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Jeremy McGrath has everyone, from riders to team managers to sponsors to fans scratching their collective heads trying to figure out how to stop the massacre known as the Mac Attack. To get a handle on Jeremys incredible domination, the MXA wrecking crew asked a diverse group of knowledgeable people (including some of Jeremys own BMX heroes) Why is Jeremy McGrath so fast?
While confidence seems to be the common denominator in most answers, you need more than confidence to win. These answers give many clues and you can be sure the secret to success is here. If you find it, remember we were the ones who brought it to you because youll be the next superstar.

I think Jeremy looks at racing much like I did. I was racing against the physics and dynamics of the track. What about the other riders? Nothing but moving obstacles. If I could get around those moving obstacles, I could concentrate on me and Mother Nature. I talk to riders who say, Man, I have the biggest problem when Im out in front. They are racing against the wrong thing. Little Jeremy didnt get that fast by looking at other racers. He is out there practicing and looking for ways to go faster around the track...Mother Nature.

I think he is that fast because he is so smooth, he is precise at everything he does and I believe now he is in shape. Before he was in shape he was depending more on his talent and now he has put his talent and training together and thats a pretty hard thing to beat.

I always think about this question. How does he make up the time? How does he do it? I think his main thing is that he is so confident and gets good starts. He is really fast on the technical stuff on the track. He is smart. He thinks. If he does get a bad start, he holds back and then makes his moves and gets up there. I race against Jeremy a lot and try to pick up on stuff. He is really fast in and out of corners, he jumps really low and he puts it together like that around the whole track. Even if it is a few hundreds of a second in one turn and another turn and another turn, thats all it takes. It is just a little bit here and there, but in a lap, that adds up. Even if it is only a second, thats a twenty second lead by the end of a race. I think thats it along with the fact he is so confident right now.

I dont know how to say it. Jeremy really enjoys what he is doing and winning is a lot more fun than losing. Most athletes have up days and down days, but Jeremy is up for every race. Jer has been able to focus on doing the very best that he can do when he has to go to work. I dont know why he wins. I know he is as dedicated and as focused as anybody else, it is just that he enjoys winning. And he doesnt get down on himself if things dont go his way. He just figures hell work a little harder. I think every time he goes out there, he believes he is the baddest guy (he believes that in his heart). Hes told me that no matter where he goes in the world, he knows he is the baddest guy there. It has to be a mental thing because there are a lot of great riders. I think he may just be mentally stronger than the guys hes racing against right now.

He has figured out a way to get his mind set before every race. There is absolutely no anxiety, no fear, nothing. He just knows that every time he goes to the line that he can win. Some guys can do it every once in awhile. They have a perfect ride where they dont think of anything but the race. You get done and youre like, wow, that was easy. He does it every time he rides. There is just no other explanation. Hes not lucky. You cant do as much as he has done with luck. It is all mental. It is all up there. Hes got it figured out.

Confidence. He is a great rider, no doubt, but I think the reason he is so dominant is confidence. He has the other riders mentally beat and he has the races mentally won before he even gets to them. Everybody goes to the line thinking the race is for second and Jeremy goes to the line knowing he is going to win.

I think he is so comfortable and so used to his whole set-up, it gives him confidence. And the more he wins, the more confidence he is going to get. If I go to a local race, I know that no matter what, if I crash in the first turn, it wont matter, I know I could still win. That is the confidence level he is at at a National race.

He lets the race come to him.He doesnt rush it and make mistakes. He doesnt seem to make mistakes. He has a little different riding style than some people but I dont think that is going to make you win every race you enter. It is more in the head and being in the right place at the right time. He has some good luck on his side.

I dont want to put anybody down but the riders dont seem to be going after him. Talking about the old school guys, we worked together to bring it to another level. If Wardy or Johnson were winning, wed work on it during the week. If I went home after someone beat me ten races in a row, I wouldnt be able to sleep. Something would have to be done. I wasnt racing for second. Id rather take myself out and finish last. We were hungry and that is why there were so many winners in my day. Why doesnt somebody just take him out (laughter)? But you know, he doesnt let himself get into a position where somebody could take him out. The guy is so on it, he covers his moves really good. When he passes someone, hell hug the inside. He doesnt leave a door open for someone to come railing in on the next corner. Two turns later, he already has three bike lengths. Everything he does is so calculated. He is thinking a lot out there.

He has drive and momentum down the back side of every jump. He is not necessarily the smoothest rider but he does stuff that other people wont do. His reaction time is great. Hes got great hand/eye coordination, he has his mind and he throws the horsepower to the legs better than anyone. It could be the bike too.

Jeremy is so fast because he rode for me. Thats the whole reason he is so fast. It seems to work (laughs). No, honestly, I think he has an incredible amount of natural talent. Some people underestimate God given talents. It doesnt matter if it is a tennis player, a Formula One driver or a motocrosser. You could put someone else on the same equipment and they wont do the same. I think he has good reflexes, good balance, excellent eyesight and excellent coordination , but nobody is looking at the basic, common skills. It isnt because he has works forks. It isnt because he has a cool shock or a fast engine. The guy has beaten everyone on a stock motorcycle. He is just really talented. But only half the package is talent, the other half is desire and Jeremy has desire. When you start winning, you think differently. You dont even notice the guys you are passing because you are focused further down the track.It doesnt take long before the other riders start to give you room they would never give anyone else. There are probably not five guys who really believe they can beat Jeremy. Period.

A focused head, killer support and a background that seems to have turned a lot of people into superstars in my sport -- BMX. Jeremy uses the techniques he learned in BMX to win today. It is the quick, initial, bam, hes gone. I really think the BMX background did it. The starts and the dicing in the turns that BMX gives you is what Jeremy is using today. Jeremy has taken a 30 second BMX sprint and turned it into a 30 minute moto.

Jeremy has a particular riding technique that is one step ahead of everyone else. He has a way of riding, compressing through the jumps and staying low, that is just faster than the other guys out there. He is the only guy who can do it right now and hes just massacring those guys because of it. If he shaves a second off every jump, he can relax around the rest of the track. The key to winning that many times is being so much better that you are not being pushed. The other guys are riding at 110% and wrecking and Jeremy is just laughing.

I dont think any other rider really believes he can beat him. Whether he is jumping a triple or a double or a step-up, hes always staying lower and catching the backside of the landing better than anyone. On a BMX bike, you want to land front wheel first, right at the top of the landing ramp. The further you land down the ramp, the less momentum you get off the back side. Guys who overjump and land flat on a BMX bike can get hurt. If a rider comes up short or overshoots a jump on a motorcycle, the twelve inches of travel can save him. On a bicycle, you have to land perfect and if you dont, youre going over. I think that is the mentality that Jeremy has. He lands every jump perfect, right where he is suppose to land to gain maximum speed.

Jeremy enjoys it. Whenever you enjoy what you are doing, you are better than anyone else. He doesnt look at racing as work. He is willing to adjust or adapt to his competition. If he is weak outdoors, thats what hell practice. He is willing to dig deeper and make changes to be better. If someone else is good at something, Jeremy will go practice until he is better. He has more confidence than anybody but I still think the key thing is that he enjoys going riding.

There are several reasons. One, he is extremely talented. Two, I think his background in BMX at an early age set the tone for how to work with the motorcycle. He was really good with energy conservation. Three, he has a great temperament for racing. He is a good listener to what people have to say but he is also able to make his own decisions and do what works best for him. To be champion, you have to be able to do that. Four, I think he grew up in a good environment. He has had really supportive parents and he was around riders like Rick Johnson and Jeff Stanton, who provided insight and guidance. Five, he has been able to maintain the same type of attitude it took to win to keep on winning. So he has a great deal of adaptability to deal with the adversity of professional sports.

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