Coach’s Life: The Joe Kopp Story

Features, Racing I By Ross Bentley I October 23, 2023
Smokin Joe Kapp flat track motorcycle racing

About ten years ago, I received a text message from a friend and former coaching client, “Smokin” Joe Kopp. While you may not know Joe Kopp, he is one of the most well-known and accomplished Flat Track motorcycle racers, ever. In fact, in that form of motorsport (which I think is better for spectators than any other form), Joe has an almost cult-like following.

Here is Joe’s text to me:

“I rode the final dirt track National of the year last weekend in Vegas, as it was my only National for the year. I ended up 2nd overall in the Main. The boys didn’t know what hit them when I came out of the gate swinging and was 2nd fast in the first practice session. But then it was too late for them to figure me out and catch up. LOL. I just wanted to let ya know that I still do so many mental imagery things even though I don’t race full time anymore. It’s not like I train mentally as much as I used to, but I still am non-stop thinking about mental imagery and such. Over time I’ve learned how and what to do much more proficient with mental training. I’m sure you know exactly what I’m talking about. I’m thankful for everything you taught me.”

With that, read the rest of the story about Joe Kopp here.

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