Your favorite SX/MX "I was there" experience

Talisker
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7/15/2022 1:46pm
When 250R's roamed the earth!!!!!!!
Bill_Carroll
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7/15/2022 1:58pm
DoctorJD wrote:
1990 Atlanta Supercross. I don't think the fans sat down the entire main, I know I didn't. Greatest SX race of all time IMO.
Was there, have to agree best on my list. Was hoping Cooper would have won but the race itself was as good as it gets
FeetUp
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7/15/2022 2:23pm
Went to the first two Superbowl's, the years Tripes won.

Visited a Motorcycle Shop/Store in the San Diego area owned by Marty, as I recall it was named Factory Rider. He was there sweeping the floors, and acting like just one of the guys.
mumbles
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7/15/2022 3:41pm
Bonanza69 wrote:
My first GP experience,the final GP of Luxembourg in 1986,epic!!!!
I was there also. Got this great shot of Dave Thorpe coming across the finish when he won his second world title.


Here is Geboers.


Here is Malherbe.

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Mit12
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7/15/2022 7:04pm
Marty Motes first American to win the 500 USGP! Closely followed by I believe 1976 Anaheim SX where Marty Smith rode a factory 125 Honda against the factory 250s on a SX track and won!
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J. Sloan
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7/15/2022 7:13pm
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Mean Joe Greene. My favorite NFL player as a child. Loved the Steelers and that was a great era for football in general and the Steelers under Chuck Noll.
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chrisg19
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7/15/2022 8:24pm Edited Date/Time 7/15/2022 8:24pm
I was at the Vegas SX finale where Zach O used Savatgy as a berm to win the 250 title, and that was also the night Tomac tried to bunch up the riders to have a shot at beating Dungey for the 450 title. What a great night of racing!
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BigBoreFan58
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7/15/2022 9:14pm
MXDN 2018, Coldenhoff was on rails that day.

Herlings at the Ironman National.

Windham 2003 at Glen Helen. He didn't win but he gave Carmichael a race.

Reynard at Millville on a 125, don't recall the year.

RC and Stewart 2007 battle at RedBud. That was epic.

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KurtJ99
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7/15/2022 9:27pm
Southwick 2011. Went to watch the race in a hurricane, which obviously discouraged a lot of fans from going. The grandstands were empty so we got...
Southwick 2011. Went to watch the race in a hurricane, which obviously discouraged a lot of fans from going. The grandstands were empty so we got to sit anywhere we wanted. 2nd moto the pack comes around without Dungey. Everyone knows the rest of the story
I was there too. Dropping off my son at Fordham and did the drive as the hurricane was closing. Awesome race, glad I took the chance. Watching Dungey pacing on the starting line waiting for his bike and then barely get on the track was unreal.
BigDaddyG
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7/15/2022 10:28pm
86 or 87 Golden State Nationals at Adelanto when RJ punched Lechein in the face after their moto. That was a crazy day!!
Martini_26
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7/16/2022 12:15am
I saw Roczen's big crash at Anaheim 2 2017 with my own eyes!!
predel323
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7/16/2022 5:55am Edited Date/Time 7/16/2022 5:55am
MX des Nations Unadilla 87! RJ Hanna and Wardy killin it in the mud! Also the aluminum framed YZM500 works bike literally stuck up to its gas tank for almost an entire moto in a huge mud rut getting used for traction about 10 times a lap by other riders- took about 4 people to get it out after the moto was over.
RealityCheck
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7/16/2022 6:04am Edited Date/Time 7/16/2022 6:06am
2007 Budds Creek Motocross Des Nations. It's the only my MXdN I've ever attended, which made it pretty special, Ryan Villopoto's performance was epic, Tim Ferry had one of the best rides of his career, and it was RC's last pro race. The international crowd was amazing and incredibly enthusiastic. I've been to dozens of nationals, supercrosses, and a couple of GPs, but the 2007 MXdN was by far the most memorable.
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7/16/2022 7:55am
Graybeard wrote:
I was there when Rick "Super Hunky" Sieman came up with this crazy Idea to show off the new Maico frame, and taped a baby bottle...
I was there when Rick "Super Hunky" Sieman came up with this crazy Idea to show off the new Maico frame, and taped a baby bottle with gas and a line to the carb, then turned Magoo loose to hit a few jumps while we shot the pics for Dirt Bike Magazine. After we were done with the test and photos, I got to take it home and race it for a few weeks, too! Good times!

Was at Red Bud in 1982 or 1981 and absolutely blown away by the way Magoo was riding. I think he crashed 3 or 4 times and every time he would be back to the front within about a lap. No one was even close to his speed that day and the field was incredible.
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Another cool memory was sometime around 2013 when Trey Canard dominated at the Utah National. He was on it that day, going 1-1. I saw him in the pits alone afterwards and congratulated him and told him it was incredible to see a rider so in the zone. He was humble and appreciative. What a bad ass.
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str8line
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Another cool memory for me was another Utah National, 2014. Kenny clinched the outdoor title that day, I think with one race to go. Just after the second moto my young son and his friend and I were at the KTM semi with no one around and watched Kenny's mechanic remove the front numberplate off his bike. Then Kenny came out of the semi and we watched him sign the plate and he posed for photos with us.
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7/16/2022 8:16am
Bob Hannah’s last race at Unadilla- 1989
Reed and Stewart battle at Atlanta- 2011
Tomac’s record win at Daytomac- 2022
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7/16/2022 8:48am
str8line wrote:
Another cool memory for me was another Utah National, 2014. Kenny clinched the outdoor title that day, I think with one race to go. Just after...
Another cool memory for me was another Utah National, 2014. Kenny clinched the outdoor title that day, I think with one race to go. Just after the second moto my young son and his friend and I were at the KTM semi with no one around and watched Kenny's mechanic remove the front numberplate off his bike. Then Kenny came out of the semi and we watched him sign the plate and he posed for photos with us.
He only beat Dungey by 14pts. Must have been the last race of the season
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devotid
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7/16/2022 10:45am
Sometime around 1990 I remember going to the Detroit Supercross and heard Doug Henry on the first indoor 4 Stroke.


WOMP WOMP WOMP WOMP WOMP. The whole place would watch him hit the whoops in 4th place. haha

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Elliot
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Big Lenny wrote:
I was there at the early '70's TransAMA series when I caught DeCoster walking up a hill alone..As we walked and talked I asked him could...
I was there at the early '70's TransAMA series when I caught DeCoster walking up a hill alone..As we walked and talked I asked him could I have his jersey..He said he couldn't because Suzuki only issued him two for the season...Shocked
So he could have given you one then. People can be so unreasonable...
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WFO72
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7/17/2022 4:11am
Traveled to the MXDN at Matterly Basin in 2006 to experience the Euro moto scene and those Euro's love their moto. Beer and stripper tents, carnivals, live music and drunken debauchery everywhere. Got to watch Everts pass Stewart standing up going around the outside in a corner but team USA of Stewart, Tedesco and Villapoto still bring home the Chamberlain trophy.
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7/17/2022 8:02am
Hangtown, 1976. Watching Hannah's come from behind victories both Motos.
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Whymee
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7/17/2022 9:46am
I have been to many motorcycle events in my 62 years. MXDN, Nationals, SX and hybrid races like Atlanta Speedway.

THE earliest motorcycle event I remember going too was when Bob Gill attempted to jump the 200 foot wide Appalachia Lake In Bruceton Mills, WV, both times.This was somewhere around '73ish. For the life of me I cannot figure out to this day, why my parents would drag the whole family for both tries, when said parents were not into motorcycles. Still baffles me to this day.

The first attempt it rained and there was no way he could jump. I remember people kinda rioting and port a lets burning, or something to that effect. I was very young, probably in the early double digits.

The next weekend was the second attempt. It was damp out. From my fading memory, I seem to recall someone broadcasting lime on the take off run in attempt to dry out the soil. As he was making his practice runs, traction was not the best. He made this one run, and I thought to myself there is no way he is going to make it at the speed he was carrying. To my disbelief, he hit the ramp.

I was standing in the lake, water up to my knees, and if I had to guess, maybe 50 feet from the soil landing ramp. I watched him sail through the air. I thought this is going to be close! And it was. He landed on the portion of the ramp that faced the water, did a flying W, and landed sans bike, on the landing ramp.

He was 3 feet short.

In all the commotion that followed, I got a good look at the bike. It was a Kawasaki 350 Bighorn enduro bike that was stripped of its lights. Green in color. It had a rotary valve motor and an air filter (K&N?) sticking out of the sidecover.

Bob never jumped, or walked, again.

Yes, I was there.
7/17/2022 10:13am
St Louis 96 when emig broke the streak and Vegas in 97 when Henry changed the world
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ShipLap
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7/17/2022 12:09pm
When Carmichael dropped down to break Barnett's 125 record at Steel City 2001. Brown and Langston settling the title that day, too.
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ShipLap
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7/17/2022 12:18pm
At Budds Creek 2007 when the USA dominated the MXdN. Villopoto was on another level. RC was too.
FastEddy
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7/17/2022 1:26pm Edited Date/Time 7/17/2022 1:26pm
1980 first ever National at Washougal - Chuck Sun won the 500 class and the bomber won the 125 class.

Seattle 1990 Larry Ward & Matiasevich battle.

JS7's first pro supercross.
Harv379
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7/17/2022 3:31pm
Not a favorite but a memorable, I was getting ready to leave washougal on my klr650 to head back to utah, I wanted to see tomac come by one last time when Jr hill got out of line and sent it into the tree https://www.youtube.com/shorts/A2ROyoTvvbg

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