23rd Supercross of Bercy. Palais Omnisports of Paris. November 11 – 13


As always, since it began 23 years ago, the Paris Bercy Supercross will
be run on November 11, 12 and 13. Alongside the exciting SX races, the
FMX show will bring action and excitement in the French capital as well.



The Paris Bercy Supercross is the oldest sporting event organised in
the famous Palais Omnisports of Paris Bercy, This event is now the most
famous supercross in Europe. The latest improvements including the new
format with the SX2 class and a bigger exposure for the Freestyle show,
confirmed the interest of fans and medias for this event that attract
yearly 45000 spectators.





Three teams with prestigious coachs



For the past three years now Bercy is exclusively reserved to the SX2
class, with an individual and a team classification. Three teams will
enter the event: USA, France and rest of the World. The US team won the
last three editions, and will be for sure once more the favourites. The
legendary Ricky Johnson (King of Bercy V and VII) will be for the first
time coach of the US team, and will provide the best advices to his
riders as well as Jean Michel Bayle (King of Bercy VIII and IX) who has
always been supporting the event as a spectator, a racer and later a
coach. Another “legends” will coach team “Rest of the World” as Stefan
Everts himself will be back in Bercy to celebrate with the French fans
his ninth MX World Titles. Stefan entered several times the race and
got his best results in 1990 (two wins and a second position in the 125
class) but then concentrate successfully his career in MX.





Tortelli back in Bercy



Five years after his last appearance in Bercy, Sébastien Tortelli will
be back for his second race aboard a factory KTM. The double MX World
Champion was impressive during the last Motocross of Nations in Ernée
for his come-back in France, and is now practicing in the US to prepare
Bercy. Runner-up behind David Vuillemin in 2000, Sébastien will be the
French Captain, alongside strong GP riders Pascal Leuret, Christophe
and Sébastien Pourcel. Expatriate kids Steve Boniface, Stéphane Roncada
and Eric Sorby and the best representative of the French SX Tour series
including series leader Benjamin Coisy, who will open daily the show
with one heat of the serie.





Americans favourites



Bercy create his legend with American riders, and they will be once
more numerous on the track and in the pits. Three of the main
contenders of the US series will lead the US team: Andrew Short vice US
champion and King of Bercy XXII, Mike Alessi third of the Nationals and
revelation of Bercy XXII, and Mike Brown. With Billy Laninovich winner
in San Francisco, Jeff Alessi, Jason Lawrence, Sean Hamblin, and Ryan
Mills, the Americans could win for the third time in a row the teams
competition and bring back home another trophy.





Rest of the World behind Philippaerts



US and French riders always had great interest for Supercross, but
that’s not the case in many European countries. Every year it’s
difficult to attract GP riders in Bercy. Winner of the French and South
African GP’s, Italian David Philippaerts will represent the GP riders.
His team-mates are not yet confirmed but Japanese Akira Narita, Swiss
Julien Bill, Brit Carl Nunn or South African Tyla Rattray are on the
list of riders who could join the Rest of the World.





Great show with the FMX Session Braun Cruzer3



Last year the Freestyle show had for the first time in Bercy (the
French SX was the first one in Europe to introduce a Freestyle
exhibition with a jump contest ten years ago) a great exposure, and it
was a hudge success. Once more the event will combine races and
Freestyle, to offer a perfect show to the public who was impressed last
year by the level of the Freestyle riders. All the riders involved
regularly do the OEback flip, and are now training with new jumps
especially for Bercy. American Ronny Renner, Spaniard Edgar
Torronteras, French Manu Troux, Swiss Matt Rebeaud, Norwegian André
Villa and Japanese Eigo Sato will represent the three continents in the
French capital.





Legendary Bercy



With a great experience behind them, the promotors are actively working
to prepare in the stadium the best track for the SX and the Freestyle
exhibition. With the laser show, music and the famous Modus Pompom
girls, Bercy XXIII will reinforce it’s legendary reputation. Prize from 40 to 60 o. Réservations by phone (33 892 390 490) or Internet (www.ticketnet.fr)

2006 AMA Supercross Series Predictions





We asked racers, and industry insiders to give us their picks for 2006. We also asked them what’s the first thing they would they change about supecross if they could.



(Editors note: Most predictions were given before top contender Kevin Windham broke his arm in a practice crash on Dec. 14th.)



Chuck Miller – American Honda Racing Manager

  1. RC
  2. Windham
  3. Reed
  4. Fonseca
  5. Stewart

Watch for Andrew Short in the West series, and Davi Millsaps in the East. Honda is going for the championships in the Lites class, and holding nothing back. Others to watch are Mike Alessi, Nate Ramsey, Broc Hepler, Grant Langston, Billy Laninovich, and Josh Hansen.



I would suggest a shortened series. 12 total events for the series for AMA points with other “special events” to be added that would be in locations throughout the world. Then we would have time to promote our series and riders to Japan, Australia, Canada and other countries and venues throughout the world. This would also assist with rider injuries, training, and allow time for preparation for other activities the riders and manufactures could use to get the most value from the investment we are making in MX/SX racing.





Jeremy Albrecht – Kawasaki Race Tech & James Stewart’s Mechanic

  1. James Stewart. Because he is extremely fast, he has calmed down a lot since last season, and he is very hungry for the title.
  2. Carmichael
  3. Reed
  4. Byrne
  5. Windham

I would have more supercross races and less outdoors events. I would also pay everybody involved more money.





Michael Byrne – Team Kawasaki Factory Rider

  1. Stewart. His speed is incredible.
  2. Carmichael
  3. Myself
  4. Windham
  5. Reed

I would have less races during the season with more breaks in between events.





James Stewart – Team Kawasaki Factory Rider, former 125 National Champion

  1. Kyle Lewis. He always gets great starts!
  2. Barry Carsten. He has the experience to win

Just kidding!!!

  1. Me. I think that I have the speed to win
  2. Reed
  3. Carmichael
  4. Byrne
  5. Windham

If I could change one thing about supercross, I would have more races.





Grant Langston – Monster Energy/Kawasaki/ProCircuit Team Rider, former 125 National Champion, defending 125 East Supercross Champion

  1. Stewart. I think James is the fastest rider out there. His biggest rival is himself so if he can be consistent, he will win the title.
  2. RC – Ricky is very consistent, fast, and relentless. He knows what it takes to win.
  3. Reed – Chad always seems to get faster as the season goes on.
  4. Windham – Kevin is also very consistent and makes very few mistakes.
  5. Tedesco – It is Ivan’s first year in the premier class and I don’t think he has the speed of the front 3 quite yet, but I believe he will ride smart.

The first thing I would change if I was in charge of supercross would be the names. They make it sound like your going to have a beer or go smoke a cigarette. I would change the names to the 250cc class and the 450cc class.





Jamie Little – TV personality & smartest person in supercross

  1. Chad Reed. His bike is new and improved. His confidence is back and he’s ready for revenge.
  2. RC. Never count RC out.
  3. Bubba. I think Bubba will work out his issues and be back just as strong as ever. But with his inconsistency I can’t put him on top. However, if he stays healthy and comes out with a vengeance, he could do it.
  4. KW. If I could have it my way, I’d put Kevin on top as I believe he is the most deserving of a championship. He’s certainly capable.
  5. Fonseca. He really impressed me towards the end of the outdoor season. I think he’ll be a contender this year and be the spoiler throughout the season.

My pick for “breakout performance” will be Ivan Tedesco. I think he’ll come out swinging and really surprise some people. I would be willing to bet he’ll make the podium on a few occasions.



Nathan Ramsey will be a force to be reckoned with on the Lites. Davi Millsaps too. Being that both the Alessi boys will be making their supercross debut, I’ll have to say Mike especially will be a threat. However, we all know how rookies fair in their first year so I’m not going to pick him for a title. Watch Andrew Short and Grant Langston as well.



I would change the TV package for supercross. If I had it my way, I’d have it on ABC Sports LIVE on Saturday nights. It’s where the sport belongs. NASCAR doesn’t get in full swing until March so that would give Supercross two solid months of relatively no motorsports competition on network television. I’d also increase the purse money. It’s ridiculously low after all these years. To win a Supercross main, these guys should be walking away with at least $50,000!!! And if you make a main you should be guaranteed at least $10,000.





Giuseppe Luongo – President of Youthstream, which runs World Motocross Grand Prix and World Supermoto

  1. Carmichael
  2. Reed
  3. Stewart
  4. Windham
  5. LaRocco

In the Lites, for sure Ben Townley will be a guy to watch.



Supercross is a great show and I think it’s really good just how it is, the only thing I think could be good to change is to hold two events in Europe and 1 in Australia in addition to all the events in the USA. This is just my vision in order to make it more ‘world’.





Georges Job̩ РMulti-Time World motocross champion from Belgium

  1. Reed
  2. Carmichael
  3. Windham
  4. LaRocco
  5. Stewart

From what I’ve seen, Josh Hansen is very talented, Ben Townley is very motivated, and Mike Alessi is very aggressive.



The things I would change about supercross? I will give points for the heat race and best lap time in the race so the riders will give more fight.





Jeff Emig – Multi-time AMA Supercross/Motocross Champion

  1. RC
  2. Reed
  3. Bubba
  4. Burner
  5. Fonseca

First thing I’d change about supercross is I would change the tracks. Slow the tracks down. The tracks are too flat. There also needs to be more dirt used. Slow the tracks down by making it much more difficult. Riders needs to make mistakes, instead of riding 20 laps almost perfectly.





Jean Turner – Dirt Rider.com Editor

  1. Carmichael
  2. Reed
  3. Stewart
  4. Windham
  5. Vuillemin

First thing I would change about supercross is the ticket prices. It’s way too expensive to take a family to the stadium and a race as it is right now.





Kinney Jones – Photographer

  1. Ricky
  2. Bubba
  3. Chad
  4. Vuillemin
  5. Windham

I would build much tougher tracks, like EnduroCross, and like Mike Goodwin did years ago.





Jerry Bernardo – Motorsports TV personality

  1. RC
  2. Reed
  3. Bubba
  4. Kevin Windham
  5. Ivan Tedesco

First thing I’d change in supercross would be to make it all racing, no commercials, and no pimping sponsors.





Eric Perronard- co-promoter Mini Moto SX, EnduroCross

  1. RC
  2. Reed
  3. Bubba
  4. Vuillemin
  5. Tedesco

If I could change one things about supercross, I would make the tracks more challenging for riders, with less single line racing.





Joe Columbero – Rider, Writer, and producer of Motorcycle programs

  1. Carmichael
  2. Reed
  3. Windham
  4. Tedesco
  5. Preston


Rick Johnson – Multi-time AMA Supercross/Motocross Champion, owner of some web-site

  1. Ricky Carmichael
  2. Chad Reed
  3. Kevin Windham
  4. Ivan Tedesco
  5. Mike LaRocco

If I could change one thing about supercross, I would have more races on Friday nights, along with live television. There is nothing on Friday and kids could stay up late to watch it.





Nate Ramsey – Team Red Bull/KTM Factory Rider

  1. Reed
  2. Ricky
  3. Stewart
  4. Windham
  5. Tedesco


Scot Harden – Off-Road racing legend, Red Bull/KTM media supervisor

  1. McGrath – Jeremy is a lock to win the first six races, there’s no doubt about that! I have it from high sources that he will win.
  2. Carmichael
  3. Stewart
  4. Windham
  5. Reed

Mike Alessi and Jeff Alessi will be two guys to watch in the Lites. Everyone knows about Mike, but Jeff is always improving. I’d never count him out. Josh Hansen too.



I would definitely change the names of the classes. Lites makes it sound weak. It almost gives the class second-class status, when it has been every bit as exciting if not more exciting than the 250 class.



I’d also lengthen KJSC by adding qualifiers and heats. And I’d throw in a few Umbrella Girls.





Mike Alessi – Team Red Bull/KTM Factory Rider

  1. RC
  2. Reed
  3. Stewart
  4. Windham
  5. Byrne


Jeff Ward – Multi-time AMA Supercross/Motocross Champion

  1. RC
  2. Stewart
  3. Windham
  4. the rest is wide open

I would definitely have more races if I was in charge of supercross.





Mike Kiedrowski – Multi-time AMA National Motocross Champion

  1. RC
  2. Reed
  3. Windham
  4. LaRocco
  5. Stewart


Ivan Tedesco – Team Makita Suzuki, two-time 125cc west supercross champion, 2005 outdoor 125 national motocross champion



Can I tell you my predictions at the end of the season? If I was in charge of supercross, I would use the riders’ input on final track design.





Broc Hepler – Team Makita/Suzuki

  1. Carmichael. Ricky is always up for a challenge and he will get the job done no matter what it takes.
  2. Windham. He is always consistent and doesn’t make too many mistakes and with all the 450 movement in the class he has had a head-start on everyone else.
  3. Reed. He may have speed at some races, but I don’t think he rides the 450 that well and he is kind of a lone ranger on testing his Yamaha, so it may take him awhile to get dialed in.
  4. Stewart. He is the fastest guy out there but I think he will continue to make some mistakes that will cost him.
  5. Tedesco. He shows he has a lot of speed in supercross and he will continue to be a threat in this class.

I will be racing at the East Coast events. My goal is to be a little more consistent this year so I have a shot at winning a championship. Having Ricky on the team is great, because he is the hardest worker out there and knows what it takes to win.



If I was in charge of supercriss, I would make for tighter tracks, which would give closer racing. Right now there are a lot of sections that are too high speed.



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Post your top five finishers, why you think they’ll finish that way, and what you’d change about supercross if you could!



Here’s how they finished this past season:

  1. Ricky Carmichael – 367
  2. Chad Reed – 342
  3. Kevin Windham – 284
  4. David Vuillemin – 245
  5. Mike LaRocco – 229
  6. Ernesto Fonseca – 198
  7. Sebastien Tortelli – 176
  8. Heath Voss – 160
  9. Travis Preston – 130
  10. James Stewart – 129

Ricky Carmichael and Chad Reed are on four strokes for 2006. James Stewart is running well on the KX450f as well. Ivan Tedesco is moving up to the premier class. David Vuillemin in riding a Honda. Kevin Windham broke his forearm. And the first race is coming up January 7th!



Creator of Supercross

Creator of Supercross







July 1972. Los Angeles Coliseum. The very first supercross. Little did anyone know that a single event would change motor sports, make & break careers, spawn new industries, and even change the lives of many people.



Pure unadulterated, adrenaline pumping action, plus a flare for showmanship and promotion. That was Mike Goodwin.



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Mike Goodwin is accused of plotting the horrific 1988 murders of racing legend Mickey Thompson, 59, and his wife, Trudy, 41. They were shot execution-style outside their home in Los Angeles County. Goodwin says he’s innocent of any involvement in the murders. He and others have been working on his exoneration since just after the murders.



Goodwin, whose business dealings with Thompson had soured before the murders, has been held without bail since his arrest on Dec. 13, 2001.



Two bicyclists were seen fleeing the scene of the crime, but were never found. Investigators concluded that the motive was probably not robbery, as both had valuables on them. They viewed Goodwin as the prime suspect, given that he had bitter business disputes with the Thompsons in the past.



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Motocross had been raced in Europe since the late 40’s and came to America in the 60’s. The Europeans were the masters of motocross. Steeped in tradition, the European racers were initially skeptical of Supercross, and were reluctant to even try it.



Finally, the legendary Roger De Coster of Belgium, relented to race a Goodwin event in consideration of a large guaranteed appearance fee.



Mr. De Coster quickly recognized the future of the sport. This broke down the barriers of European rider participation. Following that they flocked to America.



Big sponsors like Coca Cola, Miller beer, Toyota trucks and others paid handsomely to be affiliated with the sport, and saw their product sales sky rocket from the association.



“The Olympics was the largest promotion we at Coca Cola, Los Angeles had done. Case sales were up tremendously. However, our Supercross promotion during October generated a case sale increase 50% higher than the increase rate during the Olympics (a 20% increase). Considering the scope of the Olympics, the Supercross was exceptional. The Supercross pre-race party drew 700 executives and their families. I am talking about heavy hitters. It is a rare occasion that decision makers come to any activity in that kind of force. Thank you Mike.”



I can say another thing about working with Stadium Motorsports Corporation and Mike Goodwin … I love working with them and they always deliver more than they promised.” Arlen Renfro, Vice President of Marketing, Coca Cola, Los Angeles.



As the big bucks started rolling in, Goodwin built a dazzlingly lavish lifestyle with fur coats, exotic automobiles, a 60′ yacht and champagne-laced parties. The consummate showman, Goodwin nurtured this image of his wild lifestyle to generate loads of controversial publicity, which would push ticket sales even more.



At the second Superbowl of Motocross at the Coliseum in 1973, Goodwin added a crazy but spectacular uphill and jump. Racers soared 100 feet back to the floor of the Coliseum after racing up over the stands, out toward the arches at the end of the Coliseum and eventually back through the larger center arch, which seemed to spit the racers back into the bright lights and all the way to the floor. It seemed death defying. And since the riders disappeared out of the first arch before jumping back in, it built tremendous suspense.



Also that second year attendance grew by 50%, fueled in part by this wild peristyle jump. The peristyle jump became the symbol of the excitement of Supercross.



The phenomenal growth continued. One year at Anaheim Stadium, over 20,000 fans beyond the 70,000 capacity were turned away, even though Goodwin’s staff went on radio and television before the event announcing a sellout, and asking people without a ticket not to come.



Goodwin’s 1979 L.A. Coliseum event still holds the all-time Supercross attendance record of 79,000 fans. Goodwin made a profit of $661,000 on that one night alone.



As soon as other promoters saw the big money to be made, a few of them jumped on the Goodwin bandwagon. They copied his Supercross events. However, Goodwin still averaged the largest crowds in the series, and had more television coverage and national sponsors than the rest of the motorcycle industry combined.



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John Bradley / TV producer/ Director Justice on Trial: “Before Supercross, Goodwin had promoted groups like the Rolling Stones and in partnership with legendary Bill Graham: Jimi Hendrix, the Doors, the Who, Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, Bob Dylan’s band, the Grateful Dead, the Moody Blues and dozens more.



I first met Mike Goodwin (well, more like encountered him) at lunch in 1966 where my partner and I hired him, over my objections. I did not like Goodwin; not many did. But, I finally had to admit, he was perfect for the job. So Goodwin became our road manager. We were promoting concerts in eleven cities in the west in the late 60’s. We needed someone smart and brawny, who did not do drugs, to handle the stoned acts and spectators, keep the box office crew honest and be an occasional bouncer.



Mike turned out to be much more than that; more than could comfortably fit in our small company. He was loud, fiercely independent and had a stormy temper that became legendary. However, after our frequent skirmishes Mike’s anger quickly dissipated and it was back to business as usual.



When he went to work for us, Mike agreed to do things as we always had. “Super, I’ll get right on it!” he told us, but then did things by his own, very organized, standards. Goodwin thought big. Always bigger; biggest: super, even. To him, everything worthwhile was “super.” When my partner told him he was hired, Mike said simply “Super!” After he negotiated 50% more than we had intended to pay him, he carefully reviewed the employment contract, saying, “This’ll be super!” Mike eventually turned out to be far better at promoting concerts than we were. After a couple of years, he went out on his own.



Before he left our company, Mike and I became close friends, and we remain so today. In those early days Goodwin stored his dirt bike in my garage and, waking me up at sunrise on Sunday mornings to ride the hills behind my house. I had never been a rider. But Mike talked me into riding on the back of his Honda 250. No helmet, no gear, no shoes. I burned the inside of my thigh, badly bruised the heels of my feet, and never rode again, even after 12 years of producing Supercross TV coverage.



Mike became extremely successful independently promoting rock concerts. However, he was still a dirt bike rider at his core.



Mike would capitalize on the excitement of motocross. One afternoon in 1972, it came to him: charge admission for people to watch a motocross race in a comfortable NFL stadium. No one had done it; no one had even thought of it. He drew his first Supercross track on the back of a cocktail napkin, took it to the L.A. Coliseum and wound up persuading the manager there to let him bring in hundreds of truckloads of dirt to stage a motocross race, no, a SUPER motocross, the very first Superbowl of Motocross.



Goodwin created motocross in stadiums, nurtured it and made it more successful than any other motorcycle event before it.



Mike had always admired Mickey Thompson’s white-knuckled, flat-out, off-road racing events. There were several meetings between them and, after a lot of haggling, Mike and Mickey thought that their joining forces might ultimately benefit both. In light of Goodwin’s phenomenal successes and the poor box office receipts at Mickey’s events, Thompson fought hard for 30% of the combined business, should the trial association work out.



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However, it did not. It only lasted 3 months. Mickey sued Goodwin and, by Mickey’s own admission, through his judicial “connections,” won a $500,000 judgment against Mike. They wrangled in the courts for over 3 years, until early 1988 when a settlement was reached.



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Speaking from behind a Plexiglas wall in the Central Men’s Jail, one of the principal characters in one of Southern California’s most enduring murder mysteries made it clear the case is far from over.”



Bradley: Although some of those now involved with Supercross have eradicated references of you and your contributions to the history of the sport, those of us who were there know that you alone invented Supercross. How?



Goodwin: The manager of the Los Angeles Coliseum in 1972, Bill Nicholas, had an interest in motocross because his son was a rider. We were in a cocktail lounge across from the Coliseum discussing the possibility of putting on a race inside the Coliseum, an idea I had suggested earlier. He asked me how I would build a track; I sketched it on a cocktail napkin. He said “You give me a monster cleaning deposit, bring in the dirt and let’s go for it.”



I was the first to try to translate motocross into mass entertainment. Certainly, other people had done motorcycle racing in a big way. In Europe, road racing drew thousands, but motocross was not a big sport yet here. Few in America had even heard of it. We thought that by bringing it into a stadium where you wouldn’t have to smell the chemical toilet, drink hot beer, eat cold hot dogs, and not be able to see much, and that we could charge admission and attract enough spectators to make a profit.



The idea came to me while my wife and I were dating. We had gone to the Carlsbad Grand Prix motocross. She told me if I ever took her to another one of those events, she would never go out with me again. She couldn’t stand the lack of parking, overflowing portable toilets, clouds of dust, no shade, and even the danger of standing next to track with speeding motorcycles. She couldn’t hear the sound system, and when motorcycles went around about every minute and a half she could not tell who was in front, especially late in the race when the leaders lapped the stragglers. For her it was a noxious nonevent.



Bradley: Some people think Mickey Thompson was the first to bring dirt in stadiums for his off-road cars. Can you clear that up?



Goodwin: Mickey Thompson definitely was not the first person to bring dirt into a stadium. I did the first stadium motocross – the Superbowl of Motocross at the Los Angeles Coliseum in 1972. Mickey Thompson never did a stadium event for his off-road cars in an NFL or baseball stadium until after he and I had a temporary business arrangement in 1984.



Interestingly, Mickey Thompson also never ran a real Supercross race – an AMA sanctioned Supercross race – with AMA team riders. The only event he ever ran that came close to that was an attempted Supercross at Anaheim Stadium in 1988, shortly before his murder. It didn’t have an AMA sanction and didn’t have the team riders. He drew a half a house and lost a lot of money. I had sold out Anaheim Stadium for about ten years, every year, prior to that.



So it is a misnomer that Thompson ever ran a real Supercross or that he ran his car races in stadiums prior to me doing so. Mickey even tried to change all the rules of a motocross race by renaming it “Ultra-cross,” but it failed.



Bradley: On the CBS 48 Hours segment “Murder In The Fast Lane”, host Bill Lagattuta implied that Mickey’s stadium off-road races were successful when you attempted to combine your businesses. Your comment?



Goodwin: Again, Thompson did not run any stadium events prior to our temporary business association. We were only associated for a little over 3 months. In an article about his life and accomplishments, Mickey was quoted in LOS ANGELES MAGAZINE, July 1988, that he had invested millions of dollars in building the sport of stadium off-road racing and had yet to make a profit. And, in fact, his company, Mickey Thompson Entertainment Group, M.T.E.G., never made a profit until 1989, after Mickey’s death. The company made a profit when Mickey’s sister and primary heir, Colleen Campbell, combined Supercross and off-road racing; Supercross was profitable, subsidizing the off-road cars. The company was bankrupted in 1995 and I eventually became the biggest creditor of M.T.E.G. because I was never paid for the rights to produce Supercross.



Bradley: If it is true that you and Mickey were in business for only a short time, why did the merger fall apart and did Mickey ever really become your partner?



Goodwin: There was no merger. The two companies were kept completely separate. In fact, on 10/10/84, after less than 4 months in business together, Thompson and I split up and in Thompson’s own attorney’s words, ” … went our own separate business paths.” We were never partners. It was a joint business association, a test, if you will, with certain goals that had to be achieved in order for us to sign a final merger contract. Our companies were always two separate corporations, only sharing overhead but never merged.



We staged a few events together but Thompson did not want to write his portion of the checks. I can prove, conclusively, that I put up over $500,000 and Thompson did not put up his share. I’m not certain he even had it to contribute, since we now know his financial condition was perilous at the time. In spite of that, he claimed I was cheating him; that he couldn’t read and never understood the agreement. He sued my company and won a $500,000 judgment that I appealed. During the next 3 years we negotiated through our attorneys; and had no direct contact. Shortly before the shootings, a settlement was achieved but Mickey was murdered before he could sign it.



Bradley: Authorities have said to the media that you were so enraged at Mickey for having taken your business, all your money, and having ruined your life that you “threw caution to the wind” and that’s why you ordered the killings. Did you hate Mickey that much?



Goodwin: No, of course not. And there is no evidence that I ever did. Thompson did not take my business. He did take some of my stadiums, that’s all. We still had InSport, the company that owned all the AMA sanctions for my Supercross races. In fact, his company never did pay for those rights. Because Mickey did not have these sanctions at his Anaheim race, he could not get top riders. My wife and I still had over $2 million dollars in assets left, plus over $800,000 cash in a trust account set up to pay the Thompson settlement. (Over the 3 years between the original suite and settlement, interest and other costs had swelled the original $500,000 to over $700,000.) Up until Mickey’s death, he had only “taken” $1800 from me. He did not take my Mercedes, as he claimed and we still retained the valuable Atlanta event plus other, substantial business interests.



I was fully prepared to wait him out; wait for him to go broke staging un-sanctioned events at the stadiums I had been using previously. I thought the industry would eventually come to me since there were no stadium events for factory riders to participate in. That’s why my wife and I had been planning for over a year to leave the country on an extended dive and photography vacation boat trip in the Caribbean. My wife had successfully outbid Thompson and still owned the AMA sanctions for the races, we believed it was only a matter of time until Thompson went under.



Bradley: Can you describe the current living conditions of this jail you are in?



Goodwin: The conditions here were beyond Guantanamo. I was in a punishment section of the Los Angeles jail. This is the biggest jail in the world, with over 7000 inmates. Used to be that I could use the phone 3 days a week, usually for less than 10 minutes and I had to make most calls before 6 AM. Mail took weeks to get in and out. I got to go outdoors once a week, I got one warm meal a day. My cell floor was 3′ x 7′.



Conditions are better now. I have a small window, a slightly larger cell, and I get to use the phone at a time undetermined in advance, once per day between 6 a.m. and midnight. My mail gets in and out within 5 – 10 days.



I’ve got great supporters out there too. I’ve heard from a lot of folks who remember my contributions to the sport. Please tell people to visit http://www.JusticeOnTrial.org and see for themselves. Since before my arrest, the nonprofit organization had been assisting in my defense, raising money, helping me personally. It is my goal to dedicate the rest of my life to working with Justice On Trial to help others as I’ve been helped. I hope readers will visit the web site and make a contribution to help me and others.



Also, they can get an e-mail to me through the web site, and via regular mail. I love hearing from friends and supporters, and we really need help. Justice On Trial is a nonprofit corporation and is applying for tax-exempt status. You and I look at this as a way to assist some who possibly have been charged erroneously.



Goodwin, Michael F. #8178-058

L.A. County Jail Twin Towers Pod 132A

PO Box 86164

Los Angeles, CA 90086-0164



I am innocent. My attorneys and supporters have been super throughout this ordeal. I welcome a trial as I know a jury will see that I am innocent and, by acquitting me, end this nightmare.



© 2005 John Bradley, from the upcoming book & movie



A Day in The Dirt

A Day in The Dirt







A Day in The Dirt started in 1998. It’s fun & families. Beginners & Vets. Women & Minis. Former Motocross & Supercross Champions. This year’s edition was held at the Gorman/I-5 MX track in southern California.



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Photo tells the story

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Womens’ class action

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Mini 1

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Mini 2

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Jeff Ward’s son is number 792

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Photo says it all

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This is Jake Johnson

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Nice … hair

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This is Luke Johnson

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The event is a salute to the film industry

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A Roberts, a McCoy, and a Johnson

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Starting grid

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Ricky S. interviews Jeff Ward

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Mike Kiedrowski is number 27

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Erik Kehoe

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Jeff Emig

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Team race!

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Cool

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Vintage Bultaco Pursang!

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Suzuki’s RM 250 from the late 70’s

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1974 Honda CR Elsinore

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Honda CR from 1980

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More action from the team race

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Yes, there are hot chicks there!



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