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6/15/2012 6:14 PM

Guyb's video of Milsaps doing a lap at Budds and mentioning Mark Barnet preping the track got me thinking about retired riders who have found success in this sport. It's not an easy thing to do. There's very few spots available in the industry and somehow, they have found their niche.

Who can you think of that have found similar success to Mark Barnet and his awesome track building?

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6/15/2012 6:26 PM
Edited Date/Time: 6/15/2012 6:28 PM

Most of the industry is stacked with EX racers....prolly why it is so hard for the average moto-joe to score a job in the industry.
They are team managers,team owners,agents,reps,teach schools & own training /riding facilities/tracks,coaches,test riders ect...
I think for the most part,the ones that want to stay in/around the industry do,with some exceptions.
But I guess where there is a will there is a way.
Seems like most (obviously not all) of the ones that have left are happy in their new ventures.

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6/15/2012 6:32 PM

Broc Glover, Dunlop tire rep.

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6/15/2012 6:36 PM

"Most of the industry is stacked with EX racers....prolly why it is so hard for the average moto-joe to score a job in the industry."

That, coupled with the fact that it's such a small industry.


BTW-why do they call it an industry?...lol

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Switch

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6/15/2012 6:50 PM

LaRocco, Stanton, Kehoe, Glover, The Man, MC, Emig..

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6/15/2012 6:51 PM

machine wrote: "Most of the industry is stacked with EX racers....prolly why it is so hard for the average moto-joe to score a job in the industry."

That, coupled with the fact that it's such a small industry.


BTW-why do they call it an industry?...lol

Yeah....and many have created their own jobs.

I would assume "Commercial production and sale of goods." is why it is called an industry.
AMA & FIM pro MX & SX is one big marketing promo,just like all other auto sports.

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6/15/2012 6:59 PM

machine wrote: "Most of the industry is stacked with EX racers....prolly why it is so hard for the average moto-joe to score a job in the industry."

That, coupled with the fact that it's such a small industry.


BTW-why do they call it an industry?...lol

FastEddy wrote: Yeah....and many have created their own jobs.

I would assume "Commercial production and sale of goods." is why it is called an industry.
AMA & FIM pro MX & SX is one big marketing promo,just like all other auto sports.

Yeah, It's funny, because everything else is called a sport.

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6/15/2012 7:02 PM

Switch wrote: LaRocco, Stanton, Kehoe, Glover, The Man, MC, Emig..

A select few and then others just leave the sport behind, a la Hannah and Larry Ward.

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6/15/2012 7:03 PM

Savitski, since you mentioned track builders.

And that Decoster guy used to ride too didn't he?

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6/15/2012 7:05 PM

newmann wrote: Savitski, since you mentioned track builders.

And that Decoster guy used to ride too didn't he?

Right you are Mr Newman....

And who is this DeCoster fellow you speak of?

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FastEddy

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6/15/2012 7:16 PM
Edited Date/Time: 6/15/2012 7:31 PM

Switch wrote: LaRocco, Stanton, Kehoe, Glover, The Man, MC, Emig..

machine wrote: A select few and then others just leave the sport behind, a la Hannah and Larry Ward.

Hannah had stayed around and worked for Suzuki for a little while if I remember correctly.
He also did some commentating for the nationals on OLN I think it was...
Then he went airplane racing.
I think he still has something to do with that company where they were making bike stands and stuff also,forgot the name.
Edit here: matrixracingproducts.com

Larry raced for a long time.
Think he retired back in 2004 and went hunting & traveling.

Just seems they moved onto other things they wanted to do.

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6/15/2012 7:26 PM

Switch wrote: LaRocco, Stanton, Kehoe, Glover, The Man, MC, Emig..

machine wrote: A select few and then others just leave the sport behind, a la Hannah and Larry Ward.

FastEddy wrote: Hannah had stayed around and worked for Suzuki for a little while if I remember correctly.
He also did some commentating for the nationals on OLN I think it was...
Then he went airplane racing.
I think he still has something to do with that company where they were making bike stands and stuff also,forgot the name.
Edit here: matrixracingproducts.com

Larry raced for a long time.
Think he retired back in 2004 and went hunting & traveling.

Just seems they moved onto other things they wanted to do.

It would be hard to completely walk away from something that you have put your whole life into. Good for Larry for having a life after moto, since it's his retirement after all.

Who else? RC does his thing in the booth during SX, Antunez was working with riders last I heard, Jammin' Jimmy has his own school now, DV was a team manager and still stays involved, ping was a team manager, Johnny O is still around

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6/15/2012 7:56 PM
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Switch wrote: It would be hard to completely walk away from something that you have put your whole life into. Good for Larry for having a life after moto, since it's his retirement after all.

Who else? RC does his thing in the booth during SX, Antunez was working with riders last I heard, Jammin' Jimmy has his own school now, DV was a team manager and still stays involved, ping was a team manager, Johnny O is still around

Tichenor is a riding Coach/Trainer.
Dubach - DRD / dubachracing.com
Jim Holly is obviously still around also.
Denny Stephenson stuck around also as a TV commentator, goggle guy and even rider agent.
RJ has had his ventures also.
Ward is back now.
Huges is still around.
Lamson
Bailey stayed around for a long time.
Laporte
Chuck Sun

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6/15/2012 8:04 PM

Stefan Everts
Sylvain and Eric Geboers

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6/15/2012 9:01 PM

Torsten Hallman = THOR

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6/15/2012 9:15 PM

The Dogger!!!

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6/15/2012 10:04 PM

Almost easier to name the former top riders who DIDN"t stay in the sport:

Larry Ward
George Holland
Mike Kiedrowski
Jeff Matiasevich
Damon Bradshaw
Keith Bowen
Brian Swink

Some of these guys were a bit flaky, but I'm sure Holland and Kiedrowski had tons of offers. Ward, as well.

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6/15/2012 11:13 PM

dirtworldmx wrote: Almost easier to name the former top riders who DIDN"t stay in the sport:

Larry Ward
George Holland
Mike Kiedrowski
Jeff Matiasevich
Damon Bradshaw
Keith Bowen
Brian Swink

Some of these guys were a bit flaky, but I'm sure Holland and Kiedrowski had tons of offers. Ward, as well.

think Keith is working as a suspension tech for Tech Care Suspension and spent years at TUFF Racing.. Dont know what Brian is doing but he was trying to get into coaching.

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6/16/2012 12:46 AM

Pit Beirer-KTM
Heinz Kinigadner-Wings of Life

Blast from the past,Dave Nicoll is an ex GP rider and father of Kurt,47 years in the sport and now Official timekeeper,he's the guy with the Monster girls at the start of the race

Greg Langston:
"France will not win the MXdN"

"Jeremy Herlings"

(I also regret my username,funny at the time "you had to be there..")

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6/16/2012 9:52 AM

What blows me away is how few still ride or race. I can sort of understand because after I broke my neck and had a halo installed, I didn't race or even ride for 10 years (one of my biggest regrets). The desire to race Mammoth Motocross finally got me back to the starting gate 15 years ago. It's not how fast you were, its how fast you are or like the Extreme t-shirts used to say "You don't stop racing when you get old, you get old when you stop racing". ~Long Live Mammoth Motocross

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6/16/2012 10:33 AM

Marty Smith Slaton Racing manager

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6/16/2012 10:52 AM

Tons of guys are gear or goggle reps or even local outside sales reps. Some work behind the scenes training current mxers.

Shae Bentley
Grant Langston
Ezra Lusk
MC
Brooks
They had Mike Jones on the PA at High Point pushing his training program.

Hawwy

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6/16/2012 11:30 AM
Edited Date/Time: 6/16/2012 11:31 AM

Can't believe Matthes hasn't be mentioned!

Two Manitoba titles... the dude is a legend!

FastEddy

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6/16/2012 11:57 AM

dirtworldmx wrote: Almost easier to name the former top riders who DIDN"t stay in the sport:

Larry Ward
George Holland
Mike Kiedrowski
Jeff Matiasevich
Damon Bradshaw
Keith Bowen
Brian Swink

Some of these guys were a bit flaky, but I'm sure Holland and Kiedrowski had tons of offers. Ward, as well.

Todd Dehoop could be added to that list also.
http://www.racerxonline.com/2006/11/10/where-are-they-now-todd-dehoop

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6/16/2012 1:44 PM

rallendude wrote: Tons of guys are gear or goggle reps or even local outside sales reps. Some work behind the scenes training current mxers.

Shae Bentley
Grant Langston
Ezra Lusk
MC
Brooks
They had Mike Jones on the PA at High Point pushing his training program.

^this.

EVS just hired an ex-pro for in house customer support, dunlop hired an ex-pro to do their am support in buffalo, some guy swork in shops that stopped or are currently racing. Mike Piccone is at Extreme Honda in Tampa, Mitch Dougherty and his father are key figures in NY Motocross/AMA, Don Emler & Son? Mitch Payton, Troy Lee?

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6/16/2012 8:24 PM

PFitzG38 wrote: What blows me away is how few still ride or race. I can sort of understand because after I broke my neck and had a halo installed, I didn't race or even ride for 10 years (one of my biggest regrets). The desire to race Mammoth Motocross finally got me back to the starting gate 15 years ago. It's not how fast you were, its how fast you are or like the Extreme t-shirts used to say "You don't stop racing when you get old, you get old when you stop racing". ~Long Live Mammoth Motocross

Is Rick Johnson still involved with MX? He seems to be doing pretty well lately in off road racing.
Jeremy McGrath is involved in it too.




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6/16/2012 8:30 PM

g0rd057 wrote: Is Rick Johnson still involved with MX? He seems to be doing pretty well lately in off road racing.
Jeremy McGrath is involved in it too.




Ever heard of supercross.com?

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6/16/2012 11:45 PM

Once you get into motocross it's hard to give it up. Why would you want to? It's a brotherhood.

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6/17/2012 7:02 PM

Hannah said he did all he wanted to in mx. Nothing left to prove.
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