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Day in the Dirt Recap and Much, Much More, on the Pro Taper Kickstart Podcast


Presented by Pro Taper
Man, we are absolutely whipped! Whether it’s from eating too much on Thanksgiving, smashing laps at the Supercross track, crashing our brains out at Day in the Dirt, or doing wheelies in the desert on the new 2023 Yamaha YZ450F, we had a lot to share about our long holiday weekend!

Donn Maeda

Donn Maeda is a 30-year veteran in moto-journalism, having worked at Cycle News and Dirt Rider before launching MXracer Magazine and TransWorld Motocross Magazine. Maeda is the Editor-In-Chief at Swapmoto Live and you can catch him on a dirt bike or in the saddle of a mountain bike on most days.

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  1. joe lepore November 28, 2022

    Can i have your demolished helmet Donn…..fill it with sprayfoam just to feel i wont wear it…..sign it if you want too

    thanks joe

  2. John Kasula November 29, 2022

    Was hoping for another handle bar giveaway I pulled an aray got a little sketchy and bent mine but a holeshot device will suffice haha. Love the content guys I listen every week

    1. Chase Curtis November 30, 2022

      Stay tuned… Haha

  3. Chris Dias November 29, 2022

    I know everyone gives A-Ray a lot of crap over the O’Neal stuff, but those guys have helped me since 1999 and from Chuck through Marc those guys have always been great. I don’t race much anymore, but good for you A-Ray those guys will be a part of your program as long as you want.

  4. Kris McKinney November 29, 2022

    Can we get a dry erase board up behind Donn that says “It has been ___ days since Donn has ate shit” ??

  5. Rrick November 29, 2022

    If Don got the specialized logo tattooed on his forehead, he’d look like Asian Harry Potter

  6. Wayne @Frosted Paint Co. November 29, 2022

    Check insta DM’s so we can get A-Rays helmets dialed in this year with some fresh paint!

  7. Thor wright November 29, 2022

    Currently scouring eBay (and alike) in search of red Rdx boots for a-ray, once I have a good collection I’m gonna hold them over his head to have him get Don to let me in on the Clydesdale test next season. Ok really I just want to look badass with a holey device so local moto moms will think I’m fast.Cheers boys, dig the show don’t do away with the banter! Yewww!

    1. Thor November 29, 2022

      Ps if chase “butchers” my last name I’ll personally send him a hooked on phonics book from the 90’s. (plenty on eBay)

      1. Chase Curtis November 30, 2022


  8. Jim Krause November 29, 2022

    I’ll donate $100 to Team ARay if I win the SELA. Thank you for the great content.

  9. Casey December 1, 2022

    Broke moto dad that could use that Sela on my bike

  10. Phil December 1, 2022

    So Suzuki opted out of your shootout, the one aimed at the man on the street, but they’re all about the Roczen shootout…. Hmmmmm 🙂

  11. Dylan Bevan December 1, 2022

    Well I guess that Certain Green Bike Isn’t for Sale Anymore. #BluCru TeamARAY 140

  12. Seb mills December 2, 2022

    Aray and his lady should do a pin-up collab for his poster. It would reach all demographics.

  13. Brody richard December 2, 2022

    So I watch everything you guys do, and I never attempt to win anything that I don’t truly need But recently I was out riding at a local track in my truck was parked with my tools and brand new hole shot device, and spare grips, spare chains, A lot of really important things and it was all stolen. wasn’t able to spot anything on the security footage so I’m stuck replacing all of it but I’m 28 years old raising 2 kids and one on the way trying to race on the side so this is not exactly easy so a new start device would really help. Keep it sketchy and Don please stop knocking yourself out I really enjoy this show

  14. Marcus December 2, 2022

    Better see some steg pegz on that yammy whammy

  15. Grayson Robison December 3, 2022

    Hey guys!! I’ve been watching and listing to Swap Moto since day one and even before when y’all were at Transworld. I’ve been trying to build my own Moto Photography and video brand for the last couple years. Watching all the YouTube and see all the photos really inspire me to keep pushing! I hope one day to be as cool and as successful as y’all!! Thank for everything you guys do for the industry and Moto community!!

  16. Kolton December 4, 2022

    I’m HERE for the ARAY x SWAPMOTO x FPC custom helmet collab 🙌🏼 so stoked. Aray is gonna be enjoying the ride all year with the freshest helmets around