in over the triples). Appreciate it’s an adventure, a challenge, a lifetime ambition, and to his credit he progressed a lot and he’s a good bike rider, but delusional and kinda arrogant to try this. If he really wants it give him 2-3 years dedicated to MX/SX. Thinking you can show up with only the right paperwork and with 2-3 weeks practice is almost making a mockery of it.
  • 10 0
 You know, he probably would have been allowed to race had he not posted so many videos where he says things like, “this is my first gate start” or similar.
  • 3 2
 I thought he had the skill until I started watching the videos where he couldn't even ride whoops...
  • 17 6
 I think this is hilarious as I find the young mister Kerr a wee bit of an ass.
  • 10 0
 Weird. Who’d think that a career mountain biker who dabbled in Moto wouldn’t be able to compete with folks who have been lifetime dedicated to MX.
  • 15 4
 Seemed like a pr stunt the whole time.
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 I race both expert DH and expert MX and am sure I would lap Bernard based on his motocross riding videos he posted. That being said, I have no hope or aspirations to ever attempt to race REAL AMA Pro Supercross. I encourage Bernard to enter local amateur motocross races to gain experience and rub some elbows before he tries to anything like this again.
  • 3 0
 Maybe arenacross next time. Not Lucas oil, the local ones they have at the fairgrounds LOL.
  • 1 0
 @fruitsd79: Yeah, like the ones I race! LOL
  • 10 4
 The cynic in me says, "good p.r. move." Like, it reminds me of things Brian Deegan would do, like that time he got into an altercation before the gravity games. Dude built so much hype and then didn't show up. This is different, obviously, but it's hard to imagine a scenario in which the AMA good and truly "surprised" him on this one.
  • 9 3
 Hey where doing him a favour, the guy is a exceptional mountain biker
but , barely the skills to even ride a SX practice track.
So being put to test, [qualifying ]on a race track with the world best, He would have been more or a liability than a contender
it a bias; when BMX and Motorcross riders are washed up, they come to mountain biking for a easy pay check. Where are there suscessful mountain bikers turned pro motocross racers? remember Shaun Palmer
  • 8 0
 Kerr should have tried the 80cc class.
  • 9 1
 Nice see the system works. I never believe he was ever going to get a chance to line up, and I was right. What a delusional stunt.
  • 18 9
 Breaking news,,,,Spoilt rich kid can’t get his own way Lol
  • 4 0
 Let me first say that nobody in the ama ranks can match bernard's world famous endo down that face in squamish. But supercross and dh are not the same. He would get lapped by the slowest qualifier more than once.... If he had spent a few years focousing on sx im sure he would be capible of performing, but a month or two wont cut it even with his ecceptional skills. I dont think dungey, roczen, villopoto, stewart, carmichael, reed, mcgrath, insert whoever you like would qualify at val de sole after taking dh seriously for a month. One exception possibly being Pistrana in his peak, im no fan but his nerves are made of lightning and his mind is a master of adaption.
  • 3 1
 Didn't Gwinn come out of nowhere and get a podium on his first DH race wearing jeans on a borrowed bike?
  • 1 0
 @brodoyouevenbike:

Gwin is an ex MX racer who switched to DH mtb. But yeah as far as I remember he popped onto the scene kinda quick and started winning.
  • 1 0
 @brodoyouevenbike: Gwin's first race was at the Fontana winter series, but he did come third on a bike lent to him. He came 10th in his first world cup, which was MSA the same year, the guy's a freak of nature.
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 @brodoyouevenbike: mmm
He raced bmx on a national level as a kid which us further than he got in motocross.
  • 3 0
 I will side with the org here in not letting him attempt to qualify. Sounds mean and petty but as much as I enjoyed seeing Kerr improve his skills and focus on something different, it kinda demeaned this other sport to me. I know little about supercross and to hear someone outside the sport was rolling up and attempting to qualify for a big race made me think a little less of the sport and how good their elites must be.
  • 1 0
 Didn't Shaun Palmer try ages ago?
  • 5 0
 @curendero: Palmer also won WC DH races too...just sayin’
  • 5 0
 @curendero: he did, and he qualified for the main in 125. But I'm also pretty sure the qualies weren't the first time Palmer lined up at a gate. He'd been riding / racing for years, it just wasn't his primary sport.
  • 3 3
 It would have demeaned the sport had he turned up and wiped the floor with the established riders. Just to turn up and start would not have demeaned the sport at all. Surely the powers that be weren't really worried about that were they?
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 @curendero: completely different, Palmer wasn't just some guy from another sport who had no experience racing. He had been racing most of his life. He was an actual pro moto racer.
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 @toast2266: apologies...wasn’t paying attention...was he trying for the 250 or 450 race?

Speaking of 125s. Still find it strange that the whine and smell of 2 stroke oil is gone from SX
  • 1 1
 @ReformedRoadie: How about Vanilla Ice?
  • 2 0
 @jaame: you mean of TV home renovation fame?
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 @ReformedRoadie: Wasn't he a pro motocross rider before he was a rapper?
  • 1 0
 @jaame: Like when Jordan tried to place baseball.
  • 1 0
 @jaame: is there anything that guy can’t do, up to and including Madonna at her best.

#legend
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 @ReformedRoadie: I remembered there was a kiwi who played for the NZ national teams in rugby and cricket. Forgot the name so I looked him up. Jeff Wilson. As it turns out there are a lot of dual internationals.
  • 3 0
 @curendero: Palmer did qualify for the 1998 LA Supercross, via the LCQ. He also did not race the main; instead, he had a big party and got hammered. Palmer was a local SoCal pro; he rode with lots of factory pros, but just wasn’t quite at the same level...maybe if he had taken it a little more seriously, things would have been different?
  • 1 0
 @grizwald: that last statement applies across the board for him.
  • 2 0
 @jaame: Robbie Van Winkle (Vanilla Ice) was a very good amateur rider, doing loretta lynn's (biggest amateur race each year you have to qualify for) a couple of times, he did not race pro that I know of.
  • 3 0
 @jaame: are you kidding me? Not 1 chance hes wiping the floor with these dudes. That wasnt a concern. I promise
  • 8 0
 I think he was doomed once it came to light that he had never raced a dirtbike race in his entire life. A bit of on oversight on Kerr's behalf to have not even entered and raced a few local races over the last few years. Letting European GP riders race Supercross without going through the Supercross Futures program is one thing, but letting in a guy who has never even lined up on a start gate before is something else and I think the AMA drew the line there by not letting him ride. I supported his efforts but I think he missed a pretty big detail on this one.
  • 1 0
 @brownstone: Boy Loretta sure could ride!
  • 1 0
 @jaame: He was. Madonna dug that about him not the Bowie beat.
  • 2 0
 @jaame: Jeff Wilson also played national level basketball. Unbelievable athlete.
  • 1 0
 Basketball too hey? You have to respect someone like that.

Re: Vanilla Ice tuning Madonna. I did not know that. You have to respect someone like that.
  • 2 0
 @JamesOliver: I agree but he was just playing by the rules.
If the rules were different from the start, we would be talking about something else.
  • 4 0
 I'm going to jump the Snake River Canyon. But at the last minute, no. A page out of Evel Kenivel's playbook !... MADE YOU ALL LOOK !!... Gene Simmons is blushing in embarrassment that he didn't think of it first.
  • 3 0
 Back to mountain biking (sort of) John Tomac’s son Eli Tomac one of the best SX,MX riders in the world came 7th. Cool to see a Legend of MTB Johnny Tomac’s son still up there. He has been racing All his life with amazing results and support.
All I’m saying!!!!!!!
Is Pinkbike for mountain bike news????????
Danny hart to win the FIM motocross next year or maybe Steve Peat or possibly Fairclough
  • 5 2
 How arrogant of him but I'm not too surprised. I had brief dealings with him when volunteering at a DH WC race and he came across as a rude, demanding, petulant twat. Granted, he's a talented DH racer but with not much else than RB Hardline to show for it.
  • 5 0
 Back to reality. They did you a favor Kerr, you were a country mile off pace. The 16 year old amatuers here in FL would have a field day with you mate. ????????????
  • 13 10
 Waaa... That's moto not bikes. Waaa... That's clogging up my feed, I want it filtered. You guys are jam tarts! Just cause you don't like it it shouldn't be there? C'mon by', get real. Good on ya' Bernard and Pinkbike.
  • 1 3
 Yeah seriously let's get some news about the Rust programming language, Kardashians, and latest advances in construction adhesives too while we're at it. You guys are jam tarts! Just cause you don't like it it shouldn't be there? C'mon by', get real. Come on Pinkbike!
  • 2 0
 @tempest3070: I never thought I would ever see the rust lang mentionned on pinkbike.
  • 9 4
 They done with ebike now they start with gasoline bike? What's next? 4 wheels with engine and fuel tank.
  • 5 1
 Bummer! In the beginning I was very sceptical, but I enjoyed the progress he made in the short time. Let's see what that does in downhill!
  • 6 2
 Probably would have worked out much better if he kept it low profile and released the footage after.
  • 9 3
 Yes he reminds of when I was much younger. Talk too much and couldn't always backup, failure was humiliating. Now I just shut the f* up and show the final product.
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 @Rider656: Rider656 (2 hours ago)
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Hope he is not married. Feel bad for his wife if he is. Also you need to THINK I know if very hard for people these days, but to think and plan accordingly does wonders. I have lost all respect for this guy.

Hhhmmm, nah seems like you still talk mad shit.
  • 2 1
 @Clarkeh: nope just stating facts. Let's remember who's the real clown here. Also I won an outdoor mx motocross championship in SoCal amateur class, and didn't have diarrhea on everyone prior to my races. Just saying.
  • 6 4
 Wouldn't be fair to the guys that work their ass off with their families every weekend training to get to start a supercross race you can't just show up and take a shortcut typical millennial mindset
  • 4 0
 I'm going to enter an F-1 race in a Hundai... but Crieky they wouldn't let me on the track !.. Wankers.
  • 2 0
 Perhaps Redbull could organise an exhibition race between Bernard, an Ostrich and someone from motorsport driving some sort of car. It would be kerrific. Or horrific. Or never happen.
  • 1 0
 I'd like to see this idea pursued by one of the MTB's with decent MX racing skills and experience, I'm thinking Sam Hill or Greg Minnaar. Maybe they have a more realistic notion of the mountain to climb so won't set out the journey. There's also the risk of injury, which would put their season at risk. But I think people could be more invested in the journey as it's more plausible, both raced MX at a high level, unless I'm mistaken. Not taking anything away from Bernard, amazing mountain biker, which for a lot of us on PB, is what we would all aspire to be.
  • 2 0
 Always Lorretta's & Arenacross for BK to really find out if he has the right stuff.
Honestly watching A1 last night reminded me that an inexperienced MX racer isn't just endangering their own life...
  • 1 0
 Pretty sure you would need pro points before just showing up to the biggest race of the year ????????‍♂️. You can’t just show up to Crankworx and expect to ride in slope style just because you have a FMB licence. Would have been very cool to see him race tho, hopefully he can get a few points and make another race.
  • 5 1
 Still a dick move to be told you can qualify then show up to do so & not be allowed!
  • 2 0
 Go to Florida Bernard, Go watch Daytona SX. Wake up following day and race Daytona SX amateur day! Plenty of fast guys. See where you stand. No license needed. Info online Cheers
  • 3 0
 Do you think you`d talk that much about Bernard Kerr if he`d be trying to practice golf or football???
  • 4 3
 Nope, because golf is boring and football is... Aah don’t even get me started on football.......!!
  • 1 0
 @DutchmanPhotos: Depends on everyone`s point of view. Everything`s relative...
  • 2 0
 Mountain biking, footy and golf are all skill based sports that take years or hard work to master. Sure, one of them is more exciting, one is more frustrating, and one is a lot more accessible. They all have their place.
  • 1 0
 @DutchmanPhotos: Footy as well...
  • 10 7
 I watched SX last night. The only reason I was aware of the Anaheim race was because of Kerr.
  • 1 0
 Cool
  • 4 0
 Looks like a pretty heavy bike to pedal.
  • 2 0
 He should enter some hard enduro events on his kx 500, that would make some interesting viewing, I like seeing the top riders try other sports makes a change.
  • 5 0
 Blessing in disguise.
  • 1 0
 He looked a bit average to me on the bike, have seen other stuff and he looks fast but the last few have been a bit average, would like to know the real reasons behind him not racing, be it the AMA or whoever.
  • 2 0
 They were scared he was gonna come in and sweep the race as a first timer and make all the other riders look bad !!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • 4 0
 Concentrate on yer DH
  • 2 0
 Maybe it’s just my phone , or just how the image auto sized ...... but .....Angels Stadium of Anal ?!?!?
  • 4 0
 BK dodged a bullet...
  • 3 0
 Guess he owes his buddy a lotta money now. HAHA ! Pay up Bernie !
  • 2 0
 Thats got to be the next video!
  • 5 3
 and the award for the most naive move of the year go's to Bernard Kerr, also fuck motorbikes being on Pinkbike.
  • 1 1
 Watched his practice rides and fortunately he was not allowed. He would hurt himself and others. You have to go thru the ranks like any sport. Now, Dakotah Norton looks to have the speed on a moto track
  • 1 0
 You can't just show up for an AMA Supercross and expect to race. You need to work your way up from area qualifiers, Arenacross, etc. They don't just hand out AMA pro cards.
  • 3 1
 Maybe if you'd gone with Marlboro
  • 2 0
 Time to cut your fenders and get a 2 stroke
  • 3 1
 Sorry to hear. But was it a publicity stunt?
  • 2 1
 It really seemed like it. It would have been pretty easy to make sure everything was clear before hand or to sign up for some lead up races that woukd give him some pro credentials if it was anything more than a pr stunt.

They will never let a guy with no pro/racing experience sign up for an ama sx premier class as their first race. Anyone could have seen that coming.
  • 1 0
 @prozach215: Except that he contacted them and confirmed they would let him race with the license he did have. They then changed that ruling at the last second.
  • 1 0
 How is Kerr on a snowboard? This is a bit Shaun Palmer-ish no? Can't fault the guy for trying.
  • 3 0
 Disrespectful to sean palmer, an actual icon
  • 2 0
 Good call... risking himself and others.
  • 1 0
 Anybody can race the amateur race on Sunday after the race...
www.supercrosslive.com/2020-supplemental-rules
  • 1 0
 WATCH THE FOOTAGE POSTED ON PINKBIKE 6th jan 2019.
Says it all!!!!!!!!!
It’s like watching a pro road cyclist ride DH lol
  • 4 3
 Its like 5th article about SX.. isnt it an mtb portal?
  • 3 2
 I think that motorcycle racing news has NO place on Pinkbike.
  • 1 0
 just smash the WC downhill bro
  • 1 0
 Did anyone reach out to the AMA for comment? Follow up questions?
  • 1 0
 Probably needs to prove that he has hundreds of hours on a bike and dozens of sanctioned races before they will let you get out there against the big boys.
  • 1 0
 Widening his revenue stream not so straight forward
  • 2 0
 He’s no Shawn Palmer
  • 1 0
 Fun ride , now back to biking...
  • 3 4
 Sad to hear that. I've been enjoying his series. I really respect bernard as a rider and as a person.
  • 1 0
 GO BERNARD !!!! GO !!!!!
  • 1 0
 #LetBernieIn
  • 2 2
 Moto is like watching golf. No thanks
  • 1 1
 AusSX?
  • 1 2
 I was so disappointed. Watching A1 wasn't the same without BK
  • 1 1
 #LETKERRRIDE
#FREEKERR
  • 5 6
 Bullshit
  • 3 5
 that sucks mate, would be awesome to see more crossover athletes Frown
  • 2 5
 Fake news, sponsors don't want him getting hurt
  • 2 4
 Always Anaheim 2?
  • 1 0
 Not sure why this is neg props, they do two rounds so get the correct licence for the next one if you’re serious, if not then I wouldn’t let you ride either.
  • 2 4
 Kerr got robbed
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