Believe it or not this is a photo of Michael Earnest racing in a club event (I think a then rare West Coast WERA weekend) at Willow Springs way back in September of 1986. He was a teenaged kid in only his second full season of racing.
Fast forward 24 years and Earnest is still racing and still winning, and not just some low-level class, he’s winning Formula Pacific races, the premier class in the AFM!
Running his Pacific Track Time track schools has apparently kept Michael’s skills very sharp, even though Michael says he really doesn’t get that much track time during his schools.
I’m not certain, but this shot from ’86 it looks like Earnest is racing a Kawasaki GPz750. This was during a time when Kawasaki wasn’t participating in Superbike racing and the GPz was not known as a great racing machine. That didn’t change until 1989 when they introduced the ZX-7.
Earnest raced some AMA Superbike races three or four years ago and as I recall had a very respectable finish at Infineon Raceway as late as 2007. So here’s proof that Earnest has been around racing for a long time and I think the fact that he’s still so competitive makes him a freak of nature.