During his nine-year career as a pro motocross racer, Mike Kiedrowski won championships as easily as he did fans. Between 1988 and 1997, he was a four-time AMA National Motocross champion.
Here are a dozen fun facts about Kiedrowski, who was inducted into the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame in 2007.
1. Kiedrowski was born in 1969 and was raised in Canyon Country, Calif. His father was a desert racer and Mike grew up riding off road at an early age. He first entered motocross races when he was 7 years old and became a member of Kawasaki’s amateur racing program called Team Green.
2. Kiedrowski’s mechanic, Shane Nalley, came up with the “MX Kied” nickname that would stick with Mike for the rest of his career.
3. He was one of only two riders in AMA Motocross history to win the “hat trick” of 125cc, 250cc and 500cc AMA Motocross National Championships. AMA Motorcycle Hall of Famer Jeff Ward was the other.
4. Kiedrowski was also a member of four U.S. Motocross des Nations teams. Three of those were victorious.
5. Honda hired Kiedrowski in 1989. He won three 125cc nationals on the way to earning the AMA 125 Motocross Championship in his first full season in the series.
6. In 1989 his bike wore the distinctly amateur-looking number of 762. He would wear the No. 1 the following season.
7. Kiedrowski moved back to Kawasaki in 1991 and won the 1991 AMA 125 Motocross Championship. It marked Kiedrowski’s second title in the class and brought the championship back to Kawasaki for the first time in seven years.
8. In 1992, the “MX Kied” moved up to the 500cc Motocross class and won that title. He finished runner-up in the 250 class.
9. While Kiedrowski never won an AMA Supercross title, he was always a contender and scored five Supercross victories. His biggest claim to fame in Supercross was winning the Daytona Supercross three years in a row: 1993, 1994 and 1995.
10. Daytona International Speedway has installed Kiedrowski in its Legends of Daytona Walk of Fame.
11. He retired from professional motocross for good after the 1997 season. Suzuki asked him to race off-road in 2000. Kiedrowski raced for Team Suzuki in AMA Grand National Cross Country and was a consistent top finisher for the next few seasons, earning a career-best ranking of third in that series.
12. In 2003, Kiedrowski was named to represent the United States in the International Six Day Enduro in Brazil, where he earned a Gold Medal.