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MOTOCROSS ACTION PHOTO OF THE DAY: WHEN THE IDEA OF A USGP MEANT SOMETHING TO AMERICAN RACERS

In 1975 Rocket Rex Staten holeshot the Carlsbad USGP on a CZ. Rex and Roger DeCoster dueled until Rex broke away. But it was not to be. This color photo was shot in the same section of the rock hard Carlsbad track. Rex’s USGP lead would vanish when his CZ motor mounts broke. Rocket Rex soldiered on to finished 7th, but his hands looked like hamburger. When somebody tries to tell you how big the crowds are at today’s races, show them this photo of Danny LaPorte jumping Carlsbad’s Devils Drop. You don’t s…

MOTOCROSS ACTION RACING LORE: THE IMPORTANCE OF MUGEN TO JOHNNY O’MARA

?My breakout year came in 1980. Most people will remember that I was riding for the Mugen Honda team that season. Through my friend, Al Baker, I got a deal with Hirotoshi Honda, the son of Mr. Honda. Hiro had his own motorcycle performance program. He had a big race team in Japan and wanted to get something going in the U.S. Hiro made the leap by signing me. I rode an all-white Honda, and I even wore white gear. The bike was pretty crazy looking and caught a lot of people off guard. At the time, there w…

MOTOCROSS ACTION RACING LORE: DANNY LaPORTE’S 1981 MOTOCROSS DES NATIONS TRIUMPH

?The most exciting moment of my life was the first year that Team USA won the Motocross des Nations in 1981. As a team, we weren?t expected to win, nor did we even think that we would win. Honda put together a group of riders that probably weren?t the best choices to race. For years, Yamaha had a rider that was capable of doing well at the MXDN, and then Suzuki would have a guy. The problem was that because the riders were on different teams, there was an every-man-for-himself sort of mentality. Donnie …

MXA’S SATURDAY NEWS ROUND-UP: THIS IS MOTOCROSS…ON SATURDAY DEC. 31

RUMORS ENDED! WHAT IT COSTS TO RIDE AT LAKE ELSINORE There has been lots of palaver about what it costs to ride at the new Elsinore track. Here are the answers from the Elsinore web site.     One-day: $40 (non-member)     Membership: $45 (plus first ride free)     One day: $25 (member) THE McBROOKS HONDA TEAM MAKES IT OFFICIAL Larry Brooks, Andrew Short and Jeremy McGrath. The Larry Brooks/Jeremy McGrath team has finally broken cover with their official press…

WORLD VET MOTOCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP: RYAN HUGHES, DOUG DUBACH, PETE DeGRAAF, GARY CHASE & LARS LARSSON WIN WORLD VET CROWNS

Ryan Hughes. There are races that seem to transcend the normal atmosphere of the typical motocross event. The MTA World Vet Motocross Championship is one of those events. It is, by its very nature a family affair?not just of blood relatives, but of racers who have raced together for so many years that they feel like brothers-in-arms. Whether they are from Germany, Tahiti, Canada, Spain, Italy, Mexico, Australia or Japan, they think of the World Vet Championship as a homecoming. Throughout the week you s…

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.

MOTOCROSS ACTION’S MID-WEEK REPORT: (12/15/10)

PHOTO OF THE WEEK Jeremy McGrath has been retired for years, but that doesn’t stop “Showtime” from riding frequently. And, yes, he can still do the nac-nac. DO YOU RIDE A KTM? RIDE FOR FREE AT KTM’S CHRISTMAS PARTY!     Come celebrate the holidays while riding orange with KTM professional riders and enthusiasts. KTM North America, Inc. would like to extend a Christmas invitation to all KTM riders to come and ride at Cahuilla Creek MX Park in Anza, CA on Friday, December 17, 2010 from 9:00…