Inspire: Doug Henry 27

Watching Doug Henry at Red Bull's Day In The Dirt was awesome, and we checked in with him to find out about his bike, how he's adapted his riding style, why he's still riding, and more.

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27 comments
  • wk662

    1/1/2012 7:55 PM

    I agree with Ross. Henry is an amazing person, nothing stops him. But as far as a reality show, the producers don't want real reality it has to be scripted. They would ruin everything about him.

  • mxmaniac08

    12/1/2011 12:18 PM

    What a legend.. Very moving.

  • Brad_Marsh

    11/30/2011 9:52 PM

    Made my day! ....long day today and to see this video at the end of the day is perfect!

  • TerryK

    11/30/2011 7:35 PM

    Moto video guys, are you paying attention?

  • Danger

    11/30/2011 7:07 PM

    Doug is Unbelievable.. Somebody needs to make a movie of this guy..

  • Roger_Rossello

    11/30/2011 4:03 PM

    Really awesome!! I remember when a devastating injury at Budds Creek ended his season. Doug was slipping off the back of the bike on the face of a hill, inadvertently applying full throttle, launching him off the hill, causing him to fall from nearly 80 feet in the air to flat ground. Henry's back was broken, but miraculously he suffered no paralysis.
    Amazingly, Doug fought back and wanted to race again. He slowly worked his way back into shape, and Team Yamaha took a chance on him for the 1996 season. By the end of the Nationals, Henry was winning motos once again and had regained his form. For 1997, Yamaha approached Henry with the idea of riding their prototype YZM400 four-stroke in competition. He accepted the offer. While he raced and led the early part of the 1997 Supercross season on a YZ250, Henry suffered a hand injury that forced him to withdraw during the middle of the series. He came back riding the four-stroke full time, and posted top-5 finishes at the first few Nationals, which was unprecedented for a four-stroke machine. Doug is former 1998 AMA 250 Motocross Champion, 1998 AMA Professional Athlete of the Year.
    Doug broke his back on March 4, 2007, in a Supermoto race. He now suffers partial paralysis from the waist down, and is working very hard toward yet another recovery. In fact, Doug never gives up and as seen at the above video, he's SUPERMAN!! Thanks Doug for being an inspiration to me!!!

  • Mike_Norton

    11/30/2011 11:34 AM

    DOUG HENRY IS AMAZING , Living life to its fullest and not letting anything stop him from doing what he loves and enjoys and showing us all that were theres a WILL theres a way. AWESOME!!

  • Yamahauler152

    11/30/2011 8:53 AM

    Doug Henry is the real deal. I've said this before, the world would be a better place if everyone was a little more like Doug Henry.

  • seth505

    11/30/2011 6:42 AM

    legend

  • xmotocrossbum

    11/30/2011 6:36 AM

    Great video !!!!!!!!!! I was in the hospital with my own t-12/l1 spinal cord injury when Doug had his first sci It hurt to to hear that bad news then he came back from that ,I was in shock to hear of the second sci and thought no way its a bad rumor but it wasn't , then watching him and Ricky James come back from their injuries and ride again got me thinking of the things I could do so I went through a couple of bikes changed my riding a little bit now Ill be working on a bike like Doug's and Ricky's if I a never seen them ride Id probably never had my eyes opened up the ways to adapt a bike and ride again , riding was the thing missing from my like there is nothing in the world that gives you what riding does for you in your life Doug and Ricky are simply amazing guys

  • Davis731

    11/30/2011 5:46 AM

    I love his never quit and give up attitude. You are a inspiration to us all.

  • Motoguy774

    11/30/2011 5:05 AM

    Doug is one of those people who lifts you up. He represents the true spirit of never give up. I am so glad to see him riding.

  • mxracer86

    11/30/2011 4:48 AM

    Very cool video!! He is one of my all-time favorite riders!

  • navalseabee

    11/30/2011 3:39 AM

    probably one of my favorite vids i have watched on vital.

  • FIREfish148

    11/30/2011 1:31 AM

    Cool bit steve! Doug is a bad dude!!

  • Fernando_Valderrama

    11/29/2011 5:22 PM

    Absolutamente increíble... Henry ha sido siempre un ejemplo para todos los pilotos, rápido, ganador y elegante. Un fuera de serie del motocross que sigue demostrando que su pasión por este deporte supera cualquier adversidad. Su maestría en la arena de Southwick es mítica... la carrera de 2005 con una 125 2T!! con John Dowd, Carmichael... impresionante. Un genio y un ejemplo.
    Fernando, Madrid (Spain)

  • mxr102

    11/29/2011 5:15 PM

    Words cannot describe what a badass Doug is. What he has gone through in life would break some people and they would quit. It has only made Doug stronger and want to show how mentally tough he is. U cant keep a good man down.....

  • buggz

    11/29/2011 5:03 PM

    Love it! Thanks for sharing. You truely are an insperation my friend.

  • NESC838

    11/29/2011 3:28 PM

    Doug's attitude is beyond words. Truly an amazing person.

  • Ross_Miller

    11/29/2011 2:43 PM

    Doug is the kind of person that should have a reality TV show, rather than some of the crap out there now. I showed my kids this video and told them about all the stuff he has been challenged with. He is now the "Ryan X replacement Hero" in our house. I also have known Doug since the early NESC days when he would show up with worn out bikes on a flat bed farm trailer and win. We sponsored him at our shop Glastonbury Cycle Center (now New England) what a super nice and humble guy. It is an honor to know him. Keep up the great work Doug.