Riverside, CA (January 15, 2012) – The Brett Downey Safety Foundation has been an integral part of the amateur motocross community since 2004. During this time, the Foundation has spent a significant amount of time and effort ensuring the safety of riders, spectators and the sport itself. It is in this spirit, that the Brett Downey Safety Foundation is pleased to welcome Buddy Antunez to the team.

Buddy has been a part of motocross the majority of his life. His motocross career began at 3 years old and like most kids, dreamt of becoming a champion. His hard work and perseverance took him from becoming a minibike superstar to 125 Supercross and Rookie of the Year in 1990 to national motocross title contender to five-time Arenacross champion from 1997 to 2001 to team manager at Suzuki to now a motocross trainer from 2008 to current all within a span of 30+ years. He currently works with a group of amateur riders as a trainer helping them work towards achieving success. It’s only natural for a champion to create champions and a few of Buddy’s students include the likes of Nick Paluzzi, Eli Tomac, Dillon Schmoke, Brandon Sharer and Travis Baker.

Buddy will now be working with the Foundation on a local level in addition to his passion as a trainer. It’s a natural fit for the Foundation with his experience, expertise, reputation and genuine understanding of all things motocross to have him represent the basic safety principles the Brett Downey Safety Foundation believes in and promotes. Buddy is a regular at the amateur practice tracks around California and he has agreed to help the Foundation keep the tracks more accountable to a higher safety standard. An important goal for Buddy is to set a standard for local tracks to agree to hire a minimum number of flaggers and to help find a happy medium that works for both the track and the Foundation but still be sensitive to the business of running races.

And as we get ready for the kick-off of the 2012 riding season, Buddy will now help be the voice of the Brett Downey Safety Foundation out at the local amateur level. We are excited for him to be a part of our team in 2012. Feel free to let Buddy know how much you appreciate all his hard work spreading the word about safety.

For more information on supporting the Brett Downey Safety Foundation programs, please feel free to visit our website, www.mxsafety38.org, or give us a call at 951-824-9494. You can also find us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/brettdowneysafetyfoundation.

About the Brett Downey Safety Foundation:

Established in 2004, The Brett Downey Safety Foundation is a non-profit organization lead by a volunteer staff. Its mission is to supplement the motocross community by increasing safety awareness of riders, parents, track owners and promoters to help make the sport of motocross as safe as possible by minimizing injuries and helping to preserve all motocross tracks.

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