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Jan 15, 2019

From Wrestler to Racer: Gabe "Tyler Reks" Tuft

Former WWE Wrestler Gabe "Tyler Reks" Tuft (left) took a pair of podium finishes in his first AFM race weekend, at Sonoma Raceway, with the help of MotoAmerica Superbike racer and USMCA-certified coach Tyler O'Hara (right).


     "The day you think you have arrived is the day that you lose. Never stop learning. Stay humble. The guys who go in and think they know everything, they're gone in a month. Or a week. I knew that it was time to buckle down and learn..."  - Gabe Tuft

     The wrestling career was over, that chapter closed. Gabe Tuft had waited until he'd matured, bought a nice cruiser and tried to enjoy riding on the street.  But six months later, the cruiser's cases and pegs were all scraped up from dragging in corners, and Tuft couldn't wait any longer to chase a dream that he left dormant for nearly two decades.  "I walked into the closest dealership (K&B Motorsports), where the owner is a friend of mine. I pointed to the 2017 (Yamaha YZF-R1) and said, ‘I want that. Put a bow on it. I want it,’ says Tuft, 39, of Cotati, California.

     A year later, Tuft had a bunch of track days under his belt, a successful first weekend of racing in the books, and a pair of trophies to prove that it really happened. And with any luck, it is the latest step on a path to accomplishing a dream—racing in a Pro-level MotoAmerica event ...

-Editor at Large Michael Gougis, in the January 2019 issue of Roadracing World 

Gabe Tuft wrestled with WWE as Tyler Reks. Photo courtesy of WWE.

Gabe Tuft's engineering career took a turn through the world of professional wrestling, where he performed under the name of Tyler Reks.  Read the January issue of Roadracing World & Motorcycle Technology to find out the details of the latest adventure of a remarkable man -- chasing glory in the arena of motorcycle road racing.

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