Throwback Thursday: The Eyes Have It

Larry Lawrence | November 9, 2017
Mike Hale and Jay Springsteen do battle at the Sacramento Mile in 1994.

Photo by Mitch Friedman

In this week’s Throwback we go back 23 years to 1994 and the Sacramento Mile where Mike Hale (32) battles with Bartels’ Harley-Davidson teammate Jay Springsteen (9) in an AMA Grand National Flat Track on the track at Cal Expo. Photographer Mitch Friedman caught the focus in the eyes of both riders. Something about pitching a bike into a turn at triple-digit speed on the dirt tends to demand attention. By this time Hale was already well into making a transition to road racing. 1994 would be his final full-time campaign in flat track racing. He joined Honda’s factory road race team full time in 1995.

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