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Jeremy McGrath

McGrath signing autographs in 2009
Born November 19, 1971 (1971-11-19) (age 38)
San Francisco, CA
Occupation Supercross Rider
Website
http://www.jeremymcgrath2.com

Jeremy McGrath is an American motocross and supercross racer who occasionally races in short course off-road racing. He has won numerous national championships.

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MX career

McGrath started off the 2001 season in typically strong form, winning 2 of the first 3 main events. However, he lost the next event to Team Kawasaki's Ricky Carmichael. Carmichael would then win every race from there on out, dethroning McGrath as Supercross champion and equalling his 1996 win record of 13 consecutive main event victories. McGrath returned in 2002 to take a shot at regaining his crown, but chronic arm pump and perhaps age caught up with him, and he could only muster a 3rd place in the final standings behind Carmichael and Yamaha's David Vuillemin.

For 2003 he signed with Team KTM but a pre-season crash on the much maligned KTM 250SX made him rethink his future in racing and he decided to retire on the eve of the 2003 supercross season. He did a farewell tour with KTM to show his appreciation and sign autographs for fans.

In 2005, McGrath came out of retirement to race a limited schedule on the Supercross circuit. He rejoined forces with his former Team Honda squad and has recently proven to be at a competitive level and speed that has not been seen from McGrath since the 2000 or 2001 seasons. At the age of 34, he has placed regularly in the top 5 positions. The same year Jeremy also raced Supermoto in the X-Games and placed 2nd to take home the silver medal. McGrath switched motorcycles from his trademark Honda CR250R 2-stroke to a Honda CRF450R 4-stroke at Round 3 of the 2006 Supercross season. In keeping with his partial schedule, McGrath withdrew from the series after Round Six, after earning multiple top 5 finishes, and running as high as fourth in the point standings. Jeremy competed in the 2006 Summer X-Games, earning a 2nd in Step-Up and 7th in Supermoto. He announced plans for the McGrath Invitational, an off-season supercross race with an innovative track and huge purse. McGrath announced that the 2006 Invitational will be the final professional Supercross race of his career. McGrath was inducted into the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame in 2003. (NOTE: Jeremy planned and even raced the McGrath Invitational but due to all the stress of planning, getting ready to race, etc. he was not fully focused when race day came around, resulting in a crash sometime in the race, breaking bones in his neck. He has since recovered)

In April 2007, he announced he had signed a driver development contract with the NASCAR team JR Motorsports, owned by Dale Earnhardt, Jr. with Monster Energy Drink sponsoring.

McGrath's 2009 Trophy Truck

McGrath has occasionally raced in off-road races in the late 2000s. He has finished in the Top 10 in several PRO-2 races.

Career Highlights

Taught since MC was 3 till 19 he had started to win these Championships Total Individual Career Championship Titles: 12

  • 250cc Supercross Championships: 7 (1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1998, 1999 and 2000)
  • 125cc Western Region SX Championships: 2 (1991 and 1992)
  • 250cc Outdoor MX Championship: 1 (1995)
  • FIM World Championships: 2
  • Individual Motocross des Nations win: 1

Total Team Career Championship Titles: 2

  • Motocross des Nations Championships: 2 (1993 and 1996)

Total Overall Career Wins: 102

  • 250cc Supercross wins: 72
  • 125cc Western Region SX wins: 13
  • UltraCross wins: 5

Other AMA Sanctioned Regional race wins: 10

Personal life

Jeremy married his wife Kim on August 3, 2002. They had a baby girl, Rhowan Parker McGrath (RPM) on December 9, 2005. A second daughter Bergen Paisley McGrath was born January 10, 2008.

Books

  • He wrote an autobiography with Chris Palmer called "Wide Open: A Life In Supercross" it tells about his life going through the ranks as a rookie to his current day life.[1]
  • Former Dirt Rider editor-in-chief, a long-time friend of the McGrath family, Ken Faught wrote "Images of a Champion[2]" The book documents his on- and off-track activities including car racing, hillclimbing and supermoto.

Pole Position Raceway

In September 2005[3] Jeremy McGrath teamed up with long-time friends Ken Faught and Jason Williams to create a state-of-the-art indoor go kart track called Pole Position Raceway. The track uses environmentally friendly electric karts that produce 20-horsepower.

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