Wednesday, October 18th, 2017

Jeremy McGrath: A Championship Supercross Racer

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Jeremy McGrath: A Championship Supercross Racer

Jeremy McGrath; there is a good chance that you have heard that name before. Jeremy McGrath is a California born man, who is most well-known for his supercross motorcycle racing skills. In fact, he is commonly referred to as the “King of Supercross.” Jeremy McGrath is most well known to those in the supercross motorcycle racing community, but his name and fame is so wide spread that you have likely heard of him before, even if you are not a supercross motorcycle racing fan.

Although Jeremy McGrath accomplished a lot with supercross racing, he is, perhaps, most well-known for his rookie season. He was the first rookie racer to win the 250cc Supercross Championship. That win came in 1993. However, his rookie year was just the beginning. Jeremy McGrath went on to set even more records. He, currently, is known as having the most wins at supercross events, namely the main events.

Like many racers, including supercross motorcycle riders, Jeremy McGrath has made a number of career moves. Those moves had a focus on his teams. When McGrath started in supercross motorcycle racing, he was with Team Suzuki. After a while, he decided to switch to Team Honda. Like his fellow supercross competitor, Ricky Carmichael, this move was widely criticized by many, including his fans. It is a wonder if his fans saw what would be coming in the future. After a hard year, Jeremy McGrath made the switch to Team Yamaha. That team switch came in 1998.

The switch to Yamaha racing proved lucky, unlike his highly publicized move to Suzuki in 1997, it proved to be a good move. In fact, Jeremy McGrath later went on to with the Supercross Championship in 1998. The same year that he started with Yamaha. Not long after that, McGrath made a bold career move. He agreed, with Yamaha, to only race at supercross motorcycle racing events, instead of competing in motocross events as well. This allowed him to focus solely on his supercross racing career, which in turn lead to even more wins. However, in 2003, Jeremy McGrath made the decision to retire from supercross motorcycle racing.

Although McGrath chose to retire from supercross motorcycle racing, in 2003, it appeared as if he just couldn’t let the sport go. He later returned in 2005. His return caused excitement in the hearts of many fans; however, his return was only on a limited basis. When he did return, he returned with his old team. That team was Team Honda. Despite the fact that the results were not the same as he had seen in the past, they were pretty good.

In fact, considering his age and all of the injuries that he had suffered, in the past, the results could easily even be considered great.

 


24 Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. 25 Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last; but we do it to get a crown that will last forever. 26 Therefore I do not run like a man running aimlessly; I do not fight like a man beating the air. 27 No, I beat my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize.

1 Corinthians 9:24-27


11 I again saw under the sun that the race is not to the swift and the battle is not to the warriors, and neither is bread to the wise nor wealth to the discerning nor favor to men of ability; for time and chance overtake them all.

Ecclesiastes 9:11


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