MT. MORRIS RUN-IN
JEFF EMIG’S WORST
In 1999, after a minor dispute arising from Mickael
Pichon’s father parking his rental car in the wrong
spot at Mt. Morris, Mickael was fined $3000 by the
AMA and fired from Team Honda. Mickael claims
that the incident was nothing more than a shoving
by track security,
while the AMA
and Team Honda
say that Mickael
struck an AMA
version you believe,
Mickael was sent
was not having
a great season
in 1999 and had
that he would
leave Team Honda
at the end of the
year. Who got
the last laugh?
return to the Grand Prix circuit and win the 250 World
Championships in 2001 and 2002 for Suzuki.
Jeff Emig led a charmed life up until 1999. Then, on
August 22, 1999, he was arrested in Lake Havasu for
marijuana possession. That was the end of his days as
a factory rider. Four months later, Jeff crashed while
practicing for the 2000 Supercross series and broke
both wrists. He healed up in time to have his throttle
stick while practicing at Glen Helen. Jeff broke his leg
in two places and crushed a vertebra. He decided to
call it quits. Post-injury, he focused on running his
privateer Edge Sports team before becoming best
known as a TV commentator.
In 2006, Ricky
Carmichael’s fuel failed to
pass the AMA lead test.
Was he disqualified as Jeff
Emig had been in 1996?
No. Was he penalized 25
points as David Vuillemin,
Chad Reed and Tyson
Hadsell had been in 2004?
No. Was he disqualified as
Michael Byrne and James
Stewart had been in 2005?
Nope! Instead, the AMA
fined Ricky, and he got to
keep his finishing position,
purse money and AMA
points. The 25 points that
Ricky got to keep earned him the 2006 Supercross
Championship, which he won by two points over
James Stewart—but with an honest sanctioning body,
he would have lost by 23 points. Stewart was robbed.
It is hard to pinpoint exactly what ruined Jason
Lawrence’s motocross career. Could it have been his
on-track fights? Biting off the ear of a friend? Rolling a
rental car in the pits? His year in the Riverside County
Jail? Or just his personality?