K1 Speed in Irvine was visited this week by multiple motorcross celebrities after their race at Pala Raceway for the Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motorcross Championship. Chad Reed, Jeff Emig, Michael Byrne, and Brett Metcalfe were all on hand participating in their own celebrity LeMans style race, along with other friends of theirs using their motorcross racing skills on our technical asphalt layout.
Chad Reed who is a multi-time supercross and motocross champion from Australia, was taught at a young age how to be capable of competing at the sports most elite level on either side of the Pacific Ocean. He has proven to be the most consistent supercross/motocross racer in the 2000-2009 decade, and has since ascended to the international ranks of the sport to become one of Australia’s best, and most successful motocross racers.
Jeff Emig was one of the top AMA Motocross and Supercross riders of the 1990s. In all, Emig has won four AMA national championships, an FIM World Supercross title and was a six-time member of the U.S. Motocross des Nations team. Emig helped mold the MX lifestyle that came to prominence in the 1990s, and was probably the toughest rival for Jeremy McGrath. Characterized by a style of dress, music and a love for the sport of motocross, he earned a fanatical following of fans who wore giant fake afros in honor of Emig’s popular nickname “Fro.”
Michael Byrne, a pro rider since 1997, had three championships in Australia, before coming to the United States in 2001. He started his US career racing for former SX and MX champion Jeff Emig on his TheEdgeSports.com Kawasaki team. He moved permanently to the U.S. the following year to race the full AMA schedule. The 2002 and 2003 seasons for Byrne were solid learning seasons for him in the U.S., and he piloted his Amsoil Honda to fifth in the final standings in the 2003 AMA 125cc National Motocross Championship.
Brett Metcalfe is one of the most seasoned veterans in the Lites class. The Australian born racer began his pro racing career in his home country by racing in the Australian Supercross series in 2001. In 2002, Metcalfe ventured overseas to compete in the World Motocross GP series within the MX2 class and its been full throttle ahead ever since.
All riders, turned into kart racers for the afternoon, really took to our electric racing karts enjoying the challenges they faced around each corner. Chad Reed ended up coming out on top by the drop of the checkered flag for LeMans race which gives drivers a 12 lap practice, two 14 lap qualifying rounds and one 16 lap main event round.
Want to come in and have your own LeMans style race with your friends – visit any of the six K1 Speed locations and check with the counter staff to see what all is involved.