When the gate drops the entire race is put into the hands of the rider. No excuses, no second chances. There becomes only one form of communication. Whether it be a 20 minute Main Event or a 30 plus 2moto, a rider only gets a quick glance at any encouragement, motivation or strategy. A rider forms a special bond with their mechanic who becomes their lifeline to anything outside of the tunnel vision it takes to perform at the professional level.
A kid growing up in Washington, New Jersey who raced quads until the age of 18 doesn't really seem like your typical moto fanatic. A love of the sport at the highest level meant Zach Eller may have to do whatever it took to be involved, even if he wouldn't be the one piloting the machine. "I figured I wouldn't be able to race on that level, so why not work on the bikes at that level." Eller would turn to the life of a professional mechanic in 2015 after always being his friends go to wrench for everything from cars to moto.
You'll find Zach under the MicroBilt / PRBC / Yoshimura / Suzuki rig, turning the wrenches for Ronnie Stewart. The two have formed a bond and a trust. They've had their lows but have shared many highs, including earning national numbers and a first career 450 Supercross Main Event. A feat that Eller considers a career highlight in his book...
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