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.
RyanDungey: Got things kicked off tonight to the 2012 supercross season, 3rd place, looking forward to what's ahead thanks to the KTM crew and all fans!
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