A broken navicular
Ricky’s run of
time. He is awesome. He
is a great champion. But
to say that he’s the best of
all time? I don’t think that
he would have survived
had he raced in an earlier
era. He was too small. He
could not ride in the 1960s
with Roger DeCoster and
Joel Robert, because his
style would have broken
the bike. He would have
been injured. Yes, he’s the
greatest of his time, but
not all time. I’m not saying
that I’m better, but to put
that label on him isn’t
quite right with me.
SO WHO IS THE
BEST? The best rider
ever, at least in terms of
technique and speed, is
James Stewart. He’s not
very smart and he crashes
a lot, but when he does
it right, he does things
that make me scratch my
head. I could always figure
out what Broc Glover was
doing on the bike. The
same with Ryan Villopoto
and Ryan Dungey. Then
you watch Stewart and
you go, “Where did that
come from?” But, he needs
to learn to pull back.
There’s no rule that says
that you have to win the
race by 10 minutes.
Yes, I have
I think that
it was a
blessing. I also
Today, Ricky spends time with his family and focuses on offroad
truck racing. He still finds time to ride motocross, such as at the
Transborgaro in Italy this past fall.
money I would have made. I would
have won a lot more races. But then
I look at the way my life is today.
I married a beautiful woman, and
that’s because the injury forced me
to open up to a person. When I was
racing, I wouldn’t let people in. Once
I got injured I broke down, and my
wife saw a side of me that no one
else saw. In turn, we had kids at a
younger age. Financially, it would
have been better had I not broken
my wrist. Yet, would I go back and
change it? I wouldn’t change a thing.
A lot of people only look at wins,
records and money. That’s not how a
rider’s career should be measured.
WHAT WOULD YOU CHANGE
ABOUT SUPERCROSS? First, I
would bring back 250 two-strokes.
The racing was much better with
two-strokes. A 250 makes more than
enough power. It’s cheaper to work
on, and more people would buy them.
The racing was better because there
was inside passing and fewer one-line tracks. If I were going to keep
four-strokes, then I would bring down
the displacement. I would have a
250cc class, two-stroke or four-stroke.
I asked Ricky Carmichael to have
everyone race 250s for the Monster
Cup. That would be something.
ANYTHING ELSE ON THE
WISH LIST FOR SUPERCROSS?
I’d like to see a competition yellow
flag, which is used in truck racing.
That would keep the racing tighter.
On lap 12, I would have the racers
stop, line them up and drop the green
flag again. That way, if a rider fell in
the first turn, he could work his way
up to third. Then, at the mandated
yellow, the gap would be closed
and he could have the opportunity
to win. That would make the racing
IS IT BAFFLING TO SEE HOW
FAR THE SPORT HAS COME
SINCE ITS INCEPTION? It is not
baffling to me. It’s surprising that it’s
not further than it is. Where it’s at
now is good, but it should be better.
It would be better if the riders cared
more about the sport than themselves.
Many of the racers might not like
what I have to say, but it is their job
to make the sport a better place for
the next generation. Roger DeCoster,
Torsten Hallman, Joel Robert and
Brad Lackey worked hard to make
motocross a better place so that guys
“THE SPORT STARTED WITH RIDERS
IN THE BACKS OF VANS. IT WASN’T
ABOUT THE MONEY. THEY WERE GOOD
SPOKESMEN AND REPRESENTED THEIR
SPORT. NOW A LOT OF THESE RACERS
THINK THAT THEY ARE SUPERSTARS.”