famous motocross riders of the 70s

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. Also his trick jumps ( the nack nack ) led way to what we know now as freestyle. “I always try to offer a high-quality and race-proven product. The injury might have been the greatest thing that ever happened to him, because he decided to shift his focus to the motorcycle business (with the help of his brother Dan). You just can't compare riders of today with the riders of the pre-1975 era. He would have won more titles. 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). It appears Ryan Dungee has been doing more than just eating his Wheaties! All of them had outstanding careers and laid down big tracks for others to follow. We’re definitely selling to the Porsche-type guys, and it trickles down to every little piece that we make.”. 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. His motocross/supercross perfomances increased the sports popularity in the nineties at a time when motocross hype was waning. 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. And, when the riders complained about the whoops, he rode through them himself — even though he could barely ride a motorcycle. Indoor or out, it didn't matter. In 1969 Geoff Fox moved his family from Wisconsin to Northern California to teach physics at Santa Clara University. On the sand, as americans like, he won fantasticly! Starting with the lowly Yamaha DT-1, Don cut the frames in half, molded new gas tanks, tore the engines apart, and when he was done, Yamaha had a viable race bike — the first YZ. Don't ever stop Trav, and screw this list dude, you'll always be number 1 in my eyes and I'm a thousand percent sure I'm not the only one. He was one of the greatest of his times and regarded as one of the top 10 greatest motocross riders of all time. If you were there you would understand. His career was cut tragically short when he came up short on a double jump in the lead-up to the 1987 Supercross series. One of the most recognized images of off-road riding, and possibly the sport’s most iconic photograph, comes from the early years when Eventually, Don decided that if he was going to develop race bikes, he should do it for himself. And there's millions of people who think the same thing. you made a HUGE impact on freestyle MX and that legacy is yours to keep forever. From 1976 until 1984, virtually every fast rider was under their tent. Nothing against these guys. There was a time during his career when Bob Hannah was collecting checks from Yamaha, Honda and Suzuki at the same time. But 500cc open class two stroke racers had to be the best to hang on to one of these beasts of a bike. Before Bob Hannah came along, the teams held the upper hand in every negotiation, and the manufacturers wielded this power like a scalpel. Bad Brad brought America it's first World Championship and a lot of self sacrifice and self-denial went into achieving that Championship. The talent he had was awesome, a shame it was cut short due to injuries. Ted Moorewood was not only the founding father of minicycle racing, but he was one of its most famous tuners. Things haven’t changed much. Then, in 1978, Mark became team manager at Suzuki (with Danny LaPorte, Mark Barnett and Kent Howerton). As a major player in Torsten Hallman Original Racewear (a company that is now known as THOR), Larsson built the first successful motocross apparel company in the USA. Jusstin has had some great races very good rider! 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. Eventually Geoff’s belief in expanding Grand Prix Cycles’ mail order business conflicted with his partners’ ideas of opening more dealerships. He can ride outside his limits without crashing, he was the most physically fit rider of his day, hardest working, does not give up, has style and talent for miles, and seems to be genuinely kind and humble. Hands down number 1...He helped change motocross and raise the bar. Fox’s race efforts launched them from the parts business into the clothing business. “It wasn’t fair to begin with. Although not a racer by any means, Dye decided that he would import these unusual two-stroke motocross bikes to America. Today, Tom takes care of his 6000 square-foot vintage motorcycle museum, donates to charities, works as a consultant to other motorcycle companies and was voted into the AMA Hall of Fame in 2014. 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. They came to an equitable parting of the ways. Ryan pick up the bike late in his years and rode like he’s been riding Since he was 7. John signed Joel Robert to a one-year sock contract for $100. Over the years, many more agents have appeared on the scene, but Dave was the first purpose-driven financial adviser and agent in motocross. First person to double backflip, first person to tandem backflip, he landed a backflip with 3 people on his bike.. Steve’s company, Simons Incorporated, developed the suspension parts that Brad Lackey used to win the 1982 500 World Championship. Only when you are World Champion, you are it. R.V. Template:Expand list This is a partial list of notable current and former motocross riders, many of whom have competed in the World Championships, National Championships and supercross competitions. 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. The spark that inspired all subsequent generations. That first minicycle would eventually lead them to popularize the hop-up business for XR50s, CRF150s, TT-R125s and KLX110s. On the Southwick Mass track it felt like thunder when he passed me in practice. That happened by accident. Whiting, Kelly … Very physically fit and could ride anything, THE REAL GOAT! 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. Today, BBR manufactures frame kits, exhaust systems, handlebar/triple clamp kits, fork kits, aluminum rims and practically anything else that could be outfitted on a mini bike. To modern motocross fans, Don Jones must seem like a Stone Age version of Tony Alessi. He has one. During this period, Eyvind discovered that he had as much fun working on his bike as riding it (and he rode very well). “I wanted to change the concept and image of the four-stroke engine,” says Yoshiharu. “On Any Sunday” was a critical success and was nominated for an Academy Award in 1971. Dave’s professional attitude and savvy negotiating skills ushered in a new era of professional motocross. Dave laughs off the criticism. Because most of these riders are modern era supercross and "outdoor" riders. Mitch Payton has done things that no one else in motocross history has ever done. 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. Roger DeCoster has Joel to thank for paving the way. None other than a state-of-the-art FlakJak — the first-ever plastic chest protector. Dave Stevenson did not race. The Japanese manufacturers hadn’t started building them yet, and European bikes were in short supply. 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. You have to remember back in the 1970 era, There were a lot of awesome Motocross racers that didn't have the equipment they have today. Greatest Motocross Riders of All Time 10. He covered all of the bases. He is one of the more fit riders out there he is one of my favorite he beats all the competition, there ever was. Don and the clan then moved to Honda and did the same thing. Before him I had only watched it here and there but I saw him race at Daytona. I hope he can stay heathy he's fun to watch ride! Sorry RC, never got that one and that is just fine! He never promoted a race, owned an accessory company, ran a race team or spun any wrenches. 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. Best ever, period.Most world titles says it all.And at a time when there was real competition.If you want to be considered among the best you can't stay stateside like most of the riders above. His racing accomplishments are simply remarkable. He has also won too many races to list, with multiple championships and a X-games Gold medal. Joel Robert - the REAL GOAT! Before JT, racers were happy to just get free gear. Before Ted Moorewood had the vision of a National Minicycle Championship, minicycles were just a minor part of the American motocross scene. Even if there was no 41 on his number plate you would still know its barcia because of his style. The best motocrossers are the guys who used to hang on to a 500cc two strokes. How serious is Donnie about making the best aftermarket products possible? I would love to see today's generation of riders do what these guys did with minimal support and bikes and equipment far below what is normal for today. The fastest on this planet at this moment in time, Jeffery is a great rider he always inspired me. He was the first rider to be crowned champion in each of the categories (125cc, 250cc and 500cc), and the 1987 and '88 seasons will always been remembered for … More than half a century has passed since then, and Kawasaki has amassed countless victories in both road racing and off-road racing. He would later go on to perform in 45 countries on six continents. Fastest guy in history around a supercross track, period. We I'll know if that means breaking bones. Jeremy is 42 years of age and resides in San Francisco, California. Thanks for your comments. Sadly americans know very little about motocross outside of US, that's why he is not up there. Bob Hannah: Robert Hannah also known as Bob Hannah was one of the most successful motocross racers in American history. True class act! His Pro career came to an end when he badly broke his arm at Saddleback Park. Beat Sephan Everts 4 times in US GP. What happened to JT Racing? Eventually, Mark became the top American employee at Suzuki. 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! Troy then expanded into the gear business, a bold move for someone so recognized in one specific faction of the industry. But Mark didn’t really retire. One of the most consistent riders of all time. For that matter, 8 of the 10 racer above him are in doubt. But then I realized that I needed a dual-pressure air shock and sold 20,000 shocks in 1976.”. Ricky Carmichael #1, Jeremy McGrath #2 James Stewart #3 Ryan Villopoto #4 And Chad Reed is Awesome. It's like comparing the Beatles with Deerhunter. “I stopped racing professionally in 1981,” says Troy. Don, like Tony, was a domineering father who called the shots and wouldn’t take any guff. The worlds leading publication about motocross and supercross. How did it come about? Tom was an AMA Class C dirt tracker who was willing to pitch a Harley XR750 into a corner at 100 mph. 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. He is the best motocross role model. During his time in the saddle, Eddie recognized that the profit in motocross lay in supplying products to racers, not racing. 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). Most dominant rider ever, when he was in his prime. He was tough and determined and as an older rider, beat Bob Hannah straight up multiple times. Their first watermark year came in 1979 when Chris and Duane built a custom XR75 in Junior High School shop class. “I only sold 400 shocks the first year. When he doesn’t like the way something is done, he jumps in and does it better — like his willingness to run his own KTM-backed race team. 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. Never heard of Eddie Cole? Hands down, greatest of all time. But Mark Blackwell didn’t want to be a team manager, and he left Suzuki to become Vice President of Marketing for Husqvarna. Eddie was Kawasaki’s first-ever factory-sponsored 125 rider (on the infamous 1974 rotary valve KX125), but after three knee surgeries, Eddie hung up his leathers. Bob had an uncanny ability to push himself beyond the bikes limit and not crash. The logo still depicts their gunsmithing history with the logo form symbolizing the sight over a barrel. Dave was so good at representing his riders that he has been accused of raising the cost of racing. If you read the history books, you would find that ten different people can lay claim to being the first to split the atom. He is the victim of bad business deals. He started by working on his own bikes, then making a few parts for friends and over time building it into a powerhouse empire. Soon he was approached by Can-Am to build a prototype to replace their aging fleet of offroad bikes. The success of his frame kits led Horst to design and build his own motorcycle brand — ATK. Best rider I've ever seen. British brothers, Don and Derek Rickman as importers for Bultaco, and top motocross riders helped forge the Spanish companies way into the growing motocross market – circa early 1960’s. That's just my opinion. SEVEN / 7! He dressed in fur coats. Lars’ true forte was demonstrating the capabilities of the weirdly different Husqvarna two-strokes to a generation of American riders raised on big British singles. Ricky Carmichael always watched for 22 because if anyone was going to challenge for the win it's Chad Reed. They are tremendous athletes and highly-skilled. If Roger’s career was based on his win record, it would be enough for most men. Once Dye had convinced the Swedes to sell him bikes, he had to find some way to get American riders to buy them. None of the other Supercross riders have done that. In 1974, Geoff’s newly established mail order business, now named Moto-X Fox, was born in a 1500-square-foot machine shop. 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. Well done Chad, Ken Roczen is the reason I'm confident in my self. If Dye hadn’t imported the bikes, brought the stars of the sport to demonstrate it and promoted the first-ever races, the sport would still be in the stone ages today. Mitch Payton’s career as the number one desert racer ended in a ravine 38 years ago — but not his racing career! Plus winning a cool million dollars at the monster cup in Vegas! Just truly amazing and talented! Donnie’s reputation as a wild man has often been overstated, but not by Donnie. He rode smoothly, fast and had a fantastic riding style. 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. Forced to give up twisting throttles, Mitch turned to tuning engines. 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. This piece of history features one of the most famous Motocross fans/riders in the history of the sport. See more ideas about motocross, vintage motocross, vintage bikes. It was down to just four races, and it lost its biggest race—the annual Superbowl of Motocross—to the new stadium motocross tour. Absolute guru of the sport. The 1971 AMA 500 National Champion’s career came to an end when he suffered an eye injury at the 1973 Luxembourg GP. Stewart's one of the best rider out there yet many people don't understand his efforts. Johnson's hard riding and come from behind feats were outstanding. But better yet is The GOATS most respected competitor. 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