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MOTOCROSS ACTION RACING LORE: DONNIE HANSEN’S BEST & WORST BATTLES WITH RICKY JOHNSON

?Interestingly enough, I?ve had both the best and worst race of my career against the same guy?Ricky Johnson. My worst race was at Mammoth Mountain in 1982. I was winning everything that year. I had been living with Johnny O?Mara, and we were really pushing each other while training. I decided to go compete at Mammoth in the 250 class during an off-weekend. Back then, there were 45-minute motos, and I lined up against a rookie by the name of Ricky Johnson. He was on a production-piece-of-junk Yamaha, bu…

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: HOWERTON’S SIDE OF THE SADDLEBACK MASSACRE

?Everyone has heard Bob Hannah’s side of the so-called ?Massacre at Saddleback,? but I don?t think that I?ve ever told it from my point of view. For starters, it should be known that Bob and I were friends before the 1981 season. Unfortunately, things took a turn for the worst at the opening round of the 250 Nationals. I beat him pretty soundly at Hangtown, and after the race I did a few interviews. One journalist asked me what I thought about how Bob was riding. I replied by saying, ?I believe that Bob…

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 …

CAN YOU NAME EVERY EVERY AMERICAN MXDN TEAM SINCE 1972? YOU CAN ONCE YOU READ THIS STORY

Ryan Dungey?2009-2010. EVERY AMERICAN TEAM SINCE 1972: AND HOW THEY FINISHED Year…Place…Riders 1972…7…Brad Lackey, Jim Pomeroy, Jimmy Weinert, Gary Jones 1973…4…Jim Pomeroy, Mike Hartwig, John DeSoto Tony DiStefano?1974-1975-1976-1977. 1974…2…Brad Lackey, Jim Pomeroy, Jimmy Weinert, Tony DiStefano 1975…9…Brad Lackey, Jim Pomeroy, Kent Howerton, Tony DiStefano 1976…5…Bob Hannah, Rex Staten, Kent Howerton, Tony DiStefano 1977…2…Steve Stackable, Gary Semics, Kent Howerton, Tony …

MOTOCROSS ACTION’S WEEKEND NEWS REPORT: WHAT YOU MISSED WHILE YOU WERE LIVIN’ LIFE, FEATURING JOSH COPPINS, JAMES STEWART, TOMMY SEARLE, ZACH BELL, ROGER DECOSTER, BEN TOWNLEY, RC, TP & MORE

SUPER TRAPP BUYS JARDINE: DISCO NEVER DIED Disco Jet. SuperTrapp Industries has acquired Jardine Performance Products (SuperTrapp already owns Kerker exhausts). Jardine manufactures exhausts, back rests, racks and accessories for the Harley, metric, sport, dirt bike and ATV markets. SuperTrapp president Kevin Bergers said, “We look forward to adding Jardine Performance Products to the SuperTrapp […]

MOTOCROSS ACTION’S MID-WEEK REPORT: (10/13/10)

MOTOCROSS ACTION’S MID-WEEK REPORT  PHOTO OF THE WEEK: PART 1 Yesterday the MXA wrecking crew rode the 2011 Yamaha for the first time. Yamaha held their introduction at the awesomely prepared Racetown 395 motocross track near Adelanto, California. The 2011 YZ450F received a very small number of updates, but it wasn’t any less fun to […]