“I think from somebody that’s been lucky enough to race all over the world—GPs, Motocross Des
Nations, Australia and all over the States, Fourth of July weekend at Red Bud and the Des Nations are
really second to none in terms of atmosphere at a professional motocross event. It’s that feeling; there’s
a certain excitement about coming here. From a rider’s point of view, the track’s always on the fun side.
The big jump, LaRocco’s Leap, I’ve been doing it for almost 12 years now, and literally, the first time you
do it each weekend feels like the first time ever. You know it’s only been a year, but you ask yourself, is
it getting bigger?
“But really, just the atmosphere and what the weekend means to the U.S. Everybody’s just hyped up.
It’s a holiday weekend. We’re out there having a blast from a rider’s point of view, and all the fans are
enjoying it just as much.”
“Jeff Emig was always up for Red Bud. Mentally, he would always come on strong there, and it always
seemed like it was the turning point of his season. In 1996, when I was finally competitive with him
outdoors, I was behind him, and we were coming up to LaRocco’s Leap. He could hear me, and he knew
I was coming. He only doubled it, and I jumped over his head. When I did, he looked up and saw me.
He thought I was going to land on him and moved over just a little bit. I landed just in front of his front
fender. I passed Fro for the lead and won the moto. That’s a good memory!”