Most memorable Pro Singles moments of 2014: No. 4 - Johnson's crash and 16th place finish at Peoria, putting his title hopes in jeopardy
Note: We will be counting down the top five most memorable moments in 2014 from the Pro Singles ranks each day this week. Next week, we will look at the Expert class. This is No. 4.
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (November 11, 2014) - After a dominant run of four wins in five races earlier in the year, Kyle Johnson was looking for just one more victory that would all-but seal his 2014 AMA Pro Flat Track Pro Singles points title, and he looked in prime position to grab that at the Peoria TT on Aug. 17.
Running at the front and with his championship rival, Davis Fisher, sidelined with an injury, Johnson was sitting pretty. Then the Michigan rider fell, not once, but twice, in the waning moments of the race and wound up being scored in 16th.
Johnson’s fall cleared the way for Jacob Lehman to win by just .057 seconds over Bronson Bauman and Ryan Wells was third, keeping his own championship hopes alive.
The next race on the schedule was the Virginia Mega Mile, which Johnson raced. Noticeably favoring his “bum” hand, Johnson was nipped at the line by J.R. Addison. He went on to have surgery on his hand and missed the Springfield Mile but returned in time for the final two races of the season.