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famous motocross riders of the 70s

To modern motocross fans, Don Jones must seem like a Stone Age version of Tony Alessi. Dave’s professional attitude and savvy negotiating skills ushered in a new era of professional motocross. Dave laughs off the criticism. Tom White was a motorcycle racer, but not a motocross racer. When Edison Dye started his Inter-Am motocross series in 1971, Larsson won four of the five Inter-Am 500cc support races on a special, titanium-framed Husqvarna racer. Making the "Bubba Scrub" to life makes the new generation riders be much more faster than anyone could think of! And destroyed Anericans on sandy lMotocross of Nations! They came to an equitable parting of the ways. A great shame he turned to road racing. Horst Leitner has since moved on to make a name for himself in the mountain bike and automotive worlds. Has untouchable moments in motocross. “A little part of me feels proud that I was at least a small part of American motocross,” says Lars. Simpson spent many years as a works rider, primarily with AJS and Norton, and was one of the most successful riders before the Second World War. Roger DeCoster’s name is synonymous with the sport of motocross. His motocross/supercross perfomances increased the sports popularity in the nineties at a time when motocross hype was waning. Living in a motor home, Horst bet everything on his engineering background and creative mind. For that matter, 8 of the 10 racer above him are in doubt. “It wasn’t fair to begin with. The spark that inspired all subsequent generations. # ...more. That first minicycle would eventually lead them to popularize the hop-up business for XR50s, CRF150s, TT-R125s and KLX110s. The only rider to come to America, win and win often. It's like comparing the Beatles with Deerhunter. In 1966, Dye flew World Champion Torsten Hallman over to race a handful of select American races. And with Jim Pomeroy before before them the top American rider was trying to not get laped, If I have to explain, you are not an mx'er. We believe that Rodger decoster should be number one because he is a great manager and a great guy and everybody respects him he made a name for Motocross and everybody in it! “On Any Sunday” was a critical success and was nominated for an Academy Award in 1971. But two sons and motorcycles are where the comparisons end. The List: 10 Greatest Honda Riders - Motocross; Developed in the USA and tested on the toughest tracks in the world, Maxima Racing Oils are proven to … Over the years, many more agents have appeared on the scene, but Dave was the first purpose-driven financial adviser and agent in motocross. Geoff’s original intent was to sell directly to retail customers, but as with most rapidly expanding businesses, he ended up becoming more like a distributor (selling to dealers around the country). Joel Robert - the REAL GOAT! Mitch Payton has set the prototype for the next generation of factory motocross teams; independent teams funded by outside sponsors. Beat Stewart hands down at the 06 Des nations and didn't really have to try in my opinion the only guys who could run with Everts. At the same time, Horst Leitner was fueling the fire of the revitalized four-stroke movement. The way he handled the bike and the way he passed and maintained first really suprised me. The most popular events were, hill climbing, racing on tracks and trial biking. The next year, 1967, Dye brought over Torsten Hallman, Arne Kring, Joel Robert, Roger DeCoster, Dave Bickers, Lars Larsson and Ake Johnson. The Hurricane was in his prime at the time. He found outside sponsors. He asked his sponsors to defer his salary payments, to use the money to pay his airplane hangar rent or to buy him a Ferrari (plus insure it and maintain it). He struggles with consistency, but when he is on his game no one can touch him. Ted Moorewood was not only the founding father of minicycle racing, but he was one of its most famous tuners. Chris handles the development, Duane focuses on product testing, while Brent takes care of the business side of BBR. RJ was at the top of his game in the mid to late 80's. Things haven’t changed much. He would its his home gp but never raced a full world series, 3 outdoor national 250 Titles and 3 250 supercross titles! Soon he was approached by Can-Am to build a prototype to replace their aging fleet of offroad bikes. Legend! By far the nicest and in my opinion what he did after his back injury, is the best motocross rider there is again that is my opinion... Had a chance to watch him and John Dowd at Dowd's practice track in West Springfield Massachusetts simply awesome. Once Ted and partner Ron Hendricksen started the National Minicycle Association (now called the National Motosport Association), minicycle racing became a major portion of the motocross lexicon. 2. It was down to just four races, and it lost its biggest race—the annual Superbowl of Motocross—to the new stadium motocross tour. But Mark didn’t really retire. The Fox Airshox was a major hit, and with it came the foundation of the suspension tuning business. That depends on your definition of splitting. He invented the idea of a centralized National Championship race, first with the World Mini Grand Prix and eventually with the NMA Grand National Championships. What happened to JT Racing? All of them had outstanding careers and laid down big tracks for others to follow. History of motocross racing . Ken Roczen in my opinion should not be this low in this list and should be #1. At this time in the sport’s history, motorcycle shocks were low-tech tubes filled with oil. Riders used to ride for free clothes, while the apparel companies were making more money and selling more product than today!”. During the founding years of American motocross, it was the iron men of motocross: Adolf Weil, Roger DeCoster and Ake Jonsson. Ricky Carmichael always watched for 22 because if anyone was going to challenge for the win it's Chad Reed. As we continue to pursue all possibilities, Kawasaki’s indomitable racing spirit burns brightly. He is very quick and picks his lines around the tracks perfectly. If you asked any motocross racer from the 1970s what influenced him to become a motorcycle racer, “On Any Sunday” would be high on his list. Troy still had grander plans for his future. The only thing that could take away his chance to pass Ricky for #1 is injury. The limited travel and erratic performance were major issues with 1970’s racers. Although not a racer by any means, Dye decided that he would import these unusual two-stroke motocross bikes to America. He never gave up and kept believeing in him self. Today, Fox Factory has re-entered the motocross business with its line of shocks and fork kits. If in good health. September 16, 2019 is when someone will be able to go ride his track and talk with him face to face. There was a time during his career when Bob Hannah was collecting checks from Yamaha, Honda and Suzuki at the same time. Doug basically gave away several championships by agreeing to pioneer the four stroke Yamahas during his prime. Next, he designed and built motocross frames that would accept Honda XR350 engines (in turn building Rickman-like motorcycles for the 1980s). He was given the title of ‘Hurricane’. He has always been a top 5 rider his whole career and still is. (3) Yoshiharu Nakayama made the drawings for the YZ250F in his spare time, and by luck and happenstance, got it put into production in 2001. Thank you Jeremy, I bought a lot of tickets to watch you kick ass. In the ’70s, it was … He named every obstacle on the track to excite the fans. But Steve didn’t stay away for long, and in 1989, Steve used his suspension expertise to help his old racing buddy Paul Turner start a mountain bike company called RockShox. This bike became the ATK 406 two-stroke. His accident shocked the world and was a massive reality check for motocross. In 1980 a couple of new tracks joined the AMA Motocross circuit, and one is still there: Washougal, high above the banks of the Columbia River, will host its thirty-first Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross National on July 23. Ricky Carmichael #1, Jeremy McGrath #2 James Stewart #3 Ryan Villopoto #4 And Chad Reed is Awesome. Subscribe to Nuculear T.V. It’s clear now that Troy made the correct decision. Also his trick jumps ( the nack nack ) led way to what we know now as freestyle. The Japanese manufacturers hadn’t started building them yet, and European bikes were in short supply. No one could even get close to him, plus he threw that 125 around like no one has ever done before, literally never let off the gas, and invented the scrub. What did Bruce do? John Gregory of JT Racing fame is the Ralph Lauren of the motocross world. You just can't compare riders of today with the riders of the pre-1975 era. Lars Larsson was a pioneering motocross and off-road racer from Sweden who immigrated to the United States to help introduce motocross racing to America in the late 1960s. In fact, his only connection to racing was that he was Danny LaPorte’s tax advisor. DeCoster is generally recognized as the best-known racer in the first 50 years of the sport. I think you should back off even though I'm ten I know a lot of things and one of those things is to be kind to one another! Once Dye had convinced the Swedes to sell him bikes, he had to find some way to get American riders to buy them. He made it not just functional, but fashionable. That's just my opinion. Hard to believe that we’re through a decade already here in the ‘00’s, it seems like it was yesterday that I was raiding my local Walgreens for batteries and cup of soups to survive the impending meltdown of the world. It was a far cry from Tom’s first catalog, which had eight products in it. Brown’s film-making experience, with surfing films like the “Endless Summer,” convinced him that he needed a movie star to help him open the doors with film distributors. Yes, there are many and we all have our favorites because motocross history goes back quite a few years. Dave’s clients needed more than financial advice, so they started asking him to review their contracts. To enhance their interest in four-stroke racing, Tom decided to put his company’s weight behind both the World Four-Stroke and World Veteran Championships. Stewart's one of the best rider out there yet many people don't understand his efforts. Lars has a room full of trophies and enough memories to fill a book the size of “War and Peace.” But racing prowess isn’t what changes a sport. Sadly, Eyvind passed away one week before he was to be inducted into the AMA Hall of Fame. The logo still depicts their gunsmithing history with the logo form symbolizing the sight over a barrel. It’s true. See more ideas about motocross, vintage motocross, vintage bikes. And a Championship in 2010 in his rookie season. Bob and his brother Geoff started out on similar paths. We like to think of motocross as a sport that is driven by racers, but in fact it is moved forward by businessmen, inventors and dreamers from seemingly unrelated walks of life. They win races, earn championships and then disappear, leaving in their wake a few lines in the record books, but no lasting contributions. Something had to go. A true talent, he willed his machine through the worst conditions to wins. When it comes to four-strokes, there is one engineer that every four-stroke rider, regardless of the brand of bike he races, owes a debt of gratitude to. They are tremendous athletes and highly-skilled. Before Ted Moorewood had the vision of a National Minicycle Championship, minicycles were just a minor part of the American motocross scene. Just think about that rood people. But then I realized that I needed a dual-pressure air shock and sold 20,000 shocks in 1976.”. Steve not only agreed to appear in “On Any Sunday,” but to finance it. But whether you favor Rutherford, Franck, Hertz, Cockcroft, Meitner, Fermi, Strassmann, Walton, Szilard or Einstein, all of these men changed the world as we know it. He was one of the greatest of his times and regarded as one of the top 10 greatest motocross riders of all time. Dave should be credited with turning motocross racers into professional athletes. Bruce Brown made the seminal motorcycle film of all-time, “On Any Sunday.” Unlike the “Wild Ones” and “Hell’s Angels” movies of the era that made American movie-goers afraid of motorcycles and the men who rode them, “On Any Sunday” showed the enjoyment of riding a bike. MXA TECH SPEC: FORK-OIL HEIGHT IS THE MAGIC BULLET, BIKES YOU’VE NEVER SEEN BEFORE: 1973 PENTON MUDLARK 125 ENDURO, MXA HEAD-TO-HEAD SHOOTOUT VIDEO: 2021 HONDA CRF450 VS. HUSKY FC450, BEST OF JODY’S BOX: THE MOTHER LION APPROACH TO RACING, IT’S HERE! It’s often said that Orren “Putt” Mossman was the most famous stunt motorcyclist of the first half of the 20th century. Jeff Ward ruled the 80's like McGrath ruled the 90's and Charmichael does now. They made contributions, large and small, to the overall understanding of the complex makeup of the world. I was fortunate enough to see him race Southwick 338 along with the likes of Jeff Ward, David Bailey, Johnny O'Mara, Broc Glover and even Bob "Hurricane" Hannah was there racing. It is the most recognizable symbol in motocross. Herlings is the quick kid for now, but until they compete in sx they're just fast mx riders. Jusstin has had some great races very good rider! Bob changed the dynamics between the rider and the manufacturer. But, if winning doesn’t change a sport, what did Hannah do? He is the victim of bad business deals. Motorcycle manufactures were in close competition in the '70s. The success of Edison Dye’s traveling circus convinced him that America needed a professional motocross series, which led Dye to form the Inter-Am (International-American) motocross series. They are tremendous athletes and highly-skilled. As Duane says, “We ask ourselves if the products we make are good enough to be outfitted on a factory bike. He never promoted a race, owned an accessory company, ran a race team or spun any wrenches. Always tells it like it is wether you like it or not. How serious is Donnie about making the best aftermarket products possible? Without Mike Goodwin, there would be no AMA Supercross series today. Bashers, haters, they're everywhere. He won five 500cc Motocross World Championships; tallied a record 36 500cc Motocross Grand Prix victories; was a member of six winning Belgium Motocross des Nations teams; earned four Trans-AMA Motocross Championships; was a Gold Medalist in the International Six Day Trial (Enduro); and earned numerous national championships in his native Belgium, including a national Trials title. It was the close relationship between brothers Chris, Duane and Brent Brown that catapulted play bikes to the lofty heights that they attained at the turn of the century (2000). The ATK 560 and ATK 604 four-strokes were instant hits. Especially in the 2000s when dirty stewart would do everything to run him off the track including running into him and Chad just gave it right back. Preston mass produced his plastic fenders out of his Oregon-based Petty Plastics. Villopoto is not one of my favorite racers, but in my eyes the best. Tomac's gonna take everyone by surprise, if he hadn't crashed in 2015 AMA outdoor motocross, he definitely would have been running for the title! He won Anaheim and had a horrible crash there as well. In 1974, Geoff’s newly established mail order business, now named Moto-X Fox, was born in a 1500-square-foot machine shop. During the 1980s, the White Brothers’ sales exploded. By their titles, victories and podiums achieved and because of their meaning for Motocross. Bob Hannah: Robert Hannah also known as Bob Hannah was one of the most successful motocross racers in American history. At one point in ATK’s production life, the American-made motorcycle company was the sixth largest offroad motorcycle manufacturer in America. Rick Johnson, Broc Glover, Marty Tripes, Brian Myerscough, Heikki Mikkola, Kent Howerton, Georges Jobe, David Bailey, Donny Hansen, Ron Lechien, Johnny O’Mara, Jim Gibson, Chuck Sun, Scott Burnsworth, Jeff Ward and Danny Laporte. As early as 1963, Don Rickman delivered a crippling blow to the agricultural British 2-strokes when he became the only British finisher and 3rd podium position at the British Grand Prix. No one else can make the same claim. He's untouchable right now. He dressed in fur coats. Preston used this equipment to produce the first enduro headlight (now copied on every enduro bike), an innovative plastic skid plate, and the Hex Grip. He was absolutely untouchable. From 1976 until 1984, virtually every fast rider was under their tent. He signed a deal with Husqvarna of Sweden to supply him with as many motocross bikes as he could get for the American market. My idol got a lot of respect for this guy he's the one I look up to when I'm told I'm a girl I can't ride and he gets me across the line first he's the reason I go to nationals and wolds I got a lot of respect for him. In the early to mid 1970s, virtually all of the motocross bikes had traditional vertical mounted twin-shock rear suspension - and this suspension left much to be desired. Best burm rider ever! Who is everyone? During this period, Eyvind discovered that he had as much fun working on his bike as riding it (and he rode very well). At one point Donnie had a studio apartment built at FMF headquarters so that he could work around the clock. Carmichael, McGrath and others may have broken Hannah’s win records, but in the process they owe him a debt of gratitude for changing the dynamic between teams and riders. I think we're forgetting that if he spent his time on one sport like freestyle or motocross he'd probably be number 1 but he races everything and is competitive with all of them some better than others but who else is racing rally car to stock to trying to flip a monster truck guy is number 1 when it comes to dynamics and versatility!Barney Schwarzkopf, Who ever said this is a bad person "Pastrana wasn't even a top 5 rider in his day its obvious no one that voted for him ever watched him race, he should not even be on this list, not that I don't like him... but he certainly wasn't a good racer". “I stopped racing professionally in 1981,” says Troy. He seems to be a little fragil. Their first watermark year came in 1979 when Chris and Duane built a custom XR75 in Junior High School shop class. His Pro career came to an end when he badly broke his arm at Saddleback Park. I don't think any other rider could push as hard. Dominated his time. Since the “Greatest Supercross Riders of the 80’s” was such a hit, I decided to do one for the 90’s as well as the Y2K’s. It pained Tom to see the company he built fail, but he had already moved on. Barcia is a sick rider he has the style and skill. RC was the greatest ever. That happened by accident. None other than a state-of-the-art FlakJak — the first-ever plastic chest protector. Then Can-Am came calling. I can see why he doesn't like the nickname the Diesel, and in 2016 it looks like he has shaken that nickname with his strong starts, and being as strong at the beginning of the race as he is at the end. (Czech CZ riders Zdenek Velky and Jaroslav Falta, the only two GP riders to race the Inter-Am Series that year, finished 1-2 nonetheless … Never content to be pigeonholed, Mark moved to snowmobile manufacturer Arctic Cat, then to Polaris, finally to Victory Motorcycles and today is a consultant to Husqvarna Motorcycles. Dave Stevenson did not race. Through his HRP connection to Bob Hannah, Scott met Answer Products’ Eddie Cole. He always tries his best and is my idol, go Eli. More than half a century has passed since then, and Kawasaki has amassed countless victories in both road racing and off-road racing. Thanks for your comments. Some are racers, some are pencil pushers and some are Gyro Gearloose inventors, but every one of them made a significant impact on where the sport of motocross is today. Take me back to the 80's with Ward, RJ, Glover, and Bailey. You sure is my IDOL! Then, in 1978, Mark became team manager at Suzuki (with Danny LaPorte, Mark Barnett and Kent Howerton). He would later go on to perform in 45 countries on six continents. It was a totally new motorcycle segment — that benefited the industry and the consumer. There was a time when everyone who was anyone wore JT. In the heady days of the 1960s, motocross bikes were hard to come by in the United States. As his company grew, the next logical step for Troy was to build his own helmet visors. Very decorated competitor he will possibly be the greatest motocross rider of all time. Doug is an inspiration and should be considered number 1! If you were in his shoes would you like it if someone said something like that to you? Who really gets the credit? Absolute guru of the sport. That and Hangtown OG were my favorite Nor Cal tracks at the time although I did more racing and riding at the OG Sets Point Motocross tracks including riding the track that was used at the USGP that year! Valentino Rossi Motocross Riders Moto Cross Off Road Racing Vintage Motocross The Golden Years Dirtbikes Vintage Bikes Street Bikes. Even in their early days, the Browns were entrepreneurs, buying their cousin’s bike shop that they named, with far too much alliteration, Brown Brothers Bike World. “I always try to offer a high-quality and race-proven product. In the process of winning seven AMA Championships (including titles in 125cc motocross, 250cc motocross and 250cc Supercross), he made his mark. Sidecar. “I wanted to change the concept and image of the four-stroke engine,” says Yoshiharu. R.V. Donnie Emler, best known as “Uncle Donnie” to the faithful, can rightfully be considered the founding father of the motocross hop-up business. NMA minicycle racing was serious business in the 1970s, thanks to Ted’s vision. Bob Hannah will go down in history as one of the greatest motocross racers of all time, but fast racers don’t change the sport. Because most of these riders are modern era supercross and "outdoor" riders. Carmichael, Tomac, and Roczen are my 3 favorite.P.S. Many of the riders listed here, and some that are not, had fantastic amateur careers … In 1978, Steve Simons (left with Brad Lackey) introduced a string of fork innovations that the sport is still using 30 years later. Have you seen him and eli tomac battling. Doug was both the hardest working and nicest guy in motocross. Husqvarna like many motorcycle manufacturers began producing bicycles in the late 19th century, but the company was originally founded in 1689 on the Swedish King’s command for a weapons factory, near the town of Huskvarnain Sweden manufacturing muskets. Once the boot was done, Boyer moved on to form Hannah Racing Products (HRP) in 1980. In 1988, his Simons Precision company was so successful that Steve dropped out of the suspension business for a while to focus on the machine shop. When asked what they plan to do after they retire, most motocross stars say, “I’d like to remain in the motorcycle industry.” In truth, very few do. He knew that way wasn't going fastforwards, which he was the best at, This list is void if Dave Thorpe is not at the top. He stepped into this arena when he … RC is amazing! Remember watching bayle as a kid he was the best he made it look so easy all time great in my eyes, The most professional in preparation and hugely talented. But Mark Blackwell didn’t want to be a team manager, and he left Suzuki to become Vice President of Marketing for Husqvarna. But, the new management of the White Brothers sent the company into a spiral and, by the end, they only had eight products in their catalog. Bob had an uncanny ability to push himself beyond the bikes limit and not crash. It is hard to imagine any single individual believing that he could go into competition against the might of the Big Four. Bob decided that he could build a better shock and, in 1974, introduced the first single-pressure Fox Airshox. My favorite has always been Davey Millsaps and I’m very surprised he did not make it on this top 50 list! Perhaps you’ve heard of Answer Products, ProTaper handlebars, Atlas neck braces or SixSixOne — all the brainchildren of Eddie. Goodwin, whose previous experience was in hosting rock concerts, set the standard by which all future Supercross promoters would be judged. Eventually Geoff’s belief in expanding Grand Prix Cycles’ mail order business conflicted with his partners’ ideas of opening more dealerships. Today, 34 years after his last Grand Prix, which he won, DeCoster is still the sport’s greatest ambassador and leads the KTM team in his 70s. The way he came back from several devastating injuries to compete for national titles was unprecedented. People said he was boring to watch because he wasn't throwing the bike sideways all the time. Now that the minicycle market has cooled, due to the recession and influx of Chinese knock-offs, the Brown brothers haven’t slowed down. Before Preston Petty came on the scene, offroad motorcycles had metal fenders. First person to double backflip, first person to tandem backflip, he landed a backflip with 3 people on his bike.. It's almost impossible to imagine Joel Robert today with all the training aids that accompany our pro riders today. He was a showman. Joel-Robert. Horst would go on to design bikes for the British market and even the original KTM single-shock/no-link system. I raced a yz 250 in 1980 and lived and dreamed of riding like himHe rode when you had to be a real man to ride those bikes, not like kids today with the latest suspension that floats over everything. Not only is his company making motocross gear and racing helmets (mountain bike and motocross), but runs one of the strongest race teams in the USA — in both motocross and Supermoto. In fact, Yoshiharu designed much of the YZ400 and YZ250F on his own time! He found outside sponsors and kept them. From a different era. These events particularly the trial events could be over a number of days, to test the ability of the rider. Motocross super fan and statistician Chris Westfall has spent countless hours determining who, statistically, is the best motocross rider to ever strap boots on. Neither brother had any intention of changing the face of motorcycle racing. JT’s initial contracts weren’t big, but they were watershed moments in moto history. On the Southwick Mass track it felt like thunder when he passed me in practice. Know the history of your sport before you vote Emig and Henry above this guy (anyone else remember how elated Emig was to beat Mac in the last supercross of 1996; to which Mac had won every previous race? He brought in half-time shows that bordered on the ridiculous. “I have no engineering degrees, so I consider myself to be a designer — actually more of a product development manager.”. The following are the top 6 motocross riders and racers that currently hold the most number of wins in the AMA Motocross and Supercross Championships: 1. 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