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THE GRAYING OF AMERICAN MOTOCROSS! THE BIRTHDAY BOY ? GARY JONES TURNS 60

Gary Jones won 250 National Championships for Yamaha, Honda and Can-Am. In what could be considered a watershed moment, four-time 250 National Champion Gary Jones turned 60-years-old this weekend. Jones was born in 1952 and rose to fame during the founding years of American motocross…and won the 250 titles from from 1971 through 1974. Unfortunately, Gary suffered a serious injury when his leg was sucked into Peter Lamppu’s rear wheel at Daytona in 1975. Jones spent over a year recovering, including ha…

MOTOCROSS MEN & MEMORIES: (03/30/11)

Danny Laporte (352) leads Suzuki teammate Tony DiStefano and Can-Am’s Jimmy Ellis at the 1976 Florida Winter Series. LaPorte would later play a role in the famous “Let Broc Bye” incident.

ASK THE MXPERTS: HAS ANYONE EVER WON AN AMA NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP ON A EUROPEAN BIKE?

Dear MXA,     Has anyone ever won an AMA National or Supercross Championship on a European bike? Gary Jones?1974 AMA 250 National Champion.       My how short your memory is! Grant Langston won the 2003 125 National Championship on a KTM. Before Grant’s breakthrough victory you would have to go back to Kent Howerton’s 1976 500 National Championship on a Husqvarna. If you aren’t picky, you could count Jimmy Ellis’ 1975 Supercross Championship and Gary Jones’ 1974 2…

GODSPEED! DON JONES (1924-2008)

By Jody Weisel     It is often said that if you live long enough, you will see the passing of the greats…and so it is with Don Jones. Don died in 2008, at the age of 84.     Most of the American motocross scene is too young to know much about Don Jones and, at best, most would think of him only as the father of four-time 250 National Champion Gary Jones. And while that is true enough, Don was so much more than just the father of a racer.     Don was a respe…