I discussed above that Buck Murphy completed third within the first AMA Supercross Championship in 1974. Listed below are the highest ten from that collection. Please do not forget that they scored issues in another way again then—utterly reverse from how SX is scored now. They did it like native races, the place a win is 1 level, second is 2, and so forth. (And like at a neighborhood race, and even the AMA Newbie Nationwide Motocross Championship at Loretta Lynn’s Ranch, the bottom factors complete received, not the very best like fashionable SX/MX.) And bear in mind, the collection was solely held at two venues—Daytona and the Houston Astrodome—with a complete of seven “motos,” three at Daytona and 4 over two nights at Houston. (Only for the report, we included the five hundred class as effectively, which was equally star-packed and was received by Gary Semics over Tim Hart on a tie-breaker.)
1.) Pierre Karsmakers (YAM) 15
2.) Wealthy Thorwaldson (SUZ) 37
3.) Buck Murphy (PEN) 53
4.) Gary Bailey (BUL) 61
5.) Tony Wynn (HON) 68
6.) Ron Pomeroy (BUL) 70
7.) Gary Jones (CAN) 71
8.) Peter Lamppu (MON) 75
9.) Jim Pomeroy (BUL) 76
10.) Ron Huffman (PEN) 86
1.) Gary Semics (HUS) 29
2.) Tim Hart (YAM) 29
3.) Tony DiStefano (CZ) 49
4.) Barry Higgins (MAI) 52
5.) Steve Stackable (MAI) 57
6.) Wyman Priddy (KAW) 95
7.) Jody Foust (BUL) 99
8.) Joe Bruer (MAI) 103
9.) Doug Wilson (HON) 105
10.) Mike Runyard (SUZ) 109
Noticed this within the inbox earlier this week: Gautier Paulin, the longtime French captain for the nation’s Monster Power FIM Motocross of Nations group, has now been named supervisor of the nationwide group. Gautier, who was a part of each French group for greater than a decade—together with the 5 straight wins the group had between 2014 and ’18—will make the all the time formidable French even stronger. This is the press launch from the French Bike Federation:
Chosen 11 occasions to defend the colours of the France on the highest degree, architect of the success of the Blues from 2014 to 2018, Gautier will be capable to use all his expertise within the service of the France group to compete on this seventy fifth version of a reference competitors to be held in Ernée on October 7-8.
On this strategic place, he succeeds Pascal Finot who led the French delegation to the highest step of the rostrum for 4 consecutive years, from 2015 to 2018. The FFM salutes the outstanding work carried out by Pascal for eight years, the final of which ended with an excellent second-place at RedBud behind irreproachable People.
“Gautier is aware of completely the workings of this France group with which he performed from 2009 to 2019. Past his 5 victories, Gautier has been an emblematic captain to federate and create this emulation which has been one of many components of our collective successes. His expertise, his pure aura and his love of the flag might be sturdy belongings to permit us to hold a brand new star on our checklist. Lastly, I wish to salute Pascal Finot for his unwavering funding on this place. He continues his journey on the FFM as Deputy Nationwide Technical Director in command of excessive efficiency, a place he has held since 2021.”
“It’s an honour to succeed Pascal,” mentioned Paulin. “In continuity, this mission testifies to our mutual belief with the Federation. At 33 years outdated, it’s due to this fact a brand new problem that awaits me and that I’ll take up with energy and dedication with my imaginative and prescient as a former high-level athlete. The Motocross des Nations is a unprecedented race the place individuality fades in favor of the collective. Collectively, we’ll make each effort to make sure that every driver turns into the perfect model of himself on D-Day to put on the colours of the France as excessive as potential.”
The Icon himself, David Bailey, is likely one of the most fashionable riders of all time, each on and off the motorbike. Bailey’s type as a Honda manufacturing facility rider (and with Kawasaki Crew Inexperienced earlier than, and Bultaco earlier than that) stays the dictionary definition of excellent model. However he’s additionally an achieved designer, as is his little brother Mitchell. The Bailey boys have now teamed up on a brand new product line, they usually posted their first T-shirt collaboration, the Bailey 1982. That was the 12 months David was on the verge of breaking via with Crew Honda, after being scooped up from Kawasaki. He wore #23 and Fox Racing gear and ended up a part of the Danny “Magoo” Chandler–led Crew USA’s wins in each the FIM Trophee and Motocross des Nations. Regulate their web site for future choices from David and Mitchell.
The information got here as a little bit of shock: extremely revered and appreciated promoter Trey Clingfost and his household have determined to promote Swan MX Park, positioned east of Dallas. A former racer himself, Clingfost went into the promotion enterprise and introduced a rider’s contact to the household monitor. Thankfully for Texas motocross, the consumers are one other motocross household. Right here is the press launch we acquired Monday morning:
37 years. 3 generations. Numerous recollections…
For almost 4 many years, our household has cultivated and grown Swan MX into what it’s as we speak. We now have been extraordinarily blessed to see it prosper and turn out to be a spot the place households have spent irreplaceable time collectively. As we watch our personal kids rising up so shortly, we not too long ago made the bittersweet choice to promote our lifelong challenge with a view to spend much more useful time along with our household.
We’re excited to announce that now we have discovered a particular household who’s keen about motocross, likes to play within the dust, is raring to make Swan even higher, and is dedicated to persevering with the legacy of what now we have established.
We’re happy to be passing the torch on to the Moe household. Jason, Laurie, Katelin, and Colton are dedicated to preserving what now we have began, and carrying it to even larger heights!
We need to lengthen a honest THANK YOU to all of our riders, and to the numerous actually good people who have helped us, for the love and help you’ve poured out on us over time. We now have made many friendships that we’ll cherish endlessly. Our household will proceed to help on race weekends to assist guarantee a easy transition. It’s going to be one other superior racing season! We look ahead to seeing y’all on the races!
Since that is an off-weekend, listed here are the prolonged highlights of the Seattle SX to assist get you thru your supercross withdrawal!