Glen Helen Raceway and Dubya are very excited to announce the 2022 recipient of the Edison Dye Motocross Lifetime Achievement Award. Jeremy McGrath, the most popular motorcycle racer of the 1990s, will be presented this year’s award. This seven-time AMA Supercross and AMA 250 National Motocross champion transcended motocross.
McGrath was born in San Fransisco on November 19, 1971 and later moved to Southern California. After just three years riding as an amateur, McGrath made his AMA debut in 1989. He finished his first Supercross season and ranked eighth in the 125 West Region Series.
In 1990, he rode for Kawasaki’s support squad and McGrath began to make his first impact on the sport. That year, he won his first 125 West Region Supercross race in Las Vegas and finished the season ranked second in the series. McGrath won a total of 17 career AMA Motocross Nationals.
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While McGrath was becoming known as primarily a Supercross specialist even at this early point of his career, he proved he had skills on the outdoor circuits as well. In 1991, he was ranked fifth in AMA 125 motocross and eighth in the class in 1992. McGrath also began to make his name known internationally when he won the Tokyo Supercross in 1992. After winning his first AMA Supercross race, McGrath went on to dominate the 1993 AMA Supercross Series, winning 10 races and earning the championship.
During his career, McGrath rode for Kawasaki, Honda, Suzuki and Yamaha. He was the first rider to own and ride for his own factory-backed team.
He announced his retirement before the opening round of the 2003 AMA Supercross Series in Anaheim. Though retired from full-time Supercross and motocross competition, McGrath continued his racing career after being inducted into the Motorcycle Hall of Fame. McGrath’s legacy in the sport of motorcycle racing will be felt for generations to come.
This year’s ceremony will be unlike any other. On Saturday, November 5th, we will host a meet and greet from 4:30pm to 5:30pm. The award presentation will commence at 5:30pm, followed by an autograph session with Jeremy McGrath (and other prior recipients), at the Glen Helen Museum. Plan to attend this outstanding event!