CHULA VISTA, Calif. (Sept. 27, 2006) — Mike Metzger, dubbed the 'Godfather' of Freestyle Motocross, has joined the BFGoodrich off-road racing stable.
The Michelin North America Inc. brand said it has outfitted Mr. Metzger's Championship Off-Road Racing (CORR) Pro Lite truck with BFGoodrich Mud-Terrain T/AKM tires to compete in the Nissan Off-Road Nationals presented by Lucas Oil. The first race was held in Chula Vista on Sept. 23-24 and the next is scheduled there Oct. 21-22.
Todd Steen, motorsports marketing manager for BFGoodrich, said with Mr. Metzger's background in motorsports, “we are proud to welcome him to the team.”
Mr. Metzger has been riding motorcycles for 27 years and spent most of his life devoted to racing motocross until freestyle riding came on the scene, according to a BFGoodrich statement. Recently he broke the world record for longest motorcycle backflip, flying 125 feet over the fountains at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas and becoming only the second person to clear the pool on two wheels.
“The challenge is set and I am ready to race on four wheels, knowing I have reliable equipment on my vehicle,” Mr. Metzger said. “I am looking forward to pushing these BFGoodrich tires to the test.”
Since 1998, teams running on BFGoodrich tires have won 23 out of a possible 24 CORR Pro championships, Michelin said.