That would change—as would the balance of power in world motocross—in 1981. All told he only missed out on being a 3X SX champion by a handful of points. 13,788 talking about this. 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. He was a shoe-in for at least top three finishes in the next couple of years, if not titles. Huffy was founded in 1970 as an umbrella company to house the Huffy Bicycle division. Johnson (5) and O'Mara (3) charge into the first turn in 1986. 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. He switched to Suzuki in ’87 and had a disastrous year with injuries and the bike sucking ass. AMA Women's MX- 2014 - - Jacky Martens: 1984-1997 500cc- 1993 - - 17 Alex Martin 2012 … To the surprise of absolute no one, Showtime wins the title of... 2nd– Jeff Stanton, Honda-42 points. see more. BMW R80G/S (1980) BMW R80G/S. That’s it, I’m starting a letter writing campaign to get Ronnie into the AMA Hall of Fame. He was only 21 when he broke his femur in 1989. Broome-Tioga in Binghamton, New York, also joined the tour and would remain on it for more than twenty years. 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. Meghan Rutledge. 8th-2 points 2011. 9th-1 point What’s so good about eighth? Junior MX (65cc) 2013. 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. 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. ... “Larry Brooks replaced Lance Moorewood as MXA’s chief test rider in the mid-80s … There were two very distinct types of bikes in the 70s. 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. The mid-to-late 80s saw British motocross legend Dave Thorpe take to the stage. 15th place Keith Bowen 7 points. Nineteen eighty was a big year for American motocross on the global stage. PulpMX exists as an informed, fan-driven Pro Motocross and Supercross site where objective editorial and entertaining racing-centric discourse flourish. 2nd Place-Rick Johnson-Yamaha, Honda-49 points. Only six top ten championship finishes for RJ but that includes two titles and two runner-up finishes. Hannah missed all of 1980 recovering from a water skiing accident and then came back on Yamaha but struggled with the bike. Sheene first started to race in 1968, becoming the British 125cc champion, aged … Feets also went to England to race motocross back in the 1960s. Chad Reed. See more ideas about vintage motocross, motocross, motocross riders. 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. He did rebound with the all-new RM250 in ’88 with two more years in the top ten to round out the decade. Before we get started about 80s music. 1980 80cc Mini Motocross Shootout PDF 3rd-7 points Copyright 2020 PulpMX. See more ’80s Nostalgia. Nineteen eighty was a big year for American motocross on the global stage. 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. Which is a complete travesty as Ronnie outscores Bell by six career wins and they each have one national title. Suspension components and settings reduce weight while providing light, sharp handling and rider comfort. Bell was solid outdoors too, but not as fast as Suzuki's Kent Howerton was. 10th Place-Kent Howerton-Suzuki, Kawasaki-16 points. Weird stat-out of O’Mara’s seven career supercross wins, only two came in the season that he was champ. Too Hip ends up second and not far back of his arch-enemy Ward. Kent was more of a motocross specialist scored most of his 32 career wins when the sun was shining. 14th place Guy Cooper 11 points Honorable Mention- See here’s where just looking at stats and assigning some random point total to finishes isn’t maybe the best thing to do. See more ’80s Nostalgia His ten career sx wins were achieved over eight years and he was a runner-up for the title in 1985. 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. Trials competition was designed to demonstrate a rider's skill in balance and precision on rough, off-road courses. 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. 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. Barnett only won one title but scored two runner-up finishes the next two years. 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 … He won the title in 1982, got sixth in 1981 and eighth in 1980. Johnson finished runner-up to O’Mara in ’84 on his Yamaha but when he switched to Honda for 1986, well that was when he really took off. After becoming a regular race winner, the Factory Honda rider won his first World Motocross 500cc Championship title in 1985. Come to think of it, that may be the reason he’s out.) Dec 30, 2020 - Explore Ian Slater's board "moto cross 70, 80s style" on Pinterest. His ranking was only achieved with five years of being in the top ten in points. Junior Motocross (125cc) 2009. All told, the Flying Freckle finished top ten in the supercross series eight times in the decade only missing out in 1980 and ’81. 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. Track Racing Sidecar 1000cc. So there we go and without any further adieu, here are the top 15 riders of supercross in the 80’s. So basically his score is from his title and his runner-up placing in ’81. 4th-6 points He then followed it up with a second in 1986 and a third in 1989. The Little Professor’s best scores were one title (’83), one runner-up and one third place and in the points. Road Racing (World Endurance) 2011. Stefan Everts: He is the holder of many motocross records still now. Required fields are marked *. The riders went 1-2 in every single moto with O’Mara beating everyone but his teammate Bailey on the 500 in one moto. Darcy Ward. 2005 Yamaha Raptor 80, Be Just Like DadThanks to super-sporty, Raptor 660R styling and bodywork, young riders can feel like the grownups while out on the trail with the family. The weldless frame is designed from lightweight aluminum, with a tension-steel bottom frame that lets the engine sit lower for excellent mass centralization. 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. 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. 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 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. 5th Place-Ron Lechien-Yamaha, Honda, Kawasaki-40 points, The Dogger (I just love the 80’s nicknames and one of my biggest pet peeves with today’s riders is the fact that they hate nicknames, they don’t embrace them. 13th place Bob Hannah 11 points I didn’t count that one as Johnny O’Mara won the Insport Championship and is generally considered the sx champ that year. I seem to remember him doing pretty decent on a Kawasaki in ’84 but maybe that was only in the nationals. Glenn O'Brien, Aaron Maynard. 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. Sit back and enjoy the nostalgia. 6th-4 points 1st– 12 points 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. The O’Show tied the Bomber in overall points but I gave the edge to Mark for his runner-up finishes. If you’re a heavier rider, I would suggest getting a bike with a four-stroke engine, because these engines are better able to support weight. Barry Sheene MBE. 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. When Suzuki committed to investigate the European motocross scene in 1967, they sent their top rider, Kasuo Kubo, (who won the inaugural "All Japan Motocross") a pair of RH67 bikes, and team manager Ishikawa off to the races. Oh what could have been…. Best Vintage Off-Road Bikes from the 80s. 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! Did Motocross in the 80's on any of these bikes? 7th-3 points 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. Let’s get started with the Motorcycles that Defined the 80s. ), Here are the point values I gave each position-. Look for a 90’s and Y2K rankings later this week…, Your email address will not be published. One was for the road only, the other was specifically for off-road use. Motocross Interview: Ben Watson. 2014. watch this and put the volume up! 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. See more ideas about motocross riders, motocross, supercross. I don’t know about you but when I think about 1980’s supercross, RJ was the mother-effing MAN. 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? He was one of the most iconic and legendary motocross racers of the ‘80s and ‘90s. For most kids, a Huffy bike was usually your first BMX bike. The mid-to-late 80s saw British motocross legend Dave Thorpe take to the stage. 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 … It wasn’t a surprise to see Wardy top this list, as you … 2nd-9 points It wasn’t a surprise to see Wardy top this list, as you have to figure that he would be first or second because of the two titles (’85 & ’87) and was a consistent top five finisher the other years. Supercross. And to that I say, it’s my formula-screw off. Too Tall (there’s another awesome nickname!) 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. Brad Lackey was in contention for the 500cc FIM World Championship, Marty Moates shockingly swept both motos of … 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. 9. These bikes were sold to retailers like KMart, Target, Sears, and Walmart. The YFZ450R is motocross ready. 1. 5th-5 points 9th Place-Donnie Hansen-Honda, Yamaha-18 points. It just takes them a little longer than a two-stroke engine to gain speed. 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. 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. Riley Dukes. Jack Miller. 11th place-Jeff Stanton 14 points 2012. Meghan Rutledge. All Rights Reserved. He won the most races in ’83 as well. Nov 8, 2013 - Explore Vey's Powersports's board "Motocross Riders" on Pinterest. His 1989 finish of tenth was achieved in only six races with five of those being wins. Click HERE and you can fill one out with me. That's Danny Storbeck (19) on the outside. The worlds leading page based on Motocross & Supercross from 1990 - 2000 The Best Supercross Riders of the 90’s! Apparently their initials followed by their number is cool) never won a title but did score a couple of runner-up positions. From shop SunflowerStateArt. 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. Womens MX. 1st– Jeremy McGrath, Honda, Yamaha, Suzuki-81 points. Speedway (U21) 2011. Ah, the 80s were good to motocross and off-road bikers. His scores were achieved, like Bell, with only three top ten results. See more ’80s Nostalgia. 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