a sad day.

i know its a late, but i didn’t really know what to say at the time.  now i’ve decided what i wanted to say.

Memorial Day weekend 2008 was bright, sunny, and breezy. the weather that weekend couldn’t have been any better for a good old time at the track. Simpson clouds drifted across the skies and breeze kept the burning sun tolerable.

on the paddock you hear people laughing, generators running, dogs barking, and the occasional sounds of someone cussing at their bike. you hear engines screaming in the background as bikes raced by.

the smell of race fuel, burnt rubber, and occasionally cow manure drifts through the air. some areas it looked like it was snowing from the explosion of tree pollen.

the motorcycle community had joined together for Memorial Day to celebrate and remember those who are out there risking their lives and who have given their lives for our freedoms. it was good times.

so when the red flag went up after the first lap of the 4th race, the last thing i expected was to learn that the racing community lost one of their young talents.

the corner worker approached me and said that they called lunch early due to the accident.  it made sense, so i went back down to the paddock.  the word floating around the paddock was that a young racer was in a coma from this last red flag.  about 10 mins later I learned that the young man had passed away.

within half an hour or so, you start seeing a sadness in people’s faces.   some folks got teary eyed, some just sat blankly.  the mood in the paddock had gotten a little grim.  a couple of guys we were with sat out of a race or two.  the whole event just seemed very surreal.

how could something like this happen on such a beautiful day?  i guess that’s just how it is.  one of the many risks of racing.  the potential for broken bones, scars…  things just happen.

i know many people were impacted by this and my heart goes out to them.  for Alex’s family, you have my condolences.  for everyone else that was involved or knew Alex, the only solace we can take is that Alex passed doing something that he loved. 

rest in peace Alex.  this photo is for you. 

other articles I found on Alex:

YouTube – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WD2jwBanUyQ

Road Racing World – http://www.roadracingworld.com/news/article/?article=32537

Trend Today – http://trendtoday.blogspot.com/2008/05/alex-lyskawa.html

Union Leader – http://www.unionleader.com/article.aspx?headline=Londonderry+mourns+teen+killed+in+motorcycle+racing+accident&articleId=d32a227b-d304-4edc-a287-24d8a6248ad0

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