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David Bailey Quotes

On choosing the right line:

"The line that allows you to keep the throttle wide open the most".

How hard do you dive into a corner?

"Until you scare yourself a little bit".

On responding to the pressures of the racers at the starting gate

"You can't ignore the pressure, it's just about impossible; Try to focus on the things that got you there. Try to visualize the day going perfect everything going as planned."

The Four Stroke beginning

"The first time I ever saw anyone ride a 4-stroke was Mike Young and it just blew my mind, I saw him in a race in Carlsbad he came around the first lap in a full lock slide thru this whoop section, and didn't swap at all and pulled away and won there.".

On Ricky Carmichael' passing attitude

"I don't think Kevin thought he was going to get passed in that sweeper section. It's just Ricky doesn't think about it, he just does it".

While watching Mike Alessi in 05.

"Someone who cheats to cheat, is a cheater. Someone who cheats to win is a competitor".

On witnessing Doug Henry's back breaking crash'

"I don't believe what I just saw".

On looking back.. looking behind..

"It is not a good sign; You never want to be looking back! It's a sign that your either nervous making mistakes or you're tired".

What matters when it comes to winning a race

"A friend of mine I used to race with said "It's not the guy that goes the fastest, it's the guy that slows down the least".

1985 w/ Rick Johnson teammate

"Rick brought in that "EXTRA HAMMER", I (David) didn't like him. I watched him, we stayed separate, I couldn't stand the guy. I was never happy if he (RJ) won.".

Hall of fame

David Bailey was a leading AMA motocross and Supercross racer of the 1980s. He won the AMA 250cc National Motocross Championship and AMA Supercross Championship in 1983 and went on to win the AMA 500cc National Motocross Championship in 1984 and 1986. He tallied 30 AMA national race victories during his eight-year professional career, which was cut short in his prime after a practice crash left him paralyzed just before the start of the 1987 season. After his injury, Bailey reemerged in the early 1990s as an expert motocross television commentator.