Best 500cc rider ever?

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12/24/2012 12:01 PM

Damn, Euro style has come along way.

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12/24/2012 12:10 PM

DeCoster was the man!


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12/24/2012 12:30 PM

Rick Johnson

While not the best, Chuck Sun was "pretty good" too....

That USGP video made me realize two things
1) Damn I miss Carlsbad...that place was brutal (brutal fun!)
2) Damn I miss 500cc two-strokes!

If you don't crash once in a while, you're not going fast enough.

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12/24/2012 1:45 PM

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12/25/2012 12:54 PM


Joël Smets the only guy who was capable of doing great things with the Husaberg!

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12/25/2012 12:57 PM

MXMattii wrote:
Joël Smets the only guy who was capable of doing great things with the Husaberg!

Please, by all means, come in and drop the irrelevant Belgian's name into the hat. Go right ahead.

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12/25/2012 1:09 PM

125 wrote:

Please, by all means, come in and drop the irrelevant Belgian's name into the hat. Go right ahead.

Joel Smets: 5x 500cc World Champion - 1x ISDE Champion

Joël Smets crushed Emig at the MxDN in 1997:


Ooh yeah same thing happened at the MxDN in 1995!

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12/25/2012 1:45 PM

Wandell wrote:

And Hakan Carqvist was just one of the baddest men to ever race motocross!





the swedish terminator!

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12/25/2012 3:37 PM

MXMattii wrote:
Joël Smets the only guy who was capable of doing great things with the Husaberg!

Smets was awesome, but this is about the old 500 2 stroke class, not 600cc thumpers.

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12/25/2012 3:41 PM

MXMattii wrote:
Joël Smets the only guy who was capable of doing great things with the Husaberg!

Oh and why don't you post a vid of the 96 des nations...Smets loved that track.

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12/25/2012 3:54 PM

MXMattii wrote:
Joël Smets the only guy who was capable of doing great things with the Husaberg!

ATKpilot99 wrote:

Oh and why don't you post a vid of the 96 des nations...Smets loved that track.

That from the 600cc thumper is totally correct thats something I totally forgot when posting!

PS: I posted that MXDN video from 1997 specially because in the MX Media, Emig told everyone he would smoke that Husaberg Tractor. But case closed

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12/25/2012 5:24 PM

JMB

Although he didn't put in the time on a 500 as most of the others mentioned ... he was a master on the bike. In the US 500 series he toyed with Stanton and Ward seemingly passing them at will. At the two 500 USGPs he annihilated the GP field each time ... and any US riders that showed up.

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12/27/2012 11:00 AM

race wrote:

JMB

Although he didn't put in the time on a 500 as most of the others mentioned ... he was a master on the bike. In the US 500 series he toyed with Stanton and Ward seemingly passing them at will. At the two 500 USGPs he annihilated the GP field each time ... and any US riders that showed up.

JMB

and Magoo


maybe not the string of titles as some,
but both were JUST unreal to watch on a open 2 stroke.

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12/27/2012 11:04 AM

MXMattii wrote:

That from the 600cc thumper is totally correct thats something I totally forgot when posting!

PS: I posted that MXDN video from 1997 specially because in the MX Media, Emig told everyone he would smoke that Husaberg Tractor. But case closed

Thread about best 500cc two-stroke riders of all time.

MxMatti posts Belgian guy on 610cc fourstroke.

Case closed.

I'm going to go post about Johnny Campbell and his XR600 at Baja in the best 125cc riders of all time thread. Just need to figure out how to put some sort of nationalistic spin on it in the process.

Hey, did an American guy bang your sister and never call her again? Just wondering.

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12/27/2012 11:08 AM
Edited Date/Time: 12/27/2012 11:10 AM

Alan King on his 500 Suzuki was pretty spectacular to watch. Allen Berlutti was a beast, Donnie Cantaloupi, Eric McKenna too, Arlo Englund, Rick Burgett, just some 500 masters off the top of my head.

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12/27/2012 11:16 AM

race wrote:

JMB

Although he didn't put in the time on a 500 as most of the others mentioned ... he was a master on the bike. In the US 500 series he toyed with Stanton and Ward seemingly passing them at will. At the two 500 USGPs he annihilated the GP field each time ... and any US riders that showed up.

AJ wrote:

JMB

and Magoo


maybe not the string of titles as some,
but both were JUST unreal to watch on a open 2 stroke.

JMB also smoked everyone in the 1st moto at the 1992 Des Nations in Australia. Don't think he could be bothered in the 2nd moto.

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12/27/2012 12:36 PM

My cousin got 8th at national on a production tm 400. Doesn't make him the best, but does make him a bamf.

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12/27/2012 12:48 PM

exsarg wrote:

hardest choice of all classes. decoster i give the nod too. bailey, glover, everts, ward, jmb etc

Agreed, there were a lot of great riders over a long span of time. Different eras, different bikes. Dificult to pick the best but all of those you mention plus Rick Johnson are my choices.

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12/27/2012 12:49 PM

David Bailey , Roger D, Jeff Ward are the top three.

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12/27/2012 1:14 PM

Hut wrote:

Bailey or Johnson

why do I get the feeling a Best Mullet Ever thread is on it's way.

ocscottie wrote:

Should add Glover to that also, how he kept up w/ DB while riding that POS is beyond me.

Believe that.

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12/27/2012 1:52 PM

Best there ever was. God Speed.





kcco

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12/27/2012 1:56 PM

Check the mullet on Mr Kneebrace. Blew out his ACL spectating, by the looks of it.

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12/27/2012 2:21 PM

Brian Juhnke

Grip it and rip it

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12/28/2012 11:50 AM

No1 Magoo
No2 Carla
No3 Ricky Johnson

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12/28/2012 12:19 PM

Dave Thrope was a decent 500cc rider. A lot of people either don't know or choose to forget that he actually beat David Bailey at the '85 Des Nations.

People also haven't forgotten Thorpe getting beat by O'Mara in the '86 Des Nations. Thorpe did have a problem with his front brake and he was carrying an injury that day.

Still one of the top 500cc riders in the world.

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12/28/2012 12:20 PM

peelout wrote:

Best there ever was. God Speed.





http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AbeJPhjHsN0

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12/28/2012 12:21 PM

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12/28/2012 1:10 PM
Edited Date/Time: 12/28/2012 1:12 PM

Best ever in my opinion are
Roger DeCoster
Heikki Mikkola
Danny Chandler
Honorable mention for possibly the greatest accomplishment by an American on a 500cc mx bike- Marty Moates