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MOTOCROSS ACTION PHOTO OF THE DAY: NOT EVERY CHAMPION HAS A SENSE OF HUMOR, BUT THIS ONE DOES

Most modern factory riders train on bicycles, but not by racing on a velodrome. Joel Robert (front) was the 250 World Champ at the same time that Belgium also dominated cycling with Eddy Merckx. You never know when you are going to need a spare. It is unlikely that the factory wanted their works road racer to be ridden in the dirt by a shirtless Joel Robert. Aldon Baker would have a fit if Ryan Villopoto decided to have a cigarette while sitting on a horse. Joel smoked. When was the last time you saw Ry…

MOTOCROSS ACTION PHOTO OF THE DAY: CAN YOU NAME THE FIRST FACTORY SUZUKI GP RIDER? WHAT ABOUT KAWASAKI?

Olle Pettersson on the prototype Suzuki RH250. Although his name is just a footnote in motocross today, Swedish Grand Prix rider Olle Pettersson has the distinction of being one the greatest development test riders of all-time. In 1968 Olle Pettersson, an established GP rider, got a call asking if he?d help Suzuki develop their first GP motocross bike. Olle was waiting for a contract from Husqvarna for the 1968 season and didn?t want to sign to race a totally unproven Japanese motocross bike. Then, the …

MOTOCROSS ACTION PHOTO OF THE DAY: TRAVEL BACK TO A TIME WHEN YOU WORRIED MORE ABOUT BREAKING YOUR BIKE THAN YOUR BODY

Six-time 250 World Champion Joel Robert could ride his bike faster than anyone in the 250 World Championships, but if he raced it as fast as it would go, it wouldn’t last. The art of motocross, and the reason why we run two long motos, instead of one short one, is to challenge not just the rider’s fitness, but the bike’s preparation. Motocross is about man and machine ? not just man alone. Check out the rear tire air pressure on Robert’s Czechoslovakian twin-pipe CZ.

MOTOCROSS MEN & MEMORIES: (01/02/12)

Before Roger DeCoster and Joel Robert were teammates at Suzuki, the six-time 250 Champion and five-time 500 Champion were on the Czechoslovakian CZ team together. When Joel left for Team Suzuki, Roger stayed behind, but joined his Belgian countryman in 1971 on the Suzuki team.

MY MOTOCROSS INSPIRATIONS BY BRAD LACKEY

ROGER DECOSTER ?There were a few people that I watched and learned from when I raced. Yet, being a young kid in Europe and not knowing the ropes was tough, but Roger Decoster helped me out a lot. He taught me how to train, which was more help than watching anyone else ride.? STEVE STASIEFSKI ‘Steve Stasiefski was a factory Maico mechanic for Herbert Schmitz in the GP’s. I hired him in 1979 to 1982 (when I won the World Championship). Steve was a confidence builder for me.? (From left) Gary Semics, Jim P…

MY MOTOCROSS INSPIRATIONS BY ROGER DECOSTER

NEIGHBORHOOD KIDS     ?In my neighborhood most of the kids were older than me and they rode big English-built bikes, like Triumphs. They took me to my first motocross race, which was fairly close to my house. I remember that there were a lot of good riders there, and just watching them race really got me excited on motocross.? TURNING POINT     ?I started working in a bike shop and saved my money. Eventually I bought a bike and began racing, but I wasn’t very good. I stoppe…

MOTOCROSS MEN & MEMORIES: (04/05/11)

Joel Robert was larger than life. He partied, drank, smoke and still managed to win six 250 World Motocross Championships. In this photo, Joel is circulating on a works Suzuki with the down tube broken completely in half.

MOTOCROSS MEN & MEMORIES: (01/30/11)

After Joel Robert left Team Suzuki, he signed to race the Puch MC400 in the 1976 500 World Championship. Joel’s heart wasn’t in it. This wasn’t the twin-carb bike that Harry Everts won the 1975 250 World Championship on, but the even rarer four-speed Open class bike. Only eight Puch MC400’s were made.