The life of a motocross rider isn’t as glamorous as the lives being led by basketball players and football players. They’re not often seen on TV unless there’s a race. They don’t get a whole lot of commercial deals and the sponsorship deals that they do have pales in comparison to what somebody like LeBron James or Peyton Manning normally receives.

Motocross rider Davi Millsaps lives such a life. He rides for a living. That’s how he makes his butter, which in turn, allows him to provide for his family. That’s all well and good, but being in this particular sport also comes with inherent risks. Crashes and accidents are as much a part of motocross as the airborne stunts these trained professionals perform on a regular basis. Millsaps understands the responsibility that comes with performing a dangerous sport. He knows that there will come a point in time when he won’t be fully capable of riding motocross bikes. So as early as now, he’s trying to set up his family to be as comfortable as it can be, now and in the future.

The video is a sobering reminder on the fragility of of these riders. No matter what kind of field or profession you’re in, there’s always that possibility that it could be taken away from you just as suddenly as it is given to you.

Millsaps believes this and that’s why he made a very touching point when he said that his family and securing a bright future for his kids is and will always be his number one motivation as a motocross rider. We don’t often get to see this side from athletes, some of whom believe their infallible to the foils of this world. Davi Millsaps will tell you otherwise because at the end of the day, the only thing more important than winning a race is winning the race of life.

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Kirby Garlitos
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Kirby’s first exposure into the world of automobiles happened when he caught Knight Rider on television as a five-year old boy. David Hasselhoff didn’t leave much of an impression on him (that happened later on in Baywatch), but KITT certainly did. To this day, Kirby remains convinced that he will one day own a car with the same ‘spirit’ as the original KITT (not the 2008 monstrosity). He doesn't know when that will be, but until then, he’s committed to expressing his love for KITT, and all cars for that matter, here at TopSpeed.  Read More
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