No one can forget the rivalry between Kent Howerton and Bob Hannah. It’s not just that they were two AMA Champions racing for dominance, but instead because they were two equally matched riders who hated each other…and it showed in their riding.
At Saddleback Park in 1981, Kent Howerton (1) and Bob Hannah (100) were racing for the 250 National Championship. Hannah took offense to what he deemed to be dirty riding by Howerton. When they came over the Magoo Double Jump, Hannah rammed the Rhinestone Cowboy from behind. Howerton went down, but remounted and caught and passed Hannah, who didn’t try to get away and admitted that he knocked Howerton down on purpose. Hannah would win the second 250 moto, but Howerton would win the 1981 250 National Championship. Bob won three Nationals and Kent won five that year?no one else won any.