Burns: Deegan gave Moto XXX a long-lasting memory and it
was a historic moment in supercross, and maybe even the jump
that launched the whole freestyle revolution.
Watson: After things started settling down, one of the officials
told us we had to stop doing product tosses and giving everything away. He said if we’re still doing it when he comes back
he’s going to have us arrested
and charged with trespassing.
I was scared because I knew
he was serious, but Deegan
asked me if I really thought
he was going to do that. I said
yes, I think he would do it. So
Deegan started teasing me
and calling me names and all
that, so I just started throwing stuff out again. An hour
later a cop car pulls up. They
handcuff me and throw me in
the back. They drove me out
of the pits and the same official was waiting. He said he
really didn’t want to do this
and asked me again if I would
stop. I said I would and that
pretty much ended it.
Burns: We got in trouble so
much with the AMA’s Duke
Finch that one time Erik and I
wanted to bring some sort of
gift basket to him. We thought
that might help but it didn’t work
at all. We wanted to shower him
with kindness, but when we got
into our parking spot that week
the arguments started and that
was it. I don’t think we even
gave him the basket.
Watson: We were looking for attention and a way to stand out, and
one of the ideas was to paint everything in glitter—boots, helmets,
fenders, everything. The fenders weighed five pounds each because
it was resin and glitter from the hobby store plus Elmer’s Glue. For
the boots and helmets we spray-painted them and used more glue
and glitter. We had more glue and glitter than we had parts! We did
a silver bike for Swink and gold for Deegan and somehow we made
the top ten. It was kind of crazy but people still talk about that.
Sandin: The team obviously went on for more than a decade, but
that first year back in 1997 was really a special time for all of us.
I’m incredibly proud of all the people that came through the doors
of Moto XXX.... Actually, proud is an understatement. It’s truly love
that I have for the team. [Racer X’s] Davey Coombs once called
us the most successful independent team to ever happen
in the sport, and for him to say
that, I’m honored.
Watson: We weren’t playing
by the rules. We were doing
something different than everyone else and there really
weren’t any rules to be broken—we were doing stuff that
no one ever really thought to
be worth having a rule on the
books for. We started to make
our own rules, and they didn’t
like our rules.
Deegan: My days at Moto XXX
started what I have now with
the Metal Mulisha. I mean, I had
Metal Mulisha on my helmet
when I won the supercross—it
was already rolling—but Moto
XXX had a huge part in really
getting the Mulisha going.
Sandin: If we hadn’t started
the team, I would probably
have another million dollars in
my bank. That’s probably what
I would’ve made from video
sales over the years. But I don’t
care—it was all worth it.
Burns: Yeah, Erik says that because he’s got another $5 million
in the bank! X
This is just the start of the Moto XXX story. To read about the
rest of the team’s unlikely trip through motocross history, check
out Steve Matthes’ future installations at Racer X Online. And if
you’re looking for Moto XXX apparel, visit www.motoxxx.com.