Jim Lewis has had a dream career for someone that loves the sport of motocross. After starting on the ground floor like every other mechanic, Jim worked up to the 500 GP’s. He wrenched for David Watson at Factory Kawasaki, and then moved to KTM where he worked with Kurt Nicol, Lawrence Spence and Mervin Anstie. Jim then moved into the R&D department at KTM Austria where he worked with Broc Glover and Peter Hansen developing a new 250 MX bike.
Jim came to the states in the late eighties to help introduce the new 250 motorcycle and worked as Media Relations Technician for KTM in California. During his time with the magazines it quickly became apparent that KTM needed to get more involved in US moto and Supercross if they ever wanted to get good MX magazine tests. With that in mind Jim pushed for a motocross program which started with Mike Healey racing the Golden State Series (In 1990 Healey won the 125, 250 and 500 overall in all 3 classes) and later Mike Fisher and Keith Johnson in the Supercross and Outdoor nationals. Jim moved back to Europe for the early part of 1992 and returned to the US later that year as a suspension specialist at White Brothers. His long career at White Brothers included Suspension Department Manager, Engineering Manager, Director of Manufacturing and Director of R&D. His time there included designing the exhausts systems for Factory Honda and Factory Yamaha, working to the requirements of riders that included Ricky Carmichael, Chad Reed, Kevin Windham, Andrew Short, Nate Ramsey, Travis Preston, Heath Voss and Honda’s ATV rider Tim Farr. Jim moved to Texas in 2005 to become the Director of R&D at Holigan Racing.
Michael Holigan started his career in motocross as the typical 125 Novice. After graduating from Texas Tech in the mid 80’s, Michael’s racing stopped to spend time on his real estate development business and to start a family.
In 2000 Michael became the primary sponsor of the #25 NASCAR Winston Cup team at Hendrick Motorsports as a way to promote his family business. After spending a lot of time that year with the team and winning the final race of the season, the NAPA 500 in Atlanta, the racing bug had become a full on fever to go racing again.
Michael worked with Dave Walters and Lucky Nichols to launch an AMA Supercross/Motocross team based in Dallas in 2004. The team had success with their own documentary series on Spike TV and later SPEED, and working with sponsors that included Samsung, Sprint, RadioShack, PowerBar, GMC, DEP Sport and others. Jim came on as Director of R&D in the fall of 2005.
Jim and Michael teamed up to launch Merge Racing Technologies in early 2007.