According to his close friend Donnie Hansen, the 1982 AMA Supercross and 250 Motocross Champion, "Mike was was the nicest guy you will ever meet, and loved by all."
Shoemaker lived in Agua Dulce, California. He rode for the privateer Team Tamm on a Honda in the mid-eighties. His teammates were Alan King, Tom Carson, John Whelchel, Jeff Hicks, Chris Heiser and more. His best outdoor national finish was seventh-place overall in the 1983 Saddleback 500cc National.