Crazy Crash on the MX Track

Lillian Miller

“The 2016 XC race that should have put me in the hospital.”

    Emory Miller, a single father, would do ATV Racing (ran by D14 – Valley Trail Riders) with his two daughters. Here’s one of the most memorable races for him, containing a large crash. Miller describes the race as “challenging” due to the immense pressure of other riders around him and the tight squeeze of the race trails. The race starts out in lines, each section of racers at different levels like ages and ATV type. “The pounding in my heart increased like a shot of nitrous as the adrenaline filled my bloodstream.”

   The beginning of the race is something truly exhilarating for him, as the flag drops Miller starts his kick-start engine of a 250R that he hand-built himself. “A 30 year old machine with a kick-start, my starts are always dialed in; and I can beat most all of the electric start machines.” 

   Miller moves into second place on the whole shot and quickly starts the race with many other racers trailing behind him. Miller makes his way through all parts of the track that slowly make their way to him, such as the MX section, wood section, and obstacle section. Passing many broken down riders along the way, Miller makes it to the Motocross section on the race. “I’m not much of a jumper. I don’t know why I don’t like to jump considering all the crazy stuff I do that consumes my life like an addiction, but it is what it is.” Miller goes through the track as quick as he can until he comes to a small set of doubles; these are hills lined up for riders to jump over. “They’re maybe four or five feet tall and a 30ft or 40ft gap between the takeoff and landing. I figured if I hit it fast I could clear it and stay low and get over it quickly.”

   Taking off in third gear, Miller launches himself over the first jump, making way to clear the second while in the air. “I immediately knew something was wrong!”

   His machine proceeded to twist about 15 degrees mid-air, keeping him from getting a clear landing. All this happened in the matter of about two seconds, but Miller did not panic. With his right tire hitting the landing ramp first, the force from impact sends his quad flying through the air. His feet still on his machine, Miller braced for impact. His head hits the ground sideways locking against his neck-brace, his body whipping over and sliding against the ground. “I’ve crashed many times before so I know what to do in this situation: tuck and roll.”

   Miller comes to a stop in the middle of the track rolling onto his hands and knees, desperate to move out the way. While downed, he was at risk of getting hit by another racer. “I can’t see well and my mouth was full of something: dirt.”

    Miller crawled to the end side of the track; clear of danger. He tries to stand, noticing how wobbly his legs were. Two people part of the track safety team came running towards him; they needed to know if he was alright.  “Both of them shouting ‘Are you ok!? Are you ok!?’ I told them I was but the look on their faces was that of total disbelief. They didn’t know how I was walking.”

   One of the track safety members on a utility-quad mentioned that someone was already calling for an ambulance while he was still mid-air. Miller shrugged it off, he was hurt but still functioning; able to walk on his own. Miller likes to call himself a professional crasher due to the amount of times he’s crashed with only a few scrapes and bruises. “The adrenaline was still pumping through my veins and even though I was in a decent amount of pain I was still determined to continue on.”

   Miller got up only to see the very front of his machine’s nose was completely smashed down. Bending down, he pulled the metal straight again. He hopped right back onto his quad, ready to finish the race.