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Cycle News 2021 Issue 47 November 23

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J eff Haney was an early bloomer. As a youth, the strongly built rider from Mon- terey, California, showed so much raw racing potential that Kenny Roberts hand-picked the 15-year-old Haney as the rider to help introduce his new line of flat-track racing frames, Roberts' first business venture. Haney's progression as a racer accelerated at a rapid rate. He became Honda's young- est factory-sponsored flat-track racer, and when he moved from dirt to pavement, it was the same story. Haney was a consistent top-10 finisher in his first year of AMA Superbike in 1984 and turned in a surprise podium finish in the 1985 Daytona 200. The strange part was that the Daytona podium was the pin- nacle of Haney's racing career. He turned in a few more decent rides in both the Formula One and Superbike classes, but nothing approaching his Daytona 200 performance. As quickly as he had risen to prominence in the sport, he was equally rapid in making his exit. Always a fit- ness enthusiast, Haney started working as full-time trainer for Kevin Schwantz as the Texan quickly rose through the ranks in AMA and launched his career in the road-racing World Cham- pionships. With that, Haney had found his calling. He became one of the most in-demand trainers of that era. As a racer himself, Haney could easily explain to the riders with whom he worked the goals behind the training methods, which at the time were considered somewhat unique, though they are now commonplace. Haney went on to work with up-and-coming riders, regarding CN III ARCHIVES P112 BY LARRY LAWRENCE Fast Man Haney (Left) Jeff Haney (left) enjoys one of his finest racing moments when he finished third behind winner Freddie Spencer (center) and Wes Cooley at the 1985 Daytona 200.

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