David Bailey's Crash

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7/11/2005 10:35 AM
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the GOAT article in the new transworld mx includes DB (obviously) and it references his terrible crash. i have always been intrigued as to where that was and what double it was. was it an actual double, or was it something he turned into a double?

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7/11/2005 10:39 AM
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From Eric Johnson. There is one typo- it should say "Bailey ended the 1986 season by defeating Honda teamate..."

Almost 15 years earlier, and in a dramatically different from of motorsport, a young Californian named David Bailey was on top of the world. Already a three-time AMA motocross champion, Bailey ended the 1987 season by defeating Honda teammate - and adversary - Rick Johnson for the 500cc National Championship. Every bit as competitive and proud as 1988 and 1989 McLaren/Honda Formula 1 teammates Alain Prost and Ayrton Senna, Bailey and Johnson went into the off-season and began testing and training relentlessly to gain an advantage on one another for the 1987 race season. Then it all went to hell. On Sunday, January 10, 1987, exactly one week before the season-opening Anaheim Supercross (where Bailey had defeated Johnson before an overflow crowd of 71,000 fans a year earlier), Bailey crashed over a double jump during a warm-up race at Lake Huron, California, and was gravely injured. Having broken his back in the meaningless race, 24 hours later, a doctor told the best motocross racer in the world that he would never walk again.

Bailey went into denial mode, and it would take a few years for one of the most naturally talented riders in the sport's history to find a way out of the deep funk he was in. But he did. Bailey began doing TV commentating work for ESPN and ABC TV's supercross broadcasts, and he also competed in - and finished - the grueling Ironman competition in Hawaii. But he still missed motor racing. Desperately.

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7/11/2005 10:43 AM

DB was one of the greatest no doubt.

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7/11/2005 10:46 AM

I believe it was a double and there was a little kicker beyond it that he thought he could clear.

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7/11/2005 10:50 AM

Definitely one of my favorites..

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7/11/2005 10:59 AM

saw him at southwick when i was really young, he was the one i remembered

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7/11/2005 11:00 AM
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[quote="ned249":7c390]the GOAT article in the new transworld mx includes DB (obviously) and it references his terrible crash. i have always been intrigued as to where that was and what double it was. was it an actual double, or was it something he turned into a double?[/quote:7c390]

Some added insight:

DB says that he never felt faster and more confident than he was the day he was injured. He had returned from Europe (as referenced in the post above) and had spanked everyone. He even rode his first Supermoto style race and crushed 'em all.

The morning of the Lake Huron race, the alarm went off and David and Gina looked at each other and said "let's just stay home and relax". A few minutes later, DB realized that it was important to ride at race speeds with Anaheim coming up, so off they went.

On the lap prior to the crash, David almost pulled in to put on his Chest/Back protector, but decided to continue without. The old JT V2000 had a complete back protection plate, but frankly, it probably wouldn't have done any good. Johnny O' said that David was simply way over-confident because he was consistently going faster than anyone had ever seen at the time.

David's crash was on a small single to single that nobody was doubling. It was out of a corner and the length between the jumps was pretty far. He thought he could do it, but he couldn't. He told me in the hospital that a little loss of traction on the face left him thinking "this could be really bad" while he was in mid-air. Landed short, cased it, over the bars, bike landed square on his spine at T-7.

Amazingly, he was the fastest guy on the world at the time and I know of no photo or video of the crash. I'm kind of glad about that. Every time I see Magoo's crash I get sick to my stomach, and I didn't even really know Danny.

This stuff should all be in a book, culminating with the Ironman win. I'm proud to be his buddy.

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7/11/2005 11:01 AM
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With his dad at Daytona in 73. He's the little guy!

My wife calls you guys the Yahoos.

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7/11/2005 11:13 AM

Eventhough i was only 7 at the time, the most insane race i have ever seen was David and RJ at Anaheim 86. The way they were going at it lap after lap, made me want to be there. I only wish we could have enjoyed more of Davids career, it seemed to just be getting under way. Maybe he would be the G.O.A.T.? I've been to several Gary Bailey schools as well and the knowledge both of them have is amazing...

Favorite rider for me all time is David Bailey...

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7/11/2005 11:41 AM

I think I was 10 when I saw that race at Anaheim. One of the best races ever.

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7/11/2005 11:49 AM

I Hate to read the story about David Bailey at Huron because my Friend i grew up with died there about the same time that left 2 kids fatherless.That track was a Shit Hole nothing place.

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7/11/2005 12:08 PM

I agree, DB should write a book or there should at least be a book about his life/career. RJ was my favorite back then but Baily was awesome to watch.....so smooth! I have always respected him, and in '87 at 11yrs old seeing him riding around on a 4 wheeler at the national they had in SC that year, really bothered me. I remember thinking that it couldn't be true. That video they put out right after his crash with that Starship song( I think that's who it was) sent chills through me.

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7/11/2005 12:17 PM
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7/11/2005 12:48 PM

David was and is my favorite mxer of all time. I remember watching him at the 84' Daytona SX when I was a kid. One of my favorite races to watch of all time. Whatever David said he and O'Mara did training is what I tried to do for my minicycle training. When I read in MXaction that they rode bicycles, I went out and had my grandpa help me buy a ten speed so I could ride just like them. Every time I see David in person at races nowadays I get somewhat choked up. Only thing I've ever been able to say to David is "Hello" and that is in passing as I walk by. I cannot even muster up anything else to say to him. Watching him ride was like watching the symphony, every move he made was perfectly in tune.

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7/11/2005 1:00 PM

Whe The Going Gets Tough is one of my all time favorite mx videos!

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7/11/2005 1:05 PM

Huron.....isn't that the place that always smelled?

Or was it Madera? I don't remember.

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7/11/2005 2:31 PM

I didn't know it at the time, but my greatest moment on a bike was in '81 when I went trail riding with Bailey before the Lake Whitney National. I was attending the second day of his dad's school and while Gary had the others practicing starts, David said to me "lets go play ride in the hills". The two of us spent about 30 minutes bouncing off rocks and trees and eventually found a natural table top that we started jumping. David suggested that we go back and get the others to check it out and we finished the day with the rest of the class on the jump that we had made.

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7/11/2005 3:21 PM

This stuff should all be in a book, culminating with the Ironman win. I'm proud to be his buddy.



That is an awesome line dude..."I'm proud to be his buddy"

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7/11/2005 4:18 PM

The race was a CMC Golden State National. I was racing 125 Int the day before and know exactly how the jump was. When I heard he was hurt on that jump, I just couldn't believe anybody would even try to double it. It wasn't that big of a jump but had a huge gap and was right out of a turn then right back into another turn. It still throws me for a loop when I think about the day he was hurt.

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7/11/2005 4:31 PM
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Saw him at Carlsbad one year, looked over just in time to see him going one way and his RC500 going the other way, after he got up someone handed him a cool drink from the crowd, he took a big swig, and got back on his bike, that was one of the coolest things I'd ever seen....

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7/11/2005 5:00 PM

Gary Bailey used to shoot/edit/produce videos. There was a tribute segment with alot of cool footage of DB. The song went a little something like this...

"watching you ride, ooohhh, watching you ride, I get this feeling...

thanks, be here all week.

I had the video, I think it was called "Air Mania" but it was an old vhs that is probably gone.

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7/11/2005 5:52 PM
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[quote="bigP":d5728]Gary Bailey used to shoot/edit/produce videos. There was a tribute segment with alot of cool footage of DB. The song went a little something like this...

"watching you ride, ooohhh, watching you ride, I get this feeling...

thanks, be here all week.

I had the video, I think it was called "Air Mania" but it was an old vhs that is probably gone.[/quote:d5728]

It's called "Air Mania - Pros at Practice and Play"....I have it right here on VHS, maybe the first freeride video I ever saw.

The footage of a teenaged Bradshaw on that vid is sick...

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7/11/2005 6:19 PM

that bradshaw jump is one of the biggest, especially pre-free style movement.

That tape is as good as the original Crustys...

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7/11/2005 6:41 PM
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[quote="oshow":8294d]DB was one of the greatest no doubt.[/quote:8294d]

WAS? Try IS...

I just want to congratulate KING DAVE KIMMEY for his usual melodramatic BS post in which he acts like he knows everything.

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7/11/2005 7:05 PM

I was at carlsbad raceway in 1970 and bought my first full coverage helmet from gary bailey..it was a champion helmet..little david was just a little kid running around.."THE LITTLE PROFESSOR"

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7/11/2005 7:22 PM
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Watching you ride....our tbteam man wrote and sung it for David's going get tough video. i love that video..it makes you smile, cry, and gives ya chills for good and bad all at once. :-) My mom still has it. :-)

David needs to get writing that book. Before the accident growing up and during accident and after...He has contributed a lot to MX!!!! I'd be 1st in line to buy it!

Cherie

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7/11/2005 7:35 PM
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[quote="pelted":3fd2b][quote="bigP":3fd2b]Gary Bailey used to shoot/edit/produce videos. There was a tribute segment with alot of cool footage of DB. The song went a little something like this...

"watching you ride, ooohhh, watching you ride, I get this feeling...

thanks, be here all week.

I had the video, I think it was called "Air Mania" but it was an old vhs that is probably gone.[/quote:3fd2b]

It's called "Air Mania - Pros at Practice and Play"....I have it right here on VHS, maybe the first freeride video I ever saw.

The footage of a teenaged Bradshaw on that vid is sick...[/quote:3fd2b]

I was standing right next to the camera when that Bradshaw jump was filmed. he ran his 125 wide open in fifth gear across the dam at David's pond by his practice sx track and hit that thing hard. You can see on the footage that he's up by the tops of the trees... and they weren't small trees!

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7/11/2005 7:40 PM
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[quote="bigP":014da]Gary Bailey used to shoot/edit/produce videos. There was a tribute segment with alot of cool footage of DB. The song went a little something like this...

"watching you ride, ooohhh, watching you ride, I get this feeling...

thanks, be here all week.

I had the video, I think it was called "Air Mania" but it was an old vhs that is probably gone.[/quote:014da]

I am the guy that hosted "When the Going Gets Tough" <img src='/assets/emoticons/smile.png' />

Watching You Ride is my song too. Hey, you sounded just like me LOL!

I also wrote and recorded all the music for Air Mania in my spare bedroom when I was a poor musician.

I had fun doing the Air Mania thing, but the video for DB was pretty tough to get through. We did that thing within two weeks of David getting hurt.

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7/11/2005 7:45 PM

Mine goes to Eleven

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7/11/2005 7:52 PM
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[quote="500guy":72506]Mine goes to Eleven[/quote:72506]

"So, why not just make ten the biggest number and then..."