MOTOCROSS ACTION CLASSICS: FEBRUARY 1988 ISSUE
This was, of course, a big issue as it had the 1988 MXA 250 Shootout inside, which was always one of the biggest sellers of the year. I’ll always hold this sky shot of Doug O’Donnell close to my heart as it was my first-ever cover shot for MXA. By some stroke of luck I out dueled Todd Smith (who was a far better photographer than I) for the trifecta of cover shots. In the upper left corner there was a small shot of then-MXA test riders Larry Brooks, Mike Hooker and Paul Winn. There was also a shot of MXA‘s “Rider of the Year,” Rick Johnson, but more on that later.
After my shot got chosen for the cover, I also managed to crawl underneath a jumping Larry Brooks for the Table of Contents shot of him aboard the new YZ125. Big news for the ’88 model was a new and improved clutch, relocated power valve, Ohlins (type) shock, a rear disc to finally replace the drum brake, and best of all, a new powerband.
We also ran an update on the who’s who of racing in New England. In the story we noted that after California, the six states that comprised “New England” had the second most number of riders running two-digit plates on the AMA circuit. Among them was the reigning (and seven-time) NESC champ Joe Waddington, who a few years later would make the move to California where he became a frequent member of the MXA wrecking crew. Here, David Rudniki gets a holeshot on a typically rocky New England track.