CROWN POINT | According to Josh Struebig, nothing is more relaxing than sailing 120 feet through the air while reaching heights greater than five stories on his motorcycle.
But for his father, Phil Struebig, witnessing the feat doesn't have such an easing effect.
"He may find it relaxing up there, but watching it from the ground doesn't relax me," Phil said.
Josh, 22, of Crown Point, is an amateur motocross racer who has moved up to the "A" level in a quest in becoming a pro. Needing 75 points based on placements from motocross events across the county to apply for his pro card, Struebig had hoped to reach that goal by July.
But in early June, Stuebig fractured his tibia, which sidelined him for the rest of the month.
"I was glad it was only a bone break," Struebig said. "It's when you tear ligaments, like I once did to my knee, is when you're out for the year."
Struebig managed to get back on his bike and qualify for the Loretta Lynn's Amateur Motocross Nationals taking place next week in Hurricane Mills, Tenn. This is the third straight year Struebig has qualified for Loretta Lynn's as he will race in the 450 A and Open Pro Sport classes.
On way to qualifying for the nationals, Struebig competed at RedBud Motocross in Buchanan, Mich. over the Fourth of July weekend. Little more than a month after sustaining his injury, Stuebig attempted and landed the track's famous "LaRocco's Leap" 10 times during competition.
The "leap" is a daunting 120-foot triple jump named after former motocross and supercross pro Mike LaRocco, who was the first rider to clear it.
Needless to note, it takes some "gears" to attempt it. Yet Struebig insists he does it for practical reasons.
"You can make two jumps while scrubbing (maneuvering the bike to a flat, parallel position to ground) to take off a little time," said Stuebig, who needs 17 more pro-card points going into Loretta Lynn's, "but you can lose a whole second if you make the one big jump.
"It's not just about being crazy daredevils. Believe it or not, there's a lot of calculation to what we do."