Where Are They Now: Chad PedersonThursday, March 30, 2006 | 9:10 AM
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“I was just about to quit racing altogether,” Pederson says. “I was used to winning on minibikes, and once I moved to 125s, I just started getting hurt and it didn’t stop for two years.”
By 1991, things started getting better for Chad and he was a steady fixture at the front of the 125 class in AMA National MX, supercross, and arenacross. His top-10 finishes landed him a ride with the powerful DGY Yamaha team in 1993. Chad rewarded them with a win at the Tampa SX the following year and steady results in the outdoor nationals. In 1995, Pederson won the Skoal Top Privateer Award aboard a Honda. His results again paid off and Chad was called up to the Pro Circuit Kawasaki race team for 1996.
Riding a wave of confidence on the new team, Chad was poised to have a breakthrough year, but a broken wrist and a concussion at the opening round in Minnesota would end his SX season. Pederson came back strong that summer and landed on the podium several times, but it wasn’t enough to keep his ride for another year. He hit the arenacross tour the following year and became one of the riders to beat in that series. Pederson finished second and fourth in the next two seasons, then decided to hang up his boots from full-time racing.
Pederson still lives in Minnesota with his wife, Michelle, and their three little girls, Dallas, Callie, and Jade. He teaches motocross schools during the summer, promotes several big events in his area, and also does some construction work during the winter. He still rides regularly and goes as fast as ever … for three laps: He is also a regular test rider for Racer X Online. For more information about Chad’s MX school, check out chadpederson.com.