famous motocross riders of the 70s
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famous motocross riders of the 70s

famous motocross riders of the 70s

The best! His fenders were the choice of all serious racers in the 1970s, and Preston’s innovations forced the Japanese and European manufacturers to keep up with him. 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. The guys got so much dedication its just nuts. Ted Moorewood took the minicycle from the ranks of play bikes and made it a full-on race bike. He has proven that there are alternatives to the factory way — in a David-versus-Goliath manner. Joel Robert. That first minicycle would eventually lead them to popularize the hop-up business for XR50s, CRF150s, TT-R125s and KLX110s. Never heard of Eddie Cole? Without Mike Goodwin, there would be no AMA Supercross series today. (2) The success of the prototype led to production of the Yamaha YZ400 in 1998. Best rider I've ever seen. Extremely accurate and smooth riding style, A thinking rider too. You’ve probably seen the guys who do the backflip jumps. He is the best and will the best for the coming years. It was a far cry from Tom’s first catalog, which had eight products in it. He found outside sponsors and kept them. 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. Tom raced from 1969 until 1975 against some of the greatest dirt trackers of all-time, including Kenny Roberts, Mert Lawwill, Dave Aldana and Gene Romero. This guy was on top and won every title. And he is super fast and trains super hard for what he has. Bruce approached Steve McQueen. Don was an innovator, inventor and mastermind when it came to setting up a motorcycle. All of them had outstanding careers and laid down big tracks for others to follow. Yea we … Continued He always tries his best and is my idol, go Eli. Eventually, Don decided that if he was going to develop race bikes, he should do it for himself. One of the all time greats, if not the best! 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. From 1976 until 1984, virtually every fast rider was under their tent. “I wanted the four-stroke engine to be seriously considered for motocross.” The last 18 years have seen Yoshiharu’s wish come true. Bashers, haters, they're everywhere. Worth every penny. With Tom being a four-stroke racer and Dan being a qualified race mechanic, they became the number one source for four-stroke parts in the late 1970s. Although Bob would eventually split apart from his brother Geoff’s company and form his own respective company (Fox Factory), Bob’s tinkering did put the name Fox on the map. “When you think that you can do a better job at something than someone else, then you just do it.”. He was the sport’s face, winning five Motocross World Championships and peaking a record of 36 500cc Grand Prix wins. Johnson's hard riding and come from behind feats were outstanding. Mentally he was focused to win like no other. First and foremost, Don Jones was more than just the dad of four-time 250 National Champion Gary Jones. “A little part of me feels proud that I was at least a small part of American motocross,” says Lars. If in good health. Eyvind Boyesen owned more high-performance patents that any other man in the sport of motocross. He was one of the greatest of his times and regarded as one of the top 10 greatest motocross riders of all time. They came to an equitable parting of the ways. Both fun to watch but if you took these two and matched them against any riders in motocross history they would come out 1-2. His Myerscough’s Machines company produced some of the fastest Yamaha minicycles ever built. Amazing on a 250/450f but was most dominant in his 125 days of outdoor mx when he was with Kawi. It took a special kind of man to realize that you couldn’t wait for a sport to grow, you had to water it. We’re definitely selling to the Porsche-type guys, and it trickles down to every little piece that we make.”. All told, the Flying Freckle finished top ten in the supercross series eight times in the decade only missing out in 1980 and ’81. In the annals of American motocross, only one man can lay claim to have single-handedly developed a series of important offroad motorcycles for not only the consumer but several major corporations. The worlds leading publication about motocross and supercross. I like Ashley Fiolek because she is so good at motocross racing. 40 Years of Motocross and Supercross History & Results. On weekends! Geoff took the idea and went to Bob Baptiste, who created the original fox head logo for $300. No more needs to be said. 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. “I wanted to change the concept and image of the four-stroke engine,” says Yoshiharu. This is nuts,this dude is easily top five all time behind only JMc RC Stewart and even with Jeff Stanton any to disagree due to his early switch to road racing didn't see this guy dominate the early 90s with Bradshaw.shame he didn't stay for few more years or I'm sure he'd be recognized as clear no. He covered all of the bases. Then Can-Am came calling. 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. 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. He never gave up and kept believeing in him self. Barcia is a sick rider he has the style and skill. Being smart, aggressive and entrepreneurial is. Herlings is the quick kid for now, but until they compete in sx they're just fast mx riders. He is an amazing fast rider, he won a 450 championship back in 2010 in his rookie season. 90% of these guys couldn't couldn't carry his boots. (unless he has a very bad crash and DNF's). What is Eddie’s secret for making his companies into massive success stories? Kawasaki’s racing history started with a motocross race in 1961. He has over come many things and a lot of people underrate him and talk crap about him but he doesn't let that pull him back he still tries his hardest every time and does an amazing job! It's almost impossible to imagine Joel Robert today with all the training aids that accompany our pro riders today. Often, the men who changed the sport did it by business savvy, the force of their personalities, or by being in the right place at the right time. Bob and Jeff were both eggheads, physicists and mathematicians. Goodwin, whose previous experience was in hosting rock concerts, set the standard by which all future Supercross promoters would be judged. In 1974, Geoff’s newly established mail order business, now named Moto-X Fox, was born in a 1500-square-foot machine shop. If he could of still raced he would have won the most championships back to back. See more ideas about dirtbikes, vintage bikes, vintage motocross. And a Championship in 2010 in his rookie season. He brought in half-time shows that bordered on the ridiculous. DeCoster is generally recognized as the best-known racer in motocross in the first 50 years of the sport. He was bigger than life. He dressed in fur coats. What does the man who invented the American gear business do for a living today? Living in a motor home, Horst bet everything on his engineering background and creative mind. They win races, earn championships and then disappear, leaving in their wake a few lines in the record books, but no lasting contributions. He achieved motocross glory with both a sense of humor and a sense of awe. But 500cc open class two stroke racers had to be the best to hang on to one of these beasts of a bike. By the time Tom White sold the White Brothers to a corporation, the company distributed over 30,000 different motorcycle products. Invented the "Bubba Scrub" which is now a requirement if you're going to be a top pro. SEVEN / 7! Bob, tired of the academic life, left math behind to pursue life as a professional poker player (the perfect career for an egghead with a background in math and physics). He imports motocross products to Europe, manages speedway racers and races whenever possible (and was the 2001 Over-60 World Vet Champion and two-time Over-70 World Championship). Motorcycle manufactures were in close competition in the '70s. Villopoto is not one of my favorite racers, but in my eyes the best. He found outside sponsors. He's untouchable right now. 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. Joel-Robert. Mario Edison Dye invented American motocross. 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. Then, in 1978, Mark became team manager at Suzuki (with Danny LaPorte, Mark Barnett and Kent Howerton). He road on the fastest bike every made! Miss that a lot! Mitch’s engines proved to be faster than what the factories had to offer. But the sport of motocross changed dramatically in 1975 with the introduction of huge advances in suspension technology. Indoor or out, it didn't matter. That depends on your definition of splitting. Just like Tony, Don had two sons who raced at the highest level of the sport. 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. He is very quick and picks his lines around the tracks perfectly. RJ was a good rider but then got on Honda’s in 1986 and became really, really good. 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. But better yet is The GOATS most respected competitor. 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. You couldn't have asked for a better competitor or a racer with a better attitude. In 1978, Steve Simons (left with Brad Lackey) introduced a string of fork innovations that the sport is still using 30 years later. He started by working on his own bikes, then making a few parts for friends and over time building it into a powerhouse empire. The most popular events were, hill climbing, racing on tracks and trial biking. 2nd in all time supercross wins only behind Jeremy McGrath. The logo still depicts their gunsmithing history with the logo form symbolizing the sight over a barrel. Preston mass produced his plastic fenders out of his Oregon-based Petty Plastics. His Pro career came to an end when he badly broke his arm at Saddleback Park. RC is amazing! Because most of these riders are modern era supercross and "outdoor" riders. Absolute guru of the sport. Those of us lucky enough to share the track with the Hurricane know that the riders that dominated during the late 70's and early 80's were in a class by themselves. The company has resurfaced, under new management, as a motocross gear company. First, he took over the management of the Husqvarna/Suzuki School of Motocross at Carlsbad Raceway. 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. Both were the fastest ever period, and Stewart probably faster technically, but RC faster on a more consistent basis because he was the smoother and smarter rider. Modern minicycle racing, at Ponca City, World Mini, Mini O’s and Loretta, owe their existence to the enterprising mind of Ted Moorewood. Even if there was no 41 on his number plate you would still know its barcia because of his style. 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. Stewart's one of the best rider out there yet many people don't understand his efforts. Dave was so good at representing his riders that he has been accused of raising the cost of racing. Allways in the hunt and more times than not on top. He would travel across America with a troop of fellow riders, putting on stunt shows to thousands of people at a time. The former Grand Prix racer and ISDT Gold Medalist packed his bags and moved to the United States in 1980. The only rider to come to America, win and win often. Motocross super fan and statistician Chris Westfall has spent countless hours determining who, statistically, is the best motocross rider to ever strap boots on. It wasn’t long before the factory teams came knocking. You just can't compare riders of today with the riders of the pre-1975 era. Over the years, many more agents have appeared on the scene, but Dave was the first purpose-driven financial adviser and agent in motocross. Super cool. He is the victim of bad business deals. Greatest Motocross Riders of All Time 10. He fought for every cent. You just can't compare riders of today with the riders of the pre-1975 era. 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. The idea for the plastic motorcycle fender came to Preston after the aluminum front fender on his Maico broke off. Best burm rider ever! While doing the professorial thing at Santa Clara, Geoff bought a small stake in Grand Prix Cycles with the belief that they could supply aftermarket parts to CZ, Maico and Suzuki owners. If you were there you would understand. Scott Boyer originally worked in the ski industry for Lange boots. You got the feeling though RC could pass Stewart pretty much at will most of the time. He won Anaheim and had a horrible crash there as well. Don, like Tony, was a domineering father who called the shots and wouldn’t take any guff. An Australian taking it to the best of the world, that alone speaks for what Chad is made of. That happened by accident. I've seen the guy dislocate his shoulder on a bail, relocate it HIMSELF and get bike on and keep riding. 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. At one point Donnie had a studio apartment built at FMF headquarters so that he could work around the clock. The way he handled the bike and the way he passed and maintained first really suprised me. For Answer, Scott designed the oversized ProTaper handlebar. The first motorcycle was invented by Gottlieb Daimler in 1885 and is almost unrecognizable from what we think of today. Eddie Cole is a man with the Midas touch. The Japanese manufacturers hadn’t started building them yet, and European bikes were in short supply. During the founding years of American motocross, it was the iron men of motocross: Adolf Weil, Roger DeCoster and Ake Jonsson. Things haven’t changed much. Showed us where the known limits of the motocross bike are and then pushed those. ETC... Ken has been my favorite rider ever since he went pro#Roczen#Send ITt #MVP, He crashed super hard and lives the spotlight si much he decided to race again. But it wasn’t until Yamaha introduced the 1976 Yamaha TT500 four-stroke that Tom’s company, White Brothers Cycle Specialties, found its cause celebre. By far the most naturally smoothest and talented rider ever! These events particularly the trial events could be over a number of days, to test the ability of the rider. Dave laughs off the criticism. Ricky Carmichael. 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. The 70s were off the back of the bike and loose but Bailey refined that and bought in techniques that are still used throughout the world today. (4) Every other motorcycle company borrowed a page from Nakayama’s playbook and built race-ready four-strokes based on his overall engine designs. John signed Joel Robert to a one-year sock contract for $100. I've been through a lot, you know like stuff like that and it hurt so EVERYBODY should stop being rood (ONLY the ones ACTULLY being rood at least) and give him a chance because we all are beginners and if he's not a beginner it doesn't mean anything, so what if he needs more practice that's him not you. 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. The best motocrossers are the guys who used to hang on to a 500cc two strokes. My favorite has always been Davey Millsaps and I’m very surprised he did not make it on this top 50 list! However, he is always pushing himself too hard and always gets injured. Tom White was a motorcycle racer, but not a motocross racer. Not Hannah. While hosting motorcycle tours to the Isle of Man TT races, Edison saw his first motocross race. But Mark didn’t really retire. Subscribe to Nuculear T.V. True class act! Thanks for your comments. He should be idolized as the father of Supercross, but he isn’t. 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. Don Jones will be seen by motocross historians as the Smokey Yunick of motocross: a genius with a wrench. 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. (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 … “Before that I was racing full-time and painting helmets in my garage in my spare time, but the painting got to be a full-time job.”, Push came to shove for Troy; it was either a career as a journeyman Pro racer or helmet painter. It was down to just four races, and it lost its biggest race—the annual Superbowl of Motocross—to the new stadium motocross tour. 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. Ricky Carmichael always watched for 22 because if anyone was going to challenge for the win it's Chad Reed. 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