At night, Kelsea Ballerini stands on the dirt field by her bike. Alex, shirtless in the locker room, paces in the bathroom. Andrew watches the race from the sidelines. He glances at the other races. The crowd cheers as a winner is announced.
Alex raises his arms before his race to rev up the crowd. He performs his trick. Andrew prepares for his jump. Ballerini smiles at an eight-year-old girl. They all put on their helmets and start the race. Alex takes the lead while Ballerini trails behind. Alex touches a photograph of him sitting on his father’s lap as a kid.
The crowd boos as Andrew leads. Andrew throws his helmet at the glass, breaking it. Ballerini kicks the dirt as the other racers circle around her. The racers turn at the curve. Sirens blare as the smoke hangs over a pile of bikes.
Kelsea Ballerini is lucky to be alive. A motorcross accident last summer almost left her unable to walk. She worked with a physical therapist for months to gain use of her legs back. As a woman in a male dominated sport, she wanted to be taken seriously. Some of her competitors flirted with her while others made pointed comments towards her. No matter how many races, she won, she was considered a novelty. Out of state, though, she was feared. She can’t wait to start racing again.
She continues to mourn Andrew. Andrew had been a friend of hers for a long time. They often raced on the same circuit. Andrew had the heart for racing but the crowds hated him. They believed he was a mediocre racer. Andrew, to his credit, had been cautious. On the evening of the accident, his desire to win and to prove everyone wrong, he sped ahead of the pack and spiraled into a crash. It was too late for her to stop. Although she tried to steer away from the explosion, she wasn’t able to get away in time.
Alex, though, was the champion. It was all he has known for his life. His father taught him how to ride. Each race was to honor his father. After the crash, he realized he didn’t want to die like his father. He started dating one of the emergency responders who took him to the hospital. He gazed into her eyes and suddenly wanted more from his life. He quit the circuit and found a full-time job. His girlfriend told him she was pregnant and it was the happiest day of his life, better than any race he had won. She tells him he can still race. But he says he rather be inside an office. He has a family now and they need him to be around.
Director: Similar But Different Year: 2018