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FLASHBACK FRIDAY: THE STORBECK/JOHNSON ACCIDENT

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rickyjohnsonBDAY1990

Ricky Johnson had an amazing career, and it would inevitably have come to an end, but it is always worse when a freak accident puts a star on the sidelines. In 1989, Johnson won the first five Supercrosses of the year, but at the Gainesville 250 National, Danny Storbeck landed on Johnson’s right wrist. Johnson recovered and kept racing but would never win another Supercross in his career (although he did win two Nationals, one 250 and one 500 in 1990). Ricky visited every doctor he could, but his wrist never got better. Ricky raced five races in 1991, finishing on the fringe of the top 10, and called it quits after the San Diego Supercross in February of 1991. He was 26 years old.