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Articles by Eric Johnson

Eric was a co-founder of Racer X Illustrated. He is now the Global Communications Director at Monster Energy and maintains the role of senior contributor at Racer X.

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Photo Gallery: “The Man” makes history at Laguna Seca

It was The Man’s 285th time at attacking a circuit in racing anger. It was The Man’s 225th start of a MotoGP race. It was The Man’s 181st Podium. It was The Man’s 145th MotoGP …

Supercross stars Ward, Henry, Lechien and O’Mara discuss their best and worst races

Jeff Ward
After winning the 1985 and 1987 250cc Supercross Championship (and 20 Supercross main events) in a career which spanned well over a decade, Jeff Ward chose to go car racing upon retiring from the …

A Man Named Antonin Baborovsky

On Saturday night, March 26, 2011, the Rogers Center in Toronto, Canada will host round 12 of the 17-round Monster Energy Supercross Series. While relatively new to the American series, interestingly, Canada already has been …

Legends: Steve Wise

Made famous by wins in ABC Wide World of Sport’s The Superbikers, Steve Wise, the only rider in AMA Pro racing history to win a supercross, motocross and roadracing National, just may be the best …

The Great Victory Day Race

Dateline:  Strahov Stadium. Prague, Czechoslovakia. May 9, 1956

As Americans, we’ve all been taught that the birth of supercross took place on a sandy, purpose-built track dropped between the 31-degree high banks of Daytona …

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The Junkyard Genius

Before I was even out of middle school, each and every weekend, I would sit next to my father in his pickup truck and we would drive – hauling a Chevy Nova with a 427 …

English Beat: The story of the 500cc Titanium BSA

For the 1966 500cc World Championship, Birmingham Small Arms schemed up a silver bullet of a motorcycle created from space age materials such as titanium, aluminum alloy and magnesium. However, and despite the company’s best …

Ron Lechien: 20 Laps and the Truth

For the 1983 season, Team Yamaha hired a 16-year-old kid from El Cajon, California, named Ron Lechien to contest the AMA 125cc National MX Championship Series. Lechien had turned 16 in December of 1982, less …