Aspen, CO – Yamaha racing legend Doug Henry returns
to the ESPN Winter X-Games Adaptive SnoCross track with high hopes of adding a
fifth X-Games medal to his extensive motorsports trophy case.
During the 2005 ESPN Summer X-Games, and aboard his
signature No. 19 Yamaha, Henry earned a gold medal in the highly competitive
Supermoto event. He followed that up with a bronze medal in the same event at
the 2004 Summer X-Games.
Four years later, and after recovering from injuries that
left him a paraplegic, Henry heroically returned to the X-Games, this time
during the winter where he raced his No. 19 Yamaha snowmobile in Adaptive SnoCross.
He earned a bronze medal in 2010 and then he struck gold in 2011 when he won in
the paraplegic class.
“It feels great to compete on a world-class track against a
field of talented riders like Paul Thacker, Mike Schultz and Jim Wazny, who did
not let their circumstance keep them down,” said Henry, himself a shining
example of determination and spirit in the face of tremendous adversity.
As the name implies, Adaptive SnoCross rules allow riders to
modify their sleds to adapt to their particular physical abilities, with
separate classes for amputees and paraplegics (racers with a spinal injury
resulting in lower body paralysis).
Henry turned to longtime friend Steve Serafini at Fab-U-This
to develop a pivoting swingarm seat for his Monster Energy/Yamaha FX Nytro race
sled. The setup allows him to lean into the corners as well as hit the big doubles
“Everything at the X-Games is bigger than you’d find on a
normal track,” Henry explained. “Steve and I have been refining the suspension
design of the seat to soak up the impacts and big landings. We have that
Aside from the special seat, Doug’s Yamaha FX Nytro has some
additional bracing and chassis reinforcements to make it suitable for top-level
“Yamaha has always been good to me,” Henry said. “The
snowmobile guys have been great to work with and have really helped me get my
sled ready to race.”
“As a lifelong race fan, I love seeing Doug line up for the
green flag on any Yamaha product,” said Yamaha Snowmobile Racing’s Eric
Josephsen. “But, to have him competing on our four-stroke FX Nytro carries a
special meaning to us. He’s the racer who single-handedly proved to the world
that four-stroke engines can compete and win at the highest levels of
The Adaptive SnoCross final will air live on ESPN at 1:15 p.m.
Mountain on Sunday, January 27.
The Monster Energy/Yamaha SnoCross Racing Team would like to
thank its Racing Partners for their valued support and commitment to the X-Games
SnoCross program: Monster Energy, Planet Fitness, Fab-U-This, GYTR, Dynojet,
Fly Racing, Woody’s, Speedcell Batteries, Yamalube, Hindle Exhaust; HEAL
Clothing, and Brownell’s Yamaha.