Best non-hyped amature that made it big in pros?

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3/28/2017 6:55 AM

Before turning pro we all heard of JS, AC, KR, ect because of their talent growing up. But what are some of the riders to turn pro and made peoples head turn because of their speed no one thought they had?

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3/28/2017 6:56 AM

Dungey?

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3/28/2017 7:00 AM

Dungey

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3/28/2017 7:01 AM
Edited Date/Time: 3/28/2017 7:02 AM

Seely, peick.

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3/28/2017 7:08 AM

McGrath

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3/28/2017 7:08 AM

hvaughn88 wrote:

Dungey?

Oh yes, forgot about the famous B rider to turn pro out of no where. Also maybe one of the greatest of all time?

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3/28/2017 7:15 AM

Jordan421 wrote:

Oh yes, forgot about the famous B rider to turn pro out of no where. Also maybe one of the greatest of all time?

Maybe not that good, but certainly one of the greats. If it weren't for Villopoto he would have spent a lot of his career unchallenged.

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3/28/2017 7:15 AM
Edited Date/Time: 3/28/2017 7:16 AM

6 replies and not one comment on the grammatical error in the title of this thread? Is this Vital?

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3/28/2017 7:18 AM

Andrew Short and Ivan Tedesco.

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3/28/2017 7:31 AM

Mike Keidrowski, Doug Henry, John Dowd

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3/28/2017 7:44 AM

jasonward73 wrote:

6 replies and not one comment on the grammatical error in the title of this thread? Is this Vital?

You mean the spelling error?

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3/28/2017 10:49 AM

Jordan421 wrote:

Before turning pro we all heard of JS, AC, KR, ect because of their talent growing up. But what are some of the riders to turn pro and made peoples head turn because of their speed no one thought they had?

dungey was a relative unknown, jeremy martin?

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3/28/2017 10:53 AM

Jeremy Martin was a successful AM rider but I think he got hurt his last year right before LL. He battled RC at the regional and beat him though

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3/28/2017 10:54 AM

I think Vince Freise ran the C class at LL one year

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3/28/2017 11:11 AM

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3/28/2017 11:13 AM

Who the hell is Bob Hannah? smile

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3/28/2017 11:32 AM

Challen Tennent

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3/28/2017 11:34 AM

I think McAdoo could end up being someone we talk about in this light soon.

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3/28/2017 11:34 AM

Lonestar_399 wrote:

Who the hell is Bob Hannah? smile

Lonrstar_399 with the win.

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3/28/2017 11:39 AM
Edited Date/Time: 3/28/2017 11:40 AM

Most of the big names from the 90's except Emig.

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3/28/2017 11:51 AM

I think in the "modern" era, it'd have to be Villopoto. He finished behind the Alessis so much, and the disparity in their pro results are so great that he overshadows a lot of other, still worthy candidates.

In the "evo class", I think Rick Johnson makes a good candidate. Again there are some other good quality riders who'd also qualify, but when you look at the amateur riders that Yamaha was bringing up and giving works equipment to while providing production stuff to Johnson, the pro results are pretty stark. I think I remember a picture from MXA in 81 that showed him sitting in the back of a box van looking at Kehoe's works 125, while he was riding the production based bike. He still had to ride a production based 250 the next season, and came within a race of winning the Nationals with it.

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3/28/2017 12:11 PM

Joel smets whistling

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3/28/2017 12:22 PM
Edited Date/Time: 3/28/2017 12:22 PM

loftyair wrote:

Seely, peick.

Seely was pretty well known as an amateur. Was in the original Mini Warriors and had a good Suzuki ride when he rode B

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3/28/2017 12:24 PM
Edited Date/Time: 3/28/2017 12:27 PM

Rockinar wrote:

Most of the big names from the 90's except Emig.

How you figure? What about Lusk, Reynard, KW14, Denny Stephenson, Buddy Antunez... the list goes on and on. Lots of succesful AM riders with allot of hype around them coming into the pro ranks in the 90's.

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3/28/2017 12:59 PM

dowd

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3/28/2017 1:00 PM

Nathan ramsey

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3/28/2017 1:02 PM

Mike Alessi

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3/28/2017 1:04 PM

huck wrote:

Mike Alessi

And James Stewart.

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3/28/2017 1:19 PM

jasonward73 wrote:

6 replies and not one comment on the grammatical error in the title of this thread? Is this Vital?

olds cool wrote:

You mean the spelling error?

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3/28/2017 1:19 PM

I think its hard to compare the past and present. There really wasnt alot of coverage of amatures back in the '70s and '80s like there was today.

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