....and sadly, he likely won't be the last. There have been other top (or near the top) riders who have gotten caught up in the dark side. Some names that most of you know have been busted for drugs and/or related charges. Some have served time too.
Compared to the rush of winning a moto, clearing a triple or making a tight pass, what else in day to day life can provide anywhere near that kind of adrenaline rush? Perhaps that very "special something" that pros have, that need for a thrill, that willingness to push beyond the normal safety zone is what makes them possibly more susceptible to being pulled into the world of drugs and addiction.
Leichien is the highest profile rider to get caught up in all this. Today he has his poop-in-a-group, but sadly, he didn't get there until long after his best years of racing were behind him.
I only met Healy once, back when he was on his game. He seemed like a nice enough guy then. I've seen other riders that I've known and admired go this route, hit bottom and come back as viable, healthy people. For his sake and for the sake of his family, I hope that Healy is able to do the same.
Do you guys remember when Jeff Emig got arrested in Lake Havasu smoking pot out in public with make shift pipe made out of a coke can. Overall though I think motocross racers pale in comparison to a lot of sports when it comes to athletes going down the wrong road. The family enviorment we all grow up in at the tracks is an awesome deterrent from the criminal/drug lifestyle and why I'm so addament about raising my children around mx. I remember back in the day there was no way I would do anything to risk being able to race. My dad made it very clear if I ever got caught stealing,doing drugs or anything like that the bikes would be sold faster than I could say please don't and I believed him. I just sat here and tried to think of riders that did drugs or got arrested and other than the Dogger and Fro I couldn't come up with anything and Fro was just puffing a little herb on a weekend off at the lake. I'm very proud to be involved in a sport where getting in trouble with the law is the exception not the rule.
Great sport. No team to rely on so to do any good you have to be fit , focussed and prepared - both body and machine.
Like a few beers after the race though, then the real bench racing starts!
Nightmare for all concerned in Healey's fuck up.
Didn't know that about Sommo.
Did'nt RJ Get busted at customs for pot?
I'm not bagging on him ,Just remember something happened with him of that nature!
drugs are a world problem not just moto
MX is no different than any other part of society.