This one was in the winter of 2001. I was 17 years old and riding on the Honda 125 & 250 two strokes. These were some of my best Racing days in total!
We were at Freestone County Raceway for the Honda of Houston winter series; The temperatures were right at freezing. This was not the national track, the national track was not born yet! There was a hammer whoop section That was pretty peaked out but you would just skim across the top except going a little faster than normal. I remember there was a long entrance to these whoops. In practice I was getting across them pretty well. It surprised me how intense they were but I handled them okay.
Since this was just a local event, the practice was only around five or six laps Max. Almost nearing the end of my practice session I'm going through these loops and all of a sudden my handlebars brake in half and my face slapped the triple clamps! Of course, it was like nothing I had ever experienced. The right side of my handlebars stretched the throttle cable… Then my bike was stuck wide open with me on it.
I was trying to grab the handlebars and push myself off. Every time I would push away the triple clamps would slap me in the face and The seat would come up and slap me in the butt. This went on for around four or five whoops. I then fell to the ground and remember laying on top of one of the Whoops. Since the temperatures were so cold, it made it hurt that much worse! I remember there were a big group of people just standing watching and I remember saying why aren't you helping me!
When we went back to diagnose the problem there were a crack in the handlebar before I ever broke them. It was the only set of renthal handlebars I have ever seen break. These were before the twinwall days though. It was one of the most sketchiest feelings… I could not get away from that motorcycle and it was hurting me bad. It was brutal.
And after I crashed and all the mayhem was over, they made me stay and race. I won the 125 expert and the 250 expert overalls that day. It ended up being quite a successful day for us. I guess when they say you win championships on your bad days, they are not lying.
I would like to begin by thanking Shawn Martin and Dave Martin from Honda of Houston for giving me the opportunity to share today's most memorable moment! And other great supporters like American Honda, Troy Lee designs, Alpinestar, of course Renthal for bringing you such a great story, Shoei, Scott goggles, and everyone else that made such a great package for me not only that day, but that year in that time of my life in general.