Eric Johnson (Journalist): There was this little box van right
outside the Coliseum with punk rock blaring out of it and two
hundred or three hundred people standing around it, screaming and pushing and shoving to get closer to where Kenny was
throwing things out into the mob. I know the promoters were
not into it at all, and I doubt any other team was into it either. I
remember seeing one of the officials go rushing towards the van
to try to stop them from causing a riot.
Deegan: The way I felt is that
if you’re going to talk the talk,
you’d better walk it too. I knew
I had to back this thing up with
some results. That’s the bottom
line and I had to now actually ride
my ass off. But that first night I
landed on [Jason] Partridge
over the triple and compressed
two vertebrae in my back. I was
bummed because I had been
training so hard with Mark Smith
that year—he was a cage fighter who slept on the floor of an
apartment I was renting for $300
a month. I was barely making it,
but I was training my ass off.
Sandin: I’m sitting in the stands
and on the first lap of the 125
main event Deegan lands on
some kid and just crushed him.
He fell off the back of his bike
and he just laid there and didn’t
move. I looked over at Kurt, and
seeing as how we all had 50K
into it already, I said, “There
goes fifty thousand bucks.”
Watson: Swink made the 250 main event but he got a flat tire.
He still tried to jump down the peristyle jump, and when he landed he just crashed and knocked himself out. It was one thing
after another for him that year.
Deegan: We were down but we weren’t out, and one week
later we were back there at the Coliseum for round two. I was
still sore, but I had to race. And I’ll never forget that race. I had
a decent start and I knew my conditioning was good. [Robbie]
Reynard was out front but he was fading pretty bad. When I
passed him in the air over the big triple the crowd went nuts. I
thought, Wow, I’m leading a supercross right now! And then I
thought about all those days that I was running five miles then
running sprints, and I knew that if I blew this I was an idiot.
Luck is when preparation meets opportunity—something I always believed in.
Sandin: On the last lap, once I knew Brian was going to win,
I ran down the stairs, jumped
over the wall, ran past security
and onto the field. I didn’t care
what happened to me.
Deegan: I didn’t know what to
do on the last lap. I knew I was
going to win, but my whole thing
the last few years was about doing crazy stuff. If I knew how to do
a backflip back then, I would’ve
done that. So I just ghost-rode
my bike, which was funny, I think,
because it was so unexpected. I
stood up and dudes were jumping over my head still racing. I was
acting like I was the only guy on
Sandin: I got to the track right as
the bike was flying through the air
over the finish. I had the feeling like
I had won the race. I was never
good at racing but always wanted
to be. I can’t explain the feeling to
this day, but I really felt like I won
the race myself!
Burns: I wasn’t actually there
in Los Angeles because the band was touring in Germany. I
remember looking up the race results online and I had to do a
double take when I saw Brian’s name up on top. I was feeling it
emotionally.... Man, I might have started crying, even.
Deegan: Of course the AMA took half of my purse money, but
they used the footage for years to promote supercross.
Watson: After that race, Deegan started getting a little nuts. He
told me that he had reached his life’s goal. He just wanted to win
a supercross race, and he did.