Rever Ambassador – Jeff Ward

We enjoy shining a light on dedicated riders, like you, who utilize REVER on their motorcycle adventures! After we grill them on their bikes, rides and insight, we then share it with the REVER community.

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Meet new REVER ambassador Jeff Ward

Photos Courtesy of the Cycle News Archives

Motorcycle and Motorsports Hall of Fame member Jeff Ward is a legend of both motorcycle and auto racing. His list of accomplishments include a combined seven motocross and supercross championships—while becoming the first rider to win all three classes that were raced in his era (125, 250, and 500cc), seven wins at the Motocross des Nations, 56 national MX/SX wins, two AMA Supermoto titles, and two X Games gold medals. Ward’s auto racing career in the Indy Racing League included multiple top-five finishes at the Indianapolis 500 including a career-best, second-place finish in 1999. In 1998, he finished sixth in the IRL championship. He has also achieved success in the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series, and Global RallyCross Series.    

Age: 56
Riding experience in years: 51
First motorcycle owned: Mini trail 50
Current motorcycles owned: Kawasaki KX250F, Kawasaki KX450F
Favorite type of riding: Motocross

At what age did you start riding motorcycles?

I started riding my Mini-Trail 50, like so many kids of my era, when I was four.  

What motorcycle-racing achievement do you rank as your biggest accomplishment?

I think that would have to be winning the Supercross championships in 1985 and 1987.  

Where is the single-most epic place you’ve ridden a motorcycle?

I’d have to say Aspen, Colorado.

If you could ride anywhere in the world, where would that be?

It doesn’t matter, anywhere is good on a motorcycle!

Did you leave anything on the table in
motorcycle racing? Any significant missed goals?

No, I did all I could do with every situation that I was given. So, I’m happy with what I’ve accomplished. 

How did your car-racing career begin,
and how were you able to make that transition?

I wanted to keep racing. So my good friend Paul Tracy said you should race the Indianapolis 500. So, I bought my own Indy Lights car and did as many races I could until I got the opportunity to race at Indy.

You had a very successful stint in the Indy Racing League, are you satisfied with your accomplishments?

Yes, just to get into the show is a huge deal. To win a race at Texas Motor Speedway and get a second, a third, and a fourth, and race in the Indy 500 seven times is a dream come true, especially for a motocross guy. 

What made you jump back into motorcycle racing when the Supermoto series was born?

I had finished my career driving in the Indy Racing League, and supermoto was so much fun, that I just had to do it. >>>

 

What are you doing these days?

I’m training a couple of motocross guys and
Indy Car driver Zack Veach.

What does motorcycling mean to
you and your lifestyle?

It is my life and is family to me. 

What about the REVER
app do you relate to and why?

Getting to be with people that are passionate about riding motorcycles and to follow my friends and see what exciting rides they went on!!! I love this app!!!

 

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