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MOTOCROSS ACTION CLASSICS: JULY 1981 ISSUE

By: Zap     None other than a pre-factory Honda David Bailey graced the cover of the July 1981 issue  – an issue which if it stood out for anything it very well could have been the array of gear and product ads that featured many of the top riders of the day. Highlights on the inside included a Bob Hannah interview and coverage of the AMA National at Hangtown. And how about that coverline, “Hannah: Over The Hill?” With Honda and Suzuki factory rides still to come, no, the Hurricane was ha…

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’S MID-WEEK REPORT (06/08/11)

By John Basher PHOTO OF THE WEEK     June typically marks the beginning of new bikes coming down the pipeline from manufacturers. This year (and by this year I mean 2012) KTM beat everyone else to the punch by offering up their 250SX two-stroke (yes, KTM and Yamaha are still selling two-bangers in the U.S. of A). Here, chief MXA test rider Dennis Stapleton powers through a wall turn in search of a berm fit for destruction. Look for the 2012 KTM 250SX test in the September 2011 issue of MX…

MOTOCROSS MEN & MEMORIES: (03/10/11)

Mark Barnett (30) was a training fool and he relied on the help of his trainer, buddy and pal Leon Wolek. Leon ran ERG, an energy drink company, that was way ahead of Monster and Rockstar when it came to sponsoring motocross racers. Leon’s family still owns the company that makes QBlast Thirstblaster in Indiana ( www.qblast.net ).