|Most Memorable Moments|
Most Memorable Moments Man, going back and thinking about these most memorable moments of my racing career are an absolute blast. This one really cracks me up and I think you will get a pretty good laugh out of it! Enjoy. Before going into The 2006 Supercross season I did a lot of on and off the bike training and testing. Since I had lived in Cairo Georgia the off-season before, I felt my preparation skills were quite a bit better. So I decided to prepare by myself. There was a SX track at 3 Palms but nothing down south where I was at. I was one hour south of there. I was living in Dickinson at the time and I would ride at a private facility down the road from the old Skeeter MX Park and ultimate MX. It was Travis Elliot's old private Supercross facility but it was ran down and made into a old man's track where riding was pretty much just for fun. But the owner, Doug, let us build a few things so we put in a whoop section and a rhythm section that tied in together pretty well. And coming from the back section there was a long straightaway down the right side of the fence and a big lip and you would simply flat land and then make a big sweeping right-hand corner. Will inside of that corner was a left-hander and as soon see you went out of the exit there was a flatlander and the lip was not too steep. So one day a couple guys came out to ride with me. A buddy of mine, Michael Royal was on the right side coming back towards the house and went from that take off and jumped over into the right lane and downsided the face of the take off making it to where he is going backwards on the track when he lands! It was a regular hot summer day, probably high 90s, while Michael and I were out riding and a friend of ours was standing at the center of the track and watching from the highest jump. I was coming along the right side fence and went to transfer lanes on my opening lap and I came up short! Remember guys, this was not the downside of a job… This was the face of a jump!! First, thank God it was an old man's track!! Second as soon as possible realized I was not going to clear the jump the entire way, I twisted the throttle like we are coming out of the starting gate at Anaheim 1 and landed Front wheel on top of the face. I managed to somehow bounce off the face without going into an Endo or a loop out. But my feet came off the foot pegs and where up in a Superman position. Right now I am thinking, you're done dude! The bike lands on the ground and I see my body landing to one side or another of the bike but I managed to land right back on top!! My feet came right back to the foot pegs without touching the ground! I wiped my butt and then rode over to my friend and we were all laughing about it! He saw everything and that was definitely the topic for the majority of the remainder of our day.