HE FIRST WEEK OF JUNE found MX racer Aaron Horsley
living a dream that had nearly died on a California desert
road in 2007. Direct Jobber Dane Evans of Moorpark,
Calif., AMSOIL INC. and many others were responsible
for bringing Horsley’s dream back to life.
The first race day of the 2009 AMA Southern California
Championship Motocross Series at Milestone Ranch MX
Park in Riverside, CA brought Horsley back to the track
after nearly two years of recovery from a hit-and-run
accident that nearly cost his life and left him paralyzed
from the waist down. He was there to ride his motorcycle
- specially re-designed to accommodate him.
"Aaron has an amazing spirit and is so full of life even
though he may never walk again," said Evans, owner of
MadJack Racing and a series official for District 37. "He's
now 19 and has his own car equipped with hand controls.
He's very self sufficient, more than most 19-year-olds who
are not paralyzed from the waist down."
On Oct. 10, 2007, Horsley was a 17-year-old high
school senior and MX racer. During a motorcycle ride in
the desert with some friends that afternoon, a truck driving
in the opposite direction turned in front of Horsley.
"Aaron didn't have enough time to stop so he hit the
brakes and laid the bike over, slamming into, and then
under, the truck," Evans said.
Horsley was dragged more than 400 feet.
He woke up two weeks later in Loma Linda Medical
Center. "His injuries: two collapsed lungs, a broken back
that left him paralyzed from the waist down and two wrists
that needed reconstruction with skin, muscle and tendons
taken from his legs," Evans said. Doctors told the family it
would be a long, difficult recovery if he survived the
infections that most likely would attack his fragile body.
For the next year and a half, Horsley was in and out of
the hospital battling one infection after another. Yet, he
continued to dream of getting back on a motorcycle.
District 37 racers followed Horsley's progress on an
online message board. One day Horsley posted a message
of thanks to members of District 37 for the help they
gave him in getting medical supplies and equipment that
were denied by insurance, as well as their caring support.
Fellow racer Scott Norton, a well-respected custom car
builder, was online the day Horsley mentioned how much
he'd like to ride again.
Norton launched into action. He picked up Horsley's
motorcycle to rebuild and was amazed at how members
of District 37 came together. "They provided sponsored
parts, accessories, exhaust systems, clutches, gear,
boots, you name it," Evans said. "Scott found it all on his
doorstep through their generosity."
Evans initially provided AMSOIL lubricants to bring the
bike back to riding condition. AMSOIL INC. provided
Horsley with lubricants, an AMSOIL racing jersey and
other supplies and support.
When the customized bike was done, Horsley practiced
riding it a little bit each day to be ready to ride an
inaugural lap at the Dirt Diggers Summer Motocross Race
at Milestone MX.
When the day finally arrived, Horsley was placed on his
bike, and with hundreds of riders behind him, was living
his dream of once again riding a motorcycle on a track with
friends and family. Alongside him was his best friend Kane
Cook and Evans. They rode side-by-side around the track.
Evans, who is also the referee of the motocross series,
urged Horsley to get the most out of his ride. "If you are
feeling good, keep going," Evans told Horsley. "Don’t stop
at one lap and don’t stop until someone forces us off the
track if you want." Evans reports that Horsley came off the
track smiling from ear to ear.
"Thanks to the generosity of many people within the
district, individuals and industry sponsors, enough money
was raised to not only purchase a standing frame for
Aaron, but additional funds were placed in his bank
account to cover other medical and personal expenses
that had accumulated over time.
"Aaron has a long way to go in his recovery, but he
smiles a lot more now and his voice has a spark to it that
was noticeably missing. He's going to be just fine thanks
to the kindness of so many."