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MOTOCROSS ACTION PHOTO OF THE DAY: THIS MAN ROCKETED OUT OF NOWHERE ON A BIKE THAT WOULD BECOME ICONIC

Definitely not a nobody, especially to the MXA wrecking crew where he helped us with testing in the late 1970s, Johnny O’Mara wasn’t well know outside of SoCal until he got the deal to ride the Mugen Honda. What most people don’t know is that the Mugen U .S. importer, Al Baker, was also Johnny’s business manager. Mugen owner, Hiro Honda, was the son of Honda founder Soichiro, and he was willing to take the advice of Al Baker on who to hire. When O’Mara won the 1980 125 USGP ? everybody was happy. This p…

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 …

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 …

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…

GUESS WHO’S BACK? AN ICONIC BRAND IS COMING BACK

100%, “how much effort do you give?” Back in 1982, with just a hundred bucks to his name, the likeable young Drew Lien – then Jim Holley’s mechanic – came up with a cable guide and a stick-on heat shield as leading products for a new company he was dreaming of starting. “Everything back then was alphabetical” said Drew Lien in a 2004 interview ; “DG, FMF, CMC, HRP, and so on. So I thought that “DRP” (Drew’s Racing Products) would be an awesome name! (Laughter)…. My buddy Chuck told me not to name it t…