Where Are They Now: Keith BowenThursday, June 29, 2006 | 8:49 AM
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Racer X: How are things?
Keith Bowen: Things are good. I’m just getting ready for Red Bud.
In 1987. Then I rode for Tuf Racing for four years. After that I was really burned out and I decided to hang up my boots.
How many years did you take off before you decided to ride again?
I took four years off and pretty much did nothing. Then I came back and started riding for fun.
Didn’t you race Loretta Lynn’s in 1996?
Yeah, I won two titles that year for KTM in the Plus 25 and 30 classes.
What did you do after Loretta’s?
I went to Europe in 1997 and 1998 and raced the GPs. I had a deal with KTM and finished 12th overall in the 500 class in ’97. Then in ‘98, the team I was riding for fell through, and they put me on a 125 team. At the time, I was 31 years old, and that’s no class to be riding in when you’re that age! So I decided to come back to the States.
What was next in your life?
I was the director of arenacross. I really didn’t like that because there was a lot of pressure and responsibilities, so I decided to wrench for a while for the Tuf Racing team. I wrenched for Rusty Holland, Pedro Gonzales, and Chad Johnson. Then in the summers I did my own schools.
Last year, they started an arenacross team and we had Tommy Hofmaster and Justin Brayton. At the first race we lost both of our riders to injury and they brought on Branden Jesseman. Then Branden worked out a deal with Paul Lindsey for SX and he wanted me to wrench for him.
I heard that Paul has one of your jerseys in his closet from when you won the Lakewood National in 1986.
He does! He told me that when I first started working for him.
Now you’re wrenching for David Vuillemin. How’s that going?
Things are going good. I heard a lot of things about David before he came to Motoworld, but I couldn’t be happier. We’re having a good time together.
I like watching DV in practice when he’s “goon-riding.”
It’s funny because that’s when I know the bike is working well and he’s feeling good.
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