At age 14, Bubba Harris first signed on with Team Redline at the turn of the millennium. His first Redline contract was as an Amateur, where he chased after the ABA Amateur title that eluded him, and won a Cruiser World Championship and his share of NAG No.1 plates.
In 2002, at age 16, Harris renewed for another two years with Redline and was given the go-ahead by the Factory to turn Pro. Redline management figured his first two years would be use for learning the pro curve and adjusting to the top fuel Pro class. Not too surprisingly, Bubba adjusted to double-A quickly and wound up No.7 in his Rookie year, and took the Golden Crank for Rookie Pro of the Year.
The following season, Bubba finally discovered the secret to winning AA-pro in Kingston, NY and continued his momentum towards the top. With a tough year that saw his mother, Anita, lose her battle with cancer, Bubba ended 2003 ranked No.3 in the ABA, and promised his mom he’d win her a No.1 Pro title the next year. And that he did, in 2004.
In 2005, Bubba was out to break more BMX records while defending his No.1 plate. By years’ end, he joined the ranks of three BMX Hall of Famers and Christophe Leveque, who have gotten back-to-back No.1 ABA Pro titles. And up until October, it looked as if he would break John Purse’s incredible win-record for a single season. Bubba ended 2005 with 21 wins (4 short of tying the Jackal). In Paris, Harris became the No.1 BMXer in the World; winning the UCi spectacular, and he backed it up with a hard-earned ABA World title in Ontario, CA.
“I’m stoked on renewing my deal with Redline,” commented Bubba from his cell phone, as he was doing some last minute Christmas shopping at Industrial Ride Shop in Arizona. “For the next three years, it will be nice to just concentrate on racing and not have to worry sponsorships and contracts. I can’t imagine riding for any other team and hope to finish out my BMX career with Redline.”
Without a doubt, the next three years are going to be wild, as the sports draws closer and closer to its Olympic debut in Beijing, China. And Palmdale, CA’s BUBBA HARRIS and his REDLINE sponsor are counting on a spot in that prestigious event. And until then, there will be plenty of racing action in both the ABA and NBL, more Pro victories to come, and No.1 Pro championships added to what is already an impressive resume’ for the 20 year old golden child of BMX.