Mike Bandfield was born in 1965. When 18 months old his dad took a car seat and mounted it on the handlebars of his dirt bike and the rest is history.
He began riding motorcycles solo at three years old but didn't get into racing until he was 17. At that time he raced at Corona Raceway, Saddleback, Carlsbad and Indian dunes. In 1983 he qualified for the Anaheim Supercross for the Amateur day despite having started racing just a few months prior.
He then took many years off and didn't get back into racing until 1995 where he took up desert racing at age 30. Starting as a novice, he rocketed to the expert class by the end of the year. After that he earned four number-one plates in AMA District 37. After his father, Ray Bandfield, passed away on his bike in September 2000, he decided to retire while carrying D-37's desert #1 plate in the 200cc class.
Bandfield then turned his passion for dirt bikes to fun rides in Baja where he would do many trips with the Desert Assassins, including the Rip to Cabo, Baja Beach Bash, surf and turf. Mike has also been involved in the Kurt Caselli Foundation, modifying his personal Ford Raptor so it'd be able to clear the course for SCORE's San Felipe 250, Baja 500 and the Baja 1000. He also pitted many Baja races for KTM and the late, great Kurt Caselli. They had been racing together since Kurt was 13 years old.
Mike ran his own RV rental and repair business for over 14 years before he decided to retire from hectic California lifestyle and move to Tennessee for a simpler life which he enjoys with his wife Nancy, their six kids and three grandkids. He currently has a dual-sport bike and is looking forward to hitting the trails again soon. He says, "If you're ever out in Tennessee, come visit! We have a room for y'all!"