MOTORCYCLE / MOTOCROSS RACING  BACKGROUND

Over 37 years of combined motorcycle education, industry, practical and Motocross & GP racing competition
experience. This includes: Technical and engineering research, forensic research, test and evaluation, road tests,
failure analysis and technical expert witness for motorcycle, motocross, racing, personal injury, lemon law and other
specialty cases and matters.

KEY SKILLS:  On and off road motorcycle, Motocross and racing standards of care, research and forensic analysis
of failed components,  product liability, patent, precision measurement, accident investigation and reconstruction,
design, maintenance, restoration, repair fraud,  high performance modifications, racing rules, track
safety, State and Federal park and land rules, Insurance and cost evaluation.

TECHNICAL BACKGROUND: Accidents, brakes and suspension, wheels and tires, chassis, shocks
and forks, engine, carburetors and jetting, fuel systems, drive systems, accessories, custom choppers,  
protective and safety equipment, helmets, AMA, DOT, EPA, SNELL, NHTSA, BLM, and numerous Regulatory
agencies.    

ADDITIONAL MOTORCYCLE BACKGROUND:  Consulted in  motorcycle and vehicle related matters
and expert witness in Motorcycle, Scooter and Motocross racing cases. Many of those cases involved
a post accident forensic study of  responsible party, affected components, products, failure mode and
critical measurement of tolerances.


  •       Three years experience with a major auto tire manufacturer. Worked supporting troubleshooting,
                diagnosis, application, fitment, sales, installation and warranty functions of aftermarket tires,
          wheels and related vehicle components.

  •       Motorcycle test rider (on and off road) for on-line M/C Magazine and attorneys.

  •       Licensed Class C and M1 since 1976.

  •       Motorcycle shop retail and service experience.

  •       Authored detailed research papers and led senior projects on general motorcycle chassis design,
                engine configuration, suspension design and R&D projects.

  •       Experienced in use of precision measurement tools and equipment to analyze motorcycle
                component condition and geometry often used in forensic research.

  •       Experienced in laboratory testing and analysis of failed components from direct experience
                working in Aerospace fracture and fatigue failure analysis laboratory of metallic and non-metallic
             
   materials, structures and components.

  •       Experienced in motorcycle diagnostics, troubleshooting, repair, testing and evaluation from
                educational, hands-on, and practical experience.

  •       Small business owner and manufacturer of high-end composite aftermarket suspension,
                mechanical, structural and control products.

  •       Knowledgeable in high performance engine and chassis modifications and aftermarket sourcing.

  •       40+ years of motorcycle competition, maintenance, diagnostics, repair and restoration experience.

  •       Maintained and owned more than 30 motorcycles of various brands.

  •       Licensed (or previously licensed) in AME, CRC, OTMX, OTHG and CRA Motocross Organizations.

  •       Prior WSMC Roadracing Novice competition license holder. Danny Farnsworth Roadracing School 1996

  •       Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) Advanced Rider Certification 2014

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CASE EXPERIENCE: (Actual names of Clients, companies and law firms protected for confidentiality)


Case Name: Plaintiff v. Motocross Track.  11-19-13
Representing: Defendant
Case Requirement: Motocross Racing Injury;
Having an expert level knowledge of Motocross
Racing, track operations, safety, track design, rules, standards of care, and riding experience.
Case Description: A motorcycle rider was hit in a multi vehical pileup on a Motocross track during a competition.
He sustained severe injuries from the incident.
Case Work: Interviewed track owner and audited the track condition, operations, track design and
overall facility for standard of care and fit for use. Audited a typical track practice for safety, flagger
protocol and training. Reviewed track and organization rules, contracts and liabilities. Prepared expert witness
report.
Case Outcome: Case settled.


Case Name: Plaintiff v. Motorcycle Dealer.  02-02-13
Representing: Plaintiff
Case Requirements: Motorcycle accident reconstruction;
Technical knowledge of how failed components
effect motorcycle accidents.
Case Description: Motorcycle owner had a motorcycle repaired at a dealership that sold him the motorcycle. On
his way home from the dealership, he crashed the motorcycle and later passed from his injuries.
Case Work: Reviewed all related repair documents. Interviewed riding partner and eye witness, photographed and
took precision measurements of the motorcycle an found no direct cause of the accident. Audited the accident
scene, skid marks, and took measurements of the road surface. The road had possible defects in surface that likely
led to the crash and resulting death of the motorcyclist.
Case Outcome: Because of the shift of focus in the likely cause and effect of the accident, the case is expanding
to include examination of possible road surface neglect. A road specialist is being sought to join us in a possible
case against CALTRANS and/or other responsible agencies. Case ongoing.  


Case Name: Plaintiff v. Motorcycle Dealership and Manufacturer.  10-10-12
Representing: Defense
Case Requirements: Forensic examination of failed components;
Knowledge of motorcycle engine failure
diagnosis, troubleshooting, teardown and reassembly in order to establish cause and effect of defective parts
and/or possible mistakes made by a repair technician.
Case Description: Motorcycle was repaired under warranty at a dealership. Shortly after picking up the
motorcycle, the Plaintiff was injured when the motorcycle failed to start properly.
Case Work: Reviewed service department shop orders, motorcycle maintenance history, Depositions, and
pleadings. Audited a forensic examination of the suspect motorcycle that allegedly led to the Plaintiffs personal
injury.
Case Outcome: Disagreed with defendants position. Resigned from being the designated Expert Witness on the
case. No case status.


Case Name: Plaintiff v. Motocross Race Track.  03-06-12
Representing: Plaintiff
Case Requirements: Motocross Accident Reconstruction;
Technical knowledge of motocross, Gran Prix
Racing, Flagger Responsibility, safety and EMT Protocol, motorcycle racing rules, guidelines and practices.
Case Description: Motocross racer hit an EMT Vehicle while it was crossing a race track during a race.
Case Work: Reviewed all documents and depositions of witnesses, wrote Declaration.
Case Outcome: Track Safety officials admitted liability for the injuries. Case settled.


Case Name: Plaintiff v. Motorcycle Part Manufacturer.  10-14-11
Representing: Defendant
Case Requirements: Forensic Examination of Failed Components and Accident Reconstruction;
Technical knowledge of motorcycle engine design with specific knowledge of carburetor design, installation,
maintenance and repair.
Case Description: A Motorcycle rider modified his Motorcycle and crashed becoming seriously injured and sued
the manufacturers that supplied the modified parts he installed on his Motorcycle.
Case Work: Reviewed all documents and depositions of witnesses, examined failed components, wrote expert
report.
Case Outcome: Case settled.


Case Name: Plaintiff v. Major Motorcycle Manufacturer.  06-11-09
Representing: Plaintiff
Case Requirement: Product Design Defect;
Having an expert level knowledge of Motocross
Racing and Motocross Motorcycle Design and failure analysis, standards of care, and riding experience.
Case Description: A motorcycle rider crashed on a Motocross track possibly due to a design defect
on the motorcycle. The rider sustained major injuries from the incident.
Case Work: Interviewed the motorcycle owner, photographed the motorcycle and the suspect
component for possible litigation.  Prepared expert witness report.  Provided opinion contrary to plaintiff's position.
Case Outcome: Case settled.


Case Name: Plaintiff v. Motocross Track.  03-03-09
Representing: Defendant
Case Requirement: Motocross Racing Injury;
Having an expert level knowledge of Motocross
Racing, track operations, safety, track design, rules, standards of care, and riding experience.
Case Description: A motorcycle rider crashed on a Motocross track during practice and got hit by
another rider. He sustained moderate injuries from the incident.
Case Work: Interviewed track owner and audited the track condition, operations, track design and
overall facility for standard of care and fit for use. Audited a typical track practice for safety, flagger
protocol and training. Reviewed track and organization rules, contracts and liabilities. Prepared expert witness
report.
Case Outcome: Case settled.


Case Name: Plaintiff v. Major Motorcycle Helmet and Equipment Manufacturer.  07-26-08
Representing: Defendant
Case Requirement: Product Liability / Motocross Racing;
Having an expert level knowledge of Motocross
Racing, track operations, safety, track design, rules, standards of care, and riding experience.
Case Description: A motorcycle racer crashed on a Motocross track wearing the Defendants
brand of Helmet. The Plaintiff was seriously injured in the crash, suffered a TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury)
and has permanent injuries resulting from the incident.
Case Work: Rode the Motocross track personally to establish opinion as to overall facility quality.
Interviewed track owner and audited the track condition, operations, track design and facility for standard of care
and fit for use. Reviewed depositions of more than 40 witnesses and
audited a typical track practice for safety, flagger protocol and training. Reviewed track and organization, rules,
contracts and liabilities.
Case Outcome: Case settled.


Case Name: Plaintiff v. Major Motorcycle Manufacturer.  05-07-08
Representing: Plaintiff
Case Requirement: Lemon law case;
Having a technical knowledge of motorcycle engine design,
troubleshooting and diagnosis of failed components.
Case Description: A motorcyclist was riding his motorcycle when the engine locked up, skidded
and almost crashed. The vehicle was towed to a dealer where ultimately it was repaired. After the initial repair, the
engine locked up again. Over 45 days later, the owner received his motorcycle.
Case Work: Reviewed all documents and interviewed the regional service advisor. Took pictures,
audited the inspection performed by the service advisor and their counsel, authored expert report.
Case Outcome: Deposition taken. We successfully secured the jury verdict and judgment for plaintiff. Case Won in
Jury Trial.


Case Name: Plaintiff v. Major Motorcycle Manufacturer. 03-05-08
Representing: Plaintiff
Case Requirement: Lemon law case;
Having a technical knowledge of motorcycle suspension,
shocks, forks, bearings, tolerances, test riding, troubleshooting and diagnosis of failed components.
Case Description: A motorcycle owner had chronic issues with Instability while riding at high speeds.
After several attempts by the dealer to resolve the issue, the motorcycle remained in dangerous riding condition.
Case Work: Test rode the motorcycle under specific road conditions to substantiate the claim. Isolated
cause and effect of the out of tolerance components. Reviewed all documents and
measured critical components. Took detailed photographs and prepared counsel for trial.
Case Outcome: After findings were submitted to the manufacturers counsel, they agreed to replace
all the affected components and paid for legal fees and damages. Case settled.


Case Name: Plaintiff  v. Tire and Insurance Company.  02-03-08
Representing: Defendant
Case Requirements: Failure Analysis & Accident Reconstruction;
Technical knowledge of Scooter
type Motorcycles, tire design, wheel design, Installation, maintenance, standards of care, cause of tire failure.
Case Description: Scooter rider crashes while riding a scooter due to a front tire blow out. The
rider was seriously injured as a result of the crash. A local (auto) tire company installed a new tire
on the wheel just prior to the crash. The tire company was suspected of negligence and improper
installation procedures.
Case Work: Inspected scooter and failed components. Interviewed plaintiff and defendant. Took critical
measurements and photos to prepare for laboratory research and testing. Developed a scientific plan to simulate
road, tire and wheel conditions that lead to the crash.
Case Outcome: Post research conclusions and expert report assigned specific blame to both the
plaintiff and the defendant. The defendant was only found partially responsible and was ordered to
pay $50,000 instead of the $750,000 sought in the original damages request.  Case settled.


Case Name: Plaintiff v. Insurance Company.  10-25-07
Representing: Plaintiff
Case Requirements: Motocross Accident Reconstruction;
Technical knowledge of
motorcycles, motocross, and motorcycle racing rules, guidelines and practices.
Case Description: Boy gets seriously injured at a Motocross track due to negligence of another
rider not following basic safety rules and motocross track etiquette.
Case Work: Reviewed all documents and depositions, interviewed rider at site to determine
responsibilities. Interviewed by Attorneys from both sides regarding findings.
Case Outcome: Arbitration before local judge. Case settled.


Case Name: Plaintiff v. Private Party.  01-20-06
Representing: Defendant
Case requirements: Failure Analysis & Accident Reconstruction;
Technical knowledge of
motorcycle accessories, installation procedures and best practice of storing luggage on the back
of a motorcycle. Review of Traffic Collision Report; conducted failure analysis and forensic report on
product marketing, design, material and manufacturing quality.
Case Description: Defendant sued after a piece of luggage got caught in the rear wheel
of the motorcycle causing it to lock up. This resulted in the motorcycle losing control, crashing and
passenger fatality.
Case Work: Researched manufacturers specifications, installation instructions and Fitment charts. Research
concluded, findings submitted, deposition taken.
Case Outcome:  Case settled.


Case Name: Plaintiff v. Major Motorcycle Manufacturer.  05-03-04
Representing: Plaintiff
Case Requirements: Failure Analysis and Accident Reconstruction;
Technical knowledge of
motorcycle rear brake system and general motorcycle chassis / brake design, function, maintenance
and failure results relative to lack of maintenance.
Case Description: Plaintiff sues motorcycle division of major manufacturer for faulty design of
motorcycle braking system.
Case Work: Met with defendant's forensic experts to review technical issues. Disassembled motorcycle,
photographed suspect components and prepared report for attorneys.  Expert conclusion contrary to plaintiff's
position.
Case Outcome: Discovered improper maintenance was the primary cause of failure. Case settled.


Case Name: Plaintiff v. Private Party.  03-28-02
Representing: Defendant
Case Requirements: Accident Reconstruction;
Thorough understanding of motorcycle
design, stopping characteristics, capabilities and crash behavior dynamics. Ability to perform
partial accident sequence reconstruction and road surface analysis.
Case Description: A "Good Samaritan" offering road side assistance to the victim of a hit and
run accident on a freeway was struck by a motorcycle ridden by the defendant. The plaintiff
was severely injured in the accident.
Case Work: Reviewed depositions of accident victims, witnesses and the plaintiff that was
struck by the defendant. Reviewed motorcycle maintenance logs for conformity to specifications.
Assisted attorney for the defense in case preparation.
Case Outcome: Defendant found liable for accident and determined to be traveling too fast for the
given traffic conditions. Case settled.


Case Name: Plaintiff v. Motocross Race Track.  08-25-98
Representing: Plaintiff
Case Requirements: Motocross Accident Reconstruction;
Technical knowledge of motocross, supercross
and motorcycle racing rules, guidelines and practices.
Case Description: Boy dies at MX race in Hawaii Stadium supercross race possibly due to negligence
of event staff and emergency response crew.
Case Work: Reviewed all documents and depositions, interviewed coordinators and event staff to
determine responsibilities.  Interviewed by Attorneys from both sides regarding findings.
Case Outcome: There were many problems with the planning of this event compared to other events. The
defendant was found partially responsible and was liable to the boy's family. Case settled.
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