Where Are They Now: Mark BarnettThursday, May 11, 2006 | 8:41 AM
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Bridgeview, Illinois-born Barnett rode for the Suzuki factory team for almost his entire career, though the record books show one win on a Kawasaki: his last of 17 career 250cc main-event wins at the 1985 Atlanta Supercross. And Barnett scored himself the 1981 AMA Supercross title on his ‘Zook.
Now he’s back home in Alabama, working with his partner Glen Bates on their own track-construction crew called Bomber Built. Their first track together was RC’s initial SX track, which they built back in 1997 when Carmichael was with Pro Circuit Kawasaki. Today, Bomber Built works primarily on James Stewart’s and Chad Reed’s private tracks in Florida, plus Davi Millsaps’ MTF property in Cairo, Georgia.
In fact, when I got the Bomber on the phone this morning, he was just finishing up Reed’s outdoor circuit. “There was some question as to whether or not Chad would be riding outdoors, but I guess it’s a go now,” said Barnett, who was on the dozer as we spoke. “It’s funny: Sometimes these guys want me to build a Unadilla for them, but I’m down here on flat ground—buy a place that has some hills or something!”
Finally, does one of the all-time greats still ride much? “Actually, I’ve been riding quite a bit lately,” Mark answers. “But I don’t think I'll be going to Loretta Lynn’s to race or anything—I have too much fun just riding down the road and playing around.”
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