Merced, CA: Jim Holley started riding dirt bikes at the age of 11 at a well known Southern California motocross park called Indian Dunes back in 1972. Although his racing career started as a young man, what launched him to a new leave of racing was the guidance he received from his father, James “Al” Holley. Al Holley was a national flat track competitor running the national # 23 plate during his racing career. With his years of experience, both off and on the track, Al put his knowledge to work as Jim’s mechanic in 1976, winning the 80cc Mini National Champion title.
In the early years of his career, Jim raced against some well known young guys like Wayne Rainey and Jeff Ward. By 1980, Jim was on the Mugen Honda Team Racing in the Nationals on a 125cc bike. He raced in Panama, Japan, Australia, South Africa, Guatemala, Indonesia, Canada, Costa Rica, India and all over Europe. In 1985, Jim was first World Supercross Champion and captured two Ultracross Championships in 1988 & 1989.
Jim made his way to Hollywood as a moto stuntman after his career in racing. From the stories out there, he seems to have had some good times doing so. Movies like “Italian Job” and “Wild Hogs” are just a few of those that are on his
credit list. For the Wild Hogs gig, Jim was tasked with the job of teaching Ray Liotta how to ride!
What is Jim doing now? In 2009, Jim returned to the sport of motocross as the voice of Supercross. He is an announcer at these indoor events, broadcasting live on the Internet. Supercross LIVE can be found at www.SupercrossOnline.com.
Congratulations Jim, for a life time of fun times, championships and a career moves within the sport of motorcycling.