His ten career sx wins were achieved over eight years and he was a runner-up for the title in 1985. Motocross Weege asked Dan Reardon about the “Dandy” Dan nickname and he hates it. When you speak to any of the old-timers out there about Bob Hannah and his 80’s career, they will tell you that NO ONE was faster when Bob switched to Honda. Personalized MOTOCROSS Poster, Gift for Motocross Riders, Motocross Gift, Motocross Typography, Motocross Art, MX Racing SunflowerStateArt. See more ’80s Nostalgia. He did rebound with the all-new RM250 in ’88 with two more years in the top ten to round out the decade. motocross PLAY FULL VIDEO Yamaha off-road competition bikes offer the very latest technology and performance features designed to make enthusiasts the best riders possible, win races and help riders become one with their machine – putting them in the zone and atop the podium. Nov 8, 2013 - Explore Vey's Powersports's board "Motocross Riders" on Pinterest. Sun topped Goat Breker and the veteran Marty Smith, now on a Suzuki after spending most of his career at Honda. His ranking was only achieved with five years of being in the top ten in points. See more ideas about motocross riders, motocross, supercross. To the surprise of absolute no one, Showtime wins the title of... 2nd– Jeff Stanton, Honda-42 points. One was for the road only, the other was specifically for off-road use. Road Racing (Moto3) 2014. All told he only missed out on being a 3X SX champion by a handful of points. Children 12 years and older may be ready to step up to the Raptor 80, (adult supervision is required, of course). See more ’80s Nostalgia. The “Rhinestone Cowboy” from Texas won all but one round of the seven-round tour, and the only race he lost—RedBud—went to another Texan in the form of Team Honda's Steve Wise. 3rd Place-Mark Barnett-Suzuki, Kawasaki-43 points, This might be a bit of a surprise to you as The Bomber only raced half the decade before retiring but as my favorite rider growing up (which I wrote all about HERE) I’m not surprised he’s in third. Currently slotted-in at sixth in points in the MX2 World Championship, Watson is hoping to leave Italy as the P5 man in the final FIM MX2 World Championship standings, as well as Great Britain’s next FIM Gold Medal hopeful. 10th-1 point. After becoming a regular race winner, the Factory Honda rider won his first World Motocross 500cc Championship title in 1985. Like I’ve said before, I’m twice Wardys size but half the man he is. Johnny was remarkably consistent just like Wardy as he won one title but finished in the top ten seven years out of ten. I seem to remember him doing pretty decent on a Kawasaki in ’84 but maybe that was only in the nationals. Nineteen eighty was a big year for American motocross on the global stage. 7th-3 points Sheene first started to race in 1968, becoming the British 125cc champion, aged … Barnett only won one title but scored two runner-up finishes the next two years. In ’88 he would’ve finished second if it wasn’t for an ankle injury. He had just won the 250 MX and SX title and was looking to be a top dog for a long, long time. Lechien’s career was remarkable for the fact that he started in 1983 and was completely out of the sport six years later. The worlds leading page based on Motocross & Supercross from 1990 - 2000 Junior MX (65cc) 2013. He went to Europe in ’89 and had wrist problems in ’87 so if he was in the country and not hurt-he was in the top ten in points. This one is a shootout from Motocross Action comparing the 1980 Suzuki RM80, Yamaha YZ80, Honda CR80R Elsinore and Kawasaki KX80. Did Motocross in the 80's on any of these bikes? I tend to think not and just chalk up ’85 to a bad year altogether because he also somehow, amazingly got beat by Glover when he rode a YZ490 against the works Honda 500. Weird stat-out of O’Mara’s seven career supercross wins, only two came in the season that he was champ. Another career that was cut short by injury, “Holeshot” Hansen was on top of the world when struck down while practicing for the 1982 MXDN. 15th place Keith Bowen 7 points. I differed in my scoring than Magnus as I went with the 3-point difference between first and second as a championship should be worth more than only one point over a runner-up. Too Hip ends up second and not far back of his arch-enemy Ward. is the 1980 champion. Darcy Ward. 14th place Guy Cooper 11 points Road Racing (World Endurance) 2011. I listed him on a Yamaha because I believe he tried to come back in 1984 on a Yamaha for a couple of races and it didn’t go well. He had some early support from teammate Brian Myerscough, but the former minicycle hotshoe suffered from blood disorder called hypoglycemia that robbed him of his energy, though he did win the Saddleback National. 1st– 12 points Sit back and enjoy the nostalgia. 1st– Jeremy McGrath, Honda, Yamaha, Suzuki-81 points. But Team USA could not get their act together, and for the second year in a row there was no U.S. entry at the Motocross and Trophee des Nations. It wasn’t a surprise to see Wardy top this list, as you … As it is, he had to settle for just one title but his season ending championship scores of 4th, 1st, 2nd, 2nd, 7th and 6th were good for 43 points and third in the “Matthes Awards for Best 80’s Supercrosser.” Also I must mention that Barnett won a supercross (Atlanta ’85) in his last season and not too many riders can claim that. He won the most races in ’83 as well. From shop SunflowerStateArt. He is motocross. Feets also went to England to race motocross back in the 1960s. see more. Ah, the 80s were good to motocross and off-road bikers. There were two very distinct types of bikes in the 70s. He switched to Honda in ’83 and I’ve spoken at length to Bailey, Lechien and Bob Oliver at Yamaha and they all assure me that nobody had nothing for Hannah in ’83. He is the son of well known … He brought in a new style, a showmanship and determination that was second to none. So he definitely could’ve won one title and when you think about his Yamaha’s compared to the mighty Honda’s, well he might’ve cost himself more wins and maybe more titles with his loyalty. Kent was more of a motocross specialist scored most of his 32 career wins when the sun was shining. Supercross. He scored a top ten finish six years and two were 2nd’s and two were 3rd’s. The model of consistency, the Golden Boy scored a top ten finish in eight years. All Rights Reserved. Also take note that in 1985 there were two championships with one of them, the actual AMA championship, only being two races. Required fields are marked *. Look for a 90’s and Y2K rankings later this week…, Your email address will not be published. 6th-4 points 13,788 talking about this. That’s the year that they ran the goofy two twelve lap main events and combined the scores together, maybe Bailey needed the full twenty? In 1981, The liquid-cooled Suzuki RM125 arrived … ), Here are the point values I gave each position-. Hannah missed all of 1980 recovering from a water skiing accident and then came back on Yamaha but struggled with the bike. Second to third was two points and then a one point run down to tenth. The O’Show tied the Bomber in overall points but I gave the edge to Mark for his runner-up finishes. By David Coffin - In 1972 the most popular bike at the time was the Hodaka 100-B trail bike but it was the European CZ's, Maico's, Bultacos, AJS's, Ossa's, and Greeves that took command of the tracks of Southern California as they brutally pounded the hot, dry and dusty motocross tracks as riders fought for CMC or AME points. Johnny O'Mara: The O'Show rode red from 1980, when he was on a white Mugen, through 1986, when he stunned the world with his 125cc ride at the … Come to think of it, that may be the reason he’s out.) And to that I say, it’s my formula-screw off. He switched to Suzuki in ’87 and had a disastrous year with injuries and the bike sucking ass. So Hurricane’s not on the list but he probably should be when you’re talking about the greatest supercross racers of the 80’s. 8th-2 points PulpMX exists as an informed, fan-driven Pro Motocross and Supercross site where objective editorial and entertaining racing-centric discourse flourish. Fight Club: Pastrana, Langston, Brown and a Title, Cianciarulo, Plessinger, Malott, Murdock on Pulpmx Show Tonight, Webb, Pipes, Short, Nicoletti, Weigandt, Thomas Archive. Barry Sheene MBE. As we ended yesterday’s review of 1979, we explained that three-time AMA Supercross Champion (and three-time AMA Motocross Champion) Bob Hannah was knocked out for … Only six top ten championship finishes for RJ but that includes two titles and two runner-up finishes. Speedway (U21) 2011. What’s so good about eighth? It just takes them a little longer than a two-stroke engine to gain speed. Motocross Interview: Ben Watson. Too Tall (there’s another awesome nickname!) The 500-class title would go to Chuck Sun, nicknamed the “Rising Sun” due to his Asian roots. Monster Energy®️ Kawasaki Team Green™️ has been the dominant force in amateur racing with many top supercross and motocross stars rising up through the program, including former Team Green alumni and current Monster Energy Kawasaki factory rider Adam Cianciarulo as well as Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki team riders Austin Forkner, and Garrett Marchbanks. Womens MX. So the Insport title standings count. That would change—as would the balance of power in world motocross—in 1981. I didn’t count that one as Johnny O’Mara won the Insport Championship and is generally considered the sx champ that year. A little bit of a surprise (beating out Hannah?) In the ’80s Ricky Johnson was a member of four winning Motocross des Nations teams and won seven AMA national championships. See more ideas about vintage motocross, motocross, motocross riders. The mid-to-late 80s saw British motocross legend Dave Thorpe take to the stage. He was the first rider to be crowned champion in each of the categories (125cc, 250cc and 500cc), and the 1987 and '88 seasons will always been remembered for … Time for another classic test from my personal magazine collection. The RH66 and RH67 of those years were primarily development bikes. Suspension components and settings reduce weight while providing light, sharp handling and rider comfort. 9th-1 point Remember that was when Wardy rode backwards after a crash and if you listen to our podcast, Broc lays out some pretty good reasons why he got screwed. The 125 class saw the biggest upset, though, as three-time champion Broc Glover was finally stopped in his tracks by Mark “The Bomber” Barnett, as the Suzuki rider ended the Golden Boy's dominant streak. Jeff Ward- Kawasaki-56 points. He then followed it up with a second in 1986 and a third in 1989. BMW R80G/S (1980) BMW R80G/S. The total of 9 points from Bailey to Bell represents the biggest drop-off in the standings and I would think that you could take the eight guys above Mike and call them all Hall-of-famers (there actually is an AMA Hall of Fame right HERE and every one of my top eight sx riders of the ‘80’s is in EXCEPT for Lechien. 11th place-Jeff Stanton 14 points Best Vintage Off-Road Bikes from the 80s. Jack Miller. See more ’80s Nostalgia What I did was assign a number value to each championship placing in the top ten for each year of the 1980’s. Bell was solid outdoors too, but not as fast as Suzuki's Kent Howerton was. Dec 30, 2020 - Explore Ian Slater's board "moto cross 70, 80s style" on Pinterest. The riders went 1-2 in every single moto with O’Mara beating everyone but his teammate Bailey on the 500 in one moto. Glenn O'Brien, Aaron Maynard. 4th-6 points Track Racing Sidecar 1000cc. wasn’t much of a factor if you look at the entire decade as he only recorded three top ten finishes in the points and one of those was a ninth. He retired when he was 26 and as he told me in our podcast it was because “No one called me for a ride.”, 4th Place-Johnny O’Mara- Honda, Suzuki-43 points. Let’s get started with the Motorcycles that Defined the 80s. Chad Reed. Riley Dukes. Meghan Rutledge. Howerton would also win the Trans-USA tour, now all the way down to just four rounds, including two current AMA National tracks in Unadilla and RedBud. One other moment that year is mostly lost to history: Ohio's Denny Swartz won the RedBud National on a Maico, marking the last win in the once-proud German brand's history. DYNO. That's Danny Storbeck (19) on the outside. Copyright 2020 PulpMX. So there we go and without any further adieu, here are the top 15 riders of supercross in the 80’s. Looking back, I think it’s safe to say that DB probably under-performed in 1985 when he finished seventh on the sweet works Hondas. He was one of the most iconic and legendary motocross racers of the ‘80s and ‘90s. The Little Professor’s best scores were one title (’83), one runner-up and one third place and in the points. Huffy was founded in 1970 as an umbrella company to house the Huffy Bicycle division. 13th place Bob Hannah 11 points All told, the Flying Freckle finished top ten in the supercross series eight times in the decade only missing out in 1980 and ’81. 1981 SUZUKI RM125. 1. I gave the tie-break to Dogger for his two runner-up finishes but now that I think about it, shouldn’t year-in and year-out consistency count for something? It was an amazing race and America seemed like it couldn’t be stopped in these end of the year Olympics of Motocross. Then Danny Storbeck struck and it was all downhill. Before we get started about 80s music. The YFZ450R is motocross ready. These bikes were sold to retailers like KMart, Target, Sears, and Walmart. The Best Supercross Riders of the 90’s! His scores were achieved, like Bell, with only three top ten results. 12th place-George Holland 12 points Bike Weight & Frame: The heavier the bike, the more weight it can support. There was not a single European rider in the top ten that year, as the series was no longer of great importance to the factories. When Bob Hannah broke his leg water-skiing after another dominant season, the door was wide open for someone to step in and take over as the leader in this nation. Inspired by the Swedish dude Magnus’s Euro rider 1980’s column right HERE, I decided to do my own figuring of who would be the greatest American supercross riders of the 80’s. Nineteen eighty was a big year for American motocross on the global stage. For most kids, a Huffy bike was usually your first BMX bike. Bailey only trails the legendary JMB as the guys who won the most supercross races without winning multiple titles. Junior Motocross (125cc) 2009. He was a shoe-in for at least top three finishes in the next couple of years, if not titles. AMA Women's MX- 2014 - - Jacky Martens: 1984-1997 500cc- 1993 - - 17 Alex Martin 2012 … Trials competition was designed to demonstrate a rider's skill in balance and precision on rough, off-road courses. So his eight sx wins in the 80’s are the same as Lechien and more than Hansen don’t get him on the list. Monoschock rear suspensions and two-stroke engines that predated environmental crackdowns, and not to mention the 500cc class that pushed riders to their limits. 2nd-9 points Brad Lackey was in contention for the 500cc FIM World Championship, Marty Moates shockingly swept both motos of the U.S. Grand Prix at Carlsbad on a privateer LOP Yamaha to become the first American to win that race, and in another huge upset, Mugen Honda privateer Johnny O'Mara won the 125cc U.S. GP at Mid-Ohio. Some motocross bikes are up to 240 lbs in weight. In AMA Supercross it was Hannah's young Yamaha teammate Mike Bell who ended up champion, as he swept the first two rounds at the old Seattle Kingdome and then rode a good, consistent series—and by then the SX tour had grown to seventeen rounds! Apparently their initials followed by their number is cool) never won a title but did score a couple of runner-up positions. Tenth and ninth were both scored as one point because really, what’s the difference between them anyways (Yeah, I can hear you guys now, “Matthes, if there’s no difference between ninth and tenth in your world, then why is eighth worth one more point than ninth. In 1980 a couple of new tracks joined the AMA Motocross circuit, and one is still there: Washougal, high above the banks of the Columbia River, will host its thirty-first Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross National on July 23. 5th-5 points Throughout his early career, out of the 11 East Coast Supercross races he participated in, Swink was the winner of five of them, came second in two races, and was placed third, fourth, fifth, and seventh in … 3rd-7 points Anyways, back to Bell, he also won a supercross in his last year (’83) and again, a surprise that he’s here with really only two years of finishes. Broome-Tioga in Binghamton, New York, also joined the tour and would remain on it for more than twenty years. Maybe putting him ahead of Lechien will help him like me more as he’s a little cheesed at me for writing something about Dunlops yet again. The only reason he’s not on this list (he’s thirteenth with eleven points scoring just three finishes- two 5th’s and a 9th) is because he kept getting hurt. 2014. He won the title in 1982, got sixth in 1981 and eighth in 1980. The Rhinestone Cowboy (don’t even get me started on how incredibly awesome THIS nickname is) also got his top ten finish with a 2nd in ’80 and a 3rd in ’81. 2011. 2012. Johnson (5) and O'Mara (3) charge into the first turn in 1986. Meghan Rutledge. Stefan Everts: He is the holder of many motocross records still now. It was a bike from the future. He did manage to win five races and make the top ten in the “Matthes Awards for Best 80’s Supercrosser” which I’m sure is the capper on his great career. His 1989 finish of tenth was achieved in only six races with five of those being wins. 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