“You still get the same butterflies before you race, still get that same adrenaline rush, your heart will start beating,” he tells Inverse. “But it’s harder to mess up in motocross, whereas with this, it’s very easy. All it takes is one little slip of that finger, and you’re done for the rest of the race. You have to really control your emotions.”
Awkbots is competing in the second season of the league, which has rapidly grown to become the biggest organization in drone racing as other leagues have fallen away. Set to peremiere at 8 p.m. Tuesday in the United States on ESPN 2, this season will see 16 pilots competing at six venues in North America and Europe, flying through neon gates round specially-designed courses.