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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 …

Ron Lechien Daytona SX 1983

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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …